In the week Ellen DeGeneres started her new gig at American Idol, Marie Claire magazine had a snoop around her makeup bag and published some of the highlights. I was struck by the fact the article gave Ellen's age is 52. Good for her, she looks more like a sprightly 42. I couldn't resist poking around as well and, of course, giving my take.

Obviously, CoverGirl Simply Ageless is there - well, she is paid to be their face. More of a disappointment is the rip-off La Mer (we revealed just what's in La Mer's miracle broth and we urge Ms D to calculate how much money she has wasted on this product and send an equivalent check to the charity of her choice). Then she has a few other tools and tricks of the trade. Here are their ingredients:

Ingredients in CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Cyclopentasiloxane, ozokerite, trimethylsiloxysilicate, mica, paraffin, polyethylene, phenyl trimethicone, dicalcium phosphate, propylparaben, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, lecithin, citric acid, may contain/peut contenir: iron oxides, titanium dioxide, ferric ferrocyanide, carmine

Ingredients in Jurlique

Water, Alcohol, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate.* *From Natural Essential Oil (Rose - Rosa Centifolia & Rosa Damascena).

Ingredients in Simply Ageless Concealer

water/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, titanium dioxide, talc, butylene glycol, niacinamide, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/cire de candelilla, isotridecyl isononanoate, ozokerite, acetyl glucosamine, silica, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, sorbitan isostearate, aluminum hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, dimethicone, disodium edta, dimethicone/methicone copolymer panthenol, disodium stearoyl glutamate, methylparaben, methicone, propylparaben, stearic acid, may contain/peut contenir: iron oxides