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Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro review

Could this be the most expensive moisturizer I have ever tried? I think it maight be. What am I talking about? The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer. Let’s test it out.

Before we get into the review, it may be good to know how I came about purchasing this moisturizer. I had a sample! In fact I first discovered this as a Sephora point perk and then decided to buy the bigger size. So I didn’t go into this blindly.

Skincare review: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer

It is safe to say that this is one of the most expensive skincare products I have ever used. It is the most expensive moisturizer I have ever tried. That’s for sure. At €57, the main question I want to ask today is: is it worth it?

What does this moisturizer have to offer?

So the packaging wasn’t the main reason I wanted to try this, but this is my first one that has one of these pumps with a tray products. Not sure I love it, but it does make for a pretty hygienic distribution. What I dislike is how I cannot see nor feel how much product I still have left.

My main reason for purchasing this was the promise of this being great for dry skin. It includes oils and ceramides and should therefore help restore your skin barrier. But for the most part: I liked the samples I had of this and it made me curious to see how it would work over a longer period of time.

What does this moisturizer look like in a swatch?

This moisturizer is described as a whipped cream and that’s exactly what the texture feels like. It feels like a very thick cream at first, but it blends in easily and is absorbed quickly. At the same time it makes my skin feel soft and hydrated and I love using this as a night cream. It is a bit too rich for the day time, but I have accidentally used it during the day and I just need to wait a bit longer for it to sink in before putting on makeup.

Here is the ingredient list:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate, Cholesterol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ceramide NP, Phytosphingosine, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tocopherol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

To be quite fair I was quite shocked to see how simple the main ingredients of this cream are. It’s mainly water and glycerin like many creams and the main part of the oils that the products is marketed as having, do not show up until half way through the ingredient list. The ceramides are even lower down than that.

Should you buy the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro moisturing cream?

While I really love the experience of using this product, I feel that that is mainly what I pay for: the experience. But to say this is more effective than other moisturizers I have used that are cheaper? I’d say no to that.

Yes this is a good moisturizer that feels pleasant on the skin and does what it promises to do. But I feel this ingredient list is nothing special compared to the price point.

My guess is that with this product you pay for marketing and packaging more so than for the product. I’d rather spend less money on a moisturizing cream that’s just as effective but with less hoopla.

So no, I will not be repurchasing this and would much rather go back to the the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. That I feel is far more effective than this is. Still, if you want to splurge on a luxurious feeling skincare product, this is a good one.

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