Makeup Minis Vol.24

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! :)

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam

Treatment Cleansing Foam

What a great, great, great cleanser! Wow! It's rare for me to get overexcited about a face cleanser but this one deserves all the praise! It has a creamy white texture and contains tiny blue microspheres of vitamin E that dissolve upon massaging your face (which makes it more fun to use!). I also love the clean, refreshing scent it provides. It lathers well so I've been using it in combination with my Clarisonic and I think the combo has helped greatly with my acne. You can also use it as a shaving foam, too!

Full-sized purchase?

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara

Kevyn Aucoin
The Essential Mascara

Despite all the great reviews, I'm still not entirely sold on this mascara. There are nice things about it such as it REALLY stays put. There's no smudging, transferring, or flaking, even in humid weather! It also removes very easily. I am able to get a thick and full lash look in just 1-2 light coats although I wish the lengthening effect was more apparent. However, the formula is just so dry and “draggy” and within a week the tube is pretty much all dried out. The curved (and clumpy) applicator is also a little difficult to maneuver.

Full-sized purchase?

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Superprimer Universal Face Primer

I didn't expect much from this primer but upon using it for the first time, I was blown away! So much so that I traded 600 Sephora points for 6 tubes of this! Oops! ^_^ The primer is white in color and doesn't have any scent. It feels SO lightweight and silky upon touch and I just love how naturally it melds with my skin (as opposed to most primers where they just sit on the skin). It spreads and blends really well leaving my face a smooth and slightly silky-matte finish. There's not much of a blurring effect but it does hold my makeup in place all day.

Full-sized purchase?


AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam:
US$50 at Sephora

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara:
US$32 at Nordstrom

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer:
US$27 at Sephora

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam:

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara:

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer:
At Clinique counters

Join the Conversation


  1. says: Sunny

    Isn’t that Clinique primer impressive? I really love it as well! Apparently it does contain antioxidants and so on, which makes it even better :)

    1. says: Jaa

      I know right? Why didn’t I try it a loooong time ago! I guess the packaging is too plain and it didn’t catch my attention. LOL

  2. says: Kelly

    I don’t care for the AmorePacific Cleanser because of the scent and it was drying (my skin is combination but chronically dehydrated.) It’s funny how a product can be so different for individuals haha. I have not tried the other two even though I have a full-size of the Clinique Superprimer somewhere in my stash. Too bad about the Kevyn Aucoin mascara; maybe it was a bad sample? Lately I have been finding that mascara samples are not quite accurate of the full-size product as well.

    1. says: Jaa

      That’s good to know for those who have dry skin. Thanks for your input, Kelly! Oh, you must try the Clinique primer ASAP! GREAT stuff!! :D For this particular primer, I don’t think it’s a bad sample since many who own the full-size one also mentioned the drying issue. :-/

  3. says: Lena L

    LOL. Love the story that you used your points for something you really enjoy! That’s like having a full size bottle, right?
    And honestly, I came to the states before AmorePacific became so good (or so I hear), so I still feel skeptical to spend a lot of money on them. I think I’ve only spent $50 or so on La Prairie foaming cleanser before. ;)

  4. 6 tubes!! Damn, you must really love it! That’s awesome that you were able to use your points for something you love! Must get that AmorePacific
    Treatment Cleansing Foam immediately! I’ve been on the hunt for a new cleanser! Thanks, Jaa!

  5. says: Silke Laura

    Ohh I like these make up mini series, great way to show off which samples you loved and didn’t love! I have the Clinique Primer for dull skin and I must say I don’t reach for it very often. Maybe I will prefer the Universal one!

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh? How come? I have the yellow one for redness and I have to say it doesn’t do much to conceal the redness at all. But as a primer (not corrector), I think it does pretty well holding up my makeup in place. :)

  6. says: Liz

    I wonder if the full size mascara won’t be as dry? Sometimes samples have so little product inside to begin with that I think they tend to dry out faster. Otherwise, it sounds awesome!

    And so does the cleanser but I don’t even want to know what the Canadian price of that thing is. :x

    1. says: Jaa

      I thought that was the case but apparently those who own the full-size one also mentioned the same drying problem! I think it must be the formula! :-/

  7. says: Divya

    You know I LOVED the Clinique primer too! I have been meaning to pick up the full size but just want to try a few more hydrating primers before I take the plunge! How would you compare it to Makeup Forever’s primers?

    1. says: Jaa

      Which one of the MUFE primers? I’ve only tried the Skin Equalizer (the pink one) and I like this Clinique one better in terms of texture. It is much lighter and spreads better but it doesn’t have the same brightening effect the MUFE one has.

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