Lacura Healthy Glow: Review … Pixi Glow tonic dupe?

So I recently purchased the ‘Lacura Healthy Glow’ exfoliating toner from Aldi. You only need to glance at this product to see that it is an obvious copy of the Pixi ‘Glow Tonic’. The potential dupe costs only £3.99, a much cheaper alternative than the £18 Glow Tonic. You know me, I love a good bargain, but does it compare to the cult classic? Keep reading to find out!

Pixi Glow Tonic (left), Lacura Healthy Glow (right)

Lacura Healthy Glow Packaging

The packaging for the Aldi Lacura Glow Tonic is almost identical to the Pixi Glow Tonic. Looking at both bottles, there are very little differences between the two. Like the Glow Tonic, the orange product comes in a clear bottle with a pastel green lid. It has a label that is very similar to the Pixi version, detailing the brand, name of the product, function and the ingredients. I did find it amusing that the Aldi brand had essentially said the same thing as Pixi on the front of the bottle but in a different order (5% Glycolic acid, Exfoliating toner (Pixi) vs Exfoliating toner, 5% Glycolic acid)). The Lacura Healthy glow does have two extra ingredients listed on the front of the bottle – aloe vera & Ginseng compared to the Glow Tonic. Overall, I like the packaging (obvs) as it is basically the same as the Pixi version.

Ingredients and claims

For the most part, many of the beneficial ingredients listed in the Pixi Glow tonic are also included in the Lacura ‘dupe’, however, there are some that are missing. The Pixi toner boasts Glycolic acid, witch hazel and horse chestnut to name a few, all working together to soothe, calm and firm the skin whilst exfoliating, removing any dead skin cells. The Lacura version also contains glycolic acid, aloe vera, however, the quantities are far fewer and the product is also lacking the essential horse chestnut and urea for soothing, moisturising and exfoliation.

The Pixi toner has been a cult favourite for a while, being the first ‘acidic exfoliator’ to hit the market. The product claims to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, fresh, glowing skin. With such great reviews (including my own), it is clear that this product really does do what it says on the tin. Similarly, the Lacura Healthy glow claims it is specially formulated (ahem?) with glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells, revealing healthier and more radiant looking skin. The Aldi website, also claims that the product will improve skin texture and remove impurities. Basically the same right?

Pixi Glow Tonic (left), Lacura Healthy Glow (right)

Product

So obviously the claims of this product are basically identical to the Pixi Glow Tonic. But does it work? I added similar amounts of each product to a cotton wool pad and swiped them across one half of my face. The first thing I noticed was how similar the Lacura version smelled like the Pixi toner. Often, dupes tend to have a strong chemical smell and don’t have the same luxurious qualities mainly due to bringing the cost of the product down. Whilst the Lacura Healthy glow did smell slightly stronger, for the most part, I couldn’t tell the difference. I noticed that the Pixi Glow tonic did ‘make my skin more ‘tingly’ than the Lacura version, which naturally makes me think that it is working harder to get rid of my dead skin cells. Both sides of my face did feel much softer and looked more radiant. I will say that the Lacura Healthy glow made my skin feel a little bit more irritated but nothing too intense. This may be due to the fact that the Lacura toner is recommended for normal skin only, compared to the Pixi toner that is suitable for all skin types.

Overall thoughts

In terms of packaging, this product is practically identical. I wouldn’t necessarily call the Lacura Healthy Glow a dupe for the Pixi Glow tonic, purely because it is lacking some of the essential ingredients. It is the whole list of ingredients on the Glow tonic that make it so effective and a favorite in the beauty community. Whilst the Lacura version did do a good job at exfoliating the skin, I don’t feel like it can be called an exact dupe for this reason. Despite this, the product does work, and so if you’re someone who has never tried a Glycolic acid exfoliator before, this may be a good, cheap version to start off with.  Overall, I will continue to use this product, but nothing will replace my Pixi Glow tonic love.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on the ‘dupe’ craze at the moment? Are they dupes or direct rip-offs? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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  1. October 3, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve always wanted to try the Pixi version but have really sensitive skin that usually causes a breakout with most products so I’ll try the Aldi one first and see how I get on with it. Great review!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • BeingChloe173
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      October 3, 2018 / 11:34 am

      That’s a good idea! It’s probably better to see if the cheaper one (which is very slightly more irritating) causes issues, and if not you could try the Pixi one! Thanks angel 💗

  2. October 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I do love reading posts about people who find cheaper alternatives but i do still tend to stick to the actual well known brands just cause my skin is so sensitive!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 7, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      If you’ve got sensitive skin that is probably for the best! This one made my skin only very slightly red but that may just be because it’s an exfoliant! Thanks for reading lovely 💗

  3. October 8, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I’m a big fan of dupes. I think totally copying packaging and ideas is a little too much though. I do want to try this Aldi dupe, I’m glad I spotted your review as I have very very sensitive skin so don’t want to go and try it without having a detailed look at it and your reviews are always honest and to the point.

    Thanks Chloe.

    Hannah | hannahslifediaries.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 8:44 am

      I completely agree! I’m all for finding a cheaper product that works, but sometimes it’s just outright copying concepts (like the Primark Chocolate Range for example). I’m glad you found the review helpful lovely, thanks for reading 💗x

  4. October 8, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Loved the post! I have super sensitive skin, so I always look for reviews before trying anything. I’m now a lot more likely to avoid the cheaper product and just splurge on the more expensive Pixi toner.

    Bronagh xo | BronaghLoves.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:50 am

      If you have sensitive skin I think that’s the right decision! X

  5. October 16, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I’ve never been in Aldi, but so many stores are popping up around me that I’m bound to head in eventually. I’ve also wanted to try the Pixi Glow Tonic, so this comparison will really help when I do eventually decide to try it. It does sound like the Aldi one would be a good place to start, especially for the price!

