Get glowing (without the sparkly, shimmery stuff) | Caudalie Beauty Elixir review

The product: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I’ve long been a believer in the fact that “charged waters” and “facial mists” are, more or less, just marketing garble. I mean – the Evian spray is, literally, just water in an aerosol bottle; MAC Fix+ is reputedly not a lot more than water, cucumber extract, and glycerine (though I’ll admit that I do intend to try it eventually); and have you smelled some of the herbal sprays? Good lord!

I have to say, though: Caudalie might just have me questioning my own beliefs.

The Caudalie site says to apply their Beauty Elixer both “before your moisturizer and at any time of day,” as well as “between your foundation and powder to perfectly set makeup.” They say it’s simply an “anti-dullness complexion treatment,” made for all skin lacking radiance.

I don’t know if it’s really “treating” my complexion, and I don’t think  my skin’s gotten any more radient since I started using it, but it certainly gives the impression of radiance.

And I mean, that has to count for something, right?

My favourite part about Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is that it contains a few drops of peppermint oil, so it’s significantly more refreshing than just splashing water on your face. I do have to be extremely careful to keep it away from my super-sensitive eyes, but I’d say it’s worth it!

I didn’t start using this until the tail end of summer, but it would have been perfect for hot summer days. I’m actually really enjoying it right now, too, though – it’s a nice “moisture burst” that helps combat the dry prairie air, whether or not I’ve already applied my moisturizer and makeup.

The ingredients:

Aqua, alcohol, citrus aurantium amara flower water, parfum, rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil, potassium alum, glycerin, mentha piperita oil, commiphora myrrha extract, styrax benzoin resin extract, melissa officinalis leaf oil, rosa damascena flower oil, vitis vinifera fruit extract, tocopherol, citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.

The verdict?

Okay, so the Beauty Elixir isn’t all that necessary, and it’s far from life-changing. If you like the scent, though (some people find it a little too… organic-smelling, if you will) and you’re on the market for a new facial spray, give this one a go.

I’d recommend it for normal to dry skin types – it does give a great glow to my parched skin, but I’m not sure how well it would work with oilier complexions. But it’s paraben- and silicone-free, and surprisingly, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all, so I’ll be keeping it around!


If you already have this and you’re not quite sure how to use it, here are a few tips:

  • Make sure to give it a good shake before using. The oils separate out, and need to be re-dispersed throughout the mixture.
  • To stop your base (primer, foundation, concealer) from looking too dry or powdery, close your eyes and spritz liberally before you apply mascara. Let it dry, then powder lightly if needed.
  • If this is making you oily when used as a during-the-day mist, try using it as a moisturizer prep instead. (Spritz it on after you wash your face, but before your moisturizer and/or primer.)
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  • Reply Jamilla

    I use this when I'm in Oman – it's very refreshing!

    September 28, 2011 at 3:14 AM
  • Reply vijiis

    I don't care what Fix + as long as it's not poisonous. It works SO well!

    I think I'll go out and give this a try (I'm running out of Fix+ right now). Thanks for the review!
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    September 28, 2011 at 7:44 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    Nice! This sounds like good stuff, but yeah, I can probably go on with my life without it. I'm a sucker for frosted glass bottles though. :)
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    September 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    I keep picking this up when I'm in Sephora but I haven't taken the plunge. Perhaps I'll give myself a spritz one of these days. I certainly could've used it during the summer.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM
  • Reply afevereddictation

    I didn't care much for Elixir's scent (which is surprising as I can tolerate the worst of them), but it did make my skin supple and glowing. Thank you for your thorough review!

    September 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    I love this stuff so much!!!! I've been using it for about 3 years now and am never without it.

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    September 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM
  • Reply Stacey

    I never thought much about facial mist/sprays because I don't really believe it would ever do much to my makeup. But I did get myself MUFE fix spray recently which I have yet to try. I am not too sure about Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir but I do like the look of it!
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    September 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM
  • Reply anna

    i think i will have to keep an eye out for this. dry skin? check. prairie air? check. windy city? check. fall is i guess somewhat around the corner and you've convinced me this will help me survive my 4th prairie winter.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM
  • Reply Saroun

    I think I have to give this a try and plus this look so pretty!

    September 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    I actually finished a travel size of this a long time ago. It might have been one of the first things I purchased at a Sephora. :) It was nice but I agree with your assessment of it. I have oily skin so it made me look a little extra shiny when I used it, but it was great as a refresher on clean, bare skin. I never did settle on how I felt about the smell. I might like it more now than I did back then.
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    October 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM
  • Reply AdorableOnYourVanity

    I want to try. You make it sound so good. I have almost run out of my beloved MAC Fix+ Rose, it was limited edition. I have a sample of Laura Mercier Perfecting Water which I haven't tried yet. All I can say is I am spoiled for options.
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    October 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM
  • Reply jamie

    i use this as my toner and i love it :)

    October 31, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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