Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifiant

*This product was kindly sent to me for consideration. I have not been otherwise compensated to feature this product. All words, pictures & opinions are my own* 

I've been using the somewhat cult product Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay for a couple of years, it's by far the best solution I've found in place of a moisturiser for my very troublesome skin. It doesn't cause my skin to break out, it is easy to get hold of, not hideously expensive and is a targeted product for my skin type. I've not been in a hurry to stop using it and naturally a new variant on it was of interest to me.


Effaclar Duo Unifiant is the same Effaclar Duo that we know and love with an added subtly hint to help even skin tone. It comes in 'light' and 'medium' and my first thought was an instant compare to more standard BB creams, but far, far more targeted and therefore something useful for days when I don't want or need to wear make-up but want to even things out a bit.


Colour wise, I was sent the light variant. It's a bit fair for me, especially at the back end of the summer and early autumn as I hold my colour from spending time outdoors, but I suspect the light colour may be a little dark for some of you who are very traditionally fair. 


In terms of coverage, this really is a very subtle tint, it does help to even the skin tone a little, but if you're suffering a major breakout and hoping to blur it out, you're probably setting the bar a little high for your expectations. I'd suggest it might also make a good primer for a light coverage foundation (especially if you use a mineral or powder foundation as I do) to increase the coverage you'll get. 

So far, so good. But... Then...

Unfortunately, along came the breakouts. I'd been using Unifiant during a particularly difficult period of time, and initially thought the beginnings of one of the worst breakouts I've experiences in 5 years was down to stress, a big factor in how well my skin is (or isn't as the case may be). But, as is a habitual process for me, I did have a quick review of my skincare and make-up to make sure there's nothing new or different that might need eliminating, just in case. Removal of the unifiant from my routine has provided instant relief, and the disaster spots that had appeared are finally starting to heal.

I have especially reactive skin- something as simple as a change in shampoo/conditioner can cause breakouts, and changing my skincare is not something I do without vast amounts of research and consideration to minimise the risk of weeks of bad skin. This might sound extreme, but I have had everything from prescription topical lotions to Roaccutane treatment for acne on my face and my body, whilst some of those treatments have helped a little, my skin is still a major drain on my confidence. For those who have more moderate and straightforward skin 'imperfections' Unifiant may be just the thing to help you, and a great addition to your bathroom cabinet, sadly for me, it's a no-go.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifiant is available from £11-16.50.



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