Ah you know, with all the feasting and late nights that is wont to happen at the end of every year when people celebrate the close of yet another year, something that promises a glowing, smoothing complexion just grabs you by the lapels doesn’t it? It says “Buy Me!”
I’d heard so much about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir way before I’d even tried anything else from the brand. It is also supposed to be one of their top bestsellers and highly raved by celebrities and beauty bloggers alike. But it was only not too long ago that I eventually picked up a bottle to see what the hype was about.
The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a face mist that contains a cocktail of other ingredients, that you mist on your face at any time you like, whether to mist your face before moisturiser or to freshen up. Based on the many many reviews I’ve read, misted over makeup, it’s supposed to give a glow to the skin. Used on it’s own, it’s supposed to smell wonderful, refresh and give skin an amazing glow.
Hmm… I therefore had to pinch myself when I didn’t get the stellar results promised. Are you a fan of this product?
I’m thankful I got the small 30ml bottle and it was during a sale online somewhere (I can’t remember which website anymore. Might have been Zuneta before they shut down) but I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to a large bottle and I was right. I could never have.
So, what’s about it that I don’t like? Hmm… there’s quite a long list. Let me see if I can list it all down
- It feels sticky on skin
- The peppermint/mentholatum scent makes my eyes water if I get it in my eyes
- The peppermint essential oil makes my lips tingle
- The smell is too strong
- I don’t see any benefits to my skin
- It doesn’t help my makeup stay on longer
- It isn’t soothing to my skin
I went around the web to see if I was doing it wrong, but there’s no science or technique to this. Just shake it up (so you mix up the essential oils in there) and spritz on your face. To its credit, the mist is very fine and it doesn’t leave your face dripping wet so misting your skin after putting on makeup isn’t going to mess it up. The frosted glass bottle is absolutely lovely to hold and feels lovely and luxe.
But that was about it for me. I wasn’t a fan of the scent nor how it felt on my skin. Maybe I’m doing this all wrong. I’m not sure. If you’re a fan, please let me know!
In a nutshell
The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a cult beauty product that I can’t seem to love. I find it a little too irritating to my skin especially because of the peppermint/mentholatum in there. The smell reminds me of Vick’s and it feels sticky on my skin and I haven’t seen any particular improvement to my skin or longevity of my makeup using this. I will agree that it is very refreshing especially on a hot day but that’s about it. A bit too pricey for a refreshing face mist. I think regular rose floral water will do the trick just fine as well.
Pros: Mist is very fine and does not leave face wet
Cons: List as above
Who will like this: Anyone who likes the minty, herbal scent and the tingle against the skin
Here are the ingredients, which I’ve read are actually quite irritating to sensitive skin but as with everything, take it with a pinch of salt because we never know how our skins will react to any ingredient.
Are you a fan of the Beauty Elixir? Have you tried any other Caudalie products?
I’m afraid to say I cannot join Victoria Beckham in this one because it just doesn’t agree with me. It is primarily the scent and the texture that gets to me. I don’t mind using rose water (I do use a floral water mist daily) but this just doesn’t do it for me the way other Caudalie products have. Would love to know if it does for you!
Caudalie Beauty Elixir Price: RM160/100ml, 30ml local price to be advised Availability: Caudalie counters at Isetan KLCC, Bangsar Village 2, Kens Apothecary stores & Sephora stores