Some beauty products are to die for, but then, so are their price tags. If you can’t bring yourself to take the price plunge when you aren’t even sure if it works for you or not, try opting for these mini sizes as an affordable and travel-friendly way to test out the product to see if it justifies its price tag!
We’ve scoured beauty websites to find these popular but pricey beauty classics that you can get at smaller sizes without busting your bank account. Here are 21 of them!
1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
This cleanser is great for sensitive, dry, and flaky skin. It’s even able to remove makeup, making it a great two-in-one choice for trips to colder countries with drier weather.
- SGD63 for 150ml
- SGD23 for 50ml
2. Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
Some users have commented on Sephora that this is the “best eye makeup remover” they have ever used! This house brand product comes in 3 sizes, and is truly a value-for-money solution for stubborn waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Their smallest size is perfect if you’re on-the-go too.
- SGD18 for 200ml
- SGD14 for 125ml
- SGD8 for 50ml
3. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
Did you catch everyone going gaga over this anti-ageing serum? This product is known to smooth wrinkles and promote younger-looking skin. Local beauty blogger Musicalhouses loved how quickly these products absorb into the skin in her review of the whole Drops of Youth line.
If you’re hesitant about whether this product would be effective for you, try getting their mini-sized concentrate – it’s SGD20 less than the full-sized bottle!
- SGD79.90 for 50ml
- SGD59.90 for 30ml
4. Lancome Advanced Génifique
This is another youth activator that still has a sizeable fanbase who swear by its anti-ageing prowess. Overall, it has gotten mostly positive reviews on Sephora online. Reviewers claim that it hydrates skin, smooths out wrinkles, and it acts fast too! This product comes in 3 sizes.
- SGD220 for 75ml
- SGD170 for 50ml
- SGD130 for 30ml
5. Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum
This vegan product is going to do some serious multitasking: it acts as both serum and primer. It keeps your makeup on for the whole day and also smooths out the foundation that you apply on top of it.
Users on Sephora have praised the pleasant scent and moisturising effect of the primer. It can even be used on split ends and dry hair.
The regular size of this primer serum is more than twice the price of the travel size! If you want to test out the product first, get their mini size. The mini version is convenient to carry around and perfect for travelling.
- SGD107 for standard size
- SGD36 for travel size
6. Benefit Porefessional Face Primer
Since its release a few years ago, the Benefit Porefessional Face Primer has become the holy grail of many beauty junkies around the world. Best suited for oily skin, this primer holds foundation and makeup together throughout the day.
However, the full-sized primer is far from being pocket-friendly. If you aren’t sure if this primer is suitable for your skin type, try getting the mini-sized version to give it a spin without burning a hole in your wallet. Run, don’t walk, because this primer is just way too popular!
- SGD91 for 44ml
- SGD54 for 22ml
7. Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer
If you have dry skin or are visiting colder countries, then this primer is a must-have. This product moisturises and firms up skin so that it looks supple and healthy throughout the day. The mini size is also less than half the price of the original, so there is no reason why you should be hesitant to give it a go.
- SGD70 for 30ml
- SGD32 for 15ml
8. Clinique Pep-Start HydroRush Moisturizer SPF 20
This is a long-lasting and lightweight moisturizer that also packs some much-needed SPF. It soothes redness and protects the skin from harmful rays without looking overly greasy on the skin.
Some users on Clinique’s website have claimed that it is too rich for oily skin, however. Try it out for yourself without the commitment of a high price tag with the mini-sized option.
- SGD50 for 50ml
- SGD15 for 15ml
9. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Unlike the Hourglass Serum Primer, the cult classic Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer caters to more sensitive and dry skin types. It also has SPF 15 so it has some sun protection too.
On the Sephora website, some users have claimed that the primer is “perfect” and “one of the best”. It also seems like many users started out with the more affordable mini size as well!
- SGD123 for Jumbo Size
- SGD89 for Standard Size
- SGD31 for Travel Size
10. Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Luminous
This highlighter is your key to a healthy glowing complexion. Plus, you can use it on your body too! It is light-weight and convenient to carry around as it includes both a mirror and brush.
If you’re always on the move, the mini size would be a god-sent as it’s not as bulky to carry around, and still includes a sizeable amount of product. Do note that the travel size option is limited edition so get yours today!
- SGD43 for standard size
- SGD19 for travel size
11. Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder
We never thought mini sizes of loose powders would exist, but Cover FX has done it. The Illuminating Setting Powder brightens the skin, sets makeup, and mattifies your face all day. This powder is great for sheer coverage and controlling shine.
