One of the very first products review on Cityscape Bliss was the La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. In my books the most potent spot & blemish treatment of its time (no, I do not care for Mario Badescu spot treatment, nor do I care for the one from Origins, sorry not sorry). It will always be Effaclar A.I. for me. FACT. In fact, you can read my updated review (after 10 years of using it) here. Now the scientists and dermatologists alike come up with new products and skin solutions every year and La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar is no exception. Their most recent invention is the Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant.
If there’s one thing troubling me about my skin then it’s blemishes. Every single time I touch my skin, and when I say touch I mean pick on a blackhead or fatty lump or just a piece of flaky skin, it’s the end of it. My face is like a bloody memory foam – every single imprint stays there for a couple of weeks. If it’s some kind of spotiness then I slap on a dollop of Effaclar A.I. and it’s gone by the morning. It also works great for keeping blemishes to the minimum but there’s one thing that ever so slightly annoys me about Effaclar A.I. It crumbles under foundation. And when I say crumbles I mean the most disgusting pieces of skin covered in grey goo kind of crumbles.
I do think it’s the salicylic acid that makes the consistency ball up into those strange (and vile) lumps but hey, it ain’t cool. Because essentially you can’t cover the spot up with anything. Well, this is where the La Roche-Posay lab people made progress. Now I can treat the spot, plus use the Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant (my shade is Light but they also have a darker Medium) all over my face instead of a foundation. The coverage is not as sheer as you’d expect, I would say even bordering on medium in the land of tinted moisturisers. It smoothes out skin really nicely and treats not just blemishes but also enlarged pores which is my other area of concern.
Overall I’m well pleased with La Roche-Posay products (their Anthelios range is my holy grail sunscreen!), I also appreciate that they do improve their products and listen to their customers’ concerns. Viva la Paris et La Roche-Posay!
You can buy Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant in Boots for £16.50 (click here).