Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

During the summer months I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizers if my skin will let me get away with them. The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 is on its way out since I’ve been using it nearly every day for the past few months, but it’s an item that I’m considering purchasing again. As a “three-in-one tinted moisturizer that corrects, perfects, and provides light makeup coverage and SPF 20 protection,” this is a great product for lazy days, weekends, and afternoon yoga sessions.

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The Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer is a tinted moisturizer that includes “mineral pigments [to] cover skin imperfections, leaving you with a smooth, even complexion so that over time, spots become less visible, and the skin is more beautiful.” Ideally, this TM is great for all skin types, and “it contains a high concentration of viniferine, which is more effective than vitamin C. It’s formulated with a blend of mineral pigments to blend with skin to cover skin imperfections, leaving a very natural-looking yet smooth finish.”

This TM is super lightweight and smooths onto the skin easily and seamlessly. It works nicely both with hands and a foundation/buffing brush as well. The coverage is minimal; but it provides a nice glow and an even finish so your skin looks natural and healthy. I don’t think this would photograph well because the coverage is so light and it contain SPF 20. However, it’s great to throw on when you’re just heading out real quick to the gym or to brunch. For me, if I need something extra, I’ll just tap on some concealer and powder my t-zone and I like the result it gives me.

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This is a pretty expensive tinted moisturizer that doesn’t have high coverage and multi-function as the NARS tinted moisturizer (which is still one of my faves). It feels nice and looks good if you’re having a good skin day. I think for traveling this may be a good option because it’s so fast, easy, and contain skincare ingredients and an SPF. For work days or special occasions, you may want to opt for a real foundation. Also, if you’re having pigmentation issues or skin needs more coverage, I don’t think this product is going to do the job! Other than that, I think this is a great TM and I like all the skincare benefits that it contains. It lets me feel better about minimizing my morning routine if I’m in a hurry, so it can be an all-in-one kind of product for some people.

Made in France.
Retails for $49.00 USD.

REVIEW: Caudalie Moisturizing Mask

In my recent post about the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel, I mentioned I was looking into more hydrating products since I’m trying to keep my skin happy, plump, and moisturized throughout the day. Normally, moisturizing masks are not the kind of masks I go for since I’m all about oil-control and purifying my skin; however, I tried a sample of the Caudalie Moisturizing Mask and had to get the full-size afterwards! The Caudalie Moisturizing Mask is a part of Caudalie’s new mask release, which includes the Instant Detox Mask, the Purifying Mask, and the Glycolic Peel. You can read my review on the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask here.

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This mask “restores moisture levels to relieve tightness, reduce redness, and increase softness for a hydrated, dewy glow.” While it’s recommended for people with dry skins, I’ve found that this product is just as wonderful for my sensitive, combination/sometimes oily skin. The Moisturizing Mask “will protect against future dehydration and leave skin supple and quenched with a youthful-looking radiance. It is enriched with vinolevure to strengthen and soothe, grape seed oil to nourish, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize.”

Like many moisturizing masks, this can be used in two different ways:
(1) First, after removing makeup and cleansing your skin, you can apply this mask onto your skin focusing on areas that need extra attention. Leave a thick layer of product on for about 15-20 minutes. Massage in the product in before rinsing your skin clean and move onto applying your nighttime skin care products.

(2) Another way you can use this is to use it as a overnight/sleeping mask. As a final step in your skincare routine, apply a thin layer of the mask onto your skin and go to bed. Wake up and wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning, and then prep your skin with toner, serum, moisturizer before applying sunscreen and your base makeup.

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I like to use this product like a traditional mask rather than a sleeping mask. For me, I use a more intense oil-control/purifying mask on my t-zone and apply this moisturizing mask to my cheeks and under my eyes. Occasionally, I’ll apply this on my forehead but I rarely just use this mask alone all over my face. I do this since my skin has different concerns depending on what part of my skin/face we’re talking a about. This way, my t-zone can get a stronger clay mask, while the drier parts of my face can benefit from a moisturizing product.

I recommend this mask because it’s so hydrating and really plumps up the skin. My face feels comfortable after removing the mask, and in addition, my skin feels clean but healthy before applying additional skincare products. Sometimes I like to apply this quickly in the morning just to give my face a little extra something before I begin my day. I noticed that leaving this mask on for longer than 20ish minutes makes the mask crusty and it flakes off causing a mess. It’s thick and gooey, but you have to use a lot of product to get the results you want. Unfortunately, this won’t last long since I go through so much of the product every time I use it.

