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I had always wanted a Touche Éclat concealer but could never justify the price of £25 so just never bought one. A friend of mine recommended the Lacura Concealer Pen from Aldi as they had been using it for years and swore by it so I thought I would give it a try. There is an Aldi nearby to where I live where I do go for the cooked meats and vegetables as I find them far superior to other supermarkets but I had never bought any cosmetics from there.
I paid £3.59 for this but I believe that they sometimes have offers and you can get it for as little as £1.99 which is an absolute steal. There are three different shades, I chose Savanna which is the medium one available and which is the most suitable for my complexion. The other two shades are Cashmere which is the lightest and Amber which is the darkest of the three and would be suitable for more darker complexions. I agree that there aren't the range of shades that you might get if you chose a more expensive product but I think most women know what colour make up will suit them and will buy the most appropriate one for their skin tone. And to be honest at the price of £3.59 it isn't a major catastrophe if you get the wrong colour.
The concealer is packaged in a cardboard box with a clear cellophane cut out so you can see the product inside. The concealer pen is black in colour and has the words Concealer Pen and Lacura Beauty in silver on the front, and on the back are the details of where it was made and that it has a life of 6 months after opening.
When you first use the pen you have to depress the button at the bottom about I would say 15-20 times before you can start to see the concealer appear in the brush but after this you only need to click it two or three times to get sufficient concealer for one use. It has quite a thick consistency but I find it easy to smooth out and cover the required areas.
I use the concealer for the areas underneath my eyes and my nose as these areas have an uneven tone with a few darker areas which unfortunately I would say are the signs of aging! I either dab a few dots or usually draw a line under each eye of about one inch and a similar line down my nose. If the door knocked and I were to answer it at this stage the person standing there would think he was witnessing a strange middle aged woman about to perform some sort of hakka in the privacy of her own home. Thank goodness this has never happened and I have always had the opportunity to rub it in.
I use my fingertips lightly to spread the line out in all directions until I am happy that my darkened areas are covered. Instantly my face looks smoother and one colour all over. I either leave it as it is which is usually sufficient or sometimes I will use a foundation or loose powder on top if I want extra coverage if I am going out. Both of these apply perfectly on top of the concealer.
I use this concealer every day for work and I would say that it does last for most of the day. On the few occasions when I have had one too many snoozes and just haven't had time to put any make up on, if I catch sight of myself in a mirror I always think to myself that my skin looks tired and that the darker and uneven areas are quite noticeable. It is at this point that I make a note to self to not to stay up so late reading and writing reviews and to get some more sleep!
I would say that this concealer would not fully cover up spots but it does an excellent job of smoothing uneven skin tones and concealing dark areas. I have had this for about three months and will definitely replace it when it has finished. As I said I have never used Touche Éclat but can't think of any reason to use this now as I am more than happy with this product and at this small price is an essential item for me.
***Why I want the product***
For years now I have always seen YSL Touche Eclat in glossy magazines or on the TV but never liked the price tag of around £25. I have loved the radiance the product gave to the models faces, bloggers, YouTubers and product reviewer's also rave about this wonder product but I was determined to wait and not pay the hefty price tag for such luxury.
My pale and combination skin can sometimes look dull and tired, especially if I have not slept well or I have had a period of illness, sometimes we just have to fake it (I mean complexion here).
Concealer pens are designed/used for concealing dark circles while also highlighting the under eye area at the same time making the eye look brighter, fresher and more awake. Remember not all concealer pens highlight as some just purely conceal. With the concealer highlighter pen you can use these to highlight areas of the face to soften parts of the face where lines might be present.
They are not used for covering blemishes or spots due to the light reflecting particles that will draw the eye to the area you want to cover.
After looking on various makeup sites I came across a review about a dupe for YSL Touche Eclat for a fraction of the price, surprisingly the reviewer mentioned it to be Aldi Lacura Concealer Pen.
***About the product***
From Aldi's website:
With the light-reflecting micro-pigments of the Lacura Concealer Pen shadows, lines and fine wrinkles around the eyes are concealed, pigment disorders are covered and surface irregularities of the skin is balanced out. The complexion looks smoother and more radiant. The special "NMF" - Natural Moisturising Factor active agent complex, based on high quality ingredients like amino acid, urea and alantonin, reduces dark shadows around the eyes and keeps the sensitive skin in the eye area soft and supple and stops it from drying out. The product is long-lasting , smudge-proof and suitable for all skin types. The soft brush applicator enables a very precise application and the ideal amount can be released with the push button applicator.
