Dressing table: The best compacts

1. La Rose Deco

Rosewood and shimmer combine in the form of an Art Deco rose. Achieve instant highlights.

£32, Lancôme, from Harvey Nichols from 20 August, nationwide from September

2. Fresh Bloom All-over Colour

The petal graphic and shimmery-soft shades perfectly coincide with fashion's current love affair with florals.

£23.50, Clinique, 0870 034 2566

3. Péché No 1: L'éclat

Shimmery flesh-tones inside and a beautiful gold chinoiserie case, this compact has the mystery and seduction of YSL's beloved Orient.

£35, Yves Saint Laurent , available nationwide

4. Protected Paradise Face

The embossed pastel whales in this pretty compact will be a reminder of what you're helping to save: 5 per cent of the proceeds go to the Pew Institute for Ocean Science.

£88, Chantecaille, spacenk.com

5. The Tailleur Bar Palette

Inspired by Christian Dior's favourite colours, this limited-edition eye palette shaped into an elegant Rene Gruau illustration is simply stunning.

£65, Dior, exclusively at Selfridges, selfridges.com

6. Blush 4 Eclats Sculpting Blush

Made for balmy evenings, these warm brown tones will give your complexion a dewy hint of a tan.

£31, Guerlain, 01932 233887

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