Beauty

We tried ALDI's new Lacura makeup range for a week and here’s our verdict!

To buy or not to buy, that is the question…

By Erin Cook

I have a Cosmo confession to make…

My name is Erin and I love a bargain.

I don't just love a bargain, I love all bargains. You name it, I'll take the cheaper option. The fruit and veg specials at Woolworths? I'm all over it. A flash sale on the Iconic? Clicked on it before I even knew what I was doing. And don't even get me started on the Boxing Day sales…

So when I heard ALDI was releasing a line of Lacura makeup products, I was on board for a trial before you could even say, "Do you accept EFTPOS?"

The details:

Yesterday, ALDI released a new range of Lacura makeup products as part of their bi-weekly Special Buys. Meaning, this is a one off! Once these guys fly off the shelves, they won't be restocked.

There's quite a broad selection of products on offer. The range includes:

  • Lacura Tanning Mousse & Mitt, $14.99
  • Lacura Dual End Make Up Brushes, $7.99
  • Lacura Stepping Out Eyeshadow Palette, $9.99
  • Lacura Stepping Out Eyebrow Palette, $9.99
  • Lacura Stepping Out Contouring & Highlight Palette, $9.99
  • Lacura Electronic Make Up Applicator, $19.99
  • Lacura Micellar Cleansing Wipes, $2.49

Notice that nothing will cost you more than $20?

The Lacura beauty range has been around for a few years with women from all over the world (read: Internet) raving about its effects.

The conditions:

To get a proper feel for the products, I gave the Stepping Out Eyeshadow Palette, Stepping Out Eyebrow Palette and the Stepping Out Contouring & Highlight Palette a one week trial.

For seven days, I incorporated all of these Lacura products into my makeup routine. Full disclosure: I already use eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter and brow powder on a daily basis so no need to give me a high five for putting in extra effort.

I decided to keep the trial a secret. Sure, no one asked me to do this and it may not have been entirely necessary but you know when you tell people that something is cheap – sorry, affordable - and they start looking for flaws? I wanted to avoid that.

The trial:

I started out the trial on a Saturday by slapping the products on my face before a dinner with friends. I applied a little more than usual in the hope that someone would mention my makeup and I could say, "Pah! It's from ALDI!"

This did not happen. Nobody noticed.

But that's okay because sometimes no news is good news. Perhaps they didn't notice my ALDI makeup because it's just as good as my regular stuff?

Throughout the week, I began to really like the new Lacura range, but had mixed feelings about the brushes.

The brow palette has everything you need. It comes with three shades of brow powder, two highlighters, a wax, a pencil, stencils, tweezers, angled brush and spoolie.

I loved the brow powders, wax and spoolie. However, I found the angled brush hard to use and will never understand the reasoning behind a stencil.

Overall, I had similar feelings about the contouring palette. The bronzers were nice shades and applied quite evenly. Although, I found that the supplied brush was a little too small for applying the bronzer and highlighter as it's quite a large area.

When it comes to contouring, I'm not too fond of the whole 'nose' thing. However, if you do want to contour your nose, the brush that comes with the palette is perfect.

Last but not least, the eyeshadow palette comes with a lovely selection of glittery shadows from including nudes, greys and dark purples. Perfect for a purple-y smokey eye! Again, didn't love the brushes.

The verdict:

The woman on the left (me) is wearing ALDI makeup, while the woman on the right (also me) is wearing her regular makeup.
The woman on the left (me) is wearing ALDI makeup, while the woman on the right (also me) is wearing her regular makeup.

Of all of the products tested, I would spend my hard earned cash on gave the Stepping Out Eyeshadow Palette, Stepping Out Eyebrow Palette and the Stepping Out Contouring & Highlight Palette. Yep, that's all of them.

However, I would recommend using your own brushes. If you already have a set of brushes at home – wonderful. Go forth and buy said Lacura products and simply use them in conjunction with what you already have.

Worst case scenario? Invest in some brushes to go with your ALDI purchase(s). Seeing as you saved so much money on your Lacura products, you should have a few dollars left to invest in brushes at Princeline, non?

If you'd like try ALDI's new range of Lacura makeup products, head to your local ALDI store, stat! They're known to sell out so waiting too long can lead to disappointment.