Lacura Concealer Pen comes in a range of shades that will suite all skin tones, Aldi say this Concealer Pen is also suitable for all skin types.
As the concealer pen had a makeover so has the packaging, the new packaging can be seen in a thin matte black rectangle cardboard box. The top in white writing says Lacura Beauty Concealer Pen and the bottom tells you a little about the pen, the middle sees a cut out where you can see the product through the cellophane.
The back of the box tells you about the product and applications for use.
The new version of this product comes in a 2.8ml tube where as YSL Touche Eclat comes in a 2.5ml tube. Lacura Concealer pen comes packaged in a sleek shiny black simplistic pen with Lacura Beauty wrote in white at the top and Concealer Pen written across the pen below. The back tells me my shade; Cashmere along with the pen can be recycled.
The old version came in a gorgeous silver casing that looked very much like Touche Eclat, except for it being silver and not gold. I have to say I much prefer the silver design but black looks very sleek as well.
***Applying the product, and how it feels***
Taking off the lid that also clicks securely back into place, you are faced with the small application tool or brush for you and me. Clicking the bottom of the pen constantly for around 10/20 times the product travels up the pen and is dispended to the top of the brush.
Wiping the brush first to my under eye area to brighten and conceal a little, I was happy to see the product has a light texture to it that looks like a light liquid concealer but with less pigment to conceal, the product glides on the skin so easily and the brush does not scratch or pull the eye area at all. The concealer looks creamy and feels hydrating. The shade Cashmere looks light enough for my pale skin, Cashmere is pink toned, which is great for the under eye area as it cancels out the blue and purple tones in dark circles while having the added benefit of a light conceal as well. Gently patting the product into my under eye area to brighten with my ring finger it was obvious to see I would need an extra layer as the product consistency is relatively thin while not being at all runny, but even after one light layer I could all ready see the product brightening compared to the other eye. All ready one eye looked lifted, rested and bright.
As the product is more of a highlighter than a concealer extra coverage with extra layers may be required to build up. Patting the extra layer into my skin the product blends in beautifully with no harsh lines or the look of makeup has been applied. Although the product is meant as a highlighter even though it is called Concealer Pen, after the second layer I would say it gives quite good coverage to my dark circles.
When working the product into the skin because it is so light and creamy the product does not set straight away so you have a little time to work with the product. A setting powder is also needed to set the concealer in place to stop it from moving or creasing through the day. I would not recommend placing the concealer near laughter lines (crow's feet) as this concealer could sink into the lines making them look more prominent.
On days where I want a no makeup look but still want my eyes to look bright instead of exhausted, I apply two light layers of Concealer Pen, do the rest of my face and off I go, otherwise I apply my usual concealer as I normally would and then apply one light layer of this product to give my eyes an extra boost.
***What else can you do with it?***
Even though Lacura have marked this product as a concealer pen it can also be used as a highlighter on the face due to its light reflecting particles. It can be used on all areas where the sun would naturally fall on the face so you can use on your forehead to brighten that area. On top of the brow bone to lift the eye area, under the brow bone to highlight and lift the eye, tops of the cheeks to give a beautiful sheen to the skin and laminate. The lines you get down the side of the mouth when you smile, the product can be applied there to brighten and also the lines around the mouth to help brighten and conceal there.
***How well does it last?***
Usually my makeup is on for at least 14 hours a day so my makeup needs to last. Laucra Concealer Pen unfortunately does not last this long even with a setting powder, for me I would say I get five to seven hours wear out of the product before I need to touch up a little, which to be fair I still think is pretty great considering it is a highlighter.
As my under eye area is relatively dry sometimes the concealer pen will not provide me enough hydration so an eye cream is needed beforehand, application after the concealer pen helps to keep that area moisturised through the day.
***Price and availability***
You can only purchase this Concealer Pen exclusively from Aldi Supermarkets. I purchased mine for £3.49
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
As I cannot justify spending £25 on the original concealer pen highlighter this is the next best thing and is known as the double for the high end without the high end price.
***Would I purchase again?***
I have all ready and will continue to do so.
I have been using boots natural collection concealer for some years and I decided it was about time I moved onto something that was more liquidy in consistency and slightly better quality but still affordable.
