If you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen me go into complete MELTDOWN last week over Aldi’s cosmetic range Lacura and their new products!
I’ve never delved into Aldi’s beauty ranges in fear they might taint my love for the store. I’m a huge Aldi fan but felt sceptical about paying £2.99 for a foundation! Like, really?! £2.99 for a foundation vs £32.00 for Estee Lauder? I just played it safe.
And then, I started hearing rave reviews about the products and thought what the hell, let’s give Lacura a go. One range that’s been a huge hit with beauty fanatics has been the Caviar Skincare Range. I read a piece in Grazia last year where they tried, tested and recommended, even giving it 5*!
My time came to be introduced to Lacura properly when I visited my local store last week and discovered these stunning eyeshadow palettes which are an obvious dupe to the Urban Decay NAKED palettes. I couldn’t believe my eyes and for ONLY £5.99?! I obviously bought two. In my excitement, I picked up a few other bits up too and thought I’d give the range a good go and review on here because everyone loves a beauty bargain, don’t they?!
So here it is, sit back, read and then get yourself to Aldi.
1. NATURALS By Lacura & NATURALS Two (£5.99 each)
– 12 neutral eye-shadows that work with every skin tone
– Variety of textures including shimmer, matt and satin
– Box includes an interior mirror and dual-headed brush
First things first, their cruelty-free! How amazing is that?! It’s also 84 percent cheaper than the high-end product. The new palettes, which launched on May 13th come in two varieties, as ‘Naturals’ and ‘Naturals Two’ which you can see in my images. The packaging and shades at first glance resemble the UD NAKED palette.
I adore the variety of shades and different textures. I’m a big fan of shimmer and tend to stay away from matt as I always feel matt makes my eyes look dull, I like my eyes to sparkle. The shimmer shades are very glam, especially in Naturals Two which was my favourite out of the two FYI. I used both palettes, Naturals is made up of mainly smokey shades, therefore, I used it to create a dark deep smokey eye and it worked really well. I did feel like I needed a lot of product to get a good enough colour coverage, however, the brush inside enabled me to do so. I felt the same with Naturals Two, I went for more of a bronzed neutral look when using this palette which worked lovely and really complimented my tan and other makeup. I did use a better blending brush with Two as I felt the brush inside was quite rigid. Naturals Two is what I’ve been using to wear at work to create subtle looks.
The finished result from both palettes are equally good and I’m really impressed with the quality, despite not being as heavily pigmented as other palettes on the market it still creates a fabulous look and you can identify the tones easier.
2. Light Colour Correction Cream 50ml (£ 2.99)
– Porcelain Flower extract and Vitamin B3
– Gentle care for your skin
– Dermatologically tested
– UVA/UVB filter system with SPF 15 prevents premature ageing of skin
– Transforms tired-looking skin into a radiant and even complexion
– Conceals small blemishes and irregularities
– Moisturising complex
I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever tried one other CC cream before and that was years ago when I first started using makeup as a teen and it was a No 7 product. I liked it back then for its light properties and the fact it looked natural (since I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup at school!). Since exploring makeup and finding what’s right for me, full coverage works best on my skin. Like I said before I was really sceptical of this product, worried almost that it would just slide off my face as most other cream foundations do.
I was wrong, this CC cream creates a flawless coverage. I was thrilled with how well it worked on my skin which is probably classed as ‘normal’ at the minute. It’s quite a thick and moisturising product which means you don’t need a lot to give you a finished look. It blends perfectly with my skin tone and really gave me that quality coverage I was after. It lasted all day and certainly didn’t slide off my face! My only real critic about the product is that it is a little bit oily, not massively but by 4PM my face was looking a tad shiny but perhaps I was just hot… it has been unusually warm in the North East recently.
3. Pink Make Up Sponge (£ 1.49)
– Teardrop shaped blending sponge
– Soft on skin
This blending sponge is £15 CHEAPER than the original beauty blender! You’re actual recommended to replace a blending sponge every three months and at just £1.49 you could buy one year’s stock for a fraction of the price of just one original beauty blender! The edgeless sponge is designed to apply, buff and blend any liquid or cream formulation, delivering an all-over smooth and seamless finish.
I used the blender for different purposes, first to blend my foundation flawlessly and secondly to blend my under eye concealer. To blend foundation it works effortlessly and it’s perfect for concealer. I find it especially hard to blend concealer near my eye without it looks too light under my eye but because of the teardrop shape, the top of it played a huge part in making the product look even! It’s easy to handle, apply, blend, buffer or soften those edges to a professional standard.
4. Moisture Complex Sheet Mask Green Tea Extract (£1.99 for twin pack)
– Leaves skin super-hydrated in just 15 minutes
– 100% biodegradable bamboo fibres used
– Three variants; pomegranate for sensitive skin, chamomile for dry and sensitive skin, and green tea for normal and combination skin.
Sheet masks are IN right now, they’re everywhere. These bad boys are inspired by the Korean skincare regime. Korea’s most coveted import has quickly reached cult status in the beauty world and beyond, with skincare companies investing heavily in burgeoning technology.
I went for the Green Tea Extract sheet mask since my skins been feeling and looking great recently. I used the mask while I was having some ME time in the bath the other day, ensuring my pores were open and ready for some rejuvenation! I can’t fault Aldi’s claims, my skin felt amazing after use and I was glowing.
Overall, I’d really recommend giving Lacura a go. Don’t knock it, until you try it. The quality really is outstanding for the minimal cost, meaning whatever budget you’re on you can indulge in a little bit of luxury.