Premier Cru La Creme facial moisturizer now has an eye-cream counterpart, even though you don’t need an eye cream (see More Info below for the reasons why).
Although beautifully packaged, this eye cream isn’t worth its price. You’ll get some hydration, but you’re also getting a lot more shine (from the mineral pigment mica) than you are state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, and shine is not skin care.
This is just an OK option for normal to dry skin, but at this price, you should be getting an outstanding product.
The fact that this eye cream contains fragrance isn’t good. Fragrance isn’t skin care and can be especially problematic in products to be used in the eye area.
One more comment: If this is “the ultimate anti-ageing eye cream,” as Caudalie states, then what are all of the other eye creams they sell for? In other words, why is the company still selling those if this one is truly the ultimate?
- Contains skin-softening emollients and beneficial antioxidants.
- Packaging keeps the antioxidants stable during use.
- Contains more shine than anti-aging ingredients.
- Boastful claims of this being “the ultimate” eye cream are not supported by the formula.
- Contains fragrant plant extracts and fragrance, both of which are a problem for use close to the eye itself.
We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes.
The ultimate anti-ageing eye cream for immediate and long-lasting visible results. Inspired by the original anti-aging powerhouse, Premier Cru The Cream, this new, highly active formula targets the delicate eye area to revitalize and renew skin for transformational results.
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Triisostearin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Bisbehenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Silica, PEG-20 Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Mica, Hydrogenated Avocado Oil, Hydrogenated Stearylolive Esters, Palmitoyl, Grape Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Dextrin, Caffeine, Benzyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Lecithin, Hyaluronic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Iron Oxides, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Tin Oxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyltetrapeptide7
Let's pour ourselves a glass of wine before we begin this review. Okay, now that we am adequately prepared we can, in effect, review this line without smirking. Why wine? Because Caudalie is a skin-care line whose ambience is intended to evoke the importance and value of grapes for your skin. Are you ready for this? Caudalie is in fact a term used in wine tasting; it is an actual measurement used to indicate how long the taste of a wine stays on your palate: 1 caudalie = 1 second. So, if you can still taste the wine in your mouth 1 second after swallowing it, that's 1 caudalie; 2 seconds after swallowing, that's 2 caudalie, and so on. And, supposedly, the more caudalie the wine has the more elegant and superior it is.
What does any of that have to do with skin care? From Caudalie Paris's perspective, everything, because clearly they think the grape is the cornerstone for formulating any skin-care product. After reading their information you could easily assume that Welch's Grape Juice could be used as a toner. But of course that's not what Caudalie has in mind, because it's their formulas they want you to count on, not Welch's juice.
It turns out that grape extract, grape oil, and other parts of the grape do have mounting research proving that they do have benefit for skin when applied topically. Red grapes (stem, seed, pulp, and especially the skin) contain proanthocyanidin and resveratrol, naturally occurring compounds that are considered very potent antioxidants. There is also impressive research showing how helpful these compounds are for reducing the sun's damaging effects, and that topical application plays a role in wound healing. (Sources: Photochemistry and Photobiology, March-April 2008, pages 415–421; Journal of Medicinal Food, December 2007, pages 636–642, and June 2007, pages 337–344; and Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 2002, pages 1089–1092).
The research is significant, but (excuse me while we take another sip of wine) what's ludicrous—and disappointing—about the Caudalie products is that most of them don't contain a significant amount of grape extract, and resveratrol (the most potent compound in the grape) is entirely absent. Without question, Caudalie could have formulated products that included a larger amount of grapes and their beneficial compounds—at least it would have given more resonance to their story that the grapes in their products offer long-lasting antioxidant protection to every cell.
Getting back to the research on grapes, what's important to keep in mind is that while grapes are a great source of antioxidant protection, there are also hundreds of other plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals with potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. No single ingredient has achieved the coveted status of "best" when it comes to skin (or health) care. Almost all antioxidants appear to have some benefit for skin, and while some are indeed more stable or more potent than others, there is still no reason to get wrapped up in any single ingredient, any more than your diet should have only one food group for adequate nutrition. Plus, skin needs more than one single antioxidant; thinking otherwise is like believing you can subsist on drinking wine or eating grapes and nothing else. For skin, cell-communicating ingredients, skin-identical ingredients, sun protection, and exfoliants are all fundamental to superior skin care, yet in Caudalie's narrow view, each comes up short.
Although almost all Caudalie products contain a small amount of grapes in one form or another, they don't offer much else for skin, and several of their products contain irritating plant extracts that not only hurt skin but also work against the beneficial compounds from the grapes. In addition, no antioxidant stands much chance of helping skin if you're not protecting your skin from sunlight.
As much as Caudalie would like you to believe that their botanical cocktails are the sought-after fountain of youth, for the most part, you'd be far better off spending your money on fresh grapes, grape juice, or a vintage bottle of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon!
For more information about Caudalie Paris, call (866) 826-1615 or visit www.caudalie.com.