I've been wanting to write about this product for quite some time, but I maintained a dignified silence so I could fully road-test it and also meet the people behind the brand. On Friday I got invited to take a trip on the London Eye with Caudalie to celebrate the launch of their new eye cream - Premier Cru. They launched the Premier Cru face cream last year and it's surpassed all expectations by being an absolute sell out, so it was a natural progression for them to complement the range with an eye cream.
"This sumptuous and effective cream offers a complete care to treat the delicate eye contour area. Its texture envelops delicately the skin with an immediate comfort and illuminates its appearance. Its anti-ageing ingredients treat all the signs of ageing: wrinkles are smoothed, the upper eyelid is firmed, dark circles, puffiness and dark spots are reduced. Its combination of pearlizers and soft focus powder reflect the light and illuminate the eye area, for an instant brighter and softer look."
The cream contains some fab ingredients including grape seed oil (to nourish the driest of skin,) tetrapeptides (to trigger collagen and cell repair for smoother skin,) hyaluronic acid (to attract moisture to the deepest layers of the skin,) avocado butter (which has anti-inflammatory, healing and protective properties) and detoxifying caffeine (to reduce puffiness.) That's one wonder formula in a bottle. The results they claim to have are incredible, but what does it really do and how does it really work?
My under-eye area is probably the part of my face I have most of an issue with. I spend so much money, time and effort hunting down and applying layers of concealers because as soon as I don't get my eight hours sleep you can tell by looking at my eyes. I also have really sensitive, thin skin which is prone to being stung to death with abrasive formulas... Most of the time I have to close my eyes tight and squeel while the creams sink in and then mop up my watery eyes! I've been using this for a good 8 weeks now and I can honestly say it's a wonder product - and I don't say that lightly. Not only does it glide on like a dream without making my eyes sting one little bit, it also absorbs really well and after a few minutes you instantly feel a little lift.
What I've noticed the most though is that my under eye area has gradually not become such a big issue for me. I've gone from slapping on layers upon layers of thick concealers, to a simple swipe of a light concealer pen and hardly topping up at all. My whole eye feels fresher, younger (I know I'm only 28 but it does!) and firmer. The thin bits of skin around my lower lids have also become thicker and completely moisturised so they're not at all sensitive to other products, i.e. face masks, make-up and so on. Although this is £49 I totally think it's worth it because it's made a visible difference to my face, my routine and in a dramatic way, my life. You need half a pump to cover both eyes so the little pot will last for months, so think of it as an investment in your face!
This is available from Space NK, department stores and online.