I know they say that bigger is always better, but somethings are just more pleasing to the eye in miniature. Case in point: makeup. Often frequenting the ‘gift with purchase’ category, accompanying a set with their dinky features or just available in straight-up travel size, I have quite the adoration for the little things and try to stifle back an audible ‘awwww‘ whenever one comes into my possession. Perfect for lobbing in the handbag, oh holiday hey – even popped in your pocket if you’re a tote-free kinda gal here’s the petite picks from my stash. Note: ‘awwww-ing’ mandatory

One wee option for base that fits this criteria is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance* which is available in all formulas in deluxe travel size from Space NK. It’s always a little difficult to delve in full-size with new complexion products so a taste-sized tester is a welcomed idea – brands take note – there’s a full review of it here. On the subject of primers, I’ve fallen hard for the tiny NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base that arrived as an extra of the NARS And God Created the Woman set. It’s gooooood and something that I never would have picked up on its own – that’s the perk of extra product bolt ons, eh? One place that has this whole miniature thang down is Sephora. The tills are lined with the stuff meaning you end up doubling your purchase amount while in the queue. It happens. A product that was added in such situation was the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr Bronzer in Park Ave Princess. Not my favourite bronzer out there but a palm-sized compact that often gets thrown in on my travels.

Probably the cutest of them all and usually part of a GWP is a 5ml tube of Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01*; my favourite lipgloss I’ve ever slicked on and scaled down to a third of the normal size – what’s there not to love? Gloss without the gloop and a nourishing finish, this is often swimming around in the depths of my handbag. Speaking of lips, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is not by description a miniature but was packaged to be a pocket friendly option in slimed-down casing. Available for your possession from Space NK I have the pinked-up red Muse, but Raven and Riviera – I’m coming for you. Not to neglect colour for your lids, the mini Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows that bolt onto their new World Famous Neutrals Palettes* are some of the dinkiest offerings I’ve seen. Annoyingly these shadow tasters are only available as part of the palette bundle but the pint-sized pots are just the right size for someone who wants to test and trial the formula. Now not strictly makeup, but a travel-sized option that deserves a nod are perfume rollerballs. Fresh’s Brown Sugar is my summer jam of sweet, fresh and citrusy notes. Another addition to my ‘on-the-go’ stash.

Cosmetics cuteness complete and ‘awwwing‘ period over – I reached my conclusion a long while ago. Sometimes makeup is just better in miniature, right?

*PR Sample

  • http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lottie Kerr

    I love the hourglass packaging, so sleek. I know what you mean about miniatures I just can’t help myself when I see them!

    Lottie x


  • Jessica emilee

    I love minitures!! I managed to get the mini Laura mercier tonited moisturiser which I used so much when I went travelling! It was only available in a gift set though :( great post. I enjoyed reading it. Jessica x

  • http://twitter.com/AlissiaDTN Alissia

    Haha I love miniatures, they’re so cute!

  • Guest

    Haha I love miniatures, there so cute!

  • http://twitter.com/yourSnezhana Snezhana

    Adorable! I agree with you, there is always something something about miniature sleek packages, sometimes you just buy it to have that stylish mini bit;)

  • sarah beth

    Completely agree, a new foundation should never be bought in full size unless it’s been tried and tested! I definitely need to be picking up that mini Clarins soon…



  • Jo Cannon

    Very cute! Incidentally, Anna (with your sway in the beauty world), please can you persuade Tarte to come to the UK? I have money I need to give to them :) x

  • Brittany

    Yes! I feel the same about miniatures. And rollerballs? AMEN! Especially with lipgloss on one side. Great for moms with babies that spit up and poop on them! My Michael Kors Hollywood rollerball has just been such a life saver. :)



  • A Kid Again

    I’m a sucker for mini’s! Even if I don’t need it at the time I can always convince myself that I will need it for traveling or an ‘on the go’ day etc.

