July 1, 2019

Makeup Minis That Won’t Break The Bank and Let You Try Before Buying the Full-Size

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I love how more and more brands are creating mini sizes of their latest skincare and makeup launches. It makes it SO much easier to try something out without spending a ton of cash and also, potentially committing to something you don’t like in a larger size that cost more. Sure, I realize that Sephora, Nordstrom, etc have excellent return policies but I’m an awful returner. I put something in a bag and just forget about it until it’s way too late to return it.

That’s why all these minis are fab not to mention they are perfectly sized for travel.

Here’s are several new and exciting new launches that are now available in mini sizes!

NARS Orgasm Mini Set $39
Mini-sizes of the new Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm and Oil-Infused Lip Tint in Orgasm plus a mini Orgasm Blush!

Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum $14
You may have read my raving review on this serum stick but maybe you’re a bit shy about trying it since the reviews around the Internet aren’t as great as my own! At $14 for a smaller portion you can check it out without committing to that way more expensive fuller size!

It Cosmetics Miracle Water Micellar Cleanser Mini $15
Here’s one I do so love! I actually use this after my primary cleanse and love how brighter my skin looks because of it! It not only acts to remove makeup but also, acts as an essence of sorts to brighten skin.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream Mini $22
Tis the season for lightweight gel moisturizers! This gel moisturizer acts to brighten as it hydrates skin!

Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Mini $15
A camellia oil-based cleanser that gently melts away makeup to leave behind smoother, cleaner skin!

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy Mini $22
One of my favorite cleansing balms of all times is now available in a travel-friendly mini! If you haven’t already do check this one out!

Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer & Cleanser Duo $25
Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse and cult favorite The Water Cream available in mini sizes that are ideal for travel!

Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask Mini $22
Gently exfoliate and hydrate skin overnight with this mini version of Glow Recipe’s popular sleeping mask!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask Mini $25
Get dehydrated, tired skin smooth and hydrated with this mini version of Summer Fridays popular sleeping mask!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini Youthquake Hydra-full Retexturizing Gel Crème Moisturizer $21
Exfoliate while hydrating and smoothing the texture of your skin with this gel moisturizer!

Herbivore Mini True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo $24
A mini of Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask and Lapis Balancing Facial Oil to calm and restore radiance to skin!

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer & Lip Oil Duo $15
Try out both of Ciate’s newest offerings in this set that includes the new hydrating Watermelon Burst Primer and the new Watermelon Burst Lip Oil!

Tarte Baba Bomb Moisturizer Mini $14
Tarte’s new whipped moisturizer that hydrates, smooths, and gives the appearance of firmer-looking skin.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Mini $15
Try out Benefit’s newest brightening foundation in a generous 1 oz size for a small price!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jonna Jackson

    I have bought all the tatcha minis available and i have to say im obsessed! It seems like i use less product overall too knowing i only have a small amount so thats how i justify spending all my money dollars! I wish they had a tinted silk canvas primer though

  • Annette Lanham

    I am absolutely loving that brands are making more minis/travel sizes!!! That way like you said you can try before you commit to a bigger size but you also have more of a chance of using up product before it goes bad. When you try lots of skincare and makeup you can end up with a lot of half-way done products and then you have to sniff them to see if they’ve gone off. I’d rather spend money on smaller version of a high quality product than a larger version of something that is just meh. I don’t think size always equals value for money!