Earlier this month I had made the decision to start using more anti-aging skincare products. Having turned 25 this month, I figured now is as good a time as any to start curating my skincare regime more towards anti-aging products as well as whatever else I need. Although I don’t typically exclusively stick to one brand when putting together my skincare regime, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. My mother used to – and still does – use one brand exclusively each time she bought her skincare, she felt they were designed to compliment each other. Currently she’s very into anything by Skinceuticals.
So following my mothers skincare principle, I went to the nearest French pharmacy during my current trip to Europe and spotted Caudalie’s Reservatrol Lift line. The lady explained how the line just came in and the eye lifting balm was flying of the shelves and how it was featured in the french Vogue magazine ( Which is true,btw. Read it here ) . So, with a new skincare principle in mind, I had a quick scan at the ingredients & I bought the whole line. You’ll notice that I didn’t show the night cream in the picture below which is for a simple reason ; I didn’t try it yet. I felt the serum to be plenty moisturizing for my skin and didn’t feel the need to layer it with a cream before going to bed. So I’m waiting to use it when my Drunk Elephant shipment comes in ( Some of their serums are to be used before using a night cream & I don’t think they’re as moisturising as Caudalie’s serum. Makes sense now,doesn’t it? ) . I’ll review it when I my order arrives. Also, while I’m in this TMI-mood, I want you to know that I had a green smoothie for breakfast and as I’m writing this post, I’m wearing one of those Juicy Couture-inspired black velour tracksuits…
The whole line is formulated with Hyaluronic acid , vine resveratrol and peptides. There are a few other skin beneficial ingredients like vitamin E included but that’s not the selling point of the line. Apparently it’s about the way they combined their patented core ingredient ,vine resveratrol, with a complex of micronized hyaluronic acids to boost your natural production of the acids. On to the review then.
The eye lifting balm – which can also be used on lips according to Caudalie – is the perfect combination of a gel and cream. It hydrates intensely , smooths out any fine lines and helps reduce any puffiness (sleepless nights anyone?). I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and I found it to be perfect if you’re looking for something that hydrates & nourishes very well, yet soaks in quickly. Because it takes no time to be absorbed by skin, it makes it the perfect base before applying a high coverage concealer (read ; drying) like Nars radiant creamy concealer or Clarins Instant Concealer. The price is quite steep if you’re purchasing it from the United States or the Middle East ( $62 ). If you’re purchasing it from France or an online French Pharmacy you’ll pay no more than 31.90 Euros here . These online French pharmacies usually deliver internationally,btw. Something to consider if you’re into the skincare-creations of the French.
The Resveratrol Lift firming serum is another hit because of its unique texture. In my experience, serums are quite liquid-y & almost translucent. They feel more like an essence than a lotion. This serum ,however, has the texture and colour of a lotion rather than a watery texture like those cult-favourite serums ( like Estee Lauder’s ANR ). At first I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not.. I tend to like lighter products and the dropper didn’t seem to work as well because even though the lotion absorbs quickly on skin, in the bottle it’s a bit too thick for a dropper to work optimally. (see picture below). My point is ; a pump would definitely be a packaging upgrade.
3 weeks later, I’m loving this serum though. My skin has been so moisturised and is looking and feeling plumper & healthier. I also feel like it has become more resilient, if that makes sense. My skin feels firmer too which is obviously, this serum’s main selling point. I’m not sure if I would repurchase it next month, purely because I’m waiting for it to finish so I can try Drunk Elephant’s line ( there are some amazing ingredients in their vitamin C serum,e.g. It’s pretty similar to Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum but about $80 cheaper) . However, if you’re in the market for a moisturizing + nourishing serum, then this is definitely the one. That is if you don’t mind the fragrance Caudalie likes to add to their skincare products. Find it here for $82 or here for Eur 42 ( = $46 ) . A no-brainer,really.
The Resveratrol Lift Face Lifing moisturizer broad spectrum SPF 20 , is as moisturizing as it is flattering as it is protective. Not a bad combination, if you ask me. It moisturizes skin beautifully and sinks into skin in no time. What I really like about it though,besides the SPF 20, is how it dries to a slightly powdery finish and kind of blurs pores while still feeling moisturizing. I wear it under a tinted moisturiser and I’m good to go. This, contrary to the serum, I would probably repurchase regardless of what else I try out. It’s hard to find something that protects (spf 20), moisturizes,nourishes and acts as a primer without irritating or suffocating skin. This, just like the other products, is non-comedogenic (= no clogged pores ). If you’re skin is very dry though, you may want to find a more intense moisturizer. I find this to be perfect for normal to combination skin or even oily skin. Find it here for $66 or here Eur 33.90 ( $ 37.50 approx ).
So how about you? What skincare brand are you currently excited about?
Thank you for reading and.. a bientôt ! xx