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The 9 Best Makeup Cases for Travel in 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Our picks fit all of your favorite accessories and stand up to drops and shakes.

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In This Article

  • Our Top Picks
  • Others We Liked

Our Testing Process

  • Tips for Buying
  • Why Trust T+L

Travel + Leisure / Alli Waataja

If you wear even a small amount of makeup, you likely own some form of a makeup bag to use while traveling. But if your go-to makeup bag is hard to see into, has a janky zipper, or is just a plastic bag, it’s time for an upgrade. Lucky for you, we thoroughly tested 26 popular makeup bags in our New York City studio to find out which ones are actually worth traveling with. 

Over the course of five months of tests both in our New York City lab and during our real travels, we stuffed each makeup case to the brim with cosmetics, packed them into luggage, and threw them around the room (yes, really). And when all was said and done, there were 9 makeup cases we liked enough to permanently add to our luggage collections and recommend to you. Based on factors like quality, capacity, design, portability, value, and ease of use, here are our 9 favorite makeup bags and cosmetic cases.

Best Overall

Béis the cosmetic case.

  • Ease of Use 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5
  • Capacity 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

It’s durable, capacious, and nice to look at — plus, it has a large built-in mirror.

We feel it could benefit from interior straps to hold products down.

Reliable, stylish, and compact yet spacious, it’s no wonder this easy-to-pack cosmetic case from luggage brand Béis impressed us the most. The main compartment opens and closes smoothly, while a center compartment for brushes and other smaller items can be removed in a snap. There are even multiple additional pockets, pouches, and subtle slots in the bag, so there’s truly a place for everything. We also noticed that, because the interior of the case is so roomy, it’s incredibly easy to see every item inside when fully opened. And speaking of the interior, the bag actually boasts a large attached mirror on the inside, which comes in handy for in-transit makeup application. 

During our five months of tests, the PU leather and hardware worked together to create efficient padding that kept the contents of the case safe and intact through bumps and drops — not to mention, the bag itself still looked good through the wear and tear. On many occasions, we tossed this case in a duffel before going through airport security and boarding a flight, and it still looks good as new. Though $68 may feel a bit pricey for a makeup bag, we felt this case’s thoughtful design and durable construction is worth it. You can grab the case in eight colors ranging from beige to berry.  

The Details: 9.5 x 4 x 7 inches | PU leather, nylon, PVC, poly | Zipper closure

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Travel + Leisure / Leticia Almeida

Best for Organization

Relavel travel makeup case.

It’s one of the roomiest bags on our list and it’s lightweight.

It does take up a bit of space in your luggage.

While this case is on the larger side, we felt that ended up being more helpful than hurtful while traveling. We could fit pretty much everything in this thing: a whopping seven palettes, a whole brush collection, two foundation bottles, five toiletry bottles, over 15 lipsticks, an eyelash curler, hair spray, and a travel-sized moisturizer bottle, to be exact. Despite its size, the train case actually remains quite lightweight as well as organized thanks to its adjustable dividers and stretchable pouches on the inside. During our five-month test, we even ended up using this for both makeup and toiletries, since it provides plenty of space.

The interior additionally features layers of protective foam-like material that expertly keeps makeup bottles from cracking. We also found that both the interior and exterior of this case are easy to clean, should a spill or outdoor drop occur. Because it’s a little big, though, we’d recommend packing this case in a carry-on suitcase or even checked luggage rather than a tote or backpack. You can pick this case up in 20 different colors and prints. 

The Details: 10.3 x 9 x 3.7 inches | Nylon | Zipper closure

Best Compact

Dagne dover mila toiletry organizer.

Dagne Dover

  • Capacity 4 /5

It’s the tiniest bag on our list, but it still fits a lot — plus, it’s easy to flatten when packing or storing.

It does, of course, fit less makeup than the larger bags on our list.

If you prefer to travel with something more compact, Dagne Dover’s Mila Toiletry Organizer is the best tiny makeup bag we tried. Though it’s by far the smallest pick on our list, we were surprised at just how much it could actually hold. Not only do plenty of palettes, lipsticks, and other essential cosmetics fit inside, but so do full-size makeup brushes. It comes with a removable mini divider set that helps hold items in place, though we liked how much more we could fit in the organizer if we skipped using the dividers. Because it fit so well in the palm of our hands, we had a good time whipping it across the room during our tests — and after being pelted against the wall and floor multiple times, we were amazed to find the organizer still looked fantastic and its contents barely budged. Even when wedged into an absolutely-stuffed-to-the-brim suitcase during our five-month test, the inside is so well-padded that all of our items remained protected and secure. We decided it’s the ultimate makeup bag for shorter trips since it takes up such little space and is super soft and squishable for easy packing. 

The Details: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches | Polyester, zinc alloy | Zipper closure

Best Budget

Narwey travel makeup bag.

  • Design 2 /5

It’s spacious, easy-to-clean, and more affordable than any other makeup bag on our list.

It could use a little extra padding for protection against drops.

There was something about this bag that just made us feel like we could easily access everything inside — there were no hidden pockets, no tight openings, and no unnecessary flaps that covered up the contents (other than one to protect makeup brushes, but it’s see-through). The zipper opening is easy to maneuver and appears to be well-made, while the canvas frame feels sturdy and protective. The bag got a bit dirty during our tests, but it cleaned up beautifully with minimal effort. We especially loved just how much it could fit: multiple brushes in each of its eight brush pockets, three palettes, three eyeliners, four lipsticks, a mascara, and a lash curler. Perhaps that’s why we were so shocked to discover the bag doesn’t take up much space in our luggage, and it is a fraction of what many other bags on our list cost. 

The Details: 9 x 6.7 x 3.5 inches | Canvas | Zipper closure

lululemon Go Getter Pouch

  • Ease of Use 4.5 /5
  • Design 4 /5

It’s sleek, water-repellant, and capable of holding way more than you’d expect given its compact size. 

After five months of testing, it is showing makeup stains.

The feature we found most interesting about this bag is that, when empty, it appears very thin and compact. However, once stuffed with makeup, it actually holds a crazy amount of stuff, including larger items like perfumes, dry shampoos, lotions, and creams. We love the pouch’s nylon construction, which looks sleek and allows dirt and liquids to slide right off. The bag’s lack of padding keeps it lightweight and flexible; we wouldn’t recommend keeping any glass bottles or jars in it, but it’s also not likely to tear, stretch, or snag (that’s lululemon for you!). Because there’s no true framing, the bag is easy to flatten or mold to any space or suitcase. While there is a small exterior zip pocket and an interior mesh one, the pouch really has no built-in organization — though we don’t think that’s a deal-breaker. Get it in gray sage or black.

The Details: 8.7 x 3.3 x 6.3 inches | Polyester, nylon | Zipper closure

Best Train Case

Leatherology train case.


The leather exterior is soft to the touch and the interior is deceptively roomy.

During our five-month test, we found the tall design to be awkward for packing.

Easy to clean and pack, we’re obsessed with this cute and compact train case from ultra-reliable Leatherology. It zips open in a way that allows you to see everything inside, plus there are interior pockets of all sizes to help keep everything organized. Though we felt it was slightly flimsy when we first picked it up, we quickly realized it’s sturdier than it looks, and only becomes more so when filled with makeup. Its subtle padding is also no joke, as it completely protected the contents while being thrown around, shaken, and dropped. The exterior leather is soft and supple, the interior lining is high quality, and the main compartment is deep and spacious despite its overall compact size. If you’re looking for a smaller makeup bag that’ll still fit more than just the essentials, we recommend this train case in one of 14 available colors. 

The Details: 7.5 x 5 x 5.2 inches | Leather, nickel | Zipper closure

Best Hanging

Boacay hanging travel toiletry bag.

  • Quality 4 /5
  • Capacity 3.5 /5
  • Portability 4 /5

It holds so many products, and it folds up nicely and easily. 

Even when folded, it takes up more space than most makeup bags on our list.

Travel hanging organizers are a whole different ball game — and once you use one, you may never go back. This one opens up into four large sections, each with a transparent, zippered sleeve to store (and easily see) your makeup and toiletries. Two of the sections have straps to hold products in place, and a hook on the top section allows you to hang the bag anywhere. During our tests, we discovered the bag is sturdy and easy to clean in addition to being large enough for different types of products, from makeup brushes to hairspray.  Even when we packed it to the brim, it still folded up with minimal effort and kept our makeup in place during drop tests. While it’s relatively thin, it is somewhat long and space-consuming, so we’d probably only pack this in a checked bag rather than a carry-on, or use the makeup bag itself as a personal item. Throughout our five months of testing, we did notice that bottles can easily slip out of the plastic pockets if the case is hung up without first zipping the pockets.

The Details: 11.4 x 3.8 x 7.5 inches | Zipper closure

Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set

During our five months of tests, all stains and smudges were easily cleaned to keep the case looking new.

It doesn’t have organization features or particularly thick cushioning.

Upon testing, this stood out for two reasons: it comes with not one, but two luxe pouches, and the interior is lined with the same soft leather featured on the exterior. We appreciated how wide both bags open, despite their top-zip construction, making it easy to see everything inside. The larger of the two bags is so spacious, we were able to fit an impressive amount of makeup inside — in fact, we felt we realistically probably wouldn’t even need the smaller bag for makeup, and could instead use it for small toiletries or loan it to a travel companion. There aren’t any dividers or straps inside these bags, so the products inside may shift in-transit if not packed to the brim. Still, we loved the set because it’s one of the nicest-looking options we tried (plus, it comes in 14 gorgeous colors). 

The Details: 12 x 7 x 3.5 inches (large), 8 x 5 x 2.5 inches (small) | Leather | Zipper closure

Best Splurge

Cuyana travel beauty case.

  • Quality 4.5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5

It has a pocket for everything and will hold up through years of travel.

It’s on the heavier side and the most expensive bag on our list. 

If you’re looking for something that does it all and is built to last, consider Cuyana’s Travel Beauty Case. It’s the most expensive option on our list, but after putting it to the test, we believe it’s worth the hefty price tag. The zipper glides smoothly when opening and closing it, the construction is super sturdy, it’s not bulky, it’s packed with pockets as well as a removable pouch, dirt and scuffs are easy to wipe off — we could truly go on and on about this case. But let’s go back to the interior: Though the case is on the smaller side, it boasts plenty of slots for products, including a dedicated pocket and four straps for makeup brushes, a leather flap to protect contents, a small removable pouch for your tiniest cosmetics, and an additional elastic pocket. We felt the leather was quite stiff, which prompted us to get a little rougher with it during our drop and shake tests. Sure enough, it effectively protected the many palettes, lipsticks, tools, and more we placed inside. Even after five months of using the case during our travels, it still looks good as new and has protected all of our items.

The Details: 10.2 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches | Leather | Zipper closure

Other Makeup Bags We Liked

Several other makeup bags almost made our list, but were cut due to issues revealed during testing.

Béis The Hanging Cosmetic Case : This bag is super sturdy, protective, and well made. However, the actual makeup section of this multi-paneled case managed to feel both bulky and too small to fit all our makeup products. 

Away The Cosmetics Bag : We liked the sleek, minimalist design; a unique interior that features makeup storage with a clear zippered divider; and five heavy-duty makeup brush slots on the opposite side. But during tests, it fit considerably less makeup than many others on our list and it didn’t keep products very secure.

Vera Bradley Women's Recycled Lighten Up ReActive Cosmetic Makeup Organizer Set : This set proved to be spacious, easy to clean, and convenient thanks to two transparent side panels on the larger of the two bags. Still, we feel the design is very basic and it lacks organization features, straps, and pockets.

To thoroughly and accurately test each of the 26 makeup cases in our lab, we filled them with various props (including four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, one lipstick, four pre-filled toiletry bottles, and one hairspray) to see how much they could truly hold. We then placed the filled makeup bags into both a half-packed backpack and carry-on luggage, making note of how much space each bag took up. Next, we took the makeup bags out of the luggage and dropped them, shook them, and tossed them in the air to test how much the contents inside moved or if there was any damage. 

Throughout our tests, we rated each makeup bag based on ease of use, quality, capacity, design, portability, and value. The makeup bags included in this article are the picks that scored highest in each category. Testers will continue using the bags and collecting insights for six months following our initial tests.

Tips for Buying a Makeup Bag for Travel

Decide how much space you need.

If you like to wear a full face of makeup on your travels, you should seek out a larger makeup bag with built-in organization (think pockets, brush straps, dividers, and removable pouches). If you’re more of a mascara-and-go kind of person, a super roomy cosmetic case is unnecessary — it’ll just take up extra space in your luggage, and your few makeup products inside will likely move around too much, increasing their chances of breaking.

Prioritize organizational features

While a makeup case with one large, main compartment might sound sufficient, you may want to reconsider. If you plan on packing multiple types of products (like palettes, brushes, bottles, and tubes), a makeup bag with organizational features, such as a train case , will come in handy more than you’d think. As explained above, bags with extra slots, pockets, straps, and compartments help you keep track of all your cosmetics and do your makeup quickly. 

Determine the best material

Before buying a makeup bag, think about potential travel mishaps that could occur. Are you prone to spills? Do you tend to overpack? What if your luggage takes a beating in the cargo hold? Keeping that in mind, choose a cosmetic case material that works for you. Leather and nylon handle makeup spills and dirt well, while cases made of neoprene or mesh will keep your luggage lightweight. It’s hard to completely avoid scuffs and scratches, but materials such as polyester and high-quality leather hold up better than others. And if you’re someone who hates rummaging through a dark makeup bag? Go for a clear material or a bag that opens like a clamshell so you can easily see all of its contents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s important not to overstuff or understuff your makeup bag. Overstuffing can cause spills and stretching/ripping of the makeup bag itself, while understuffing allows your makeup bag’s contents to move around more, increasing their chances of breaking. It’s also wise to take special care of more delicate items like brushes and glass bottles. Brushes should be strapped down and covered by a flap if possible, and you shouldn’t have to bend the bristles to make them fit. If your cosmetic case has smaller interior pockets or slots, keep glass bottles in there — if not, stand them up straight rather than laying them down, and pack other products around them to keep them from sliding around. 

Yes — just keep TSA liquid rules in mind. Like any other liquid container, makeup containers (like liquid foundation bottles, moisturizer tubes, etc.) should not exceed 3.4 fluid ounces each. If your liquid makeup goes over that limit, you’ll have to store it in your checked luggage.

Use a wet cloth, a wipe, or even an antibacterial spray and a paper towel to wipe your makeup bag clean. Just make sure you’re not using anything with bleach!

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, associate commerce editor Hillary Maglin used her extensive knowledge of makeup bags, makeup products, and traveling, as well as the T+L team’s extensive makeup bag tests, to compile a list of the best options on the market. 

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The 14 Best Makeup Bags to Keep Your Beauty Essentials Organized, Tested & Reviewed

You didn’t spend your paycheck on makeup just to have it squashed in your suitcase.

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What to keep in mind, your questions, answered, why shop with us.

InStyle/Leticia Almeida

Imagine: You’ve spent months, maybe even years, trying out way too many makeup products to count, and you’ve finally curated your perfect collection of formulas, shades, and tools. You’ve lined them all up across your vanity so beautifully that even a Sephora associate would envy the display. Then suddenly, you’re a week away from your vacation and reality hits: How can I get my makeup stash there safely? There is a simple solution: Makeup bags.

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By giving all your holy grail go-tos their own proper storage space within a designated makeup bag, you’ll be able to find what you need exactly when you need it. For those who lack organizational acumen, we did our best Marie Kondo to see which of the buzziest bags out there were actually useful by filling them with bottles of lotions, creams, sprays, brushes, and powders. Then, we pretended each one was a dodgeball and threw them all around our NYC-based lab. The makeup bags who emerged victorious, with the fewest number of spills, breaks, or explosions, were then judged for material quality and compressive ability. Plus, the amount of space it took up in a carry-on bag, design, usefulness of the compartments, and overall capacity. This list is composed of our highest-ranking makeup bags that we’d be happy to take with us for a long weekend or monthslong adventure (we wish!).

Best Overall

Béis the cosmetic case.

What We Love: It comes with a mirror.

What We Don’t Love: You can’t compartmentalize as much.

Out of all the makeup cases we tested, we found the Béis Cosmetic Case to be the most universally useful. It comes with a removable mirror that’s quite generous in size, unlike some of those itty bitty mirrors you often see that are big enough to reflect one eyelash. That’s definitely not the case here—this one stands upright to give us a view of our entire face so we could do our makeup on the go.

