T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Review + $10 dupe!

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Review Drunk Elephant

Happy Sunday! I’m sending this week off with a beauty review on a popular face mask that has received a lot of buzz this year: T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial. My expectations were set very high for this product and I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed.

What is it?

The T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial by Drunk Elephant is a potent face mask that is composed of 25% AHA (Glycolic, Tartaric, Lactic and Citric Acids) and 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid), in addition to soothing ingredients such as matcha, aloe and milk thistle. The mask claims to effectively break down dead skin cells, clear the pores and even out tone and texture to reveal baby-soft skin.

How do I use it?

Due to the high levels of Glycolic Acid, Drunk Elephant recommends using this mask only once per week. You apply the product to clean, dry skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, you rinse off the mask and apply the complementary sample of Virgin Marula oil.

The Nitty-Gritty:

I woke up with a major breakout on my chin Friday morning and subsequently ran to Sephora during my lunch break. I heard that this mask was a “miracle-worker” and I needed a miracle. After dropping $80 (!) on 1.69 ounces of product I prayed to the breakout gods that I would wake up on Saturday with Candice Swanepoel’s face.

Fast forward to later that evening, I applied a thin layer of the green, creamy mask all over my face, focusing on my t-zone. Within seconds the mask burned like crazy– this mask is no joke. I’m sure a normal person would have washed it off at this point but I managed to power through the first couple of minutes and finally the burning sensation subsided. After 20 minutes I washed the mask off with cool water and applied the sample of Virgin Marula oil that was graciously provided as a gift with the mask.


I immediately noticed that my skin was baby soft– they don’t call it babyfacial for nothing! My pores were visibly less congested and overall my skin had a nice glow to it. Obviously, my breakout was still there but I’m smart enough to know that even $80 can’t erase acne instantaneously.

Although my breakout was still there the next morning, it definitely flattened out the texture, reduced the redness and overall shrank the size and severity.

In conclusion, is it a miracle? No. Did I see enough positive results to justify the high price tag? Absolutely! This was probably the most effective mask I’ve ever used and I’m looking forward to seeing even more results with continued use.

Cheaper Alternative:

Clearly, the downside of T.L.C Sakuri Babyfacial is the price. Considering you can buy a face mask at Target for $3.99, this product is anything but affordable. However, if you consider the price of a professional facial (anywhere between $75 – $150) the price is slightly justified as I estimate I’ll get at least two month’s worth of product.

If you’re not convinced, consider looking into this cheaper alternative by the Ordinary for $10. Keep in mind this formula is even more potent, containing 30% AHA, so I would not apply this directly to your face without testing out a small patch on your wrist first. However, it does seem to contain similar ingredients– although the Ordinary version is missing a lot of the soothing ingredients I mentioned above.

After I use the product a couple of more times I will provide an update with pictures. Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried out this mask!




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