- SGD50 for standard size
- SGD17 for travel size
12. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
This product is a highlighter and a powder in one, and it provides a healthy glow while reducing sebum production. The travel-friendly option is compact and convenient for everyday use.
It comes in 3 shades to suit several skin tones. The price tag may be hefty, but a little goes a long way with this one. A light dab with a brush is enough to yield sufficient glow to your face!
- SGD58 for standard size
- SGD38 for mini size
13. Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip Mini
This 2-in-1 lipliner and lipstick is lightweight and easy to carry around. Moreover, it is smooth, moisturizing, and easy to use.
However, if you’re clumsy with your lipsticks and tend to break them when you’re using them on the go, the mini sized version might be a better choice for you.
- SGD35 for standard size
- SGD18 for mini size
14. Kat Von D Mother of All – Mini Lipstick Duo
Kat Von D lipsticks have always been killing it with their ability to create edgy and fierce lip looks. Thankfully, they also have a budget-friendly option.
What’s even better than a mini lipstick? Kat Von D offers a 2-for-1 pack which includes mini sizes of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and the famous Studded Kiss Lipstick, both in the fan-favourite shade Mother, a dusty mauve pink.
If you’ve been dying to try out Kat Von D products but have always shied away from the price, this duo needs to be in your cart immediately!
- SGD31 for Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (full sized)
- SGD32 for Studded Kiss Lipstick (full sized)
- SGD31 for Mother of All Mini Lipstick Duo (2 x mini-sized versions of the above)
15. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Anti-Aging Primer Potion
This eyeshadow primer is a timeless love for so many beauty gurus out there, including Michelle Phan. This primer is suitable for more mature skin types, or those of us with oily eyelids.
The potion will intensify eyeshadow colours, and extend their wear time, helping them last throughout the day. Not sure if this is the primer for you? Get the travel sized version instead!
- SGD38 for full size
- SGD21 for travel size
16. Ciaté London Mini Triple Shot Mascara
If you really hate carrying around bulky makeup items, get this mini mascara instead! This mascara is said to be great for those of us who have “hardly any” lashes. Users have praised its volumising effect and its long-lasting wear throughout the day.
- SGD28 for standard size
- SGD18 for mini size
17. Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray
This product has been widely praised all over the Internet for locking in makeup throughout a long day, and it has even passed the test in Singapore’s hot climate.
This spray is particularly suitable for those of us looking to achieve the healthy glow of a Korean-style dewy look while also wanting our makeup to last as long as possible.
The mini-sized version is actually sufficient for a couple of months’ usage, so it’s definitely going to last long enough for you to decide if you like it or not!
- SGD50 for 125ml
- SGD22 for 30ml
18. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Setting Mist
Many users have commented on Sephora that this mist from the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection is extremely effective in setting their makeup.
Some have even used it as a primer as well as a setting spray. The travel sized product is also great for drier climates because it keeps the skin supple and moisturised.
- SGD38 for 75ml
- SGD20 for 30ml
19. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This setting spray is arguably one of the most beloved products on the market right now. It’s by no means a recent release, but it has remained a popular holy grail amongst YouTubers and makeup artists everywhere until today.
The setting spray in its full size is unfortunately also very expensive. Get the travel sized one if you’re new to this setting spray, and if it becomes your holy grail too, you’ll have one more item on your wish list for the next big Sephora sale.
- SGD48 for 118ml
- SGD22 for 30ml
20. BeautyBlender Micro Mini
These micro-sized beauty blenders are great for long holidays because you can simply throw them away after your trip without feeling guilty.
Like the regular BeautyBlender, it blends foundation and concealer like a dream, but because it’s so small, it also allows you to target smaller corners and specific problem areas more precisely.
The price of these two mini ones is almost the same as one regular BeautyBlender!
- SGD32 for original BeautyBlender
- SGD29 for BeautyBlender Micro Mini (2 x micro BeautyBlenders)
21. Verb Ghost Oil
It may be called Ghost Oil because it brings your hair back from a lifeless state. Or perhaps it’s because the oil itself is weightless and provides non-greasy shine throughout the day.
Whatever the reason for its name, the Verb Ghost Oil will make your hair smoother, healthier, and shinier after prolonged use!
If your hair tends to frizz in dry climates when you’re on holiday, the travel sized bottle is a must-have in your luggage so you won’t have to stress over unruly hair when you’re supposed to be relaxing!
- SGD24 for 60ml
- SGD12 for 17ml