At times I look at my skin and wonder what I'm doing wrong. No-one (bar the basic bitch) deserves blotchy, porey skin. I often feel guilty wearing a full-on face of foundation, clogging up my pores, so this is where I find Effaclar Unifiant appealing - a moisturiser with the same efficacy of Effaclar Duo(+) but with actual coverage. Guilt-free. Boom.
Nitty-gritty wise; it contains anti-inflammatory niacinamide, LHA (for skin-cell renewal), linoleic acid to regulate oil, and Procerad™ to diffuse inflammation and treat hyperpigmentation. With three Effaclar products sold every minute worldwide, the popularity of the line speaks for itself.
Formula-wise, it's very light, non-sticky and reminds me of a lighter version of the Bourjois 123 CC cream (big fan). To avoid inflammation, it's recommended not to heavily rub in products, and I did find this hard to resist at first but after a few days' use, I mastered the art of simply smoothing it across my skin, and the melt-in texture really helps with this.
I've been using it daily for a couple of weeks, applying after LRP's foaming gel, which I use religiously (see why here). My skin was smoother, imperfections were concealed, and I felt confident enough not to add foundation. Alas, after a long day in the office, its staying power was tested and my skin didn't seem as 'flawless', so I found myself reapplying before after-work goings on. I also tried it as a primer to see how that fared; I was impressed and will definitely be incorporating it into my night-out routine but prefer wearing it alone during the day to let my skin breathe a bit.
While I can't say for sure that I noticed a reduction in marks and colour imperfections (clinically proven to, with 78% agreeing), I can say that I haven't had any breakouts since trying it, and my skin has been less oily. I'll take that. Oh, and my mum has been complimenting my skin too so it's clearly faring well.
The Cinderella of tinted moisturisers, outshining its sister product of the almost-same name, Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant is my new favourite daywear product. Interested in trying it? There's currently a £3 reduction online at Boots. Just saying!
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*sent to me free of charge for review purposes