Mini beauty products are the sweetest way to feed your make-up and skincare obsession

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Ava Welsing-Kitcher
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The rise of luxe beauty miniatures means we can get a taste for more products. Here are the cult buys that need to be scooped up…     

It’s official: we are like kids in a candy store. And it’s all thanks to a slew of our most cherished luxury products becoming available in teeny, tiny miniature versions. These are not just glorified travel-size toiletries.

Oh no, they’re a superior breed. Every detail has been replicated using similar materials to the original in these scaled-down replicas, made with such precision that it’s as if someone’s taken a laser gun and shrunk the contents of our bathroom shelves down by several sizes to fill our gym bags and handbags. And they’re unbelievably charming. A pinky finger-sized lipstick incites a chorus of joy from the entire Stylist office, while tiny tubs of loose powder trick people into thinking they’re macarons.

The excitement is real, but for a reason other than our love of all things little. Minis allow us to sample a taste of something without the huge investment, and taking that expensive moisturiser for a trial run before committing a day’s salary allows us to experiment with mini bottles and tubes of our own choosing.

Here’s to the small and mighty.

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DHC Cleansing Oil Mini (6.5cm high, 30ml) 

Olive and rosemary-leaf oils dissolve make-up and dirt, then a splash of water emulsifies everything into a cleansing milk to wash away every trace.


Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue (5.6cm high, 20ml)

With notes of lily of the valley, jasmine and woody oud, this will see you through spring, summer and beyond.


Tom Ford Boys And Girls Lipstick in Alexis (4.7cm high, 2g)

This 100-shade collection features 50 ‘girls’ (from midnight-blue Isamaya to rosy Grace) and 50 ‘boys’ (Colin is the perfect nude).


By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder (1.1cm high, 1.3g)

Tap this lightweight powder onto skin for an ultra-matte hydrating finish thanks to hyaluronic acid.


Erborian Pink Perfect Crème (9.6cm high, 15ml)

This cult Korean formula works wonders under make-up, blurring the appearance of pores and giving a pearly glow.


Clockwise from bottom left

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Pocket SPF 50+ (7.7cm high, 30ml) 

 This lightweight SPF milk is ideal for using on your face, with UVA/UVB protection and thermal spring water.


Nuxe Mini Huile Prodigieuse (5cm high, 10ml)

A multi-purpose dry oil that adds a healthy sheen to the face, body and hair with a divine magnolia, orange blossom and vanilla scent.


Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel as part of Benefit Brow Tryouts set (8.1cm high, 2ml)

Tame unruly brow hairs for a strong yet flexible hold that lasts all day.


Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (3.5cm high, 15ml)

The gel-cream texture sinks straight into skin, leaving it feeling supple and hydrated while protecting its natural moisture barrier.


BeautyBlender Micro. Mini (1.9cm high)

This make-up sponge has an army of mini-mes. Squeeze under warm water and use to blend hard-to reach areas such as around the nose and under the eyes.


Photography: David Marques