TRIAL: LACURA Caviar Illumination from ALDI

LACURA Caviar Illumination from ALDI

The LACURA Caviar Illumination skin care line for women over 40, from Aldi UK, has been much talked about in the media and by bloggers (even a few 40+ ones!) for the past couple of years.

It’s hard to know if the success of the products is the result of clever marketing, or if indeed, as the best-selling Day Cream has been described as ‘nearly as good as La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream’ the range really can be compared to La Prairie.

There’s no doubt that LACURA are welcoming such a comparison though, the design of the heavy glass jars and the font is a direct (although obviously legal) copy of the La Prairie line.

LACURA Caviar Illumination from ALDI

Sometimes you just have to jump on the bandwagon to see what all the fuss is about. It’s taken a few weeks to get hold of all the four items listed below. We could only buy the 7-day treatment serum online, and the Day Cream was seemingly always out of stock.

I haven’t trialled the day or night creams just yet, because I’m still using other skin care products which I need to finish, and I don’t want them to overlap. I have though, had a little test of them both.

Caviar Illumination Day Cream £6.99

Light in texture and full of luxurious ingredients, this product will keep on working throughout the day long after you have applied it.

All the jars have a protective foil covers, I tried out the rich, thick day cream on the back of my hand. Surprisingly, it smells gorgeous and expensive. It absorbed quickly without any greasy residue and because of the matt finish, I feel confident enough to wear it under foundation. I’m looking forward to trialling it properly within the next few weeks.

Caviar Illumination Night Cream £6.99

A deeply intensive moisturiser containing the much sought after snow algae ingredient, will leave you with silky smooth and supple skin come morning.

This has a similar, but lighter, fragrance compared to the day cream. The texture is different, it’s still thick, but this one is more slippery. The finish is fairly sticky and it never really fully dries. Again, this should be an interesting one to trial.

Caviar 3-Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask £6.99

An innovative peel mask with concentrated exfoliants, formulated to gently remove dead skin cells while providing a moisture boost to the skin.

  • Contains snow algae, which promotes the production of collagen
  • Contains caviar extract, rich in amino acids, proteins and vitamins
  • Improves elasticity and tone for supple, smooth skin
  • Regenerates skin cells for a brighter complexion
  • Helps to detoxify the skin, decrease redness and enhance your natural glow

I’m going to do a patch test this week and use the mask properly at the weekend. The description is misleading if you don’t read it properly – ahem! Thinking it was a peel off mask, I immediately rejected it, because I’ve never got on with those type of masks, I always feel they’re pulling off a layer of my skin when I try to remove them. However, the ‘peel’ in this mask is from the AHA’s, the alpha hydroxy acids.

The mask is applied to damp skin (avoiding a generous area around the eyes and lips) with the enclosed brush – which actually feels quite robust and not at all spindly as I was expecting (budget products have a reputation for flimsy accessories). The mask is left on for a maximum of 3 minutes and then rinsed off. Usage is limited to 3 times a week, but I’ll only be using it once a week with my sensitive skin and of course, won’t be applying any other peel treatments for the duration.

Caviar 7-Day Treatment £7.99

A highly concentrated 7-day skin care regime (14 x 3ml ampoules) for day and night.

  • Contains caviar extract, rich in amino acids, proteins and vitamins
  • Improves elasticity and tone for supple, smooth skin
  • Regenerates skin cells for a brighter complexion
  • Helps to detoxify the skin, decrease redness and enhance your natural glow

I’ve been using this serum treatment for a few days – but not as instructed. Both the night and day formulations are thick and a little goopy, you have the tap the serum out. The upside is that it thins when applied to skin and I’ve found that each vial is enough for two generous applications.

I understand that one vial is for one day (or night’s) use and coverage can go from face to neckline, but once the skin is covered in a layer of serum, it’s a waste to apply more on top. Plus, there’s a handy stopper to seal the contents and keep them fresh for the next day.

My mature skin loves serum and even though it’s far too early to see any tangible changes, my make up does go on more smoothly the next morning. However, I’ve found the ‘Day’ serum is far too sticky to wear under foundation. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it seems to take ages to fully dry and then, my foundation doesn’t want to blend properly. For this reason I use the serum at night only.

I have four boxes – I bought 2, then Mark bought 2. So, if each one lasts me 2 weeks, then I have 8 weeks of treatments for £31.96. If nothing else, at least it will certainly be a thorough review!