High end make up on a budget…

I think it’s safe to say if we could all afford the most expensive and beautiful make up we would? It’s a no brainier really, the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Nars and Benefit are all considered higher end make-up brands. We all treat ourselves to items of these brands every once in a while but will never be able to afford much more than that unless you’re lucky. I kind of like that though, it makes buying certain items from those higher end brands a bit more special and using it every once in a while on special occasions.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt to get those types of  make-up items on a tight budget but still have it achieve the same type of effect. I always feel pleased with myself and like I’ve achieved something when I find a good bargain.

When I was flicking through the weekly Aldi booklet a few weeks ago, my eye caught some items that were going to be in store the following week. I had to take a second look at them because I thought Aldi had struck some kind of deal with some high end make-up brands just in time for Christmas. But my first thought wasn’t too far from the truth, Aldi the popular cheap supermarket in the UK, had released a small range of make-up items that will rival the real deal items.

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In today’s post I thought I’d go through some of the items I managed to pick up in my local Aldi store to see if it’s worth saving your money on the high end items and picking up your make-up whilst doing your weekly shop. Who knows you might end up popping your highlighter next to your loaf of bread when paying at the till.

Aldi’s make-up and beauty range go by the name of Lacura which to me sounds high end to begin with. Imagine saying to a friend that you’re wearing a Lacura blush, they’d be wanting to know more about this new brand of make-up they’ve never heard of. You can browse the full range of skincare and make-up items on their website by clicking here.

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I only managed to pick a few items up because lets be honest I don’t need any more make-up but I purchased a few items for research purposes…that’s allowed right?! I feel like the few items I did get will allow me to form some kind of opinion and quality of the items Aldi’s are producing. I always find it amazing how Aldi get away with some things because as you’ll see some of the items in this post look completely identical to the real thing.

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I managed to pick up a blush, bronzer, mascara and highlight/bronzer duo. All items were under £10 each with the cheapest being £5.99 and most expensive being £6.99. All Aldi items as well at the real deal items will be linked throughout the post.

What’s most amazing about this beauty range is that it’s 100% cruelty free whereas some of the real items aren’t.

Let’s talk about the blush first off, it’s obvious what cult favourite blusher it is trying to imitate and whist it is without the humorous sexual name, you’d be mistaken in to thinking it’s the real deal. It appears to only be available in one shade which is named Gold Blush which is a very vivid glittery pink that to be honest I wouldn’t wear day to day.  Having purchased and used the real Nars Orgasm blush I like to think I could compare the two but there’s an obvious reason why the Nars blush is such a favourite. You can’t get that pigment and texture anywhere else…even after trying hard. I’m afraid the Lacura blush just doesn’t match up for me. When testing the blush out, I seem to have more glitter/sprakle on my brush than any colour pigment at all. I suppose the blush could be good for someone just getting into make-up or someone who wants to sprakle a bit more than usual at a Christmas party.

For the £5.99 price tag I don’t feel like I’ve wasted too much on this product but wouldn’t recommend reaching for it when shopping in Aldi’s. You’ve got to take your hats off to Aldi though, they have created a product at a fraction of the price that almost looks identical to the real Nars blush even down to the matte packaging and font.

Any good make-up look wouldn’t be complete without a good mascara and I feel like I’m forever going to be searching for one. It’s hard to get the right combination of brush, formula and look on the lashes for me. When I saw that Aldi had recreated the ever so popular Benefit They’re Real mascara I was interested in seeing how it would compare. However, having not got on with Benefit mascara’s before I couldn’t do an accurate comparison so my opinion is merely going on how I got on with the mascara on it’s own. I can though compare the overall look of both items having seen the Benefit in store. Again the look of both products are uncanny even down to the colour of the Aldi mascara compared to the Benefit. I really don’t understand how Aldi can get items looking that identical and not get in trouble. The brush on both mascaras are both similar even down to the end of brush with the spikey ball (oh so technical April…). Having tested the cringey named Aldi’s Too Legit mascara I can quite honestly say, it’s could be a contender with the Benefit one. The brush perfectly covered my eyelashes without leaving them clumpy and left them looking almost like falsh lashes. I couldn’t quite believe the result I was getting from a mascara that cost me £5.99 as opposed to one that would set me back £21.50!

If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I’d definitely try out the Too Legit mascara from Aldi and hope you’d be as pleasantly surprised with it as I am. For £5.99, it’s an absolute steal!

For me I have always dreamed of affording an item of Charlotte Tilbury make-up, it’s one of those brands that just ooze luxury and lust ability. The price tag of the items just causes me to have sort of panic when looking at them though, I just can’t seem to part with my money. When I saw that Aldi had done a cheaper version of the popular CT Filmstar Bronze and Glow Contour Palette that I’ve been wanting to get my hands I was so excited…probably the most excited I was about any of the Aldi make-up items. For me this is the stand out product from the whole range and something worth shouting about, Aldi have out done themselves completely with this one! The packaging for one is absolutely stunning just like the Charlotte Tilbury one, it’s something you almost want to have displayed and on show, it’s truly a beautiful item. At first glance you’d think the Aldi Broadway Shape & Glow palette is the real deal but at a fraction of the price… The Aldi palette will set you back only £6.99 whereas the Charlotte Tilbury will set you back a big old £49! Given the overall look of the product, I had high hopes that the highlight and bronzer would level up too. Well the actual product itself didn’t dissapoint in the slightest, I think you can tell that Aldi probably spent a little long creating this item as opposed to the other ones as for me it’s the best one for sure! The bronzer or shape side of the palette performs perfectly on your cheek and acts a perfect pop of warmth to your face and the highlighter or glow side of the palette adds just enough pop of light your cheek bones. If you are to try anything from this range, I’d recommend this palette. Whilst it’s at the higher end of the price range out of all products, I think it’s worth picking up. It’s be an excellent addition to any make-up collection and perfect for on the go kind of people and travel.

Finally lets talk bronzers and another Benefit item that Aldi have probably duplicated the most identically. If you’re any kind of make-up lover, you’ll know Benefit are famed for their Hoola Bronzer which is loved by millions all over the world. I think it’s safe to say it’s a cult favourite and with good reason, it does what its meant to do without any fuss. Seen as Aldi were obviously recreating such popular make-up items, it would be stupid for them not to create their own take on the Hoola Bronzer. Even down to the name, its easy to see the obvious resemblance to the Benefit item. The Aldi Aloha Bronzer comes equipped with a small brush just like the Benefit and a pretty decent amount of product in the cardboard pan packaging. When using the Aldi product it’s clear to see that it is a cheaper version but still achieves the same results. Whilst the Benefit Hoola has a stronger pigment and show off on the skin, the Aldi Aloha achieves a sunny glow for a fraction of the price. It’s not a ground breaking product in it’s own right but does the job quite well without costing a fortune.

Well that post definitely ended up being longer than I first thought…make-up obviously causes me to ramble on from time to time. It was really enjoyable and interesting to talk through my thoughts on the Aldi dupes that have been released recently.

Let me know if this post has inspired you to give any of the products a try or if you have done already…I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

Thank you for reading and stopping by my blog. Be sure to come back again.

Until next time,

adoseofapril x

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