The appeal of travel-size beauty products is obvious to the carry-on-only crowd. But mini products are also a good way for the beauty curious to try out new and different routines – especially since an increasing array of brands are offering smart, all-in-one, multi-product kits.
One of the best skincare options is Verso’s Travel Series (£48), which includes a Foaming Cleanser, Day Cream SPF15 and Night Cream, all of which feature its signature collagen-boosting Retinol 8 ingredient. The selection is suitable for sensitive skin and delivers an instantly soft and hydrated complexion. A newer contender comes from American brand Drunk Elephant, founded by Houston-based Tiffany Masterson and centred around antioxidant-rich virgin marula oil. The Littles 3.0 Kit (£71) is a masterclass in space management; its seven small-size, fragrance-free products range from a cleanser and day serum to luxury face oil and eye cream. This is a good cover-all-bases option and offers a comprehensive overview of the range should you want to upsize once home.
Haircare is ably covered by Sisley’s Hair Rituel Volumising/Smoothing Discovery Kit (£62) for those with tresses that need volume and moisture. The gently aromatic (and sulphate-free) shampoo is followed by cotton-protein-rich conditioner and a botanical-infused hair mask, all in 50ml bottles. For those whose hair is naturally oily, there’s Aveda’s Cleanse & Clarify travel-sized set (£20), which combines the Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner with a hand and body wash in the same invigorating scent.
For some, mini make-up might be a downsizing step too far, but I like the convenience. The Beauty Favourites Set (£41.15) from By Terry contains a dual compact blush and bronzer, in the complexion-warming shade Sun Desire; its Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder to damp down shine; a bronze-toned Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow stick; the Growth Booster Mascara in black; and (best of all) the Baume de Rose smoothing lip gloss. Worn together, they create a look of luminous, pared-back glamour – and can be popped in a pocket.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website Britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and worked with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.