This brand is available in aldi and is priced around £3.49 which is almost double the price I am used to paying for the natural collection which is £1.99
As you cant test the colour before you buy it was a real stab in the dark for which colour would match me. I accidently bought one that was meant for medium-dark skin tones, and I am very pale. I went by the colour on the box and didn't read the writing until I got home and it was too late. Despite all this it matches me quite well and I don't know how on earth it would match people with darker skin. I don't know what it as called, I think it was the one named Savannah. It doesn't say on the pen and I don't have the original packaging to had. I think it is the second one in the colour range but despite the recommendation it suits my pale skin well.
It comes as a black pen with long bristles at the tip. The concealer comes out with a click at the bottom of the pen quite easily. Not to start off with it takes a couple of clicks to get it going but once it has it is fine. Simply dab on the face, and blend. The tip allows for precise application which a lot of sticks cannot offer. It means you can just dab a little bit where you need it and the product can then last you a long time.
It blends nicely and it brilliant for my spots, blemishes and under the eye. It feels quite moisturising and I can see no problem for people who have sensitive skin using this product. It lasts pretty well throughout the day but I tend to touch it up. It provides better coverage than my cheaper stick. It provides medium - heavy coverage and makes my problem skin seem a lot less noticeable.
Overall, it is worth a look at. It is reasonably price and I have no problems with it. I have also been using it as an eye primer as it brightens up my eye nicely and helps my eyeshadow stay on my lid all night long. It is difficult to match but go with your gut instinct and the colour on the packaging. Definitely recommend.
My favourite beauty and skin care brand at the moment has to be Lacura which is Aldi's own brand of products. Finding these was a bit of a revelation as they are so much cheaper than conventional beauty brands but they are every bit as good as any of the leading high street brands that I have tried.
The concealer is another fantastic product from Lacura. My favourite concealer is YSL Touche Eclat and while this isn't quite up to the standards set by that it is also considerably less expensive. For a comparison Touche Eclat costs me around about £25 whereas this costs me less than £4.
It really does not look or feel like a budget product and from the packaging to the consistency of the concealer it has a much more premium feel than the packaging might lead you to believe.
The concealer suffers from the same problem that most of the Lacura range does and that is with choice. There are only a couple of shades to choose from in my local Aldi which lucky for me matched my skin tone almost perfectly but I do wish that they would start to bring out a wider selection of their make-up instead of just having the basic shades and colours.
Instead of being a solid stick the concealer comes in a pen application and is more of a liquid concealer. The end of the pen has a brush for you to apply the concealer to the areas where you need it and I find that the brush does make the concealer easy to apply and blend in.
The colour of the concealer looks a little too light when it first comes out and originally I was a little worried that it wouldn't be dark enough to cover dark circles or little spots but it has a nice thick consistency which really does help with covering imperfections and although it is thick it isn't cakey when it is on the skin and the colour seems to almost adapt to my skin tone and I have trouble even noticing it when it is on my skin.
It also does a really good job of staying put until I am ready to remove it when it comes off with a minimum of fuss and doesn't require loads of scrubbing.
For the money you really can't beat this concealer as it does a fabulous job of hiding little imperfections and it really does feel like a more premium product than it actually is. The only thing stopping me from giving it five stars is the fact that the selection of shades is not the greatest and it is also a bit hit and miss whether my local Aldi will actually be stocking it on a week to week basis.
YSL touche eclat concealer is a product I've being eyeing up for a good few months now and during my desperate search to find some way of justifying paying £25 for 2.5ml of concealer I quickly found copious amounts of people comparing this concealer with Aldi's Lacura concealer pen. My Mother swears by Lacura anti-wrinkle cream and says how wonderful it is so I thought if this concealer was as good as Mum reckons their anti-wrinkle creams are, which a lot of people on the internet seemed to be claiming, it was definitely worth giving ago.
So, when my usual Maybelline Dream Lumitouch concealer ran out I decided to purchase Lacura's concealer pen rather than replace it. At £3.59 this concealer is almost half the price of my regular Maybelline alternative so even if it was just as good as that I'd found myself a way of saving a bit of money!
Getting hold of the concealer was a little problematic for me as my two closest Aldi stores are quite far away and not easily accessible via public transport, I don't drive thus took the one and a half hour walk to my closest store which didn't have the concealer in stock! Fortunately the second Aldi I tried did although still required quite a trek to get there. After using this for a while though I definitely think I'll be purchasing it again so I may just start buying in bulk to save regular trips.
