Believe it or not, Caudalie's little tube of antioxidants called Polyphenol C15 Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid was one of the first "fancy" products I had ever tried, let alone owned. I was gifted this at the launch party for Beauty and Well Being, a lifestyle site from a French beauty guru whose knowledge is literally generational, Clémence von Mueffling. I thought my feelings for it were tainted by it being a gift, but that was just an illusion. Sometimes a mandatory product is cheap and unique, other times it's a trusted but pricey and cult item.
This cream is thick and potent, rather than a liquid or milky consistency. I put it on after my essence, toner, and serum, and the watery products help it glide on as it dries to a matte finish. I prefer to top it off with either Vicco Turmeric Cream or Philosophy's Take a Deep Breath gel cream, depending on the day. This routine gets me long-lasting makeup that stays put for hours and hours even in my sweaty humid hometown summer.
I know 44 bones is a lot for some, but one single tube lasted me 14 months. As much as I loathe math, you sometimes have to use it to prove scientific points, so lets do this: $44 divided by 14 is $3.14 per month. When I was using Aveeno, it was $14.99 per bottle, and each bottle would only last two months, breaking down to $7.49 per month. No offense, Jennifer Aniston, but I think even you would chose the Caudalie.
One of the reasons I like this product so much aside from the price breakdown per month is the ingredients. It is SO hard to find a single product that contains everything you need, especially for this price-to-usage ratio. This baby contains a 15% concentration of vitamin C, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and squalane, which moisturize and protect skin from free radicals. You could probably use it solo if that is your thing, but to me, it’s a keystone item.
All of these reasons are why I can’t go back to the drugstore for my facial sunscreen. I wanted to find flaws in this product, but instead found support for everything my skin needs. SPF 20 to stop the sun in real time, vitamin C and polyphenols to undo old sun damage, and moisturizers that don’t leave a greasy finish. It’s a gem, and that’s why I consider it mandatory.
- Who else is a little obsessed with a Caudalie product?
- Does the price per month breakdown change your mind a little about making the jump to expensive product?
Photos: Maria Penaloza