Cream of the crop

An elegant emollient eye cream that turns back the clock

As with most of my beauty finds, I owe this one to a trusted friend who looks 20 years younger than her real age. When she enthusiastically endorsed Premier Cru: The Eye Cream by Caudalie (£49), I swiftly invested.

Applied morning and night, Premier Cru promises to brighten and smooth the skin – and it delivers. It’s praise that can be laid at the feet of Caudalie’s three signature patents: resveratrol-oleyl for collagen and elastin synthesis; vineferine, which is extracted from vine sap and prevents dark spots and restores radiance; and grape-seed polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and work alongside anti-wrinkle peptides, firming Ceramide 2, nourishing grape and sesame oils and apricot butter.

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The fragrance-free formulation is made without parabens, sulphates or phthalates; and as a member of the “1% for the Planet” movement, Caudalie donates 1 per cent of the Premier Cru purchase price to environmental causes. Packaging also includes line drawings that show the user how to apply the product, “with a light, tapping motion for micro-draining effect”, and how to recycle the dispenser and its various components.

Two weeks into my new moisturising ritual, this emollient cream has left my complexion more evenly toned and refreshed. The battle against crow’s feet, while not entirely won, has drafted in energised reinforcements that seem to be putting up a robust fight.

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