Best and worst beauty buys

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
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Anna James, 36, of Wadsley, a business development manager for packaging firm Smurfit Kappa, gives us her best and worst beauty buys:

Magic in a pot! - This smoothing, resurfacing primer is great on its own and is equally as good as a base. It fills in visible pores and fine lines and knocks years off me. I could not live without it and although it’s only a small pot, you only need a tiny bit so it lasts for ages.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer

MISS: Barry M gold metallic crackle special effects nail polish, £3.99, Boots

A real disappointment. It looked nothing like the sample on display when applied. A gloopy, sparkly, sand-like consistency makes it awkward to apply and difficult to achieve a consistent finish. I’ve heard the Nails Inc version is better so I shall try that for my holiday nails.

JO RECOMMENDS:

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer, £4.99, Superdrug

Barry M special effects polish

Barry M special effects polish

I’d never thought a primer for eyeshadow was necessary. But this product has me sold. It’s lip gloss style; you dab a little of the white silicone cream onto each lid and blend to invisibility. It smooths the lid - even my ageing, crinkly ones - which makes it really easy to apply eyeshadow. The added bonus is eye make-up (even cream formulas) stays in place for much longer.