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A $25 straightening brush, plus 16 other reasons to do your beauty shopping at ALDI.

Ever wondered if beauty products from ALDI could possibly be as good as their more expensive predecessors? (Because let’s be real, most of their in-house products are ‘inspired’ by cult brands.)

Scroll through any beauty Facebook group or Reddit thread and you’ll find tonnes of threads on the retailer’s brands including LACURA and OMBRA because, despite their affordable price tags, the people reckon the products are pretty good.

This week, ALDI went and dropped a $25 hair straightening brush as a part of their Wednesday October 23 Special Buys sale.

Side note – the Mamamia team also tried the Daphni straightening brush. You can watch our review below, post continues after video.

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Cue mild hysteria because, considering how popular straightening brushes are right now (you can read more about the ghd straightening brush and the $69 VS Sassoon dupe version here), the idea of nabbing a time-saving hair tool for the price of a Saturday night Uber is very exciting.

Although the elusive brush hasn’t broken the internet just yet, what we do know is the affordable hair styling tool has all the makings of a winner.

Think: adjustable temperature control up to 200 degrees, ceramic-coated plates, anti-static ionic technology and a handy sleep mode setting in case you ever leave it switched on.

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If you miss out on securing one of these brushes this time around, might I console you with some other great ALDI beauty recommendations? You see, there are quite a few great reasons to swing through the beauty aisles during your next ALDI shop, including luxe lip oils, affordable serums and everyday makeup staples.

So you know what to keep your eyes peeled for in-store, here's a list of the very best ALDI beauty products, as voted by the Mamamia You Beauty community.

*BIG disclaimer - as is the ALDI magic and curse, not every product is always available or in stock at all times. That said, ALDI do bring products back, so it's worth keeping an eye on the beauty shelves whenever you do an ALDI shop.

1. LACURA Skin Science Renew Expert Wrinkle Smoother, $9.99.

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According to Product of the Year, the world’s largest consumer-voted awards program, over 14,000 Aussies voted for their favourite products of 2019 and this ALDI skincare product made the list. Ingredients include Squalene from olives, Shea butter, Vitamin E and LACURA's active complex Mimox, which they say 'counteracts the tension which is responsible for the formation of wrinkles'.

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2. LACURA Beauty 24hr Mascara - Waterproof, $6.99.

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This mascara was another Product of the Year recipient.

YB member Carol said, "It’s the best staying mascara I’ve tried. The lengthening/waterproof stays a bit better than the volumising formula, but I have oily eyelids and always get the panda look, except for when I wear the ALDI mascara."

3. OMBRA Daily Defence Face Sunscreen SPF 50+.

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People have been raving about this facial sunscreen for yonks. One YB member called it "the only face sunscreen I have that's not greasy and sits well under makeup." Another long-time user of Mecca Cosmetica's To Save Face sunscreen reckons ALDI's SPF is just as good.

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"I live on the Gold Coast (very, very sunny) and I’m extremely oily. I’ve been using the ALDI SPF 50+ daily for a week and I love it (????). I'm shocked because I’m usually a brand snob. It’s so lightweight and I find it quite matte! Highly recommend this savey," she said.

4. OMBRA Daily Defence Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50+.

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Convinced by the YB group, I tried the tinted version of the sunscreen and for the price, it's just as good as competitor products. Don't expect coverage from the tinted formula, more a wash of colour that's ideal for weekend days or when you're not feeling a full face of makeup.

5. LACURA Skin Science Revive Hyaluronic Gel, $9.99.

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ALDI's hyaluronic gel was recommended by YB member Gabi in her What's In Her Bag feature. Others also said while the product takes a while to sink in (hylauronic acid serums can feel sticky or tacky), it's pretty great for the price tag.

Hot tip - slather your neck, chest and decolletage in an affordable hyaluronic acid if you're worried about using up your luxe serums.

6. LACURA Essentials Caring Cleansing Gel, $3.69.

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"For the record, this cleanser is fantastic. Removes all my makeup and never makes my skin feel tight or itchy. Can't go past it at this price!" YB member Ellen said of this cheap as chips cleanser.

7. LACURA Beauty Long Lasting Duo Lipstick, $7.99.

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The LACURA Beauty Long Lasting Duo Lipstick has been labelled a dupe for the classic Revlon Colourwear lip products.

YB member Ashleigh said, "They stay put and don’t bleed (even the red shade) or dry out my lips. I’m yet to find any better elsewhere!"

8. LACURA Essentials Renew Cleansing Wipes 30pk, $1.69.

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Many find cleansing wipes irritating or too harsh for sensitive skin. According to YB members, these ones get rid of makeup, smell nice and "stay moist (sorry everyone for using that word) until the last wipe."

9. LACURA Skin Science Revitalise Expert Neck & Décolleté Serum, $9.99.

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"I suffer from the boob crease due to being a side sleeper so this helps my decolletage to not look as crepey," YB member Jessica said of this $10 serum.

10. LACURA Beauty Face Primer 3 in 1, $4.99.

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The LACURA primer is also a winner. It leaves a lovely dewy finish which creates the perfect base for makeup as products can stick to it. You also can't go past the $5 price tag.

11. LACURA Essentials BB Cream SPF 15, $7.99.

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YB member Lauren "lives for the BB cream for light day-to-day wear." The shade selection is pretty abysmal (as is the case with a lot of chemist BB creams), and don't forget to wear sunscreen underneath as SPF 15 is not nearly enough protection.

12. Protane Hair Treatment with Argan Oil, $5.99.

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The Protane Hair Treatment with Argan Oil is one of the October 23 Special Buys, and YB member Abbey loves it hard.

She said, "This product only comes around every six months or so, but I buy about four bottles every time because it’s the besttttttt hair oil I’ve ever used."

13. LACURA Beauty Long Lasting Compact Powder, $6.99.

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Another win for ALDI's makeup category is the translucent powder, which YB member Belinda describes as feeling "sooooo smooth" when she applied it on the back of her hand, she 100 per cent regrets not chucking it in her trolley.

14. ALDI Matte Liquid Lipstick.

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A very excited YB member shared her thoughts on the matte liquid lipstick.

"It's an excellent dupe for NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment (my fav lip product). My hubby very kindly bought me one yesterday with the groceries... now, I'm running there after work to buy up big," she said.

15. LACURA Lip Oils.

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These lip oils are essentially a rip off of the cult Clarins lip oils, but sold at a fraction of the price. They are notoriously hard to get your hands on, though, so be warned!

16. LACURA Caviar Illumination 3 Minute Cell Renewal.

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Finally, let's end on a chemical exfoliating and brightening mask, which YB member Melissa said "actually made one of my milia fall off". (You can learn more about milia, the white dots that pop up under your eye, in our explainer here.)

Now, all that's left to do is head to ALDI and hope the product you're eyeing off is there!

Have you tried any of these ALDI beauty products? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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