La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant (Great basic product)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant


La Roche-Posay is one of those brands which pretty much everyone has tried at some point in their skincare journey. This French pharmacy favourite is renowned for using thermal spa water in all of their products. The water is from their own spring which is 1,700 years old; it is famed for containing an abundance of minerals, antioxidants and neutral pH.

Again being on the hunt for ‘that perfect moisturiser, my attention was drawn to La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, a product which is designed to address spot-prone skin. Early one morning, I was on my favourite French pharmacy website to purchase the Effaclar Duo, which is all in French. My poor schoolboy French led me to buy the unifant variety. The same formula with the tint, I was having flashbacks to the disastrous Lab Series BB Moisturiser I tried!

I didn’t realise my mistake until my package from France arrived the following week. However, I was determined to make it work ‘by hook or crook’ and gave me something to compare the Lab Series moisturiser. Luckily, I managed to put the medium tint and not the light one; otherwise, that would have been a total nightmare!

I bought the correct product the second time around!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant product claims and ingredients

The moisturiser is designed to be used on oily and blemished-prone skin; it provides both hydration and mild exfoliation. La Roche-Posay state that results should be seen after 4-weeks continuous use of the product.

Effaclar Duo Unifant has a gel-like texture which has active ingredients which prevent redness and inflammation – some key factors in the prevention of spots.

The moisturiser helps to regulate sebum and drys to a matt finish.

Some of the key active ingredients which are in the formula include:

  • Niacinamide – an anti-inflammatory and soother, it is one of those ingredients that plays nicely with many different ingredients; that most skin types tend to tolerate.
  • LHA – beta-lipo hydroxy acid is a derivative of salicylic acid, and works similarly. It gently exfoliates and goes deep into the pore – this double-action prevents spots and clogged pores. LHA tends to be less irritating than salicylic acid so that it can be used with sensitive skin. It has a pH of around 5.5 – which is much closer to the natural pH of the skin.
  • Linoleic acid – helps to regulate sebum.

How I used the Effaclar Duo Unifant

As this is a tinted moisturiser, I naturally reserved this product for the morning; otherwise, there would be a horrible brown mess on my pillow!

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant was applied after the serum stage with a good sunscreen slapped on after

How I slotted this item into my routine

Yes to Tomatoes Micellar Water > CeraVe Foaming Facewash > Eclat Skincare Vitamin C Serum > La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant > Paula’s Choice – Ultra-Light Hydrating Fluid (SPF30).

My final thoughts

La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Duo Unifant product spread
Product spread – various states of being rubbed in
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant rubbed in C
Effaclar Duo Unifant – completely rubbed in

When I first tried this product, I thought I was going to hate it, the first application was streaky and made me look ashy! However, as with all things practise makes perfect.

I managed to get La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant to work but ensure I applied my products in quick succession.  This method ensures there was a ‘wet edge’ from proceeding products. I found this method allowed me to get an even spread, and the finish was not overly ashy. However, for those with a skin tone darker than me will look ashy with this tone of the product.

This product will mattify if applied on dry skin, and it has an almost a powdered effect. However, applying to a slightly damp (from serum, for example) will give a subtle sheen. I prefer the subtle glow, with a good sunscreen on top will deliver a glowy complexion without looking oily.

I found that this product helped to control oil production for a while, but a slight powder down would be required in the afternoon. I found using a pea-sized amount well rubbed in helped with the longevity of oil control.

After several weeks of using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant, I didn’t experience any breakouts so feel that the claims held!

As I layered this under sunscreen, I did not experience any transfer on my clothes which is a great improvement on the Lab Series BB Cream. The tint is very subtle and really won’t cover much, but will perhaps help with toning down any redness on the skin.

This, in combination with the other products, helped to prevent those pesky clogged pores.

The gel texture of the product is fantastic; it seems to slow the dry down of the moisturiser – which gives you a little more playtime!

All in all, I am a fan of this product and will look forward to using the un-tinted version. I doubt a separate review will be necessary, but I will update this article if there anything worth mentioning.

At the time of writing, you could buy a 40ml tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant for £17.50 from Feelunique.

If you are interested in reading about other moisturisers I have tried, please click here.


Four and a half star rating

I would repurchase this product (the non-tinted) version.

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