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Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation Are No Match Against Caudalie’s Cult-Favorite Face Serum


If face serums had fan clubs, the one for CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum would run deep. The cult-favorite skincare product has been the secret to lit-from-within skin for years—largely thanks to viniferine, the brand’s proprietary complexion-brightening ingredient that’s said to rival vitamin C in its effectiveness. But before you splurge, you probably want to know if this miracle product actually lives up to the hype. We’re breaking down what the famed French skincare product promises to do, plus reviews from real-live testers (including moi!).

Here’s what CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum claims to do:

As the name suggests, this serum is said to deliver radiance by targeting dark spots and hyperpigmentation, while moisturizing skin and leaving behind an otherworldly glow. Among the key ingredients are green grape extract and viniferine—which is derived from grapevine sap, and is so good that the brand patented it—to brighten and even out the skin tone, as well as olive-derived squalane, which helps to hydrate and plump skin.

Who is this product for?

Good news! The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum works for all skin types, including oily skin and dry skin, and is especially great for incorporating into an anti-aging skincare routine thanks to its hydrating and skin-brightening properties. The formula is also oil-free, so it moisturizes skin without clogging pores. Did we mention it’s vegan and paraben-free, too?

My results:

I have very fair skin, so even mild discoloration shows on my complexion (not to mention redness, acne scars, you name it). I also have sensitive skin, so as with all new skincare products, the first thing I did was apply the serum to the inside of my wrist to test the consistency, scent, and whether or not I’d have an allergic reaction—which is, unfortunately, all too common for me. The first thing I noticed is that unlike a lot of serums, the formula is a milky white—almost like a liquid-y lotion. The second thing I noticed was the citrus fragrance: It’s mild, but it’s definitely present.

Then I incorporated it into my evening skincare routine (the serum can be used both morning and night, but I’m not a morning serum gal. You do you!). After I washed my face, I patted it into my skin, then made sure to let it soak in for a few minutes before applying moisturizer. After daily application for a week, I did notice that my skin looked more even-toned, and a post-acne mark on my cheek (thanks, #maskne) had begun to fade. Overall, it did what it claimed to do on my skin, although I can’t speak to its effectiveness on more severe hyperpigmentation.

Here’s what others are saying:

The response among the IPSY community has been overwhelmingly positive. According to Ipster Emk622, the serum did exactly as described. “My skin is glowing,” she wrote in her review. “It corrected my sun spots dramatically, as well as my redness/veiny looking skin.” User Sharondaa is also a fan, saying “My skin LOVES this serum. It has smoothed the texture, made it plump and radiant,” also noting the texture “isn’t heavy” and that “the smell is light and clean.” It is worth noting that not everyone noticed such dramatic results. For example, Ipster Rachelcombs98 wrote, “I didn't see much of a difference but it did make my face feel very soft.”

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About the author
Lindy Segal
Lindy is a contributor at IPSY, a beauty and lifestyle writer, and Real Housewives aficionado. She was an editor at People and Glamour, and her freelance work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Who What Wear, and Cosmopolitan, among other publications.
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Article Last Updated February 4, 2021 12:00 AM