Caudalie Vine[Activ] Energizing And Soothing Eye Cream review

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Caudalie.

On one hand, this teetotaller loves to know where to go to get her fresh dose of resveratrol. This antioxidant is a pain in the butt to formulate with, so kudos to Caudalie for taming it.

On the other hand, why let resveratrol play alone all the time? The lack of other antioxidants in their creams and serums has always bothered me. Resveratrol is super powerful, but it can’t destroy all free radicals on its own.

Resveratrol, now it’s got diva status, must have made some demands too because in the Caudalie’s new line Vine[Activ] it finally gets to play with other antioxidants. Vitamins C + E, to be precise. How awesome is that?

If you’re wondering what made Caudalie change their mind and grant mine and resveratrol’s wish, the answer is pollution.

It relentlessly attacks your skin every single day, especially if you live in a big city like London. Add sun exposure, too many late-night cocktails with friends and sugar-laden, ready-made meals and it’s no wonder your skin’s produces nasty free radicals faster than it can knock them out.

That’s when antioxidants step in. They kick those free radicals away before they can do any real damage, such as giving you crow’s feet and dark spots.

Talking about crow’s feet, the first product I’m reviewing from the range is the Energizing And Soothing Eye Cream. Can it really keep those unsightly lines at bay?

What’s In Caudalie Vine[Activ] Energizing And Soothing Eye Cream?


Ever wondered how the French can indulge in a glass of red vino without getting wrinkles?

Resveratrol. It’s a powerful polyphenolic antioxidant found in red grapes and wine. It’s there to protect grapes from mold.

In skincare, resveratrol is a multitasker:

Isn’t it incredible how much a small antioxidant can do?

Related: The Complete Guide To Resveratrol In Skincare


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.

FYI, Caudalie uses ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, a fat-soluble form of vitamin C that can penetrate the skin better than pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid). Unfortunately, there’s only a sprinkle here, so it won’t do much at all. *sighs*

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Vitamin C In Skincare

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Let’s start with the basics. Glycerin is in pretty much ALL skincare products for a reason.

It’s a wonderful humectant: that’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin. Once there, this extra moisture softens, plumps, and brightens your skin.

That’s the base you want to build the rest of your skincare routine on.

Related:The Complete Guide To Glycerin In Skincare


Lightweight and fast-absorbing.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Morning and night, after serum but before moisturiser. Gently pat it on with your ring finger.

Related: How To Apply Eye Cream The Right Way

Performance & Personal Opinion

Some people swear by eye creams. Others think they’re useless. I’m in the second camp. You see where this is going already…

First, the good stuff: Caudalie Vine[Activ] Energizing And Soothing Eye Cream has a lightweight texture that sinks quickly into the skin and keeps it soft and supple all day long.

It also has a bunch of antioxidants that helps prevent wrinkles. Not enough in my opinion, but hey, every little bit helps. It definitely has more than the other Caudalie eye creams.

Now, the bad stuff: that’s all it does. This cream didn’t do anything for my dark circles or puffy eyes. Call me a scrooge but I’d rather apply my moisturizer all over. I did and got the same results.

Related: Do You Really Need A Separate Eye Cream?

Who Is This For?

If you’re the kind of person who feels naked without an eye cream, this is a good option for you.

Who Is This NOT For?

If your face moisturiser works for the eye area, too, use that.


A green tube. Sleek and practical.

Does Caudalie Vine[Activ] Energizing And Soothing Eye Cream Live Up To Its Claims?

A targeted energy shot that reawakens the eye contour.A vague claims that means nothing. What the heck is a targeted energy shot? And what does re-awaken mean? It’s not like your eye area falls asleep.
This gentle, soothing cream visibly alleviates dark circles and smoothes the eye and lip contours, for a refreshed, energised look.It smoothes out lines a little (anything that moisturises does), but it doesn’t do anything for dark circles.
Its texture penetrates easily to awaken the look and smooth lip contour.It does penetrate easily and moisturises skin, so fine lines look smaller.

Price & Availability

$39.00/£27.00 at Cult Beauty, Dermstore, Feel Unique, Net-A-Porter, Sephora, and SpaceNK

Do You Need It?

No one needs an eye cream. But if you feel naked without one, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Glycerin*, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, PEG-20 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine*, Cyathea Cumingii Leaf Extract*, Escin*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate*, Caprylyl Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Picea Abies Extract*, Tocopherol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Phytate*, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Caprylate*, Cinnamic Acid*, Levulinic Acid*, Sodium Levulinate*, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Citric Acid* (194/002 ) * plant origin