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5 best Aldi dupes: skincare edition

From Estee Lauder’s Night Repair Serum to Elemis’ best-selling Cleansing Balm, we compare the ingredients of Aldi beauty dupes to high-end brands to see if they actually work.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 15.02.2023

Who doesn’t love a bargain? Aldi is our go-to when it comes to discounted deals for groceries, garden furniture and booze.

But now it’s renowned for its beauty bargains, making copies for some of the biggest names in the skincare industry. We’re talking Estee Lauder, Pixi and Clinique

We know what you’re thinking… you do always get what you pay for. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compare the ingredients in the big beauty brands to the Aldi dupes. And the results have actually really surprised us.

Here are some of the best Aldi dupes to shop now…

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PIXI ROSE TONIC VS LACURA HEALTHY GLOW ROSE TONER

Saving: £15.01

Remove impurities and soothe and brighten your skin with these amazing toners. Both products are formulated with rose flower extract and elderflower water to minimise redness and tone and revitalise skin.

But the Aldi dupe (£2.99) has added hydraulic acid and aloe vera, giving it more moisturising properties and soothing benefits. However, if you have sensitive skin, we recommend going for the Pixi Rose Tonic (£18.00) as the Lacura product has higher parfum content.

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LA PRAIRIE SKIN CAVIAR VS LACURA CAVIAR ILLUMINATION DAY CREAM

Saving: £442.01

Caviar is an ingredient that’s been used in celebrity skincare routines from Victoria Beckham to Angelina Jolie. But now a trip to Aldi will give you the chance to try this high-end ingredient if you’re after some anti-ageing benefits.

After seeing the massive price tag for La Prairie (£450.00 for 50ml!) it made us wince. But Lacura’s (£7.99) brings us this luxurious ingredient without us needing to break the bank and has the same function as well as a generous dose of hydraulic acid that’ll make your skin glow all day long.

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ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM VS LACURA CLEANSING BALM

Saving: £39.01

These lightweight nourishing formulas melt away makeup, daily pollutants and impurities for a soft and glowing complexion. Plus, both products smell like heaven in a jar.

Elemis Cleansing Balm (£46.00) is a unique blend of nine essential oils including lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus. Whereas Lacura (£6.99) does only have one essential oil, moringa oil, but is mixed with shea butter, cocoa butter and squalene. However, many reviews have said Lacura cleanses much better than the Elemis balm.

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CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE 100-HOUR HYDRATOR VS LACURA MOISTURE BOOST

Saving: £35.01

With the cold weather, we’re always on the hunt for a good moisturizer that keeps our skin feeling hydrated all day. These cult-classic moisturisers have refreshing gel-like textures that lock in hydration for all skin types.

Although both are filled with calming aloe vera, Clinique (£40.00) does have more nutritious, natural ingredients including cica which is rich in vitamins and amino acids. But for just fiver, Lacura’s dupe (£4.99) will still leave you with the same smooth, soft, and plumped skin for the fraction of the price.

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ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SERUM VS LACURA PRONIGHT ADVANCED FACE SERUM

Saving: £58.01

Aldi is set to launch a £5.99 dupe of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (£64.00) in March, so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter to get updates.

Lacura’s new ProNight Advanced Skincare range is said to include ‘powerful ingredients’ that work ‘overnight’ to renew and restore the skin and feature antioxidants to soothe and hydrate.

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