Caudalie Vinexpert Range: Super-Boosted.

A Model Recommends skincare

Caudalie have relaunched their Vinexpert range with some very swish new packaging. It really stands out from the other ranges; it looks much more modern and high-end – with the exception of the Premier Cru serum and eye cream, which have always been very swooshy. It certainly takes a more attractive picture – I’m quite pleased with my atmospheric still-life!

So what’s changed? Not just the packaging. The new Vinexpert products have been super-boosted by Caudalie’s new patented ingredient, Reservatrol Oleyl, which adds oleic acid to the existing Reservatrol, thought to be a potent antioxidant. The new ingredient is said to help stimulate collagen production and protect the collagen fibres so that skin is firmer, less wrinkled and more lifted. I had an amazing facial at Les Sources de Caudalie recently – the signature treatment at the spa used the new Vinexpert products, but I was so relaxed that I forgot to ask in which order! The facial culminated in this (quite weird and amazing) heated mask that was painted on over some kind of mesh or gauze that had been laid over my face. You can’t buy this mask, but if you go for a Caudalie facial then do look it up – it’s the professional Firming Mask. When the therapist went to remove it, to my surprise she simply wiggled the mask about and lifted the whole thing off! Unfortunately I didn’t know how to say “please leave the mask on the side so that I can go downstairs, fetch my iPhone, come back up and photograph it” in French, so I have no photo. I could probably re-stage it if Mr AMR would paint my face with ModRoc, but I don’t trust him to leave any air-holes for me to breathe through. (Joke.)

 I love the textures of the Vinexpert products – a tiny amount of the serums (one for the face, one for eye and lip) go a very long way and they’re a perfect little pre-moisturiser addition to any regime. Perhaps, though, the most beneficial product in terms of long-term protection would be the Creme Bonne Mine SPF15. Sun protection really is key for keeping the skin looking youthful (and healthy) and this daytime moisturiser is more than adequate for a typical British day. It sits well beneath makeup, but if you have oily or combination skin then try the fluid version instead – it has an instant glowy sheen without looking greasy.

In summary, I’d say that this re-launch is a nice addition to Caudalie’s ranges – tackling lack of firmness and providing ongoing protection, it could be a good option for those hitting their thirties (or later) and feeling a slight loss of tone. There are no exfoliating products in this range but that could actually make it a nice one to fit in between days when you use peels or overnight exfoliants.

The Vinexpert range is available with free worldwide delivery at

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  1. Tascha K
    October 2, 2012 / 7:30 am

    I love Caudalie, they do have great products!
    I really like that you mention the brand here and then on your blog :)
    It is a modern organic brand, it is not certified organic (they use silicons), but they do not use parabens, not tested on animals etc. I really like the brand.

    • Jen
      October 2, 2012 / 11:31 am

      I wanted to buy their serum, but I’m vegetarian and only buy products that are animal friendly. Did a bit of research and Caudalie now sell in China (which requires testing) and have had their leaping bunny accreditation removed. Along with L’Occitane and many others.

      Such a shame they put profits ahead of everything else. It’s getting ridiculously difficult to buy cruelty free products – even companies that don’t test at all are still owned by the evil empires like L’Oreal so the money ends up in their pocket. It shouldn’t be so difficult – it drives me crazy and makes me despair a little bit :(

        • Jen
          October 2, 2012 / 6:28 pm


          I nearly did, but then found out they were owned by Avon who now also sell in China. Avon say they only test 0.3% of their products, but testing is testing, so I’ll have to give it a miss I’m afraid. GAH!

          Thanks for the suggestion though.

  2. Daphne
    October 2, 2012 / 11:27 am

    Hey Ruth,
    My mom who is starting her sixties is absolutely mad about this range and says you are so right about everything it does. She has seen great results. We are going to the Spa at Les Étangs de Corot in a few weeks following your recommendation. I thought the video you did about that place ages ago was a fantastic preview to the whole experience. Can’t wait to get my 100% raisin ritual! Many thanks! xx

    • RuthCrilly
      October 2, 2012 / 5:43 pm

      Oh I’m SO jealous, it’s amazing there! Hope you have an utterly brilliant time! xx

  3. Eva
    October 2, 2012 / 11:36 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Caudalie!!! :D Have you tried the vinoperfect range? The serum is incredible, my face has never been so radiant! And the night cream is dreamy!! It contains glycolic acid and papaya enzymes that refine and smooth the skin! I am 24 with overall good skin (I just have 3-4 little red scars from acne). I have used Liquid Gold a year ago but honestly it didn’t make so much of a difference other than reducing my pores a bit. But when I use the vinoperfect serum and then the cream at night I wake up with an even, smooth, radiant, perfect skin!!! My scars did fade out from the first use!

    • RuthCrilly
      October 2, 2012 / 5:44 pm

      Whoa! That is a very enthusiastic mini-review! Thank you, I shall have to re-visit my Vinoperfect – I do use the night cream and love that, keep forgetting to post about it! x

  4. alice
    October 2, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    i was just wondering if you could tell me the difference between this and the vinoperfect range? I was deciding between the vinoperfect day perfecting fluid and the vinexpert version, and i have sensitive combination skin.

  5. October 2, 2012 / 4:43 pm

    I used a number of products from Caudalie in the past and love this brand.

    Ali x

  6. October 3, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    Hmm… the cotton gauze thing is very common here in Asia, esp. if we’re doing the cold mask.

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