Disclaimers: I have in no way been influenced or paid to endorse these products. All recommendations are my own.
Please note: Because Aldi’s Caviar skin care range contains actual caviar extract, it is not suitable for vegans and those that avoid using animal derived products.
After the popularity of my review of Aldi’s Lacura Renew face creams, I decided to review their more luxurious, but still very affordable, Caviar Illumination range. This range has been regularly compared to the very expensive La Prairie Skin Caviar cream and Caviar of Switzerland cream which have price tags of hundreds of dollars! The font, blue glass jar and silver lid packaging used by Lacura on their caviar products are near identical to these luxury brands. Coincidence? I think not.
Aldi claims that the caviar extract in their Lacura products provides powerful anti-ageing ingredients which provides your skin moisturisation throughout the day, plumping it and reducing fine lines. Alongside the caviar, the creams also contain snow algae. So what the heck is snow algae? Apparently it’s a species of green algae that contains red pigment which makes it stand out amongst white snow. It loves freezing water, so is commonly found in summer alpine and coastal polar regions worldwide. It’s claimed that snow algae promotes collagen production in the skin, making it supple and smooth and reducing the visible signs of ageing.
The research carried out by Lacura on the effectiveness of these creams were based on 2 months of use. So, prior to writing this review I used these products religiously for 2 months.
Aldi’s Lacura skincare range is developed in Germany and are dermatologically tested. They are not tested on animals.
Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream and Night Cream 50ml £6.99
These face creams come packaged in a cardboard box which is sealed in plastic, and the jar has a foil hygiene seal, all of which provides you assurance that the product hasn’t been tampered with. I personally love the attractive design of the packaging. Lacura have used glass jars with silver lids. The day cream is in a silver jar, and the night cream comes in a lovely dark blue glass jar. The packaging gives the products a luxurious fee, so even if you are on a budget you feel like you are being pampered every time you use them. However, I’m not a fan of jars for skin creams because every time you open the lid you expose it to air which breaks down the active ingredients. Also, you have to put your fingers in it, which can introduce bacteria. So if your listening Aldi and Lacura, please change the packaging! In the meantime, just make sure that your hands are super clean before dipping them in, and that the lid is kept tightly shut between uses.
These creams are recommended for those aged 40+. However, I’m in my mid 30’s and I have enjoyed using them. These creams would be suitable for most skin types, but I think they would be too heavy for people in their 20’s (unless they have very dry skin) and those with oily skin.
Both creams have a very light, inoffensive scent. Once applied to the skin I couldn’t detect any lasting scent.
Lacura’s Caviar Illumination Day Cream SPF 15 is lighter in consistency than the night cream, but its creamy texture still provided my skin with some serious moisturisation. It also provided a good base on which to apply my foundation and make-up. However, if you have super dry skin like me, it also works well with a serum underneath it. I trialled these products during the winter months when my skin is at its driest, so I often used under the day cream. Read my review on Aldi’s Lacura Renew Serum here.
Alongside the caviar and snow algae, the day cream contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a very popular ingredient in skin creams because it helps your skin to retain moisture, leaving it plump and soft.
I like that this day cream contains an SPF, however, it’s only 15, so not very high. It’s fine for winter, but I would not recommend relying on this to provide you adequate sun protection during the summer. If you plan to go out in the summer sun, then apply a good sunscreen of at least SPF30+ over this day cream.
Lacura’s Caviar Illumination Night Cream is heavier than the day cream and has a creamy texture and consistency that absorbed well into my skin. Similar to the day cream, the night cream contains caviar, snow algae and hyaluronic acid. In addition, it also contains provitamin B5 which is supposed to soothe and repair damaged skin.
I found both of these creams very moisturising, especially as I have quite dry skin. I have not had any problems with greasy or oiliness whilst I’ve used them and the creams seem to absorb nicely into my skin.
After 2 months of using these creams I have to admit that I haven’t noticed any miraculous results, however, I have found my skin to be smooth and soft, even when I wake up in the morning. I have not had any skin reactions or problems arise from using this skin care range, but I always recommend that you do a spot test when trying a product for the first time.
I have also found these creams good value, as a little seems to go a long way. I’ve been using them for over 2 months now, but I’ve hardly have made a dent in them!
Overall, I would definitely recommend giving these products a try. I’ve enjoyed using them so much that I will continue to finish the jars.
Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask 50ml £6.99
This peel mask comes packaged in a cardboard box which is sealed in plastic, and the jar has a foil hygiene seal, all of which provides you assurance that this product hasn’t been tampered with. The peel mask comes nicely packaged in a clear glass jar with a silver lid. It also comes with a plastic brush to apply the product which is easily washed after each use.
The Lacura Caviar range of skin care are recommended for those aged 40+, however, I’m in my mid 30’s and I have enjoyed using this skin peel. I think this peel would be suitable for adults of all ages and skin types, but I think those with sensitive skin need to be careful and spot test it before using.
Similar to the face creams, it has a very light, inoffensive scent. Once applied to the skin I couldn’t detect any lasting scent.
I was lucky enough to find this Lacura Caviar 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask on sale for only £4.99. It’s a weekly peel designed to gently, but effectively exfoliate your skin. The mask comes with a brush you use to apply the gel cream onto your skin. It’s important when applying this cream that you avoid sensitive areas such as your lip and eye area.
The product is clear when brushed onto the skin. Once you’ve finished applying it, wait 3 minutes for the peel to do its magic. For good hygiene sake, give the brush a good clean with some hand soap or face wash and hot water whilst your waiting. After 3 minutes the directions advise to rinse with warm water and, voila! Smooth, soft skin.
Alongside the caviar extract, this peel also contains papaya enzyme complex and AHA’s which are really good at getting rid of those dead skin cells that can give your skin an uneven texture and dull complexion. Good exfoliation can stimulate surface circulation and cell turnover, which in turn improves tone and condition.
I personally prefer this kind of peel mask exfoliation over the granular variety as they can be too aggressive and harsh. And while I’m at it, avoid those ones with the plastic microbeads that are polluting our seas and waterways!
Out of these three Lacura Caviar skin care products I tried, I have to say that this peel mask was my favourite. Unlike other masks I’ve tried, it didn’t seem to dry my skin out. I found it very gentle on my skin, despite it being an enzyme and acid based peel mask. It delivered great exfoliation and over the several months of using it every week, I did notice that my skin was smoother. I will definitely be buying this Lacura Peel Mask again. However, I did find the plastic brush that it came with rather flimsy, and it wasn’t long before it had completely fallen apart, so I just ended up using a clean makeup brush.