Last year Aldi launched their Lacura Caviar range which is a much more affordable version of the expensive La Prairie skin care. I was too slow when it hit the shops the first time and only managed to pick up the 7 Day Intensive Treatment which I blogged about here. I was so impressed with it that I was keen to try some other products from the range. Aldi had the Caviar range as a special buy on Sunday, but if it’s sold out in your local store or you can’t get to an Aldi you can now also buy some products through their app and online, it’s currently free delivery. So I bought the Lacura Caviar Illumination 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask.
Lacura Caviar Illumination 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask is Aldi’s version of the much more expensive La Prairie Cellular 3 Minute Peel, it costs a whopping £153. Here’s a comparison of the ingredients:
La Prairie Cellular 3 Minute Peel Ingredients:
Water, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate 40, Glycolic Acid, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Malic Acid, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Sucrose, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glucose, Fructose, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Butylene Glycol, Dextrin, Urea, Polyquaternium-7, Alanine, Fragrance, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide
Lacura 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel Mask Ingredients:
Aqua, panthenol, sodium acrylate/ sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, caviar extract, tocopherly acetate, disodiumlauriminodipropionate tocopheryl phosphates, carbomer/papain crosspolymer, gluconic acid, ascorbic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, algin, xanthan gum, propylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, parfum, benzyl salicylate, alpha-isomethyl ionine, linalool, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, ethylparaben, methylparaben, CI 77891. ( sorry if I’ve made any spelling mistakes, I’m not a chemist and I typed this out by hand, and my eyesight isn’t brilliant!)
Lacura 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel mask relies on several ingredients to chemically exfoliate the top layer of skin, they’re a mix of AHAs, papaya enzyme complex and caviar extract which is essentially what La Prairie’s version does. La Prairie’s is so pricey because it contains professional strength AHAs and BHAs, I’m unsure how the Lacura version compares here. But I can tell you how effective Lacura 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel mask is: VERY.
If you have particularly sensitive skin or reactive skin I’d do a patch test of this first because wow does it pack a punch. I applied a thin layer of the white mask to my damp skin making sure to avoid the eye and lip area. The texture reminds me of a thick moisturiser. It’s not gloopy nor does it run when applied. You don’t need much product to get good coverage so I think this would last quite a while. Once applied you can really feel the ingredients getting to work. If you’ve used a powerful peel mask before you’ll recognise the sensation, or of course it might just be my skin. I had to remove the mask around the 2 minute mark because it just felt so strong.
I’m so impressed with the results of Lacura 3 Minute Cell Renewal Peel mask after just one go. If my thoughts change I’ll update but I can’t see why I would. My skin immediately felt so much smoother, more so than pretty much any other peel mask I’ve used. My skin tone looked slightly more even and brighter, and my pores refined. It really is quite a brilliant mask and I’d quite happily pay much more for this but it’s only £6.99!
There’s a couple of things I don’t like though. It states that it’s for all skin types but I wouldn’t recommend this on sensitive skin. This is a powerful mask and I had to remove it just shy of the three minutes recommended because it was so strong on my skin. It hasn’t caused any further aggravation but oh boy this mask packs a real punch. Secondly, and this is a mini gripe though. The brush that it comes with is rubbish. It fell apart when I went to clean it so I would recommend using your own brush for it. I suppose you could use your fingers but a brush will give you a nice even layer. These are my only issues with this mask, it’s otherwise absolutely brilliant. I think I might stock up!
Have you tried anything from the Lacura Caviar range?