I am a huge fan of the Pixi Beauty brand, in particular, their Rose Flash Balm (£26), Glow Mist (£16), Glow O2 Oxygen Mask (£26) and Palette Chloette (£28). I wear their MatteLast Liquid Lip Stains (£16 each) daily and often receive compliments about the colour, the pigment and how long they last. Without a shadow of a doubt, however, my most favourite product from the entire Pixi range is their Glow Tonic.
I have a morning and evening regime where I cleanse my face with Micellar water and follow with Pixi’s Glow Tonic. I then apply the Rose Flash Balm in the morning to prepare my skin for my make up. Or if it’s before bed I switch the flash balm out for the Overnight Glow Serum (£26).
Glow Tonic Goddess
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic is a best-selling, cult favourite. The exfoliator not only perfects skin tone and texture, but the toner also helps to give the skin a healthy glow. Using the beneficial properties of Aloe Vera, ginseng and botanical extracts, this combination works together to soothe and treat skin. Whilst the 5% Glycolic acid regenerates and accelerates cell renewal.
As it is alcohol-free Glow Tonic is great for use on all skin types. Prior to having my own personalised bottle of Glow Tonic sent by the babes at Pixi I never really incorporated a toner into my skincare regime and now, I genuinely notice a difference if I’m without it for even a day. You can tell my love for the Glow Tonic as I’m nearly out and the bottle looks like it’s been well travelled. That’s because it has!
Since using the tonic, my skin has felt much cleaner, clearer. My pores appear smaller and my ‘orange-peel’ cheeks (around my nose) are less prominent. Additionally, the Glow Tonic draws out all of the day’s dirt and I no longer fall foul to blackheads. If that’s not enough to make you rush out and buy it I don’t know what is…
Oh yeah, Aldi has just released their own version through their Lacura brand. And now you want to know the scoop. Is it worth it or can the Aldi version do the same thing?
Another Brand vs Budget Review
Let’s get down to business. Since my Aldi vs Jo Malone body & skin post was one of the most popular (and most searched) posts on site. Jo Malone is another brand I use daily. I can offer a genuine user’s perspective.
As soon as the Healthy Glow was launched I rushed down to my local Aldi and threw three bottles in the basket upon agreement from a couple of friends as these products usually sell out super quick.
For a mere £3.99 for a 250ml bottle comparative to £18 for the same size from Pixi, the savings on Brand Names is astronomical.
Checking the ingredients on both Pixi and Lacura they are extremely similar; however, Pixi’s ingredient list is far more in-depth. Pixi Glow Tonic is certified cruelty-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. This information is not provided by the Lacura Healthy Glow. Pixi state their product is not tested on animals (BUAV approved) whereas Lacura simply states it has been dermatologically tested.
The fairest way for me to put these products to the test was to use simultaneously on opposite sides of my face. I pumped 3 squirts of Pixi Glow Tonic onto my cotton pad and squirted a similar amount of Lacura Healthy Glow onto another pad. From appearance, the Healthy Glow (on the left) looked significantly heavier than the Glow Tonic (on the right) and had a deeper colour to it.
They both had very similar scents, I began to sweep the pads across my face at the same time and with the same amount of pressure. Having done so I looked at the pads to see which tonic had drawn more out of my skin.
The Healthy Glow to the left certainly appeared as if it had taken a greater amount of dirt and dead skin from my face than the Glow Tonic on the right. I did notice that the pad also looked more ‘used’ and the fibres were more broken than the Glow Tonic. I can only assume that this is due to the Glow Tonic using perhaps a different grade of quality in their ingredient choices.
My skin looked glowing on both sides, meaning that both products had completed the job in which they were made for, however, I did notice that my skin felt much smoother and softer from using the Glow Tonic. Using the Healthy Glow left almost a residue on my face.
In addition afterwards, the acid had no feeling from the Healthy Glow, however, I did feel a little activation from the Glow Tonic. Which left me thinking that perhaps the Lacura product doesn’t’ have the concentrate Pixi does and therefore not as effective?
The Verdict: Aldi vs Pixi
I probably would recommend Aldi’s Lacura Healthy Tonic to somebody thinking about incorporating a Glycolic toner into their daily skin care regime but ultimately for me (as like Jo Malone) I have to admit, that the higher priced item and the big brand name far outweighs the Aldi dupe. Where skincare is concerned, I am a strong believer in investing in great quality products so therefore the Pixi Glow Tonic is the winner here for me.
Have you tried either of the products? I’d love to know your thoughts below.