The other downside to this concealer is that it's only available in three shades which are Cashmere, Savannah, and Amber. Cashmere being the lightest and Amber being the darkest. Obviously this isn't a problem if your skin tone matches one of these three shades although I do feel people with 'inbetween' skin tones would struggle. I couldn't see a great deal of difference between Cashmere and Savannah whilst Amber is a lot darker than both. Being ridiculously pale I opted for the lightest shade, Cashmere and am pleased to say it matches my skin tone pretty much perfectly. Shade wise Cashmere is almost identical to Maybelline's 'Porcelain' shade if you're familiar.
The concealer comes housed in a little cardboard box with a cut out window so you can see the concealer pen itself. The pen is a lovely silver colour with a black clicker at the bottom used to dispense the concealer. It actually looks a lot pricey than it is! If it wasn't for the simplistic name of 'concealer pen' being written on the front (more expensive items tend to have more exciting and long winded names) I don't think you'd guess this cost less than £4 in a million years.
Pulling off the lid reveals a brush applicator which really sold this product to me as I feel these concealer applicators work the best. The brush contains lots of soft bristles which are gentle on my face and make blending the concealer in a really easy task. I've been using the concealer for a few months now and the bristles are still soft and flexible, the concealer hasn't clumped them together or dried them out.
To dispense the concealer you just need to click the black button at the bottom of the pen. You really only need to click it once at a time though as one click does dispense quite a bit of concealer, too much for one area really. I tend to dab into the areas I want the concealer and then blend once the brush is clear of product. It's easy enough to use although activating the concealer is really annoying! The first time you use it you need to click about twenty times to get any concealer out and it really does sound like an annoying person sat near you repetitively clicking a pen.
The results of the concealer? Pretty good! Fantastic considering the price. The concealer is a little thick but does blend really easily. The main purpose of this concealer is cover dark circles around the eyes - something I suffer with a fair bit and this concealer gives excellent coverage and completely hides them. I have, of course, tried out the concealer on blemishes too. Whilst blemishes still remain visible underneath this product it still gives them good coverage and really reduces the redness of them. I wouldn't say it covers them well enough for me to feel confident wearing this concealer alone but topped with a little foundation it does the trick. I also have a couple of scars on my forehead and bridge of my nose. These are by far the biggest problem I have with my face and this concealer completely hides them which is a massive plus side for me. These scars appear non-existent once I've applied a bit of this concealer over them.
Staying power is pleasing also. Without primer I find this concealer looks freshly applied for about three hours but I've still got pretty good coverage for about five or six hours. Used with my Maybelline dream smooth primer, which generally works well with any foundation or concealer I've used, that freshly applied look lasts for a good six hours and good coverage is still there eight or nine hours later. Plus, with this being in a handy pen format, it's convenient to just carry it around with you and top up when you feel the need to. Although, unless I'm out all day and night I rarely do feel the need to!
All in all a really impressive product and I'm still struggling to understand why it's so cheap! I think anyone who's tried it would happily pay double the asking price for it, I certainly would! Just don't tell Aldi that.
So after hearing rave reviews about this product in the press a few years ago, I wanted to see if this product lived up to the hype. At just £3.59 for 2.8ml of product from Aldi, compared to YSL prices, I couldn't wait to try it. According to Aldi, the light-reflecting micro-pigments conceal shadows, lines and fine wrinkles around the eyes, pigment disorders are covered and surface irregularities of the skin are balanced out. The complexion looks smoother and more radiant. The special "NMF" - Natural Moisurising Factor active agent complex, based on high quality ingredients like amino acid, urea and alantonin, reduces dark shadows around the eyes and keeps the sensitive skin in the eye area soft and supple and stops it from drying out. The product is long-lasting , smudge-proof and suitable for all skin types. The soft brush applicator enables a very precise application and the ideal amount can be released with the push button applicator.
The concealer comes in 3 shades, Cashmere (light) Savannah (medium) and Amber (olive). The difficult thing is selecting an appropriate shade as there are no tester in the shop, so it's a case of guessing based on the small shade sample on the box! Luckily I chose correctly for me, I have light/medium skin and use Cashmere.