  • Ying_Cheung

    I love Miniatures because they are perfect for travelling with. I always keep my samples in a little box ready to take with me on my next journey to save space hehehe. Clinique always gives out really cute lipglosses which i like to just throw in my handbags for nights out~ Awwww the clarins lip perfecter mini is so cute, i really want to try it out for myself :D

    Thanks for sharing~ <3

    Have a lovely day
    X x X x X

  • Fro

    I absolutely agree with the love for miniature items. I rarely finish any makeup item before I want to buy new stuff anyways, so I think it is just perfect.

    And I agree with the other poster – Tarte to the UK! I’ve managed to grab a couple of bits when my parents have gone for business, but would love ready access (although my wallet would not).. Maybe we should start a petition? ;)

  • Rebecca-Louise Murray

    Love the mini’s, soo cute! Just the right amount of product!


    (: xxx

  • http://twitter.com/beauty_incrisis beautyincrisis

    I love miniatures.. soo cute!!! Especially since I never finish products..


  • Jess and Erin

    Adoreabubbles! I love me some miniatures :)
    Jess x

  • http://norwegianelephant.blogspot.com/ Romila Marie

    Ugh those Sephora minis!! Always making my total purchase double the price of what I originally came there for!

  • Kiera

    They are so mini >.< I want some mini make up as it would be easier to store in make up bags


  • http://twitter.com/GenuineGlow Lilly/GenuineGlow

    I always keep all my sample jars, and once they’re empty, I just refill them! They are great space savers! Not so cute though…

  • laura

    I love miniature, not only is it cute but it’s also great for testing new products.



  • joysteib

    I take a fancy to all things miniature especially beauty related!! It is so convenient for travel or explore new products without spending tons of $$ on products that may not work for you!! Thanks for sharing!! <3

  • http://twitter.com/LouisaHM26 Louisa

    I completely agree, I hate buying a massive bottle of a new product only to find that I don’t like it! And they look cute, too – bonus.

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • Vanessa

    Can you do a review of the Hourglass liquid lipstick? I have been eyeing them for a while, but I need help to justify yet another lip product in my stash… ;)

  • http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/ Amelia

    Gotta love a good GWP! I’ve discovered so many gems that way. xx

  • http://twitter.com/bronzerbunny Joyce

    i love mini makeup! far more likely i’ll use it up haha. i love the nars eyeshadow primer – it has been a staple since it came out, so i am happy to hear you like it! :)

  • manon

    where can you get the 5ml lip perfector from?:)

  • Amy

    Cute post Anna! I adore miniatures and always end up picking up some extra travel-size products up on my way to the till! So tempting! x

    Amy |http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • beautyandtheb

    I love mini things so this post is perfect! and I agree sephora has some great miniature bits :)


    B xxx

  • http://olgreeneyes.blogspot.ie/ Emma Grimes

    Absolutely adore the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipsticks! I have Icon and I have my eye on Muse. The Clarins Lip Perfectors are amazing too. Miniatures are cuter therefore better! :)

    emma x

  • Maddy Cane

    I love minis and I always buy them to take on holiday with me, they are so cute! xxx

    Maddy from http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/


  • Jade Waterfield

    Such a great post! I love mini beauty treats, their just so sweet.
    I need some more for my handbag and this has been great inspiration.


  • lydia

    i love mini things! :) http://lydiam4y.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sarah Gee

    Well aren’t these just the cutest beauty products ever! Why are mini things so cute ahaa I love the look of the clarins lip thing I really need to try it as I have read so many reviews!



  • Laura Galve

    Agg..jealous! I would love to try a Tarte blush or bronzer..!x

  • Pippa Jones

    Really do love the colour of the hourglass lippy!

    Pipp x


  • Jeanette Havmand Andersen

    Really Wanna try the Hourglass products..

    Im writing a thesis about the credibility of bloggers, and would be very grateful, if you would answer these 10 questions. Seriously, it would mean the world to me.

  • katherine.parkes

    the benefit shadows are so cute, I want them so badly but can’t justify the whole palette! x


    • Lew

      They are pretty nice I have to say…. Def a splurge!

  • Lew

    My favorite tiny products are mascara s great for travel and keeping in my “I didn’t have time to finish makeup at home” kit. And really just live to try things out that I’m not certain I should buy!