Love Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream but don’t love the price? There’s a K-Beauty product for that!
One of the questions we get asked a lot at SS is whether there are any K-Beauty products that are similar to existing western products. After all, K-Beauty is famous for products that contain high value ingredients that are packed into much more palatable formulations and prices.
In the case of Drunk Elephant’s Protini Cream, there is a K-Beauty product that’s a dead ringer for it – but it might even be better than the original!
Meet the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream dupe!
Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream has garnered a following thanks to its combination of peptides, growth factors, and amino acids, which are formulated into a thick cream that claims to reduce lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. The amino acids act as support by strengthening and fortifying the skin’s barrier.
The cream’s packaging is a strong point – there’s no top to unscrew or pot to dip your grubby fingers into; you just press down to release the perfect serving every time. However, the price is hard to ignore – retailing at around $95 AUD, it’s not exactly a bargain.
And that’s if you can even get your hands on it in the first place. Protini Cream is not actually available in Australia, making it even more expensive (and difficult!) to get your hands on, as you have to go through an American delivery service. Enter – d’Alba Piedmont.
Luxury K-Beauty brand d’Alba has been making massive waves in the Korean Beauty scene since the release of its cult favourite White Truffle First Spray Serum – AKA The Korean Stewardess’ Mist. Garnering over 10,000 Korean language reviews, this misting spray catapulted this gourmet skincare brand into the stratosphere.
d’Alba Piedmont’s Peptide No Sebum Repair Cream is another hit product from the brand. It comes with the same base of low molecular peptides and 20 essential amino acids and minerals as Drunk Elephant’s version, which work to help firm and improve skin elasticity, wrinkles, and fine lines.
It’s also formulated with calamine powder and BHAs to help fight acne, gently remove old skin cells, target sebum, and soothe sensitive skin. Both products are cruelty free and come in a 50ml size.
However, where d’Alba beats Drunk Elephant hands down is in price (Protini Cream is around $95 AUD versus $60.95 AUD) and the potential to cause breakouts.
Protini’s thicker texture isn’t ideal for those with from oily or combination skin, whereas d’Alba’s Peptide Cream comes in a lighter consistency (albeit one that doesn’t compromise on hydration). This makes it perfect for those looking to target signs of aging on oily or acne prone skin.
We’re also calling it – d’Alba’s bougie packaging looks luxe AF on your bathroom shelf.
If you’re looking for a damn good moisturiser that does it’s job and does it well – something you can use and not have to worry about your skin not getting the essential nutrients it needs because you only managed to put on one of the ten steps in your regime before bed – then d’Alba Piedmont No Sebum Repair Cream may just be your new skin BFF.
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