If you didn’t already know, I love a good dupe. So, when I saw Aldi’s ‘Healthy Glow’ toner that looked suspiciously like another popular hydrochloric acid toner, I looked a little deeper and found even more dupes for GlamGlow and Sand & Sky. I’m not against products like these because they do make products more affordable, but do they work just the same, or at all?
Lacura Healthy Glow Exfoliating Toner, £3.99 (Dupe for Pixi Glow Tonic, £18)
I have combination skin, so I use a multitude of different cleansers and toners depending on what my skins doing so I didn’t find it hard to incorporate this product into my daily routine. The toners look similar with the lime green tops and orange hued bottles and even smell the same, with both having the slight honey scent to them. Could I really see a difference on my skin? Not at all, the Lacura toner absorbed just the same as Pixi with the slight twinge before it settles into the skin and both kept my skin clear and moisturised. In all honesty if you’ve got this toner I wouldn’t invest in the Glow Tonic because I found them to be almost identical in results.
Lacura Pink Clay Mask, £5.99 (Dupe for Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask £39)
I haven’t actually tried the Sand & Sky mask (that’s a bit pricey for me) so I can’t comment on how these compare (although the main ingredient is the same in both products), but I can tell you if the dupe’s worth it. The consistency is a lot thinner than what I’m used to with masks and I found that a little did not go a long way; I ended up using about a quarter of the pot just to give my face a decent covering. I can’t say that this mask did a huge deal for my skin but apart from initially leave it feeling quite soft and smooth, but I didn’t have any noticeable improvement. For me, I’d just use a different mask all together as there are great one’s for less than £39.
Lacura Mud Mask, £6.99 (Dupe for GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment £39)
Now again, I haven’t tried GlamGlow’s ‘Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment’ because £39 for a face mask is a bit mad, but I’ve tried my fair share of masks to know when I’ve got hold of a good one. The texture is a mixture of smooth and rigid for the exfoliation, the mask applies thickly onto the skin and you can almost feel it pulling the toxins out while it dries. I can honestly say this is one of the best masks I’ve ever tried. It left my skin feeling smooth and visibly brightened for days afterwards and didn’t irritate the sensitive areas of my face at all. For £6.99 it’s an absolute steal.
I’ve really loved tried Aldi’s skincare because not everyone (including me) can afford to spend £39 on a little face mask, so dupes aren’t terrible things. I think dupes allow for people to try products in their routine without fully investing, to experiment whether it’s worth it first. I’d definitely use the Healthy Glow toner and the Mud Mask again, but I don’t think I’ll be using the Pink Clay Mask.
Have you tried any of these? What did you think to them? Do you think dupes are a good thing?