Makeup Minis Vol.7

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! :)

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Another generous sample size from Sephora — I’m impressed! :) While I have not used it extensively to give you a proper review, my initial impression is that this one has potential to be my HG serum! It is super lightweight, spreads easily, and absorbs instantly. My skin feels super soft and smooth afterwards. And the scent — my goodness — is highly refreshing!

Full-sized purchase?
Thinking about it!

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Le Volume Mascara

My good blog friend Carolyn raves so much about this mascara so I was beyond ecstatic to finally try it! The color I have is 10 Noir which is super duper black! The formula is not too wet and not too dry and sets to a flake and smudge-free finish on me (yay!). It volumizes like the bomb and doesn’t seem to weigh down my lashes or flatten my curl. Instant ❤!

Full-sized purchase?

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited

Shu Uemura
Gloss Unlimited

The color I have is PK333S which is no longer available on Shu Uemura’s website. It’s a beautiful cool pink with lots of multi-colored shimmer. It is not too sticky (yay!) and makes lips appear plump. It also provides crazy high-shine, almost mirror-like! The light pink translates to mostly clear on my pigmented lips so I prefer using it as a layering gloss than wearing it alone.

Full-sized purchase?


Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate:
US$95 at Sephora

Chanel Le Volume Mascara:
US$30 at Nordstrom

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited:
US$23 at Shu Uemura

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate:
At Shiseido counters

Chanel Le Volume Mascara:
At Chanel counters

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited:
At Shu Uemura counters


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  1. says: Audrey

    When I bought my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, I got a sample of that lip gloss and I absolutely adore it. There’s just the tiniest bit left now, so I’m saving it for special occasions.

  2. says: Carolyn

    Thank you so much, dear Jaa, for the sweet shout-out as always! I’m SO glad you are loving the Chanel mascara, too! It is my go-to mascara and has been for the last few years ever since it was released. So glad that it doesn’t smudge on you! (It does a bit on me but most mascaras smudge even more so on me.) All these samples you tried sound so promising! I’m curious to try the Shiseido serum too :).

    1. says: Jaa

      You’re welcome, Carolyn! Always happy to link to your blog! :)

      I do love the Chanel mascara! Luckily it doesn’t smudge on me. The Ultimune serum is pretty good and reasonably priced, too! :)

  3. says: Sunny

    I like LE Volume, but it is not an HG! I don’t tend to have great luck with rubber wands (with the exception of Dior It-Lash), so maybe that’s why!

  4. says: Rachelle

    Dying to try the Chanel mascara!!!!!!!! But as you know I just bought 2 Dior ones and have yet to finish my current ones! Is it waterproof?

  5. says: Sylirael

    I’ve seen that Shiseido serum all over the ad banners in Smith and Caugheys here! It’s nice to have a little review from a trusted blog friend, haha! Maybe I shall attempt to get a sample (although this is NZ, so I’d probably have to buy $65 worth of makeup from them first, LOL). :-D

    1. says: Jaa

      Syl, when you said $65 you mean in US dollars? I’m so glad Sephora is giving out some really good minis to customers with only $25 minimum. I wish more companies would follow the trend. :)

  6. says: Grace

    Oh Jaa,
    It’s like you are reading my mind. I was thinking if I should try Shu’s lipgloss. It’s good that it’s not sticky. I may grab one soon:) My eyelashes have no volume what so ever! I need that mascara ASAP, Lol. I don’t use fake lashes often so Mascara is the only thing to help my short and barely there eyelashes:) Thanks for the recommendations xx

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