Over a month ago the lovely PR team at my new favourite French skincare brand, La Roche-Posay, sent me the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] and Effaclar MAT Moisturiser to review. I had only ever tried the La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector, which I love, so I was quite excited to try these two items.
I’ve been using them both for around 6 weeks and they have become an essential part of my skincare regime.
Let’s start with the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]. I had read quite a few blog posts on this product but didn’t quite believe the hype around it. Now I do.
This is an anti-blemish cream, specially formulated to unclog pores, correct the appearance of blemishes and refine skin texture. The consistency is quite light but it spreads really well and absorbs into the skin, rather than sitting on top – which is what really annoys me about a lot anti-blemish products.
I’ve been a little under the weather recently and my skin has suffered. Sometimes my skin needs a little ‘pick me up’ and the Effaclar Duo has done just that. I apply in the evening after cleansing my face and leave on over night. So in actual fact I am using this as a night cream. And this routine suits my skin needs well.
The Effaclar Duo removes excess oil and dries out any imperfections. It even soothed my red, irritated skin after having HD brows!
It has definitely cleared up my blemishes, particularly around my mouth and cheek, reduced the size of my pores and calms my oily skin almost instantly. For this, I am in love.
Now for the Effaclar MAT Moisturiser. At first I didn’t see much of a difference but after only a week of using this product I could see how much it improved my skin texture.
The Effaclar MAT is an anti-shine moisturiser for oily skin with a lovely lightweight gel formula. This is amazing. It literally sinks into my skin and leaves it feeling soft, refreshed and as if it has a protective barrier over it.
An added ingredient is Sebulyse, a sebo-regulating active ingredient that is clinically proven to mattify skin and tighten pores.
Previously, by lunchtime my t-zone would be oily with shine but this moisturiser leaves my foundation matte all day long – so it is perfect as a primer.
What’s more, it has improved my skin texture more than I could have imagined. I have a visibly brighter complexion which looks healthy, moisturised and naturally glowing. I have complete faith in this little beauty and know that it will keep my combination skin matte this Summer!