La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant – the perfect 2-in-1 solution for skin with imperfections

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Uniifiant - Medium

Sometime through middle school, our biology teachers gave us small booklets with soft covers to inform us about various events to come and to handle, often unprepared, in the next couple of years of our lives. Except for some obvious signs such as physical, sexual maturation, even today acnes and pimples are tied to puberty as its main problem. Improper care, popping them and bad hygiene lead to scars for the rest of our lives, and both unfortunately bother a big portion of the adulthood. Wishing to get rid of the problem that, thanks to the world in which we live, can mark us socially and psychologically, many visit dermatologists do establish a proper cleaning ritual for them, as well as recommend some everyday products. The same thing bothered teenage me; many pimples and restless fingers to pop them as they show up, which obviously created scars (thanks, fingers). One trip to the local dermatologist – I could say – changed everything. The doctor recommended La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo as my main product (along with a cleansing gel which I never got in the end), thanks to which I got rid of the pimples and scars relatively easily. When I heard that Duo had been discontinued and replaced by Duo+, obviously I wasn’t too happy because it is really hard to find the perfect product, and every new formulation carries the risk for the new formula not to be as good as the previous one. Of course, I will remember the original Duo as an awesome product for the problematics of this kind, but his successor wasn’t preferred as much by my skin. Fast forward, last month Duo+ Unifiant reached its market launch and, thanks to La Roche-Posay in Croatia, I was able to test their new “it” product among first. Does it fulfil all criteria for beautiful skin?

Negdje sredinom viših razreda osnovne škole, nastavnice iz biologije svakome su od nas podijelile džepne knjižice mekog uveza koje nas informiraju o svakakvih događajima koje nam dolaze i s kojima ćemo se uskoro susresti, često nepripremljeni, u narednih nekoliko godina života. Osim onih očitih znakova kao što je fizičko, spolno sazrijevanje, uz pubertet i dan-danas najčešće još vezujemo akne i bubuljice kao vjerojatno najčešći problem tinejdžera. Nepravilna njega, istiskivanje i loša higijena dovode do ožiljaka koji nas prate ostatak života, a i jedno i drugo nažalost prati i veći dio odrasle populacije. U želji da se riješe problema koji ih, u svijetu kakav danas je, potencijalno društveno i psihološki obilježava, mnogi se zapućuju kod dermatologa i kozmetičara da im uspostave pravilni ritual čišćenja te preporuče proizvode za svakodnevnu njegu. Tako sam i srednjoškolska ja patila od prištića i nemirnih prstiju koji su ih morali svakog dana jednog po jednog istisnuti, a u konačnici sam dobila i ožiljke (hvala prstima što se nisu mogli suzdržati). Jedan je odlazak dermatologu u općoj bolnici – mogu reći – promijenio sve. Doktorica je kao glavnu njegu preporučila La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (i još neki gel za čišćenje po kojeg nisam na kraju ni otišla) i njemu mogu zahvaliti što sam se dosta jednostavno i efikasno riješila prištića te u konačnici i svih ožiljaka koje su ostavili za sobom. Kada sam čula da se Duo povlači i zamjenjuje ga Duo+, nisam bila presretna jer teško je pronaći savršen proizvod, a svaka nova formulacija povlači rizik da neće odgovarati jednako kao stara. Naravno, originalni mi je Duo ostao u sjećanju kao fenomenalna krema za problematiku ovakve vrste, dok je njegov nasljednik već bio malo manje po volji mojoj koži. Fast forward, prošlog je mjeseca kod nas stigla i Duo+ Unifiant krema koja bi, uz već standardnu Effaclar njegu, trebala donijeti i ujednačavanje tena, te sam zahvaljujući LRP-u mogla među prvima isprobati njihovu novu uzdanicu. Mislim li da ispunjava sve moje kriterije za lijepu kožu?