In terms of space, there’s a center section for brushes, which is removable, and we were able to get five brushes in comfortably without flattening the bristles. Then in the main compartment, we were able to fit all of our go-to makeup products with ease, never forcing us to leave anything behind for the sake of space. There’s even a shallow zippered section attached to the top lid where we slid in our powder compacts and palettes. Even the hardware holding everything together felt luxe and sturdy, not to mention easy to wipe clean, so we had peace of mind knowing our precious (not to mention expensive) makeup collection was well protected.

We also loved how the case opened up completely, putting everything on full display and easy to access. That being said, there weren’t many compartments or straps to organize our products—everything needed to be thrown in together. When we tossed the bag around, the items remained protected and safe without spilling or coming loose, and still, we wish we could compartmentalize a little better. 

Materials: Faux leather exterior, nylon lining interior | Compartments : None | Colors: 10 | Size: 9.5 inches x 4 inches x 7 inches

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Best Budget

Narwey travel makeup bag.

What We Love: The quality feels much more high-end than what it’s priced at. 

What We Don’t Love: We wish it was slightly more cushioned.

We love a good budget option when the product feels much more high-end than what it’s priced at. That’s how we felt about this Narwey makeup case, available on Amazon. The lightweight option doesn’t lack in space, compartments, or even aesthetic appeal, making it a phenomenal option for everyday use.

Much like the previous Beis option, this bag opens up fully, giving us complete access to all our goods. On the lid-side of the bag, we could squeeze 20 brushes in the eight brush pockets (ranging in size) — there’s even a flap to cover and protect the brush heads. The bag comes with a fully removable pouch, where we kept our face palettes , a color correcting palette, three eyeliners, four lipsticks, a mascara, and a lash curler . Then in the main compartment, we stored our foundations, moisturizers, makeup removers, favorite dry shampoo , and more. Needless to say, nothing needs to be left behind with this bag, and yet it didn’t feel completely bulky—we were able to store this in our backpack and carry-on cases sans-problem. 

If we could tweak just one element, it would be to make the bag more cushioned. Although none of the makeup pieces weathered any damage during our rigorous throw test, we would feel more at ease knowing there was an additional layer of protection.

Materials: Water-resistant fabric | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 15 | Size: 9” x 6.7” x 3.5”

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Best Hanging

Béis hanging cosmetic case.

What We Love: There’s a removable pouch, making it easy to take essential items along during day excursions. 

What We Don’t Love: It’s very bulky and large, making it harder to pack.

This is for the beauty guru who needs to bring their entire beauty routine with them on the go, even if it means sacrificing a sweater or two in their luggage space. The Beis Hanging Cosmetic Case was truly made for the expert—even professional makeup artists will find great usage out of all the space, compartments, and hanging ability.

We first noticed how the outside has a stiffer material, making it absorb any drops and protecting the contents inside. Meanwhile, the interior is quite slick, so we would have no quarrels giving it a good clean should any powder or creams ever get spilled. The bag flaps open into three sections and has a little hook to hang for when we don’t have any counter space to lay it out flat. Thanks to all the zippers and netted pouches, nothing would fall out while being perfectly visible in its vertical position. We fit absolutely everything we could think of here — moisturizers, creams, foundations, makeup palettes, four eyeliners, five lipsticks and glosses, and still had room to spare. The pouch in the middle is also removable, which we found to be very useful when we wanted to head out for the day and bring a few essentials along.

The biggest con was just how bulky it was. This definitely takes up a good chunk of space, and because of its semi-hard case, we couldn’t quite fold it or squish it down to save space.

Materials: Nylon, vegan leather | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 2 | Size: 9.75” x 7.25” x 6.5”

Best for Bottles

Dagne dover mila toiletry organizer.

Dagne Dover

What We Love: It comes with removable dividers to keep bottles cushioned and separated.

What We Don’t Love: We wish the handle could be opened and closed so that we may loop it on a towel rack and save counter space.

Do you have any delicate perfume bottles, creams, or foundations you want to keep properly cushioned and separated? Then it truly does not get better than (or cuter than) this toiletry organizer from Dagne Dover. The circular and upright bag has a cushioned mesh fabric all throughout the interior, with six adjustable compartments for you to place your individual items in securely. 

We found that the bag was much more spacious than it first appeared. More than just the six main compartments, we were able to place pencils and brushes (which fit perfectly upright) in the side slits as well. Then on the opening flap, we placed sunscreens , hair ties, lipsticks, and other miscellaneous items in the zippered mesh bag. Of course, removing the dividers altogether created even more space, but we liked how our glass bottles were protected inside the dividers — not even throwing the bag across the room could affect the interior. 

Because of the flexible cushiony material, it was easy to squish the bag down and save space in our luggage as well. This could easily fit in a backpack, carry-on, and check-in suitcase all the same. We wish the handle could clasp open and close so that we could hook it on a drying rack at the hotel to save counter space. 

Materials: Recycled polyester | Compartments : 11 | Colors: 4 | Size: 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”

Best for Travel

Away the cosmetics bag.

What We Love: There is a discreet hidden black pocket for anything you want to keep private. 

What We Don’t Love: The makeup brush compartment clips off, but we’re not sure why as it does not conceal an extra compartment or save space this way.

A good makeup case for travel should be able to endure the rough handling of TSA, flight turbulence, and rolling over cobblestone streets. For this reason, the hard yet cushioned shell of the Away Cosmetics Bag is ideal. The neoprene exterior felt luscious and high-end, which is very on par with all of Away's products. 

We loved the no-fuss simplicity of this option — there is a clear zippered main compartment, and underneath it hides a little black pouch, fit for eyeshadow palettes and medications. The clear compartment is spacious enough to hold just about anything, from creams to lash curlers to hydrating lipsticks . And because it’s made of plastic, it’s easy to wipe off any potential spills.

On the lid side of the bag is a detachable brush holder with five pockets, although we found we could squeeze at least two brushes in each pocket. We will say, however, that we’re uncertain why they made the brush holder detachable, as it doesn’t conceal anything underneath or even save a bunch of space. The holder alone is of no use without the case either. 

Materials: Nylon, neoprene | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 2 | Size: 8.3” x 6.3” x 3.9”

Relavel Travel Makeup Case

What We Love: The internal dividers can be adjusted to your liking.

What We Don’t Love: It's too big to fit into a backpack, and will take a lot of space in a suitcase.

If you’re a professional makeup artist and have to travel to see your clients, then this is the makeup case to opt for. More than just large, this case has been expertly designed with makeup artists in mind, giving us adjustable compartments made of mesh, smooth, and easy-to-clean material. 

We’re somewhat of organizational freaks (Marie Kondo is our saving grace), and we can’t begin to describe how satisfying it is to have our un-shamefully large collection of foundations, eyeshadow palettes, lip kits and more, properly stashed in their own compartments. The brush compartment on the internal divider had scrunch pockets, and the flap that goes over the brushes sufficiently covered all of them for protection. Whatever item of makeup we had, there was a slot for it here, requiring us to leave nothing behind. Thankfully, the bag itself is very lightweight, as the weight of all our products is already heavy enough. 

The bag came with an adjustable strap, which we could wear as a crossbody or even turn into a backpack, which makes this one of the most portable cases on the list. That being said, it’s a little too large to comfortably fit into a backpack. It can easily fit into a carry-on or checked luggage but be prepared for it to take up a good chunk of space.

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 9 | Colors: 20 | Size: 10.3” x 9” x 3.6”

Best for Brushes

Relavel small makeup case.

What We Love: We could fit at least 15 brushes in the bag.

What We Don’t Love: There is no pouch over the brushes to protect them.

She may have small in the title, but this bag actually fits a ton of product — at least enough for your everyday makeup needs. The most notable feature of this bag however is how many slots there are for brushes. From big to small, there are two walls dedicated to just brushes, easily carrying at least 15 makeup brushes in various sizes . 

The interior divider features a row of brush holders on one side, and mesh pockets on the other. Once we flipped that over, we were met with a large (but not very deep) space for all of our creams and cases. It could fit plenty of mascaras and lip glosses for everyday wear, but if you wanted to go full glam you may feel it’s not spacious enough. For the average consumer, however, we believe the soft bag is perfectly sufficient for a casual week away. 

If there’s one thing we could alter, it would be to add a little flap over the brushes in order to protect them. 

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 21 | Size: 8.9” x 5.1” x 5.1”

lululemon Go Getter Pouch

What We Love: It fits a lot more than it looks. 

What We Don’t Love: There aren’t any compartments to organize specific items into.

Not only is this makeup pouch small, but soft-shelled as well, making it easy to compress for travel. It’s made of the same materials as Lululemon’s infamous belt bag , which is water-repellent and durable. 

The pouch consists of one main compartment, with a mesh interior pocket and an exterior zipped pocket. It didn’t seem like much at first, but once we started placing our foundations, creams, powders, and beyond in it, we realized just how much it could hold, which is a lot (two liters of stuff, to be exact). Thanks to the nylon material, it's easy to clean should anything ever spill — and spill it might, as there isn’t really a hardcover protecting any of the contents. We advise against throwing this against any hard surfaces as the thin pouch didn’t do a great job at protecting our contents (RIP our favorite lipstick cap). This factor simultaneously does make it easier to pack, and should we not want to fill it up all the way, we could press out any air and make it more compact. There aren’t a plethora of compartments, and we did get a little lost trying to find specific items in what feels like a Mary Poppins bag, but we’re happy with how discreetly it can fit a bunch of items in a small size.

Materials: Recycled polyester, nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 3 | Size: 8.7” x 3.3” x 6.3”

MZ Wallace Mica Cosmetic Case

What We Love: The cushiony exterior kept everything safe and protected.

What We Don’t Love: We wish there were one or two more compartments.

We selected this option as our best pouch pick not because of how much this bag can hold (although that is a big point), but because of its cushiony exterior. Instead of a hard shell, this quilted bag felt like a protective pillow around our valuables, while being flexible enough to press down in our suitcases.

The top zips open almost fully, making it easy to access all of our makeup. There are only two compartments — the main interior and a not so little side zip. We were flabbergasted at just how much could fit into this little black hole: three micellar waters , two travel-size shampoo bottles, a large liquid concealer, a bronzer, five lipsticks, and about seven brushes nestled next to each other, and the bag still didn’t feel like it was filled up. The bag was almost like a flexible fleece jacket to our goodies, easily accommodating our large collection of beauty products without taking too much luggage space. 

We only wish there were one or two more compartments in the pouch. Because the bag wasn't clear, we had to go on a hunt to find the creams and foundations that were sitting at the bottom. 

Materials: Leather, REC oxford | Compartments : 2 | Colors: 1 | Size: 9.49” x 4.02” x 5.98”

Best with Compartments

Sephora collection pack it all organizer.

What We Love: It’s big enough to carry both your toiletries and makeup.

What We Don’t Love: It’s too big to fit in a backpack comfortably.

With this option, you get two bags inside of one, a removable pouch, zippered compartments, and various brush holders. Needless to say, us neat-obsessives had a field day organizing all of our makeup products. And thanks to its large size, we couldn’t imagine a scenario where we wouldn’t be able to fit absolutely all of our makeup.

The top lid zips open completely, making it easy to access the various compartments. There were eight brush straps (five smaller and three larger) and a plastic flap to cover the brush heads. For celebrity makeup artist Katie Nova, having such a cover is vital, explaining that ”this separate case prevents bacterial growth, which can lead to skin irritation and inflammation.” 

Then we were met with two cubes where we separated our toiletries from our makeup products. Around the cubes we still had ample amount of space to store makeup wipes, supplements, eyeshadow palletes and more. When we threw it around, we were surprised to find everything pretty much unshaken on the inside, minus one cap that fell off. The top and the bottom of the bag is pretty solid, but the sides were softer, giving us the best of both worlds in protection and flexibility.

Be mindful that the bag is capital-L-Large. She may not fit well into a backpack, but she’ll do great at bringing absolutely all of your beauty needs on your two week trip to Italy, so long as she’s kept in a suitcase.

Materials: Nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 1| Size: 10.25" x 8" x 5"

Best Train Set

Leatherology train case.


What We Love: There are organizational compartments on the interior side that don’t take up any space.

What We Don’t Love: It’s very tall, so it may sit awkwardly in a suitcase.

A classic train case is a stylish way to hold all your beauty products on the go. We tested several, but found this full grain leather option the most practical. While at a first glance it looks like any other spacious rectangular box, a closer look revealed that each of the walls had a different organizational perk. Two sides had a pocket sleeve with an elastic strap, one side had a slip pocket, and the last had a zippered pocket. There was even a mesh zippered pocket on the lid, where we kept eyeshadow palettes and mascaras. We loved how these compartments didn’t take up any additional space (like a divider would), while still giving us the opportunity to organize a little. 

The box is quite deep, so even our travel-size shampoos could stand upright. Unless we packed everything snugly side by side, these items would fall to their sides and look a little messy after travel. Not in a way that they would break, but simply look more disheveled than when we first packed it. Should anything spill, however, the water-resistant lining made it very easy to clean. And because the exterior is made of leather, it’s extremely sturdy and high-quality as well.

Materials: Leather, nylon | Compartments : 3 | Colors: 14 | Size: 7.5” x 5” x 5.2”

Best Organizer

Boacay hanging travel toiletry bag.

What We Love: The pockets are all clear, giving us good visibility into the interior.

What We Don’t Love: The cover is not that protective or sturdy.

It’s not enough for a bag to have great organizational capabilities, it needs to provide great visibility into our collection of products as well, and this bag does just that. It comes with a little rotating hook, which we used to hang the bag onto a towel rack.

Once fully folded open, it reveals four bagged compartments, all made of clear plastic (which by the way is easy to clean). The two center pockets are larger than the outer ones, so we stored our hair spray, body lotions , and all other cream products in there. In the smaller pouches we hid our brushes, eye creams , and any other miscellaneous items in. We had absolutely no problem storing all of our beauty products, leaving nothing behind. Although it looked stuffed to the brim, once closed it did not bulk up any more than it did while empty. It still folded easily and zippered closed without putting up a fight. Nova stresses how convenient it is to keep all her skincare and beauty products separate, but in the same container, “eliminating the need for a separate bag and simplifying my travel routine further.”

When we dropped the bag, none of the products broke due to the lightly cushioned exterior. That being said, we’d be apprehensive to do any aggressive tosses of the bag, as it’s not made of any durable or made of a hearty material. Still, with a water-repellent finish and light padding, it’s perfectly usable for everyday use.

Materials: Brushed, water-repellant | Compartments : 5 | Colors: 8 | Size: 11.4” x 3.8” x 7.5”

Best for Purses

Cuyana leather travel case set.

What We Love: It comes with two bags in one set.

What We Don’t Love: The leather exterior and interior are difficult to clean.

If you want to have your beauty items close to you while on the go, then a pouch small enough to fit in your purse is the way to go. This Cuyana set, which yes, comes with two different sized pouches, was quick to steal our hearts with its beautiful pebbled leather design. The bag opened up so wide, it was easy to pack all our essentials in and get quick access to them. The larger pouch has one slit pocket on the side, although we have to admit, it’s more for the aesthetics than any functional purpose. At most, it could fit a single palette (which to be fair, if you pick the best eyeshadow palette , that may be plenty.

The second pouch is merely a smaller version of the large one, without the slit interior pocket. At first, we wondered why we would need two of the same bag, but then came to realize how useful it is to keep one in our check-in luggage and the other in our backpacks and close to us on the plane. Together, we could easily bring our entire makeup routine with us wherever we go.

Because it’s made of full leather on the exterior and interior, it was difficult to clean the bag. One of our eyeshadow palettes popped open and stained the bag slightly. Luckily, Cuyana gives detailed instructions on how to care for the pouch .

Materials: Leather | Compartments : 2 | Colors: 16 | Size: Large pouch: 7” x 12” x 3.5”, small pouch: 5” x 8” x 2.5”

Best Customizable

Cuyana travel beauty case.

What We Love: You can add a personalized monogram.

What We Don’t Love: It’s only available in two colors.

Now onto something for the makeup gurus who don’t play about their beauty collection. The price of this travel case is on the higher side, but after thoroughly testing it we think it’s worth every penny. 

