Saturday, 25 January 2014

Review: La Roche Possay Effacular Duo


I've gone and done something truly awful. I promised myself that it would not happen, but it certainly did it. I did it. I let myself loose in a French pharmacy. I simply could not walk past the flashy neon cross without an unknown magnetic force drawing me inside. As soon as my eyes hit of the rows and rows of (the eye wateringly expensive) French skincare, I heard my purse yelp. I think it was almost as bad as when I laid my eyes upon that whipped-cream-Belgium-Chocolate-Cappuchino-thingy-ma-jig. So yes, I did it. Let myself enter the wonderful, albeit the deliriously priced world of French pharmacies. And oh boy, was it pretty great.

The main purchase I made was the product on everyone's lips in 2013. La Roche Possay Effacular Duo. Even the name sounds like it was whizzed up in a brilliant spark-whiz-bang kind of science experiment by the boffin kid at the back of class. Throw in the bit of the 'elegant ring' to the name, and that by itself could persuade you to chuck your purse at the till. Quite literally. But wait 'till we get onto the good stuff. The rather anaesthetic, yet nonetheless aesthetically pleasing tube is filled with a clear gel that to put it simply, works bloody wonders. Its great. See that pimple on your forehead? Yep, that one right there. The spot that appears as a huge, red, nasty mountain, growing by the second. Pop on a bit of this superhero cream and BAM. Overnight, the magical blend of spot fighting ingredients unite as one to fight the horrible swarm of bacteria, leaving it smaller and a hell of a lot less red. 

But its not all fancy naming behind this product. The science team over at La Roche Possay have created a magical blend of ingredients in order to guide this product into our grateful hands. Not only is the Effacular Duo paraben free, it contains ingredients infamous for their healing properties. Firstly, it contains Sacilyic acid which is known all over the world to keep nasty blemishes at bay. It also contains a blend of active spot-fighting ingredients, LHA and Linoleic Acid which are brilliant at eliminating dead skin cells, guilty for clogging up your pores and leaving your skin looking dull.The two other wonderful main ingredients come in the form of Niacinimide and Piroctone Olamine. Both of these ingredients actively work to help purify the skin, by preventing the spread of unhealthy bacteria. However, whilst these five main active ingredients are great, La Roche Posay claim that the Effacular Duo uses minimal ingredients and fragrance. Whilst not organic, or natural, this still reassures me that I won't be applying high concentrates of nasty acids and weird but far from wonderful chemicals to my face. It has also been tested on sensitive skin and La Roche Posay claim that is is hypoallergenic. This means that it has been created with the intent to minimise the chance of a possible allergic response, via containing as little non-irritant ingredients as possible.

Effacular Duo has no specific smell to identity, as its clear the team over at La Roche-Posay have opted for practicality rather than the sweet but ever so slightly sickly smell that radiates from most skin care products, lining the shelves in boots nowadays. What drew me to this product is the less than fancy packaging, the plain gel, or to be more precise, the medio-ocre-ness of it all. It doesn't appear to be anything fancy; nothing too different on the scale compared to a Superdrug own spot treatment. Saying that, its not accompanied by overly-false 'happy' colours used by cheaper, own-brand products. None of this psychology-influenced nonsense, aimed at tricking you into buying the product by lulling you into a false sense of security that the colours would cure your spots. Its how plain-Jane this product is. Its not screaming out 'Look at me! I'm the best! I will cure all of your woes!'. Instead, its like the silent genius; it does not need to be heard loud and clear to be noticed. And this is what has gained the La Roche-Posay Effacular Duo beauty blogger HG status for many. And that says a lot.


Whilst I have been surprised with by a small, controllable, yet nonetheless annoying break out, I think that this is part of the process. In order to successfully 'unclog' your skin, as La Roche Posay so nicely (not very nicely) put it, the gel must force out all of the underlying excess sebum hiding under your pores. Whilst for a few days this results in multiple, rather large white heads lining your face, it does mean that the evil-inducing excess sebum is gone and out of your system. On top of this, the cream helps to heal blemishes almost twice as fast after getting rid of the excess sebum oils. I've found that although some new spots were produced, slightly older blemishes healed faster and the redness faded visibly within a day or so.


However, you must be aware that this is not a targeted spot treatment. its a gradual, all over facial gel that corrects imperfections and unclogs pores all over your face. However, due to its mattifying properties, this makes it a brilliant base for make up. My foundation doesn't slip half way off my face by lunchtime, and it actually keeps it shine free, so I'm far from complaining.


At £13, or 15 Euros, then the Effacular Duo is by far not the cheapest spot solver out there. However, it has been proven time and time again to work wonders. The process may be a little difficult, and it may cause a slight pinch to the purse, but at the end of the day, you cannot put a price on clear, radiant skin.

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13 comments :

  1. Your writing is amazing! You put so much personality into your blogs, and it they are so easy and fun to read. You seem like such a nice person! I love your writing, your design and your content! Also, your photographs are such good quality! I literally bow down to you, you are so good at blogging espically for such a young person! xx

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    1. This comment has made my day! Thank you so much! those kind words are greatly appreciated but unnecessary all the same:-) thank you so much!!xxx

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  2. Great post! :) xx

    http://lemondedecami.blogspot.com

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  3. Damn i want to try this now!!!!

    callofbeautymodernwarfare.blogspot.com

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    1. The evil method of blog persuasion strikes again! haha, I'm always thinking the same with other blogs! Let me know if you like it!:0xxx

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  4. This a great review, one of many I've read and your the only one that I read all the way to the end! I love your blog so much!
    x www.thesimplelifeoffashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw wow thank you so much! I normally get bored in reviews, so it means a great deal for you to keep reading! Lots of love, lauryn xxx

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  5. I love La Roche! It's definitely one of my favourite skincare brands out there! Almost everything I've tried from them is amazing, especially the eye creams! ^_^

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    1. Ooh now you've said that you've made me want to try out some of their eye creams! I picked up Effacular AI at the weekend and I haven't been disappointed so far! Glad you liked the review!:)xxx

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  6. Ohh this sounds amazing! I would love to visit France one day just for the sheer fact of buying loads of beauty/skincare products ;) x

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    1. I definitely recommend it! The flashy neon green sign quite literally makes me want to chuck my purse at the till-french skincare is so much better than here in mismog Britain!

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  7. Have you seen they've bought out a new one now, Effaclar Duo [+] which claims to get rid of marks left from spots. I think tbats what it said anyway. I'm using soap and glory dr spot now as I got bored of my effaclar!

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