Sunday, 15 January 2012

La Roche-Posay Mattifying Moisturiser

La Roche-Posay Effaclar M Mattifying Moisturiser 40ml, £13.50

'Smooth and matte, the skin is intensely moisturised. Day after day, the pores are tightened and the skin recovers its balance'

I had noticed that my Clean & Clear brightening moisturiser (see post here) had been making my face look shiny and greasy mid way through the day and I had begun to rely heavily on face powder, step in La Roche-Posay Mattifying Moisturiser. I remembered reading about this on Lollipop26's original beauty blog (how I wish it was still open to read!) and was really keen to try it out. Having never tested a mattifying moisturiser before I was interested to see how well it worked.

La Roche-Posay is a lovely brand of skincare, I haven't used a great deal of their products but being on the more expensive side I like to believe they are good quality. La Roche-Posay has a focus on dermo-cosmetic products and the branding looks quite clinical in my opinion, like something you would be prescribed by a Doctor. 

The moisturiser itself is a cloudy gel like substance, when I first rubbed it into the skin I was surprised to feel a very faint stinging sensation, I guess this is because the range is formulated for oily/acne prone skin and is therefore medicated in some way? I don't notice the sting anymore and it really was very mild, nothing that would put me off using the product, I am however quite careful to avoid putting this product around my eyes!

The product does a good job of mattifying the skin, I tend to wear 'dewy look' foundations which produce oil on the skin and this moisturiser does a fab job of regulating that oil. I would even be confident enough to wear this with no finishing powder - a break through as before I would never leave the house without using a setting powder for fear of an oil slick appear around my nose come lunchtime! I have tested this product out over the last few weeks and am pleased to report that it does a brilliant job of not only keeping my skin moisturised, but also keeping it looking matte/less oily the whole day. I tried to photograph the matte effect on my skin, however the picture didn't come out well hence the swatch on my hand above.

The product is priced at £13.50 for a 40ml bottle which is in line with the brand's pricing, but be warned the bottle is pretty small! I am happy with the results of this product and am using it alongside my foundation as part of my daily routine. I have spot proned skin and this moisturiser does a good job of helping to regulate the oil produced whilst (hopefully) keeping spots at bay. I like the fact this product produces a matte effect without drying out my skin, instead it keeps it hydrated and moisturised. If you suffer with oily skin I would recommend this product to you, my skin is also pretty sensitive and this moisturiser is fine for me, however those with extra sensitive skin may find this product a little harsh.


  1. I think i need to try this as my skin gets oily really quick! Lollipop26 is blogging under a different name now, here it is

  2. i have wanted to try this for a while, alot of people rave about it :D

  3. @jlalamb If your skin gets oily, I would definitely recommend this product! I am a big fan of her new blog, I just wish her old one was still open, it's closed so you can't read any of her old posts :(

    @missmathful I keep seeing great reviews of La Roche-Posay products too :)