Gifts with Purchase

As you don’t need me to tell you, many of the big beauty brands periodically offer “Free Gifts”.  “Free” is, of course, a misnomer, and it drives Trading Standards up the wall!  It’s not “free” unless you can walk in to the shop and walk out with the gift, without any payment of any kind having to change hands.

The gifts of this type are more correctly called “gifts with purchase”.  Invariably, the “gift” requires the purchase of at least two full size products from the brand, one of which will likely have to be either skincare or foundation – something expensive, in other words!

Said “gifts” vary widely from the completely useless to the really very surprisingly useful. Today’s offering from Estée Lauder is right up the “thoroughly useful” end of the scale, so I wanted to share the joy a little. 🙂


The Estée Lauder Autumn/Winter 2018 gift has been produced in partnership with Quentin Jones, who is a mixed media artist, born in London and now living in New York.

The makeup bag is a good, thick denim-type fabric with a sturdy zip, and has an abstract print designed by Ms Jones.  (The same print is also on the luminizer (highlighter) compact.)  The makeup bag also has a flat bottom, so it stands up properly while in use.

The contents of the bag are as follows:

  • 30ml Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask
  • 7ml Advanced Night Repair
  • Pure Color Envy Lipstick in “Rebellious Rose”
  • 2.8ml Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
  • 15ml DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H Moisture-Creme
  • 15ml The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer
  • Limited Edition Pure Color Envy Shimmering Petal Luminizer
  • A few random sachets from the “Nutritious” range.

About the only thing I’m not likely to use in there is the mascara, given my long and colourful history with mascara smudging left, right and centre.  I know Estée Lauder skincare to be safe for my ultra-temperamental skin, so absolutely everything else will get put to very good use indeed.  I’m a very happy bunny. 🙂

I picked up this particular gift with purchase from Boots – I know they vary from retailer to retailer (and also possibly from region to region), the contents will be slightly different and there are multiple different bag designs too.

If you use Estée Lauder products regularly, I’d say it’s definitely worth stocking up a little bit ahead of time in order to take advantage of this one.

DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored by Estée Lauder, and I have no affiliation with the company.  I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for this review, and I (or my very generous husband) pay for every product I buy and/or review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.


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