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Following the evolution of a product

Being classified as a corrective tinted product, one could easily mistake it for BB, CC and other alphabetical face creams – oh but it is so much more than “just” a face cream! This is actually my good old Duo, but combined with a foundation of light coverage. Regarding this combo, where it combats pimples with hiding them while they “heal”, as well as prevents the formation of some new ones, I think that LRP has hit its jackpot with this product. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot from it because, as I have previously stated, Duo+ wasn’t quite the way I wanted it to be (maybe the first one spoiled me too much :D), but then I started using it for – let’s face it – following the evolution of a certain cosmetic product (and it’s even more interesting when you’re hoping for an old product resurrection). In the end I can say that I am very happy for this because everyone who liked the old Duo might find this an awesome thing for them.

A perfect 2-in-1 product for busy mornings

I should add the fact that its level of coverage is not that bad for a product whose primary objective is not to be decorative – actually I will say I got the shade Medium for testing, which is, as it usually goes for us pale ones, a bit too dark to be worn on its own, so I try to cover it with my regular liquid foundation in a light shade over it (just because I don’t like my face to be obviously too dark compared to my neck or the rest of the body). Except for being awesome at taking care of pimples, this product also promises to even out skin tone, resolve stains, unclog pores and be non-comedogenic. I think I will go and get myself the other shade, Light, and hope it to be light enough for me to wear it on its own as foundation during the day. I mean, I might be crazy, but I really like the idea to have a 2 in 1 product in the morning! Even though most of these multipurpose products fail in at least one of their purposes, I find Duo+ Unifiant to be great in both of them. It can also be well distributed and blended, even if you have the wrong shade (but in the end nothing can hide the obvious, general difference between face and neck colours if one is too dark). The texture is really creamy and, thanks to the silicones among its ingredients, mattifies and could thus be a great primer for subsequent products used because it sets really quickly (so no waiting for it to dry because its too watery etc.)

Great for combining with your current skincare

As far as other, non-specific care is concerned, it will not act as a classic face cream – depending on the skin type, of course – because it is nor nourishing nor moisturising enough in its definition to be considered a classic cream. Despite that, I didn’t find it drying or aggressive for the skin in any other way, but I did notice during its exclusive using that I could use a good cream, mask or a treatment here and there, just to make the skin a bit more hydrated, so I can show it in its full blast. I think it would be great if it could be used on its own in the morning as a face cream, combined with some nourishing/hydrating care in the evening, and if you prefer to use Duo+ Unifiant on its own, then I would recommend to apply some classic moisturiser first, and Duo+ Unifiant afterwards – all depending on a particular skin’s needs, of course. And I almost forgot, thanks LRP for not using parabens here! 😀
(For the comparison of both Duo and Duo+, click here – Croatian only for now).

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Praćenje evolucije proizvoda

Budući da se klasificira kao korektivna tonirana njega, netko bi ga lako mogao zamijeniti za BB, CC i ostale abecedne kreme – oh ali je ovo mnogo više od “samo” kreme! To je moj dobri stari, nikad prežaljeni Duo, ali u kombinaciji s puderom s blagim prekrivanjem. Obzirom na ovakav combo,  gdje suzbija prištiće u isto vrijeme što ih i skriva dok se ne “izliječe”, odnosno sprječava nastanak novih, mislim da je LRP pogodio “u sridu” s ovim proizvodom. Istina, nisam očekivala puno jer, kao što sam već izjavila, Duo+ nije bio u potpunosti na željenoj razini (bit će da me onaj prvi razmazio previše :D), i onda sam krenula s korištenjem jer – budimo realni – jako mi je zanimljivo pratiti evoluciju određenih kozmetičkih proizvoda (a još je interesantnije kad se nadate uskrsnuću nekog jakog dragog primjerka iz prošlosti).  I eto, mogu u konačnici reći da sam jako sretna zbog ovoga jer će svi kojima je jednako tako stari Duo bio više po volji ovo vrlo vjerojatno biti odlična stvar.