Let’s start with the luxurious material, stitch, and zips. This bag is about as sturdy as it gets without having a full-on hardshell makeup case. The leather is strong and sturdy, proving to us it would protect without taking on much damage itself. The zippers glide smoothly all the way around and open in a clam-shell style, which makes it easy to access all of our products in an organized manner. 

The lid portion features four loops for brushes and an elastic pocket to collect the ends. The leather divider in the middle helps to protect the brush heads from the items on the other side, where we placed our foundations, bronzers, blushes, and more. There was even a clippable pouch that we could remove and use on its own on a flight. Because of its sleek and long shape, we placed our waterproof mascaras , eyeliners, and brow products in there. We could even sneak in an eyeshadow brush as well.

Without going overboard, Cuyana managed to deliver a well-organized yet minimalistic makeup bag in superior design and quality. Knowing that it will last us well over a decade further makes this worth the investment. Slab on the fact that we could add a personalized monogram and it’s truly *chef’s kiss*. Now we only wonder why it’s only available in two colors.

Materials: Leather | Compartments : 4 | Colors: 2 | Size: 6.2” x 10.2” x 3.1”

First, we started by researching the most popular makeup cases, ranging from small hand held pouches to larger scale professional makeup cases. After honing our selection down to 26 pieces, we called each product into our testing site where our group of beauty editors and experts assessed each individual product. Each case had to hold at least four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, a bottle of foundation, an eyelash curler, one mascara wand, a lipstick, four toiletry bottles, and a hairspray. All bags that could contain even more were given preferential treatment. 

We also took note of how many compartments were inside each of the bags, and whether or not they were useful and/or adjustable. We then threw the bag onto the ground to see whether any pieces came undone on the inside or broke on the journey. We then debated whether each bag was travel friendly, fitting into either a backpack, carry-on, and checked suitcase. From there, we selected the best 13 makeup cases that passed all our tests with flying colors.

Before committing to a makeup case, take a look at your beauty products and consider how much you actually use on a daily basis. Next, consider the location you’re hoping to transport them to, and ask yourself what you need there. The answer to these questions will determine how large your makeup case should be. We tested a range of makeup bags, and found some big enough to suit a professional makeup artist, in need of carrying a bunch of products in various shades (we’re looking at you Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case ), and simple pouches fit to hold a good chunk of essentials for a weekend getaway (hey MZ Wallace Mica Cosmetic Case ). 

You also want to consider how you will be transporting your makeup case. Some bags, including the Leatherology Small Train Case , are too large to fit in a backpack and take a ton of space in a carry-on, but will be great in a larger suitcase. Others were so small you could bring them onboard with you in a purse, like the Cuyana Travel Case Set , and they still fit an impressive amount of products in.

Makeup isn’t cheap, so you probably want the case to properly cushion and protect your collection. That being said, harder shells or even cushioned bags take up a lot of space in your luggage, so finding something that compromises between protective yet lightweight can be difficult. Factor in the ability to wash the bag, and it can become downright mathematical. The Beis The Cosmetic Case is made with a vegan leather exterior with a semi-hard lid and bottom. If needed, the sides were flexible enough to be pressed down, so that the bag could decompress inside a suitcase a little. It’s this type of bag that destination bridal makeup artist, Tia Codrington, finds the most useful. “The bag I use has some soft breathable areas and a hard shell in the back to protect the components inside.” 

The Cuyana Travel Case Set features quality leather all throughout the pouch, which certainly helps to protect the interior but is also more difficult to clean. If you are worried about spillage, something with a clear plastic case, like the BOACAY Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag would be much more efficient. Professional makeup artists J. Guerra remarks that “Bags made of nylon or other materials that are easy to wipe down in case of makeup spills while traveling are essential.” The Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , Away The Cosmetics Bag , and Relavel Small Makeup Bag are all made with Nylon in the interior.


If you don’t care too much for compartments and just need a spacious pouch to throw all your things in, look no further than the Cuyana Travel Case Set or Lululemon Go Getter Pouch . For everyone else who gets a kick out of neatly separating your liquids from your powders, consider all the organizational capabilities of your future makeup case. Guerra says that a “space for brushes, separate compartments for liquids (to comply with airport regulations), and dividers to stay organized prevent delicate powders or eyeshadow palettes from breaking apart.” So not only do compartments make packing neater, but safer for your goods as well. 

The bags that offer phenomenal compartmentalization are the Cuyana Travel Beauty Case , Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , and Sephora Collection Pack It All Organizer . “Some bags even have removable pouches or adjustable dividers for added safeguarding and flexibility, those are my favorite,” continues Guerra, and we have to agree. The Dagne Dover Mila Toiletry Organizer and Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case offered us just that, and we really appreciated how we could change the bag’s construction to match our situational needs.

What is the best way to pack makeup for travel?

There’s a lot to consider when traveling with makeup. On top of the above mentioned size, material, and compartments, you have to make sure you’re following TSA guidelines — like not including liquids that are more than 3.4 ounces and storing everything inside a clear container, if it’s coming with you in your carry-on luggage. Guerra, who frequently travels to meet his beauty clients, offers a few tips for traveling with makeup: “When flying, I’ll often wrap my powder palettes and compacts in bubble wrap or a small towel to prevent them from breaking en route.” If you’re absolutely worried about anything spilling, Guerra suggests “storing creams and liquids into Ziploc bags before placing them in your makeup case.” 

Codrington brings up the importance of having clear makeup cases again. Not only “has it helped me with organization, but it’s useful during security checks in the airport because security officers have a clear view of what’s inside the bag without having to go through all your stuff.” And we can all agree, there is nothing more horrifying than watching all the contents of your bag being spewed out by TSA. 

What is the best professional makeup case?

Professional makeup artists are going to need a lot more space to accommodate their wide range of products and shades. They also require easy access to their products, so bags must open wide or offer a clear case. “I typically go for bags that have a wide opening and transparent compartments. This allows me to easily see and quickly access items for red carpet touchups or makeup adjustments on-set,” says Guerra. We found that the Beis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case , and Sephora Collection Pack It All Organizer , with their large size, ample amounts of compartments, and decent cushioning to be the best makeup cases for professional makeup artists. 

Bianca Kratky is a commerce writer at InStyle with three years of experience covering fashion and beauty stories. In order to write this story, she dove deep into the insights of the testers who each individually handled the makeup cases. She then consulted celebrity makeup artists J. Guerra and Katie Nova , as well as destination bridal makeup artist Tia Codrington , for further insight into what to look for when shopping for makeup cases. 

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These Travel Makeup Bags Will Keep Your Beauty Essentials Secure and Organized

By Shauna Beni and Meaghan Kenny

16 Travel Makeup Bags That Will Keep Your Beauty Essentials Secure and Organized

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When it comes to packing beauty essentials, everyone has different preferences. Some focus on skincare, bringing along a haul of sunscreens , lotions, and serums. Others pack just about every compact, mascara , and cream they own (plus enough lipstick shades to match every outfit). Regardless of your must-haves, the right makeup bag is key to keeping cosmetics organized and safely stored away during your travels—and ensuring you don’t end up ruining all your things from spills and leaks in your suitcase .

Thankfully, there is an endless array of cosmetic bags to choose from. We've rounded up a list of the best travel makeup bags, which range in size from mini bags meant for an overnight stay to extra-large ones that will hold everything you need for an extended vacation. Wherever you're headed, they'll keep your most prized (and pricey) beauty essentials secure and safely tucked away. Keep scrolling to see a dozen-plus of our top travel makeup bags, and if you're looking for a new method for makeup removal, take a look at this editor-tested Grove Makeup Remover Towel .

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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If you’d like your makeup bag to function as a place to store all your beauty products even when you're not on vacation, or like to travel with a lot of makeup, we recommend a large catch-all like this Calpak toiletry bag . It comes in neutral hues like pink sand, black, and moss, and has multiple interior compartments—plus an exterior back pocket—to organize your different cosmetics. There's also a side handle, making it easier to tote back and forth when you need to.

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For travelers who have no desire to pack light, Calpak's oversized cosmetics case (closed, it's as big as a sheet of printer paper) will keep all your favorite products neat and visible. The clear makeup bag unzips fully so each side can lay flat, and has an extra mesh interior pocket to hold smaller items. Plus, a top handle makes for easy carrying or looping over a bathroom hook.

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On the outside, this Béis bag looks like any other makeup bag; inside, it's obvious it was designed by someone who's traveled with a drugstore full of makeup once or twice. Inside, there's a larger-than-average compact mirror that slips out, a double-sided detachable brush holder to keep eye and lip brushes separate, and smaller compartments to store odds and ends, plus a spacious main compartment. Even better, the water-resistant lining makes it easy to wipe clean.

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If you're a fan of traveling with a color-coordinated or monogrammed luggage set , this cosmetic case is the one for you. The vintage-inspired bag is designed with a durable but lightweight shell exterior and is the perfect mini-match to the other Terminal 1 suitcases in the collection . It’s also small enough to pack inside of a suitcase but spacious enough to fit all your essentials. The internal pockets are a plus for keeping things like brushes, blush compacts, and lipsticks organized, while the top leather handle makes it easy to carry around in a hotel or Airbnb. Thanks to the zip-around outside closure, you won’t have to worry about any leaks or spills.

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Without an organized cosmetic case, doing your makeup often involves rummaging around in a bag trying to find everything. This Lay-n-Go bag, though, is a dream come true. Instead of having to dump out all your products, the bag opens up by way of drawstrings, and can be laid out as a circle on any surface, allowing every product to be on display. When finished, pull the drawstring back together and watch it transform into the size of a clutch. It also comes with a zip pocket for storage and elastic brush loops, so nothing goes rolling off the bathroom counter.

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Available in a larger size as well, this small, sleek toiletry organizer with a carrying handle is ideal for quick one- to two-day getaways when you're packing the basics. The inside is completely lined with mesh and allows makeup products like foundation, setting spray, and serums to stand straight up in their own dividers, making them easier to find. There are also small loops on the side for mascara , lip gloss, or makeup brushes. 

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Ideal for overnight or weekend stays, this Lululemon pouch is a bit smaller, providing you with just enough room to pack the essentials without being too heavy in your weekender bag . Made of water-repellent, recycled nylon, this pouch has a mesh interior pocket for items you want to keep separate, like your beauty sponge. Available in colors like raspberry, teal, pink, and black, all with the signature Lululemon logo, this is one makeup pouch you’ll have for years to come.

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An affordable option that's great for long family vacations , this Bagsmart hanging toiletry bag will fit all of your makeup products and toiletries in one. Hang it on the back of the bathroom door when you arrive and you’ll stay organized the rest of the trip. There are four separate clear sections that make finding what you need easy and prevent liquid products like shampoo and conditioner from spilling onto your makeup. Plus, the case itself has a top handle to make carrying it on-the-go even easier.

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Transparent bags are practical and efficient, allowing you to see what's inside while packing, and Paravel’s See-All vanity case offers all the style and space you need. This clear case makes finding the exact product you need easy, even smaller ones like eye creams or lip balm that typically fall to the bottom of the bag. Plus, the water-resistant (and eco-friendly) silicone coating means you don't have to worry about product spills.

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If you’re already a fan of Away’s thoughtfully-designed luggage , the brand's makeup case definitely won’t disappoint. Not only does this one look chic sitting on your bathroom counter, it actually stores all of the makeup must-haves you'd need for an entire week's vacation. The main compartment is made of water-resistant nylon with transparent pockets that make finding what you need simple. My favorite part about this cosmetic bag is the detachable brush roll that snaps to the top lid to keep makeup brushes organized and give me easy access when I need them. The bag itself has a grab handle for easy carrying and a size that won't take up too much room in your suitcase .

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This lightweight cosmetic bag from MZ Wallace is the perfect size for any getaway . It’s large enough to store all of the makeup products you’d need for a week and features an interior pocket and lining to protect it against any leaks. When you’re not using it to pack your favorite makeup products, use it as an emergency kit to store beauty essentials at the office or in your gym bag.

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This roomy bag is machine washable, so there's no need to worry about the inevitable bronzer or powder that will appear inside—throw your makeup brushes right in. It’s easy to pile in extra products in there, too, making it an ideal bag for long weekend trips . It features two mesh side pockets inside for tweezers, a lipliner sharpener, or other small items you want to keep handy.

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Sephora's cosmetic organizer really does let you pack it all. This spacious and sturdy organizer comes with two removable storage cubes ideal for products like eyeshadow, powder, and blushes. It also comes with a removable flat pouch for eyeliner or waterproof mascaras and small loops to keep your brushes in place. If you can never find what you’re looking for in your makeup bag, this one’s for you.

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This leather travel case set from Cuyana comes with two chic cases, one large bag that fits foundation, eyeshadow palettes, and skincare essentials as well as a smaller bag ideal for makeup brushes or tools like an eyelash curler. Both bags feature a microsuede interior that you can easily wipe clean after any accidental makeup spills.

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We love a hanging cosmetic bag, especially one that folds up as neatly as this Tumi travel case. With four separate compartments—three transparent, one detachable nylon pouch—it'll keep items separated and is roomy enough to act as both a Dopp kit and makeup bag. The case itself is made of easy-to-wipe-down nylon, and the handle is wrapped in leather trim.

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This petite cosmetic bag is great for day trips when you only need to bring a few essentials with you, like sunscreen , setting powder, and concealer for touch-ups. It fits easily into a tote bag or backpack without taking up too much room. Plus, its a temperature-stable bag with insulation, so your products will be protected even if you spend the day walking around in the heat—meaning you don't have to worry about melted lipstick.

15 Travel Makeup Bags To Keep Your Full Routine Organized

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Travel is stressful, full stop. Add losing your eyelash curler or brand new lippies in your checked bag, and it's a disastrous tale. Take the unnecessary drama out of the situation and opt for an organized travel makeup bag that easily fits in your carry-on luggage— or will at the very least leave your checked back organized amidst the chaos.

Clear Cosmetics Case

Best for a long vacation

Calpak clear cosmetics case.

Clarity Jetset Case

Best for airport

Truffle co clarity jetset case.

Violet Vanity Case

Turns into a purse!

F&w style violet vanity case.

The Terry Cosmetic Clutch in Citron

Best for pool day

Beis the terry cosmetic clutch in citron.

Travel Vanity Case

Dior Travel Vanity Case

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Best for Small Bathrooms

Mossio hanging toiletry bag.

Vacationer Makeup Bag

Kusshi Vacationer Makeup Bag

Jumbo Zip Pouch

Proceeds go to charity

Pattern beauty jumbo zip pouch.

Beauty Bag

Best for full sized products

Glossier beauty bag.

Wash Bag

Best for Traveling Couples

Sarep and rose wash bag.

Happy travels.

This two-sided makeup bag is exactly what you need for a long trip. The handled bag unzips into two separate clear compartments, so staying organized is a breeze. It’s large enough to fit full-sized products if you don’t have travel-sized versions of your favorites. Bonus: the individual sides minimizes damage from any accidental product explosions.

This see-through makeup bag makes security at the airport a breeze. The clear design allows for quick and easy access to your favorite products, ditching the endless dig-for-lipstick scene on the runway.

F&W Style Violet Vanity Case

For the fastest "get ready with me" routine, opt for this see-through makeup case. Perfect for travel, its structured shape and gold feet can stand upright on any surface. Bonus: If you’re heading to a sports game or festival, add the chain and it can do double-duty as a handbag.

This bright terry cloth makeup bag can double as a clutch (just remove the strap) so you can take it from the beach to a night out. It’s also waterproof and Shay Mitchell approved!

Covered in the iconic designer print, this hard-shell vanity case has enough space to accommodate all your top shelf favorites. The interior pocket makes for convenient brush storage and the Italian crafted top handle makes it easy to take on the go!

All the functions of your dad’s old school dopp kit but much cuter. The bag hangs from a hook (perfect for a shower rod or back of door) so you don’t have to dump out all of your makeup products into the hotel sink. There are also storage compartments, breathable mesh, and a ton of fun color options.

With 23 different prints to choose from, this vacationer makeup bag can match your suitcase. The nylon versions are machine-washable bag (and there are vegan leather versions, too)—all of them open wide enough for you to easily see each and every one of your products without having to dig!

Pattern Beauty (and Tracee Ellis-Ross fans!) will love this oversized pouch with the brand's logo. Every sale supports organizations & programs that empower women & people of color.

