By Sali Hughes
Cream beats powder colour when you’re on the go
It’s nearly as rare as the UK winning Eurovision, but sometimes I leave home without my makeup bag. No great hindrance to most, of course, but a minor disaster for me as someone who invariably leaves the house bare faced (my default setting at home) and gets ready on the train to a beauty-related work meeting. It can also present an opportunity – recently, it gave me the impetus to go into Superdrug at the station and grab two terrific bargains I’ve worn almost constantly since.
My rule with any makeup: if you have little time or few products to play with, skip powders and go for creams. You can have greater impact with fewer shades, application is faster, simpler (and more achievable for glasses-wearers) and way more forgiving than hastily blending together several eye shadows with a brush. So, having failed to find a Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Shadow (reliably good, bafflingly missing from the counter), I went for Revlon’s Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow (£6.99), which turned out to be better. The formula is perfect – silky, dense, blendable and very long-lasting, only with plenty of “playtime” for blending before it sets. It comes with a not terrible applicator integrated into the lid, but I used a proper eye brush from the dinky Zoeva Voyager Travel Brush Set (£22) that lives permanently in my bag.