Thursday, 27 July 2017

Battle of the Mud Masks - Glam Glow Supermud vs Aldi Lacura.

Glam glow supermud and Lacura facemask comparison

You may have seen the recent buzz in the online world about the arrival of the latest beauty Special Buys at Aldi - and the rumours that their exfoliating mud mask was very similar to a much more expensive face mask. I'm a regular shopper in Aldi and I love a good mooch through their specials and through the beauty aisle in particular. Specifically, I have been very impressed with their Caviar Illumination range, their Vitacell range and I'm often guilty of throwing one of those luxury candles into the trolley too! (If you don't know what I'm referring to, click here!)

Anyways, Aldi's most recent Thursday Special Buys included some Spa-inspired skincare and bath/body treats.. and yes more candles and reed diffusers so I needn't tell you I picked up one of each of those also. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my mini haul on InstaStories the other night but I digress.

I was recently sent a sample of the Glam Glow Super Mud by the lovely people at Glam Glow UK - with no obligation to review or anything - they saw my comment on a fellow blogger's Instagram post where I mentioned I would love to try it and so they offered to send me a mini tube..Sometimes it's just nice to be nice isn't it! And the timing was perfect to test it out against the Aldi mask actually..


Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment.


Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

According to the Glam Glow website, this is their most advanced treatment, and it is designed for both men and women, to give "super clear, super poreless" skin and help fight many common skin concerns. What concerns they are exactly is not easy to find on their website so I did a bit of further research. It has a massive list of ingredients and a rather lengthy science-y bit but the essence of it is that it claims to minimise skin imperfections, refine pores and mattify and clarify the skin as well as being used as a spot treatment. It also claims to improve the texture of the skin and just to generally be magic for the skin really! A full-sized 50g pot of this supposed wonder stuff will set you back €45 in many department stores and online beauty retailers.

Aldi Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask.


Aldi Lacura Exfoliating Face Mask

According to the description, this is another pot of magic that will minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, to leave you refreshed and invigorated with radiant, revitalised skin. It has anti-ageing properties and contains ingredients such as Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel, Clay and Red Algae Extract. This one doesn't claim to be suitable for an individual spot treatment however - though I may put it to the test in future and see. A 50ml pot of this was priced at €7.99 in Thursday 20th July's Special Buys. A fraction of the price, right? Apparently this will work its tingling magic to leave my skin looking visibly clearer and healthier after 4 weeks.

So let's get on with the comparison, shall we!

Packaging.

Both masks are packaged in lovely shiny pots - I'm using the mini tube of Glam Glow Supermud for comparison here but the full-sized jar is silver and white and feels very "luxe". The Aldi Lacura Exfoliating Mask comes in a silver jar with black lettering - not unlike the packaging of their Caviar skincare range - and also feels more substantial and sturdy than you would expect for this price. Both full-sized jars contain the same amount of product.

First Impressions.

When I squeezed out the Glam Glow Supermud, I was surprised at how dark it was. It reminded me of a charcoal or seaweed-type mask. It looked quite smooth with only a few particles in it.

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

The Lacura Exfoliating mask on the other hand as you can see from the photo further up, is very pale in comparison. It reminded me of the Primark Love to Glow mask actually which I wrote about a while ago. It also has lots of exfoliating particles in it - which you would kind of expect from the name I suppose.

Application.

I applied Glam Glow to one side of my visage and Lacura to the other. The Glam Glow instructions say to apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 5 to 20 minutes and then rinse well.

The Lacura instructions say to apply an even layer to clean, dry skin and allow to work for 5-10 minutes. It also advises only to use once or twice a week.

The Glam Glow mask was easy to apply and didn't drip or stick to the face like cement either. It felt smoother than I thought it would with only a few small particles in it.

The Lacura mask, on the other hand, was quite a lot rougher to apply due to all the extra exfoliating properties. On reflection,  I probably applied a little too much of this one and could have gotten away with a thinner layer but I wasn't sure at the time how it was going to dry down on the skin so I was a bit over zealous!

As you can see from the photo below, I looked like something out of Phantom Of The Opera and I"m only glad that the toddler didn't wake up at the time or he would have gotten a nasty fright! You can see the difference in colour but also the difference in texture. Also,, the Glam Glow mask dried a different colour, turning more similar to the Aldi mask colour-wise. The Aldi mask didn't change colour. Both masks had fresh but not overpowering scents in my opinion.

Glam Glow Supermud Vs Aldi Lacura mask

I applied the Glam Glow mask first, so that was probably on my skin for around 15 minutes. The Aldi mask was approximately 7 or 8 minutes - I turned on the timer on the phone and waited as long as I could before it got too tingly.

To remove the masks, I used a wet facecloth, with warm not hot water, and circular motions on the skin but only gently. The Glam Glow mask, despite drying down completely on my skin, was very easy to remove and didn't involve any tugging or scrubbing of the skin.

The Aldi mask, however, was the opposite. Because it has so many exfoliating @"bits" in it, it gives the skin a good scrub as you remove it. At this point I definitely felt like I had applied too much as it was rather tough to remove. I would suggest that you apply quite a thin layer if you are trying out this mask!

Results:

Both masks left my skin feeling incredibly soft and clean. In fact you could see as both masks dried that they were extracting dirt from the pores which is rather satisfying to see.  I did have some redness after removing both masks - this is normal for me as I do have sensitive enough skin that's prone to redness. The redness did fade within a few minutes. The Lacura mask did make my skin a little more red than the Supermud but that is to be expected with the amount of exfoliation.

My skin looked a little brighter and clearer - or at least cleaner - even after the first use so I would like to keep using both of these for a longer period to compare the longer term results.

In terms of results, both masks are very similar and if I hadn't tried the Supermud, I would be quite satisfied with the Lacura mask. I noticed little or no difference in the texture or appearance of my skin between the two sides. For that reason, I would say that if the Glam Glow is out of your price range, then this would be a great affordable alternative.

However, I do know that sometimes price does indicate quality, and in this case, the experience itself of using the Supermud was superior in my opinion. I liked the way that it dried in a different colour so that you could see where it was dry and where it wasn't. The texture of it was lovely and smooth for the most part with just a few small grains or particles. Washing it off was way easier than washing off the Lacura mask. And to be honest, using a face mask is, for me at least, meant to be a pampering, relaxing activity and scrubbing the heck out of your face doesn't fall into the "relaxing" category in my opinion.  Glam Glow has spoiled me now for other face masks in the future...which is a cunning plan on their part!

Glam Glow Supermud Vs Aldi Lacura Face Mask

I'm almost finished my little Glam Glow tube so I will keep using the Lacura mask and I'll keep you posted on my longer-term opinion. The Lacura mask was on Special Buy in Aldi last Thursday so it is pretty much sold out by now across stores, but do keep an eye on their website as they often bring back best-selling ranges again for another run of specials. You can find the Glam Glow Supermud at Debenhams here* and in many other department stores or online beauty retailers.

What's your verdict on clay/mud masks? Have you tried either of these? Let me know what you thought!

Bye for now,




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2 comments

  1. This was great timing for me to read as I have been looking at the Glam Glow range to try. This mask could be a good option as it sounds like it could suit my skin. Great review x

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