Drunk Elephant is a brand that we at beautydupes.xyz gets the most requests for, which is totally understandable because although it does have some of the best-selling skincare products, its products are quite overpriced, and not to mention they can easily irritate many people’s skin with so many active ingredients shoved into every single product. Not to mention how they treat their customers.
With that being said, Drunk Elephant’s “ingredients cocktail” and fragrance-free philosophy makes it hard to find exact dupes for every single product, but most dupes result in no detectable difference, less irritation, and of course, less $ wasted.
Here are some of the best dupes we found.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum Dupe
The Drunk Elephant C-Firma serum ($80) went through a round reformulation due to a violation of SkinCeuticals’ patent for their VC serum. Since then, I personally found it to be much less effective and more irritating than before. Luckily, we’ve found a much affordable and gentle dupe for both the SkinCeuticals’ and Drunk Elephant’s VC serum, the Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster ($49).
It has pretty much the same ingredients to give a similar result, but a much more pleasant texture and price tag. If you are looking for an even more affordable option, the CeraVeVitamin C Serum ($18) is also a great option.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum Dupe
As I mentioned before, Drunk Elephant is famous for shoving many active fancy ingredients into one formula, so it’s truly hard to find an exact dupe with the same ingredients. But it doesn’t mean they don’t give similar results. For this B5 hyaluronic acid serum ($48), there are so many other serums on the market with these key ingredients, like the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid ($29.99) and Glossier Bounce Serum ($28).
Choose whichever one fits your preference, just know you have options.
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer Dupe
The Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer ($68) is one of the most-hyped products of theirs. The peptide-packed moisturizer can help strengthen the skin barrier, the foundation of healthy skin.
It is an awesome product that is hydrating, smoothing, and healing. But for less than $68 there are many other options that give you similar results. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream ($19.9) is a best-selling moisturizer with ingredients like peptide and vitamin c. Olay also has a less-sexy-looking but skin-caring peptide cream ($38.99) that I am a huge fan of.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream Dupe
The C-Tango eye cream ($64) works fine, but don’t expect miracles. Some people even reported irritation to the eyes and how it peels under makeup. There are tons of similar eye creams on the market. Paula’s Choice (one of my fave brand) has a Ceremide Firming Eye Cream with Vitamin C and Retinol($48) that not only brightens but also help with fine lines and wrinkles. Bliss ($24) and Ole Henriksen ($39) also have similar eye creams that are much gentler.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face oil Dupe
The founder of The Ordinary once said that you must be drunk to buy drunk elephant’s products. While I don’t agree with this claim for all the products, it certainly is true for its virgin marula antioxidant oil ($72). There are many other 100% pure virgin marula oil products at fractions of its price, not to mention the number of oil alternatives, such as The Ordinary 100% Cold-pressed Virgin Marula Oil ($9.9) and Acure Marula Oil ($14).
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask Dupe
Babyfacial ($80) is my favorite Drunk Elephant product. I use it once a week to exfoliate and reset my skin. Honestly, for the effect and how long it lasts, I don’t think it’s too overpriced. But it can be quite irritating if you have sensitive skin or damaged skin, and you can feel the physical pain every time you put it on.
The key ingredients in this mask are AHA and BHA. A quick search will show you there are tons of other products with these ingredients in but in lower concentration and cause less irritation. Products like REN Clean Skincare Glow Tonic with Resurfacing AHAs & BHAs ($30) and Farmacy Honey Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum($58) work similarly based on ravings reviews and my personal experience. They are just not as pink and cute as the baby facial ;)
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
This is an AHA/BHA night serum ($90) with the same T.L.C AHA blend as the baby facial. It’s pretty much the serum version of the baby facial with a hefty price tag. If you are looking for a more gentle AHA/BHA product, I still recommend Ren and Farmacy products from above, but also an AHA/BHA treatment toner from CORSRX ($20) as a daily gentle option.
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