Our Deep-Dive Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Our Deep-Dive Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

If I were a magpie, the shinies that I collect would be brightening skin care products. Words like brightening, radiance, and whitening (despite its not-stellar context) are as irresistible to me as a glittery bauble is to a magpie. I hoard products that claim to reduce redness and produce an even skin tone. It doesn’t matter how many I have; I will always be looking for more.

Enter the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

“Radiance” you say? Welcome to my beauty routine, you beautiful shiny bauble.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Review

This is my first foray into Caudalie skin care, mostly just because it’s not as easily accessible to me as other brands. I’ve always been curious about the brand though, especially because I have plenty of friends in the beauty world who love their products.

 

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I’ll be honest. Caudalie makes some very bold claims about this serum that had me side-eyeing them just a little bit. It’s pretty normal for a brand to hype up their stuff as much as possible though, so that’s not really a dealbreaker for me. I just made a mental note to revisit these claims later to see how my experience compared.

The Claims

Caudalie is VERY proud of this serum, to the point that I was giggling a little at the hype. Let’s run down their claims really quick:

  • This serum contains their patented ingredient Viniferine, which they claim is 62 times more effective than vitamin C and four times more effective than kojic acid.
  • It visibly brightens and evens skin tone.
  • It contains 98% natural ingredients and no animal-derived ingredients (so it’s vegan-friendly!).
  • It fades dark spots, pregnancy marks, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and acne marks, and it prevents them from reappearing.

 

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The more I read about this serum before deciding to try it, the more I thought, “Wow, if this can do even half of the things it claims, I’m sold!”

Who can benefit from this serum

If you have any of these skin troubles, the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum might be a good fit for you:

    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Age-related dark spots
    • Dullness
    • Pregnancy-related skin discolorations
    • Acne marks

Who should skip this product

They say that this product is suitable for all skin types, but that may not quite be the case.

This product is very heavily fragranced, so if you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to skip it. I’m not sensitive to fragrance, and I typically enjoy skin care products with a strong, pleasant smell, but this product is pushing it a little for me.

 

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It has a strong, citrus-floral scent that definitely smells very luxe, but I feel like Caudalie’s description of the scent as “refreshing and subtle” is a bit off the mark. We all have different noses though, so take my assessment with a grain of salt!

Other than that, just keep in mind that this is a thicker serum that feels more like an emulsion, so there’s some potential for it to clog acne-prone skin.

Where to add this serum into your routine

Despite the claim that it’s more effective than vitamin C, this isn’t an active. It’s just a thick, rich serum.

If you layer your products from thinnest to thickest, this would fall right in the middle. It’s more of a runny emulsion than a watery serum, in my opinion.

 

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Ingredients

Here’s the full ingredients list that I lovingly, painstakingly typed out from the back of the box, just for you:

Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, squalane, tocopherol acetate, ceteareth-20, palmitoyl grapevine shoot extract, glyceryl stearate SE, bisabolol, fragrance, caprylyl glycol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, sodium phytate

You can peep the full CosDNA analysis here.

Star ingredients

“But wait,” you say, “I don’t see Viniferine! What gives?”

I thought the same thing, but after I did a bit of digging into Viniferine, I discovered that the “palmitoyl grapevine shoot extract” is, in fact, the patented Viniferine in question.

Viniferine is made from grapevine sap extract, which is something that French girls have been rubbing on their skin since “the old days” to achieve bright, glowing skin.

According to Caudalie’s website, Viniferine is made from grapevine sap extract, which is something that French girls have been rubbing on their skin since “the old days” to achieve bright, glowing skin.

They’re so confident in the brightening antioxidant power of Viniferine that there isn’t a single other brightening ingredient to be found in this serum. Wild, right?

Potential red flags

Glyceryl stearate SE, squalane, and butylene glycol are all flagged by CosDNA as potential acne triggers. The fragrance is also a potential irritant, so proceed with caution!

 

How Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Performs

Now let’s talk performance.

 

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I always have marks on my face that need to be faded. I don’t think I’ve had clear skin since I was a tiny child. It’s miles better than it used to be thanks to my years of obsessive skin care research and product curation, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll probably be the only old lady in history to die with crepey skin AND clogged pores.

Such is life.

Naturally, giant zits lead to lingering spots that need to be faded. Since this isn’t a photosensitizing product, I started using it morning and evening when it arrived.

First of all, I did experience some clogged pores with this serum initially (which gave me more pigmentation to fade! Um, silver lining I guess?). I think this is actually because of my tendency to be heavy-handed with product application, though. My skin is also picky about squalane, so I’m always playing skin care roulette when I add a product with squalane to my routine.

I stopped using the serum for a few days, and the random clogs cleared up. But! In the interests of writing a thorough review (and also really wanting to know if the serum worked as advertised), I decided to try one more time.

 

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This time, I only used it in the mornings and decided to be much more sparing in my application to see if that helped. It did! No more clogs. Sometimes more isn’t better, which is a lesson I still haven’t learned, apparently.

The serum is milky and rich, and it plays well under sunscreen, primer, and makeup in my experience. I did also notice that my skin feels much softer, and the horrific cluster of deep, angry zits on my chin didn’t leave the usual stubborn marks that take weeks to fade. (This isn’t the only brightening product I use, but it IS the only new brightening/spot correcting product I’ve added!)

Also, I had an unfortunate encounter with some Nair a couple of weeks ago that left some weird, brown pigmentation on my upper lip (attractive, right). Luckily, I remembered that this serum’s specialty is supposed to be fading brown spots, so I started religiously applying it twice a day, and I have to say, it worked perfectly. The pigmentation isn’t completely gone yet, but it’s so much better than it was!

 

Final Thoughts

Do I think that the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is effective? Overall, yes! I wasn’t totally sold on the power of Viniferine until I was desperately trying to remedy my hair removal mishap, but I’m a believer now!

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum would be especially good for less oily skin types that deal with sun spots, age spots, and general hyperpigmentation.

I think it would be especially good for less oily skin types that deal with sun spots, age spots, and general hyperpigmentation. I also think it would be a great addition to a cold-weather lineup because of its richness and all of the supporting, nourishing ingredients in the formula.

Personally, even though it faded my PIH nicely, I won’t be adding this serum to my list of holy grail favorites simply because it’s not the best fit for my oily, clog-prone skin. I’ll happily use up my bottle when I have another skin care disaster and need saving, but then I’ll be back to searching for the next shiny bauble to add to my collection.

Have you used this serum? Tell me about your experiences with it!

 

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