I keep meaning to write reviews on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF15 and Caudalie Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream I've been using, but I know that once I start typing, I'll be here forever (I tend to go a little overboard with the details). But here goes...
Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF15
I'm on my second tube of this day moisturiser. I chose it because it claims to boost radiance and reduce the appearance of existing dark spots and prevent new ones forming. It apparently does this with the use of "Viniferine" (from the sap of vine stalks), which evens out the complexion by helping to distribute melanin more evenly rather than it clumping up and forming dark spots. From the Caudalie website:
"How does Viniferine work?
1/ Viniferine regulates existing dark spots
It controls tyrosinase, responsible for melanin overproduction.
2/ Viniferine prevents the appearance of new dark spots
It offers exceptional anti-oxidant protection.
3/ Viniferine evens out and brightens the complexion
It boosts microcirculation and improves melanin distribtion."
Sounds good, right? Over the last couple of years, I've been on a few hot, sunny holidays and despite meticulous sunscreen application, I've noticed that those "freckles" that always used to come and go, no longer go. They just come. Sometimes I go to brush off what I think is a bit of dirt or fallen eyeshadow on my face and realise it's just a new freckle that has come out of nowhere.
Freckles on other people look great... but on me, I know they're not real freckles - they're hyperpigmentation (which sounds far less cute). It seems to be common with Asian skin. My mum has always been self-conscious about her freckles. She has a lot of them which I suspect is because she's never worn sunscreen in her life (<sigh> I try to educate her on sunscreen but she won't listen). I recently saw a greeting card in a shop which said something like "If one thing's certain in life, it's that everyone ends up looking like their mum". And when I think about it, it's so true. I'm looking more and more like my mum as I get older. So if she's prone to dark spots, I know I will be too.
I admit I was completely drawn in by the radiance-boosting claims of the Caudalie Vinoperfect skin care range. Yes, I'd like non-clumpy melanin distribution please.
I'm also keen to maintain an even skin tone to avoid ever needing to wear foundation. I've never felt I've needed foundation before, and I really don't want to add another step to my make-up regime. It already takes too long!
So what is the product like? Well, the packaging is nice and it's in a tube which is handy for travelling. The cream itself is white and definitely more of a rich, "cream" texture rather than gel-cream. The whiteness and opacity reminds me of sunscreen, but it doesn't feel sticky or leave a white cast. The texture is reassuring because it means the UVA protection is probably decent. I hear UVA protector ingredients have almost no photostability and thus need other ingredients to stop the UVA shields degrading so quickly on exposure to sunlight or water. These photostabilising ingredients are the reason why sunscreens and SPF day creams are usually a little more shiny than night creams.
The cream applies well on my dry skin, is moisturising and leaves a dewy finish. It feels better quality than the Olay Complete Care moisturisers I was loyal to for ten years.
But does it reduce/prevent my "freckles"? Well, I definitely haven't had any new freckles appearing since I started using it. And my old ones have faded a little but that might just be from me being out of the sun. It's impossible to know how much the moisturiser has contributed to this. However, I'm definitely going to carry on using the Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream seeing as it seems fine and I'm actually happy with my skin at the moment... no real complaints.
The ingredients of Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF15 are:
Active Ingredients: Octocrylene 10%, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate) 7.5%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) 3%, Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate) 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Squalane*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-20 Stearate*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Bisabolol*, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract*, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tocopherol*, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract*, Cyclodextrin*, Citric Acid*, Phospholipids*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate*, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream
I've only been using the Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream for a couple of months. I hesitated before buying it because at the time I was convinced I was allergic to products containing glycolic acid. But it turns out I'm not.
The night cream pretty much has the same claims as the Perfecting Day Cream, but in addition it claims to "accelerate skin's natural exfoliation, eliminating the melanin-loaded dead-cells (the areas where dark spots exist) to reveal smooth, luminous skin." Ok sounds great, I'll take it.
The texture of the Night Correcting Cream is more silky than the Perfecting Day Cream. It spreads easily and absorbs well.
The cream contains all of lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid and malic acid so I was a bit worried that it might be too harsh on my skin... but I haven't had any issues. I don't think I've noticed any super radiance-boosting effects as raved by people in MakeupAlley reviews... but much like the day cream, it seems good so far and I have no reason to stop using it.
For both of these products, I think I'm mostly just riding on the product claims and going for the "prevention is better than cure" approach. But maybe the fact that I have no new freckles is down to the products... only time will tell!
The ingredients of Caudalie Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream are:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Squalane*, Cetyl Alcohol*, Peg-20 Stearate, Bisabolol*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract*, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide*, Xanthan Gum, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Phytate*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol*, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract*, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
UPDATE (5 Jan 2010)!
Ha! I was right! I am allergic to glycolic acid (not sure why I feel so victorious about being right when it's me who suffers)! Lately I've been noticing some tiny, red, pinprick bumps around my mouth and chin before going to bed... and I didn't think anything of it because they would be gone by the morning. But they kept coming back every night and so after a lot of inspections in between all the different products I use at night (face wipes, facewash, toothpaste, mouthwash), I can now definitely say it's the Caudalie Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream. I'm guessing it's the glycolic acid because I have had similar reactions to other products containing it before e.g. Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher. Ah poo, I'll have to stop using the cream around the lower half of my face. Will be on the lookout for a new night cream now!