First 5: Caudalie's VinoPerfect Radiance Serum

Hey guys! I hope everyone is off to a great start to their week. I started this week off so excited because my back is finally feeling better and I was able to get back to the gym today! However this definitely left me in a mid day slump because I went a little too hard, but nevertheless I am back and ready to take on the week.

I wanted to start you guys off with a new First 5. This is something I have wanted to keep up with but man blogging is not as easy as it looks, so I have fallen behind. I've tried vlogging which I like but it takes a LOT out of you, and I worked on just taking care of myself and my Instagram but I felt like something was missing so I dove back into my blog.

For today’s First 5 I wanted to take one of my favorite products and break it down for you. I purchased this serum about a month ago and I adore the results I have been seeing thus far so let’s talk about the Caudal VinoPerfect Radiance Serum. This serums boasts to do the following:

  • Correct / prevent dark spots
  • Even skin tone
  • Enhance the complexion’s radiance

Now I have heard fantastic things from people all over about this serum. I was recently watching Caudalie’s Instagram Story and one of their employees stated it was the best product Caudalie had ever made, now that’s a statement! My curiosity was officially peaked and I looked into their ingredients. At first I wasn’t too impressed, but after ingredient 3 I think you guys will be hooked just like I was.

First 5:

  • Water: Water being the first ingredient doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. Could help with hydration, but it mostly means it’s water based rather than oil based. 
  • Butylene Glycol: This is just a humectant, it keeps the product from drying out and it decreases the viscosity (meaning it thins the product out).
  • Glycerin: This is a humectant, but it also acts as a moisturizer, drawing water from the air into the top layer of the skin. Here with the third ingredient we finally see something exciting that actually does something for the skin!
  • Olive Squalene: A natural lipid found in human sebum that is used to moisturize the skin. It is a natural emollient so it will lock moisture in (great for dry skin!) and a natural antioxidant (bye bye free radicals!). This is one of their featured ingredients for the product. 
  • Tocopheryl Acetate: Now this is an interesting and ~somewhat~ controversial ingredient. It is a form of vitamin E that has acetic acid added to it, meaning that the Vitamin E will moisturize and protect the skin against antioxidants, but the acid is there to exfoliate. This acid is something that will help with radiance because you can’t have glowing skin without exfoliating! However some studies have shown that it causes irritation. I will say from personal experience I have not seen any irritation with my sensitive skin while using this serum and my assumption is that it’s not enough to do a whole lot of damage. It is always advised to wear SPF while using any kind of chemical exfoliant though and I would consider this enough of a reason to pile on that SPF.

This serum’s other featured ingredient is Viniferine which is labeled as Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract in their ingredients list and it is said to be the main ingredient that works on age/ dark spots and radiance. It is the 7th ingredient in the list which argues the case that First 5 should possibly be extended to First 7, and also that this is just a fun thing I like to research and not a scientific study on what works and what doesn’t. 

Viniferine is an ingredient specific to Caudalie and has been proven to be 62x more effective that vitamin c. 62X? That is absolutely insane! And according to their before and after image on their website it looks like it could work some wonders for wrinkles too but there is nothing mentioned about wrinkles. 

Overall, I have had great luck with Caudalie and specifically this serum and now I can see why. It is a great combination of moisturizing and exfoliating to leave you with the balanced, healthy, and radiant skin that we are all chasing after. 

This product would work great for a lot of different people of different ages and skin types. As always sensitive skin babes beware, but this serum would make a great addition to a lot of routines.




Hali Ballantyne