Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser review

Don’t you love multitasking products?

Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser claims to protect your skin from pollution, fight wrinkles, and give your skin a healthy glow.

Is it just another case of over-promising and under-delivering or can it really do all 3? Let’s find out:

What’s In Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser?


What makes red wine so good? Resveratrol. It’s a powerful antioxidant found in the skin and seeds of grapes, berries and peanuts.

It does some wonderful things for the skin:

Pretty awesome, right?  But…

Yes, there’s a but. Of course. Caudalie claims it’s the best, most powerful antioxidant of all, but that’s nonsense. There isn’t an antioxidant better than another. Your skin needs lots of them. It’s like veggies, you know. The more the better. Even kale wouldn’t do that much alone.

P.S. You won’t find resveratrol on the label. It’s in palmitoyl grape seed extract.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Resveratrol In Skincare

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Two more powerful antioxidants that fight unwanted free radicals. Vitamin C goes a step further:

  • It boosts collagen production, keeping your skin firm
  • It brightens skin and gives the complexion a radiant glow

But it’s when you use them together that they really shine. C + E boost each other’s effectiveness (it means they can get rid of even more free radicals) and the photoprotection of your sunscreen.

Mind you, I didn’t say they are a substitute for your sunscreen. I said they boost the protection your sunscreen gives you. There’s a difference.

Layers this combo under your sunscreen and you’ll be better protected from sun damage. Skip the sunscreen and those wrinkles will still get you fast.

P.S. Caudalie uses ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, a fat-soluble form of vitamin C that can penetrate the skin better than pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid).

Related: The Complete Guide To Vitamin C In Skincare: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It


This moisturiser contains Sodium Hyaluronate, a form of Hyaluronic Acid that better penetrates your skin.

Its job? It’s a moisture magnet that draws water from the environment and binds it into your skin. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!

Extra moisture = plumper and brighter skin.

P.S. Sodium Hyaluronate isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type


I don’t know how Caudalie does it but all their moisturizers are super lightweight yet super moisturizing.This one is no exception. It goes on so smoothly, absorbs immediately and leaves no residue behind.


Fresh and citrusy.

How To Use It

In the AM, in between serum and sunscreen. At night, it’s the last step of your skincare routine.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser has a lovely texture. It goes on smoothly, sinks in immediately, and leaves no greasy residue behind.

Plus, it makes the perfect base for makeup. My foundation goes on smoother and doesn’t ball up or anything like that. If you’ve been struggling to find a day moisturizer that lends itself to layering well, give this one a go.

But is it moisturising enough for all skin types, including dry skin? Mmm…

I put on in the morning and it keeps my skin soft, glowing, and hydrated all day long. ButI haven’t tried it in the depths of winter. My guess is that I’ll need something richer then.

This works wonders for combination or oily skin, but drier skin types may be left thirsting for more hydration.

Related: The Best Moisturisers For Dry Skin


Who Is This For?

  • Oily skin
  • Combination skin

Who Is This NOT For?

Dry skin.


A sleek and practical green tube.

Does Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser Live Up To Its Claims?

An anti-oxidant and anti-pollution protective shield against free radical damage.Sort of. Anything with antioxidants helps protect from pollution and free radicals damage. But there really aren’t that many antioxidants here.
Both corrective and protective, the powerful formula limits the quantity of pollutant particles deposited on the skin, visibly correcting and preventing initial signs of ageing caused by oxidative stress and restoring a natural youthful glow.I don’t know how it can limit the quantity of pollutant particles deposited on your skin. It’s not like it has hands to push them off! But the few antioxidants in here can help reduce a little the damage those particles cause.
The velvety texture is suitable for all skin types.It’s not moisturising enough for dry skin.
Smooths wrinkles.True, but anything moisturising does this. Moisture plumps up fine lines and wrinkles, so they look smaller to the naked eye.
Activates youthful glow.It makes skin a little brighter. Again, moisture does that.

Price & Available

$44.00/£32.00 at Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, Sephora, and SpaceNK

Do You Need It?

I wouldn’t say need… But it’s a good option for combo/oily skin, especially if you’re looking for something that layers well under makeup.


Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Silica, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Shorea Robusta Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Methylpropanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, C12-16 Alcohols, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Behenyl Alcohol, Parfum, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Picea Abies Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Phenylpropanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Phytate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Arginine*, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool (196/075) * origine végétale / plant origin