16 mini versions of popular beauty products that are worth trying
Doesn’t everyone love mini things?
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When you find products that work well for you, there’s only one logical thing left to do: Buy them in miniature form so that you never have to leave the house without them.
If you’re a frequent flyer looking to save space in your carry-on or TSA-compliant bag, you’ll appreciate the shrunken-down versions of these top-notch beauty products. Or, if you’re someone who always keeps products in their work bag or purse for quick touch-ups throughout the day, you’ll love having these within reach. Of course, you may also just love mini products or not quite be ready to invest in the full-size forms before testing them out.
Regardless of your reason, we think you'll love these 16 pocket-sized products.
1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini
If you’re one of the 11,000 reviewers who can’t get enough of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, you need it for your purse and travel makeup bag. This concealer is a staple in the beauty community because it applies in thin layers to smoothly cover any skin discoloration. It comes in 30 shades to suit seven undertones—pink, peach, yellow, golden, olive, red, and neutral.
2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Foundations, BB and CC creams, and tinted moisturizers are very specific to your own skin desires, as they vary greatly in finish, skin tone range, and long-lasting ability. With any complexion product of your choice, though, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is worth buying in miniature form to have for your next trip or just to try out. The clear, oil-free gel claims to blur fine lines and pores for an overall smoother-looking complexion.
3. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini
If you own Laura Mercier’s setting powder already, you know it’s not very travel-friendly because of its larger size (comparable to a lemon, though not that shape) and because you’ll end up with too much powder in the lid after it’s jostled around. The cult-favorite, loved for its lightweight and long-wearing formula that sets down makeup and reduces shine, comes in a mini form, though. Problem solved!
4. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini
Much like Laura Mercier’s loose powder, Benefit’s boxed bronzers and blushes are a bit clunky to transport. To save space, invest in the Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini, which is a smaller version of the fan-favorite loved for its easily blendable formula and the natural, sun-kissed glow it gives to the skin.
5. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask Mini
If you’re a frequent traveler, you know how dry your skin gets from planes, trains, and busses. Next time you hop on board, make sure you’re carrying a mini tube of the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, which claims to even out the skin tone with vitamin C, moisturize with sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid), and protect against free radicals with vitamin E.
6. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
If masks aren’t your thing but you want a source of hydration in your back pocket, consider a facial spray. This one from Mario Badescu uses herbal extracts and rosewater for a refreshing scent and hydrating formula. You can use this on bare skin or as a setting spray over makeup.
7. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
At the end of the day, a micellar water is the easiest way to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil from the skin. With over 2,000 Amazon reviews, the Garnier SkinActive one is a top choice. It easily and quickly removes makeup without drying out the skin or irritating the eye area.
8. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Mini
In need of a gentle cleanser to bring on your next vacation? Everyone has different skincare needs, but this one appeals to the masses. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser claims to remove makeup and dirt from the face, maintain the skin’s elasticity, soothe using cucumber extract, and calm with rosewater.
9. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Keeping in the theme of healthy, hydrated skin, the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is a well-loved must-add-to-cart if you want super moisturized under eyes. The product claims to moisturize with avocado oil, soften the skin with cocoa butter, and protect the skin’s hydration with shea butter. And, if it’s of any interest to you, makeup mogul Kylie Jenner is a fan of this product.
10. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration
If you can only bring one moisturizer with you, this one is your best option. The Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration targets parched skin and eczema with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal to relieve itching, shea butter to moisturize and protect the skin barrier, and allantoin (a skin conditioning ingredient that increases water and stimulates cell growth) to calm and soothe the skin. While it is gentle enough for facial skin, this cream is also great for moisturizing the body.
11. CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
These aren’t tehcnically the mini form of a larger product, but they’re super small and deserve a place on this list and in your purse, luggage, or skincare arsenal. As soon as a zit starts popping up on your skin, grab one of the 24 circular patches in this packet and pop it on the blemish. The dots claim to extract impurities overnight and reduce redness. These are small but mighty and you won’t regret having them handy.
12. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream Mini
It’s not often that a body cream makes waves, but this one from Sol de Janeiro is a must-have because of its fast-absorbing formula that supposedly tightens and smooths the look of skin. And if you’re of fan of this cream’s delicious scent, you’re in luck: You get the same notes of salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla in this tiny container, so you can always have the warm and spicy scent on you.
13. Living Proof Healthy + Strong Mini Transformation Kit
For a combination that cleans, smoothes, and conditions all hair types, look no further than this kit from Living Proof. The Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner claim to improve the overall hair health; the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment smoothes, volumizes, conditions, and strengthens; and the Dry Shampoo absorbs oil, sweat, and odor for cleaner-feeling hair.
14. Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray
Curly hair can easily lose its luster throughout the day. To keep your curls looking fresh, spritz the Ouidad Refreshing Spray all over wet or dry hair. The spray claims to define curls, seal in moisture, and keep your hair feeling lightweight instead of bogged down by product.
15. Wet Brush Multi-Pack
No matter where you go or how minimal your routine is, a great brush is a must-have. And the Wet Brush is a fan-favorite for good reason: It uses soft, flexible bristles that won’t tangle in the hair or cause breakage. With this multi-pack of miniatures, you can keep one in your work bag, one in your purse, and one at home.
16. Tweezerman Mini Manicure Kit
Being far away from a nail clipper or file when you have a bad hangnail at work or while traveling is not fun. To prepare for such occasions, keep a mini manicure kit on hand at all times. The Tweezerman Mini Manicure Kit comes with a nail clipper, cuticle pusher, nail cleaner, and pocket file.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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