The magazine freebies that knocked it out of the park!

If you're amongst the many that frequently succumb to the ploy of magazine freebies, then, most likely, you're familiar with the disappointment that often accompanies them: the quality is rarely remarkable, and even if that's the case, the quantity or shade you've ended up with, will probably leave you wanting more.

Which is why I was extremely impressed when I saw these two eyeshadows waiting for me on my desk a few days ago:


Meet Erre Due Deep-Matte eyeshadows, in shades 55 and 63. My mother had gotten these with some magazine (I believe it's November's Elle, but I could be mistaken), and since she rarely uses any eyeshadows, she passed them along. Naturally, any product that comes with a magazine insert brings out the skeptic in me, but, boy, was I surprised:


Look at that pigmentation! I'll admit, it took 2 swipes to get that, but still!!!
No 55 is a warm brown matte shade and no 63 a deep charcoal. The texture impressed me as well: ever so slightly chalky, but still, extremely fine and easy to work with, without any fallout! What's best is that both of these shades complement each other really well, particularly if you want to recreate that "Kim Kardashian" ultra dark smokey/cat eye look.

I gave them a quick run for their money, before completely removing my makeup for the day, despite not being extremely comfortable with using matte shades still, and this is a messy and rough idea of what I ended up with:


Up close, it was so much more intense!

All in all a great product, made even better by the fact that I didn't have to spend a dime for it (even for the mag, woot woot)! I knew that Erre Due makes some great products (i.e. the Wet&Dry eyeshadows), but now they really got my attention!


When was the last time you were wowed by a magazine freebie? Do you get makeup from family and friends too?


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16 comments:

  1. Your EOTD photo was a messy and rough idea?? that was excellent! :D I am not familiar with matte eyeshadows either but I start paying a better attention to them lately!

    I love freebies and especially if they are full sizes of loved products like the TBS body butters or lotions or the essie nail polishes. These were some of the freebies I enjoyed the most! Oh, I also use some of ELLE's travel bags. Using them for some years now and they are still in a great condition!

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    1. @evi: Aw, thank you dear, but there was still probably some shimmery eyeshadow left over from the makeup I had on that day! And yes, matte eyeshadows seem to be slightly taking over lately!

      Agreed, those are my favourite types of freebies too! And lol, I too have a ton of those travel makeup bags!!!
      Haha, I guess we both can't resist a good freebie!!!

      x

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  2. Love all the Greek mag freebies! They're brilliant. I love these colours on you!
    x.o.x.o

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    1. @A Brit Greek: Thank you girl! If anything, we are lucky to have a bit of a selection to choose from each month!!! ;) xxx

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  3. I'm impressed!!
    Must try some Erre Due asap!

    xxxxx

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    1. @Blushingloves Irene Greece: Yep, check them out, and I'm sure you will particularly love the Wet&Dry eyeshadows too!!! xoxxoxo

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  4. they do look very pigmented and nice - is it a Greek brand?

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    1. @Jacq: Yes hunni, I'm afraid that Erre Due is a Greek brand! xox

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  5. Ax ti omorfa pou fainetai sta matia sou!!! Poly oraies skioyles, ego pali teleutaia exo pathei emmoni me tis mat skies! Olo tetoies agorazo kai mou aresoun poly gia ton xeimona! xx Menia

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    1. @Menia: Thank you κοριτσι! Δεν εχεις αδικο, η ματ υφη δινει ενα βαθος κ ενα σοφιστικε στιλ! Ποιες μαρκες προτιμας σε ματ σκιες? x

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  6. wow! i wasn't impressed by the swatches, but that eye look!! perfect!!

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    1. @Lydia: Eh, thank you dear! Hopefully the shimmer I had before doesn't quite show through, hahaha!!!

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    1. @Gaby de Modacapital: Thank you so much dear! xx

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  8. Wow!!these colours look lovely with your eye colour hun :)

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    1. @Athina: Thank you Athina mou! I was surprised myself! If only magazine freebies were this good (and wearable) as this one! xx

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