Makeup Minis Vol.9

Makeup Minis is where I feature deluxe samples I received with my online and/or in-store purchases. I'll give you a short description of the product, my initial impression and whether I plan to purchase a full-sized version. I am only listing 3 items per volume to keep the post short and fun! :)

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Baby

Laura Mercier
Lip Glacé in Bare Baby

I find Laura Mercier Lip Glacé formula very pleasant for a lip gloss! It's super lightweight, non-sticky, and provides high shine with a beautiful lip plumping effect. The scent is also pleasant — sweet milky vanilla type that does not linger. Bare Baby is a gorgeous shimmery peachy pink that is great for layering but the shimmer is barely noticeable when worn.

Full-sized purchase?

Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Cha Cha Tint

Cha Cha Tint is a “sheer mango”-tinted lip and cheek stain. In person it's more of a bright coral that is flattering on my medium NC30 skin tone. It doesn't smell anything like mango, though, unfortunately! I use it more as a cheek stain than lip stain (can be drying on lips). You have to blend right away or it can leave stain marks. Once it's on, it stays on all day and night!

Full-sized purchase?

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll

I love Baby Doll for its lengthening effect! It doesn't seem to volumize much (but nothing ever does on my short and sparse lashes!). The black is jet black. The rubber wand separates lashes really well and the formula doesn't get clumpy when layered. I really love this mascara except for one thing — it smudges. My fix? I apply it over my favorite lash primer. Voila! :D

Full-sized purchase?


Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Baby:
US$26 at Sephora ○ Nordstrom

Benefit Cha Cha Tint:
US$30 at Sephora

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll:
US$30 at Sephora

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Baby:
At Laura Mercier counters

Benefit Cha Cha Tint:
฿1,300 at Sephora Thailand

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll:
At YSL counters



  • From all the Benefit tints, I think I might get along the best with Cha Cha. I’m not sure I’m on with the applicator though. I tried Sun Beam and it just wasn’t as mess-free as I had expected!

    • Sun Beam is such a pretty color, though! I just use my ring finger to dab it on the top of my cheeks and blend right away. Cha Cha Tint is a bit more challenging to use as it stains right away as soon as you put it on. Super speedy hand is a must! :) TGIF, Sunny!

    • Oh you must try at least one Lip Glace, Kristen! I think you’ll really like it! I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t like the formula! :)

  • 1. I’m bouncing off caffeine right now, sorry.
    2. I just changed the begging of Bad Romance to include your name instead of Gaga’s because you know, caffeine!
    3. I can’t wait to see cha-cha tint on you! I bet it’s pretty epic with your coloring.
    4. I have a whole bag of Chanel Mini’s on my desk!

    • I will be reviewing the Cha Cha tint soon! Too pretty not to! :D Oooo what Chanel samples do you have? You should review them! :D

  • I adore the Laura Mercier Lip Glacé, it might very well be the only lip gloss I’ve ever used up – that means something! Haven’t tried the others though. I’m a bit scared of the Benefit tints, don’t ask why, haha.

    X Alice

    • Wow! I’ve never used up any lip gloss before! You must feel very proud! LOL! Why are you scared of Benefit tints? ;D

  • I love the Laura Mercier gloss sample (Blush?) that I have too! :-D I’m not sure I’ll ever be loyal enough to one gloss to buy a full size though, so I’d definitely go for a mini set if I bought more, LOL! I wish I had some more mascara samples – I used all mine up, and my full size mascara just turned (it was almost empty anyway), so I’m mascaraless! SHOCK! Although mascaras don’t usually wow me, it’s hard to make a ‘look’ finished without it :-P It’s curlers and tightlining for me for a while until I save up enough gold for another mascara :-P

    • True! Right now you can get the LM gloss set from Nordstrom! Just saying. ;D Ran out of mascara? Ugh, wish you lived closer, I would totally give you some of my samples. I have way too many, lol.


        Believe me, there is a list. At the top it says ‘Things to exploit Jaa as a courier for’. I haven’t mentioned most of them yet, but the list is more impressive than even you can imagine, and it runs the gamut from permanents to Holiday sets, from Milani to Tom Ford… ;-)

        Can you throw me some mascara? How good is your pitching arm? ;-)

        • LOL! Let me see the list!!! ;D I’m excited to be hunting down all the goodies for you! I mean, it’s not like I’m buying them for myself but I still like the “shopping” part! I’ll definitely throw in some mascara samples for you (unused, unopened of course)! I have way too many. LOL.

  • Oh no! The only YSL mascara I ever tried also smudged badly on me. I’m sad to see this one smudging on you, too :(. Both the Lip Glace and the Cha Cha Tint sound like they were hits! :)

    • Oh Carolyn! You must try the Lip Glace! I know you like non-sticky glosses and I think you’ll really like the Lip Glace formula! :D

  • I LOVED the original YSL Faux Cils and the first tube never smudged or anything! But the second did, so I stopped using them. I also hate lash primers with a passion but maybe I’ll give the combo a try in the future when I can throw $80 at lash issues, lol.

    • I used to find lash primers unnecessary… they don’t do anything but weigh my lashes down, until I met Subversion! This is hands down the best lash primer I’ve used so far! I hope you will give it a try some day! :D

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