07 January 2015

Brand Overview // Caudalie

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Over the years Caudalie has become one of those brands that I've tried pretty much every product from. This is mainly due to getting samples in beauty boxes or from Escentual sample sets and then going onto buying full sizes. It's a brand I know I can rely on for good skin care. The most recent sample set I ordered was from Caudalie and it was such great value for money. Unfortunatly it is not available anymore but it was a bag full of samples as well as a voucher to spend on a full size product. Inside was about thirty samples as well as a £7 voucher which was how much the set was.

The majority of Caudalie products are split up into groups of products aimed at different skin concerns such as anti-aging, dry or dull skin. My favourite is Vinosource as a whole but I tend to pick different products from all the ranges. I've added the RRP prices for all products but usually everything can be found on offer or cheaper at all times. My favourite places to buy Caudalie products from are Escentual or Feel Unique.

Divine
Divine Oil | £18 for 50ml or £27 for 100ml // Before buying the full size I'd finished two of the small bottles so I knew I really loved this oil. Everything from the bottle design to the scent to how it works! It's a multi-purpose oil that can be used in your hair, on your face or body, as a hand & cuticle oil as well as a bath oil. My favourite way to use this is to pour a bit into running water and relax with a good book and then apply it to my skin once I'm out of the bath. It's a dry oil so it sinks in incredibly quickly and leaves you smelling and feeling amazing. I have heard others reacting or breaking out when they've applied this to the face so with my sensitive skin I haven't tried it out. It makes a really nice hair and cuticle oil as well.
Divine Body Scrub | £21.50 // Unfortunately I don't currently have tub of this divine body scrub but it is one of my all time favourites. It's incredibly moisturising but still being abrasive enough. It has the same scent as the other divine products and I love the packaging. It's quite expensive so one I save for as a treat every now and again.
Divine Legs | £26 // Not pictured as I don't currently own a bottle but I have had and used several sample sachets which give one whole body application each. This is what I reach for on a night out and this is coming from someone who has incredibly pale skin and can count on one hand, with a few fingers left, how many times I've used fake tan. It's easy to apply, fuss free and washes off with soap and water and makes your legs look flawless. Despite having very pale skin it isn't that dark and looks pretty natural.

Vinoperfect
Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting | £45 // I feel like I perhaps haven't been using this serum for long enough to properly review it but I will say that it comes close to being as good as the Vinosource serum. It has the same extremely light feeling formula that the other serums have which makes it a dream to apply. Unlike the hydration results of the Vinosource serum which you can tell pretty much immediately, I find with this version the complexion correcting takes a little longer to notice. I will say that my skin always looks more radiant the next day after using this serum.
Day Perfecting Fluid SPF15 | £38 // For me, with having extremely pale skin, I prefer to apply a separate SPF to my moisturiser as I tend to wear factor SPF50. This would be a good day time moisturiser for those who want to wear a SPF all year round and want to combine it with their moisturiser but not one to rely on in the summer. It’s slightly peach toned which helps to even out the skin tone. It also has more of a normal moisturiser consistency rather than a fluid given the name.
Cell Renewal Night Cream | £38 // This doesn't feel like your average night cream, it doesn't feel thick or heavy on the skin, instead it sinks in straight away but still leaves your skin moisturised. This is another product that I find leaves my skin looking more radiant and glowing the next day. I don't think I would have thought to try this cream if I didn't have a sample of it, I haven't really heard anyone talk about it in the blogging world.

Vinexpert
Firming Serum | £45// I have pretty young skin as I'm twenty-four so I didn't really notice any firming effects after using this serum but I have only used a tiny sample amount. I'd rather focus on hydration at the moment and stick with one of the other serums.
Radiance Day Cream SPF15 | £39 // Similarly to the Vinoperfect fluid, this is one for those who want to wear an SPF all year round but also want to combine it with their moisturiser. This has quite a thick texture which works well for those with dry skin so probably better to use in the winter than summer.
Night Infusion Cream | £39 // This is another one I've only tried a tiny sample of so I can only comment on the immediate effects of using it. I need a moisturising cream especially in the winter but I hate the feeling of a heavy night cream. This still feels very moisturising but light on the skin.
Radiance Day Fluid SPF15 | £39 // This has the consistency that I thought the Vinoperfect day fluid to have, it’s what you would expect with a product named day fluid. It is light pink in colour which again helps to even out the skin tone and makes a nice base for make-up as it feels light on the skin.
Eye and Lip Serum | £36 // I'm not really a fan of eye and lip serums, they just sort of sit on my skin and don't really feel like they're doing anything. I say skip this and try one of Caudalies eye creams instead.

