Drunk Elephant's D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum is a fragrance-free skincare-makeup hybrid. Described as a serum with serious skin care benefits, D-Bronzi is better thought of as a bronzer with benefits. If you've been searching for a beautiful bronzer that does more than add a sun-kissed glow, this might just be it!
D-Bronzi is a deep golden bronze gel with a pearlescent sheen. Drunk Elephant recommends mixing it in with other skin care products, then smoothing it all over skin to add a touch of copper glow. It works well in that regard, providing an attractive bronze sheen to light-to-medium skin tones, though we must emphasize that you should not mix this with your sunscreen – anything added to sunscreen may dilute it, reducing your sun protection.
We also tried D-Bronzi on its own (which the brand does not recommend), and it works that way as well. It's quite heavily pigmented, meaning that just a little bit goes a very long way, but if you dot it on to areas like cheekbones that normally get more sun, it serves well as a traditional bronzer with shine. It does set quickly, so keep in mind that any blending needs to be done right away.
Now as for the skin care claims: This fragrance-free gel contains several antioxidants so it can live up to its anti-pollution claims, along with beneficial non-fragrant plant oils, emollients, and skin-replenishing ingredients. However, you're likely not getting much pollution protection if you apply this sparingly, so make sure your other leave-on products also contain antioxidants.
The chronopeptide mentioned in D-Bronzi's claims is the synthetic ingredient glutamylamidoethyl imidazole. Drunk Elephant claims it can mimic the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D. It's a good ingredient (research has shown it has immune-regulating ability), but isn't 100% like vitamin D.
That caveat aside, this is an excellent way to get a sun-kissed glow without the sun damage, and snag some additional skin benefits, too. Just be sure to pair it with a regular serum unless you apply more than a drop or two to ensure you're getting a robust amount of antioxidants.
- Imparts an attractive bronze glow to skin.
- Works great mixed with non-SPF skin care products or used on its own.
- Contains a good mix of antioxidants for environmental defense.
- Includes beneficial plant oils, emollients, and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
A chronopeptide that mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D, omega-rich virgin marula and black currant seed oils, along with vitamin F (fatty acids), immediately replenish the delicate balance that supports a healthy barrier function of skin, while a concentrated mix of protective antioxidants boosts skins defenses against pollution and environmental stressorsall delivered with a bronzy finish. D-Bronzis just-got-back-from somewhere glow flatters every complexion.
Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance
Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson wanted leave out what wasnt effectiveprimarily fragrance. We concur, because fragrance isn't skincare.
We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrongalong with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best.
As for the brands unconventional name, Drunk Elephant is in reference to anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula treean indulgence that leads to intoxication. We dont know how true that is, and it's not really related to skincare, but the brands name is certainly different.
Drunk Elephant avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives, silicones, and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, were just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. Theyre also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients in many of their formulas.
Drunk Elephant line is a small line, but tends to make each product count, or at least puts an unconventional twist on the norm. Overall, we came away impressed with most of its products and (usually) smart packaging.
Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, calming agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It's a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits, meaning marula oil isn't the best out there, just one good oil among many.
Though the price tags are absolutely on the higher end, if you decide to to splurge on some key items, this is a good line to do so!
For more information, visit the brand at www.drunkelephant.com.
Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.
Weaknesses:Their products are on the pricey side; limited options for those struggling with acne and discolorations.
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