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Why can’t I for the life of me type Caudalie? I mean, I have written the name how often over the last three months, six times?
And that is six times in blog post titles only, I don’t even want to count how often the term Caudalie appeared in the corresponding text and social media shares.
And yet I keep writing Caudlaie, which to my eye somehow looks right (don’t even try to pronounce it though).
Why I have written it so often? It is not that I am obsessed with the brand, even though I admit they do have some gems. It is mostly because I first raided my mothers stash for her products and then discovered the Caudalie Vinopure trio aimed at congestion prone and oily skin.
Now that I have tested my way through all three products (read part one here and part two here), it is time to end the series with my thoughts on the Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid, bringing the count up to seven.
What Caudalie claims
A mattifying yet hydrating moisturizer that traps oil and blackheads while addressing existing blemishes.
Enriched with organic rosewater, grape polyphenols and organic essential oils*, this mattifying yet hydrating moisturizer absorbs excess sebum, helps to reduce imperfections and refines skin texture. The complex of noncomedogenic essential oils provide antiseptic benefits to calm the skin and keep it clear, while cleansing pores of oil, blackheads, and bacteria. Rosewater enhances your overall glow, while providing long term hydration, without shine. The skin is immediately mattified with dead skin cells removed, leaving the complexion clear and fresh with an overall smoothed texture.
Its light and refreshing texture which includes natural sillica powders immediately brings comfort and a mattified finish to the skin.
The 100% natural scent derived from the essential oils complex that delivers a light and surprising breath of freshness with each application.
Prize and size
One tube contains 40 ml and retails for 39 $ on the website here or for 25,20 € here.
Texture and smell
Lightweight, fresh, a fluid through and through, the Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid shares the same green scent all Vinopure products own. I have said it before: I really don’t like it, but I appreciate the fact they did not add any additional fragrance.
Application and effects
The fluid absorbs easily, feels fresh and cool on the skin and while it doesn’t do anything in terms of mattifying, it doesn’t leave my skin greasy either. My skin just looks as it would without product, but feels hydrated.
The only downside I had was that I experienced a lot of piling when using it among my usually skincare regime. It worked well with toner and serum from the same line, but the second I added another step I could rub the flakes off my face.
- Rosa Damascena Flower Water: fragrance, antioxidant, antimicrobial
- Glycerin: Humectant
- Dicaprylyl Carbonate: Emollient
- Coco-Caprylate/Caprate: Emollient
- Butylene Glycol:Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
- Niacinamide: Vitamin B3, fights free radicals, combats hyper pigmentation, stimulates collagen production and protects skins barrier
- Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract: antioxidant, helps with hyperpigmentation
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol): Antioxidant, reduces hyperpigmentation and improves skins elasticity
- Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Oil: Essential Oil, adstringent
- Lavandula Hybrida Oil: Essential Oil, antioxidants, emollient
- Melissa Officinalis Leaf Oil: Anti-oxidant rich, anti-inflammatory
- Mentha Piperita Oil: Soothing
- Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil: Balancing sebum production, mimicks rose scent while being cheaper
- Rosemary leaf oil: antiseptic, invigorating
- Silica: Mineral, texture enhancing
- C 14-22 alcohols: Emulsion stabilizer
- Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6: Emulsifying
- C 12-20 Alkyl Glucoside: Surfactant/emulsifying
- Citric Acid: AHA/pH adjuster
- Sodium Phytate: Chelating agent
- Alcohol: Can be drying
- Citral/Citronellol/Geraniol/Linalool/Limonene: part of essential oils, potentially irritating
Pretty similar to the other products this is a blend of essential oils meant to be antiseptic and astringent. The added Niacinamide and Vitamin E treat the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that bothers many of us while the added emollients and humectants provide lightweight hydration for oily skin.
Does it live up to its claims?
Well, I don’t see the mattifying effect on my skin, but to be fair the claims there are a little contradictory anyway. How is it supposed to be mattifying while at the same time enhancing overall glow?
Would I repurchase?
I just cant get it to work with my usual regime and my more mature skin needs more than just the trinity that is the Caudalie Vinopure Set. Which is a shame because just judging by the ingredient list it is a lovely moisturizer for combination oily skin.
Who do I recommend it to?
If you have oily or combination skin, suffer from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this is a lovely moisturizer. Just make sure it plays well with your other products before getting the full size.