Premier Cru
The Eye Cream | £49 // I got a tiny tube of this with a Feel Unique order and started using it when the eczema around my eyes was particularly bad. Only when I had already fallen in love with the product and wanted to buy the full size did I look at the price. Could I really spend nearly £50 on an eye cream?! Needless to say I did as anything that can make my eczema disappear like this cream did is worth it. Also the tiny 2ml tube I first used lasted me such a long time, only a tiny amount is needed, I knew the full size would last a long time. This is definitely not an eye cream for everyone but if you've struggled with eczema around your eyes then try and get a sample. I'm only twenty-four and have only been using this for about six months or so, so can't really say how well it works as far as the anti-aging properties go.
The Cream | £92.50 // I am yet to spend over £60 on a skin care product so the price of this moisturiser makes me instantly want to hate it. I actually got a 20ml tube free when I bought the eye cream and that alone is worth around £37. I'm still trying to get my head around spending that much money! Out of all the beauty products though, skin care is the one I'm happy to pay more for. You only get one face after all! A mini tube of this came free with one of my Feel Unique orders so I finally bit the bullet and tried this moisturiser, needless to say, I fell in love with it straight away. Only a small amount is needed and it sinks into the skin beautifully without leaving any kind of residue behind. It is a little on the thicker side which is perfect for my dry skin but could be a bit too much for those with extremely oily skin, you’d definitely want to try a sample first. Would I buy the full size after trying it? I’m still going with probably not but never say never as I do struggle with finding moisturisers that I really like.

Vinosource
Moisture Recovery Cream | £23 // This is one I reach for when my skin has calmed down from an eczema flare up but is still feeling a little bit sensitive and extremely dry. It restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the skin barrier functions. It also has a slight matte finish so nice to wear under make-up.
S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum | £29 // I fell in love with this serum the first time I used it after getting a generous sized sample in a beauty box. Since then I have gone through two large sample sizes, a full size and am now working my way through another bottle. This is one to go for especially if you have dry and/or dehydrated skin. Not only does it smell amazing and the packaging pumps out just the right amount of product, but the serum itself is one of my all time favourites. It's quite watery so applies beautifully and sinks into the skin really nicely, no stickiness at all so is a good one for under make-up. It also seems to make the moisturiser you apply on top sink in better. I can't rave about this enough!
Moisturising Sorbet | £23 // This is another product that I discovered through a beauty box and have bought the full size of which I actually finished recently. Like the serum, this feels incredibly light on the skin, like you haven't even applied anything, but it is still very moisturising. Despite having dry skin, I hate the feeling of heavy creams even if they are doing my skin the world of good. I never have this problem with this moisturiser.
Moisturising Matifying Fluid £23 // Again this is another one that is nice to wear during the day and under make-up especially if like me you have dry skin but still have areas that tend to get a little bit oily.
Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream £23 // This is the one I would reach for in the winter when I wanted a more moisturising version of the moisturising sorbet.
S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue | £18 // This isn't as moisturising as the Premier Cru version so perhaps one if you prefer something a little lighter feeling or to use during the day.

Polyphenol [c15]
Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum | £35 // 
On a side note I always fall in love with these mini serum bottles from Caudalie as they come with a pippette, it's those little touches you don't always get with brands that make a difference. This Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle concentrate blocks free radicals (the main cause of wrinkles), corrects and defends the skin against the aggressions of daily life (UV rays, pollution). For me, the serums from Caudalie are always the products I'm most interested in trying. This one from the Polyhenol range does not disappoint. Like Hydraluron, this contains hyaluronic acid which helps moisturise the skin as well as adding a layer of protection.
Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20 | £29 // A bonus that it contains SPF 20 and perfect for days when it doesn't look sunny in the morning but then a few hours later it has appeared. And yes I am one of those people that despite having extremely pale skin, I don't wear SPF on a daily basis. This multi-purpose Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant and anti-wrinkle treatment also contains sun filters to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, it also has a plumping action. As soon as it is applied, the skin is smoother, more filled out and perfectly protected all day long. As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most which is surprising as I thought it might just be ok. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.
Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream | £26 // I first tried this eye cream to try and stop the eczema around my eyes from flaring up and it did a really good job after nothing else really worked. This double-action gel-cream reduces dark circles and smoothes the area around the eyes and lips. The Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle formula is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 and fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts. Instantly tightening, smoothing and moisturising. It looks like a cream but it feels and applies like a gel therefore it feels extremely light under the eyes. It sinks into the skin pretty much instantly so you don't have to sit there patting your eye cream in forever. The most important thing, it's moisturising. It's completely different from something like Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment but it is still very hydrating and works well under make-up as well as in the evening. Despite this only being a 5ml sample it is going to last a really long time. A small amount is needed and unlike the majority of samples, it gives you enough product to properly test it out before deciding to buy the full size or not. This goes for the other two product as well. I have to be honest though and I haven't tried this around/on my lips. I apply the serum and moisturiser around my mouth/lips so will still gain the benefits but this is definitely an eye cream only for me.
Overnight Detox Oil | £29 // I always get a sample vial of this with my Feel Unique orders and since it was released I've built up quite a collection of them. I don't yet have enough that it equals a full size but enough that it's worth testing out the oil. This is actually the first facial oil I've tried from Caudalie, ignoring Divine Oil. although they released two others from the other ranges alongside this one. It feels like a dry oil and sinks in almost immediately leaving your skin feeling plump and moisturised. The full size is on my list to buy.

