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FIOR Vs Drunk Elephant. Which Is The Best Moisturizer?

We're always on the lookout for the best moisturizer. It's a staple in everyone's skincare routine and the most important product for happy, hydrated skin.

There are many facial moisturizers on the market and it can seem impossible to know the best one for you, but we decided to take on the task. Our editors recently tried one of the most popular moisturizers and one of the newer brands, that caught our attention after positive reviews going viral on TikTok. We're talking about: Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer and FIOR Perfecting Moisturizer.

Here's what we thought.

Key Similarities

  • Both promise hydration
  • Both come from brands that have been hyped up on #SkinTok
  • Both are meant to be used on a daily basis

Key Differences

  • FIOR is brand new and is not available at Sephora
  • Drunk Elephant is meant to be used with the accompanying serum
  • FIOR comes in squeeze bottles; Drunk Elephant comes in wide jar containers
  • FIOR uses a special formulation called CBX

Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer

A Sephora favorite, the Drunk Elephant line is known for its clean ingredients, high-quality formulas, and fun, minimal packaging.

The ingredient list is impressive: Signal Peptide Complex of amino acids which bind moisture to the skin, Pygmy Waterlily Stem Cell Extract, Soybean Folic Acid Ferment Extract...

This product was very hit-or-miss. Some of our editors thought it was a fantastic moisturizer, but many found it underwhelming and didn't really notice a difference. It's also meant to also be used with the companion product, the $82 Protini™ Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum. We figured if we weren't fans of the moisturizer, Drunk Elephant could just claim that's because we weren't using the serum with it.

This moisturizer nourishes the skin and claims to target aging and dullness, but it's suitable for all ages and skin types.

A 50 mL container goes for $68.

FIOR Perfecting Moisturizer

This one is brand new, so we didn't know many that have tried it yet, but their viral customer reviews got us thinking if we should be paying close attention. Simply put, we were instantly in love. It's a clean formulation with CBX (a blend of CBD & CBDA) with other skin-loving ingredients like Oat Kernel, Bark extract, Oleanolic acid, packed full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help reduce redness and hydrate skin.

The formula feels luxurious, super light-weight and you can feel it working. We enjoyed the slight cooling sensation from the wintergreen leaf, and it fully absorbs into the skin quickly leaving a soft-to-the-touch finish. It's perfect for right under makeup as it minimizes glare and excess sebum. We noticed a difference right away in our foundation applications with this as a base.

It's meant to revive and optimize skin for a healthy, hydrated look. We loved that the fragrance and packaging were gender-neutral and unique for gift-giving.

A 90 mL tube goes for $89.

Final Verdict

Although both of them have their pros and cons, and it's about what works for you, we have to say: FIOR is your best bet. Drunk Elephant's moisturizer worked well on some but not others - perhaps it would work better with the serum, but we'd rather not have to purchase a second product when we all got great results with FIOR's moisturizer on its own.

With FIOR, none of us had negative reactions, we didn't feel like the CBX factor was some gimmick, it felt high-end, and most importantly it made an immediate difference. Even though it's a new brand, it's legit. We can tell it's going to be the next big thing.

FIOR has also shared an exclusive offer with us! Use code POPDUST25 for 25% off your order.

Everything You Need To Know About Thrive Causemetics

Concerned by beauty industry scandals lately? We got you.

Whether it's big beauty brands still including harmful ingredients, or overpromising and under-delivering, we're tired of trying to cut through the noise.

We've finally found a brand we're throwing our support behind 100%: Thrive Causemetics. They're an inclusive makeup and skincare brand that strives to create the highest quality beauty products, and use their status as a reputable brand to give back!

Founded in 2015, they've already manufactured an award-winning mascara and given millions of products and dollars to different communities who could use the support.

Here's everything you need to know.

What is Thrive Causemetics?

They're a company that delivers iconic, high-performance products that are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and don't include any harmful ingredients, like parabens or sulfates

What products do they sell?

You can find anything for your beauty and skincare needs!

If you need a new mascara, get the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ immediately. It lifts, lengthens, and provides incredible volume, thanks to a blend of castor seed oil, shea butter, Orchid Stem Cell Complex™, and Youth B5 Complex™ that help build healthy lashes over time. It's also so good, it looks like you're wearing falsies, and it never clumps or flakes (but still comes off with just warm water and a washcloth). Not to mention, it comes in a unique Brown Black shade which we love, as well as Rich Black.

There's the Brilliant Eye Brightener™ that instantly brightens your eye area with a universally flattering glow. It's easy to use, hydrating, waterproof and is the perfect accessory for any Zoom call.

We also love the Buildable Blur CC Cream™ with SPF 35 in 18 shades, the Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner™ in 7 colors, and their Liquid Light Therapy All-in-One Face Serum™ that mimics red and blue light therapy for a glowing complexion.

How much do they cost?

Prices are super affordable considering the high-quality and clinically-proven ingredients used. The Mascara is $24, and the whole line ranges from $16 to $62. The key here is incredible quality and efficacy at an affordable cost (for the beauty world).

How does the subscription work?

It's always optional, but if you want to guarantee free shipping, you can opt in to get certain products delivered every 1, 2, 3, or 4 months, so you never run out.

How do they choose ingredients?

First off, they're always 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They also work to source ingredients that replenish your skin, your lashes, your face, so they won't dry you out or cause harm.

What are people saying?

Not only has the brand grabbed an Allure Beauty award, but their products are beloved, with the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ and the Brilliant Eye Brightener™ ascending to cult must-have status. Their colors are approachable and inclusive, they serve a wide range of skin tones, and the products have silky non-flaky textures.

How is Thrive Causemetics different from other organizations that give back?

They're extremely transparent about where your money is going, so you know it's going to actual causes. For every product purchased, they donate to help a woman thrive; they've already given $500,000 worth of Thrive Causemetics products to frontline workers battling Covid-19.

In 2020, they spread their donations across multiple organizations that support first responders, women experiencing homelessness, women fighting cancer, families facing food insecurity, racial justice advocacy, grocery + restaurant workers, women surviving domestic abuse, underserved marginalized youth, healthcare professionals, LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, and women veterans.

Also, 100% of the profits of their Moisture-Enriched Hand Sanitizer is donated to the Black Women's Health Imperative, "the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls."

We're tired of two shade offerings from brands that don't seem to care about what ingredients they use. Thrive Causemetics is the real deal when it comes to amazing products and using your brand as more than just a brand, but a way to support communities of women.

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