Calling all Glossier stans—let the world know with this gorgeous pink and red cosmetic bag. The interior pouch and three side pockets allow you to store different products separately so you can stay organized. Bonus: coated cotton material makes it easy to wipe away any stains, even ones from the messiest of foundation spills.

Handmade out of nubuck leather, this kit has a 4 interior pockets making it effortless to separate your various products and tools. And the neutral design vibes make it a great gift for you beau, too.

Away The Cosmetics Bag

The Cosmetics Bag

Shaped just like a packing cube, this simple, yet stylish cosmetic bag has transparent pockets and neoprene compartments for all of your products! Our favorite feature is the detachable brush holder, which makes it easy to organize all of your beloved beauty tools.

OTM Cannes Bag

Cannes Bag

The first-to-market makeup bag with heat-protecting technology is here! Need a touch-up by the pool? Leave it directly in the sun and your makeup will never melt. This bag also has spacious storage compartments and a standout gold chain, making it both dashing and durable for even the hottest of summer days.

Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

This pastel bag is the perfect home for all your basics. The wraparound zipper, this roomy bag opens wide enough for you to see the full array.

Relavel Makeup Train Case

Makeup Train Case

With removable dividers, this durable case can fit palettes, lipsticks, brushes, etc. in a comfortable and customizable way.

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The Pouch

Looking for a mini pouch to throw in any summer tote? Here it is! This clear cosmetic bag comes with a large zipper tag to help you grab your necessities in a flash for any on-the-go touch ups.

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How do I pick the best makeup bag for travel?

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Finding a makeup bag that fulfills your long list of needs can be done. When on the hunt, prioritize space. If it can’t fit all of our products then what’s the point? It’s best to look for a bag that caters to your specific makeup and preferences. Bigger full-sized items can be easily thrown in a spacious bag, whereas smaller items such as lipsticks, liners, individual shadows, etc. beg for a bag with pockets and dividers as opposed to a catch-all. At the end of the day, a makeup bag should keep you organized, happy, and sane!

What’s the best makeup bag material?

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Anything water resistant! Most makeup bags are lined with water-resistant or waterproof materials such as clear plastic, nylon, or polyester.

How should I clean my makeup bag?

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Beauty lovers know the danger of a loose cap. Though spills may be unavoidable, cleaning them up is something we all must learn to master. Turns out the secret is not so secret: antibacterial household spray! Any Clorox, Microband, or Cleansmart spray, etc. will do the trick. Tip: Make sure to bring makeup pads on every expedition, in case a spill decides to attempt destruction. Shop our favorite antibacterial reusable cotton rounds here .

How should I organize my makeup bag for travel?

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When organizing your makeup for a trip, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Try to leave full-sized products at home. If it's a short enough trip, go for the minis.
  • If you can, pick the combined products (for example: A bronzer + blush compact rather than bringing both bronzer and blush).
  • Check the amount of product you have left before packing. Arriving at your destination with only a drop left isn’t doing anyone any good!
  • If you don’t have mini versions of your fav moisturizers, primers, setting spray, shampoo, or conditioner, don’t fret. You can find travel-sized bottles here , which can save you from a last minute trip to the drug store! Plus, they’re TSA approved.
  • When packing, it’s helpful to do your full routine start-to-finish and place each beauty item in your makeup bag, and nothing else. This way, you can avoid the unnecessary-yet-tempting products!

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The Best Makeup Bags, According to Women Who Travel 24/7

By Bella Cacciatore

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The best makeup bags really can elevate your entire vacation experience. Yes, traveling is arguably one of the most exciting and enriching things in life—but ask pretty much anyone, and they’ll agree that packing is the exact opposite. 

No matter whether you pack light or heavy, plan in advance or wing it at the last minute, there are about a million other more enjoyable things to spend your time on. At least with clothing you can just toss things in a suitcase, but with beauty products there’s so much more to think about: TSA limitations, changing climates, skin care needs for in-flight and when you’re on the ground. But there is one thing that can make it all easier: a great makeup bag. The perfect one should check all the boxes: big enough to easily fit all your essentials yet small enough to stash in your luggage; durable; and cute. It sounds like a lot, but trust us, they are out there.

Just ask the 16 women below—from a celebrity esthetician to a reality TV star—each of whom has racked up hundreds of thousands frequent flier miles. Read on for the best makeup bags of all time, according to them, and get ready to kiss your plastic bags goodbye.

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makeup bags for travel

Dagne Dover Small Hunter Water-Resistant Toiletry Bag

A self-described “notorious overpacker,” beauty editor Maya Allen need a cosmetics bag that will fit all her favorite products. “On average, my suitcase is carrying three different cosmetics bags for my hair, makeup, and skin-care must-haves,” she says. “I’ve always loved Dagne Dover toiletry bags because they’re water-resistant, which is foolproof for any product spill, and the material is super stretchy so I can fit a lot into one of them.”

Huda Kattan and her favorite makeup bag

Anya Hindmarch In-Flight Case

Huda Beauty founder Huda Kattan is no stranger to the inside of an airplane—she travels about two times a month between work and family trips. Kattan prefers clear pouches such as the Huda Beauty makeup bags and PVC cases, since they’re simple and reliable, and she always carries the Anya Hindmarch In-Flight case with her on the plane for her travel essentials. “It’s transparent, so it’s easy to clean when you’re traveling with so many different formulas and serums,” says Kattan. “You never know what can happen in transit, so it’s best if everything is easy to find and easy to clean.”

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Kusshi Vacationer Makeup Bag

Beauty content creator Kristina Rodulfo is currently on a two-month trip through Europe. For her on-the-go lifestyle, she loves Kusshi’s Vacationer Makeup Bag. “I brought three of these bags on my trip—they’re my favorite beauty bags, by far,” she says. “They come in a range of sizes, but my favorite is the biggest one, which can fit full-size products like shampoo, hairspray or dry shampoo bottles, body lotions, you name it. What I love most is how many products it fits. There are tons of pockets, zips, and even attachments to stash and organize the pouches too. It opens up wide so you don’t have to dig, has a flat bottom, and is machine-washable!”

Mary Cecchini and her favorite makeup bag

Eagle Creek Pack-It Quick Trip Kit

REI Eagle Creek Pack-It Quick Trip Kit

As the owner of Living Big Travel , a boutique women’s travel company, Mary Cecchini is on the road 20 weeks a year, for up to 14 days at a time. Because she travels so much for research, she has packing her makeup down to a science. Cecchini says it’s all about function when it comes to her bag, so she loves this no-frills option from Eagle Creek. “Since I’m generally getting ready on the run, and constantly packing and unpacking, I need something that won’t slow me down,” she says. “That means a makeup bag that is flexible—no rigid corners and sides; it needs to adapt to the space I have left in my bag. And I like a makeup bag that has just one large cavity so I don’t have to remember what I put in each tiny pocket. Who has time for that?!”

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Beis Cosmetic Case in Black

Celebrity esthetician Shani Darden loves the Cosmetic Case by Beis for both everyday and travel. “The zippered case opens all the way up, making it super easy to see exactly what you have,” she says. “It’s also big enough to store makeup and skin care, which is really helpful when I’m heading to my studio or I have a shoot.”

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Expert Travel Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag

Since she’s one of the minds behind a product called the Jet Lag Mask , it’s no surprise that influencer and Summer Fridays cofounder Marianna Hewitt spends about half the month on the go. Luckily she has packing her beauty essentials down to a science. “I have the best toiletries bag from Amazon,” she says. “It has so many compartments, and I always keep it packed, so when I am going on my frequent trips, it’s always ready to go and I never have to worry about forgetting something.”

Paola Mathe and her favorite makeup bag

Buy Again Clear Makeup Bag

Paola Mathé , photographer and founder of Fanm Djanm head wraps , prefers a pared-back approach for her bimonthly work trips. “I just use clear pouches, and I make sure to bring my favorite foundation, concealer, powder and Fenty Match Stix Trio for versatility,” she says. “I also always have one nude and one red lipstick.”

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Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch GM

Louis Vuitton

As the host of E!’s Nightly Pop , Morgan Stewart opts for a makeup bag that is both chic and ergonomic. “I love this makeup bag so much that I actually have it in two sizes,” she says. “The reason it’s such a hit for me is because you can sneakily fit so much in it. It’s also timeless and incredibly durable and very easy to clean!”

Cuyana Travel Case Set

Best monogrammed gift: Cuyana Travel Case Set

As the esthetician behind the complexions of Naomi Watts, Eva Mendes, and Julianne Moore (just to name a few), Joanna Vargas travels from her home in NYC to L.A. once a month. As her skin-care line has expanded internationally, she travels around the world as well. She depends on her Cuyana travel pouches for all her beauty needs. She loves anything personalized, so the monogram is a plus: “It’s leather and very elegant looking, so it’s fun to see in the bathroom of my hotel.”

Kim Perell and her favorite makeup bag

Tumi Madina Cosmetics Bag

In addition to exploring more than 70 countries for fun, CEO, angel investor, and author Kim Perell spends about 80% of her time traveling for work. She’s a proud light packer, and relies on her Tumi Madina bag to keep all her makeup nice and organized. 

Aishwarya S Iyer and her favorite makeup bag

Topfinder Zip Mesh Makeup Bag

Aishwarya S. Iyer , cofounder of Brightland Olive Oil , is probably the only person who loves a 5 a.m. flight, which she takes about once a month between Los Angeles and New York. Her favorite makeup bag is the pouches that come with every Kinfield order, but this one from Amazon checks all the same boxes: “It’s the perfect size, lightweight, and easy to toss in any suitcase.”

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The Convertible Travel Bag

Glamour senior beauty editor Ariana Yaptangco travels every one to two months to learn about the latest and greatest beauty launches. To help her stay organized, she puts her essentials in the Convertible Travel Bag from IHKWIP. “I’m a very meticulous packer,” she says. “For a while I would stuff my makeup and toiletries in separate bags, but there are so many compartments in this spacious bag to help keep things separated and make my packing process easier. Bonus points for the clear lining and jewelry storage pockets on both sides.”

Fariha Roisin and her favorite makeup bag

Baggu Dopp Kit

Writer Fariha Roisin travels at least once a month, and while she was on her book tour for How to Cure a Ghost , she was gone for two and a half weeks at a time. To bring her makeup along, Roisin loves the Baggu cases for their delightful prints. 

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Louis Vuitton Vanity PM

Bling Empire star Christine Chiu ’s pick is equal parts fabulous and convenient. “I call it a Caboodle, but make it fashion,” she says. “I take my Louis Vuitton Vanity PM with me literally everywhere because it’s chic as a stand-alone accessories piece but also packs well into larger totes and in luggage for travel. It may appear small but can surprisingly fit enough cosmetics for a pro makeup artist.”

Annie Ford Danielson and her favorite makeup bag

Isa & Belle Amazing Makeup Bag & Cosmetic Travel Organizer

Isa & Belle Amazing Makeup Bag & Cosmetic Travel Organizer

“Once I had kids, I made it a rule that I’m never gone for more than five nights in a row, even if that means flying home for two days and back out—it’s important to me that I touch down,” says Annie Ford Danielson , Benefit Cosmetics chief beauty ambassador, who travels about every two weeks for work. Since she’s in and out so much, she keeps all her makeup packed in her Isa & Belle case, even when she’s at home. “I’m pretty high maintenance when it comes to my makeup, so I don’t bother unpacking and repacking it all the time,” she says. “It keeps my things super clean and organized.”

Allison McNamara and her makeup bag

Clare V. Toiletry Case

“I usually travel at least once or twice a month,” says Allison McNamara , who’s on the road for her brand, Mara Beauty. “For work I try to keep it as concise as possible so I’m not away from the office too long, but when we travel for pleasure, we aim for 7 to 10 days so we can really get into vacay mode.” For both work and play, she swears by this chic case from Clare V. and says, “It holds the perfect amount of makeup and fragrance for me.”

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The 10 Best Travel Makeup Bags of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Our top pick is the Relavel Travel Makeup Case

L.A. Hubilla is a freelance commerce writer for PEOPLE who specializes in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content. She also regularly tests products for multiple digital outlets, including InStyle and Byrdie. When she's not window shopping online or creating pro and con lists, you'll find her drinking tea and talking about her feelings.

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In This Article

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  • Others We Tried
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How We Tested

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We’ve all been there — getting ready for a night out on vacation only to find your favorite bronzer shattered to pieces. Soon you’re off frantically searching for the nearest Sephora. Let’s rewrite this narrative, shall we? Transporting your beloved cosmetics for glam on the go shouldn’t be intimidating. Thankfully, there are a variety of travel makeup bags designed specifically to keep your products intact and organized on your journey. 

Beyond choosing a high-quality case, celebrity makeup artist Neil Scibelli also suggests swapping out some of your usual products with multi-use alternatives that are ideal for travel. “Think of things like tinted moisturizers with sunscreen, lip, eye, and cheek products, and perhaps a palette that offers multiple colors that you can use across your trip,” says Scibelli. Another hot travel tip from Scibelli is to minimize the number of powder items and opt for cream alternatives whenever possible. “Items like powder bronzers and blushes can easily crack during travel, so if you can switch to cream bronzers and cream blush — that can be super helpful." A bronzer stick , for example, would be a good option.

We tested 26 of the most popular travel makeup bags based on durability, design, portability, capacity, and price to see which held up the best. After the eyeshadow dust settled and liquid foundation explosions were cleaned up, we found our best overall picks.

Read on for the best travel makeup bags PEOPLE Tested and expert advice on how to pack your makeup for your next weekend away.

Best Overall

Relavel travel makeup case.

  • Ease of Use 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5
  • Capacity 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

The internal dividers of this case not only allowed us to customize storage, but it kept all of the makeup in place and intact during shake tests.

External padding cushioned the fall for this case during drop tests and not a single makeup item broke.

The zipper top opens fully to allow you to see all your products at once.

The case is waterproof and easy to clean with a cloth to remove dirt, grime, and spills.

The bulkier shape of this case would be harder to pack in a backpack or smaller carry-on bag.

We found when worn as a backpack, the straps on this case don’t feel super stable.

This Train Case from Relavel blew us away during testing. We loved how easy it was to store, organize, and access the makeup and brushes. The zipper top opens fully so you can see everything at a glance. (No more rummaging for lost eyeliner caps in the crevices of your travel makeup bag.) We really appreciated the individual brush holders and easy-to-clean plastic protective cover, too.

This travel makeup bag is an organizational dream. The individual dividers can be moved around and customized to best fit and secure all your products, like all of them . During testing, this case fits an impressive seven palettes, a whole makeup brush collection , two foundation bottles, five toiletry bottles, over 15 lipsticks, an eyelash curler, hair spray, and a travel-sized moisturizer bottle. It is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, as well. The exterior and interior fabrics on this case feel high quality and durable, and the waterproof surfaces are easy to clean, which is a must for any makeup bag. 

Your makeup will be fully protected in this train case. The internal organization will keep your products securely in place, while the exterior padding will provide a safety cushion so no worries about your favorite eye serum getting smashed in transit. In both our drop and shake tests, none of the makeup products broke or spilled — a big win. The only possible drawback for us is that the bulkier, square shape would fit best in your checked luggage instead of a backpack. It comes with attachable straps, making this a wearable makeup case for added portability; however, when worn as a backpack, the straps didn’t feel super stable for longer periods of time. But for an affordable price, this is a great sturdy, high-capacity, customizable makeup bag — ideal for those traveling with a lot of products, such as both sunscreens for face and body.

Size: 10.3 x 9 x 3.6 inches | Weight: 1.52 pounds | Material: Nylon, TPU | Closure: Zipper

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Best Overall, Runner-Up

Béis the cosmetic case.

The faux leather exterior not only felt luxurious but still looked brand-new after multiple drop tests.

The main storage compartment held an incredible amount of products, and not a single one broke or spilled during testing.

The included mirror comes with a stand and also survived multiple drop tests.

The wide-open main compartment didn’t offer much organization or separation of the products.

This case took up a lot of space when we tried packing it in a backpack.

Shay Mitchell's brand, Béis, is known for its beloved Weekender Bags — and its cosmetic case was also a front-runner in our tests, scoring high marks across the board. This case was super easy to open, close, and pack. We love the wide-open central compartment that makes tossing in all your hair and makeup essentials an absolute breeze. With full double-U zip closures, we found everything easily accessible. This case even includes a mirror, which is a game changer. The sleek folding mirror comes complete with a stand for touch-ups on the go.

