Clearly I’m a bit of a Francophile. I love Paris and the idea of all things Parisienne. Is it any wonder that I love French skin care? I should add here that I also love Japanese beauty regimes and out of a tiny sense of loyalty to my origins I enjoy a natural Aussie product as well. But back to the French. They’re impossibly gorgeous, they do great food and there is generally good wine involved in that equation as well. What’s not to love?
I’ve loved Caudalie for a long time. My favourite favourite product of theirs has always been the Beauty Elixir. I’d like to think it’s my good nature rather than being impossibly boring, but a lot of my clients feel so relaxed while I work on them that they start to drift off. It’s always the Beauty Elixir being spritzed on them at the end that makes them feel refreshed and perky enough to get out of the chair and go about their business for the day!
When I heard there was a new eye cream being launched by the brand obviously I wanted to know all about it. Especially when it’s name was Premier Cru. It makes me think of champagne. I love champagne. Mostly it was the recent discovery that I’ve suddenly developed the eyelids of an 80 year old that made me desperate to try out whatever was the latest and greatest in eye creams.
When choosing an eye cream I’m all about something to brighten the amazingly dark circles under my eyes and something to firm the eyelids. This claims to be great with both. I’ve been using it morning and night for two weeks now. Yes, my circles are substantially brighter. I have to say that they’re industrial strength circles but there has certainly been some improvement. Personally, I think there has been some improvement in my eyelids as well. I’ll leave it to you to decide. I’ve only been using it for two weeks though so I’m not exactly expecting miracles.
What’s the big deal about Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Creme? Like the Premier Cru Creme it’s based on all three of Caudalie’s patents: Grapevine Resveratrol, Viniferine from Vine Sap and Grape-seed Polyphenols. Huh??? You might be starting to get the idea behind Caudalie’s main philosophy here. That grapes are a seriously powerful antioxidant not only in wine but also when included in your skin care regime. Essentially, the Resveratrol is for firming, the Viniferine is for brightening and the Polyphenols are the antioxidants that block 100% of free radicals and are 10,000 times more powerful than Vitamin E. I get pretty excited about techy-speak like that.
15ml will last you a fairly long time. You only need to use half a pump morning and night. It’s this half-a-pump business that is my one and only draw back so far for this product. Why can’t the pump just dispense the correct amount? Why do I have to get the pressure and timing just right on my pump? Or could it possibly just come in a tube? That makes life so much easier and it means I can really get every last bit of product before having to buy a new one. (I hate waste. It’s bad for the planet and for my purse.) In the grand scheme of things, this is a teeny tiny element in what is, otherwise, a very results driven product.
There are a few other little bits that make me love Caudalie. They’re 100% independently owned. No multi national investment companies putting their £20 billion opinions in. It’s all about the skin care and how effective it is. There are zero nasties in these products. They’re incredibly natural, pure and fantastic for the most sensitive of skins. They’re not insanely expensive. Ok, this particular product is around £49 but it’s the super high end of their product range. If you’re ever in France, go to a pharmacy and buy up in bulk as it’s loads cheaper!
If a glamorous trip to France isn’t on the cards for you any time soon (don’t worry, me neither) then you can get yours directly from Caudalie's UK website.
* This product was given to me for review purposes free of charge.