Item contains 2.5 oz.
Retails for $29.00 USD.
Made in France.

REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

I think any product that promises any form of “detox” is an attention-getter for me. With my VIB Rouge perks, I was able to get the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask early and I’m so glad that I did. Designed to be a “detoxifying mask that draws out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion,” this mask is the ultimate quick-fix product and another must-have from Caudalie. Quick-fix masks seem to kind of a thing now, so it’s nice that this one adopts the same concept!

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The “Instant Detox Mask brings life to dull, tired skin. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. Great to use before a night out or after a stressful week, it is enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, and papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance.” The color is really unusual since it’s pink in tone. Once dried on the skin, it turns into a darker pink shade that seems to easily wash off — thank goodness. Much like the rest of Caudalie’s brand philosophy, Grape Marc is one of the main ingredients that detoxifies and drains impurities, as pink clay and coffee are known to purify the skin. Also included in the main ingredients is papaya enzymes that delivers immediate radiance by lightly exfolitating the skin and lifting dead skin cells. The scent of this mask is earthy but non-offensive. In addition, it dries down pretty quick so I like to apply this mask after makeup removal and before my shower at night. That way, I can just jump into the shower which makes rinse-off much easier for me.

And, finally, eight essential oils within the mask nourish skin, so even after removal, your skin is left plumped and healthy rather than dried from the clay. I like to apply a thin layer 2-3 times a week on dry face, avoiding the eye area. I leave it on for 10 minutes, but sometimes I leave it on longer. When it’s all dried I rinse off the mask in the shower and let the steam and warm water continue to work its goodness on my skin. Afterwards, I follow with serum and my nighttime cream.

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I really like this mask, but most of all, I like that it’s super fast and easy to use. It makes it great for traveling too since it’s quick and comes in a tube. I don’t think product is a real “problem fixer,” in that it won’t really address breakouts or anything like that. However, it’s great for maintaining your skin’s condition and pores. My skin feels cleaner and smoother after I use this, and I really like that my face doesn’t feel too stripped or dry either. I recommend this product as a routine mask to have on hand to help maintain the clarity of your skin, and to free your pores of impurities and oil!

Made in France.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

While killing some time at Sephora recently, I came across the new Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum and was quickly reminded how my current Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum was about to be finished. I wrote about it here in this post almost a year ago, so it’s safe to say that with every day use, the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum can last a long time with every day morning use. As its replacement, I decided to try the Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum — even though it’s so new, reviews are scarce.

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Serums, as of late, are really hot in the skincare market right now; so, it’s no surprise that so many brands are releasing their versions of an anti-aging serum. As “a highly concentrated serum with antioxidants to stop free radicals and visibly correct wrinkles,” this lightweight and fast-absorbing serum is a great replacement for the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum. As a skincare “rule,” serums are designed to be used underneath moisturizer for maximum effect; and is designed to be more potent since it’s able to reach deeper layers of your skin. For me, I layer skincare products at night so that my skin can be pampered and taken care of while I sleep. However, during the day, I rely on a serum because I skip the traditional moisturizer.

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My trusty S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum was on its last leg, and I’ve since finished the product and I’m happy with its replacement. As a product to “protect, prevent, and preserve skin from environmental factors,” this anti-aging serum is packed with “unique combination of grape-seed polyphenols and powerful vitamin C.” This serum is smooth and lightweight, which makes it ideal to layer with and wear underneath sunscreen and makeup. Throughout time, it claims to “improve the appearance of wrinkles and [to] prevent new ones from appearing.” As with all of Caudalie’s products, “this product is non-photo sensitizing, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, and for all skin types. It contains no phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, or animal ingredients.”

This serum is light and powerful, yet it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving behind a sticky residue. I pat the product in after washing my face in the morning and toning. I let it sink in before applying a sunscreen and proceeding onto makeup. Because of its lightweight texture, it doesn’t interfere with makeup application and doesn’t make my oily t-zone more oily. Because of this, I skip the moisturizer and rely solely on this serum to act double-duty. Concentrated Grape-seed Polyphenols protect against free radicals, and stabilized Vitamin C functions as a powerful antioxidant. Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and keep my skin plump and hydrated. For these reasons, I prefer this serum in the mornings.

