Whether you keep things concise with a clutch or are more used to lugging about a family-sized tote, it takes a very special kind of beauty product to make the handbag edit. And we’re the same – we’ve absolutely no time for products that don’t deserve their space in our handbags. So these are the beauty must-haves we’re currently carrying around: multi-tasking skincare heroes to tackle a multitude of complaints, and makeup staples to take you from desk to dance floor. Tried and very thoroughly tested, this is our edit of the best handbag-sized beauty products to buy right now.
From natural skincare brand Balance Me, this deliciously-scented balm really is stellar. Made with a blend of organic shea, cocoa, mango and coconut butters plus an antioxidant-rich vitamin E complex, the Stellar Beauty Balm is a rich and intensely moisturising treat to use anywhere and everywhere. The multi-use balm nourishes dry and irritated skin – whether it’s chapped lips or grazed knees.
Get ready to have everyone from your best friend to your boss asking you what perfume you’re wearing. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 contains just one ingredient – Iso E Super – which automatically adapts to the person who is wearing the scent. Think of it as a way of enhancing your own pheromones and your individual aroma. Basically, everyone within a ten-mile radius will suddenly find your scent enticing, captivating and totally irresistible. This stuff is magic.
Rather than splashing out on a pricey mascara (which will dry up just as quickly as a cheaper one), we suggest Revlon’s keenly-priced Volume + Length Magnified Mascara. One of five new mascaras launched by the brand, this one really does what it says on the tin, giving you long-lasting volume to stay all day, while lengthening lashes for a natural, yet 100% glamorous look. We love the clever brush which separates individual lashes and allows you to build up volume.
First of all, WHO can possibly resist anything with “sunshine is my favourite accessory” etched on it? For the uninitiated, Bagsy’s pop-in-your-handbag makeup products are all designed for beauty-on-the-go – and they’re rather good. We always steer clear of too-shimmery bronzers, and in our quest to find something that gives a natural, glowy finish, this matte bronzer is an absolute triumph. Brush onto forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin for a sun-kissed healthy glow that instantly brightens the complexion. Bagsy’s Ray Of Sunshine Bronzer also comes in a handy little pouch – perfect for carrying in your clutch.
If you haven’t heard of Hourglass Cosmetics’ amazing Ambient Lighting Powder, where HAVE you been? Sure, it’s not the most economical finishing powder out there, but the effect it has on your complexion makes it worth every penny. Designed to create a flattering, soft focus glow that gives skin a beautifully radiant look, Diffused Light is our favourite shade for everyday use. Instantly banishing imperfections and pores, and smoothing wrinkles, try Ambient Lighting Powder once and we promise you’ll be hooked.
This tube of magic goodness has won so many awards, it really needs no introduction. Free from parabens and toxic nasties, Lanolips’ original 101 Ointment is a multi-tasking balm which holds 200% of its weight in moisture, meaning that it’s SUPER hydrating. Pop this in your handbag and you’ll be amazed how often you use it – from softening cuticles and grooming eyebrows to soothing dry lips and even insect bites.
Highly-pigmented, long-lasting colour with a matte finish that feels super light on the lips? We want in. Some lipsticks promise they’re long-wearing – Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor really is. Although this claims to be matte, it’s a liquid lipstick that’s actually very comfortable to wear, with a soft, velvety texture that looks subtle and natural. For now, there’s a capsule collection of eight colours (we particularly like Devotion and Obsession) with everything from barely-there nudes to bold scarlets and fuschias. One for lipstick addicts and amateurs alike – and it’s not too spendy either.