La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

I've been using this handy little face cream for a few months now but it's only during the past month how I've been experiencing its true super powers. My skin is usually the combo type and my T-zone isn't as prominent – that changes drastically when summer heat hits my skin. I go into a grease-overdrive, pores get blocked and get quite visible whilst during the rest of the year they are literally miniscule. The worst bit? My face shines like an oiled-up pan! All the talk about hydrating oily skin I usually vouch for goes out the window as the greasy feeling gets unbearable and I cannot tolerate the tiniest scrap of make-up either. It's pretty safe to say that I get uncomfortable in my own skin. I was rummaging through my skincare stash and picked this baby up. It wasn't as interesting to me during the cooler months but now – I needed to give it another go. Packed in à la pharmacie tube, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat (formerly known as the Effaclar M) does have that obvious pharmacy vibe going on. Smelling fresh and very reminiscent of thermal water + it's of a plain white medium-thick consistency, it falls into the under-radar category due to its plain aesthetic. However, I found that it's exceptionally effective at completely cancelling out shine, mattifying the entire face – heck, it even makes my pores blurred out. After washing my face with my trusty LRP Effaclar Purifying Foaming Cleanser, I spritz my face with some Caudalie Beauty Elixir and than slap some LRP Effaclar Mat all over. I have noticed that I do use one extra blob with this one to achieve that satisfying feel of hydrated skin but you do get a generous 40ml tube so that balances it out for me. I love that it provides a slight slip while you're massaging it in but it disappears in thin air after 10 seconds (and so does the fresh scent). No residue left whatsoever. Skin is immediately mattified (even the T-zone) and it remains that way for at least 6h while I'm out and about. I have noticed a slight gloss on my nose and forehead after that time but nothing too obvious. I adore the fact that the moisturiser also contains LHA (lipo hydroxy acid) as it will prevent the build-up of dead skin cells and prevent pores being blocked. It's brilliant worn alone while I'm at home or under an SPF cream or even a light lick of foundation. It's a brilliant make-up base and it makes even concealer glide on perfectly. I think that it's a great option for people who would like a very lightweight, non-oily moisturiser that will mattify the skin, make pores teensy and banish shine for hours. It's basic but it works. I've purchased my tube of LRP Effaclar Mat at escentual.com and look! – they're having a sale on French pharmacy brands so this little fella costs only £9.66 ’till the end of June. A bargain!

Koristim ovu malenu kremicu vec par mjeseci no tek sam tokom zadnjih 20-30 dana iskusila njene prave super moci. Moja koza je obicno mjesovitog tipa uz T-zonu koja nije narocito izrazena –  to se drasticno promijeni kada ljetne temperature pocnu ostavljati traga na njoj. Koza mi se zbog visokog udjela vlage i visokih temperatura (citaj:sparina) pocne sjajiti prekomjerno zahvaljujuci visku sebuma, pore su cesce zacepljene i iako su tokom ostatka godine skoro pa nevidljive postanu blago prosirene. Sto je najgore od svega toga? Onaj grozni ‘sjaj’ za koji sve mi znamo da je visak sebuma. Toliko osjecaj koji imam zbog masne koze postane nepodnosljiv da cak i ja koja inace garantujem i zalazem se za konstantno hidriranje masne koze odlucim ignorirati vlastite savjete. Ekstremna masnoca koze je zaista neprijatan problem koji najbolje razumiju oni koji pate od njega i iskreno mogu reci da se u tim trenucima osjecam kao da zelim iskociti iz vlastite koze. Sminka ne dolazi u obzir posto mi stvara dodatnu tezinu i postajem paranoicna da ce mi zacepiti pore. Prilicno nervozna uslijed svega navedenog, pocela sam prebirati po korpici u kojoj drzim preparativu i zastanem na ovoj kremici. Tokom hladnijih mjeseci me nije dojmila no sada sam je zeljela ponovo isprobati. Upakovana u klasicnu farmaceutsku tubicu, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat (prethodno poznata kao Effaclar M) kremica je idealan predstavnik apotekarskog ranga preparative. Svjezeg mirisa koji asocira na termalnu vodu i bijele te srednje guste konzistencije – jednostavno je neupadan proizvod zbog te ‘obicne’ pojave. No, uvjerila sam se da je izuzetno efektan glede uklanjanja prekomjernog sjaja, idealno matira lice pa cak ‘brise’ i blago uvecane pore. Ritual nanosenja je slijedeci; zapocinje umivanjem sa LRP prociscujucim pjenusavim gelom, potom lice osvjezim sa 2-3 sprica Caudalie Beauty Elixira i onda lice namazem sa LRP Effaclar Mat kremom. Primjetila sam da mi je potrebno nesto vise kreme nego sto obicno koristim kako bih dobila dojam da je cijelo lice hidrirano. Istinu govoreci, svakako se u pakovanju dobije velikodusnih 40ml kreme tako da za mene to vrsi komepnzaciju. Dopada mi se sto je krema lijepo maziva tih par sekundi dok je masiram u kozu no nakon 10 sekundi potpuno ‘nestaje’ (kao i svjezi miris). Nevjerovatno je lagana i ne ostavlja trag na kozi. Odmah po nanosenju mi matira kozu (cak i zloglasnu T-zonu) te je drzi u takvom stanju solidnih 6h koliko bih se zadrzala izvan kuce. Primjetila sam blagi sjaj na nosu i celu nakon 5-6h nosenja no niti izbliza u poredjenju na situaciju bez ove kreme. Mislim da je fantasticno sto ova krema sadrzi LHA (lipo hidroksi kiselinu) koja sprijecava gomilanje mrtvih celija koze te blokiranje pora. Savrsena je i kada je nosim samu na licu dok sam kuci ali je genijalna i ispod kreme za zastitnim (SPF) faktorom te cak i ispod tankog sloja tecne podloge. Odlicna je baza za make-up preko koje i sam korektor klizi bez zadrske. Mislim da je odlican izbor za osobe koje traze izuzetno laganu i nemasnu hidratantnu kremu koja matira kozu, pore cini manje izrazenim te oslobadja kozu od upadnog sjaja na vise sati. Jednostavna krema koja funkcionise. Svoju tubu LRP Effaclar Mat kreme sam kupila preko escentual.com stranice a pogledajte! – u toku je snizenje na apotekarske brendove tako da ova kremica kosta cca 23KM do kraja mjeseca juna. Odlicna ponuda!

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