Since Victoria Beckham heralded it as her secret to achieving a "glowing complexion" Caudalie has sent the blogging world into a frenzy. It's bounced in and out of stock on feelunique.com and appeared in almost every monthly favourites video I watched last month. With this in mind I've been looking for a more cost effective alternative. I stumbled upon this Revitalising Vitamin Toning Mist from nspa at the weekend while shopping in Asda and couldn't wait to compare the two.
Caudalie is a whopping £9.95 for just 30ml (here) which trust me doesn't last long. It's a facial toner so can be used as part of your skincare regime but I, along with most it would seem use it to refresh my makeup and cool off throughout the day. It's perfect for carrying in your bag in these warmer months to revitalise and perk up your skin but I've seen no real skincare benefits. Some bloggers claim it's some miracle spray but past the calming herbal/peppermint scent and refreshing mist I can't see anything so essential I'd want to repurchase for the price it is.
The nspa mist on the other hand is just £2.50 for 150ml (here) so already it's winning on value for money. There are a few differences, mainly this mist leaves a slight residue on my skin which some may dislike but it doesn't bother me. The scent is much lighter so for those that found the Caudalie a little overpowering this may be a nice alternative. The mist itself isn't quite as 'misty' on this one either.. it's a little more of a spray but just as refreshing and again it can be used as a regular toner or throughout the day over your makeup.
Overall the Caudalie looks and feels like a luxury product and if you're in to that kind of thing you'll probably love it but I think if all you're going to use it for is to freshen up it's a huge waste of money. It probably has some fabulous skincare benefits when used as a regular toner but I'm happy with my routine right now and that's not why I bought it. It is smaller and so better for travel but the nspa bottle isn't so huge and you could always decant it if you wanted.
The main plus for the nspa for me, other than price of course, is the finish. Just as VB professed it does indeed leave you 'glowy' but it's a touch too dewy for my tastes. The nspa is more of a semi-matte/satin and actual fixes my makeup without drying out my skin whereas the Caudalie freshened but didn't help anything stay put.
Have you tried anything from the nspa range?