Protini Polypeptide Cream
Why Cherie Love ItA protein moisturizer that combines incredible levels of signal peptides, growth factors, amino acids, and pygmy waterlily to improve the look of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. This powerful defense against the signs of aging helps revive depleted and tired skin to its former glory.
Why It's SpecialThis moisturizer has the ‘Clean at Sephora’ seal of approval, which means you can rest assured it doesn’t have a long list of harmful ingredients.
Research ResultsIn an independent consumer-testing panel of 50 women ages 25 to 55: - 100% agreed their skin felt replenished and nourished - 97% agreed their skin felt moisturized - 97% agreed their skin texture felt soft and smooth
What Else You Need to KnowProtini™ restores younger-, revived-looking skin. Lines, wrinkles, and sun damage appear reduced and skin feels strengthened and moisturized. Think of Protini™ like adding protein to your smoothie. Abundant with proteins and nutrients, it replenishes and restores skin to a visibly strong, healthy state. It has a pH of 4.0. This cream is free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance. Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the health of the skin or support the integrity of their formulations. The brand focuses on healthy pH levels, formulations the skin recognizes, small molecular structure that’s easily absorbed, and effective active ingredients that also support the skin’s acid mantle. All of their products are designed to be mixed together—what Drunk Elephant calls making a smoothie. (This is true for all of their products except their sunscreen, Umbra, which sits on top of the skin, protecting it from UV damage.) The result is skin that is reset to its happiest, healthiest state. Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and is cruelty-free. Award Wins: CEW, 2019 Beauty Awards Harper‘s BAZAAR, 2019 Anti-Aging Award Byrdie Beauty, 2019 Skincare Award Influenster, 2019 Best Indie Facial Moisturizer
Hydrating, Fungal Acne
Hydrating, Fungal Acne
Soothing, Hydrating, Fungal Acne
Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant
Soothing, Hydrating, Comedogenic
Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging, Fungal Acne, Anti-Aging
luxury skincare: one hit, one miss, one meh
I want to preface this post with a few things. 1. I do not support Drunk Elephant. I do not recommend you buy from them. I do not think they are a good company. I don’t want to debate this in the comments, I just want to state my opinions of them up front. 2. “Luxury” is VERY subjective. MY luxury is $40+ for a product. Someone else’s luxury may be $25+. Someone else’s luxury may be $100+. I also don’t want to debate this in the comments. Be sensitive to people of all backgrounds + budgets. 3. I do not think Luxury = good, great, perfect. To me, it usually just means expensive and unobtainable. Allies of Skin - Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum I really really like this serum. It’s a little stinky, but doesn’t throw me off - a lot of people HATE IT though. This serum got me through some of my worst moisture barrier breakdowns, my worst breakouts, and worst dry skin I’ve ever had. It saved my skin some days. I cannot speak to the antioxidant benefits of this just yet- those take months and even years to see consistent results. I use two pumps in my morning routine after my toner and eye cream. I think it’s a huge step up from your Ordinary or Inkey List HA, so I count this as a HIT! Can be purchased on their website for $75. SHANI DARDEN SKIN CARE - Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum This is pretty good! I think it could be better for the price. The texture is smooth and applies well - no pilling or issues with irritation either. I use this once a week in my pm routine (no other exfoliants in the week, no other actives in the same routine). This one is a MEH for me, I think there are great exfoliants that rival this one for a fraction of the price. It’s a mild retinoid paired with lactic acidosis and aloe vera for a very unique set of ingredients. Available at Sephora for $88. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream this is a total MISS for me. I thought I really liked it at first, but once I started using it consistently I realized I had so many other moisturizers in my collection that were MUCH cheaper than this that hydrated and moisturized my skin just as well, if not better. The texture is creamy and velvety, but kind of sits on top of my skin and doesn’t sink in very fast. Doesn’t really help my extreme dryness, but works well on normal skin. Has peptide complex that is pretty unique to this product! Available at Sephora for $68. The packaging is non recyclable because of the airless pump.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-Protini Polypeptide Cream
Battle of the Creams Protini Polypeptide Cream Vs Lala Retro Whipped Cream 🧁 Two of Drunk 🐘 Elephant’s moisturizers both that are formulated WITHOUT any drying alcohols, silicons, parabens, fragrances and a whole other of toxic ingredients that a lot of beauty products have and shouldn’t. 💜Let’s talk Lala Retro. Lala is formulated with with six rare African oils (passion fruit, kalahari melon, baobab, mongongo, marula, ximenia). With a rich and creamy texture that instantly soothes the skin. There is something very luxurious about this product. I wouldn’t recommend this product during daytime (although you can do that if it works for you) since it is on the heavier side. I usually wear this at night along with my nighttime serums (TLC framboos) I use one pump & it covers your whole face beautifully. 💚 Protini; A number one best seller from Drunk Elephant and rightfully so. This cream is a protein moisturizer that is formulated with a bunch of signal peptides, growth factors & amino acids that go on to support collagen renewal, improve skin texture and firmness (yay!!!) I usually use Protini during the day. The texture is a bit milky, jelly like. It spreads very smoothly and absorbs into the skin quickly. Actually my mom recently jumped onto the Protini bandwagon and is obsessed. Final Thoughts; Between the two I really can’t say which is my favorite. They both do their own thing and contribute their own benefits to your skin. As DE says they truly are “Partners in Cream.”