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I think this serum is great for my anti-aging concerns — which are quite minimal. I’m in my late 20’s, but I believe in preventative measures and taking care of your skin. I like how my skin feels comfortable and pampered with this product, so I recommend it if you’re looking for something light and in the anti-aging realm. It’s an expensive serum, but a little goes a long ways. I predict this will likely last me a year or more.

Made in France.
Product contains 1 oz.
Retails for $62.00 USD.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue

The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue has been a morning staple of mine recently and I wanted to share it with you all. Previously, I wrote about the Clarins Eye Contour Gel which was great — but, unfortunately, it appeared that the formula was great for eyeshadow application but not really for hydration needed for the winter. I exchanged it for the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue and I’m very pleased, indeed. While hydration is a major factor during the winter season, I find it interesting that the texture of the cream is so light even though it’s not a gel like the Clarins Eye Contour Gel.

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There’s not a lot of eye creams that are designed for the morning. Even out of the ones that are specifically designed for the mornings, it’s difficult to find a formula that’s both eye makeup friendly and hydration (without being oily or sticky) worthy. It’s a tall order, I suppose. However, the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue is an “eye cream to de-puff, soothe, and brighten tired eyes” specifically in the morning before makeup application. In this case, texture and formula are key. This treatment “quenches and soothes the eye area upon application, leaving eye contours looking rested, fresh, and naturally glowing. It hydrates, soothes, and de-puffs with antioxidant polyphenols, moisturizing grape water, and calming white tea extract.”

I noticed that a little bit goes a long ways and the application is both smooth and hydrating. While the formula is a cream, it absorbs quickly and dries down matte — making eye makeup application easy. Also, I noticed that my eye area was well hydrated throughout the day (even in the winter). I did notice that my eyeliner smudged a little more than usual, but since I don’t wear eyeliner everyday, I’ve decided it may not be a big issue. I recommend the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue for its de-puffing and soothing capabilities, and because it doesn’t interfere with makeup application like other eye creams.

Made in France.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum

Where has the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum been all my life? This is the newest addition to my skincare arsenal, but one that I needed to purchase because of my recent skincare concern.

This is advertised as “an oil-free serum that captures and continually diffuses water deep within the skin to restore its moisture balance and leave skin feeling soft and supple.” It contains “organic grape water [as] the key ingredient for reactivating the skin’s hydration mechanisms and replenishing its water reserves.” Also included is “polyphenol antioxidants [to] provide protection against UV rays and free radicals.”

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As with all serums, this product is designed to be used before moisturizer. During the summer months, I find that I can just use the serum alone and move onto sunscreen. While this is great for all skin types, I think it’s best for those with combination to oily skins. It’s oil-free and almost gel-like. It’s cooling on the skin and absorbs easily into the skin. Despite its watery-light texture, this is intensely hydrating without being oily or greasy.

For drier skins, adding on a moisturizer over this would do wonders. Caudalie products are known to incorporate grape water in their products, and that secret ingredient is really all you need. According to Sephora’s website, organic grape water showed 61% decreased sensitivity and 121% increased hydration.

As an oily skin person, I had no idea my skin could be dehydrated. And, I noticed since I’ve incorporated this serum, my skin’s oil production has been regulated since my skin isn’t trying to compensate for the dehydration by overproducing oil.

Made in France.
Retails for $48 USD.

Recommendation: Caudalie Vinoperfect

Recently, I switched over to a French brand – Caudalie – for my nightly skin care routine. I picked Caudalie after some thorough research, because I wanted a gentler product that would spot-correct and make my complexion more radiant and even-toned. Enter Caudalie’s radiance regimen: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum + Caudalie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream.

Caudalie’s History via Sephora:
“The Caudalie story began in 1993 when two college sweethearts, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, took a summer job at her family winery in Bordeaux and met Dr. Vercauteren, the world’s leading expert on grapevine polyphenols. The professor revealed the extraordinary antioxidant powers of the vine, inspiring the couple to create the world’s leading vinotherapy skincare line. Caudalie is the first beauty company to use (and patent) stabilized grape seed polyphenols in skincare and steers clear of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and artificial colorings to protect your skin and the environment. Balancing science and nature with a touch of luxury, Caudalie is always on the cutting edge of antioxidant technology. Uncork the formulas and let your skin drink up the benefits.”

