Remember the days when Aldi first graced British high streets and we confessed to shopping there in hushed tones, like it was a dirty secret? Well, those days are no more, as shopping at Aldi – and inevitably saving yourself a few quid in the process – is something to be loud and proud of these days.
We particularly love the Aldi beauty products. Sold under the range name Lacura, most of them are dupes of luxury and leading brands, be that Nars, Benefit, Kiehl’s, Sisley, Liz Earle, Clinique or Jo Malone London. But, while the packaging may look a near-similar copycat, what about the actual stuff inside? How does that stack up against the big-name, big-price, luxury labels that inspire Aldi’s products?
We’ve tested many an Aldi beauty product here at YOU.co.uk, so we’ve created our edit of the best beauty products on the Aldi shelves that we would confidently recommend to a friend (and you), with our genuine reviews.
As with all Aldi Specialbuys, they often go in and out of stock both online and in stores, so if what you’re looking for isn’t currently available, we suggest checking back regularly.
Aldi beauty products we really rate
Lacura Illuminating Concealer Pen
YSL Touché Eclat is a truly iconic product, credited by many for transforming their under-eye area. It banishes dark circles with a light reflective formula, helping you to look less tired and more awake. The Aldi version – Lacura Illuminating Concealer Pen – actually does a pretty decent job too. Priced at just £2.99, it is £24 cheaper than the YSL product.
We tested it out above – showing first a make up free eye, then YSL versus make up free, and finally the YSL product versus Aldi. As you can see, appearance-wise there’s not much in it – the Aldi product also stayed on well and creased at the same rate as YSL, although it was a slightly thinner consistency which made it trickier to apply. For a £24 saving though, many would think that was worth it, and reviewers have called it an ‘amazing YSL dupe’ online.
Lacura Cleansing Balm
This is a dupe for Emma Hardie’s multiple award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm. First up, the smell is delightful. And secondly, it’s an incredibly effective make-up remover.
Enriched with moringa oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, the solid balm transforms into a silky smooth oil texture for a deeply hydrating and highly effective make-up remover and cleanser. If using to remove make-up, I choose to follow up with a regular cream or foaming cleanser to really finish off the job, but I’d say it already removes 95 per cent it. It also comes with a cleansing cloth, just like Emma Hardie’s.
Again, I can’t compare against Emma Hardie’s having not tried it, but knowing how much I like Aldi’s £6.99 version and that Emma Hardie’s costs £47, I personally won’t be spending the extra £40 to find out.
Lacura Hair Mask
This is a dupe for Coco & Eve’s Like a Virgin Hair Masque, which sells for £32.90. I’ve used both and, while I like Coco & Eve’s mask, I feel that Aldi’s works just as well.
The product claims it ‘revives, restores, repairs, tames and deeply conditions hair’. It definitely tames my frizz-prone hair and smoothes and nourishes my dry balayaged ends. It says to leave on for 5-10 minutes after shampooing; Coco & Eve says the same, however Aldi’s doesn’t need to sit on my hair for quite as long as Coco & Eve’s to do its thing, which is a definite bonus.
If, like me, you’re not a fan of super strong-smelling hair products, you’ll probably prefer Aldi’s version, too – Coco & Eve’s mask has a very strong, distinct fragrance, while Aldi’s scent is much lighter. Considering the price difference, opting for Aldi’s hair mask is a no-brainer for me.
Lacura Foundation Primer
This is a dupe of Smashbox’s Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer. I haven’t tried Smashbox’s version myself so I can’t compare the quality, but I can say that Aldi’s primer is definitely worth giving a go.
It smooths onto the skin nicely, leaving a non-sticky, invisible finish and creating the perfect base for make-up; it really does give my make-up that extra staying power, which is exactly what you want from a primer. If you don’t believe me, it has 63 five-star reviews online and an overall 4.9 star rating.
With Smashbox’s costing £29.50, Aldi’s is definitely the more purse-friendly option and does a perfectly good job.
Hotel Collection Lime, Basil & Mandarin Hand & Body Wash
A dupe for Jo Malone London’s Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash (£32), I would say Aldi’s version smells just as divine as it’s much pricier counterpart. I’ve mainly used it as a body wash – it lathers up nicely, isn’t drying on the skin and the refreshing and zingy scent lasts long after you’ve stepped out the shower. If you don’t believe me, believe the over 300 five-star reviews it has online.
A dupe for Tan-Luxe’s £35 ‘The Face’ Illuminating Self-Tanning Drops, Aldi’s Lacura version at £4.99 not only looks very similar on the outside, it does a very good job of giving an immediate glow. Simply mix a few drops in to your daily moisturiser or serum and voila, an instant subtle tan. While it may look like most of the colour comes off during your evening cleanse, the formula does give gradually buildable colour that you’ll definitely notice after a few days of continued use.
At £4.99, it’s a steal compared to the other leading tanning drops brands out there. As it’s Christmas, it’s currently available to buy in this Christmas cracker-style packaging, but the product inside is still the same.