Should You Switch To Travel-Sized Products? | Clozette


For beauty addicts and enthusiasts, trimming down our makeup and skincare arsenal can be quite the challenge. After all, it's evolved from things we use daily to a collection that we love to sift through from time to time. However, with the rise of awareness towards sustainable beauty, the need to support this advocacy while feeding our continuous quest to finding holy grails seem to be contradictory. In fact, it's like the antithesis of each other. And even when you cut back on purchasing and promise never to buy a new product before hitting pan on powders or finishing a tube of lipstick, expiration dates are the next enemy. So it really is a dilemma. 


But, of course, as people who share the same sentiments, we're here to propose a solution: travel-sized products. Yup, you read that right. We're here to see if minis are the answer to our question. People often prefer full-sized bottles over travel sizes for various reasons, with two prominent factors being volume and value for money. But are we really getting more from full-sized variants? Let's investigate. 


On quality and potency


Should You Switch To Travel-Sized Products? - on potency


One of the biggest misconceptions about travel-sized beauty products is that they're not as potent as full-sized picks. However, this is not necessarily the case. Brands know that consumers tend to sample products — especially when the prices of full sizes are quite indulgent — that on the first buy, getting the smaller versions is the practical option. Given this, travel-sized products need to have a very convincing quality that would make buyers want to get a fuller-sized version. We're not saying that brands tend to cheat or downplay on full-sizes, but rather illustrating why minis tend to have the same, if not better, quality. 

On saving some bucks


Next up is practicality on a financial level. One of the biggest reasons why people tend to buy full-sized products off the bat is the idea that smaller versions tend to cost more in the long run. However, there are many circumstances that can prove this notion wrong. As mentioned in our previous point, when trying out a product that's new, travel-sized products are more practical as they give allowance whether or not the product is the right match for you. Less waste, too, if you didn't like it as much. 


Should You Switch To Travel-Sized Products? - on saving money


Next, when you feel like the product really works and find that you're reaching for it often, then it's time to really go for a bigger bottle. Still, this is taking into account how big the next available size actually is and whether or not your usual consumption can meet its expiry date. Lastly, your product rotation matters. If you have a minimal routine and only have one product per step in your regimen, then you can definitely save up more in getting fuller sizes as you'll tend to really use them to the last drop. But if you find yourself switching between one or two products (or more) at various steps of your routine, minis tend to be a better option because not only do they save space, but they also allow you to get around all your products without being wasteful (or forgotten at the back of your vanity).



On saving the planet


The beauty industry is one of the biggest plastic waste contributors with billion tons accumulated through packaging alone every year. Not only are these from product empties, but they also include those still half-filled with your already expired vanity favourites. And if you're thinking that you can always recycle canisters, the truth is it's not that easy.


Should You Switch To Travel-Sized Products? - on sustainable beauty


Plastic and even paper waste from beauty products (similar to the food industry), which tend to be wet or contaminated containers, must be separated manually from a 'clean' bunch before they can be processed. This is to ensure that they won't mess with the recycling process and its finished product. We won't get to the chemistry of it all, but sometimes, depending on the level of product retained or has seeped through the material, these containers cannot even be recycled at all. Given this, using up all your favourite products before tossing the containers to be reprocessed and reused is a simple yet important contribution you can do as a consumer. 



Besides this, many brands have come out with eco-friendlier packaging for their travel-sized products. They're also easier to use up, and therefore, clean before disposing of. Brands like Lush with their naked packaging, Bybi Beauty with their plastic-free containers, Herbivore with their solid eco-friendly beauty bars, and Dr. Bronner's with their mandate on social responsibility, are just some of the ones to check out.



Should you make the switch? 


Should You Switch To Travel-Sized Products? - on making the choice


We can't recommend an absolute conclusion as to whether or not you should really swap your full-sizes for smaller variants. However, with the reasons we have shared earlier, we hope that it gives a clearer picture of what size you should reach for depending on your needs, your routine, and of course, your perspective on saving the planet. Travel-sized beauty products show a lot of positives not just when it comes to money and space-saving, but also proves that size, in certain cases, certainly do not matter. 


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When it comes to beauty products, there are so many options made available for us today that sometimes it’s hard to keep up and choose which ones could actually work for us. There's sensitive, extra-sensitive, best for summer, best for winter, cruelty-free, best for the evening, best for day and a whole lot of other considerations. Our tip? Listen to the experts. So we did our research and even asked some of our favourite makeup artists what makeup products they swear by. Keep reading to know their suggestions.


PrimaVista Long Keep Base



Philippine-based makeup artist Apple Faraon, who has worked with various brands like MAC Cosmetics and has done makeup for personalities like Miss Universe Catriona Gray, said that her all-time fave for keeping the oil at bay is PrimaVista Long Keep Base. "I ask my clients who use this and they say their skin stays matte longer," she said.


NYX Micro Brow Pencil



This drugstore find is actually a favourite and used regularly by makeup artists such as LA-based Bree Stanchfield whose clients include Sarah Gadon and Maria Bello. “You can make the tiniest brow strokes [with this product]! It’s a dupe for a popular Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil, and is just as good,” Stanchfield said in a report.


