I had heard loads of good things about the make-up and skin care range at Aldi but I was dubious to try it because I was just convinced that it couldn’t be any good for the prices that Aldi were charging for it.
My sister and a friend both had bought the mascara and said that they liked it so I got my sister to pick me one up too because I don’t really get the chance to go to Aldi as much as I would like and I wanted to see for myself if it could be as good as they both said.
My sister couldn’t remember exactly how much it was but it was around about 2.50 GBP.
The mascara is a waterproof version which is always something that I try and get just to give it that extra chance of staying put without smudging.
It holds to the brush well and coats the lashes easily. I liked the consistency of this as I thought it was just the right thickness so that it held to the brush and coated my lashes but it wasn’t so thick that it was immediately clumping.
It went on smooth and didn’t clump my lashes. The colour was nice and dark and it really opened my eyes up. The only problem with it that I noticed was that it didn’t really appear to thicken my lashes. It darkened them considerably but the thickness that I was hoping for didn’t happen.
A big bonus for the mascara is that I have sensitive eyes and sometimes mascara especially cheap ones can irritate my eyes and make them water but this one didn’t.
I think this is a nice basic mascara for the price. It doesn’t thicken and make lashes look more volumised but it darkens them nicely and stays in place without clumping up so would be suitable as a daily one where you could save your more expensive volumising one for special occasions instead.
I don't get to go to Aldi very often as it is a bit out of the way for me but last time that I was in the area I made sure to pick up some of their make-up as I really like it and think that it is a bargain. The volumizing mascara cost £2.50 and I think it is worth every penny and just as good as some other mascaras that I have used which cost much more.
I really liked the packaging of the mascara and thought that it made it look much more expensive and it didn't look like a budget supermarket brand.
The brush is really nice and has wide bristles and is comfortable to hold thanks to the large lid. The wand takes just the right amount of mascara when I take it out of the container as it isn't dripping with it but I don't need to keep dipping the brush back in several times to get enough mascara on it.
The colour of the mascara is lovely and it is a really deep shade of jet black. There is no doubting that it is jet black either as it doesn't have a slight grey tinge to it unlike some other mascaras that I have used.
One coat of the mascara is enough to give my eyelashes a lovely colour and it makes them look longer and thicker. The brush also separates my lashes and the formulation of the mascara doesn't cause them to clump together and look too heavy.
I really like the way this looks with just the one coat but some people may like it to be a bit more dramatic and this is easy to achieve by just adding another coat. The mascara doesn't go all stiff so it is easy to add more to it if you decide that you want something more intense. It also doesn't feel really heavy and uncomfortable on my lashes either.
For the money this is a really good mascara and one that I am happy to pay for and I always make sure and get a couple when I am in Aldi since I don't get the chance to buy it that often.
Lacura is my new favourite budget beauty buy. I honestly feel as though I have stumbled upon some secret beauty buy as I can't understand why it isn't even more popular. The only reason that I can think of is that the range isn't as extensive as some of the high street brands and it is more for basic beauty buys.
For the uninitiated Lacura is the budget supermarket Aldi's own brand of beauty products. The range encompasses moisturisers and make-up. The volumising mascara is just as good as ones by other brands such as L'Oreal and Maybelline but at only a fraction of the price at only £2.50.
The mascara comes in a lovely silver container and inside the brush is a nice shape and size. I find that it goes on really accurately and I don't find myself getting bits on my eyelids. The colour is a really nice black that is really dark and when I put it on one coat is enough to completely darken my lashes and make them stand out more.
I didn't notice a great deal of volumizing but it did separate and darken them lovely and it doesn't make them appear clumpy and spidery which is a look I try to avoid when wearing mascara.
I also find that the mascara is really long lasting and it keeps my lashes really dark until I actually use make-up remover to take it off.
The mascara isn't waterproof but it holds up really well in normal everyday use. I have even worn it to the gym before and not noticed it running. I'm not sure how it would hold up to watching Beaches but wearing it to work or in town won't cause any embarrassments.
As you can probably tell I am a fan of Lacura but I do find it very irritating that my local Aldi store has a limited range and it can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to actually stocking the products. I haven't seen the mascara in a while in my local shop but I keep looking out for it coming back in and this time I will know to stock up on a few tubes at a time.
So I have just been to Aldi with my OH for our weekly shop. I am currently looking for a cheap mascara as we are not doing the best with money so can not afford the usual one. I came across this and it looked very nice, a small black and white box with a see through patch at the front in which you could see the silver mascara tube. I decided to pick it up, for £2.49 it was worth a try.
When I got home I was sooo excited to try it! I ran to the bedroom and ripped open the packaging. The mascara tube is very pretty expensive looking, it is a very nice silver, mirror like tube that contains 8ml of mascara, doesn't sound a lot but it will last a good while.