Savršen 2-u-1 za užurbana jutra

Dodajmo na hrpu još i činjenicu da ima sasvim solidno prekrivanje za jedan proizvod koji nije primarno dekorativni – zapravo reći ću da sam na testiranje dobila nijansu Medium te da mi je, kako to obično biva nama malo svjetlijima, za samostalno nošenje ipak pretamna te ga preko još zamaskiravam svojim uobičajenim puderom slabijeg prekrivanja (čisto da ne hodam okolo kao da sam izašla iz solarija samo za lice, ali ne i vrat i ostatak tijela). Inače mislim da ću si nabaviti i drugu nijansu u kojoj dolazi, Light, te se nadam da će mi biti dovoljno svijetla da je mogu nositi i kao puder. Mislim, možda sam luda, ali meni je ideja da se riješe dvije muhe jednim udarcem odlična! Iako obično ti višesvrhoviti proizvodi očajno zaostaju u barem jednoj od više svojih svrha, mislim da Duo+Unifiant krase oba visokokvalitetna odličja. Može se lijepo razmazati prstima i izblendati prijelazi, čak i ako je kriva nijansa u pitanju (ali ništa ipak ne može sakriti konačnu razliku same boje vrata i lica ako je jedno pretamno). Osim toga što je dobra za rješavanje prištića, ova krema obećaje i brigu oko mrlja, nepravilnosti te otčepljvanje pora, a i nekomedogena je. Tekstura je doista kremasta i, zahvaljujući silikonima u svojem sastavu, matira te služi kao odlična podloga/primer za daljnje proizvode ukoliko se žele stavljati na lice nakon kreme, a uz to i jako brzo “sjedne” (znači nema čekanja da se posuši jer je prevodeno itd.)

Odlično se uklapa u trenutnu rutinu

Što se tiče nekakve druge, nespecifične njege koje se očekuju od klasičnih krema, tu možda neće odogovarati sama po sebi – ovisno o tipu kože naravno – jer po svojoj definiciji nije hranjiva niti odveć hidratantna dovoljno da se smatra klasičnom njegom. Ipak, meni nije bila isušujuća niti ikako drugačije agresivna za kožu, no osjetila sam tijekom ekskluzivnog korištenja da bi mi bilo dobro tu i tamo ubaciti i neku drugu kremu, masku ili kakav tretman, tek toliko da joj da predaha, malo hidratizira i slično, da ju mogu pokazati u svom punom sjaju. Mislim da bi bilo super da se može koristiti ujutro kao samostalna krema za lice, u paru s nekom hranjivom ili hidratizirajućom navečer, a ako se pak želi koristiti Duo+ Unifiant dvaput dnevno, onda bih preporučila prvo klasičnu kremu, a onda preko nje, kad se upije, Duo+ Unifiant – sve, naravno, ovisno o posebnim potrebama pojedinačne kože. I da, moram pohvaliti LRP što ovdje nema parabena! 😀

(Ako vas zanima detaljna usporedba Duo+ Unifiant prethodnika, Duo i Duo+ krema, klinkite ovdje.)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Uniifiant - Medium

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General information/Opće informacije

Quantity/Količina: 40 ml

Price/Cijena: 17 €/129,20 kn

Where to buy/Gdje kupiti: pharmacy/ljekarne

INCI: Aqua, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Lauryl Sarcosinate, Ammonium Polyacryloylimethyl Taurate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, T-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Oleic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Silica Sylylate, Poloxamer 338, Nylon-12, Polysorbate 80, Zinc PCA, Linoleic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Isohexadecane, 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol, Capryloyl Salycylic Acid, Capryly Glycol, Piroctone Olamine, Myristyl Myristate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Parfum, Sorbitan Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, BHT, Glyceryl Stearate SE (+/- CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Mica).

My next stop is to buy the lighter shade and, hopefully, enjoy many, many more days of clear skin with Duo+ Unifiant, and what is yours? Have you had the chance to try this product?

Moja je sljedeća postaja kupnja svjelije nijanse i, nadam se, još puno, puno druženja s Duo+ Unifiantom i čistom kožom, a vaša? Kako se borite s nepravilnostima i jeste li imali priliku probati ovaj proizvod?

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