NARS All Day Luminous Foundation



Archie Vergara, another Philippine-based makeup artist who has done various fashion editorials with beauty queens like Margo Cooper, the current Miss World Bulgaria, said that his favourites include NARS All Day Luminous Foundation because it feels very light on the skin and already offers medium to full coverage. He also swears by using Thayers Toner and the moisturiser from VMV to help prep the skin before doing full makeup.


e.l.f Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets



According to Sienna Gross, an editorial makeup artist, one of the best products she has used to blot unwanted shine of makeup while on set is something you can buy at drugstores: e.l.f Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets.



L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick



Melina Ruiz, a makeup artist to the stars like Chrissy Teigen and Keleigh Sperry, said that one of the best yet simple makeup finds you can cop from beauty stores is L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick. This liquid lipstick is long-lasting and doesn’t have the cake-like feeling that can be uncomfortable for some.


(Cover photo from: @lorealmakeup)


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Last 15 October, Kiehl's Philippines hosted a Thanksgiving event at The Peak in Grand Hyatt Hotel. According to Joan Hwang, Senior Product Manager of Kiehl's, "This event was inspired by the age-old American Thanksgiving tradition." It was an intimate gathering where we were treated to delicious food and homey pastry delights and sweets. Aside from that, we were asked to fill out a lifestyle quiz so we can find out which Kiehl's Power serum we need to help us with our pre-holiday glow up.


Kiehl's Philippines Team

The Kiehl's Philippines Team and the cosy set up at the event


During the luncheon, the Kiehl's Philippines team discussed how our skin can suffer during stressful times like during the holidays. And we agree; whether we admit it or not, the holiday season gives us mixed feelings. Yes, it's a joyous season where families come together to celebrate and long-time friends reunite for a catch-up. But sometimes, the seemingly endless events and preparation cause anxiety and the stress do take a toll on our skin — which is unfortunate as this is the very season when we want to put our best face forward. So what to do? Well, you can always prep your complexion ahead of time.


Kiehl's Power Serums


Enter Kiehl's Power Serums, which we were acquainted (and re-acquainted) with during the event: Midnight Recovery Concentrate (for reducing fine lines, improving texture, and boosting radiance), Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and acne marks) and Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (potent anti-ageing and re-texturising). Can this best-selling trio give us the glow up we need for the holidays? Ahead, our impressions on their immediate performance.


On the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution...


"Dressed in a clear dropper-type bottle, the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution gives a sleek and luxurious feel. The product also comes out clear with a distinct floral scent, probably because of peony and white birch extracts in its concoction. As for the texture, it has a slightly slick feel bordering more on watery than oily. I like it better that way since it's more lightweight and not at all tacky to the touch. It dries off nicely and almost invisible, but with the added advantage of leaving the skin soft and supple.


Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review


Onto the actual usage, I'm currently using it day and night as advised on their website. Two weeks is a bit too swift to see actual results given that my dark spot problem has been around for ages, but I did get compliments that my skin looked brighter than usual.


I also had a massive zit a couple of days ago on my chin that was bound to become another spot once healed, so I gave it a drop of this product. After two days of doing so, I was actually quite impressed that not only did the pimple dried up and became flat, it also peeled/exfoliated on its own and left me with a smooth skin underneath. They say that partial results can be seen in 12 weeks of usage and with the promising effects I've seen so far, I'm already looking forward to the rest of it.


On Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate...


"On first impression, you can tell that Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate means business. Its no-nonsense box is straightforward — simply showing the product’s formulation, ingredients, and usage. The bottle's design also makes it very easy to use the product. The cap can be twisted to lock or dispense the product, without the risk of getting messy. The pump in the cap also makes it easier to control how much product you’re putting into your hand. 

Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

I was particularly excited about the product’s claim that it would immediately make your skin appear smoother and more radiant (in just two weeks!). On the first try, you’ll immediately feel a warm sensation on your skin. At first, I thought it this will sting, but later on, I realised that it’s not actually painful — it's just a bit warm. Given that it has powerful-strength concentrate made of Pure Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, I take this as a sign that the product is actually working.

Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

Left: Before using the serum; Right: After using Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate for three days


Immediately after applying the product, I noticed that there’s a light shimmer on my skin. It leaves a supple feeling on the face that lasts from morning until late afternoon. I intend to use the product regularly for a few more days to see its lasting effects. But even after using it for just a few days (during morning and night), the immediate effects are already desirable — my complexion is now brighter and even-toned."


On Midnight Recovery Concentrate...


"I've been using Midnight Recovery Concentrate for over a year now, but I still remember the first time I used it. To cut the long story short, it delivered immediate effects. At that time, I was suffering from dehydrated skin; I was a bit too enthusiastic in using chemical exfoliants (at one point, I used it every other day) that it made my skin look leathery. Using a potent facial oil is one of the suggested solutions that was offered to me back then, so I tried the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. 


After just one night, and I'm not kidding at all, my skin's dryness seemed to have been quenched. The bounce came back and my complexion looked brighter. It was all probably thanks to the evening primrose oil with a high content of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids which is reported to improve skin hydration and elasticity. It also has squalane which is great for reviving dehydrated skin. Another thing that I like is how lightweight this facial oil is, it won't make your skin feel suffocated.


Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

As you can see in the right photo, the consistency is very light


Fast forward to today and it remains a staple in my skincare routine. But there's one thing that I feel could be improved: the packaging. I've travelled with Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it does spill easily (happened to me twice) especially when you're close to finishing it. And since the dropper doesn't go all the way down, it's quite hard to siphon the last few drops. But aside from that, it's a really great facial oil that everyone should give a try." 


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