We really liked the removable compartment for storing brushes and the additional zip pocket for added storage. The bottom of the case has two smaller sleeve pockets but doesn’t offer any other organization. While it doesn’t have many compartments, this case can really pack in the products. During testing, we were able to fit an incredible amount of items: five makeup brushes, four eyeshadow palettes , one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, one lipstick, nine small toiletry bottles, one hairspray, two powder compacts — and we could’ve fit more!

The luxurious feel of the faux leather elevates this travel makeup bag. We also love that it is available in nine different colors to match your style and mood. Overall, it felt sturdy and durable and was easy to clean during testing. During our drop and shake tests, nothing broke or spilled, which really impressed us, considering the main cavity didn’t have any additional compartments to keep products in place. This Béis makeup case offers ample storage, so its bigger size fits best in suitcases or luggage. It can fit in a backpack but will take up a lot of space. While more expensive than some of the cases we tested, it’s worth it for the chic aesthetic and high performance.

Size: 9.5 x 4 x 7 inches | Weight: 1.38 pounds | Material: PU leather, PVC, lining: poly with water-resistant finish | Closure: Double u-zip

Best Budget

Narwey travel makeup bag.

  • Design 2 /5

Its capacity impressed us while still being easy to pack in a backpack or smaller carry-on.

The full zipper closure opened up easily and allowed us to see all the contents easily.

It is available in 14 different colors.

This bag doesn’t come with any external or internal padding, though it still kept our makeup secure.

There were no separate compartments to keep products organized.

For a super inexpensive price, this Narwey Travel Makeup Bag will get your makeup to and from your destination safely and with ease. Need we say more? Probably not, but humor us: This bag had a full zipper closure that was easy to open and provided full access to everything. The exterior fabric is water-resistant and easy to clean — and is available in 14 different colors.

The main compartment of this travel makeup bag was 3.5 inches deep, which is generous compared to some other bags we tested. Separate brush pouches with a PVC protective cover and an additional smaller zipper pouch offer some organization. There isn’t any designated organization to the main compartment, but we still found it held quite a bit. We were able to fit two full sets of face and eye brushes (19 brushes in total), two face palettes, a color-correcting palette, three eyeliners, four lipsticks, a mascara, and a lash curler . The capacity for the case was phenomenal, while still being compact enough to put into a day pack.

This bag didn’t have much padding, however, it did keep our makeup intact during our shake and drop tests, which is impressive for the price. If you’re on a tighter budget, this bag is sure to give you the most for your money. 

Size: 9 x 6.7 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 7.8 ounces | Material: Not listed | Closure: Full double zip

Best Organization Features

Dagne dover mila toiletry organizer.

Dagne Dover

  • Capacity 4 /5

The compartment dividers kept our products organized and secure throughout testing without breaks or spills.

You can remove the compartment dividers for added space if needed.

The upright design makes it easy to pack and can fit into smaller luggage and backpacks.

Its narrower upright design couldn’t accommodate as many products as other bags we tested.

Dagne Dover bags are loved for being high-quality, aesthetically pleasing, and eco-conscious. Their Mila Toiletry Organizer continues in that legacy and delivered an impressive organization throughout our testing process. Available in six colors, we loved the upright design that proved much more spacious than it appeared. The full zipper top opening made packing, viewing, and accessing the products super easy. 

There’s something super satisfying about everything having its place: That’s what we love most about this bag. The separate compartments made organizing simple and kept the products securely in place for our shake and drop tests. No broken or spilled products here. Even better, the compartment dividers are removable for easy cleaning and maximum storage. The padded exterior not only gives a hint of that trendy athleisure aesthetic but also offers added protection in transit.

During testing, we fit four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, three lipsticks, four small toiletry bottles, and one hairspray in this bag. This was impressive, considering the size. We did note that the bag's narrower design didn’t hold quite as much as other larger bags we tested. (The brand does offer a larger size ). An organized travel makeup bag made from recycled plastic bottles that will fit in any size carry-on luggage or suitcase? Count us in.

Size: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 6 ounces | Material: Repreve recycled polyester exterior and interior | Closure: Zip

Best Hanging

Béis hanging cosmetic case.

  • Portability 4.5 /5

This makeup case was able to fit more products than our standard packing list during testing.

The sturdy structure and shape kept all the makeup secure during the shake and drop tests — no breaks or spills.

It includes a removable clear zipper tote for smaller toiletries for carry-on luggage.

The bulky shape takes up a lot of room in a backpack or suitcase, and it’s not as malleable as others we tested.

The clear zipper pouch found in the main compartment doesn’t stay in place when the bag is hung vertically.

It's not fun to do your hair and makeup in a tiny bathroom with no counter space for your stuff. The Béis Hanging Cosmetic case is our top pick to solve this common travel challenge. We loved how easy this case was to open and pack. It unfolds and lays fully flat, which made packing a cinch during testing. It’s great to be able to see everything all at once for minimal scrounging when getting ready. The hook allows you to hang it vertically for easy storage and access when traveling.

This travel makeup bag is for those unwilling to pare down their routine. No judgments here. You’ll have room for it all — yes, including your favorite hair products . We were so impressed with how much we could fit in this bag. We packed four makeup brushes, six makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, five lipsticks, seven toiletry bottles, one hairspray, and four eyeliners. (Overpackers rejoice!)

The construction of this case felt sturdy and durable during testing. The nylon fabric feels super easy to keep clean. During our shake and drop tests, all of the products remained intact and secure. This hanging case is on the bulkier side and would take up a lot of room in a carry-on backpack or tote. It’s probably best for larger suitcases. We appreciate the middle compartment came with a clear zipper tote you can remove and use as a TSA-friendly toiletry case for a smaller carry-on or underseat luggage . The only drawback is the clear zipper pouch can fall out when the back is stored vertically, so it’s best to store it elsewhere when hanging.

Size: 9.75 x 7.25 x 6.5 inches | Weight: 1.14 pounds | Material: Nylon twill, vegan buffalo leather, polyester lining, pouch-clear TPU | Closure: Double u-zip

Best Hanging, Less Expensive

Boacay hanging travel toiletry bag.

  • Ease of Use 4.5 /5
  • Quality 4 /5
  • Capacity 3.5 /5
  • Portability 4 /5

The plastic compartment pockets made all the products visible.

It was easy to clean.

When hanging vertically, all the compartments stay securely closed.

This bag kept all the products intact during shake and drop tests.

The quality of the exterior fabric didn’t feel as luxurious as some of the other bags we tested.

The bulkier silhouette fits best in a larger, checked suitcase than a small carry-on or backpack.

This hanging toiletry bag from Boacay offers the convenience of vertical storage for an affordable price. The fold-out design made packing and viewing the products very easy. This bag includes four separate zipper compartments (which is more than many other cases we tested) that stay securely closed when hanging, and it is available in several different colors. We liked how the clear plastic compartments let us see all the products easily and would be easy to keep clean in case of any spills.

We packed a lot into this hanging case. We were able to fit four makeup brushes, three makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, two lipsticks, four toiletry bottles, and two hairspray cans. We honestly could’ve fit more which bodes well for those who travel on longer trips and need larger-sized products, like your must-have sunscreen . We tested the medium size, however, this product also comes in a larger size for an additional cost for those who need even more space. The structure of this bag provided protection throughout our multiple shake and drop tests. No products broke or spilled. Some of the products moved around a bit, but the fold-up design helped keep most things in place. We also appreciate the elastic loops in the middle two compartments that can help secure some items.

This hanging case is best for larger suitcases or checked bags but can still fit neatly into a backpack (though it’ll take up quite a bit of space). While this isn’t the highest quality material we tested in a travel makeup bag, at this price, you can’t go wrong.

Size: 11.42 x 3.78 x 7.48 inches | Weight: 12.3 ounces | Material: Exterior fabric not listed, PVC inner pockets | Closure: Full zip

Best Compact

Lululemon go getter pouch.

  • Design 4 /5

This bag fits easily in a backpack and smaller carry-on.

The pliable exterior made it easier to pack this bag full of products and squeeze it into a fuller backpack or suitcase.

The bag is water-repellent and easy to wipe clean.

We found ourselves rummaging a bit to find certain items at the bottom of the bag.

The exterior is rather thin and less protective than the other bags we tested, and some product caps fell off during testing (though nothing broke or spilled).

If you’re looking for a sleek and portable travel makeup case that you can throw in any bag, the Lululemon Go Getter Pouch is the one for you. Don’t let the compact silhouette fool you, we were able to fit quite a bit into this case. In the small front compartment, we fit four small/medium-sized brushes with room for more. We packed two palettes in the mesh pouch and five brushes, one more palette, two lipsticks, one foundation bottle, and three micellar travel bottles in the main pouch.

The outer water-repellent material made from recycled polyester looks stylish and, better yet, is also easy to clean. It feels thinner than other bags we tested — no extra padding here. After shaking and throwing the bag a few times during testing, a few caps came off some products, but thankfully no spills or breaks. The tops of some lipsticks were a tad smushed. The design of this pouch is simple and straightforward without much internal organization. While the bag was able to fit many products, the lack of organized compartments made it difficult at times to find a specific product needed. 

The compact size of this big is a major highlight as it easily fits in a backpack, weekender bag , carry-on luggage, and a checked bag. We especially like the flexible fabric exterior, which makes squeezing it into an already full bag much easier. The price point is affordable for a well-known brand and makes it a great choice for those prioritizing portability in a travel makeup bag. 

Size: 8.7 x 3.3 x 6.3 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Recycled polyester | Closure: Zip

Best Leather

Leatherology train case.


The square shape and deep main compartment fit so much makeup during testing.

We found the internal organization impressive in this case (so many pockets!).

The water-resistant lining is easy to clean.

It is available in 12 colors and can also be personalized.

When empty, we found this case didn’t feel as sturdy when packed full of products.

This bag is more expensive than the others we tested.

Looking for luxury and durability? Leatherology’s chic, classic, square-shaped train case will transport your makeup safely and in style. This bag’s full-grain leather exterior feels and looks like a dream. We appreciate the water-resistant lining that will be easy to keep clean. The full-zip-around closure allowed for easy packing, access, and viewing of all the products. We loved how many pockets there are in this travel makeup bag. It made organizing while packing super simple. The main compartment was deep enough to pack some bottles standing up. We packed four makeup brushes, three makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, three lipsticks, seven small toiletry bottles, and one hairspray. 

Despite initially feeling less sturdy when empty, this bag felt very secure once packed with products. The thin padding between the exterior and interior layers also adds additional protection. It fared well in all our shake and drop tests. No makeup or toiletries were broken or spilled, and the leather still looked great. The price is higher than some of the other bags we tested, but the genuine leather exterior, easy-to-clean interior, and loads of pockets make it well worth the cost. In addition, this travel makeup bag comes in many beautiful colors, and it can also be personalized. 

Size: 7.5 x 5 x 5.2 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Full grain leather exterior, water-resistant synthetic interior | Closure: Zip-around

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Best Makeup Case Set

Cuyana leather travel case set.

The wide opening of the larger case made for easy packing and increased accessibility.

The genuine leather proved easy to clean during testing.

This is available in 14 colors and can also be personalized.

The softer leather exterior didn’t add as much padding as the other bags we tested.

Some eyeshadow did spill during our shake and drop tests.

We love a two-for-one: This Travel Case Set from Cuyana is ideal for those wanting additional storage and the option of different sizes. The materials on these sleek, elegant leather cases felt durable and high quality throughout our tests. We found the larger bag had a wider opening for convenient packing and easy access. We learned the width of the opening can be a bit deceiving. We had to remove some products we initially packed in order to fully close the bag. In the larger bag alone we were still able to pack four makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, one lipstick, four toiletry bottles, and one hairspray and definitely had room for several more products. The second smaller case would be great for brushes, jewelry, or essential toiletries for your carry-on. 

At first, the soft leather exterior of these cases didn’t feel as sturdy as the other ones we tested, but they still kept the products secure in our tests. A little bit of eyeshadow was the only makeup to spill during multiple drops and shake tests but was easily cleaned up. Getting two genuine leather travel makeup cases for this price is a great deal. We also like the option to choose which size feels most appropriate for different types of travel. And who can say no to 14 color options and a color-coordinated personalized set? Not us.

Size: Large: 7 x 12 x 3.5 inches, small: 5 x 8 x 2.5 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Material: 100% sustainable, Argentinian leather | Closure: Zip

Best Investment

Cuyana travel beauty case.

  • Quality 4.5 /5

The removable leather pouch added extra storage and protection for smaller, more fragile items.

The exterior Italian leather of this case felt very sturdy and protected our makeup during testing.

The case opens up fully to allow for easy packing and easy access to items.

The pockets and elastic loops for makeup brushes kept products organized.

We noticed a few minor scuffs on the exterior of the bag after our drop tests.

The Cuyana Travel Beauty Case is the epitome of fashion and function together in one beautiful bag. Yes, this price tag is steep, but the quality of materials and thoughtful design won us over. The Italian leather exterior elevates the classic design of this travel makeup bag. The rectangular case opens up fully (like a clamshell), and we found it was super easy to pack. 

The internal organization is both super functional and beautiful, thanks to the matching leather interior. We appreciated the designated elastic loops for makeup brushes along with the leather flap to secure the brushes in place. The bonus removable leather zipper pouch adds another level of organization. An additional pocket at the bottom of the main compartment secures even more products. We were able to fit eight makeup brushes, two makeup palettes, one bottle of foundation, one eyelash curler, one mascara, four lipsticks, four toiletry bottles, and one hairspray. 

This bag isn’t just pretty, it’s sturdy too. The leather exterior and interior protected our makeup well during our shake and drop tests. Only a few items shook loose, but nothing broke or spilled. We noticed a few minor scuffs after dropping and throwing the bag a few times, but they were easily wiped away with our fingers. While the high price is certainly an investment, this travel case will be a beautiful piece to add to your travel collection for years to come. 

Size: 6.2 x 10.2 x 3.1 inches | Weight: 1.6 pounds | Material: Italian pebbled leather | Closure: Metal zip, internal metal button clasps

Other Travel Makeup Bags We Tried

  • Away The Cosmetics Bag : We love the sleek and low-profile design of this cosmetics bag, and the soft-molded cube shape fits nicely into a backpack and varied sizes of suitcases during testing. While we were able to pack a substantial amount of makeup in this case, the caps came off several products during our shake and drop tests, leading us to fear some inevitable spills during travel. We also found the price tag a bit steep compared to similar bags we tested.
  • Calpak Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag : We loved the durability of this bag’s material, not to mention its cute aesthetic. The compact size is super portable, and its ability to hang vertically makes it an all-around space-saver. While this hanging toiletry bag held ample products, several makeup items fell out during our shake and drop tests, which forebodes potential broken and spilled makeup. It was more expensive than similar and more secure bags we tested.
  • Mark & Graham Concourse Cosmetics Case : Again, we love a two-for-one, and this cosmetics case set from Mark & Graham offers a classic and chic aesthetic. We love the option to remove the smaller zipper pouch and use it on its own. While the larger case is so easy to open and pack, we wish there were a few more organizational features to separate and secure our items. Unfortunately, after a few shake and drop tests, several caps came off some bottles, and one compact even broke.
  • Vera Bradley Recycled Makeup Organizer Set : Ah, the iconic Vera Bradley prints. This set brings up some nostalgia for us, and we love how durable and easy to clean the material is (and that it’s made from recycled plastic). This set is a great value. It was able to hold and protect ample amounts of makeup products during our tests. No makeup broke or spilled; however, there isn’t much internal organization for either bag, and it left us struggling to find certain products buried at the bottom.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Travel Makeup Bag

Functionality .

When shopping for a travel makeup bag, functionality is your friend. You want a bag that can easily store, organize, and protect your products while traveling. Consider how much makeup and toiletries you usually travel with and what type of products. If you’ve got lots of brushes and smaller size items, you’ll want a bag with plenty of internal organizational options like the Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case , which has customizable dividers. Choose a bag that’ll easily fit everything, but be wary of a bag that’s too big because extra space will let your products get jostled around in transit.

Look for any special features in a travel makeup bag that are a good fit for your usual travel experience. Perhaps a hanging bag, such as the Béis The Hanging Cosmetic Case , will work best for small hotel bathrooms or tiny guest areas. Or maybe a removable pouch, like the Lululemon Go Getter Pouch , is something you’d prefer to keep essentials within reach in your carry-on. Consider other design elements like material and hardware finishes that can elevate your travel makeup bag from another utilitarian piece of luggage to a chic design piece.

