Where to begin. I am a pale girl. I long for the beautifully bronzed skin that I see everywhere. I have been very hesitant to sit in the sun after the whole skin cancer thing, and I really need an excellent way to get me out of pastyville. I picked up a sample of this at Sephora, and I have to admit it is single-handedly the most confusing product I have tried in quite a while.
The product is a deep pearl bronze liquid. Which I have never used a liquid bronzer before, so I asked how it should be applied. My friendly Sephora cast member said to mix it with your moisturizer. Apply makeup over the top and you are good to go. She lied. Boy, did she lie? I followed her instructions, and by the time the moisturizer was applied, I was seriously in danger of being vilified for appropriating our deeper sisters skin tone. It looked like I was wearing blackface. So I thought to myself, I said, “Self, don’t panic. We apply makeup now…” BAD idea. My yellow-toned foundation, which doesn’t play nice with ANYTHING, is now laying over super dark brown bronzing drops. It would be hard to guess what the proper fix for this situation was considering I was late for work, and I had no choice but to run with it. I run out the door looking like I had fallen in a mud puddle. It’s a horror show.
And the horror show didn’t stop there. When I started moving around at work, my moisturizer decided to proceed with the bronzing drops. Now I am a melting cultural appropriation. Not cool.
Fast forward to three days later. I decided to give the product a try as a bronzer, not with the moisturizer. I applied the product after my foundation and just dotted it where I needed it before leveling it all out with a sponge. I still had some foundation on the back of the sponge in case things didn’t work out. Admittedly, I had to make use of that on a couple of spots. But, the effect was subtle and lovely. When used in this way, the product lasted all day and looked fabulous.
Here is the problem. The product is designed to be mixed into a serum or oil and used all over the face. I would live for it if Drunk Elephant had created a few shades, but it is gonna look ridiculous on very fair-skinned people. So, even though it is chocked full of amazing things, and designed to nourish and help the skin, it will only work for a segment of the population. I think this would be a great product to mix with my sunscreen for use on the body; however, there are lots of products on the market to accomplish that at a significantly lower price. Sadly, this product is a pass for me. I personally can’t justify spending $48/oz to risk being beaten in public.
As described on Sephora:
Which skin type is it good for?
What it is:
A serum that immediately replenishes the delicate balance that supports a healthy barrier function of skin—like sunshine’s bronzy color, delivered without the damage.
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture
If you want to know more…
These drops include 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), to replenish the delicate balance that supports a healthy skin barrier function. A concentrated mix of protective antioxidants boosts skin’s defenses against pollution and environmental stressors.. D-Bronzi’s just-got-back-from-somewhere glow flatters every complexion. It’s an easy way to get a bronzy glow without the long-term consequences.
What else you need to know:
Raw, unrefined cocoa powder adds an infusion of good-for-skin polyphenols, platinum peptide acetyl tetrapeptide-17 strengthens, and a chronopeptide mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D.
“I’m inside most days. I don’t wear foundation, but I really wanted a little something I could mix into my other products to give my skin some color. The problem was I didn’t want to risk a breakout and I couldn’t find one that fit my Suspicious 6-free criteria. So, after a few attempts, we landed on a silky, natural-looking, bronzing concentrate. My chemist told me later that they were high-fiving each other in the lab because they had never before been able to create a formulation like this that was silicone-free. D-Bronzi™ is made of vitamins, antioxidants, platinum peptides, and barrier-supportive fatty acids that defend skin from environmental free radicals. It’s a gorgeous sheer bronzer that I formulated with skin health top-of-mind…like sunshine in a bottle without the damage. I hope you fall #drunkinlove!”—Tiffany Masterson, Brand Founder
Free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance.
Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. They never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on its biocompatibility. You won’t find what Drunk Elephant calls the “Suspicious 6” in their products (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes, and SLS,) making them, in their opinion, appropriate for all skin. They believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue we see. When formulating the products, they focus on pH levels and safety, always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels. This is the Drunk Elephant difference.
Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and is cruelty-free.
– 2018 Health Beauty Award
– 2018 Redbook Editors Choice
– Brides, 2019 Beauty Award
Clean at Sephora
Clean at Sephora is formulated without a list of over 50 ingredients, including sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more. For the full list, check out the Ingredients tab.
-Platinum Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting elasticity and resilience.
-Cocoa Extract: Provides powerful antioxidant and soothing benefits.
-Chronocyclin: Mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D for more youthful-looking skin.
-Vitamin F (Linoleic and Linolenic Acid): Works to improve skin’s texture and suppleness, while helping to calm signs of sensitivity.
Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Colloidal Platinum [nano], Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Boron Nitride, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.
This product is vegan and gluten-free.
Clean at Sephora products are formulated without:
Sulfates—SLS + SLES, Parabens, Formaldehydes, Formaldehyde-releasing agents, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Undisclosed synthetic fragrances (Products can be formulated with disclosed synthetic fragrances that meet the following two criteria: (1) the synthetic fragrances do not include any of the ingredients listed in numbers 1 through 12 above and (2) the synthetic fragrances are at a concentration below 1% of the total formula) The following type of acrylates: (ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate, hydroxypropyl methacrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate , aluminum salts), Animal Oils/Musks/Fats , Benzophenone + Related Compounds, Butoxyethanol, Carbon Black, Lead/Lead Acetate, Methyl Cellosolve + Methoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Mercury + Mercury Compounds (Thimerisol), Insoluble Plastic Microbeads (This prohibited ingredient applies to products that are meant to be rinsed off ), Resorcinol, Talc (Talc that is free of any asbestos can be used in the formulation provided that Brand conducts testing to ensure that talc is free of any asbestos.), Toluene, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) that is 0.1% or more of total formula, Ethanolamines DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA, Nanoparticles As defined by the European Commission, Petrolatum and Parrafin that is not USP grade, Phenoxyethanol that is 1% or more of total formulation, Polyacrylamide & Acrylamide, The following types of Styrene (Bromostyrene, Deastyrene/acrylates/dvbcopolymer, sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer , styrene oxide, styrene), 1,4 Dioxane in final formulas must comply with the thresholds as follows: (10 or < ppm for products that are meant to be rinsed off, wiped off or removed, 3ppm or < for products that are meant to remain on the skin).
How to use:
-D-Bronzi™ is a mixer and is way too concentrated to be used alone. Add a drop of D-Bronzi™ to any Drunk Elephant serum, oil, or moisturizer for a gorgeous glow and a potent dose of protective antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
-May be applied to face, chest, legs, or anywhere else you want a touch of bronze.
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