Cult-favorite Sephora brand Drunk Elephant is here, and we got first dibs!
If you, like me, at some point have ogled the eye-catching neon and pastel-colored products of Drunk Elephant at Sephora during the occasional trip abroad (or even online), here’s some good news: The global brand with a skin-first approach—driven by science and supported by research—is finally in Manila!
For Tiffany Masterson, founder of Drunk Elephant, the philosophy behind the award-winning brand is simply eliminating unnecessary, harmful ingredients for a total skin reset—and an uncomplicated, no-frills experience! As a “frustrated, confused brand-hopper,” she had skin issues, which no selection of products couldn’t seem to remedy—so she created her own.
Take a Drunk Break: Eliminating the “Suspicious 6”
Identifying the “Suspicious 6,” ingredients that were the root of Masterson’s skin issues, helped her skin return to a healthy, balanced state. These worrisome bunch include essential oils, silicones, chemical sunscreens, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), fragrances and dyes, plus drying alcohols.
Shake things up with a skincare smoothie
Mixing is the new layering! Drunk Elephant’s selection of products with biocompatible ingredients—working well with skin instead of irritating it, plus highly absorbable—are created to be used at the same time. Mix any of their serums, creams or oils together in the palm of your hand or on the ergonomically designed packaging and apply at the same time!
For a full list of skincare smoothie recipes, click here.
Overwhelmed with the choices? Here are our top recommendations from the cult-favorite brand.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (P2,550/15ml, P4,250/30ml)
Glow for it! Nourish and balance skin with Drunk Elephant’s star product, the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Remaining in its purest form, the super-absorbable, non-greasy oil sinks into skin, diminishing early signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. It serves as a powerful antioxidant, too, against pollution and damaging environmental free radicals.
Pro-tip: Add a drop or two into your go-to moisturizer for a deep drink of hydration.
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser (P1,000/60ml, P2,000/150ml)
Wash off the cares of the day—and with it, dirt, sunscreen and leftover makeup—with the ultra gentle Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. The gel-type cleanser has a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup-dissolving emollients to rinse away grime from skin, without stripping it off its natural oils.
Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum (P5,150)
This is your protein on acid! The mega-strength, ultra-concentrated serum works as hard as you do, combining skin-fortifying signal peptides, growth factors and amino acids. The result: a dramatic improvement in the appearance of skin’s texture, tone, radiance and bounce!
C-Firma Fresh Day Serum (P4,900)
Tired of vitamin C products that easily oxidize—becoming less effective over time? The C-Firma Fresh Day Serum’s designed to be mixed before use, maximizing its potency while keeping the formula fresh. To brighten hyperpigmentation (goodbye, maskne scars!) and diminish the appearance of signs of aging, try the super-potent 15% vitamin C day serum packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients. The result: visibly radiant, lit-from-within skin!
Lala Retro Whipped Cream (P3,750/full, P1,300/little)
For dry, dull skin, the multifaceted rescue cream is too good to be true! Beautifully formulated with six African oils and a plant ceramide complex, the Lala Retro Whipped Cream repairs the skin mantle, while defending it against the effects of everyday stressors.
For that extra kick of moisture, mix with any Drunk Elephant serum or oil as part of a total skincare solution. (I personally love mixing this with the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum!)
F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial (P3,250)
Let your skin reset with a hydrating, soothing mask formulated with barrier-replenishing ingredients. Created with niacinamide, plant squalene, omega fatty acids and more, the F-Balm rehydrates hungover, overly parched skin while strengthening the skin’s acid mantle.
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (P4,000)
Remedy dark under eyes—no thanks to puyatan nights with Netflix—with a rich, restorative eye cream with a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract. It not only lightens the appearance of skin but strengthens it, too!
Pro-tip: Pat that extra eye cream on your forehead wrinkles and thank me later!
Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF30 (P2,150)
Protect skin from ultraviolet rays with a sheer physical sunscreen (the keyword is sheer!) that delivers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, Umbra Sheer delivers much-needed moisture into skin and minimizes signs of aging for a youthful-looking complexion.
PSA: It’s available in a tinted version, too!
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops (P2,300)
It’s sunshine in a bottle! Add a drop or two of the D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops on a serum, cream or oil for an instantly sunkissed tan—without the long-term damaging effects—flattering every complexion.
For a healthy, rosy flush, try the O-Bloos Rosi Drops!
Lippe Balm (P1,100)
Pucker up! Here’s a solution to dry, chapped lips: a moisturizing, plumping lip balm spiked with an antioxidant-rich blend of avocado and mongongo nut oils. It’s about time you give your lips that extra TLC.
This October, Drunk Elephant will finally be available online via lookatme.com.ph and at brick-and-mortar LOOK At Me locations at SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, SM Makati and SM Mall of Asia. It’s time to take a drunk break for a skin reset!
Product Photos Drunk Elephant
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver