The 20 Best Travel-Size Beauty Products

For those flying with hand luggage, the 100ml restriction may have once left you less than inspired when it comes to your holiday beauty kit (who has the time to decant their favourite products?) – but thanks to some clever brands, travel-size minis just got cool. From skincare and make-up multi-taskers to the ultimate sun care products, shop SL’s summer packing list here...


After a day at the beach, treat skin to Sol De Janeiro’s Brazilian 4 Play Shower Cream-Gel – now available in a 90ml bottle – which is infused with nourishing cupuaçu butter, and antioxidant superpower acai and coconut oil that leaves skin soft and smooth. Nuxe’s iconic Huile Prodigieuse is the body multi-tasker to know – use it to nourish dry skin and parched strands or mix with your moisturiser for a deeper hit of hydration on face and body alike – while Clarins’ award-winning Tanning Drops will give bronzed limbs a helping hand.   


It’s all too easy to let your haircare routine fall to the wayside when you travel, but a whole host of luxe minis mean chlorine, salt and UV damage don’t stand a chance. Our top picks include Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and IGK’s game-changing Conditioning Cleansing Oil, both perfect for dry, damaged strands, while Oribe’s mini Dry Texturising Spray guarantees sultry texture come sundown. Don’t forget to pack GHD’s Travel Hair Dryer, the compact version of the hair brand’s award-winning styler.


If the thought of jetting off without your skincare stash sends you into a blind panic, expert facialist Frances Prescott’s Tri Balm is one to try. The ultimate skincare triple threat, it acts as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser in one and is packed with a cocktail of high-end, naturally-derived ingredients to deliver an instant glow. Lanolips’ Golden Dry Skin Salve also gets our vote – use it to soothe everything from dry cuticles to heat rash as well as to tame flyaways.


Great sun protection is a holiday essential, and even better when it won’t weigh down your beach bag. Jetting off for the weekend? Pack La Roche-Posay’s award-winning Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid in your case – the 50ml tube has even the most sun-sensitive of skin covered. Also worth the investment are Dr Barbara Sturm’s genius Sun Drops – the SPF50 formula can be mixed into your foundation or moisturiser for bespoke coverage and Fresh’s Sugar Sport Treatment, perfect to protect more delicate areas. The latter is also water-resistant, making it ideal for the more active holiday-maker.


A multi-purpose base may sound too good to be true but Cover FX’s Custom Drops are the summer essential that gets our vote. Add to moisturisers, serums, primers and oils to create a custom coverage – use just one drop for a sheer finish or up to four for fuller coverage. And no holiday beauty kit would be complete without the mention of NARS Multiple Orgasm – use the peachy-pink shimmer to highlight your cheeks and brow bone or to add a flush of colour to your lips and eyes. Stash your cosmetics in Space NK’s Travel Bag – one of the most luxe flight-friendly cosmetics clutches we’ve come across.

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