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Friday, February 26, 2016

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

I love dinky, travel or as some would say fun-sized products, no I'm not talking sachets of cream or tiny 1ml vials of fragrance but rather scaled down try-me items. From half sized pencils to miniature pots of blush, I can guarantee you that I'm oddly more likely to be swayed to click purchase or hand over my bank card, if the beauty product happens to be dinky.

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

Size is always an issue (get your mind out of the gutter), sure full sized products work out to be kinder on the purse-strings in the long run, but really who when it comes to travel or your daily handbag, do you want to lug around several heavy bulky items? Not me, I have no upper body strength and a full water bottle rolling around the inside of my bag is as close to cardio as I'm willing to admit. For trips abroad smaller beauty items don't just tend to travel better (oddly mine never smash nor chip) but the free up extra space in my suitcase, should a mad dash around Sephora happen. You know the drill.

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

Admittedly smaller, travel friendly products don't always work out to be all that cost effective if compared to the original full sized item, however they can save you money in the long run. Think about all those disregarded bottles of foundation you own, at first they were great but slowly for various reasons you fell out of love with them. Now think of all that money you have wasted (not a guilt trip I promise) and ask yourself, if there was a try me size, perhaps a week or two supply bottle available would you purchase it? I know I would, my skin is fickle and high-end foundation doesn't come cheap. My logic also expands to blush and lip colours, I truly do think that if brands launched scaled down sized items of their best-sellers, it would result in double sales: you try the mini, love it and go back for the full sized. Heck I'd even repurchase miniature lip and cheek items just for stashing inside a clutch, so triple sales when you really think about it?

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

And yet other than Sephora and to an extent Boots (Smashbox and Estee Lauder now offer travel sized products) try-before-you-fully-commit sized products aren't the norm. Bizarre really as there certainly is a demand; visit any Sephora store and you will notice that just about every customer has at least one travel sized product within their basket, along with rollerball fragrances. Gosh I love rollerball fragrances and it is hard to resist pocket sized Nars and Hourglass products, believe me I've tried. If there is demand elsewhere I really don't understand why the UK is again missing out, perhaps Sephora own exclusivity rights over the smaller scaled products or maybe brands don't think it is something that would do well here?

Try Before You Fully Commit Sizes

Either way I do hope things change and sooner rather than later, I would love to be able to peruse try me sized beauty items, along with more rollerball and purse sized fragrances, all without booking a flight outside the UK.

What is your opinion?
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37 comments:

  1. Completely agree with this post, I think Benefit are great for mini sizes but other than that it's a bit disappointing! I also wish skincare would follow suit.

    The Modern Audrey

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  2. Rollerball fragrances are one of my favourite things! I'd definitely buy miniature versions of foundation and to be honest, I so rarely finish blushers that I'd be happy to be able to buy smaller blushers, too! Fab post.

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  3. Those NARS lip pencils are my favourite specially, that red !! OMG love how the formula is matte with out killing my lips with dryness. Also i love mini's for the fact that they are great for travel or to stick in your bag than the full size specially on compacts and such. Also it's a great way to try something your not sure on, it's my first spot i check in Sephora is the little mini's.

    Katie | http://ktmcgworld102.blogspot.ca

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  4. I think Sephora REALLY strikes a goldmine with their section of travel-sized products right before the checkout line. It both a) insinuates a feeling of urgency since you only have a couple minutes to decide if you want to buy it before you check out, and b) gives you a cost-friendly option to try a product! It's always the most dangerous section of Sephora for me! I agree with all your points! More stores should be utilizing this more! (Or maybe they shouldn't because then I'd go broke! :P )
    Xo
    Alex
    www.sincerely-alex.com

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    1. I am totally in love with Sephora because of this...and I LOVE that I can use my points to get the free samples!!!

      http://k-g.us/

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  5. I completely agree. Mini sizes are so helpful if you're not sure a product is worth it or not. Plus they're great for travelling!

    Emma | EMMAMATTHEWS.CO.UK

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  6. Benefit is a great brand for travel size items. I once bought the mini theyre real mascaras ans it was less than £10 and I ended up not liking it so I was super happy I didnt waste my money on the full size.

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. i love deluxe samples because it truly gives you a taste as to whether or not you can commit!

    www.makeupmusicbooks.com

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  8. I love this section of Sephora so, so much!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  9. Yes, yes for sure. I tend to go to the counters and ask for testers of foundations - most of them are really great and give you about a weeks worth in a little pot, which really helps. Some (Chanel!!) still do the horrid little sachets. I'd be more inclined to buy smaller things to try out as I'm quite picky and often end up with a load of stuff that I just don't use (looking at you mascara and lipstick).

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  10. Travel sizes are so nice! They fit perfectly in my bag even if it is a small one, love them x
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  11. So true! I admittedly keep sample products around so I can use them for travel (or small clutches haha) These products look amazing :)

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com

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  12. Mascara and foundation, I can never use up either before they go bad or ought to be thrown away.
    I've bought a couple of tsubaki fillable rollerballs so I don't have to worry about a full sized bottle in my bag, but also y o consolidate samples of a scent I did like.

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  13. I love deluxe sample sizes! Sometimes you want to be brave and try something new, then you realise if it's a disappointment you could have brought a bottle of something you do actually know you like... So your bravery goes out the window! I'm not a big fan fan of benefit (let down too often) but I still buy the deluxe samples in hope.

    Please, please bring out decent sized samples in the UK and Ireland!!

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  14. Yeah, so many products sound so appealing, but as they can work on others it won't always work out for you. I always love to try before buying a product full size. Great post! x

    http://victressvic.blogspot.lt/
    Victoria ♥

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  15. You seriously make SUCH A GOOD POINT. I recently did a clear-out of some items with expiration dates and since I love color, sample sizes in certain items might really help me out. For example, I had a sample Too Faced Chocolate Soleil that literally lasted 2 years because I rotated through other products. I hit pan, but I didn't finish it before I threw it out.

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  16. OMG this is such a great idea! My full size products often go out of date before I finish them, and mini products are amazing. This post is amazing, thanks for sharing!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  17. I used to fly a lot (woohoo for long distance relationships) but could never find smaller versions of my everyday make up products. The majority of my carry on bag was always filled with the things I needed to make myself look less zombie like which meant less space for things like 4 days worth of clothes. Sample/travel sizes would've been an absolute blessing especially since you're so limited to how much liquid you can take in a carry on. I really wish brands in the UK would start supplying to the demand!

    Raise The Waves

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  18. I totally agree with the notion of "less is more." Because it truly is! People think that since the travel sized cosmetics are so small, they won't be getting much use out of them. I think they are wrong. You actually are getting more for your buck with these travel sized cosmetics, eyeliners, mascaras, etc. I also really enjoyed your Sephora comment. Sephora always has travel sized cosmetics to fit your needs at check out, and--if you are a Beauty Insider member and have your Beauty Insider card you are at more of an advantage for receiving small sized cosmetics, cleansers and even perfumes at checkout. Ofcourse, based on how many points you rack up on your card that day! ;) This post is wonderful and filled with so much "makeup mantra." People should def consider using travel sized makeup products because they are nonetheless convenient!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  19. I love love love this! I'm such an advocate for buying Sephora's Value Sets because you get to try out the product before committing big $$$ to the full size. Especially if you're a Beauty Insider at Sephora, because when you rack up those points, you can redeem them for smaller-sized products!

    Taylr - www.taylrdaily.com

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  20. I love travel sized products! I got a Benefit They're Real Primer in a magazine, and I used it every day for at least 4 months before it got used up, very good for a £4 magazine.

    Lots of Love, Lottie | Lifestyle blog to make you smile :)

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  21. I completely agree with you. I don't know what's happening in UK ,but I want to know whether I can get such products in India or not.

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  22. I completely agree with you. I don't know what's happening in UK ,but I want to know whether I can get such products in India or not.

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  23. I completely agree with you. I don't know what's happening in UK ,but I want to know whether I can get such products in India or not.

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  24. "Size is always an issue" - that cracked me up!

    I think foundations should always come in a travel-friendly sizes, especially those brand that just makes them in glass bottles!

    xx, Faizah
    www.hellofaizah.blogspot.com

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  25. I love a mini size, especially if its a pricey product as if gives you the opportunity to try something without breaking the bank and ending up hating it. also great post as always

    lucy x www.justthatlucy.com

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  26. I completely agree! I never finish mascaras so I've started grabbing the mini sizes that they have in some Boots (currently on Roller Lash). I also never finish lipsticks so I love it when I find mini versions, especially since they fit so much better in my bag! I love how those Tarte blushes look too! I need to try and find some because I never finish blushes either!

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  27. I completely agree - miniature beauty products are so adorable and convenient but I just wish more brands made them! I actually think part of the reason Benefit is so successful is because of their array of minis, and the mini Hourglass products in Sephora are so covetable!

    http://bit.ly/angmkup

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  28. I love roller fragrances they are just so handy to chuck in your handbag and go hahaha.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. I think I bought way more travel sizes in Sephora this summer than any other sized products simply because I wanted to try everything! I wish more shops over here offered different sizes, especially the pricier brands.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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  30. It also just makes sense financially - like you said, for customers it's actually more money for less product, compared to original sizes. So companies could make EVEN MORE money just by putting out mini's or travel sizes. I would love being able to buy small bottles of foundation for example. My skin is just as finicky as yours, and I'm so fair, it's hard to find color-matches or something that won't break out my skin or make my skin look like an oil-y mess. And I hardly finish things like nail polish or lipstick because I use so many different ones.

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  31. Between Birchbox and Ipsy most of my beauty collection is travel size. It gives me a chance to try out more brands than I would with all full size items. Love it!

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  32. Sometimes travel sizes are the way to go! Love the discussions raised within this post!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

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  33. Aaah I am the complete opposite, I am the girl that buys in bulk to save money. I love little cute things, and I love samples, but I hate paying more per ml for something than the standard size... maybe I am just too tight with money lol. Although if I am confident I wont use a full size I will happily buy a travel size. But I research everything to death before I buy anyway.. so no regrets here :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  34. I'm starting to love travel size products because I never seem to use up all the full size ones I have. I used to only get full size products but now I'm starting to get a lot more travel size ones.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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  35. I want those mini Tarte blushes! To be honest I'd love to get my hands on any Tarte blushes! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  36. I always buy travel size when I can to! Because I travel a lot, it just makes sense. For that same reason I tend to steer clear of huuuge palettes.

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