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Fill your Boots! 17’s rebrand freebies

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You may have seen my previous post about the Boots 17 rebrand. The high street favourite has been vamping up its look of late.

It’s also been having one of its wonderful spend-£5-get-a-gift promotions. These are run every few months, with generous gifts usually including at least one full size product. Not only are the promotions amazing value, the freebies often come in fantastic limited edition packaging. In the past they have tied in with designer collaborations like the Eley Kishimoto and Antoni and Allison collections.

The latest is something of a rush job in comparison to past gifts – it’s a wildlife-print box filled with pink tissue and containing 3 items from the 17 range – nail polish, lip gloss and loose power eyeshadow.

But!

Each gift contains different, random shades of the three products, meaning that you can do this deal as many times as you like and still get new and different gifts each time.

Doesn’t take a genius to work out that this might have something to do with getting the stock from before the rebrand out of the way – all the items in the gift are in the old packaging.

Still, can’t look a gift horse in the mouth when you’re looking at a buy 2 get 3 free deal!

If you’re in store (you might be having a nose at the fanfared new Protect and Perfect Intense serum, for example), you could do worse than pick one of these deals up.

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My latest adventures in Superdrug

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Field-notes from my latest prowl around the pink-bannered aisles.

  • Revlon are looking to revive the matte colour trend with a range of matte eyeshadows, lipsticks and blush. However, I’m reminded that Urban Decay’s matte shadow range is now doing the rounds on eBay for pennies, and MAC’s Matte2 collection didn’t really make waves either. It’s hard to work this look on eyes without perfect priming and a total lack of wrinkles. My money would be on the lipsticks, which come in several very wearable-looking shades. The four that I tested are still clinging happily to the back of my hand. The items cost between £5 and £10 each.
  • Barry M release new shades of nail polish including acid yellow, block orange and a gorgeous pastel mint green. The latter is the one on my shopping list – I haven’t found a good one since my dear old Agnes B “Mint Milk” dried up into a goopy ooze years ago. Nail paints are £2.95 each, and there are frequent multi-buy deals here and at Boots.
  • Bourjois finally get with the programme and bring us Coup de Theatre in a single-wand version. I.e. a fibre-enriched lengthening mascara that doesn’t take the sort of chicanery guaranteed to make you late for work if you attempt it in the mornings. The tube looks pretty good – an elegantly tapered vial with eye-catching stripes, and at £9-ish is at least £1 cheaper (RRP) than the original double-ended version. The brush has been upgraded to a rubber flexi-type one as used in Maxfactor’s Masterpiece. It’s not online at the moment, but it’s right there on the shelf I promise. I’ll be buying and bringing you a review of this once I finish my much-loved Liner Effect mascara, also by Bourjois.

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A breather – new packaging and shades for Boots 17

I’ve started a hectic new job, and though there has been little time to update, I have been making a little corner of me-time here and there by scouting for beauty treasures when I go to buy my lunch.

Imagine my delight at seeing that national treasure of a beauty stalwart Boots 17 reincarnated with new packaging and shades.

A primary rainbow punch has been added to the Fast Finish and Lasting Fix nail polish ranges. Grey, azure, royal blue, sunshine yellow, bright white – think Barry M or Rimmel’s latest offerings.

There are also some additions to the lip and eye colour ranges, with new shade names like Socialite and Chilli Fire.

Rounded sans-serif font has taken a back seat in favour of a more glam, Too-Faced style typesetting on the packaging. There’s also a bold, modern look to the small-print on the bottom of lipstick tubes and the back of bottles.

The new look has taken 17 a step further from its workaday teenage roots and into the more edgy/glamorous frame set by some of the more funky premium beauty brands. I sense the benign influence of Too Faced, Urban Decay and Hard Candy at work here.

My little brain registered these details and impressions during a ten-minute snatched tryst with the beauty aisles in Boots yesterday. You can find out more for yourself at your local branch. Unfortunately the new styling hasn’t made an appearance online yet, but if Piccadilly Circus is anything to go by, the products are right there on the shelves now.

What’s more, you can try one of the new nail polish shades gratis when you buy any other product.

Go go, look look, and enjoy!

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