Aldi loses court battle with Charlotte Tilbury over ‘lookalike’ makeup

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Discounter Aldi has lost a High Court battle with makeup artist and brand owner Charlotte Tilbury over a “lookalike” makeup line, with the judge describing the similarities between the two as “substantial”.

Makeup artist and owner of the beauty brand of the same name, Charlotte Tilbury initially bought legal action over a breach of copyright against Aldi in December – accusations the discounter denied at the time.

However, the High Court found that the packaging of Aldi’s ‘Lacura Broadway Shape and Glow’, which retailed at £6.99, borrowed heavily from the design of Tilbury’s ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette’, which sells for £49.

Aldi sold some 20,000 units of the lookalike bronzers before the action was bought and could be faced with paying substantial damages to Tilbury’s company Islestarr Holdings.

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