Things We Finish: Caudalie Premiere Cru The Cream


If Caudalíe Premiere Cru The Cream were an Iggy Azalea song, it would be "Fancy." This stuff has everything: resveratrol, olive oil unsaponifiables, gold foil. In addition to being posh like Mrs. Beckham, though, it's also a good moisturizer. It's not magic, but then again nothing is, and (unless it's hilarious) I literally chuck all product marketing materials in the recycling...sorry nice PR people! So is it going "lift" or "enliven" or do whatever arch wizardry the ads claim? I doubt that any topical can defy the laws of gravity. But it's a deep moisturizer that doesn't feel heavy at all, absorbs superbly—which isn't an adjective I'd use unless I meant it—and gives your skin a pretty, dewy finish without making your face feel like the grease trap on a deep fryer.

Also, holy moly does this stuff go a long way. I was using a single pump 2x a day over the winter, and I didn't need anything else. It's insanely hydrating even though it feels like a much lighter cream. People whose skin isn't perpetually, annoyingly dry will probably be like "meh" when I say that, but if your normal routine involves multiple layers of oil, moisturizer, eye cream, tinted moisturizer, and any other emollient thing you can dig out of your Caboodle, you'll appreciate what it means to be able to dab a couple drops of something on your face and be done. It also (helps) justify the price if you're currently on a multi-moisturizer regimen. So much time savings! Maybe some savings-savings! Such convenience! Next time this stuff's available in one of those little deluxe sample kits at Sephora, I highly suggest you use some of your well-earned points to give this puppy a try.

—Lacey Gattis

Photo by Lacey Gattis.

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  • anonymous

    Lacey, you are the best writer on this blog, IMHO. And you've got some good competition.

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Nice post!
    I really Caudalie...just wish that the brand becomes even more greener :-)))

  • ITGLacey

    Hi Andee,
    What serums do you like for actives, if you don't mind my asking?

    • andee

      Lacey, been using Skinceuticals CE Ferulic for years. I think it really helps plump up collagen. I also use Biologique Recherché Sérum Grand Millésime under makeup for extra firming. I think it has peptides. My facialist recommended it. Not sure if I will repurchase that one. I may try another from BR or maybe try one from Isomers with peptides.
      Enjoy your articles.

  • Eliza

    Oooh I've been meaning to try this! I probably never will, though (which will make this the only ITG-recommended product I haven't immediately ran out and bought) because I'm too hooked on their S.O.S. serum already. So so so good for Sahara-dry skin. I will probably literally never change serums ever, and that means something coming from a certified skincare junkie.

  • Zan

    I've been using this for the past six weeks and have noticed a dramatic improvement in the look and texture of my skin - it works like a thick cream but it's soooo light and lovely. Before that I was using Clarins but this is it for me, no going back!

  • hollie

    You said "absorbs superbly" and then called "superbly" an adjective. "Superbly" is an adverb. Just sayin...

  • book of pretty

    Caboodle. :)

  • Sarah

    Great post and sorry for being so picky about my mother tongue but the name should be spelled Premier Cru, without the E :)


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