I was scrolling through a fellow beauty blogger’s Instagram when I saw that La Roche Posay had launched the Unifiant version of my beloved Effaclar Duo. I’m pretty sure I let out a little squeal, and felt emotions that can only be embodied by excessive heart-eyed emojis. This product quickly flew to the top of my “to try” list, and I couldn’t contain my excitement when the lovely Abbey at LRP offered to send me a sample.
So what makes this launch so squeal-worthy? Well, if you’ve ever tried or heard about the ‘original’ Effaclar Duo+, you may understand my excitement. The Unifiant version of Effaclar Duo+ contains all of the blemish and acne scar-fighting ingredients that feature in the original version, but with sheer coverage to ‘instantly unify the skin tone’. In other words, this has the potential to be a double-whammy wonder product – enough coverage to wear throughout the day, whilst improving the skin.
I can confidently say that the original Effaclar Duo+ cream is one of my all time favourite skincare saviours. It’s the only skincare product that I have consistently repurchased since I first used it almost 2 years ago (and that’s a big thing, considering how fickle I am AND how problematic my skin has been during those years). The original Effaclar Duo+ is something of a cult product amongst beauty and skincare enthusiasts because of its blemish-fighting, shine-controlling and pore-unclogging powers. Due to effective ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and antioxidant Vitamin E, the results really are visible after just a few days. With prolonged use, you can even see a reduction in stubborn acne scars. You can read my full review of the original version here.
However, the original Effaclar Duo+ is a colourless lotion, and I would have to pair it with a moisturiser and a layer of foundation in order to feel presentable during the day. So, just IMAGINE being able to cut out the foundation part altogether on days where you just CBA, and replace it with a product that offers coverage and acne-fighting properties. Too efficient for words, and certainly a prospect deserving of a squeal.
Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant retails at £16.50 (psst, it’s currently on offer for £11 at Boots) and you’ll get 40ml of product. It’s definitely not the cheapest of its kind, but also not the most expensive. I think its cost-efficiency depends on whether you’ll use it on its own or whether you’ll require additional coverage (I’ll come back to that in a moment). I have paid more for sheer coverage products (i.e. BB creams or tinted moisturisers) which do not contain as many skin-improving ingredients. So, to me, the price is reasonable given its acne-fighting abilities and added coverage.
I have no complaints about the texture of the product – it feels like a standard cream moisturiser, is easy to blend and almost undetectable on the skin once applied. The shade I chose (light) was also a good match for my natural skin tone. However, with only two options – light or medium – the shade range leaves much to be desired. Where’s the dark shade GUYS?! Hopefully, more shades will be released in time, because blemishes affect everyone – regardless of skin tone.
Now, the coverage. The idea that you could wear this product alone in the day is wonderful, especially for people with acne-prone skin who shouldn’t be clogging their pores with tons of additional foundation and concealer. But I reckon you’d need pretty good skin to feel comfortable wearing this on its own, which sort of defeats the point in my opinion. You probably wouldn’t need the additional acne-fighting qualities of this product if you had great skin. I definitely don’t have great skin, and the sheer coverage is not enough to cover my delightful spots or scars. On days where I end up adding additional foundation on top, I find myself thinking that the original Effaclar Duo+ is a better investment as it can be worn in the morning and at night.
That said, I have worn this alone on days where I’m not doing much or I’m feeling lazy, and it’s fantastic at brightening and evening-out the skin tone. On days where I might be bumping into people, I have added a bit of my trusty Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer and I’m good to go. As well as making breakouts less frequent and aggressive, it has certainly encouraged me to wear less make-up and allow my skin to breathe more often.
Overall, I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a natural, flattering finish with sheer coverage and added skin benefits. It’s undoubtedly a winner if you suffer from the odd breakout and are looking for a quick and easy product to throw on in the mornings. If, like me, you wish to cover pigmentation or scarring, perhaps use this product along with a good full coverage concealer and practice “spot-concealing” (Lisa Eldridge has a great tutorial on this method here). My skin has definitely appreciated this product and a break from cakey foundations over the past few weeks and I’m confident that yours will too.
I’d love to hear how you get on with this product if you try it out!