The Sample: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (Review & Photos)

21 Feb

 Serums! What miraculous, wonderful things they are! I am seriously addicted to serums. Antioxidant serums, anti-aging serums, brightening serums, vit-c serums, resurfacing serums, hydrating serums…I can’t get enough! Some of you might think that serums are a superfluous, unnecessary additional step to your skincare regime-but I have to stop you right there! Serums really are a much needed step in anyone’s routine-no matter how old you are.

Take, for example, vitamins.Vitamins provide your body with a much larger and more concentrated dose of vitamins and nutrients than your average healthy meal. Think of serums as vitamins for your skin-they’re more potent and concentrated than your moisturizer and they’re meant to pack a mean facial punch. According to “facial serums contain anywhere from 10% to 70% active ingredients, whereas most facial moisturizers and lotions usually contain less than 10%”. Which brings me to the review of the day: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

 Caudalie’s serum is “a highly concentrated oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance”. The main star in this silky serum is Viniferine, a patented molecule that Caudalie states is 62x more effective than vitamin C (for more information, visit their website at Found in the sap of grapevines, it is “the most effective natural molecule against dark spots.” Viniferine is said to reduce existing dark spots/pigmentation, prevent the appearance of new dark spots, and even and brighten the complexion while providing superior antioxidant protection. This serum is oil-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and sulfate-free. It does, however, contain fragrance-which I would’ve preferred it not to-but the scent is extremely light and unoffending. It also contains vitamin e and squalane. I do like that the ingredients list doesn’t read like a novel-there are much fewer ingredients than in most serums.

The serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper top. The bottle is thick and sturdy and the dropper works very well. It’s well-made and would look beautiful on anyone’s vanity. However, I do wish the the bottle was colored or opaque  so as to protect the antioxidants and other ingredients within it from oxidizing (antioxidants will begin to oxidize when exposed to sunlight, heat, and air).

 It has a thick, liquid-y consistency that is easy to apply and easy to spread over the face. I found that the longer I used it, the faster and more easily it absorbed into my skin. This is especially true if you apply it to damp skin (on dry skin, the 4 drops I use don’t spread out as evenly on my face and neck). Once applied, your skin may feel a little tacky to the touch but don’t worry, after a minute it completely absorbs and your skin feels smooth and soft. This serum is actually quite moisturizing and sometimes I don’t even feel the need to apply a moisturizer afterwards.

When it comes to zapping dark spots, this serum is surprisingly effective. Obviously, it’s no hydroquinone-but after a month of using this product, I could definitely say that my skin was looking much more even-toned and radiant. Plus, I like the fact that the Caudalie serum is more natural and not at all harsh or irritating like hydroquinone can be. I had a lot of acne scarring on my face, made worse by the fact that I didn’t start regularly wearing sunblock on my face until about a year and a half ago. Definitely not pretty. But this serum slowly faded all the discoloration I had on my face-whether from sun or acne. And it really gives my skin a glow-it was not an accident when they named this the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. My complexion truly looks vibrant and luminous and healthy. I love it! And I’ve been using it regularly for months now-my face has never looked better! I’ve tried many, many serums-some that contain more antioxidants, some more expensive, some from “bigger” brands-but I keep coming back to this one. There’s really something about it that makes my skin look and feel really nice.

  Pros: evens skin tone, fades dark spots, lightly moisturizes and plumps the skin, absorbs quickly, adds a certain radiance to the skin, contains antioxidants, mostly natural

Cons: I wish it had just a few more antioxidants in it-that, or it contained a little more Viniferine (listed as Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract in the ingredients-it’s the 7th ingredient), glass bottle and dropper do nothing to protect the antioxidants inside

 »»Pricing: $79/1 oz. bottle

»»Availability: Nordstrom (online only), Sephora, and

»»Recommended for: best for normal/combination/oily skin; those looking for a natural serum; anyone who has pigmentation issues; anyone who is looking for a serum to give their skin a healthy, radiant look

»»Overall Rating: A

6 Responses to “The Sample: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (Review & Photos)”

  1. Lily November 14, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I can’t believe I missed this. I have to try this one day :-)

    • becca November 14, 2012 at 2:34 am #

      Yes you do!!! It’s my absolute FAVORITE serum I’ve ever tried–and I’ve tried MANY, believe me. There’s just something about it…

  2. Mila December 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    I feel your pain about the packaging! So many brands overlook the fact that glass just doesn’t protect the ingredients properly it’s crazy!
    Loved the review :)

    • becca December 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Thank you Mila! Yeah, it’s really surprising that SO many beauty brands that claim to have been developed and tested by professionals (doctors, scientists, etc.) still put their products into completely clear glass vials. I’ve seen brands with “MD” in their names do that with vit c/antioxidant serums and I always am confused. You’d think they’d know better! I get that those types of bottles are pretty and admit I’m partial to glass bottles with dropper tops too (they’re just so pretty to look at! :P) but I’m always impressed when brands package their products in opaque and especially airtight pump bottles. Not as pretty but protects the ingredients like none other! :)

  3. Osa January 3, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Maybe decant into another bottle?

    • becca January 10, 2014 at 1:04 am #

      Hi Osa! Sorry for the late response! As for the decanting, I am not really one to decant my products–too lazy I suppose :P It’s not such a HUGE deal, considering I use a bottle up fairly quickly and now store all my serums in a dark, cool wardrobe. But an airtight and/or opaque glass container would’ve been the icing on the cake for this particular serum. Still, it’s definitely one of my “HG” products and I will never stop buying it! :)

      Hope you had a nice holiday season, Osa! Hope to talk to you again soon!

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