Caudalie’s new essence is inspired by Korea’s popular ‘layering’ skincare technique

East meets West


By Wei Yeen Loh

Caudalie’s new essence is inspired by Korea’s popular ‘layering’ skincare technique

While the efficacy of an essence has been widely scoffed as an unncessary step in a regular skincare routine, Korean and Japanese cosmetology has proven time and again that it does help in improving a serum’s effectiveness. In the case of French beauty brand Caudalie, founder Mathilde Thomas was entirely convinced of an essence’s necessity.


“We sometimes have to distance ourselves from what we have always known in order to find new inspiration,” says Thomas. “Since living in Asia, I have been fascinated by the skin of Korean women. Their beauty routine is incredibly rich and should no longer face any obstacles. I created this essence to beautify women and reveal their radiance every day.”


She then sought to learn more about this specific technique, thereby creating Caudalie’s new Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence—the brand’s first brightening essence that preps skin to receive active ingredients in the serum, hence increasing its effectiveness.

Its lightweight formula is imbued with a chockfull of active ingredients, including glycolic acid-based composition to remove dead skin cells, white peony extract to even out skin tone, and Caudalie’s signature grape water for its hydrating properties. Lest you worry that layering a handful of skincare over your skin might leave a sticky texture, this essence absorbs quickly thanks to its aqueous texture while leaving a lovely orange blossom scent. 

Tip: Pat the Concentrated Brightening Essence over your face, neck, and décolleté with a cotton pad or your fingertips. Proceed with Caudalie’s bestselling Vinoperfect Radiance Serum on the same areas.


Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence (RM170) is now available at all Caudalie and Kens Apothecary stores.


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