I have always been one to take good care of my skin. And when I got into my 30s, I doubled down in investing in quality skincare that really works. One of my go-to brands is Caudalie – the French skincare brand known for luxurious, effective clean skincare formulations. I use a lot of their products in my skincare routine and have tried nearly the entire line…it absolutely takes up a lot of real estate in my bathroom!
What Is Caudalie
The brand was founded in the 1990s and has grown to feature a lineup of products to treat all sorts of skincare concerns. The beauty brand is beloved by French women for its mindful prices and effective formulas and can be found widely throughout France and now the rest of the world as well.
The Caudalie line is based around products harnessing extracts from the grape and grapevine that have been proven effective in aiding skin. Why? The line got its origin story in Bordeaux, in the heart of the vines at Château Smith Haut Lafitte which is the winery belonging to Caudalie founder Mathilde’s parents. The winery is now also home to a five star luxury hotel you can visit.
The Caudalie line is cruelty free and also works to limit their use of plastics and environmental impact of the products as they’re produced. The brand is focused on key ingredients that really target your biggest concerns – think aging, dark spots and lack of radiance or lack of firmness.
Caudalie Skincare Review
I first began using Caudalie after picking up minis of the brand at French drugstores while on trips to Paris. Now I’ve been using it for the better part of a decade! Consider this post the mother of all Caudalie Reviews from someone who has used the products regularly to really get results.
My favorite products from Caudalie come from four different lines. The Resveratrol line which is dedicated to anti-wrinkle and firming technology. The Premier Cru line which is the high end, anti-aging line. The Vinopure line which is all things anti-acne and aids in helping oily and problem skin. And the Vinoperfect line which is all about brightening skin that looks or feels lackluster. That particular skin care line is also great if you have any dark spots you’re trying to diminish.
There are a few products I absolutely love that are not part of particular lines as well that you’ll find at the bottom of this post.
I have tried other Caudalie products that are not included in the below review as I didn’t find them to work for my skin type. So those below are what I’ve tried, tested and re-purchased time after time. Much of the line is formulated with sensitive skin types in mind which I appreciate as I have had bad reactions to skincare products from time to time but never with any Caudalie products.
My favorites from the Caudalie Resveratrol Line
This line had a refresh in recent years and was re-released with a new patent (in partnership with Harvard University) and now features a vegan collagen alternative that is 2X more effective than retinol to visibly firm skin.
If you’re over the age of 30 do not miss this serum! It does an amazing job of firming skin that is aging and therefore losing collagen and firmness. It’s oil-free and after a few weeks of use I noticed my skin was visibly more firm and lifted. Better yet? It features Caudalie’s exclusive patented alternative to retinol – one of the best anti-aging ingredients around. The brand says it is 3x more effective than retinol for firming and lifting the appearance of the skin. It is potent yet gentle.
I also love that the new formulation is vegan and comes in recyclable packaging! I use this serum at night as part of my P.M. skincare routine.
This eye cream is great if you are noticing more fine lines around your eyes. It has a soothing gel formula and it glides on beautifully and can have makeup put atop it with no pilling if you use it in the morning. I find myself reaching for it morning and night and love that it works to make fine lines less noticeable by plumping and firming the skin around my eyes.
For aging skin that is feeling less firm, reach for this cream. I love how nourishing it feels and it absolutely works over time to help firm skin and diminish signs of aging. My skin instantly feels more taught after I apply this in the morning and I definitely find it helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
My favorites from the Caudalie Premier Cru Line
This new cream is utterly gorgeous and my skin loves it. It works to target eight signs of aging and really works to put hydration back into your skin. In the morning my skin looks more plump and is less flaky and patchy when I use this at night.
This extra rich moisturizer is powered by patented TET8™ technology to correct deep wrinkles, fine lines, firmness, volume, elasticity, dark spots, intense moisture, radiance. So while it is expensive, it also really goes to work.
I love that the brand has made the jar refillable so when you finish it you can just order a refill!
I will say there is a strong fragrance to it at first but it dissipates quickly.
Feel like the skin around your eyes is starting to show more signs of aging? Call in the big guns with this award winning eye cream. I use it at night often but it is good in the morning too as it has pearlizers in the formula that help make the skin around your eyes look more awake. The metal tip applicator also helps diminish puffiness!
If you want to try the pricier Premier Cru line without committing to full size, the brand offers a great Trial Size Premier Cru set.
My favorites from the Caudalie Vinopure Line
My favorites from the Caudalie Vinoperfect Line
I used a Vinoperfect regimen for one month straight to test this line. I found it highly effective in boosting my skin’s radiance and overall my skin tone was more even and past dark spots and acne scars were minimized with regular use of the below products. I loved the results so much I have continued to use the Radiance Serum and Glycolic Essence every single morning.
My current go-to A.M. eye cream. Great for if you suffer from dark circles, this eye cream visibly brightens, evens out the under-eye texture and hydrates the eye contour, while its cooling ceramic applicator reduces puffiness and awakens tired eyes.
Additional Caudalie Favorites
This has cult-status with my French friends (and their mothers!) This 100% organic grape water features 100% natural origin ingredients and sustainable packaging while being rich in minerals, potassium and moisturizing polysaccharides to deliver intense, immediate hydration. It is particularly great if you have sensitive skin that needs soothing! I keep this on my nightstand whenever my skin feels like it needs a good drink via a face mist.
A new and deeply moisturizing, antioxidant-rich oil that hydrates and smooths skin. It is enriched with a blend of firming Prickly Pear, Grape Seed & Argan oils and thanks to being lightweight you can use it on body, cuticles, hair – you name it.
Is Caudalie Worth It
I think this line is absolutely worth the investment. I find the products to be well priced for the benefits you get. Like any skin care, you must use the products regularly to get results! If you’re trying not to spend a lot of money, I recommend you try some of their minis available in the gift sets on their website. I also personally purchases these so I can have minis of my favorite products with me when I travel.
But always remember – consistency is key!
Caudalie Before And After
If you want to see some of the above Caudalie products in action – check out my Morning Skincare Routine. I have used the Vinoperfect Serum and the Essence every morning in particular for over four years and love the results I have. In this photo I have done no editing to my skin and I have never had any Botox or fillers done at the age of 37.
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