Back at it again with the Drunk Elephant, I have been trailing a few different products from the line these past three weeks in a follow-up to my original post. This time it’s been about C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, and Marula Oil. This is my first proper trial of a vitamin C product (the first was a dalliance with Indeed Laboratories C24) and my goal is to drench my skin in antioxidants while correcting post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. I am using T.L.C as a night serum, alternating with Differin, in an effort to correct surface irregularities. As a final step, a little layer of Marula Oil. How this compares to The Ordinary Marula Oil still alludes me, mostly because I haven’t any idea whether Deciem’s is unrefined and I am sceptical as to whether or not they would even know for certain. An overall glance at my routine:
AM: Dior Hydra Life Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum mixed with Drunk Elephant B-Hydra, Drunk Elephant Marula Oil.
PM: Dior Hydra Life Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum OR Differin Gel, wait twenty minutes, Drunk Elephant Marula Oil mixed with Drunk Elephant B-Hydra.
First impressions after three weeks:
– C-Firma gives a good instant glow to the skin, though I am always sceptical of vitamin C’s ability to correct red post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
– T.L.C. is potent and fantastic at reducing inflammatory acne; I love it as a spot treatment during the day.
– B-Hydra is nice, though I do not see a major difference using it when I already use the day and night serums.
– Shaba is pricey for what it is, though it is fantastic at plumping dehydration lines and making me look a bit more awake than I really am.
– Marula Oil is lightweight but intensely soothing.
Luxury skincare has always had its draw, but the ingredients never hold a candle to the price. For that reason I often glaze over La Mer, La Prarie, Elizabeth Arden, Sisley, Lancôme, Chanel, etc. That being said, the new Dior Hydra Life collection is a pleasure to use and exists in brilliantly-designed packaging to match.
The nine-part collection of cleansers, masks, and hydrators is suited in Kubrick-inspired white with hints of faded colour and priced below $100. Of the collection I have tried four products. The Hydra Life Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser was so lovely that I have already bought my own bottle; plant saponins remove impurities and it may be used on dry or wet skin. My skin feels soft to the touch with that good ‘tight’ feel. Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser is my evening first cleanse, and it makes quick work of full-coverage foundation while rinsing off rather effortlessly. Hydra Life Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence is a hydration serum that also happens to brighten and tone the skin with natural fruit acids; I find it a treat for the morning after I use retinol as I often develop dehydration lines around my cheeks. Is it more effective than Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum, I doubt it, though the texture is far less tacky. Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème hits the right balance between gel and cream, and its formulation respects skin’s natural flora which, in theory, better balances the skin and prevents hydration loss rather effectively. For the price I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, which has a similar texture and result but comes in at a more approachable price (though you lose the balancing effect on skin flora).
All of this being said, the new Hydra Life collection has impressed me. The ingredients are rather unique, the sensorial experience is legendary, and the science Dior puts into its products is commendable. If you try any new luxe brand this year, I hope you take a look at Dior.