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.

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

That’s 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 need 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 NEW HERO PRODUCT

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 water 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)

Seriously 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)

How 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!
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