I have been a fan of Caudalie skincare for a long time. I tried a sample of their Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and I was hooked. For the longest time it was my go to moisturizer. Then I moved and my skin’s needs altered due to climate. On a subsequent move, I found I could still use it in the spring as my transitional moisturizer so for a long time I thought of Caudalie in terms of spring. As in ‘Oh it’s spring now I get to use the Caudalie’ or ‘Oh spring is just around the corner, I need to make sure I’ve got the Moisturizing Sorbet on hand.’
Oddly enough, I never really branched out to their other products. I tried a few samples but none of them stuck the way the Sorbet had although I’m not entirely certain why. I think it was the plethora of brands around me that I wanted to try everything. (I am still upset with myself for missing the Look Fantastic Caudalie limited edition box they did a while back. I have the worst luck in catching their limited edition boxes).
I remember trying out the Vinoperfect Radiance serum before, but aside from remembering I liked it, I couldn’t remember much. So when it was in my Look Fantastic box in August I was very happy.
Okay, I giggled and did a little dance.
But no one saw me and you can’t prove it.
Before I tell you my experience with this serum, let’s see what I should expect. According to the product page…
A worldwide cult favorite, Vinoperfect Radiance Serum has captured the hearts of millions for its powerful anti-dark spot actions.
Both effective and natural, this skin-tone evening serum contains our patented Viniferine that is 62 times more effective than Vitamin C at boosting radiance and evening the complexion.
Suitable for all skin types, it works to reduce the appearance of dark spots, including pregnancy marks, acne marks, sun pigmentation and age-related dark spots, and prevents them from reappearing.
Its refreshing and subtle fragrance combines notes of citrus blossom, orange tree leaves, watermelon and mint.
Given my experience with the Sorbet Moisturizer, I already knew Caudalie knew how to make a cult favorite. So I had high hopes.
Now before I begin I want to say a word on packaging. As it is a travel sized sample of serum it is in a squeeze tube. The full sized version is in a glass bottle with a dropper. I know you are thinking, why is this relevant? Trust me it is. This is a serum that is meant to be in a bottle with a dropper. This is a serum with a relatively liquid consistency. If you open the tube with the opening facing down, it will drip out of the tube. Hold the tube up when opening, then turn over your hand to dispense. Otherwise you will waste product. As you can see in the photo it still leaks into the cap.
I tell you this because I made the same mistake and I regret every drop lost.
So once opening the tube and turning it the right way up so it didn’t drip, I took a sniff. I know that occasionally my senses get a little wonky so bear with me.
Have you ever eaten a watermelon slice down to the white? Not down to the part where it gets bitter, but into that first edging of white where the sweetness of the melon fades and there is just that clean fresh crispness before you get to the bitter part? Where it is neither sweet nor bitter, just fresh?
That taste is how this serum smells.
I know not as poetic as the Caudalie marketing team’s description, but in my mind that is it’s scent. To me it brought back some nice summer memories and I am glad I tried it out in the summertime. Especially because it is fantastically refreshing.
This serum is light weight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I liked to use it in the mornings since it had no issues going out in the sun and then use the products that made me more sensitive to sunlight at night. There were a couple of days where I ran late and skipped the serum for the day during the trial. On those days, I definitely noticed my skin was thirstier at night. If I skipped the serum I ended up needing to use the extra moisturizing night cream instead of my regular moisturizer. So I’m pretty sure it helped lock in moisture.
I do have some sun spots on my forehead (a legacy from my time in Texas) and I have some darker acne scaring. I think it is possible that there was some fading, more so on the sun damage than on the acne scars. I used the entire tube, but It only lasted a little less than two weeks. I believe to see a real difference I would need to use this for at least a month. Given how well it performed, I would have absolutely no problem using this serum for a month. While I like it and believed that given more time it would do exactly as it claims, I do think I will be picking this up in a full size and doing a longer trial at a later point in time. To me this is no surprise. It is easy to see how this is a cult favorite and I am glad Look Fantastic sent me a tube of it to try.
speaking of Look Fantastic the link to their 2020 Advent Calendar goes live today. it is a $640+ value for $110 and features brands like Elemis, Molton Brown, Omorovicza & more. It is well worth checking out. I know it is a bit on the early side to be thinking of Advent calendars but they tend to go fast. I got one a few years back as a gift and it was utterly amazing. So if you are getting it for yourself or giving it to a friend it is worth the price. the items always range from bath and body to skin care and a few makeup items. In my experience it is mostly skincare though, so if you have any skin care or self care junkies on your list, this is a good gift to look into.
And for those looking at the Look Fantastic Box, this is their Birthday month and will include a Brushworks Jade Roller, Elemis Pro-collagen Marine cream, Luxie 209 large shader brush, Diego Dalla Palma Mini Lip liner, along with two other mystery products. You can also sign up now and get the Birthday Edition Beauty Box for $16 ($95 value) instead of the regular $19 with the code BBTREAT.