Skincare lovers, you could argue that this product looks a little familiar? Aldi have form for taking expensive beauty products and making affordable dupes of them – usually without a dip in quality too! So, while the Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic looks like a dead ringer for the Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic, is it as good?
Tiny disclaimer: I’ll be honest, I can’t do a direct comparison because I steadfastly refuse to spend 16 quid on toner for the purposes of a blog review, but I can tell you exactly what this affordable (£2.99) Lacura Tonic is like whilst comparing the similarities between the two products.
Aldi have pulled it off before with their Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s an exceptional cleanser that’s just as good as the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, and you get way more for your money too. This tonic is from the same ‘range’ of their skincare offerings. It’s their ‘ripping off Liz Earle quite blatantly here’ range, if we’re being honest. There’s also an affordable moisturiser in the range too, which I’m yet to pick up, because shoppers in my local store snapped them up before I had chance to grab one!
Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic – First Impressions
Firstly, it smells very ‘Liz-Earle-y’ – just like the hot cloth cleanser does. (To be honest, if I closed my eyes and you wafted both the dupe and the original under my nose, I’d be hard pushed to tell the difference! They smell that similar.)
I’ve been using this purely as part of my nighttime skincare routine, for now. For the first couple of nights using this, I wasn’t wowed, in all honesty. I couldn’t really see much difference in the way that my skin looked. For the first time ever, I was a little worried that Aldi’s Lacura range had let me down!
One the third night, however, I clocked my reflection in the mirror and saw just how radiant my skin looked, compared to post-cleansing. It’d given my slightly dull complexion a lovely glow, which I definitely need at this time of year when central heating seems to sap the life out of my skin!
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Having not tried the Liz Earle tonic, I can’t say whether that irritates my sensitive skin or not – the Cleanse & Polish doesn’t, so I can’t imagine that my skin would find that product too harsh. The Lacura tonic thankfully hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin either. Up to now, it hasn’t aggravated my acne, or upset the sensitive, eczema-prone skin around my eyes (but to be fair, I haven’t used it in the eye area).
My skin definitely looks brighter after using it. It feels softer too. Would I repurchase it? It’s on my to-do list to nip to Aldi later and pick some more up, if they’ve still got it in stock!
Should you try it too? I certainly think it’s worth giving it a whirl. Especially if you’re a regular user of the Liz Earle product that this is a blatant dupe of. If you can save £13.01 on a bottle of toner, why wouldn’t you?
Keep scrolling for a list of direct comparisons.
Let’s compare the Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic with Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Tonic…
- Are they both cruelty-free? The Liz Earle Tonic is listed as being suitable for vegetarians, whereas the Lacura Tonic is ‘vegan friendly’. They’ve both got the Leaping Bunny logo on their bottles. (Find proof of cruelty-free status here for Liz Earle and here for Lacura.)
- On the bottle, the Liz Earle tonic says it: ‘Refreshes, soothes and visibly brightens’, and you can see in the pictures that the Lacura tonic ‘refreshes, soothes, and tones’. So, they’re pretty similar there too.
- The ingredients of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic are:
- Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Parfum (fragrance), Benzoic acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citric acid, Potassium sorbate.
- Aldi’s Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic contains these ingredients:
- Aqua, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tetrasodium Glutamate, Diacetate, Banzoic Acid, Citric Acid, Eucalyptus Globulous Leaf Oil, Dehyroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene.
- For a 200ml bottle, Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic will cost you £2.99, whereas the Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic will set you back a whopping £16.
You can find Aldi’s Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic in store (if you’re lucky!) or on their website here. If you do want to try it, I’d be quick, because Aldi’s skincare offerings usually disappear after a few weeks – sometimes never returning to sale again!
Have you tried this toner? What did you think?