We tested travel makeup bags that ranged in price from around $12 to almost $300. You can find a quality makeup case at any price, including the budget-friendly Narwey Travel Makeup Bag , depending on the materials and features that are most important to you.

In our PEOPLE Tested Lab, 26 buzz-worthy makeup cases were tried, inspected, and evaluated for ease of use, quality, capacity, design, and portability. Each bag was packed with the same standard packing list, and additional products were added if possible.

Our standard packing list included the following: 4 makeup brushes, 2 makeup palettes, 1 bottle of foundation, 1 eyelash curler, 1 mascara, 1 lipstick, 2 toiletry bottles (pre-filled with micellar water and sunscreen), 2 toiletry bottles (pre-filled with lotion), and 1 hairspray bottle.

After each bag was fully packed, our testers vigorously shook and dropped each case multiple times. The condition of the makeup afterward was observed and documented.

To test portability, each makeup case was then packed into three different-sized bags: a backpack, a carry-on suitcase, and checked luggage.

Combining considerations for the quality of materials and special organizational features, each case was given an overall score on a scale from one to five. The makeup cases with the highest averages were selected for this article as our top picks.

Frequently Asked Questions

“For starters, I like to minimize the general bulk of my products so that I'm not overpacking,” shares Scibelli. “And, of course, keeping the sizes to 3.4 ounces and under, if I'm not checking a bag.” He also recommends using a padded cosmetics case that offers an additional layer of protection.

Pro travel tip: “Use your other items in your suitcase as armor for your makeup bag, and position it in the center or with softer items around it for protection," he says.

“A typical toiletry bag is pretty simple, consisting of a one-pocket zip pouch,” explains Scibelli. “Travel makeup cases have become so much more intricate now with multiple pockets and travel features like having detachable pockets, being water resistant, and added padding for safety.” Makeup cases will often have specific features to hold makeup brushes and easy-to-clean fabric in case of spills.

Never say never, but mindfully packing your makeup in a travel makeup bag can avoid breakage in your suitcase. Scibelli recommends packing your makeup palettes tightly around other objects to avoid too much moving around. “If you're not going with a padded case, you can even wrap your favorite makeup palettes in a washcloth or sweatshirt. If you have a few makeup palettes that can risk cracking, you can also try stacking them together with a rubber band to avoid them from moving too much.”

L.A Hubilla is a freelance commerce writer for PEOPLE and Brides.com. She specializes in lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content. Hubilla also frequently tests products for various digital outlets including Byrdie, InStyle, and Travel + Leisure, among others. For this article, she surveyed the data compiled by the PEOPLE Tested team and compared them with professional insights from celebrity makeup artist Neil Scibelli. Using Scibelli’s advice paired with tester observations, she selected the top-performing makeup cases for this roundup. 

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14 Best Makeup Bags to Keep Your Beauty Stash Organized

A place for all your go-to makeup, from blushes to brushes.

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Every makeup wearer should have a designated cosmetic bag. Not only are they cute, but they're designed to keep beauty products organized and hygienic . There are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from everyday kits to on-the-go pouches .

Although there’s no one-size-fits-all option, there are certain features of a makeup bag that make it a worthy investment. "Ideally, the bag will be resilient, waterproof, and easy to wipe down ," says New York makeup artist Jamie Dorman . "This makes it easy to keep makeup sanitary and clean up any products that have made it out of their containers.

We conducted hours of research on the best makeup bags , evaluating them on quality, design, capacity, and extra features . Our team then combined these results with our research of fan favorites plus makeup artist-recommended picks to create this list of top-rated choices. From hard-shell cases and catch-alls to hanging satchels and TSA-approved transparent pouches, you've got lots to choose from.

Best Overall

Beis the cosmetics case.

Compact yet spacious

Magnetized brush holder


Limited colors

We absolutely adore this simple yet chic number from Béis. Measuring 9.5 x 7 x 4 inches, The Cosmetics Case is conveniently compact but more spacious than it looks . Inside, there's a magnetized removable brush holder with a pouch-style enclosure and a sizable zipper pocket on the back. Then there are three suitcase-style pockets in the main compartment and a slip pocket on the lid with a removable mirror for on-the-go application . 

This spill-proof makeup carrier has a faux leather exterior that resists crushing, and the lining is easy-to-clean , water-resistant polyester. We only wish it came in a wider variety of colors. 

Who It’s For

This spacious bag has pockets and compartments to stash all your makeup securely. It’s our top pick for virtually everyone. 

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 4 inches | Material: Polyurethane | Closure: Zipper | Colors: Black, Beige

Best Splurge

Royce new york double zip leather toiletry bag.

Saksfifth Avenue

Waterproof lining

Too small for some

If you're willing to shell out a little more for the perfect carrier, you won't regret investing in Royce's Double Zip Toiletry Bag. It's made of buttery-soft yet durable, genuine leather with a waterproof, stain-resistant lining . It'll fit effortlessly in any suitcase or overnight bag, but it still offers plenty of room for your must-haves . Our only complaint is that it might be a little on the small side, depending on the size of your makeup collection. 

Chic and durable, this leather toiletry bag is worth the money if your beauty budget can afford it. 

Dimensions: 7.75 x 4.5 x 5 inches | Material: Leather | Closure: Zipper | Colors: Black, Blush Pink, Navy Blue

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

Dagne Dover

High-quality design

Great color selection

Doesn't resist crushing

For more modest makeup collections (or when you’re just looking to take some of the key players on a trip), we recommend the small size of Dagne Dover's Hunter Bag. This thoughtfully designed pouch measures just 7.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches . It's made of water-resistant neoprene and has a removable zipper pocket, a dust bag, and three elastic loops for securing your brushes or lip products. The color options are something to admire too. 

Commerce Associate Editorial Director Jill Di Donato loves this makeup bag. She gushes often about its neoprene material—which makes it easy to clean (and keep clean) —and its zip compartments that are ingeniously designed for travel . This one doesn’t resist crushing , though, so don’t pack it in your checked luggage. 

If a petite pouch is perfect for your needs, we highly recommend this one. 

Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches | Material: Neoprene | Closure: Zipper, snap

Best Budget

Narwey makeup bag.

Most affordable on our list

Not the most durable

This water-resistant cosmetics bag has room for all the essentials and won't break the bank. Available in two sizes and several colors , it's got a main compartment, two side pockets, and three narrower sleeves for makeup brushes , eyeliner, mascara, lipstick—you name it. It’s not the most durable, but that’s to be expected given the affordable price point. 

If you’re looking for a makeup bag that will do the job for less money, this budget option fits the bill. 

Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 4 inches for large | Material: Polyurethane | Closure: Zipper | Colors: Black, Grey, Purple, Red +more

Best Waterproof

Meiyuuo waterproof makeup bag.

Made from waterproof materials

Holds its shape

No compartments

Need something that'll stand up to all spills, splashes, and maybe even a little rainfall ? This waterproof makeup bag is our colorful, cute pick. Made of smooth vegan leather with a wipeable nylon lining , it's lightweight yet durable and holds its shape well . It comes in several chic colors , too, ranging from millennial pink to mint green to marigold. The only downside is that there are no compartments to keep items organized inside. 

If you know your makeup bag will get messy, this waterproof option is for you. However, if like having compartments, it might let you down.

Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 4.5 inches | Material: Faux leather | Closure: Zipper

Best Hanging

Bosidu hanging travel toiletry bag.

Has lots of transparent compartments

Resists crushing

Zipper can be finicky

It’s always nice to have a makeup bag that you can unfold without taking up precious counter space. This handy cosmetics bag can be hung from the back of a door, on a towel hook , or really anywhere with a knob. Made of sturdy canvas with a thermoplastic interior and vegan leather accents , it's also crush-resistant and waterproof . Inside, there are multiple compartments and zippered pockets , all transparent so you can easily see all your products . The zipper can be a little finicky , so patience is key with this one. 

This hanging toiletry organizer is a must-have for frequent travelers–or anyone who prefers to keep their makeup collection hung up and out of the way.

Dimensions: 11.5 x 10 x 4.5 inches | Material: Canvas, faux leather, thermoplastic | Closure: Zipper

Best Standing

Glossier the beauty bag.


Multiple pockets

Removable inner pouch

Stands upright

Only one color

Glossier's take on the makeup bag is this cleverly designed catch-all. At 9.5 x 7 x 3 inches, it's tall enough to fit your brushes, pencils, and full-size skincare products yet wide enough to stand upright without support. However, it’s still somehow conveniently compact . 

There are various pockets and compartments to help you stay organized on the go, and thanks to the coated cotton exterior , you won't have to worry about spills, splashes, or stains. It only comes in Glossier’s signature color, so you need to be a pink fan for this one. 

If a standing bag with space for all your skincare and makeup essentials suits your needs best (and you like pink) then look no further. 

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 3 inches | Material: Coated cotton | Closure: Zipper

MAC Cosmetics Carry All

MAC Cosmetics

Great size for home or travel

Strap for easy transport

Made from durable nylon

Reviewers say it looks cheap

If your makeup stash desperately needs a new home, the MAC Carry All Case is a sound investment. It’s roomy, with plenty of space for the average cosmetics collection, and comes complete with brush compartments, a mirror, and a strap for easy transportation. Reviewers complained that the bag looked cheap but it’s durable and easy to clean , so if you’re just looking for something simple that’ll hold everything, you can’t go wrong with this one. 

This spacious carry-all bag has space for your entire makeup collection–perfect if you’re looking for an everyday organizer.

Dimensions: 11.5 x 5 x 6 inches | Material: Nylon | Closure: Zipper

Best for Makeup Artists

Make up for ever professional bag.

Multiple compartments

Transparent mesh pouches

This generously sized carrier was designed with makeup artists in mind . Measuring roughly 16 x 11 x 6 inches, it's got multiple compartments, pockets, and zip-up mesh pouches so you can keep your collection organized and in full view while working on clients (or yourself). You can tote it around by the handles or use the cross-body strap when you need your hands free. Though it only comes in one color, black is an undeniably professional choice.

Oversized and equipped with a myriad of compartments, this bag is best for professional makeup artists––or those with an oversized collection of makeup. 

Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 6 inches | Material: Polyester | Closure: Zipper

Paravel See-All Vanity Case

Stylish design

Easy to clean

Lined in case of spills

Can be personalized with a monogram

No compartments for organization

This Paravel option is perfect for those with a penchant for luxury brands or showing off their beauty wares (we’re sure you know a few). Made from a sturdy, wipeable eco-canvas and wrap-around clear window , this clear train case is as practical as it is aesthetic . You can see exactly what you’ve packed , so there’s no digging around aimlessly searching for a hair tie or lip balm . This also makes it perfect for traveling by plane (hi, TSA agents). Plus, you can customize it with a monogram so it’s easy for people to know who it belongs to, making it a great option for a beauty gift .

This transparent case makes packing and finding all your essentials easy. We love it as a stylish and convenient travel option.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 3.75 inches | Material: PVC and leather | Closure: Zipper

Best for Travel

Stephanie johnson belize blue stellar martha large cosmetics case.

Carry-all handles

Comes with four clear zip pouches

Suitcase style design

Only two color options

This suitcase-style cosmetics case comes with four removable clear pouches and a clear zipper compartment to make traveling with cosmetics easy and organized. It might look like a suitcase, but it’s compact enough to easily fit in your carry-on. Zip everything away when you're on the go with a top zip-around closure that will keep your stash in place . We just wish it came in more than two colorways. 

Although most of the makeup bags on our list work for travel, this one is the ultimate on-to-go option thanks to its abundance of compartments and pouches. 

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.75 x 4 inches | Material: PVC and leather | Closure: Zipper

Best Tiered

Caboodles on-the-go girl makeup organizer.

Tiered level organization

Hard plastic is durable and easy to clean

Trays make for easy access

Bulky when traveling

A Caboodle is a nostalgic way to organize your stash , and hey, we could always use a dose of nostalgia. we're fans of this model, which offers spacious storage with an auto-open tray and secure latch for no-spill travel (although, the bulky size of this one means it won’t fit in your luggage easily). The bottom of the cosmetic case has storage space to hold larger items like brushes, while the top of the organizer contains a tray divided into three compartments for makeup items. The best part: it’s available in 30 different color combinations to suit your (or a young makeup artist you love) style.

We like this tiered option for at-home use (especially if you’ve got a soft spot for the 90s). The handy trays separate and store items effortlessly. 

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.75 x 4 inches | Material: Plastic | Closure: Flip lid

Calpak Mini Cosmetics Case

Similar to a packing cube


Transparent so you can find items more easily

Large size is very big

If you enjoy packing your clothes in packing cubes , you'll especially love these clear makeup bags from the luggage brand Calpak. The bags come in three sizes —small, medium, and large—and a variety of colorways . Each bag features a clear PVC exterior , making it TSA-friendly and easier to find items while you're getting ready. We also love that the bags have top handles for easy handling .

Simple and effective, these clear makeup cubes make it easy to organize and transport your essentials.

Size: Small, Medium, Large | Material: Faux Leather, transparent PVC | Closure: Zipper

Best Lightweight

Vera bradley featherweight hanging organizer.

Vera Bradley

Lightweight design

Water-wicking fabric 

Easy hanging design

Lots of compartments 

Design isn’t crush-proof

There's nothing quite like the organization of a hanging cosmetic case like this one, but it’s especially nice if it’s on the lighter side. Not only does it hang nicely on a towel rack or shower curtain (leaving you tons of counter space to work with), but it has separate compartments for everything you could ever need. Staying true to its name, the bag is incredibly lightweight and features a nylon fabric that wicks away water . The only downside is that this one isn't crush-proof , so be careful how you transport it. 

Makeup can be heavy enough as it is. This lightweight case will ensure you’re not carrying any extra weight. 

Size: Medium | Material: Recycled nylon | Closure: Zipper

Overall, our favorite makeup bag is the Béis The Cosmetics Case , which is water-resistant and compact yet spacious, and comes with a magnetized removable brush holder . We also loved our budget pick, Narwey’s Zipper Makeup Bag , which is water-resistan t as well and has plenty of storage space, with a main compartment, two side pockets, and three narrower sleeves .

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best makeup bags on the market, evaluating their key features—like quality, design, capacity, and extra features —in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list and consulted with a professional makeup artist before naming these our favorites. 

What to Look for in a Makeup Bag

  • Size : When it comes to the best makeup bag for your needs, size definitely comes into play . Are you after something that will fit your entire makeup routine or just weekend essentials ? Are you a maximalist who needs to travel with her entire makeup collection, in which case, the Make Up For Ever Professional Bag might be ideal, or are you a mascara, clear balm, and concealer kind of person who would love the compact Royce New York Double Zip Leather Toiletry Bag ? You can always keep more than one makeup bag on hand—one for night-out essentials and another for getaways or work trips.
  • Material : According to Dorman, your best bet when it comes to makeup bags is to go for something durable and waterproof to protect you from spills and accidental leaks. She likes nylon, PVC, thick canvas materials, and leather . The Calpak Clear Cosmetic Case , for example, features clear PVC, which allows for easy navigation (we've all lost something at the bottom of our makeup bags!) and is TSA-compliant . You can also choose something more eco-friendly if that appeals to you more, such as bags made from recycled plastics or sustainably sourced leather or hemp.
  • Compartments : Another personal preference worth thinking about is the number of compartments , whether that’s zero or multiple. Compartments are great for high-risk products (think foundation, liquid blush, and the like) or smaller items like lip balm and bobby pins that are otherwise easily lost. Makeup bags with longer slots for brushes and a protective brush cover are also helpful if you take your brushes with you. We love the Glossier Beauty Bag for this reason.

If you are traveling and want to take your makeup stash , you should make sure your makeup bag is padded and sturdy. There should be a zipper closure and slots to safely and securely hold your brushes and liquid products. Using magnetic palettes can help you save space, but be sure to store them as securely as you can, so powders don't crack or crumble.

When packing your makeup bag with pressed powders, try adding a cotton ball or small makeup puff inside the case to prevent movement and secure the product.

Packing your makeup bag for trips takes some planning to prevent spilling or cracking. Try wrapping products in plastic wrap and cushioning with cotton balls or powder puffs. For liquids, open the cap and place some plastic wrap over the opening. Screw the cap back on, and add more plastic wrap around the top. You can also place things in spillproof reusable bags or smaller travel-size sealed containers.