The product comes in a pen format with a click button applicator - much like its more expensive twin. With the first use of this product, I had to press the button a fair few times and was convinced that there was nothing in the pen! Then after about 30 seconds of pressing and cursing the light, pinky concealer emerged out of the bristles. The consistency of the fairly fluid is light, like double cream and it is soft but slightly chalky to the touch. The bristles on the pen are wonderfully soft and smooth and non-scratchy. The concealer blends well and illuminates and reflects light where it is applied. It doesn't completely cover my dark circles so it sometimes helps to apply a regular camouflaging concealer first and then add this afterwards. I don't tend to apply tonnes of this around my eyes, just a small amount to the corners, as over applying it can cause 'raccoon eye', where there is an obvious white glow around the eye. This product is particularly effective when used around the eyes and nose, but it does help to lightly disguise blemishes and spots.
This product lasts well on the face, at least 4-5 hours, but I do like to re-apply this now and again to give my skin a lift during the day. The concealer was easily removed with make-up remover and cleanser at the end of the day.
The problems with the click application remained throughout my time using this pen, it wasn't a huge deal, but I had to click around 4 times before any product came out - and then when it did I got an overload. I think this issue I have with the product may be partly due to my impatience!
I used this for around 2-3 months on a daily basis before it ran out - but it is difficult to know when this is going to occur due to the packaging. The pen gradually stops dispensing product, so you have a couple of days notice to get another pen! Throughout my time using this, not once did I experience any dryness, discomfort or irritation from this concealer.
Overall, I would recommend this product to those who like light reflecting concealers. I wouldn't recommend this to those who have a lot of blemishes or those with large dark circles, as this concealer won't completely hide them and may accentuate them. It does have some flaws, but the price out-weighs them. It think this is something most women should have in their make-up bag.
The last place you might expect to find a fantastic range of cosmetics is your local budget store. Well, prepare to be surprised, because Aldi has just that.
A favourable magazine review first brought this good news to my attention and I decided to give it a try. The first product I tested was the Lacura concealer pen. This is a sleek, shiny silver pen, rather over-packaged in a cellophane sealed box. It is very similar in design to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, and the only real difference between them is the price. At £3.59 each, the Lacura version is a whopping six times cheaper than the YSL version.
The pen has a push button trigger on one end which dispenses the concealer onto the brush applicator. The product itself comes in several shades, including a natural beige, which matches my skin tone perfectly, and is a good , creamy consistency.
Applied to the dark shadows beneath my eyes, it blended in perfectly and did a great job of, well, concealing them.
I have to be careful when using new cosmetics as I have sensitive skin and indeed, a few of the other Lacura products did cause some irritation but I had no problems with this one. Because I use it daily I have already gone through three of these pens, but at less than £4 each, replacing them is relatively painless.
A few years ago pre children when I was working full time I used to lif quite an indulgent life. I spent my hard earned pennies on whatever took my fancy and enjoyed the freedom of having no real responsibilities. Back then I used to splash out on my makeup and go for the high end brands... nowadays I have three gorgeous little angels and my priorites have changed. There are now more important things to spend my money on, so consequently I have downgraded most products in my makeup bag.
There was one product that I clung on too however.... my trusty gold wand of YSL Touche Eclat. This fab concealer became my saviour on days when my bubba has stopped my from having a decent nights sleep and my bags are particularly spectacular. It's brilliant stuff but mighty expensive so when a friend raved about a far cheaper alternative I became suitably intrigued.
This friend told me that Aldi stocked fantastic concealer that was in her eyes as good as Touche Eclat but cost a fraction of the price. To be honest I wasn't convinced but whenI reached the end of my last Touche Eclat I decided it was worth a try. Costing only £3.59 the Aldi Lacura Concealer Pen certainly wasn't going to break the bank, so I decided to give it a go and if it was rubbish I could just throw it without being too out of pocket.
I nipped into my nearest branch of Aldi and picket up some of this concealer. The concealer comes in a few different shades which is worth noting as the branch I visited the were all stacked together and it wasn't clear that there were optons available. Had I not known this I could have ended up not buying the one that best suited my skin tone.
I used the concealer next time I applied my makeup and was thrilled that the concealer was packaged and dispensed almost exactly the same as it's more expensive counterpart. The concealer is contained in a pencil sized wand. You simply click the button at one end and this releases a small amount of the consealer into a firm yet soft brush at the other end. You use this to apply the make up to your skin and then blend.
I have to say that this product perfoms in my eyes as well as the Touche Eclat... it is a fab light concealer that just works brilliant disguising those tired eyes and other problematic areas.
I am completely converted.. I think it's great and feel as though I have found a real gem of a product... spread the word.
IS THIS THE NEW TOUCHE ECLAT?