I twisted open the top and looked at the brush, doesn't look anything special! There is quite a strong smell coming from the mascara, quite unpleasing, but after a few seconds I couldn't notice the smell, maybe it was just a 'opening' smell if there is such a thing! I then put it on my lashes, smudged it a tiny bit because I was so excited, but still I could already see a difference, the mascara does exactly what it says it will do, gives your eyelashes a lot of volume, very nice looking! it doesn't clump, and it doesn't stick your eyelashes together, your eyelashes will look sexy.
I know I have only used this once so I was quick to jump in, but I do think it is a good mascara worth a review. After my one use the only negative thing I have noticed is that on the brush there was a good bit of excess mascara, but that can be easily wiped of.
I have tried many mascaras before this, lots more expensive ones, this is definitely worth 2.49. It probably comes into my top 3 mascaras! Will definitely use until I have enough money to go back to my other one.
Overall, a very easy to use, simple and nice looking mascara!
At only £2.59 a time i decided this mascara was worth a try, heres what i noticed about it, etc.
Firstly the mascara casing is very shiny and good looking especially with that kind of price tag. For most of the other basic ranges from places like boots you only get a plain white casing so this was a nice change which was well appreciated.
Secondly when you pull the wand/applicator out of the tube there was lots of excess covering the brush. This took time and effort to wipe of also wastes some of the actual product.
When applying the mascara i noticed that anywhere that you dont brush lightly starts to get clumpy immeadietly, this however is easily averted by just taking a couple of minutes more during the application so you dont get the clumps.
I would say the mascara definately does not have any 'volumisisng' effects on your lashes.
Also the mascara does last quite a long time especially for the price.
Over all a great little mascara for a price like £2.59, lacura should definately increase thier range of products in my eyes.
I'm not a regular Aldi shopper but we do have one close to the centre of town so I nipped in there the other day, picking up a few essentials. Along with the bread and milk, I found myself looking at the (small) range of make up items that Aldi now stock, under the brandname 'Lacura'.
I've read mixed reviews of the range in general but needed a new mascara and their Voluminising Mascara seemed worth a punt at just £2.59. I tend to use the lower end of the branded make up market - Rimmel and Max Factor and suchlike, nohing too expensive for my tastes and budget! Even these brands can cost upwards of £10 for a pretty basic mascara so I thought this had got to be worth a try.
Had I not known this was an Aldi product I would have assumed it was a much more expensive brand as it was packaged (over-packaged) in a small card box with more packaging inside to hold the bullet-styled mascara in place. The actual mascara, once I'd rescued it from its packaging, looks surprisingly expensive and quite classy, for a 'cheapo' product. It has a shiny metallic silver casing and the lid is shaped into a flattened out point, as though it is intended to double up as a self-defence weapon if needed! I'd be more than happy to keep this in my make-up bag, although any nosey friends getting up close and personal would soon discover the tiny writing on the side revealing that this is 'specially produced for Aldi stores.'
When I first opened the mascara, I was surprised how small the wand appeared to be although I think I've just got used to the trend for ever-longer wands which make all sorts of wonderful promises about what they'll do to your lashes! Not to be outdone, this mascara also has some promises of its own. Apparantly, it will make my '..eyes look larger and more dramatic.' It also tells me 'Lashes are optimally conditioned without clumping, remaining full and thick all day long. For irresistible eyes and lashes with the perfect curl.' Now I know why they needed to add so much packaging - so they could add all of these promises!
Does it live up the promises though? Well, not really no although I haven't known any mascara perform miracles with my lashes, regardless of the price and the hype. As a basic everyday mascara, this performs perfectly well. It smells pleasant with a fresh but not too obtrusive scent. It is easy to apply and I found that it didn't build up too much on the wand beforehand, so that it was easy to add the right amount without looking like I'd been street-fighting! It does smudge a little more than my usual brands, particularly if I rub my eyes unintentionally but not quite enough for the full-on panda effect! That aside, it seemed to be comparable to my usual brands but for a lot less. I certainly didn't notice any massive improvements in volume or any 'dramatic' effects but it didn't clump on application, gave good even coverage to my lashes and stayed put (mostly) so I'm happy to continue using it.
I didn't have any problems removing this at the end of the day as it came off very easily with both wipes, soap and water and make up remover. I have sensitive skin and wear contact lenses but didn't have any ill effects from using this. I even committed the cardinal make up sin of going to sleep with mascara still on and didn't have any repercussions.
This is the first make up product that I've tried from Aldi but based on this experience I'd be more than happy to try others from the range.
The Lacura Mascara was a real let down. When you open the applicator, it is FULL of mascara. You have to remove most of the product before you can begin to apply to your lashes. It clumps the lashes together and certainly does not add volume. I was really disappointed in the mascara however, I really like the other products that I have purchased by Lacura. Their product packaging is quite impressive for the price. I always use the face cleanser, the anti-aging moisturizer, eye shadow, and most recent purchase was the 7 day anti-aging product which you use in the morning and at night. I have used it now for five days and will buy more of this product.
