My New La Roche Posay Skincare: Effaclar BB Blur & Hydraphase Intense Serum

If you’re social media obsessed like me and
are all over Twitter and Instagram, you might have seen that last week I went
to an event with la Roche Posay aka, the superstar of the French pharmacy brands.

I’ve always had a bit of a love/not bothered relationship with La Roche
Posay as I think I’m possible one of the only people in the world to not get on
with its star product, the Effaclar Duo. (it made me sensitive and did zero to
clear out blocked pores)
However, once I branched into the Sensitive Skin
category, rather than the Problem Skin territory, things started looking up…

Now I wouldn’t
say that I have sensitive skin, as I’ve used some pretty serious strength stuff
on my skin to combat spots. However it wasn’t until a recent facial with
Abigail James (see my Good Skin Tips blog here )
that I realised that the red patches and bumps weren’t acne but actually, allergy related. 

So I became a huge
fan of the La Roche Posay Toleraine cream as it was brilliant for soothing my
inflamed skin.  
However, today I’m
not here to blather on about Toleraine, I’m here to talk about NEW shiz

right, there was a new launch last week and I got to trial two La Roche Posay
skin products. Let’s get down to business shall we?

First up, it’s
the brand new La Roche Posay BB Cream – Effaclar BB Blur (
save 10% with ESCENTUAL10). It’s an “anti-shine
unifier”, which blurs the look of pores and imperfections whilst claiming to keep skin
matte all day long.

The coverage is
great for a BB cream
, and the colour match is almost perfect, maybe a touch too
light for me – but ideal for winter. More shades would be welcomed because
you’re not going to please everyone with just the two on offer.

Normally I’m not
a big fan of silicone, silky textures
(like Benefit porefessional) – they just
feel cheap and pore blocking, I’m always panicking that I’ll break out in
immediate spots. However, this texture is more moussey, so just about bearable
– plus it has SPF20, which I think is ideal. 

Most BB creams I try are all
illuminating (read SHINE inducing) on my skin, so I’m really pleased with this matte
effect! The coverage is more like a CC cream though but 
I like that it’s
not very drying and not very greasy – I also like the SPF20 (combats wrinkles, bam!)

However I feel it does
setting with a splash of powder as my skin definitely doesn’t stay matte
all day without it. Am I doing a serious amount of exercise or something? (answer, no)

The Effaclar Blur has excellent texture and coverage but it needs more colours! It’s great if you
don’t like wearing foundation but want some matte coverage. But you do need powder. A little bit.

Next up on my trial
team is the Hydraphase Intense serum. The Hydraphase range is nothing new but I’ve
never tried it before. What did I think? Not to over exaggerate here, but HELLO

Seriously – I have “oily” skin with dry patches, which for me
seems like THE most unfair combination right? This cream has helped to send the
dry patches on their merry way – it’s a super light gel and quick to absorb,
but once absorbed you can feel it like some sort of moisture cushion on your
skin. I am really pleased with, and I would definitely buy this once again mine
has run out.

The Hydraphase range is designed for
dehydrated skin (note, here’s the important bit – dehydrated skin is NOT the
same as Dry skin). 
I get dry patches under my eyes and in the middle of my
forehead but my skin is far from dry. La Roche Posay Hydraphase has got a load
of Hyalauronic Acid in teeny tiny fragments that immediately infuse and retain
in your skin.

Although it doesn’t sting my eyes and feels comfortable, I am eyeing up the Hydraphase Intense Eyes )
to go with this. (especially as it’s 15% off today with code LF15 at!!)

Note that it’s a
serum, so you still need your regular moisturiser but for the first three nights I used just this (as I didn’t read the label and I thought it was a cream) and it was enough for my skin needs.

Annoyingly, I
cannot find the serum sold anywhere mainstream, but the Hydraphase Intense Cream
is available in Light and Rich formulations (£12.38 at Lookfantastic – plus an
extra 15% off today with code LF15)

though – if you have allergic skin, or skin which is really inflamed and
freaking out in this winter weather, I really recommend the Toleraine Cream. It sorted my skin right
out and will be one of my Products of The Year (yes, I like it THAT much)

is your skin doing in this winter weather? Do you find that it’s harder to
manage or has it not changed at all? (you lucky sods!)

Does a BB cream provide enough coverage
for you or you all about fullllll foundation?

What do YOU think? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook!! I love hearing from you!

Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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