Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser is an innovative and unique jelly cleanser that was introduced several months ago. It was actually on my list of things to dry but I never did get around to it. Recently, I decided to give Drunk Elephant another try since I haven’t had miraculous results with their products and I ended up purchasing two of their Holiday Gift Sets and both contained a generously-sized tube of Beste Jelly Cleanser. This was, of course, a perfect excuse to finally try it.
It deserves to be mentioned since it released Beste Jelly Cleanser has been apparently reformulated and renamed and is now called Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Some say it is the same formula, other says it is different and not as drying as the original, where as others are convinced it is an entirely new formulation. I can’t compare the two as I have only tried the original and if you wish to try that version you can do so by buying the Hit It Off Duo for $20. This is actually a great way to experience the cleanser without splurging on a larger size as it includes a 1 oz cleanser as well as a deluxe-size Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I suggest this duo because not everyone is going to like this cleanser for one major reason which I’ll tell you about in a few.
Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser seems a perfect cleanser. The jelly-like texture reminds me of a thicker version of Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. I’m obsessed with jelly skincare anything so, I love the texture and consistency of this. Apparently it has a blend of mild surfactants that dissolve makeup easily. I was a little concerned when I read it dried skin out but I didn’t experience any issues. It felt very light on my skin, rinsed clean away, and worked nicely in my double cleanse routine. It produces a very lightweight lather which would typically bother me as I tend to like my cleansers to produce a lot of lather but I didn’t mind so much. It seemed just enough lather to gentle clean my skin without leaving me tight or dry.
So, this sounds all great right? It is but man, this stuff burns. DO NOT, DO NOT, I repeat, do not get it in your eyes. I tend to not avoid my eyes during cleansing as whatever my eye makeup didn’t remove I rely on my facial cleanser or oil to remove. Nowadays it is absolutely essential to read the back of your cleanser to see if it is eye safe but I failed to do so with this as I just assumed it was eye safe since Drunk Elephant takes a lot of care and attention with their ingredients. But indeed, the tube does say avoid contact with eyes and rightly so as it burns horribly. I was actually kind of scared after using it as the sting lasted several minutes after I rinsed.
Needless to say, I won’t be repurchasing this and I simply cannot understand cleansers that can’t be used near your eyes. Hopefully the No. 9 formula is nicer on eyes.
Have you tried Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser?
What did you think?
Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser is available at sephora.com.