Makeup Minis Vol.14

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! :)


Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Make Up For Ever
Smoky Extravagant Mascara

This mascara feels heavy and semi-dry but surprisingly it works so well on my short and sparse lashes! It is layerable without being clumpy as long as you coat your lashes very slowly from root to tip. It stays put and does not flake off or smudge on me at all. The Christmas tree-like wand is quite unique, too. The tip reaches those tiny corner lashes perfectly!

Full-sized purchase?

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser

Estée Lauder
Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser

This cleanser works as a traditional face cleanser as well as a deeply purifying mask (if you leave it on for 2 minutes). I like the texture alright; it’s quite thick and creamy but it quickly foams into a soothing, moisture-rich lather. I love the refreshing, non-overpowering scent and the squeaky clean feeling after the wash but it tends to leave my skin a little tight.

Full-sized purchase?

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water

Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water

This was a spur-of-the-moment purchase and I’m so glad I decided to try it! It may not remove waterproof makeup as effectively as my long-time favorite Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water (review) but for minimal makeup, it works perfectly fine! And I love the clean and refreshing scent so much! It doesn’t strip my skin, either, and that’s always a big plus for me.

Full-sized purchase?


Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara:
US$24 at Sephora

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser:
US$30 at Sephora ○ Nordtsrom

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water:
US$14 at Sephora

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara:
At Make Up For Ever counters

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser:
At Estée Lauder counters and Sephora

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water:

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  1. says: Kira

    I’ve yet to open my MUFE mascara sample! I have a thing about finishing mascaras before opening new tubes lol. I’m excited to hear that it works well for you!
    I love Caudalie scents :)

  2. says: Sunny

    I’m glad to hear you like the Caudalie micellar water! So you know what, I remembered it wrong LOL I looked for a review on my own blog, and I realized I actually did like it :p I only tried a small bottle (of the old version. I’m not sure if they repackaged or reformulated) though, never the big one. I must have confused it with the Nuxe one in my head, which is a no-go if you ask me. I have a lot of micellar water sitting around, but when I’m done with them, I’ll give the Caudalie one a go!

    1. says: Jaa

      That’s what I thought! When I was testing it, I tried to find something that would explain why you didn’t like it but I couldn’t come up with anything! Now that explains! :D

  3. says: Xuvious

    I had tried the Caudalie one a year ago. Compared to Bioderma it was efficient but slow. I needed a lot more product to remove makeup. I did like the scent though!

  4. says: Liz

    Oooh, good to hear about the MUFE mascara! The original smoky lash and waterproof version both smudged badly on me, so I ended up giving this sample away. Maybe I could ask for it back, LOL!

  5. says: Sylirael

    Ooh, the cleansing water and the mascara sound so nice! I’m always doing a variety of (facial) gymnastics to try and get the little inner lashes without making a giant black dot on the side of my nose or in my eyeliner,…but usually I just end up with the giant black dot and ruined eyeliner T_T #DEXfail

    Part of the problem is that even if the wand is small enough, the tip comes out of the jar with a huge blob of mascara on it. I know you can just wipe it off, but it feels so wasteful, so I try to use it anyway. Thereby proving that I am one of the most irrational rogues on the planet, probably, LOL!

    1. says: Jaa

      One good thing about having a low nasal bridge — the mascara wand never hits the side of my nose. LOL. I feel your pain, though! Wiping it off seems wasteful to me as well. But if you think about it, everything will probably dry up soon before you even use up the tube anyway! Might as well wipe it off a bit here and there to get good results! ;D

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