What is it?
“A powerful shot of protein for your skin, which helps to maintain collagen, encouraging its production and preventing its breakdown.“
This is a gel-cream moisturiser that is packed full of skin-loving peptides and amino acids, which are the building blocks of healthy skin.
What’s good about it?
Firstly, the air-tight pump packaging on Drunk Elephant moisturisers is second to none. I love this style of packaging for hygiene reasons, but also, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to use. The cream, itself, is cosmetically elegant with a light, buildable texture, that is the absolute perfect medium between rich and thin. It absorbs without hesitation and coats the skin in a beautiful, hydrating veil that both feels strengthening, as well as protecting. The mild, gentle scent (not fragrance!) is very relaxing when using this and is unlike anything I have ever came across before.
Star ingredient highlights include 9 different peptides and plenty of amino acids, as well as sodium hyaluronate (a salt of hyaluronic acid) and sodium PCA for hydration and water-binding. Of course, a Drunk Elephant product cannot be complete without a healthy dose of their cold-pressed marula oil, which also features in this formula. Overall, if I was looking at this ingredients list on paper, I don’t think I would be picking it up. It’s lacking a lot of the ingredients that I enjoy and require in a product, yet this offers something unique, that I crave using, time and time again. This is a prime example of how ingredients, alone, is not enough to judge a product and that formulation, above all, is king. Bravo, Drunk Elephant – I’m officially #DrunkInLove with Protini.
What’s not so good about it?
I initially disliked this. Strongly. My first use or two of this, I found it almost silicone-feeling to the touch, but then this feeling went away within a further use and I found myself absolutely head over heels about this product. I’m keeping this short and sweet – I love everything about this moisturiser, besides the price. It is one of the most texturally elegant creams that I have ever had the pleasure of using on my face and one that I can safely say, brought joy with every use. I am so sad to have hit an empty on this one!
The bottom line
- Beautifully textured gel-cream for all skin types, except very dry.
- A mix of well-studied ingredients for improving skin barrier strength.
- Incredible packaging that looks fantastic on a vanity.
- Heavy on the purse/wallet at £57 for 50ml.
This gets a 4.5 star rating for me, docking half a star for the product cost. To justify the pricetag further, I would love to see the inclusion of retinol, niacinamide and ceramides. This aside, Protini is a superstar!
Drunk Elephant Protini (£57/50ml/1.7oz)
Available: Cult Beauty (Global), Space NK (UK), Space NK (USA)