I feel like the only person in the world who wasn't aware that Lidl sold beauty products! (I know, where have I been?!) I'm all up for beauty on a budget, especially if the product performs just as well as any other brand! It's a win-win situation, right?
After a quick search on Google, results came up for articles about Lidl's budget beauty range on sites like Daily Mail, Reveal and The Independent - all raving about how quickly the products have sold out and how people just can't get enough of it these super affordable beauty products.
The only times I go to Lidl is when I'm stocking up chocolate biscuits and Haribo sweets for trick or treaters at Halloween (I also LOVE the Morello cherries that comes in a big jar!) but I never walk around long enough to notice beauty and toiletries but now I'll definitely take more time to browse the beauty aisle.
Cien Lipstick - £2 each
As far as I know, there are eight shades in the Cien range so there's something for everyone! I was given three shades of lipsticks to try out and they are a pleasant surprise! From left to right, the shades are Light Coral, Vintage Mauve and Spicy Red.
Two out of the three lipsticks I've got from the Lidl's Cien range are extremely pigmented, full coverage and provides intense colour and glides over your lips without dragging. It comes out with a subtle sheen so it doesn't cling to dry skin but that gloss fades in to a wearable matte finish. I don't think that I've ever encountered a budget lipstick that is so easy to use, it's hard to believe that it only cost £2! Bargain!
In all this time of searching for the perfect red lipstick, I think I may have found it! Spicy Red is a gorgeous shade whist Vintage Mauve is a beautiful plum that is dupe of the much raved about MAC Plumful! The only shade I'm not crazy about is Light Coral! The colour itself isn't bad but the formula isn't the same as the two red shades; it is a frost lipstick that comes out nude on my lips which doesn't suit me. It also doesn't go on as consistently as the other two.
Suddenly Diamonds Eau De Parfum - £3.99
I've got to admit, when I heard about this perfume, I wasn't expecting great things. I've bought cheap perfume in the past and the lingering smell can make me feel sick. HOWEVER, I remained open minded with Lidl's Suddenly Diamonds and I was actually pleasantly surprised! It smells good and if you were to do a perfume test between this one and an expensive one, I swear you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
It took Lidl two years to develop this perfume so even though this is at a budget price, the groundwork has been put in to ensure this is still a nice, wearable fragrance. It lasts on your skin for up to six hours and the word on the street is that this is a dupe for Hugo Boss Orange which I've yet to check out before but here are the fragrance notes for Suddenly Diamonds: Top notes of apples, mid notes orange blossom and jasmine with a subtle base of sandalwood and cinnamon. I'd liken it to the "So...? Fragrances" in that it is affordable and great value.
Cien Classic Hairspray - 89p
This one is a medium hold which comes in a huge can! At 89p, this is the ultimate bargain! The packaging isn't bad either - more effort has gone in to this than the their competitors supermarket's value brands. As I'm not picky with hairsprays (because I don't use them often) this can from Lidl will serve me well and will probably last me the whole year! I only use hairsprays when I'm back-combing or styling an up-do like a beehive or french twist, but as you've noticed, that's very rare as I hate faffing about with my hair, I am rubbish at it! If you're a dancer or a cheerleader like my little sister, you are probably going through cans of hairspray like no tomorrow so head to nearest Lidl and stock up this!
Cien Hand Cream - £1.25
Cien Liftan Complete Moisturising Cream - approx £2
A hydrating hand cream that contains almond oil and shea butter, and you get a huge tube for the price of £1.25! A nice alternative to the big brands and it does it's job by keeping your hands soft and moisturised. The smell is not too bad, and as pleasant as it is, I find it a tad too strong but the cream itself sinks in to skin fairly quickly and the smell fades along with it.
This offers 24 hour protection, if you can believe it. It's a good face cream but I'm not sure about the 24 hour claim but I am someone who doesn't drink enough water, so no matter how optomistic a product sounds, I'm not going to benefit from it until I change my ways. Liftan Complete contains Q10 to regenerate skin cells, and caffeine which provides your skin an energy boost in the morning. The Vitamin E in it helps you prevent premature skin ageing while hyaluronic acid works to plump skin and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. The jar is made of glass that's packaged in a lovely pink and white cardboard box, and it feels like it cost more than £2. This contains parabens.
Have you tried beauty products from Lidl before?
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