My overall rating for the mascara is less than one star. The facial wash, moisturizer and eyeshadow each receive 5 stars from me. My next Lacura purshase will be the nail polish. (wish they had more colors to pick from).
Suddenly it's fashionable to be a 'recessionista' - bargain-hunting has never been more trendy. And so to Aldi... while stocking up on your cold meats and mixed nuts in bright that looks much more appealing at a dinner party than Tesco value, you can also sort out all your beauty requirements... or can you?
Just because we're all feeling a bit credit-crunched, it doesn't mean we don't want to stop looking good. Indeed, you could argue that it's even more important to get a boost from looking in the mirror when you certainly don't get one from looking at your bank statement.
The Aldi Lacura range includes this volumising mascara, I paid £2.09 for 8ml. And what a waste of money that was!
The packaging is quite chic - the silver tube was plain but classily sophisticated, and didn't look out of place among the premium brands in my make-up bag. I do try to hide my poverty-stricken state as best I can, and I don't think anyone would have picked it out as a 'cheap' brand. Unfortunately, the tube was the best thing about the product.
I have naturally dark, but quite fine, eyelashes. I tend to wear mascara everyday just for a bit of a volume boost to enhanced my eyes. I also wear contact lenses and have sensitive eyes - the Lacura mascara promised to be suitable for both these factors.
Well, what a letdown. The consistency was dry and flaky, although the brush looked loaded with product, it was very difficult to transfer to my eyelashes - I couldn't get an even finish, and my eyelashes stuck together even after using an eyelash comb. The brush was poor quality - I often find this with cheap mascaras so I keep an old YSL brush to dip into the tube which usually gives a better application. No such luck here - the mascara flaked almost as soon as it was applied and I was left with bits all over my cheek - not a good look!
Throughout the day the mascara continued to flake away, in little round powdery bits rather than sizeable flakes that could be brushed away. My undereye area looked like I hadn't slept for a week - waste of concealer - and generally panda-ish. The bits also got into my eyes, and caused a lot of irritation. So unless you want to look like a panda with red eyes, I would advise you to steer clear.
The one positive thing that I can say is that it was easy to remove with cotton wool and eye make up remover - probably because there wasn't much mascara actually left on my eyelashes at this point.
Although it was cheap, for me it was a complete waste of money, and was binned after a week. False economy. I replaced it with a Rimmel one, which although not perfect, at least lasted a lot longer. Better to spend a few pounds more and look out for special offers on better brands in my opinion.
Credit crunching recession has me looking for bargains in the weirdest places. Now something is only a bargain if you use it - right? Well a few weeks ago I had seen in my weekly Aldi magazine that they had started doing make up - not by Aldi, but a brand exclusive to Aldi.
Lacura. Sounds nice eh - Dead posh
You will see by the picture - this is what the mascara looks like in a dark silver - quite classy packaging, this comes in - it has to be said - an oversized box, too much packaging for this day in age I think. All the same it is nice packaging.
But I digress. I purchased an 8ml Black volumising Mascara for just over £2. A bargain for mascara - which was a good start - they had it in black - brilliant.
So I got home - unravelled the reams of packaging, with a touch of trepidation unscrewed the cap. What came out was a nice smell (think YSL mascara but not as flowery) and a standard mascara brush with - you guessed it black mascara.
So I just thought I would try it on an already briefly mascara'd eye. Worked ok - eyes weren't stinging. Brilliant.
It's pretty easy to remove - slight Panda eyes if you don't wash it off or use eye make up removed, if you are just using normal cleanser you may need extra help. So the next morning had me getting ready for work and testing my new mascara. So on fresh eyes it goes on Ok.
I always find the more time you take the better your lashes look and I find this with all Mascara's 2 coats look better than one etc. So I rarely buy into how fabulous mascara's are -as to me they behave pretty much the same if you take your time.
So I applied carefully and hey presto they look pretty good - they almost look like I have done 2 coats. Yet my eyelashes don't stick together, they are still soft and the mascara hasn't dried like concrete on the lashes. Brilliant I thought.
So I have used this for about 11 days and am really happy with it. I tend to have watery eyes in the morning and have been pleased to find when I get on the train and check for unsightly panda eyes they are fine, it has not run at all - which we can only be thankful for. However when you do have a good cry, it runs - you see what I do for my reviews! It does run, but this is not waterproof and it doesn't state that it is. So if you are likely to cry, or go on a log flume don't use it. Day to day - it's brilliant, cheap and comes in black.
I noted that when visiting my local chemist the general price for mascara was between £5 - if you were lucky to £11.
Now for a tester, this is well worth it. If you go for the mascara that is on special and are not loyal to a particular brand, or you need to cut down on spending , but still want to look like you made an effort this is for you.
The Lacura range currently (in my local store) comprises - Face powder, lipstick, mascara and blush.I have used all items (except blush) and have been pleased with the results for only a couple of pounds.
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