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Fact: Tiny things are having a moment. From shrunken dresses and credit card-sized handbags to itty-bitty grocery-inspired collectibles, petite is where it’s at. But what of small-scale beauty products? Brands are increasingly turning out mini-to-midi sizes that are so tempting you may not want to save them for travel. These products have your back at the gym, during sleepovers and even at the office. The new generation of pint-sized products pack the same punch as their larger counterparts, and sometimes even more so. Brands often manufacture petite items to ensure maximum potency when ingredients have a small window of efficacy. So, products can be tiny in size but big on results.
Ready to shop the latest and greatest in small but mighty beauty? Here are our favourites.
This little booster is engineered to leave your skin hydrated and luminous, like the mask that inspired it, and there are a few ways you can use it. Add a few drops to your regular moisturiser for an all-over glow, or pat it directly onto the high points of the face as you would a highlighter. Either way, the formula, spiked with rose damask water (to calm and restore), niacinamide (brightening and rebalancing) and gold extract (for maximum radiance) will magic your complexion into a significantly more radiant version of itself.
Yes, most lip products are on the slim side, but this one promises the benefits of a deeply nourishing treatment and minty-fresh balm in one. Made with konjac root, which the brand says creates a unique gel-like network that anchors spheres of hyaluronic acid on the lips, it seals in maximum moisture sans stickiness. The result? Comfy-feeling lips that look soft, smooth and plump with a capital P. This shade, Rush, a sheer pink that suits most skin tones, is the hypothetical cherry on top.
Fans of Eve Lom’s iconic cleansing balm will love the brand’s latest innovation—a silky cleansing oil housed in portable single-dose capsules. The teensy biodegradable ampoules contain a cocktail of conditioning ingredients, specially blended to gently remove makeup and dirt without stripping. Instead of lugging around a regular bottle of cleansing oil (which is probably going to leak on the most expensive thing in your suitcase), throw a few of these cutesy capsules into your skincare bag or add them to your gym kit.
Not only was Lancome’s cult serum recently revamped to include a complex of seven pre- and probiotic-derived fractions believed to firm and boost radiance, it’s now available in a wallet-friendly 7ml version. That’s right, for a $20 note you can experience the effects of this lauded anti-ager, which include a boost in elasticity and a reduction in wrinkles. One baby bottle will last you a week, just enough time to start reaping the benefits.
Beauty gadgets are fun to use and can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine, but space-friendly? Not so much. This pen-sized gizmo is different. A mini magic wand, it softens fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips, and on the forehead using microcurrent technology. How does that work you ask? It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin for a more youthful appearance. If you want to level up your in-flight beauty routine it easily fits in your carry-on, or it could be stored away in the tiniest of bathrooms.
A mix ’n’ match trio of serums designed to help you tailor your skincare to, you guessed it, get you the glow. Choose from Vitamin C Pure Serum, which evens out tone and reduces the appearance of pores, Licorice Pure Serum, a calming treatment that works to banish dark spots, and Hyaluronic Pure Serum, just the thing to deeply hydrate a parched complexion. Their smaller size means you can chop and change as skin concerns crop up without having to worry about wasting bigger bottles.
With softer and longer bristles than its predecessor (plus clever smartphone connectivity), the Luna Mini 3 utilises an impressive 8000 sonic pulsations per minute to provide a gentle-but-thorough cleanse, whisking away traces of oil, grime and makeup. It features twelve massage intensities to customise the cleansing experience according to what your skin needs, plus a special “glow boost mode” designed to refresh post-gym skin in as quick a time as possible—a mere thirty seconds.
These pint-sized brightening treatments combine a lush hydrating serum (packed with antioxidant-rich blackcurrant, raspberry and strawberry extracts) with DIY cryotherapy to combat dehydration and puffiness. Made in France, they’re basically fancy ice cubes for your face. Travelling? Pop an individual “cube” into the freezer of your hotel’s bar fridge, remove when frozen, then press out into the included gauze pouch and apply in circular motions. Or store them in the freezer at home for when you need a beauty pick-me-up. You’ll have smoother, glowier skin in a flash.
A two-step system designed to make getting the best out of ingredients Vitamins A and C a cinch, this set of boosters works in synergy to make a visible difference to the quality of your skin. To use, blend a few pumps of Vitamin C (for brightening) or Vitamin A (for plumping) into your moisturiser to supercharge it. The compact packaging allows each formula to be kept potent, with the Vitamin C sealed in an air-proof chamber, and the Vitamin A housed in a double-walled chamber before use.
Hyaluronic acid is the key to smooth, hydrated and flawless skin, and this icy blue stick from Darphin lets you take the glow show on the road. Don’t be fooled by its petite proportions. It dispenses a generous dose of our favourite moisture-binding active, as well as several other refreshing ingredients like algae and pomegranate, to plump and prime your skin. Use it to help de-puff in the morning, or refresh your makeup any time of the day. It’s so good at cooling you down that it could become your new summer mainstay.
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