If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that 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!
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?
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.
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,