Other
Beauty Elixir | £11.50 for 30ml or £32 for 100ml // This is one of the most popular Caudalie products especially in the blogging world and I love it myself. I think this is my third bottle and although for me it's not an everyday toner, it is still an essential product in my skin care routine. On a daily basis I prefer to use something a little more hydrating but when my skin is acting up and I'm getting a few spots then this is what I reach for. I also like to use this on a cotton pad if I've applied a mask to my t-zone. I also take a mini bottle of this with me when I'm going on a plane as I find the scent really relaxing and calming.
Gentle Cleansing Milk | £15 for 200ml or £30 for 400ml // I haven't been using this long enough to form a proper opinion but the few times I have used it my skin feels really nice. It's one that I tend to reach for in the mornings and remove with a flannel. I have very sensitive skin and my face can go quite red after cleansing but because this cleansing milk is so gentle and easy to remove I've definitely noticed a difference.
Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water | £9 for 100ml, £15 for 200ml or £30 for 400ml // Caudalie products have the best scents and this micellar water is no different. Although it's more expensive than Bioderma I still like to buy it now and again especially if I can find it on offer or have a discount code. I haven't found anything better than Bioderma yet but this comes close. I only used micellar waters to remove eye make-up on a daily basis and this one does the job really well. It even gets rid of stubborn water proof eye liner or mascara.
Moisturising Cream Mask | £19 // This is Caudalies version of the Origins Drink Up Mask.
Purifying Mask | £19 // This is like a mix of a mud mask and a hydrating mask therefore good for all skin types as it doesn't dry out the skin. It purifies and absorbs excess sebum for shine-free skin that feels clean with a clearer complexion.
Deep Cleansing Exfoliator | £18 // This is a nice exfoliator if you have sensitive skin and want a scrub that is very gentle. If not then skip this as the particles are the very small barely noticeable type.
Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel | £9 //  This is one for you if you suffer with sensitive skin, like I do, as it’s soap free and enriched with aloe vera. It’s doesn’t lather as well as other shower gels do but I just use a shower lily and it works just fine. The scent is amazing, a mix of rose, pepper and grape and is also available in a perfume.
Grape Water Spray | £6 for 75ml or £10 for 200ml //  I’ve only found one use for water sprays, apart from on holiday if it’s hot, which is before and after cleansing. Before to prepare the skin before applying a cleanser, usually gel cleansers, and then after rinsing to balance the skin. For the majority of the time I use a cleansing balm which you apply to dry skin so I tend to skip the water spray step but it’s nice to keep in the bathroom cupboard. This is quite an expensive water spray and in fact the Avene version, which I currently have, is £10 as well but you get 300ml.
Nourishing Body Lotion | £20 for 250ml or £26 for 400ml //  I took a couple of sachets of this away with me on a long weekend and was able to get one full body application out of each. This is a nice light feeling but still very moisturising body lotion. It has a subtle scent which is nice if you don’t mind mixing scents. I’ve found other body moisturisers I prefer so for me this is one to miss as it’s quite expensive.
Vine Body Butter | £20 //  This very similar to the body lotion, same scent, but it has a thicker and richer texture. If you get very dry skin in the winter and are looking for a pamper treat then this is a good one to try although expensive if you were to use it on a daily basis.
Hand & Nail Cream | £12 // This is one of my favourite hand creams and is available in a couple of different scents. I think I've been through two or three tubes and is the perfect hand cream to keep in your desk drawer at work or in your hand bag. It smells amazing, sinks in straight away and comes in a travel friendly size.
Lip Conditioner | £5.50 //  Not pictured as I’ve actually been through a whole tube of this. Despite using lip balm on a regular basis throughout the day, I find myself going through them quite slowly so I haven’t needed to repurchase this one just yet. I was really impressed with this lip balm and it worked just as well as others that cost four times the price. Caudalie products are quite often on offer as well so you’re more likely to find this even cheaper than £5.50. The tube means it’s the perfect lip balm to keep in your bag or in your desk at work as it’s more hygienic and less messy to apply. It’s the type of lip balm that you can feel on your lips and lasts a really long time. I can apply this at night and can still feel it on my lips when I wake up in the morning. It’s very similar to the Nuxe lip balm in the tube if you’ve tried it.

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for putting in so much effort to draft this Katy! Its a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in the brand like me! :-)

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  2. Wow this is such an awesome post :) I LOVE Divine Oil and Scrub, they smell incredible and I love the radiance serum too :) Such a great brand. The polyphenol range is on my faves!

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

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  3. Wow. This must have took you forever to write! It's so detailed and interesting. I've been reading your site for ages now and I even included you in my favourites blogs list on my site and I couldn't help but noticed that you're not getting the credit you deserve. Your content is great and I love the quality and creativity of the pictures ;) You deserve much more ''fame''. Keep up the good work ;) you are a huge inspiration to me.

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  4. Wow! I didn't even know this many Caudalie products existed haha. Thank you for sharing, very informative post x

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  5. This is a great post! I love Caudalie & have tried quite a few things from their range. After reading your post I now have so many things I want to try. I really loved this post!
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  6. Oh wow! I love Caudalie, especially the beauty elixir but I will sure to check out some of their other products after reading this :)
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    xx

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