16 September 2014

Battle of the Blemish Serums: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo[+] and Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum

Left Estee Lauder and Right La Roche-Posay

A while ago now I tried out my first blemish serum La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+]. Blemish serums were something I always thought were for people with acne and since I only got the occasional breakout or a few pesky spots I never really seen the need to bother about introducing them into my skincare regime. However, La Roche-Posay totally changed my mind and I actually realized products aimed at blemish/acne prone skin also help to reduce oily skin and unclog pores - two of my biggest skin complaints!

So when I heard Estee Lauder, the people behind Advanced Night Repair coveted by woman globally and turning their knowledge to blemish prone skin releasing a Clear Difference range, I knew I had to give it a go.
so this is a kind of Battle of the Blemish Serum's, a Save vs Splurge to see who will come out on top.

First up is packaging:
La Roche-Posay have went for their instantly recogniseable branding in a plastic tube which makes getting all the product out easy. It has a precise applicator meaning you control how much is dispensed.
Estee Lauder have gone for the gold accents and this time a fresh blue coloured bottle. With a pump dispenser that makes it a little more difficult to control what you get out.

La Roche-Posay has a sort of fresh almost medical scent to it thats hard to describe.
Estee Lauder has a botanical scent and smells minty to me probable due to the eucalyptus and peppermint in the serum.

There is not much to say here other than the Estee Lauder has a lighter slightly watery consistency in comparison.

Feeling on the Skin:
La Roche-Posay has always felt fresh and clean on my skin, its not heavy on the skin and sinks in write away and is a good base for makeup.
Estee Lauder feels a lot fresher on the skin and cooling. I think the minty smells add to this feeling of freshness and it sinks into the skin straight away but my skin definitely felt instantly tightened and clean.

Overall both serums keep my skin looking clear and I had very few complaints with either. I don't always want to use serums and primers before makeup so I sometimes rely on a blemish serum to mattify my skin and help keep my makeup in place. The La Roche Posay definitely does this. I'd say I do need another primer on top when using the Estee Lauder, Overall I have seen a difference in my pore size when using both.
With the Estee Lauder Advanced Blemish Serum coming in at £44 I was kind of expecting a little more and I don't think it quite pipped La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] at £15.50 to the post. I think Estee Lauder is one to get when you want to splash out and use when you really need it but if like me you are using it to keep breakouts at bay and reduce pores/oiliness La Roche-Posay is more for everyday and it is more cost effective.

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  1. I actually didn't get any results fro the effaclar duo +, one of the only people not to! I've found The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion really good for clearing spots though :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  2. Great comparison post! Love these type of posts. I have the Duo+ and think I'll be sticking with it, it's a bargain! xx

  3. Great post Hun! It's nice to see the cheaper option being on par if not better than the more expensive one!
    LouLovesbeauty xxx

  4. This was such a helpful post. I'm the same as you and suffer from the occasional breakout (recently quite a few actually) and have oily skin so I'm in need of something that will keep the blemishes at bay & it was useful to know not to splash out the Estee Lauder product when the other one is just as good :)

    Catherine xx


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