August 24, 2016

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel Review & Swatches

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Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

I purchased Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52) recently because I’m hearing so many great things about Drunk Elephant skincare. This is definitely a collection of skincare you’ll want to trying if you’re looking for simple, minimal yet effective ingredients.

One of the products from the brand I’ve heard the most raving about was the B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel which is a water-based gel moisturizer. I love gel moisturizers in the Summer so, it was a no brainer to pick this up!

Here’s my thoughts and review.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel comes housed in a rather slick, staple square barrel pump jar that features a pump which remains hidden away until you twist the head. A quick twist will allow the pump to pop out and the moisturizer will be ready to use. I mistakenly assumed this was a cap but it actually just pops up and pops back down again when not in use. It’s rather nifty packaging.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel 2

This is a relatively small amount of moisturizer for a hefty price tag as it weights in at 1.69 oz for $52 bucks. Ouch! But on the pro side it is packed with good for your skin ingredients that might just make it worth the splurge. I would not suggest it for drier skin like my own as it does not provide equate moisture for such a skin type even though it the name leads you to believe otherwise. When you’re throwing around intensive and hydration in the same sentence it definitely gains my attention but there is nothing intensive about the hydration levels here sadly.

Here’s the good news!

Combination, oily skin, and acne-prone skin will get on wonderfully well with this lightweight, fragrance-free gel moisturizer. It’s light, weightless, and absorbs easily into skin without ever leaving it greasy or shiny. If anything at all it almost dries down to a matte finish. The formula dries very quickly once applied so, you aren’t left with moist, slick feel on skin. Reason for this? It contains no silicones nor any oils.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel swatches

There are so many good ingredients in here which make me wish that it worked for me but I’m simply too dry to use something like this. Even in the warmer weather I felt like my skin was very parched after using it. It was almost as if I hadn’t applied moisturizer at all which meant my foundation and other makeup didn’t look as smooth or as fresh as it usual does. On the up side, it’ll be an ideal pick for those with oily skin that need a smooth yet not moist or dewy surface for their makeup to adhere to.

Drunk Elephant packed this full of pineapple, bearberry, watermelon and even apple extracts that work as an great antioxidant defense. Some of the ingridents such as bearberry and pineapple could even potentially fade discolorations. It also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin B5.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel is a keeper for sure if you have oily or acne prone skin. It’s packed with great ingredients and paves the way for smooth, lightly hydrated skin. Sadly, it can be misleading for drier skin types though as you’ll find yourself missing the oils and silicones you’ll find in your normal moisturizer as this simply doesn’t cut it to keep dry skin smooth, soft, and well hydrated.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel is a go for oily skin users though! I simply can’t rave it enough for such a skin type!

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel is available now at

Tried it already?

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Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel 5

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  • Kimmwc03

    I keep getting samples, and like it, but I haven’t felt like spending $52 yet.

  • Ann Marie

    I jumped on the bandwagon and bought this little number. I have oily skin and although I like the finish, it just doesn’t give you good hydration. I really don’t find anything special about this “gel” formula as opposed to other good drugstore options. I would save your money on this one.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think super oily skin will like this one maybe! But yeah, it lacks hydration sadly πŸ™

  • Claire L

    Maybe your skin is dehydrated as well as dry? Dehydrated skin can occur in any skin type, even oily.

  • Lulle

    I got that a while back, and although the packaging is kind of cool, the pump didn’t work. Luckily Dermstore just sent me another bottle. But although I have combo skin, this is just not providing enough moisture for me, not even on the hottest summer days. The name of this moisturizer, and the review on beautypedia, led me to believe that it packed a good amount of moisture, but I really disagree with the claims. So my experience is very much like yours! I use it as a serum, with another moisturizer on top.

  • Meredith

    Thank you so much for this review. I’ve been hearing a lot about this brand too and since I have dry skin, I was curious about this product. Although I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work for drier skin, my wallet is certainly happy!

    • Isabella Muse

      Save your money Meredith! This isn’t quite good for drier skin :-/

  • genevieve

    Thank you once again Isabella for doing all the leg and face work for us. I have also heard good things about this brand too. But having really dry skin myself, like you, it wouldn’t work. Besides I am not a fan of gel moisturisers. I prefer creams.
    Can I ask. what night time moisturiser do you find the best for your skin?

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! πŸ™‚ It’s def not a good pick for dry skin! I use Philosophy Miracle Worker!

  • Diana P.

    Hi! I don’t think you are using it right! I wasn’t either and i emailed the company and they explained better. Now I can’t live without it!
    This is a treatment serum for hydration. It’s not moisture for dry skin, it’s hydration for dehydrated skin. Those are two different things. Most people don’t even know the signs of dehydrated skin. Itchy, dull, sensitive and wrinkled are all signs of dehydrated skin. This serum soaks in to rehydrate, but it evaporates like a water if you don’t seal it in with a moisturizer, like their marula or lala. All skin needs hydration. This is a great product!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Diana! I’m dull and flaky but not sensitive (or at least I’m not currently). I’ll have to dry it again when I’m feeling itchy or sensitive.

    • Melanie

      Thank you!!! This isnt a moisturizer, it can be used as one for oily skin but dry skin will still need a moisturizer

  • Claire L

    Dry skin= lack of oil in your skin. So you need to put oil back into your skin.
    Dehydrated skin= lack of water in your skin. Need to put water back in.

    You can be both dry and dehydrated. Any kind of skin can get dehydrated, even oily. Cold weather, central heating, etc. can cause dehydration.

    • Isabella Muse

      I feel like I’m both and this stuff doesn’t quite cut it for moisture. I need something way richer!

  • Bethney

    Were you using it as a serum or as your end routine hydration? I found if B Hydra is used regularly as a serum, (an extra hydrating step), it works wonderfully! It truly takes regular use to see full benefits of this particular product. On the flip side, its EXPENSIVE and I can’t afford to be buying an extra step like this on the regular so there’s that too! To each there own!

  • Joslyn

    Hello! I know this review is 3 years old and you probably won’t even see this, but here’s to hoping that you do, I have something I would like to share with you. I noticed in your review that you kept referring to the product as a moisturizer, and honestly I believed it was a moisturizer as well in the beginning. But a few months ago, I found out that it is a serum and not a moisturizer. After I started using it as a serum, I absolutely fell in love with it! Once again this review is 3 years old so you may already know this by now, but if not I think you should give the product another shot!

  • hanjisungg_

    I really wanted to try this but this, along with many other skincare products I’ve wanted to try, are for oily skin which I don’t have >.< – does anyone have recommendations for dry skin?

    • Isabella Muse

      cosrx advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, inkey list q10, cosrx Hyaluronic Acid, Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion are all great picks for dry skin!