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Aldi Dupe Series | Lacura Healthy Glow Exfoliating Toner

Hey huns,

Last week, when doing the food shop, I noticed a very familiar looking product in the specials isle. If you’ve tried the Pixi Glow Tonic before then you’ll notice that the packaging for Aldi’s Healthy Glow version is strikingly similar.

This isn’t my first Aldi dupe review either, I reviewed a few of Aldi’s beauty products last year, including a dupe of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer and Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish.

Naturally, when I saw the Aldi Pixi Glow Tonic dupe, I had to add it to my trolley to test and review it for you guys.

I’ve been a bit undecided on the topic of dupes before. I find the concept of brands using packaging and labelling that replicates the original really interesting in how it appeals to our sense of recognition, but is something you can’t help but feel slightly uneasy about. That being said, I do appreciate the opportunity to be able to purchase a similar product that would otherwise be out of my price range. I don’t know about you, but £18 for a toner makes me wince a little, sorry Pixi fans!

In this case, I have previously owned the Pixi Glow Tonic after a huge breakout I had a few years ago, I went and splurged in tonnes of luxurious skincare that I’m still unsure on whether it worked to this day. I went for it based on looks (I’m definitely someone who buys with their eyes) and the fact that it was at the time, the most hyped up product that every blogger, vlogger and influencer had raved about.

I did really enjoy using the Pixi Glow Tonic, but it wasn’t anything special for the price, if you know what I mean. For the extra money I’d spent on this compared to my usual skincare range, I think I expected something revolutionary. Whereas buying something just as amazing, but very cheap, definitely makes it feel a bit more special.

Aldi Pixi Glow Tonic Dupe Review 🌸

So like I said above, I love the opportunity to be able to purchase a dupe product very similar to high end but at a much lower price. The Lacura Healthy Glow Exfoliating Toner dupe of the Pixi Glow Tonic retails at £3.99 in Aldi, a pretty big difference for something that, in my opinion, looks very similar, smells very similar and has very similar effects on my skin. In fact, in a blind test I doubt I’d be able to tell the difference!

The Effects

Probably the most important part, does the Lacura Healthy Glow dupe actually work?
Both products aim to exfoliate the skin gently, improve tone and texture, and brighten the skin to leave it with a healthy glow.

I can say that just like the Pixi Glow tonic, the Lacura Healthy Glow Exfoliating Toner feels like it does remove any leftover bits of make up and dead skin from my face. Even after washing and cleansing, this always manages to scrub out some dirt from my pores. It’s so simple and easy to use, just glide it around your face in circular motions on a cotton pad, great for when you’re in a rush to get to bed!

I do find that I tend to skip using face scrub products sometimes, which comprises the look of my skin. It’s just a bit of a faff and can be a bit messy and a bit of a hassle to use! I find they can sometimes leave my skin feeling slightly tight afterwards and I need to remember to use moisturiser, otherwise it feels a little uncomfortable.

So this is why I’m loving the Healthy Glow Tonic, it’s gentle and leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and healthy! My foundation seems to go on a lot smoother and stays on all day with a flawless finish. I’ve also noticed that since using this, any bouts of acne clear up quicker and tend to look less red and inflamed in the morning.

The Ingredients

In terms of ingredients, both products boast a pretty similar list – glycolic acid, aloe and ginseng being the main ones, but in lower quantities seemingly. This makes complete sense for the price – I wouldn’t expect the dupe to have the same levels of more expensive ingredients but to retail at a lower price.

Glycolic acid is the holy grail ingredient for exfoliation, it effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are often used to treat scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Of course, most people will already know that aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. It provides a protective layer to the skin which helps retain moisture. Aloe is also rich in antioxidants and minerals which can help speed healing, making it great for spot and acne treatments.

Ginseng is considered a strong anti-aging skin care treatment because of its reputation for rejuvenating the look of your skin. Therefore, great for helping to give that healthy glow by helping to counteract dryness.

With these three products combined together, it’s no wonder that both the Pixi Glow Tonic and Lacura Healthy Glow toner work that bit of magic.

Appearance

Anyone can tell that Aldi’s Healthy Glow Toner has been made in the exact image of Pixi Glow Tonic. It has the exact same bottle shape, the same colour scheme and the same gold accents on the labelling.

As I said before, I really do find this fascinating as it’s clearly a deliberate way to get the customer to pick your product up off the shelf, as it appears vaguely familiar and therefore more trustworthy. It seems so naughty when you think about it! I do really like both bottles of this though and think they look equally as appealing on my dressing table.

Overall, I absolutely love this product, it works well, it smells great and it makes me feel good! Plus, being on maternity leave, it means I can buy it without thinking about it and worrying about how much I’ve spent on one little thing.

Have you tried this yet?

See you in the next post!

Love Charlie x

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