I had been hearing some pretty good things about the new LACURA concealer pen . This is exclusive to Aldi and only costs £3.59 so wont break the bank . I have always used the Yves saint Laurent Touche Eclat to highlight my cheekbones and to eliminate skin imperfections , and I normally pay around £18.00 pounds for this product . However after trying Lacura's new concealer pen I must admit I think it is on par with Touche eclat ...and is only a fraction of the cost.
It comes in two shades -Savanna and cashmere .Its easy to apply and It really does provide good coverage , This proves that the cheaper products can be equally as good as the products from the leading beauty companies . This is my beauty bargain of the week and I think that this is a little beauty secret waiting to be uncovered. Thanks Lydia xx
On the hunt for a new under eye concealer, like everyone else, the YSL touche eclat came to mind. But after looking online for reviews so I could justify spending so much, I saw people saying this lacura pen was just as good.
The Lacura range is available from Aldi and it's been quite a while now, but I remember the anti-wrinkle cream was shown to be as good as the expensive brands and everybody went crazy for it. Lacura do makeup as well as skincare but this was the first product I bought from the range. The problem is availability as my aldi is quite far away and I know they don't always have these in stock.
The pen comes in 3 colours:
savannah, cashmere and amber
I think I bought the savannah which I think is for sandy complexions but I threw away the box.
Cashmere is for rosy complexions and the amber is a lot darker obviously for dark skintones.
On the back of the box it told me that this concealer has light reflecting pigments and brightens up the eye area as well as having a special moisturising factor and high quality ingredients like allantoin and urea. The concealer is mainly for the under eye area to cover up dark circles but can also be used on blemishes. Well that's handy because I have dark circles and blemishes!
The actual pen looks a lot more expensive than it is and similar to the YSL. Instead of being gold, it is a more silver and looks quite nice in my makeup bag. To use it, you simply take off the cap, press the black button at the bottom and some of the concealer is dispensed through the brush. The first time you use it, you need to keep pressing but it will eventually come out.
I kept clicking the button and when some eventually came out, using the brush, I just dotted some underneath my eye on those horrible dark circles. I did try using the brush to blend it but it just made it messier and on the box it did say to use to brush to apply but use fingertips to blend to the desired coverage.
I wasn't expecting it to cover up my dark circles but it did a pretty good job. I was concerned that it might make the circles turn grey but it seemed to make them a lot less noticeable. Comparing one eye with the concealer to the other without I could see a definite difference so hurray! It lasted about half a day which is irritating but I just carry it around with me for touch-ups.
I also tried it on a spot but it didn't conceal it completely so you could still see the red, but I don't think that is the main use of this anyway.
The only problem I did have with it is that it dried out my skin so using an eye cream underneath is probably a good idea. Also I can't tell when it is about to run out which I guess can't be helped with the packaging design. I buy at least 2 when I go to aldi from now on!
Having a 10 month old baby means that my days of long lies and relaxation have long gone and have been replaced by early mornings and circles the size of suitcases under my eyes.
For long enough I have been contemplating purchasing the much coveted YSL touché eclat. After hours of research I realised that many people actually stated that Aldi's lacura concealer pen was as good, if not better than YSL.
The next time I was shopping in my local Aldi I had my eyes peeled for this miracle concealer (I had heard that it was like gold dust and not every store stocked it). Luckily my local store had this in, priced at £3.59.
So the low down of the concealer pen.
Okay, for £3.59 (or £1.99 in some cases) your not expecting some uber glam article but beleive it or not the packaging is not too shabby. It is a silvery pen with a black 'clicky' top. It has a pull of lid and had Lacura written across the tube. All in all, its not going to scream 'CHEAP SKATE' in your make up bag.
This product comes in three colors:
Cashmere - for sandy complexions
Savannah - for rosy complexions
A darker one which unfortunately was out of stock so I did not get the name.
The concealer is released from the pen by clicking the button at the top. When using for the first time you have to click anywhere between 20 - 60 times just to 'push' the product up out of the tube and onto the applicator brush. Subsequent uses will only require one or two clicks.
The concealer is reasonably thick and coats the brush applicator well. I normally use 3 little 'dabs' under my eyes and use my ring finger too blend it in (important as any other finger may drag the delicate skin!)
I have found that the concealer blends in well and with great ease however it does dry quickly which means if you don't blend quickly you may have the 'reversed panda' look!! It can also be a little drying but this is easily resolved by applying a good quality eye cream (again important as normal moisturisers may be too heavy for the delicate skin of the eye area!) a few minutes before applying the product.
