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The Beauty Minis That Are Worth the Purchase

Bonus: They make for an adorable shelfie.

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Here’s the thing...beauty is expensive. And finding a beauty product that's just the right formula or shade for you is a pretty extensive trial-and-error process. There’s nothing worse than dropping a couple hundred bucks on a giant tub of face cream only to wake up with a giant rash the next morning. Or buying a $50 tube of mascara then realizing that it clumps like crazy.

Enter: beauty minis. They’re cute, TSA-friendly, and allow you to try out a product so that you can decide whether you actually want more of it. More and more beauty brands are coming out with fun-sized versions, so spare yourself the return shipping. Instead, shop our favorite beauty minis—ones that we believe are worth the full-sized purchase, below.

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CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Mini
IT Cosmetics itcosmetics.com

Foundation is really one of those things you have to sample before diving into a bottle, and It Cosmetics’ mini CC cream is top of our list of recommendations. It boasts full coverage and a high SPF factor, but also a dewy finish that looks makeup-free. The formula wears well throughout the day so you don’t have to worry about catching creases and cracks on your face come 5 p.m.

A-Passioni Retinol Cream Mini
Drunk Elephant sephora.com

This retinol treatment is a wrinkle’s worst nightmare: It contains a fusion of 1 percent vegan retinol, nourishing peptides, which increase collagen production, and vitamin F to improve overall texture. Pair it with a mini version of their B-Hydra serum, which you can layer over the retinol cream to make it sensitive skin-friendly.

Crème de la Mer Mini
La Mer sephora.com

If the price on La Mer’s original Creme de la Mer is a bit overwhelming, this mini version is the perfect starting point. Don’t be fooled by the 0.5 ounces size—a little goes a long way with this formula. Infused with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth, which is formulated with sea kelp, the smallest dollop can help hydrate, soothe, and smooth away fine lines. 

Good Girl x Good Girl Légère Mini Set
Carolina Herrera sephora.com

Carolina Herrera’s most iconic Good Girl scent mingles notes of jasmine, tuberose, and tonka bean for a delightfully floral aroma. For nighttime, switch it up with Good Girl Légère, a sultrier rendition with notes of mandarin, sambac jasmine, and sandalwood. They’ll be the best-smelling pair of heels you’ve ever owned, guaranteed.

Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay sephora.com

Let’s be honest—nobody uses every single color in an eyeshadow palette. (And if you do, hats off to you.) This Naked2 basics palette features six pans of taupey neutrals that are so versatile you’ll want to try every one. Plus, the iPhone-sized dimensions make it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini
NARS sephora.com

This concealer deserves all the hype it gets, trust. It’ll fully cover any dark circles or pimples with a natural satin finish that melts beautifully into your skin. Dab a smidge on imperfections to cop a good skin day. Then slip this tiny tube in your pocket for any reapplication needs.

Mini BlitzTrance Lipstick
Pat McGrath Labs sephora.com

Mother Pat hit us with another universally-flattering shade via this terracotta nude with rose gold sparkle. Also, how can you say no to this packaging?

Jet Lag Mask Mini
Summer Fridays sephora.com

You'll be flying high (sorry) over how good your skin looks thanks to this deeply hydrating mask. Chock full of gentle exfoliants and soothing ceramides, it’ll have you looking like you’ve never had jetlag a day in your life.

Soy Face Cleanser Mini
Fresh sephora.com

Gentle and non-stripping, Fresh’s famous face wash is infused with soy proteins, cucumber extract, and rosewater for a refreshing cleansing experience. The mini version is TSA-friendly too. 

Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Mini
Briogeo sephora.com

Your skin isn’t the only thing that suffers from wintry winds and moisture-sucking heaters. Give your hair some TLC with this collagen- and silk-infused mask from Briogeo. Studies say that you can see significant results in three days, and this mini comes with just enough formula to see for yourself.


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