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Boy Zone @ Aldi. Eye cream, Duo Lift & Intensive Q10

March 5, 2011

Aldi has been a long-term favourite of mine for providing good choice, low prices and a rather interesting selection of specials and no, I haven’t been paid to say this I just like it.  So, whenever I pop in I make time to look through the personal care section to see if anything catches my eye.

This week it was the Lacura men range that grabbed me – could it have been the sophisticated and rather stylish packaging or the thrill of discovering some new ingredients?  Nope it was the fact that the products were very cheap –  at $5 for an EYE GEL I wasn’t planning to share this purchase, I was planning to keep it for myself.

Lacura from Aldi

So, let’s have a look at what’s inside….

Moisturising Eye Cream.

My first reaction to this product was ‘would a man USE an eye gel?’   Sexist…. me?? I have to admit that I did feel a little disappointed in myself for reinforcing a stereotype but when I came home and asked Mr Bling (the other half) if he wanted to try it he asked ‘what for’ and then started putting it on his upper eye lids  rather than on the bag area.  Asked if he would buy it he said ‘no but you could put it on me if you like’…….  Now, while a one man trial doesn’t count for much as far as market research goes I let myself off the hook for my initial response. 

So, having established that this product would have to come with a Haynes manual I got down to some testing while checking out the ingredients.  The cream is light, quick-breaking (which means the emulsion doesn’t soap at all and breaks down easily when rubbed in) and non-greasy – all good so far.   However, my overwhelming response was to the smell which was very, very strong for a product that is bound for the eye area.  The chosen aroma was familiar, something like a spicy, after-shave style with a touch of citrus on top of a heavily ozonic base.  Cool water maybe? I can’t remember……

The creams rub-in ability and feel is all due to the silicones present – this is a silicone and water type of emulsion with a little canola and castor oil thrown in. The formulation is thickened with a mix of xanthan gum and acrylic polymer which is why it has a pleasant and controlled flow – not too runny and not too thick. 

Moisturising Duo Lift.

Again this is a very highly perfumed product and I have to say that it put me off a bit. However, the lovely two- tier formula makes using this product quite a novel experience and the soft, nourishing feel of the cream during rubbing in did feel good.  Again this is a silicone and water emulsion that contains similar actives to the eye gel – the main difference is that this one has some UV protection, contains retinol and a different peptide.

Intensive Q10

This is the thickest and richest cream in the range and as such is something that you’d probably use to soothe skin after a shave. The cream contains some interesting ingredients such as biosaccharide gum –  a thickener created by fermenting plant material to give a highly moisturising structurising agent, Octyldodecanol – a long chain fatty alcohol with great moisturising and emoliency powers, Ostrea Shell extract  (Oyster shell used for skin conditioning and moisturising) and phospholipids (components of cell membranes that are used to trap moisture next to the skin).  Interesting stuff.

Special Actives.

This product range has been promoted as containing ‘sea minerals’  so what is it and why is it so good.  The mineral complex in question has been proven in a trial of 20 volunteers to improve skin hydration by 53% after 20 days of use of a cream containing 7% of the blend.  The blend comprises of the calcium pantothenate, magnesium lactate, urea and a few other bits and I must say that the ingredient data does look pretty good.

Otherwise the range has gone for peptide technology to give them the ‘lift’ and ‘minimise dark circle’ claims.  The tetrapeptide-5  touted as being the ‘baginator’ chemical is a synthetic peptide that was launched in 2005.  Apparently this chemical helps to stop capillaries in the eye area from being so permeable and therefore prone to congestion and this in turn makes the area less baggage prone. Unfortunately that particular test was carried out in vitro rather than on people making it less useful as far as evidence goes. However, a test on 20 real life women applying a 0.01% cream over 60 days (wow, that is a big test)  showed what a dermatologist classed as very close to a  ‘fairly good’ improvement in the appearance of the eye area by the end of the test.  IS that good enough?  Try it!

Overall this range looks good, feels good and has some proven results-driven ingredients inside.   In addition it is cheap and readily available at your local Aldi supermarket making it a convenient and cost-effective purchase.  The only thing letting it down for me is the smell which I believe is too strong and overpowering for an active product range that has to get under the skin.

If you get a chance to try it for yourself don’t forget to tell us all about it!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. boycee permalink
    June 10, 2011 2:38 pm

    i’ve been using this range..the eye cream and Intensive Q10 for about 2 months and the results are great… i never use to moisturise…ever but i am truly converted. The packaging is very appealing (as an industrial designer it was the first thing i noticed) and the price point is exceptional. It has become just part of my normal daily routine morning and night and it never feels greasy and it really is working… my skin has never felt better. (especially those dark circles!) And as a 38 year old man i find the fragrance level and style well suited to the product… its invigorating and not too overpowering at all. After reading your review i’ll be keen to try the Duo Lift as well.. Glad to see you agree with what i felt about the quality of the product..

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink
      June 11, 2011 10:18 am

      Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoy the blog!

  2. Bryan permalink
    May 17, 2017 3:08 pm

    Hi. Just wonting to find out how I can get Lacura moisturising eye cream

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink*
      May 19, 2017 4:40 pm

      It is stocked at Aldi.


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