Theresa Holland is a seasoned commerce writer specializing in beauty, travel, and lifestyle. For this story, she interviewed a makeup artist, who offered product recommendations and pointers on what to look for in a cosmetics carrier, and then she considered dozens of models and reviewed third-party sources as well as our own testing insights to find today's best options. Since 2020, Theresa has been writing for Byrdie, where she covers makeup, skincare, and wellness gadgets.

Put it this way: Team Byrdie owns and subsequently transports A LOT of beauty products, especially makeup. Half the issue is culling down to essentials only, but the other half is finding the ideal makeup bag—a pursuit we’ve spent years perfecting. 

Additional guidance was provided by Jamie Dorman , an NYC-based celebrity makeup artist.

Byrdie contributor Esme Benjamin checked and updated this article in December 2023 to ensure every detail was correct and each product deserves its place on Byrdie’s list.

According to our  Diversity Pledge , 15% of products in our newly published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any makeup bags from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at  [email protected]  and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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To find the best travel makeup bags, the best designer makeup bags, and the best pouches, we spoke with a slew of experts. Makeup artists Molly R. Stern , Lisa Aharon , and Kim Baker shared their expert advice from years of working with celebrity clients. Founders of New York-based organization company Twice as Organized , Michaela and Zoe Katz, as well as founder of Imagine It Done , Lisa Jacobs, divulged organizational expertise, too. Ahead, find our curated list of the best makeup bags to organize any size stash, including plenty of options that make wonderful gifts for women this holiday season. Plus, you’ll discover specific tips for how to find the right bag for you and the exact features to look for.

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Have you ever wished you could see all of the makeup and toiletries you packed? Well, thanks to this best travel cosmetic bag, your wish has been granted. Bagsmart’s take on a travel makeup bag is delivered in this iteration that includes a “hanger” that holds the bag up. Inside, you’ll find multiple compartments that have a see-through design, which allows you to view all of your products without having to unpack them all. There are also elastic straps to hold bottles of your favorite skin tints and drugstore foundations upright to prevent spills. Better yet, the bag is made from water-resistant material which keeps your items safe if they get wet. What testers say: “This is perfect for travel storage of personal hygiene and cosmetics. I was able to take enough for a 17-day trip. It is well-designed, and the ability to hang it up is extremely useful. We particularly like how each storage area has a clear/view side to see where your items are without opening to hunt and sort through each compartment. It doesn’t take up much room when folded up. It will also contain most leasable items so your clothes don’t get damaged.” Price upon publish date of this article:  $22.99

Relavel Travel Makeup Train Case Makeup Bag

If you’re someone looking for a makeup bag that encourages custom storage, this TikTok-famous beauty product is for you. You can move the dividers around to create a storage system that meets your need, and this waterproof bag is a great option for those who are accident-prone. Even better, the upper compartment is specifically for brushes, with a fold-down flap that protects them from any friction while in transit. What testers say : “I saw a review for this on TikTok and I knew I needed to buy it for my upcoming trip! I’ve been looking into durable makeup bags/cases for traveling and I loved everything about this! It’s super lightweight (with and without my makeup in it) and I was easily able to fit it into my carry-on and duffel bag! It also fits a surprisingly large amount of makeup (I had a few empty slots) and I’m super impressed!” Price upon publish date of this article:  $19.98

If you’re looking for a bag to handle holding your entire skin care routine or makeup for a full face, the Kusshi makeup bag is one of the best makeup bags for travel. On average, it holds anywhere from 25 to 30 products, and if any spills occur, can be machine washed without any issue. “It has little pockets to protect and organize delicate items and stands upright even though the bag is soft,” explains Aharon. It’s easy to throw in your tote bag and take with you on the go. “I love how wide it opens,” Stern adds. Editor testing and review notes: “I’ve had my Kusshi makeup bag for nearly four years — it’s one of my top recommendations when friends ask for a cosmetic case that fits a lot and is easy to pack. The attachable inner organizers are convenient for keeping my makeup brush set clean and easy to find, while the large size is big enough to house multiple eyeshadow palettes , face serums , and liquid foundations . And because it’s a soft case, it’s easier to squeeze into a suitcase.” Price upon publish date of this article:  $89

Béis, from actress Shay Mitchell, has built a reputation for creating innovative and stylish products that allow you to stay as organized as possible (like the brand’s TikTok-famous weekender bag ) and this cosmetics case is no different. In addition to the body of the bag, this best makeup organizer bag comes with a removable, zippered sleeve designed for you to keep your makeup brushes protected against your other products. Also included is a mirror that stands on its own for quick touchups. The body is a hold-all in a wipeable material, where we recommend storing larger, TSA-approved bottles, deodorant, and other items.    Editor testing and review notes: “Hard-shelled cosmetic cases are my favorite for transporting fragile beauty goods, like perfume or liquid blush cased in glass bottles, that risk chaos if they spill. Béis is one I can count on when my bag is being thrown on a baggage claim conveyor belt — it’s tough and sturdy, keeping the contents in pristine condition no matter the conditions. But beyond its burly build, this makeup bag is genius in its special features: I love that I can remove the makeup brush sleeve for more room, and the included mirror means I don’t have to jockey for the hotel bathroom to do my makeup.” Price upon publish date of this article:  $68

With pockets and pouches galore, the Stephanie Johnson Rosewood Cognac Jenny Travel Cosmetics Case will keep you organized at home and on the road. The two larger compartments are roomy enough to hold larger skin care products like your favorite firming face cream and body lotion , and the removable pouches allow you to keep essentials neat and easy to reach. The lower compartment is just the right size to secure your makeup palettes without allowing them to shake around. What testers say: “I prefer to use a train case for it cosmetics when I travel. This one looks so elegant. It’s roomy and will hold so many items. The separate brush case adds even more functionality.” Price upon publish date of this article:  $103

The best travel makeup bag for families, this mighty L.L. Bean bag holds literally everything. With its multi-zip compartments, this bag will hold everything from everyone – including stuff you’ve picked up on your travels. Additionally, L.L. Bean has tested this bag to make sure it’s the strongest one on the market. With lining made to stop spills in their tracks and a detached shower caddy and mirror, there’s no excuse to not look your best whilst traveling. Editor testing and review notes: “I’m a maximalist when it comes to skin, hair, and body care, and L.L. Bean’s fold-up toiletry bag has been my go-to travel companion since college. Its design is pure genius, but maybe the best part is that the inside lining stops liquids from leaking out. I speak from experience: My shampoo exploded and not one drop got out of the bag.” Price upon publish date of this article: $44.95

Made in a full grain leather that protects against travel damage and scratches, this Leatherology small travel case is made specifically to hold travel-sized bottles, but has options available in bigger sizes for those who want more space. With a water-resistant interior and mesh pockets to separate your makeup, it’s both built for performance and looks. Available to be customized with embossing this train case is one of the best monogrammed makeup bags you can find. Even if you plan on solely keeping it on your vanity table, this train case is truly a work of art. What testers say: “I travel a lot for work and have never found a cosmetics case I liked. I bought this one for the 12th anniversary of my company as a gift to myself and I love it. Best gift ever!” Price upon publish date of this article:  $125

“Jillian Dempsey makes a fabulous makeup bag with two pockets, so you can separate your smaller items from your bigger products,” says Stern. Celebrity makeup artist (and wife to McDreamy), Jillian Dempsey’s makeup pouch has two large compartments, plus a smaller exterior space for you to stash tweezers, lash glue, and a lash curler. As it’s made of nylon and super durable, this large makeup bag can be machine washed if spills occur, or wiped down if some excess powder escapes a compact. Price upon publish date of this article:  $45

Designed to keep your makeup and skin care products at an optimal temperature to preserve their quality, the WellInsulated makeup case is the right choice for protecting your valuable beauty buys from intense temperatures. “It’s easy to clean, weather-resistant, and even doubles as a lunch bag,” says Aharon. Available in sweet pink vegan leather, the interior is also reflective, so you’re able to find what you want in a snap. What testers say: “I’m already a huge fan of WellInsulated. I’ve been eyeing the gold for a while and am so glad I bought it! The color is beyond beautiful in person and I’ve put all my supplements and medications in it and now leave it on my kitchen counter. Makes me so happy just to look at it!” Price upon publish date of this article:  $98

This hanging makeup bag is easy to travel with and is highly rated by Aharon. “It’s easy to organize, pop onto the back of a door, and is lightweight and water-resistant,” she says. It’s ideal when you’re traveling with little ones or in staying in shared quarters, as its interior allows you to keep things organized, even when counter space is lacking. The interior removable pouch allows you to keep your medicine, makeup, or other essentials in their own space, ideal if you need to throw them in a bag for the day. A water-resistant interior further adds protection while traveling, especially if you’ve ever ended up at your destination with shampoo all over your toiletry bag. What testers say: “A hanging toiletry bag is one of my favorite items to pack…I’ve used another name-brand hanging toiletry bag previously, and it didn’t fit everything I needed until I saw yours. I’ll be purchasing these for my children’s go-bag luggage.” Price upon publish date of this article:  $75

If you’re looking for a makeup case to add a bit of luxury to your everyday life, this Gucci one is calling your name. Given the smaller size, it’s made to keep just the essentials on hand. It’s also perfect for when you’d like to do touch-ups, but don’t want to dig a larger bag out every time you want to reapply or blot. As it’s made from canvas, it’s going to be strong and sturdy for years to come, even as your makeup needs change. Price upon publish date of this article: $490

The Coach Essential Vanity Case helps to romanticize your makeup routine. Whether you’re applying your daily makeup and like your products to be kept in one bag, or you’re packing for a trip, this case elevates your dated cosmetic bag. It’s crafted from Coach’s signature pebbled leather and has an interior with six flexible slots, which keep your products upright and secure. The vanity case also boasts a top zipper with a compact mirror inside the lid. Price upon publish date of this article:  $195

If you’re looking to splurge on a gift for your mom or simply purchase something special for yourself, the Saint Laurent Cosmetic Bag is it. The quilted makeup bag features the same luxurious materials you’ll find in Saint Laurent’s  best designer handbags  — high-quality leather, durable hardware, and beautiful detailing. And even though the case resembles the best mini bags , it expands on the side seams to fit everything you need for the day, and the internal slip pocket is perfect for smaller essentials like hair ties or bobby pins.  Price upon publish date of this article:  $1,350

Longchamp is known for its timeless canvas bags, and this makeup case includes the same tried and true design. The Boxford Canvas & Leather Cosmetics Case offers a boxy silhouette that gives some structure but not too much, making it easy to pack and transport. The case has a spacious body that easily stores your makeup — from the best mascaras to your trusted acne spot treatments — you can organize all your beauty products in one place. What testers say: “I bought this bag to hold some items that I kept getting lost in my purse. It turns out I greatly overestimated how much space I would need, and I have also begun to use it to carry my chargers as well (iPad, iPhone, and laptop chargers).” Price upon publish date of this article:  $95

Stella McCartney pioneered leather alternatives in the luxury fashion space, and this Alter Faux-Leather Cosmetic Case features innovative materials that feel just like leather to touch. The petite pouch is an ideal size for short trips or for stowing essentials in your slouchy bag or your designer tote bag . It features a full zip for easy access to what’s inside, and the perforated logo detail on the outer is subtle and chic — it’s one of the best vegan makeup bags out there. Price upon publish date of this article: $275

The Bao Bao Issey Miyake Panelled Make Up Bag is a great choice for those on the market for a designer makeup bag that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. You’ll get the brand’s signature geometric paneled design plus an easy-to-clean nylon lining, so you don’t need to stress about spills. This cool makeup bag is perfect for your best lipsticks , best face serums , or travel-sized skin care products. Price upon publish date of this article: $259

If you’re fishing for a high-quality makeup bag without a high price tag, consider this Amazon beauty pick . The bag has a stylish design that opens into a flat surface, which helps you access our makeup easily. And when you’re done, just scrunch it back up and store it. The design is so convenient that it has had over eight thousand purchases in the past month, and is a current bestseller on Amazon. What testers say: “Perfect size to fit all of my makeup goods, the bag itself is very high quality, and the zip is sturdy. I love the way the bag opens wide to reveal all of my makeup and that it keeps everything organized and easy to find. It would be a great travel bag, but I use it as everyday storage as I like to do my makeup in different locations around the house.” Price upon publish date of this article: $23.99

Lululemon’s Go Getter Pouch is the best for tossing in your gym or work bag . It has a large inside that holds plenty of makeup, skin care, and two miscellaneous items you need while on the go. The pouch also includes an exterior pocket, perfect for holding pony ties for your next gym session. What testers say: “I was VERY impressed when I got this in the mail. I had probably 2 or 3 different bags/pouches with random makeup, skin care, and other things, and combined all of them into this one with lots of room left. It’s not stiff material, so it’s easy to manipulate it to fit things, and the small zip pocket is perfect for the small things you don’t want to go searching for. I cannot recommend this enough!” Price upon publish date of this article: $38

Dagne Dover’s portfolio showcases a vast collection of functional, everyday bags that look good, and perform even better. This makeup organizer is no exception. It’s created in the brand’s proprietary neoprene fabric which is soft and roomy. The bag offers an impressive interior with two removable zip pouches that allow for more organization, and it comes in small and large sizes. Price upon publish date of this article: $65

“Customers should look to see if there is an easy-to-clean lining,” advises Jacobs, which this Didida does. It’s made from a waterproof fabric and comes with a detachable cosmetic pouch so you can separate your makeup from your skin care and toiletries, making it simple to grab what you need. “If the makeup bag doesn’t have an easy-to-clean lining, you will just end up having to rebuy bags every time they get dirty or stained,” warns Jacobs. What testers say : “As a package of 3 with varied sizes, they are great! I use them for medications, one for daytime meds, one for evening meds, and one for cosmetics. I love the color and softness!” Price upon publish date of this article: $18

One of the best travel cosmetic cases around, this Calpak bag “comes in nice colors and makes an awesome travel makeup bag as well,” explains Baker. If you’re someone who likes to be reminded of what they’ve brought (and maybe forgot), this bag offers organization with an interior mesh pocket for smaller items. Two separate slots allow you to section out your products so if something splashes in one, your entire collection won’t be compromised. Additionally, as it’s made in a PVC material, Aharon notes that it’s “super easy to spot what you need and keep clean and rinse out.” What testers say : “You can literally fit everything you could possibly need for travel into this case – shower stuff, hair stuff, a 10-step skin care regimen, etc. The case is made really well and I can tell it will look just as good in years to come as it does now.” Price upon publish date of this article: $95

“An oldie but goodie is the legendary   Little Brown Makeup Bag by Bloomingdale’s. It’s not clear, but it’s a good one and it’s only $16,” Baker says. It’s a super option to hold your essential day-to-day products, and it also makes for a chic gift. Additionally, this little pouch is multi-functional, and can hold receipts, loose coins or whatever else you’d like. What testers say: “This is adorable when you get one of the brown bags to go along with it. I get asked about the cosmetic bag and medium brown bag all the time.” Price upon publish date of this article: $18

Nothing is more luxurious than a set of leather travel cases, and this set from Cuyana is available in an array of colors. Crafted in pebbled leather, the Cuyana set is durable and less prone to showing wear and tear, meaning you can toss it around in any bag or suitcase with abandon. The interior is made of microsuede, which is super easy to clean. You can also feel great about shopping for this bag — Cuyana is part of the Leather Working Group, an organization ensuring sustainable practices are used in the tanning and development of their leather. Price upon publish date of this article: $168

A cult favorite, Glossier’s Beauty Bag is made in coated cotton with a detachable interior pocket in a smooth felt lining that’s soft to the touch. It’s large enough for full-size bottles to stand completely up on their own and with four interior pockets on the side, you can store small tools and brushes safely. There are also two zippered pockets on the exterior for you to place your immediate go-to’s on the outside. What testers say: “This bag is so cute and very functional. I have some of the serums from this brand and they fit perfectly in the pockets. I was easily able to fit all of my makeup products in here with a little extra space. This bag is perfect for packing for vacations or just everyday use. If you are thinking about getting this bag… do it!” Price upon publish date of this article: $40

“I still love my Sonia Kashuk clear makeup bags that are affordable and come in a variety of sizes available at Target,” Baker tells us. Its metallic zipper closure spans the entire top of the bag, so you’ll have no issue fitting in items of various sizes. Made with triangular sides that gradually get larger as you reach the base, this bag lets bottles stand upright or brushes to lay along the bottom. If you’re someone who craves interior pockets and organizing, this bag may not be for you, but as an everyday, easy makeup bag, this works to hold your must-haves. What testers say: “I bought this for a vacation to put all my toiletry items in. I’ve used it twice in my carry-on and TSA has never said it’s too big. Fits a lot of items & seems sturdy!” Price upon publish date of this article: $9.99

“For ladies who love to budget shop, the Anrui travel bag is great as a makeup and travel bag,” Baker says. If you’re looking for more organization in your suitcase or prefer to break up products by necessity, this set may be right for you. As they’re waterproof and see-through, they’re easy to eyeball. Its size allows it to stand up independently, another plus for anyone with delicate items or little ones underfoot. With over 1,000 five-star reviews, it’s a top selling Amazon makeup bag. What testers say: “Just returned from a long multi-city trip and am glad I had this bag. Its sturdy shape allows it to stand up firmly in your carry-on, making it easy to locate and remove for security checkpoints. This feature also allows you to use it on bathroom sinks; it stands up and you can easily see all your products at a glance.” Price upon publish date of this article: $9.99

The Different Types of Makeup Bags

You can find various kinds of makeup bags, so choosing one boils down to what you’ll use it for. “People often use makeup bags for many different purposes: to bring to work, for traveling, to keep in a locker at a gym, etc. It is important to pick a makeup bag based on these needs,” says Jacobs. “If you’re like me, and not a bag lady, I only need one for my purse and one for travel,” notes Baker. “It’s important to know the size of the makeup products and the amount of makeup you want to put in the bag,” the Katz sisters explain. “This will help you decide what kind of makeup bag you need, whether it’s large vs small, many pockets vs no pockets, or vertical vs horizontal.” Below are three popular makeup bag categories to shop.

