This is less of a recommendation and more just news, really. Ha! I say news, Trinny London has been around for ages. Nothing new about this. But I have only just tried out something from the range – a Lipglow in Cordy with a cheerful watermelon flavour that reminds me pleasantly of Juicy Tubes. And it’s just really really good – it’s not sticky, it’s moisturising, not too glossy and gives a really pretty colour. I can tell already that this is going to be one of my empties, I’ve only had it a few days and I quite often find myself wandering about the house going “Where’s my new lippy thing?”
It made me think that the rest of the range is probably pretty good, too. And, I don’t know, I just like Trinny. I like her gusto, I like how unafraid she is of Nigella, who can knock you off your feet with one nasty look if you’ve pissed her off. She was once really nice to me, (Trinny I mean, not Nigella), years and years ago when I was about 22. And I’m very craven and fickle in my habit of just really liking people who are nice to me.
And her stuff just isn’t shit! The main USP of Trinny London – that absolutely everything in the range stacks together, is admirable. If I lived a different sort of life, I can quite see that having a stack of four little pots – a foundation, lip colour, cheek colour and eyeshadow – that all screwed together neatly rather than rattling about would be incredibly desirable. Trinny London also sells empty pots for you to decant other things into, like a favourite moisturiser, or any other niche cream you need to carry around with you.
The main sticking point is that you can mainly only buy this online, although there are concessions in Fenwick Newcastle, Bond Street and Brent Cross. And also in New York for my New York readers, I know I’ve got one or two.
Yes, TL has a clever online colour-match service but for colours I am always a little reluctant to trust an algorithm. If someone says “this colour suits everyone”, I guarantee it won’t suit me. I often get it wrong in the actual shop.
If the screwy-together system sounds right for you and you need a make-up re-think, get to a concession stand or to Trinny London HQ where they run a make-up consultation things for £45, which is redeemable against products.
I hope you’re not taking this as some mad YOU MUST BUY thing, that’s not what I mean at all. This is not for everyone. But I know – I just know – that it’s definitely, absolutely just the thing for someone.