    Alex| californiapollution.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Definitely pop in, so many bargains! Hope the review helped😊 thanks for reading! X

  6. October 16, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I’m so glad you did this review!! I’m still trying to get my hands on the Aldi version but reading this i do defo want to try it! I cant compare to the pixi as I’ve never tried it but I’m so curious!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      You’re very welcome lovely, glad you liked it! Hope you find it 😊

  7. October 28, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I love finding dupes of products, but sometimes nothing beats the original product! I’ve never tried Pixi before, but I’m tempted to try them out! Thanks for sharing

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:51 am

      I adore their brand, I’d definitely recommend 😊thanks for reading! X

  8. October 28, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Thanks for this post! I was really interested in this because the lacura is so obviously trying to be the Pixi Glow tonic – but theres’ gotta be a shortfall somewhere to explain the price difference! <3

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Exactly! It is quite clearly a rip off they’re so similar, it does make the skin feel nice but again it doesn’t have all the ingredients that the Pixi one does 😊 thanks for reading! X

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Thanks for reading lovely! 💗 definitely try the Pixi one! X

  9. October 28, 2018 / 9:31 am

    It kind of annoys me how Aldi just rip off products and make something with practically identical packaging but then switch out the ingredients. It was interesting to read in your review that some of the key ingredients that are in the Pixi one are missing. Obviously this is reflected in the price tag. Personally I prefer to stick to branded goods as I have very sensitive skin and often find the cheaper alternatives don’t react well with my skin… I completely understand why people opt for cheaper alternatives though ☺️ Fab post! Xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Thankyou for reading! It is quite annoying, not even the product but the whole packaging and branding aswell! It’s good to have an alternative but some creativity would be fab 😂 x

  10. October 28, 2018 / 9:46 am

    I love reading posts like these, there’s so many products out there nowadays that are ‘dupes’ but can sometimes be just as good! I’ve seen this one being blogger about quite a lot, but it seems like a good one to use if you have never tried this type of product before.

    Chloe x
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 9:55 am

      I guess it’s good to try at first to see if it is the type of product for you! But it does lack some of the essential ingredients that are in the Pixi product 😊 x

  11. October 28, 2018 / 10:31 am

    It’s so interesting when you find dupes, this one looks so similar in the packaging. I’m guessing they did this on purpose 😂 It is interesting how a company like Aldi has tried to create a dupe of this. They won’t be able to create a product that will be as good as the expensive one as they want to sell it cheaply, but I think it a nice alternative for people that may be unable to afford all the expensive brands products. Really interesting review to read! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Yeah I guess it is aimed at people who are on a budget or just want to see if a product is for them! I’m all for making makeup and beauty products affordable but it would be great if there was more originality 😂thanks for reading lovely x

  12. October 28, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Cant believe how similar they sound and look! will keep my eyes out for this one but not sure if they will sell it out in Switzerland!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      I’m not sure about Switzerland, but you could potentially purchase online? 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Hope you like it!

  13. October 28, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Totally agree with you: nothing can dupe the ingredients in the Glow Tonic. It would be interesting to actually test both on half a face for a few months lol But I wouldn’t deprive my skin from the Glow Tonic hahah
    Btw I’ve been using Pixi’s Retinol Tonic for a few weeks now and it’s brilliant as well!

    Kate | https://katedaysaweek.be

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      The ingredients are crucial, it doesn’t matter if the packaging is the same! I haven’t tried the retinol one, do you think its worth it? x

  14. October 28, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Oh wow so similar looking! I love the Pixi glow tonic, and even though its not the name this would be such a good cheap alternative to try for someone who couldn’t afford the glow tonic 🙂 Loved hearing your thoughts!

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:19 pm

      I would definitely recommend it for someone who can’t afford the original or just wants to try the concept of a glycolic acid toner! x

  15. October 29, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Wow. I didn’t even know that Aldi had this kind of stuff lol. Great post!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Yeah they have quite a big skincare range! x

  16. October 29, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Thank you for writing such a clear, informative and in depth review! I’ve tried neither of these but I did once try the Laura face scrub which irritated me at first but then became a favourite of mine once my skin settled down. I have sensitive skin that you only have to look at the wrong way and it flares up so reviews like this really help! Thank you xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      You’re very welcome lovely! I’m glad the face scrub settled down eventually! I have a few more aldi products that I need to test out, so maybe I will do a post on those too! x

  17. October 29, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I’ve got the Pixi tonic and I love it. I know Aldi/Lidl love to do dupes of anything really but there are somethings that they miss to make it stand out. I’m sticking to Pixi!

    Vanessa x
    therealnessonline.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Yeah some essential ingredients were missing, but not terrible for those on a budget! x

  18. October 29, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I was interested in this firstly because I’m still unsure of how to use toners lol, sadly I suck. However I love the honesty of this review! Dupes are always tricky to me because sometimes you get a good dupe and sometimes they totally suck. I’m open to trying them both out tho. Great post love.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      They are tricky as it depends if they have all the ingredients/formulas or they just look the same1 Thankyou for reading x

  19. October 30, 2018 / 3:49 am

    Thanks for sharing! I am going to try Pixi!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      October 31, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Hope you like it! x

  20. November 25, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I love Pixi Glow tonic, but it’s interesting to know the Aldi version although not the same pretty good xxx
    katescloset.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks for reading! Aldi seem to be doing a lot of dupes lately! Xx

  21. December 6, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    What I find fascinating is that Aldi in the U.S. and Aldi in the UK are so different! Our Aldi stores are pretty much tiny chain grocery stores and they certainly don’t carry any makeup! 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      That’s so interesting! Ours is mainly food obviously but they do have their own skincare/makeup! 😊

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