I was a bit dubious about wearing a creamy concealer under mineral make up as I envisiged clogging/obvious tide marks/panda eyes (*delete as appropriate :) )however this product works fine. It actually looks really natural and just seems to lighten and illuminate the eye area.
##Does it cover spots?##
The packaging advertises that this concealer can in fact cover up the nasty spots that we unfortunately all get from time to time however I didn't find that it did much to disguise mine. The redness still shone through like a beacon.
I think (and this is purely my own opinion) that the 'concealer' is really an under eye illuminator as is the YSL one.
I feel that this is an excellent investment! At £3.59 (or £1.99 in some cases) you really cannot go wrong. This covers up dark circles exceptionally well (if it can cover up mine it must be a miracle worker)The only downside to this 'concealer' is that it does not conceal spots at all. It covers up spot marks but unfortunately not the bright red beacons that we all loath!! At this price though its very easy to buy another concealer just for the spots (Rimmel Hide the Blemish in my case).
I was updating my make up bag, and looking on the internet for the best products to buy. Whilst looking for a concealer I came across this, Aldi's Lacura Beauty's Concealer Pen. People were raving about it, comparing it to YSL's Touche Eclat but priced at just £3.59 a fraction of the price. I decided to try it and off to Aldi I went.
I have heard it can be quite hard to get hold of, but I was able to get it on my first visit, and it has always been in stock on consequent visits too, so it's likely to depend on the store you try. One downfall of the product is that it is available in only two colours, Savanna and Cashmere. This wasn't a problem for me as the Savanna suited my skin type perfectly.
The concealer pen comes in a nice little box. The pen itself is a silver colour, plain but sophisticated looking. At one end is a black button, which when pressed releases the concealer to the other end, which is a brush used to apply the concealer to the skin. One issue I have is that the lid on the pen does not seem to fit properly and is constantly falling off. This can lead to the brush drying out which is a little annoying.
The concealer really is very easy to apply. You just press the black button to release the liquid and then sweep the brush over the area of skin you wish to cover, it really is that simple. It can sometimes take quite a few presses of the button to get the concealer to appear but that is the only problem I have had so far
I haven't used YSL's concealer so cannot compare the two, but I have been really impressed by Lacura's pen. The coverage is excellent, and it blends really easily into the skin. I would 100% recommend this pen. For £3.59 you cannot go wrong.
Lacura produces many other beauty products, all reasonably priced and many of them have great reviews. This really is a fabulous brand becoming increasingly popular and definitely worth trying.
What is it?
Lacura Concealer Pen
Where is it from?
How much is it?
Does it work and would I buy it again?
Yes and Yes!
If you've read my previous review on YSL's Touche Eclat, then you'll know that I really wasn't keen on it at all, didn't think it worked, thought it was totally overpriced for what it was and not worth all the hype that surrounds it. So with that not being the success I had hoped for, I was still on the look-out for a new under eye concealer pen to cover my dark circles, which are always there to some extent, but look much worse after little or no sleep and so therefore need some coverage, they look much better having added a wee bit of make up to cover and brighten them.
~~About the Pen~~
The concealer pen is part of Aldi's own cosmetics and skincare range called Lacura. The Lacura range offers an affordable range of items form Lipsticks to Foundation and Skin Creams to Wrinkle Fillers.
As stated above, the pen comes in at a very reasonable £3.59 which on average is about £15 cheaper than the designer YSL pen. Looks wise though, they are very similar indeed, the only difference really being that the Touch Eclat is gold and the Lacura one is silver, well, more a gun metal grey to be exact, which makes it actually look more expensive than it really is. This is then packaged inside a long cardboard box and is available in two different shades, a rosy coloured one and a peached coloured one.
The product is dispensed through a brush on the end of the pen by clicking the button on the other end which when clicked once or twice, dispenses just the right amount to cover underneath both of your eyes. It does need to be pressed about 20-30 times to start off with though to get the product flowing down the tube.
Sweep it and dot it where you want to apply it and then with a gentle tap, blend it in using your fingers.
Make sure you moisturise the under-eye area first because as with all make up applied to the eye area, it could be quite drying.
The only fault I can see is that with the tube not being see-thru, you can't see when the product is nearly finished and about to run out, but that is the case with most products like this, but this is only a small niggle and can't really be helped.