DRUNK ELEPHANT-Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant Empties 🐘
I think I got these products as part of the Sephora birthday special last year and finally got around to trying them! In general, I think DE is an overrated, overpriced brand. I’m not a fan of how they handled their response to BLM, nor their customer service. But that being said, I tried to be honest and fair about reviewing these products. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream I was pleasantly surprised by this product! Texture: it is a cream, but it does not feel very heavy or sticky. I would compare the texture to in between a cream and a lotion. Scent: this product didn’t smell like anything to me and does not have fragrance. Application: the travel/sample size comes in a little jar with a screw-on lid. I washed out and am keeping the empty jar to store creams when I travel. Results: I used this nightly as my PM moisturizer. It feels very smooth and silky on the face and kept my face hydrated throughout the night. It didn’t aggravate my acne or cause additional breakouts, but I did notice some stinging on my neck a few times when I applied it there—so I’m taking 1 star off since I experienced a little irritation. I think it’s a nice moisturizer that is occlusive without being too heavy, but I won’t be repurchasing as I’m not sure how much I buy into the peptides marketing, and the price for the full size (almost $70 for 1.69 oz) is ridiculous in my opinion 🤷🏻♀️ I personally think there are many cheaper and better moisturizers out there. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Unfortunately, I think this is one of the worst cleansers I have ever used 😕 Texture: the texture is a gloopy, clear gel. It’s comparable to a shampoo or body wash. Scent: this product doesn’t have fragrance, but it smells very plastic-y to me. Application: the travel/sample size comes in a tube with a twist-top. You twist the lid and there is a small hole in the center of the lid that opens to release the product. I was not a fan of the packaging. I had to prop the tube on its side instead of upright when I wasn’t using it because the lid is not 100% airtight—so a little bit of product would leak out of the hole and onto my bathroom counter if I left the tube upright (even if the lid was twisted closed). Results: I used this product 1x/day as a PM face wash and it was so drying. After I washed my face, my skin would feel super tight and dry and like I had to immediately moisturize. After a few weeks, I stopped using this on my face and ended up finishing the bottle as a body wash. Maybe for very oily skin it would be okay, but it was way too stripping for me. Again, will not be repurchasing, especially due to the high price tag for the full size ($32 for 5 oz).
DRUNK ELEPHANT-Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, imparting bounce and firmness. But collagen can be broken down by free radicals (hello, oxidizing fragrance/volatile essential oil compounds), smoking, UV rays, and age. Age contributes to collagen loss also because your body makes less collagen peptides after some time in your 20s. Topical collagen-containing products don’t work, as collagen molecules are too big to pass through the epidermis. Instead, use peptides to help it act younger and make more collagen! Peptides (also made up of amino acids) are small enough to get to the dermis where collagen is made. In response, skin should start making more peptides to form more collagen. Copper peptides are considered particularly beneficial, though the main benefit over normal peptides is their wound healing capability, making them wonderful for those with acne, on top of their anti-aging benefit. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream contains 9 varieties of peptides, including copper peptides, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids, and humectants. I love this gel-cream, it’s wonderful as a multifaceted moisturizer that is light enough for oily skin and helps fight signs of aging. PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster contains 8 peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of humectants. No copper peptides, instead incorporating a variety of antioxidants, helping to contribute to the calmness of skin and prevent free radical-induced breakdown of collagen. An amazing anti-aging serum with a texture that sits between creamy and silky, sinking in quickly and giving my skin quite a bit of plumpness. This would be the best of the bunch for a multifaceted anti-aging peptide product. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% contains seven peptides -one of which is a copper peptide- plus a variety of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective serum that is a bit tacky and smells of metal, but the results are worth it. Applying it to a scab/large acne lesion nightly speeds along its healing noticeably- plus I see less hyperpigmentation develop afterwards. I can’t recommend this enough as a budget-friendly entry into peptide serums!
