Thursday, 19 January 2012
Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15
I bought the Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream early last year when I spotted it in a clearance sale in Boots. It has sat patiently waiting at the back of my cupboard for the right moment for me to test it out, particularly as I halted my efforts at tackling my hyperpigmentation during the summer. This cream is specifically designed to brighten the skin and 'improve the appearance of dark spots'. It also offers SPF15 protection. The active ingredients that are listed (Octocrylene, Octinoxate, Avobenzone and Octisalate) are all sunscreens. It is Caudalie's exclusive and patented Viniferine ingredient which is supposed to enhance radiance and provide anti-oxidant action.
The Caudalie cream has a really nice texture and has really suited my winter skin. It has a creamy emollient texture, it feels rich but still sinks into my skin quickly. It also leaves my skin soft and plump without causing a shiny t-zone by mid-afternoon which often happens to me when I use thicker creams. The cream is scented, I don't find it unpleasant but it is quite a perfumed smell which may not be to everyone's taste.
In terms of treating my dark spots, I haven't noticed any significant difference in the appearance of the pigmentation spot above my eyebrow. However, I have noticed that my skin tone is a little more even and the darker patches from old blemishes around my chin and upper lip have faded a little too. Of course, this may be the lack of sun and natural fading rather than as a direct result of the moisturiser.
I think this is a nice face cream, I'm not sure that it has made a significant difference to my dark spots but it does do a good job of hydrating my parched winter skin without overloading it. My fine lines look less obvious and my skin looks generally 'better'. The only negative point is that it works out as rather an expensive cream. The tube contains 30ml of product and I've gone through the tube very quickly (I estimate the whole tube will be finished after 2 months use with once a day application). A 30ml tube costs £36 at full price. Moisturisers more commonly hold 50ml of product, so for ease of comparison the Caudalie would cost £60 for 50ml. I think I might be more tempted to buy one of the Caudalie treatment serums instead when considering the cost.
I started testing a new cream today, the Jo Malone Vitamin E Moisturising day cream*. At £50 for 50ml it's not a dissimilar price point to the Caudalie so it will be interesting to make the side by comparison. I shall report back next month on how I get on.
You can find your nearest Caudalie stockist on their website, www.caudalie.com/uk.
* The Jo Malone cream is a PR sample. I bought the Caudalie Vinoperfect cream.