Does it Work?~~
It provides excellent coverage, much more so than the YSL pen. I found that one not to offer much coverage and that if you applied too much of the product, then due to the light reflecting pigments in it, you could in fact have the opposite effect to what you were trying to achieve, and end up with the 'Reverse Panda' look, which is not a good look!
The Lacura pen on the other hand, is a more denser product and therefore offers much more coverage which, is what I buy a concealer to do in the first place, it's also not as sheeny as the YSL pen and so therefore you don't end up with the aforementioned furry creature look!
Although the YSL pen could also be used for other uses apart from under the eyes (round the lips etc to define them and make them appear fuller, I never found this to work either though!), I never found it to be good at covering blemishes etc. Maybe it wasn't really designed to do this? I don't think it was really, it's more of a light reflector than a heavy duty concealer to be honest, but that is another reason why I love the Lacura version, it's so much more versatile, it can be used successfully with great coverage on even bigger blemishes too. It also slightly brightens the eye area, not overly shiney, just a little bit, and it also feels like it tightens it somewhat too.
I would definitely buy this again. The YSL pen to me is just a big waste of money and has just ended up looking pretty in my make up bag, the Lacura pen not only looks great but works great too, it covers effectively and at £3.59 it's a bargain! It's fast becoming one of those brands that is becoming a cult buy, once only known to the people who do their food shop at Aldi, the secret is now out, the beauty editors soon caught on, and the word spread as they shouted about the wonders of this bargain basement beauty brand! The face cream is also meant to be superb too apparently, so I think I'll be giving that a try next!
This is fabulous for the price. Was going to buy the much more expensive option Yves San Laurent Touche Eclat, then saw a review for this and thought what the heck give it a go. What a result! Was in a range of colours so I could pick just the right one plus the fact that you can pick it up whilst buying your regular shopping.
It went on like a dream and was almost invisible whilst giving me great coverage for both blemishes and dark circles. It was easily blended and did not drag at my delicate under eye area (fantastic if you're worried about wrinkles later on!) Oh an it didnt sink into the laughter lines I already have! It even illuminated lines on my forehead until they almost disappeared!
My only niggle was that it did not last long enough because I used i so much! However at that pprice you could argue that its worth buying more as you get more than 10 for the price of one touche eclait! Oh and the top did like to fall off in my makeup bag but small worries really. Give it a try.
Lacura Concealer Pen: Lacura is the name of the cosmetics range sold in Aldi supermarkets, it is their own brand.
I decided to try this as I had been scouting around for something that would be similar to the world-famous Touche Eclat but without the horrendous price-tag. After my amazement at Aldi's Q-10 face cream, I though Aldi would be the place to try first!
I had seen this product advertised on their website and also heard other people mention it, however it wasn't available at my local store until my fourth visit, so I think availability could be a bit hit-and-miss unfortunately. So, great if you are visiting Aldi for your general shopping and you can just pick one up, but if you were going to make a special trip for it, I would ring the store first.
The cost for one of these is £3.59, a bargain I am sure you will agree. The pen is boxed in a smart looking presentation box, and inside is the pen itself: As you can see from the photograph, it's a nice looking silver tube, looking more expensive than it really is!
Remove the lid and pump the button on the opposite end until the concealer gradually comes out.
The product is then applied using the integral brush, or you can blend it with your fingers or a sponge of course.
Two shades are available, Savanna or Cashmere, which are either "for rosy complexions" or "for peachy complexions". I bought one of each because I wasn't sure which one I would need, and to be honest , they look very close in colour to me. Also, having them both, you can custom blend your own shade of course. Basically, they are both shades of medium beige.
I just used mine around my eye area, intending to disguise dark circles, however it's also suitable for spots, blemishes etc, anywhere.
Like all concealers, it's quite thick and pasty, and I found that I did need to make sure the under-eye area was extra moisturised first, otherwise it can be quite drying. Also I found that you do need to work quickly once it's out of the tube, as it dries fast.
Once on, it's a decent concealer - It lightened up the dark areas , which is what I bought it for, and I could also apply foundation over it.
Overall - Yes, I would buy it again, it's a good concealer and a great price, but use sparingly as (like all concealers) it's quite drying around the eyes. Is it as good as the likes of Touche Eclat? Pretty much so, yes, in my opinion.
Create a smooth and even appearance by covering signs of tiredness from under the eye area and minimising skin imperfections from other areas of the face /