Tried and tested: Old-school make-up favourites versus today's hot new hits

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Rebecca Gonsalves compares 24 essential products.


Great Lash harks back to a time when nipping to New York for a weekend of shopping wasn't just for 'the 1 per cent' and this was the cheap-as-chips trophy for your make-up bag. It made sense, then, that this was one of the first products that launched Maybelline in the UK – it remains a favourite for the way it subtly lifts and separates. Benefit's bestselling wand will magic a much more dramatic effect.

Classic: Maybelline Great Lash, £5.10, available nationwide

New: Benefit They're Real, £18.50, available nationwide


Not to be caked on – that way panda eyes lie – highlighter pens are simply magical at creating a light-reflecting surface that will hide imperfections as well as radiantly perk up a tired complexion. YSL's classic turns 20 this year and is now available in a dozen shades, though some may prefer the matte finish of By Terry's wonder pen.

Classic: YSL Touche Eclat, £25,

New: By Terry Touche Veloutée, £35,


Summer calls for a light, fresh fragrance that won't clash with the heightened scents brought out by the sun. Jo Malone's crisp and spicy signature scent remains a classic 21 years after it was launched. Diptyque's newest fragrance is the first in its floral waters collection and celebrates the rose, that most evocative, romantic of blooms.

Classic: Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin Cologne, £76, 100ml,

New: Diptyque Eau Rose, £60, 3.4fl oz,


This two-step hot-cloth cleansing method has fans the world over for its gentle, moisturising formulation which removes make-up, dirt and dead skin and is suitable for almost every skin type. Perricone MD is a dermatologist-led line that is creating waves in beauty circles thanks to its problem-solving products. This cleanser uses olive extracts to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin.

Classic: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £14.25,

New: Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser, £35,


Hailed by those in the know not only as a true red but one that lends itself to most complexions, Ruby Woo's matte finish is perfect for creating a pin-up-worthy pout. If a pared-down look better suits your style, however, the new moisturising formula of Chanel's Shine melts into lips leaving a flattering, summer-ready shade of coral.

Classic: MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo, £13.50,

New: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in En Vogue, £24, 020-7493 3836


One of the most important elements of a daily skincare regime, replenishing delicate skin's moisture helps prevent signs of ageing – what's not to love? A bestseller for good reason, Kiehl's lightweight formula is easily absorbed and provides UVA and UVB protection. Malin + Goetz gently hydrates without clogging pores or leaving a residue — and it's ideal for sensitive skin.

Classic: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser, £24.50, 125ml,

New: Malin + Goetz Vitamin E face moisturiser, £36, 118ml,

Nail varnish

Touted as the first-ever red nail polish, the formula may have been updated since then but Revlon's shade remains a bestseller – largely because of its universally chic connotations. The Dolce & Gabbana make-up range is beautifully packaged but it's what's inside that really counts here – long-lasting, chip-resistant shades that simply glide on and look phenomenal.

Classic: Revlon nail enamel in Cherries in the Snow, £6.49, Boots nationwide

New: Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Laquer in Pink, £19.25,


Glide the glossy-finish formulation in this ink-well pot on with a slanted flat brush to create feline flicks that won't smudge or smear. If classic black is too harsh for your skintone, there are 10 shades to choose from. The nib on L'Oréal's new felt-tip eyeliner is so soft that it won't drag against the lash line, ensuring a smooth, precise, super-fine finish every time. f

Classic: Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner, £16.50, 0870 034 2566

New: L'Oréal SuperLiner Perfect Slim, £6.49, available nationwide


Whether you're a sun-worshipper or not, there's room in almost every beauty bag for the right shade of bronzer. The key to appearing sun-kissed and natural is to apply with the lightest of touches. Whether classically charming Terracotta or Clinique's super light oil-absorbing powder, a gentle dusting on the nose, chin, forehead and cheeks will mimic the rays of the sun and lift and slim the face, too.

Classic: Guerlain Terracotta Moisturizing Bronzing Powder, £33.50,

New: Clinique Superbalanced Powder Bronzer, £25, available nationwide


Known affectionately as 'Cinderella in a tube', Clarins' beauty balm has been a pick-me-up for skin that's tired and flagging after a long day – or an even longer night – for more than 30 years. In the few months since it launched, Nanoblur has already achieved a huge word-of-mouth following for its almost miraculous work, instantly reducing the appearance of fine lines, crow's feet and enlarged pores.

Classic: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £27.50, 0800 036 3558

New: Indeed Labs Nanoblur, £19.99, available nationwide


Dermalogica's cult product has been around for a decade and the ritualistic way it is applied is only part of it. The superfine powder lathers up in wet hands and gently exfoliates without scratching or weakening skin. Wei uses traditional Chinese philosophy and medicinal beliefs to create a modern, nature-driven collection – add these finely-milled pomegranate skins to your cleanser to buff away dead skin.

Classic: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ,£38.50, 0800 591 818

New: Wei Pomegranate Buffing Beads, £16.50,


This intensely-coloured creamy formula delivered in crayon form is one of the easiest ways to achieve a smoky eye for novices and professionals alike – just swipe, smudge and go. Tom Ford's smooth, shimmering cream will gild eyelids and create the high-octane glamour that the designer has become synonymous with.

Classic: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, £20.50, available nationwide

New: Tom Ford Cream Colour for Eyes in Guilt, £28, 0870 034 2566

A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmA cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Louis van Gaal watches over Nani
Arts and Entertainment
Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Lavinia, William Houston as Titus Andronicus and Dyfan Dwyfor as Lucius
theatreThe Shakespeare play that proved too much for more than 100 people
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
exclusivePunk icon Viv Albertine on Sid Vicious, complacent white men, and why free love led to rape
New Real Madrid signing James Rodríguez with club president Florentino Perez
transfersColombian World Cup star completes £63m move to Spain
Arts and Entertainment
Stir crazy: Noel Fielding in 'Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii'
comedyAs ‘Luxury Comedy’ returns, Noel Fielding on why mainstream success scares him and what the future holds for 'The Boosh'
Life and Style
Flow chart: Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1900, yet scientists have still not come up with an explanation for their existence
lifeAll of us have one. Yet even now, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Arts and Entertainment
'Weird Al' Yankovic, or Alfred Matthew, at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Screening of
musicHis latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do our experts think he’s missed out?
Hotel Tour d’Auvergne in Paris launches pay-what-you-want
travelIt seems fraught with financial risk, but the policy has its benefits
Arts and Entertainment
booksThe best children's books for this summer
Life and Style
News to me: family events were recorded in the personal columns
techFamily events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped that
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Sustainability Manager

    Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...

    Graduate Sustainability Professional

    Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...

    Programme Director - Conduct Risk - London

    £850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...

    Project Coordinator/Order Entry, SC Clear

    £100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire

    Day In a Page

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

    A land of the outright bizarre
    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
    Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

    The worst kept secret in cinema

    A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
    Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
    Why do we have blood types?

    Are you my type?

    All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
    Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

    Honesty box hotels

    Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

    Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

    The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
    Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

    The 'scroungers’ fight back

    The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
    Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

    Fireballs in space

    Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
    A Bible for billionaires

    A Bible for billionaires

    Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
    Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

    Paranoid parenting is on the rise

    And our children are suffering because of it
    For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

    Magna Carta Island goes on sale

    Yours for a cool £4m
    Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn