What happened when I only used Aldi skincare products for a week
Is a skincare range with high promises and a low price tag too good to be true? There's only one way to find out.
I'm no stranger to Aldi - I'm a regular shopper in the grocery aisle, but with the growing demand for the supermarket's cult beauty range Caviar, I decided to put it to the test.
I'm a self-confessed skincare fanatic and I've tried and tested an embarrassingly large range of products. I've spent more than I'd like to admit on oils that promise to transform your skin, a mask that claims to rid every blemish and moisturisers that swear they will revitalise my skin with one use.
Aldi's Caviar range has long been hailed as the most effective of products in the unlikeliest of places, even last year it was praised for being nearly identical to La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, which retails for €378.
At 21, I'm not necessarily focused on reversing the ageing process just yet, but I am prone to breakouts and like any woman, I would try just about anything to keep them at bay.
If I even look at a pack of M&Ms, my skin erupts. If I don't sleep well, it erupts. If I'm stressed, it erupts. You get the picture.
I tried the most talked about product of the range - the Caviar Illumination 7 Day Intensive Treatment, which contains seven highly concentrated solutions for day and seven for night.
Each morning and each night for seven days, I applied the contents of one capsule from the appropriate category to my face after cleansing.
Each ampoule is packed with caviar extract and snow algae, which stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity, therefore making it look younger, fresher and plumper. Which is why we are so obsessed with it as an ingredient.
Upon using the first capsule, I immediately realised just how much product each ampoule contains. I found it very difficult to use an entire capsule each day as there was quite a lot of liquid inside. The liquid doesn't come out easy from the capsule, which is frustrating when you're trying to get ready in a rush in the morning. I found that there was enough product in each capsule to use it over the course of three days, rather than one, which is good value for money.
The liquid absorbs into the skin within seconds, no matter how much you apply. It left no film on the skin and my skin immediately felt plump and tight. Makeup applies easily on top and it didn't interfere with longevity.
The night capsule contains a duo hyaluronic acid complex, which loads the skin with moisture to repair and hydrate overnight. The night capsule is tackier and thicker on the skin, and doesn't sink in as quickly as the day capsule.
The night capsule isn't ideal to use by the bedside, which I would usually do, as it leaves your hands feeling sticky. As each capsule for day and night contains the same amount of product, I also found it difficult to use an entire capsule at night.
Each morning after using the night time solution, my skin had a lovely glow and my eyes weren't as puffy as they would usually be.
Seven days after using both serums in the morning and at night, I can honestly say I see a difference in my skin. It feels softer and looks brighter, despite the fact that my M&M habit hasn't changed.
To touch, my skin is plumper and tighter, especially around the eye area. I didn't experience any breakouts from using the serums, which I saw as a victory in itself as you take a certain risk when trying new products, no matter their cost.
My only real gripe would be how difficult it is to actually get the product out of the capsules. The excess product wasn't a problem, as the capsules can be closed and used again. It's advertised as a seven day treatment, but you could easily make it stretch to 21 days.
The Lacura Caviar Illumination 7 Day Intensive Treatment retails at €9.99, which after putting it to the test, I can vouch is a total steal.