Aldi Beauty Dupes | First Impressions

It's no secret that Aldi's beauty and make up section is packed full of dupes. There's blushes that look the same as NARS, bronzers that have likeness to Charlotte Tilbury and toners which are comparable to Pixi. In fact they seem to have a product for every part of your skincare and makeup routine that is inspired by high-end and drugstore brands. 

I decided to buy three of the products that I already love the originals ofLacura Hot Cloth Cleanser, Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask and Lacura Too Legit Mascara, to see just how similar they are. I've not been using them long, they've not completely made their way into my makeup and skincare routines but here's my First Impressions of the Aldi Beauty Dupes.

The Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask is quite clearly inspired by the Glam Glow, you just need to look at the packaging to see that. The metallic colours, the thick bold jar and even the font on the box and jar is a copy. Glam Glow has lots of different masks from the Supermud Clearing Treatment to the Flashmud Brightening Treatment. My favourite one is actually the  Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment but the one that Aldi has taken inspiration from is clearly the Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. The thing about that though, is that the GlamGlow version is actually discontinued. 

A copy or not, the Aldi face mask is £5.99 for 50ml. Glam Glow products are far from cheap and 50g of their treatments would set you back £42. This mud mask will last for months and months as it doesn't take much to cover your entire face. It's a clay mask with green tea extract and witch hazel ingredients which is quite good for having clear skin. There's tiny granules which makes it quite abrasive, but not too bad on my sensitive skin. I've used it as part of a Sunday night pamper and it's quite a nice addition, leaving my skin feeling smooth and soft but it's not the easiest to remove, in fact water by itself worked best.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of my skincare favourites - it was my most used product in January and has been a feature on my dressing table for years - so it was an easy decision to want to try the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser. The Aldi brand skincare product was £3.99 for 200ml and a muslin cloth while the Liz Earle original is £22 for the same amount of product without the cotton cloth. Most of the Liz Earle products in my stash are from gift sets which make them a little more affordable but either way the Lacura dupe is obviously much more affordable.

I put the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser to the real test by using it on a full, night out, face of makeup and I'm chuffed with the results. It's as creamy as the Liz Earle version and so it's nice and gentle on my sensitive skin. It removed pretty much every last trace of makeup including lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. It's got the same fresh, soothing scents and leaves my skin feeling lovely. I'm not so keen on the Lacura cloth but who cares, I'll use the cleanser with my Cloud Cloth instead. 

I've been using Benefit's They're Real mascara on and off since it came out in 2011. I say on and off because of the fact it costs £22. So, I typically get stocked up around my birthday and Christmas with travel sized ones in gift sets or full sized ones as a present but then throughout the year I just struggle to justify spending so much on one makeup product that only lasts a few months. But when I do have it I absolutely love it. The Lacura Too Legit Mascara is only £5.99 which makes it about a quarter of the price. 

The Aldi version looks very similar, the packaging and the wand are quite hard to tell apart from the real thing. As for the actual product, the mascara does a really good job at lengthening my lashes and giving them some volume without being clumpy. Two coats look pretty impressive. I find it doesn't give me any curl to my lashes if I don't curl them first but that's not too big a problem. The mascara doesn't flake throughout the day and actually removes so much better than They're Real. No more panda eyes at the end of the day. I would definitely consider buying this dupe again. 
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