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In this post we’re going to be discussing everyone’s favourite affordable grocery shop: Aldi. However, we aren’t discussing their fantastic priced cold coffee, or the fact you can go in for a box of budget Shredded Wheat (inventively called Wheat Shreds in Aldi) and come out with two weeks worth of shopping, 4m of fake grass, an iron, and a pair of fluffy socks. No, today we’re discussing something that I had absolutely no idea Aldi did: skincare. I mean it makes sense, if you can buy seemingly everything else in the world in there then skincare isn’t too much of a stretch.
This particular product is supposed to be a dupe of the GlamGlow ‘YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment’ (the word ‘tinglexfoliate’ makes me uncomfortable) which was why I bought it. GlamGlow is not cruelty free as they sell into China. Therefore, the idea that I could get a WAY cheaper, and cruelty free, alternative had me so excited that I actually preordered this mask. Since GlamGlow aren’t cruelty free, I haven’t tried the product this is supposed to be a dupe of so I can’t comment about whether they are similar but there are plenty of people comparing them online if you did want to find that out.
What I can compare between the two is that the GlamGlow product seems to retail for £42.00 for 50g/ml, and the Aldi mask is £5.99 for 50ml/g. Personally, even if GlamGlow were cruelty free, I cannot justify spending £42.00 on a face mask. The price is going to be the end of my comparison between these products because, as I said, I haven’t tried the GlamGlow one.
I preordered this mask, and a cleanser, online after seeing an article recommended to me about how the products were dupes. I put my order in on the 26 July, with my confirmation email stating that it should leave their warehouse on July 29 (it was dispatched on the day they said it would be). The parcel was given to Yodel and delivered on July 31.
So the first picture is the main outside packaging that the mud mask came in. It is a silver reflective box with the brand and product name printed on in black along with the main mask claims. The second picture is what it looks like when you open that box to get the product out. As you can see, the box is huge. You could probably fit at least 3 of the jars inside the box, if not 4. The jar itself is also silver and reflective with black text.
I do like the packaging of both the box and the jar, it’s extremely distinctive and easy to find in my collection. However, the box being so massive I don’t like, it’s excessive and wasteful. There was packaging inside the box to keep the mask safe, but you wouldn’t need that much protection if there wasn’t so much space in the box for the mask to move around in. Also the mirrored effect on the packaging makes it difficult to keep clean, especially as this is a mud mask. Any mirrored packaging picks up fingerprints and dirt, which means it doesn’t stay looking this nice for long.
Overall, I do like the way that the product looks, I think that it looks more expensive than £5.99. I just wish that the box wasn’t so big, and the packaging was slightly less reflective.
On the Aldi website, the product has the following description:
‘Why pay a fortune to visit a spa when you can relax and unwind in the comfort of your own home? This anti-ageing Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask targets wrinkles and minimises the appearance of pores, leaving you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
- For radiant, revitalised skin
- Visibly minimsies the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles
- With Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel, Clay, Red Algae Extract’
If you’re going to use this product then I’d definitely recommend getting a face mask brush or spatula. I bought a £3.00 one from Boots which you can find here (this is an affiliate link, which is no extra cost to you if you purchase through it). As it’s in a jar if you don’t have a spatula/brush then it’s going to be very messy. With the brush it was extremely easy and smooth to apply.
The mask has some tiny granules in it, which makes sense as it’s an exfoliating mask, but this means it probably wouldn’t be good if you have sensitive skin as it’s quite abrasive when you’re removing it.
I left the mask on for the time it stated on the instructions and, unlike most masks I use, it almost dried down fully. When it is dried down it does feel quite tight but this is normal for clay masks.
Washing it off was kind of difficult due to the granules in the mask. I removed it with a wash cloth like I usually do but, although it looked like it had been removed, when I touched my face I could still feel some of the granules on my skin. The only way I found to get these off was by splashing my face with warm water (not using the cloth). That worked well.
After it was off my face felt extremely fresh. It felt almost tingly in some areas, not in an uncomfortable way, but more like that feeling when you accidentally get toothpaste on your skin. My face felt very cool, but also extremely soft and smooth, I definitely think it exfoliated well. I still had a small amount of texture in some areas, but it was largely improved after using the mask. My pores were also smaller.
Overall, I really do like this mask I loved the way that it made my skin feel when I took it off, and I think the packaging is pretty. I think the price is fantastic for the amount of product that you get and I definitely will be using this product up. You don’t need a lot to cover your face so I think I might be able to get near to 10 uses out of it (which would work out at just under 60p per use). Whether or not this is a dupe for the GlamGlow mask, I think it’s fantastic as is. I don’t think that it would be good for sensitive skin due to the exfoliation in it and the feeling left after it was removed, but I have dry skin and it didn’t dry my skin out – so I think normal, oily, and dry skin types could use it.
If you would like to try this mask then you can take a look at it online here, unfortunately it is out of stock but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be in stock in your local Aldi (there is a store finder online).
So this brings us to the end of this review, I really hope that you enjoyed reading and are as interested in Aldi’s skincare as I am. If you did enjoy it then, as always, please don’t forget to give this review a quick like. Also if you enjoy reading beauty and lifestyle posts then make sure you follow my blog so you know when I’m posting!
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