09.10.2015
938
Shaba Complex Eye Serum
0.5 fl. oz. for $85
Expert Rating
Community Rating (6)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:09.10.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Drunk Elephant's Shaba Complex Eye Serum is an example of an eye serum done right. We were impressed by its blend of antioxidants, cell-communicating, reparative, and anti-irritant ingredients. We were also very pleased to see Drunk Elephant left out the fragrance, making this an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin, too!

Shaba Complex Eye Serum steered clear of jar packaging—a rarity for eye creams. Housed in a hard plastic bottle with an injection-style tip, you dispense product via its push-button pump at the opposite end of the tube. Its needle tip allows you to disperse precise amounts of the cream, so whether you need a tiny dot or more, you won't have any issue dispensing exactly what you need.

A richer-cream formula, this is ideal for those seeking extra moisture for their eye area, but it leaves a non-greasy finish, striking a balance that allows you to use in both your morning and evening routine. Drunk Elephant added a blend of emollients along with lesser but likely helpful amounts of mango butter and non-fragrant plant oil. This formula is a good example of combining natural and synthetic ingredients to create a great texture.

When used in the AM, under sunscreen, this worked well under makeup and didn't result in smudged mascara or liner. However, we wouldn't recommend this on your eyelids during the daytime, unless you have exceptionally dry skin in this area, as it's moisturizing enough to make short work of your eyeshadow.

In terms of beneficial ingredients, Drunk Elephant certainly hadn't imbibed when creating this formula (couldn't resist). Shaba Complex Eye Serum contains a serious anti-aging blend of multiple peptides, niacinamide, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Among them is black tea ferment, which both human and animal research demonstrates skin lightening, antibacterial and, of course, antioxidant effects (Toxicological Research, 2014 and Pharmacognosy Research, 2011).

Also notable, hesperidin methyl chalcone, which has animal research demonstrating its function as a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and UV protective agent, along with its ability to repair a damaged skin barrier (Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, 2015 and 2011).

We couldn't come up with a single "con" to note. It's true that for cost, this is on the pricier side. However, it's a very good formula—whether it's worth the splurge is more of a personal choice. Due to its comprehensive array of beneficial ingredients and unique packaging, Shaba Complex Eye Serum earned our highest rating. It is an excellent choice to treat dry to very dry skin, fine lines, dark circles (caused by sun exposure, not genetic factors), and inflammation.

Of course, if your eye area is the same skin type as the rest of your face, your well-formulated facial moisturizer may be all that you need. See More Info for those additional details.

Pros:
  • Unique packaging keeps its air & light-sensitive ingredients protected.
  • Moisturizing formula is ideal for dry to very dry skin around the eye area.
  • Includes a blend of anti-aging peptides, niacinamide, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
More Info:

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn't have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.

Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren't wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse. Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.

Community Reviews
Claims
A brightening eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle major signs of visible aging under and around the eyes, such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and age spots.
Ingredients
Water, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Coconut Alkanes, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Steareth-20, Lecithin, Panthenol, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Ubiquinone, Citric Acid, Thioctic Acid, Tocopherol, Chrysin, Sclerotium Gum, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance

Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson was emphatic that they leave out what wasn’t effective—primarily fragrance. That’s a point that we strongly agree with!

We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong—along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best. Happily, Drunk Elephant breaks from the “herd” with their innovative, fragrance-free products.

As for the brand’s unconventional name, “Drunk Elephant” is in reference to the anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree—an indulgence that leads to intoxication. We don’t know how true that is, but the idea of tipsy animals is cute. Though not really related to skincare, the brand’s name definitely inspires curiosity.

Drunk Elephant, as is the case with many natural-themed lines, avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, we’re just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They’re also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients; this isn’t a cookie cutter line!

On that note, let’s peek at what they have to offer! The Drunk Elephant line is a small one, but it makes each product count. At the time of this review, we were highly impressed with its array of formulas, inclusion of multiple beneficial ingredients, and use of packaging that keeps them protected.

Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It is a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits.

Though the price tags are on the higher end, if you decide to try something from their line, you’re not to be disappointed. Check our reviews to see which formulas may be the answers for your skincare concerns!

To contact a Drunk Elephant, hang out by some Marula trees. Alternatively, you may visit them selected Sephora locations, www.drunkelephant.com or email at info@drunkelephant.com.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Depending on your perspective, some of their products are on the pricey side.

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Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance

Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson was emphatic that they leave out what wasn’t effective—primarily fragrance. That’s a point that we strongly agree with!

We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong—along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best. Happily, Drunk Elephant breaks from the “herd” with their innovative, fragrance-free products.

As for the brand’s unconventional name, “Drunk Elephant” is in reference to the anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree—an indulgence that leads to intoxication. We don’t know how true that is, but the idea of tipsy animals is cute. Though not really related to skincare, the brand’s name definitely inspires curiosity.

Drunk Elephant, as is the case with many natural-themed lines, avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, we’re just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They’re also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients; this isn’t a cookie cutter line!

On that note, let’s peek at what they have to offer! The Drunk Elephant line is a small one, but it makes each product count. At the time of this review, we were highly impressed with its array of formulas, inclusion of multiple beneficial ingredients, and use of packaging that keeps them protected.

Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It is a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits.

Though the price tags are on the higher end, if you decide to try something from their line, you’re not to be disappointed. Check our reviews to see which formulas may be the answers for your skincare concerns!

To contact a Drunk Elephant, hang out by some Marula trees. Alternatively, you may visit them selected Sephora locations, www.drunkelephant.com or email at info@drunkelephant.com.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Depending on your perspective, some of their products are on the pricey side.