Tuesday, 10 September 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

I'm sure you're all well aware of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo and, indeed, the mixed reviews it has provoked in most beauty bloggers around the globe. As a renowned cult product in the skincare category, I figured I was merely doing my duty by purchasing this and giving it a good go. I'm a sufferer of problem skin (although not as badly as my teenage years, and only really flares up during certain times of the month) so how could I pass up the chance well and truly?

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty...

First of all, what is it? La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo is a dual action anti-imperfection moisturiser which, when worked into the skin every morning and night before bedtime, unclogs and purifies those ugly pores we all get from time to time. It is said to reduce the development of future breakouts. The product is recommended for oily skin with an irregular texture, prone to imperfections, blemishes and spots. If you read my blog you know that I constantly moan about the fact that I have mostly dry skin, with the exception of my T-zone at times, so I was a little dubious about whether this would work to its full potential on someone like me. The formula is a bit watery at first; you have to give the tube a firm squeeze in order to get your desired amount. I would say that it's a cross between a sheer moisturiser and a gel. The scent is tricky to place, but I'm going to go ahead and say that it smells clean and reminds me slightly of parma violets? That's probably just me though! 

Now for the results. I've been using this for two weeks straight, morning and evening, and I have to say that it has certainly reduced the amount of imperfections I had and has made my skin look clearer and feel much smoother. I've heard other bloggers say that they've suffered breakouts and given up with the product entirely, and I think that's a shame. Other people, including myself, have really got on with it - sometimes all you need is some perseverance. La Roche-Posay also say the Effaclar Duo can be used as a makeup base as well, but I have yet to knowingly test this out properly. I would presume, however, that it would be a very sheer base as I don't think the formula is rich enough to last all day under makeup. It would be interesting to see if I'm proven wrong with this.

It's clear to see that the hype surrounding the Effaclar Duo is not going to die down anytime soon. Like I said, I've read both positive and more indifferent reviews but for me it is hands-down one of the best skincare companies on the market today. Don't believe it? Read my earlier review on my first impressions of the Physiological Micellar Solution and Thermal Spring Water Spray and you'll see that I'm a solid fan!

I purchased this online at Escentual, who currently have 15% off all La Roche-Posay products. Not that they're a super expensive company anyway, but it was nice to buy the Effaclar Duo for £10.12 instead of the retailed £13.50!

What do you think of La Roche-Posay? Have you tested out the Effaclar Duo?


  1. I've been using this a lot recently too and I have to agree with you that it's fantastic. It really cleared my skin up!


    1. Glad to hear of your positive results! Thanks for reading! X

  2. I just got this so having my fingers crossed it works well for me too!


    1. My fingers and toes are crossed for you, haha! X


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