Wow, is it me or does it feel like ages since I have spoken about La Roche-Posay on my blog?! Let me remedy that by sharing with you their newest release, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur
Blur the appearance of pores, blemishes and fine lines with La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, a new generation skincare hybrid that absorbs oil all day long.
Specifically tailored for oily skin, BB Blur will provide day-long control of shine with Aircilium, a cutting-edge ingredient that forms a supple and resistant film over the skin that smoothes its surface whilst letting it breathe. NASA-used Aircilium absorbs 3 times its weight in oil, keeping the skin matte and unified with a velvet finish.
Added Perlite composed of silica is 5 times more powerful than talc, and protects against humidity with its continuous blotting paper effect. Suitable for the most sensitive of skin, the skin-perfecting formula contains blurring technology that scatters light to visibly fade pores and fine lines.
The cream mousse contains shade adapting pigments that work to colour match the skin on application, whilst providing medium coverage that will erase imperfections and leave a radiant, flawless finish.
Apply daily to clean, dry skin for an instantly mattified complexion.
DIMETHICONE (lubricant/skin conditioning/skin protecting), UNDECANE (skin conditioning/emollient), DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER (emulsion stabiliser), TRIDECANE (perfume), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (Vitamin E – skin conditioning), SILICA SILYLATE (emulsion stabiliser), PERLITE (bulking agent/absorbent), DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE (skin conditioning/emulsifier), RETINYL LINOLEATE (Vitamin A – skin conditioning), ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDE (skin protecting/colouring agent/absorbent), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (sunscreen/colouring agent). FIL: B169628/1
If you know me well, you will know that I LOVE BB creams. I just can’t get enough of them. As someone who still struggles with foundation (despite wearing make up for over 10 years now!), BB creams are a godsend with their easy, light coverage.
When La Roche-Posay announced the new Effaclar BB Blur I was part intrigued, part hesitant. The last time I tried a La Roche-Posay base, their CC cream, I was a delightful shade of orange despite having the Light-Medium shade. How would the BB cream fare in comparison?
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur is the newest addition to the much-loved Effaclar range. By way of recap, the Effaclar range is for those with oily and blemish-prone skin types. The range is designed to treat the excess oil produced without stripping or over-drying.
The Effaclar BB Blur is aimed at the oily skins that would find traditional BB creams too heavy. It boasts Aircilium, an ingredient used by NASA (!), that La Roche-Posay claims to absorb 3 times its weight in oil. As well as keeping oil under control, it also mattifies the skin and gives a velvet finish.
What immediately sets the Effaclar BB Blur apart from the traditional BB creams is the formulation. It is a mousse-like consistency that reminds me of a slightly thinner version of the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation (everyone has been saying Dream Matte Mousse and I wanted to be different!). Whilst the product feels thick upon dispensing from the tube, and you may panic that it will be heavy on the skin, once blended it settles down to a lightweight base. The first time I tried this product I seriously couldn’t get over how light it felt.
The shade I have is the Fair/Light offering which suits me and my complexion. Don’t be worried by what comes out of the tube; this BB cream has shade adapting pigments that will match to your skin tone. The Fair/Light shade is warm enough to brighten and blur, but light enough to ensure there are no pesky orange marks or moustaches. I always say that if a base product is too pale it can make you look older, and not in a good way…
Now then, what about the actual results?
Yay for before and afters! For reference I am stood in front of my window with natural light. Apart from being cropped and smushed together, these pictures have NOT been edited.
As you can see, the Effaclar BB Blur provides a good amount of coverage. I would say it leans more to the light side of coverage rather than medium. I find it gives similar coverage to my other BB creams, apart from this has a matte finish instead of dewy. I find it blurs well and you can see the effect, especially on my cheeks. The Effaclar BB Blur conceals my redness quite well, but for those of you with more prominent spots/redness, you may want to try a water based concealer on top. I would imagine that any oil based products would be absorbed by the BB, no?
As the Effaclar BB Blur is aimed at oily skins, it might not be suitable for those with dry skins. On my combination skin, the blurring effect is noticeable for about 4-6 hours. I have noticed small areas of flakiness on my cheeks after around the 5 hour mark, but that’s only noticeable if you are very close to my face. Only my boyfriend (or Ryan Gosling) should be getting that close! I would imagine on oilier skins, you wouldn’t have this problem.
You may need to reapply this BB cream depending on how oily your skin is, and how much you are relying on the coverage. I haven’t been testing how it fares when it is reapplied as I have been wanting to see how long it lasted on its own so I could give a truthful indication of its longevity. If you are wearing this as part of your sun protection regime you will need to reapply every 2 hours as the SPF 20 will not be enough to protect fair skins. *stern look over glasses*
Since using this product I haven’t experienced any reaction or irritation, however I do believe it has been causing small dry patches as mentioned above. This hasn’t caused me much concern (this is a product aimed at absorbing oil, after all) as it can be quickly remedied with some light exfoliation and hydrating treatments.
Whilst the Effaclar BB Blur isn’t going to replace traditional bases such as foundation, it is still a great choice for an easy, every day base. I can definitely see myself reaching for this product more in the summer when my skin is more oily, compared to this weird Spring we are currently having where my skin is hoarding all the oil it can get! If the La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur is the BB cream your oily skin has been dreaming of, it is currently available at Escentual as an exclusive.
Would you try the Effaclar BB Blur?