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
Is it really a dupe?? Drunk Elephant vs. Inkey🍀
In this round of dupe products, I tested Drunk Elephant’s Protini against The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer. I have used Protini in the past and just got the newly released Inkey List moisturizer a few months ago. I was excited to see how they would perform up against each other. Let’s dive in! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream $68/ 50ml: contains a combination of signal peptides, growth factors, and amino acids. It comes in an airtight jar and a pump to prevent exposure and oxidation. The cream is in an intensely thick formula but surprisingly doesn’t feel too heavy when applied on my oily skin (although I feel oilier later in the day). The formulation has A LOT of peptides. Nine in total. I’m still skeptical when it comes to peptides since there haven’t been enough controlled studies to support the claims. However, I do know it has amazing moisturizing properties therefore, it may really help reduce fine lines and improve the overall health of the skin. THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer $14.99/ 50ml: this is a mainly a shea butter moisturizer. The peptides are last in the ingredients list. It contains a two-percent royal epigen P5 that claims to nurture skin and help decrease the appearance of fine lines and one-percent hydrating peptide solution to support the moisture barrier. It has fewer ingredients compared to Protini so it has less potential to cause irritations for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Texture and Consistency: I find that the Inkey moisturizer is more lightweight and sinks in quicker than the Protini. However, the Protini has that special luxurious silky feel to it. It feels really soft and cream slides easily onto skin. They are both sufficiently moisturizing for my oily skin. Both make me oilier at the end of the day but I really have no problem when used in the nighttime. I think they’re both great products. Both are fragrance-free and have occlusive properties. They seal in the moisture to keep your skin looking healthy and they’re perfect for use to repair the moisture barrier and replenish your skin with hydration overnight. So which one should you get? depends on your needs and skin type: I would say, go for the PROTINI if: You have dry skin You have wrinkles and fine lines You prefer a really intensive hydration You’re not sensitive to plant extracts Go for the PEPTIDE MOISTURIZER if: You have oily skin You are acne-prone You prefer a lightweight moisturizer You’re sensitive to plant extracts *cons: it has a strong chemical smell I personally have been enjoying the Inkey List moisturizer better than the Protini. Although I have always loved the Protini, I find that the Inkey moisturizer works better with my skin type. Thank you for reading! xoxo
THE inkey LIST-Peptide Moisturizer
Brand Spotlight: Drunk Elephant 🐘
Brand Spotlight: Drunk Elephant Drunk Elephant. You may know her, you may love her, you may hate her. I discovered this brand in 2018 by perusing the Sephora bestsellers page and reading reviews on Protini Peptide Cream. I bought it because I was desperate and it actually worked so obviously I assumed the entire line would work for me and be a godsend...flash forward to now. If you go back through my profile you will find reviews of Lippe, Lala, Slaai, and Beste, so I won’t be highlighting them here. Products I’ll be reviewing: B-Hydra Hydration Serum D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Drops Protini Polypeptide Cream The good, the bad, and the ugly: THE UGLY: DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Honestly when I first started using this serum it was my first Hyaluronic acid serum I ever used. I mixed it into my morning “smoothie” of Protini and D-Bronzi and slathered it all over. Even though I felt a difference in my skin while using it, I’m not sure I can solely credit this product for doing so. It contains a high content of niacinamide that actually helps to stop oil/sebum production in your skin. The texture is lightweight yet sticky if not used in a DE “smoothie.” I ended up swapping B-Hydra out of my routine and swapping in the Ordinary’s Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 serum and saw an instant improvement in the hydration levels in my skin. So while I believe B-Hydra did SOMETHING, $52 for something that a $7 product does better is an all around scam. I said what I said! THE BAD: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream Honesty is the best policy... Protini is very hit or miss for me. It’s a TOTAL HIT when I mix it with a facial oil or my skin is more likely to produce oils like the summertime. When I started using Protini into the cold winter months, my GOD I broke out so badly. Didn’t change my routine at all. Just swapped out Protini for Lala and my skin healed up in a week and stayed clear. I also notice an increase in facial hair when I use Protini which doesn’t bother me so much as it just causes an inconvenience. The texture itself is super light but it feels really hydrating when mixed with an oil. It also smells like yeast so that’s a bit off putting. It is great for the summer for me but in the winter it’s a flop. THE GOOD!! (Omg finally): DRUNK ELEPHANT - D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops D-Bronzi: wow when I first heard of this I thought it was an instant scam. I started using this product as a mix in to my morning “smoothie” or my super white SPF formulas. The difference I notice when this is in my routine is night and day. In the winter I’m too pale to add this in but in the summer it’s like, INSTANT GLOW! & the air pollution in my area is so bad there is a real noticeable difference in my skin tone when I use this. I’m not sure if it would help those who don’t suffer from bad air pollution though! Have you tried anything from Drunk Elephant? Any faves? Any hates?
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
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