I have read a ton of rave reviews on the Caudalie Beauty Elixir prior to purchasing it. I was looking for a face spray that would be a combination of skin care and a fixing spray in one. At that time I wasn’t ready to commit to a full-sized bottle and got a mini. And I happy I did that, to be honest.
Caudalie Paris Beauty Elixir ($49.00 for 100 ml) – Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant based anti-dull complexion treatment smooths away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. A Caudalie cult product favored by make-up artists, beauty addicts and celebrities, the elixir also works wonderfully to help set make-up.
This elixir comes in two sizes: full size in the amount of 100 ml and a travel size in 30 ml – the one that I ended up purchasing. The bottle it comes in is made of glass and it is heavy. It has a diffuser that works properly 5 times out of 10 – so it is a bit of disappointment as I end up with large water drops on my face instead of a fine mist. Though the glass is quite thick – I still do not think it is that travel-friendly.
The liquid inside is a mixture of oils and water so you have to shake it well before using otherwise it is just water. It is officially advised to ‘spray it onto the face before the moisturizer and at any time of the day to wake up the skin‘. I haven’t seen any particular wakening up neither before moisturizer nor throughout the day. It is stated on the official website that ‘essential oils it contains enchance the beauty of the skin and calm the mind‘. Caudalie Beauty Elixir does contain oils – you can actually see the oily film inside of the bottle and the liquid has a very distinctive herbal scent to it, like something you can smell in a spa or a hamam – very therapeutic and delightful. So Elixir smells nice if you like such a scent and it has some sort of a skin soothing and refreshing abilities to it.
As for the ingredients listed – Elixir contains the following oils: grapes for radiance and moisture, rosemary for energy, rose and myrrhe for tone, balm mint and pepper mint for stimulation. Everything promised sound pretty amazing but I didn’t notice a great difference before and after using this spray. I used it before skin care application to calm the skin, but I can’t say there is much of a radiance or mositure effect that you can actually notice.
It smells nice and sooths the skin a bit, but I do not think it can be used as a makeup setting spray. It says on the official website that this product is widely used backstage at runway shows: ‘makeup artist apply it between foundation and powder to set makeup: Benefits: tones and tightens pores, sets makeup and boosts radiance‘. I only wish it did all that. For such a price – $18.00 for 30 ml and $49.00 for 100 ml – it is no good as a makeup fixing spray. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray do a much better job at setting your makeup and Fix+ can also be used as a primer.
To sum up, I have to say that I do enjoy the wonderfu herbal scent Beauty Elixir has. It is really therapeutic and ‘calms the mind‘ as the brand says. It can actually be used as toner to sooth and calm the skin and I belive it does a bit of that. You can use it before skin care or makeup application. I just wish the diffuser was better. Unfortunatelly, it is not a good product to set your makeup with. I do not think it does anything in that terms. So, if you are looking for a makeup setting spray – skip the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. But if you want some sort of a toner in a form of a mist – you may give it a try. As for me, even though I really like the scent – I won’t repurchase it as I have enough toners that sooth and calm the skin the very same way and the price tag on Elixir is quite high.
Have you ever tried the Beauty Elixir by Caudalie? What do you think of it? What is your favourite makeup setting spray? Share your thoughts in the comments down below!
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