The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is “a highly concentrated oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.” It is formulated to “banish dark spots and achieve your most even, bright, and beautiful complexion. Perfect for all skin types, this satiny complex offers remarkable results, helping to correct dark spots, acne marks, and scars. Naturally powerful Viniferine, olive squalene, mint, caraway, and galbanum work to counter stretch marks, scars, and damage while bolstering collagen and elastin, for glowing results.”

Caudalie’s official website states that this “satiny serum is a remarkable formula for smoother, brighter-looking skin. Patented Viniferine, 62 times more effective than Vitamin C boosts the complexion’s radiance and appearance. Your skin is moisturized and luminous. Your complexion looks even and beautifully radiant with dark spots diminished.” This product is “for those who wish to regain a bright, radiant, and even complexion. [It] eliminate[s] existing dark spots and prevents the appearance of new ones.”

Applying serum before the cream is important because serums are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin; creams, on the other hand, can sit on top of the skin before absorption. Including a serum into your nightly skin care routine can boost effects since serums contain higher concentrations “ingredients” that are delivered deeper into the skin. Doing so – in my opinion – allows your combined products to be more effective – thus providing results that you’re looking for faster.

Paired with the serum, I apply the cell renewal night cream every night. “This exfoliating cream works overnight for a renewed baby-skin effect, leaves your complexion glowing and unified, smoothes lines and reduces pores. It delivers gradual and continuous exfoliation for a new-skin effect that ensures unique high tolerance. Dark spots and imperfections are visibly diminished, the skin texture is refined and pores are tightened. In the morning, your skin breathes freely. It is detoxified, moisturized, smoother with a more even, incredibly luminous complexion.”

The cream is thick and a little goes a long way. I find that it’s difficult to blend in because it does take some work to get the white cast from the product to dissipate. However, despite its thick consistency, once the cream is blended in my skin is smooth and soft. Even with a layer of serum plus the cream, my skin is not left sticky; I’m confident that both products have been absorbed into the skin.

Caudalie products are formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
This non-comedogenic, non-photosensitizing product does not contain animal products and is not tested on animals. Caudalie is committed to using and producing products that are environmentally friendly.

My thoughts/recommendation:
I’ve been using Caudalie for a few months now, and I’m happy to say that my skin has made a successful transition from summer to fall to winter because of these two products. The smell is lightly sweet but doesn’t linger to give you a headache. After makeup removal and proper skin cleansing, I slather on the serum generously all over my face and wait a few moments for it to sink into the skin. The skin absorbs the product beautifully and doesn’t leave a sticky gooey feeling, like many other serums on the market. Then, I apply the night cream on top of the serum; the cream is slightly on the thick side – so, a little goes a long way. I rub the cream into the skin and, it too, is absorbed into the skin easily. Within minutes my skin feels refreshed and moisturized. I can go to sleep without my skin sticking to my pillow and rubbing off everywhere.

The final verdict:
If your goal is to achieve a more even-toned complexion, then I highly recommend this line. The natural ingredients in here, I believe, work just as well as chemical-based products. Because the main ingredient is more potent than the traditional Vitamin C, the results are equal or greater depending on the length of use. Before starting on this particular routine, I had just finished a mini acne-battle with my skin and was left with some reddish post-hyperpigmentation spots. My skin had gotten sensitive to the weather changes around here and I was having some major redness issues; also, it appeared my skin was quite unbalanced – more than usual.

It is important to know that these anti-spot products are not meant for a “quick fix.” If you want intense and immediate results, a laser procedure is your best bet – even though it is very costly. With topical products, you must remain patient and use the products diligently as instructed for weeks (and sometimes months) before seeing full results. Within a week, my skin seemed happier and less temperamental; within 2 weeks, the redness had subsided immensely; within a month and a half, many of the spots had faded but were still visible; and, at the end of the 4th month, I could get away with not using concealer for additional coverage (though a light coating of foundation was still required). Now, at the end of December, I’m quite happy with the condition of my skin. Though there’s hints of faint spots here and there, the overall skin tone has evened out greatly and the texture is much more smoother – thus, creating the “radiant” look the products claim. The remaining stubborn spots are really, really faint; and, I’m happy to say that NO new spots have emerged.

* Images and quoted content were extracted from http://www.sephora.com and http://www.caudalie-usa.com.