  • Makeup bags with compartments: Great for those who like to keep things neat and tidy, these big makeup bags and makeup train cases include special features like built-in zipper pockets, mesh sleeves, and pouches to keep your best makeup brushes in mint condition. These organizational makeup bags and makeup cases are larger than other options, which can be bulky to travel with, but they make it easier to carry a load of products without needing to dig around to find what you’re looking for. Some larger options work well for the gym too, as their open interior allows more room to store deodorant or dry shampoo.
  • Designer makeup bags: These luxury makeup bags are investment pieces because of the their high-quality materials. Expect buttery leather makeup bags, quilted makeup bags, or luxury canvas makeup bags crafted with durable hardware and long-lasting materials. Designer makeup bags are created to stand the test of time, so they also make great gifts for women , gifts for girlfriends , and gifts for moms .
  • Makeup pouches: Pouches are handy for everyday use —  the mini makeup bags keep your items easy to reach when you’re at the office or heading to the gym. They’re also great weekender makeup bags when you’re traveling with just the essentials. Makeup pouches are also ideal for holding items you use to touch up throughout the day; keep your best setting powder and best lip gloss inside to refresh when necessary. These small makeup bags are typically budget-friendly, so they’re a great option for brides looking for makeup bags for bridesmaids.
  • Travel makeup bags: While most makeup bags are friendly for travel, some are specially designed to withstand wear and tear from being crammed in a suitcase, tossed on a conveyor belt, or squeezed into a shoulder bag. Soft cases are generally easier to fit in a suitcase, however hard-shell makeup bags offer more protection for those who travel with liquids or palettes.

What to Consider When Shopping for the Best Makeup Bags

Size, durability, and price are three important factors to keep in mind when you’re selecting a makeup bag. But fabric is by far the most important consideration: If you can’t travel without your favorite liquid highlighter and best cream blush , an easy-to-clean material like nylon is key. If your case is going to sit on your vanity, then a pretty leather bag might be up your alley. Here are the most common fabrics and materials you can choose from.

  • PVC makeup bags : If you’re someone who travels a lot and gets anxious about TSA-friendly options, you may want to consider a clear, PVC option that shows what’s inside. These bags are also a great choice because they are easy to wipe down if a leak occurs in transit. One caveat: Typically, PVC pieces lack interior organization, depending on their size.
  • Vegan leather makeup bags : This material is created using more sustainable practices and can be cleaned with less difficulty than traditional leather, but visually will appear similar. Vegan leather products can be more cost-effective as well, yet still can be personalized or monogrammed, depending on the designer.
  • Leather makeup bags : One of the more luxurious options for makeup bags, leather is also surprisingly durable. However, a downside can be the eventual cleaning, which often is recommended to be done by a professional. The interiors are typically easier to clean than exteriors.
  • Canvas makeup bags : These bags are perfect for gift giving and customization — they’re a popular choice for brides shopping for makeup bags for bridesmaids. Available in a wide variety of sizes and at reasonable price points, they’re a versatile choice.
  • Nylon makeup bags : Much like canvas, nylon is one of the easiest fabrics to wipe down if any spills occur, and can be ideal when traveling with children and babies. Waterproof and man-made, nylon is a sustainable option, as many nylons are produced out of recycled bottles and other objects.

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Meet the Experts

Michaela and Zoe Katz are the founders of New York-based Twice as Organized , a lifestyle organization company offering full-service in-home organization.

Kim Baker is a New York-based commercial makeup artist and former Wilhelmina Model who specializes in working with celebrities and models. She is the founder of Glamazon Beauty.

Molly R. Stern is a celebrity makeup artist based in Los Angeles. She has worked with celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, Lily Collins, and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet and editorial opportunities.

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Claire Sullivan is the Senior Beauty and Lifestyle Commerce Editor for WWD and Footwear News. She’s spent over five years researching, reporting on, and writing about the beauty industry for publications like Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle, and Byrdie. She’s tested hundreds of products during her time as a beauty editor, including many a makeup bag. Sullivan wrote the updated version of this best makeup bag story with the newly released product picks for 2023 and more helpful advice on selecting the best cosmetic bag for your needs.

Taylor Lane is a WWD and Footwear News contributing freelance beauty and fashion shopping writer based in Charleston, South Carolina. The former New Yorker previously held on-staff shopping writer roles at Yahoo Life and Dotdash Meredith. Lane’s bylines have appeared in publications like InStyle, Forbes Vetted, Women’s Health, and more. Lane has several years of editorial experience covering beauty and fashion, reporting on everything from stylish and functional sneakers to the latest and greatest beauty products. Lane updated this article on the best makeup bags in December to include new product picks and additional advice on what to look for in top makeup bags.

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11 Travel Makeup Bags That Will Protect Your Most Prized Beauty Products

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Whether you're an avid traveler always on the go or a beauty-lover whose most prized possession is their cosmetic and skin-care collections (we totally get it!), a quality travel makeup bag is arguably one of the most worthwhile investments you can make. Hear us out: with a travel makeup organizer, you can keep all of your beauty essentials safely tucked away, organized, and ready to go at a moment's notice. The products also help to make travel a breeze — whether you're in need of something compact that will fit in your checked suitcase or are searching for a clear travel makeup bag that you can easily take through TSA, there are so many different product styles, all designed to align with you and your lifestyle.

While you're feeding your wanderlust this year and embarking out on a busy season of holiday travels, consider investing in one of these 11 quality travel makeup bags to make your next hotel stay, road trip, or journey through airport security, a little more painless. We've searched for the cutest, most convenient bags so you can finally ditch your old plastic sandwich bags in favor of something more long-lasting. From clear makeup bags that are TSA-approved to travel makeup bags with compartments and even a space-saving hanging toiletry bag style that will allow you to see all of your favorite beauty products in full-view, these are the best travel makeup bags to take on your next jet-setting adventure.

— Additional reporting by Sarah Siegel

Most Stylish Travel Makeup Bag: Vera Bradley ReActive Cosmetic Makeup Organizer Set

Most Stylish Travel Makeup Bag: Vera Bradley ReActive Cosmetic Makeup Organizer Set

Vera Bradley has a reputation for creating some of today's best travel bags — from personal carry-on items to travel makeup bags and more. This Vera Bradley ReActive Cosmetic Makeup Organizer Set ($42) is the perfect addition to add to your luggage set. Not only is it incredibly stylish, it also features a clear design for added convenience, too.

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Best Sustainable Travel Makeup Bag: Everlane The ReNew Catch-All Case

We love products that are as pretty and practical as they are eco-friendly, too — just like this Everlane The ReNew Catch-All Case ($35). The cosmetic bag is crafted from 100 percent recycled polyester material, making it a sustainable alternative to some of the other styles on this list. Plus, it's even designed with five interior drop-in pockets that allow you to easily organize all of your makeup products .

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Best Clear Travel Makeup Bag: Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case

Clear travel makeup bags are an essential if you're heading out for a short trip and just need something that's TSA-approved to store in your carry-on bag. This Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case ($76, originally $95) is especially chic, as it features a caramel-colored lining and boasts two spacious zippered compartments.

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Best Hanging Travel Makeup Bag: Bagsmart Toiletry Bag

If you're anything like us and have a habit of cluttering your hotel room with all of the products you crammed into your suitcase, then this Bagsmart Toiletry Bag ($23, originally $25) is a great space-saving solution . The travel toiletry bag will allow you to easily carry all of your beauty and skin-care products, and then seamlessly hang the product in your closet for ease.

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Best Compact Travel Makeup Bag: Kusshi Everyday Makeup Bag

While there are certain items we can forgo when traveling, beauty products are always an essential regardless of the duration of the trip or destination. This Kusshi Everyday Makeup Bag ($45) is compact and totally cute! Thanks to the small nature of this travel makeup bag, you can take all of your must have cosmetics on the go with you and still have ample room left in your suitcase, too!

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Best Travel Makeup Bag With Compartments: Space NK Double Travel Bag

If you value organization when traveling, then you'll love the look and feel of this Space NK Double Travel Bag ($60). The clear toiletry bag boasts ample interior space. Plus, with its divided compartments, you can separate your makeup and skin-care products accordingly.

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Best Overall Travel Makeup Organizer: Away The Cosmetics Bag

If you're looking for a makeup organizer that has it all, look no further than this Away The Cosmetics Bag ($75). With a bottom spill-proof compartment, the travel essential is sure to keep all of your liquids organized and upright. If the pink coloring isn't your vibe, the bag is also available to shop in black.

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Best Travel Makeup Bag With Brush Holder: Monos Metro Folio Kit

When it comes to packing up our toiletries and skin-care products for a trip, we typically prefer taking it all in a single bag so that it's easier to transfer everything and seamlessly take it out at the airport or on our flight, if needed. This Monos Metro Folio Kit ($60) gives travelers the freedom to do just that, especially with its brush holder detailing!

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Best Heat-Protecting Travel Makeup Bag: OTM Monaco Makeup Bag

Add this OTM Monaco Makeup Bag ($145) to the list of things we never knew we needed, but now suddenly can't live without. The heat-protecting makeup bag helps to ensure that all of your makeup products are safely stored away and protected from even the hottest temperatures. Take it on your next tropical beach getaway for a taste of its full capabilities!

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Best Travel Makeup Bag Set: Mark and Graham Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetics Case

Why get only one travel makeup bag when you can get a whole set? This Mark and Graham Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetics Case ($119) provides even more interior space to hold all of your travel essentials, as it comes in two separate bags. The camel-colored lining also helps to elevate the cosmetics set with a timeless touch!

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Best Hard-Shell Travel Makeup Bag: Ted Baker London Take Flight Vanity Case

If you want something that will last for the long-term, then you can't go wrong with investing in a hard-shell travel organizer like this Ted Baker London Take Flight Vanity Case ($295). With its structured frame, the makeup case provides a bit more durability than the average makeup bag.

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15 Best Makeup Bags to Cure Your Clutter

By Sarah Han and Annie Blackman

Best Makeup Bags a collage of Dagne Dover Everlane and Saie cosmetic cases on a pink background

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We love shopping for beauty products, but organizing all of our products ? A little less so. That's where the best makeup bags come in. Deep down, you know that your precious makeup, hair-care, and skin-care stockpiles deserve to be stored with dignity in something pretty, practical, and portable. Whether you need a makeup bag to take you through TSA or simply something to help keep your vanity in order, these 15 best makeup bags will check all your boxes. Keep scrolling to find your perfect makeup pouch.

Our Top Picks:

  • Best Overall: Béis The Cosmetic Case , $68
  • Best for Overpackers: Étoile Collective Duo Vanity Case , $100
  • Best for the Organized Traveler: Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case , $35
  • Best for Last-Minute Packers: Vlando Travel Cosmetic Case , $24
  • Most Durable: Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Travel Bag , $95
  • Most Stylish: Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll , $248
  • Best Water-Resistant: Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag , $45
  • Best Splurge: Tumi Madeline Nylon Cosmetics Bag , $250
  • For the Hotel Frequenters: Away The Hanging Toiletry Bag , $75

Best Overall: Béis The Cosmetic Case

Black Béis The Cosmetic Case on a light gray background

Béis The Cosmetic Case


Why It's Worth It:  Doing makeup while in a moving vehicle should be considered an Olympic sport. However, a good makeup bag on your lap, while you multitask (in the passenger seat, of course), can make a world of difference. The Béis The Cosmetic Case is one of our go-to's for its spacious, organized design and plentiful interior pockets. This pick also comes with a makeup mirror for easy touch-ups wherever you are. It's also spill-proof, and we  love  having one less thing to worry about.

Dimensions:  10 inches x 7 inches x 3.8 inches |  Material:  Faux leather (exterior), polyester, and PVC (interior) |  Color Options:  8

Best for Overpackers: Étoile Collective Duo Vanity Case

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Étoile Collective Duo Vanity Case

Why It's Worth It:  So you've got a lot of stuff. Well, the Étoile's Collective Duo Vanity Case isn't sweating it. This double-decker cosmetics case has a deep main compartment equipped with a detachable flexible divider insert and pouches for upright storage of full-size bottles and tools. Its slimmer compartment is perfect for stashing eye shadow palettes and comes with a handy fold-out travel mirror.

Dimensions:  9.4 inches x 6.7 inches x 7.1 inches |  Material:  Faux leather (exterior), nylon (interior) |  Color Options:  11

Best for the Organized Traveler: Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case

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Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case

Why It's Worth It: Everlane's The Renew Transit Catch-All Case is your carry-on's new BFF. Available in four neutral hues, it features five pockets on the outside and one on the inside for organized travel. The top of this chic cosmetic bag can be folded down and snapped shut over the outside pocket or untucked and left unrolled for easy access. Plus, it's made of recycled polyester, which is always straightforward to clean.

Dimensions: 9 inches x 6.5 inches x 4.75 inches | Material: Polyester | Color Options: 4

Best for Last-Minute Packers: Vlando Travel Cosmetic Case

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Vlando Travel Makeup Cosmetic Case

Why It's Worth It:  We love the Vlando Travel Makeup Cosmetic Case because it was made with  makeup brushes  in mind. Inside the makeup organizer are four spacious, designated slots for brushes so bristles don't get ruffled in transit. Adjustable compartment dividers also allow you to sort everything just how you like it. Since this travel makeup bag features waterproof materials, you won't have to worry about any liquids leaking in  or  out.

Dimensions:  3.9 inches x 9.8 inches x 8.6 inches |  Material:  Synthetic leather (outer shell), polyurethane (inner lining) |  Color Options:  4

Most Durable: Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Travel Bag

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Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Travel Bag

Why It's Worth It:  Handsome and practical, the Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Travel Bag is here for all your storage needs. The convertible design has upright storage and a top compartment that unzips and can be hung from anywhere. You'll like the PVC-lined pockets, large side compartments, and the convenient top handle for easy carrying.

Dimensions:  11.5 inches x 9 inches x 1 1.5 inches |  Material:  Ballistic nylon |  Color Options:  3

Most Stylish: Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll

Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll in coral color on light grey background with red best of beauty seal

Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll

Why It's Worth It:  Cuyana's Travel Beauty Roll is a worthwhile splurge crafted from high-quality Italian leather. The  Allure  Best of Beauty Award-winning travel case has four sections: one zippered, one large slip pocket, one brush compartment, and one detachable pouch, so all your goodies stay in place. If anything spills or leaves marks, you can clean the leather lining using a damp cloth with a bit of soap or  micellar water  on a cotton pad.

Dimensions:  9.5 inches x 14.5 inches x 0.5 inches (flat) |  Material:  Pebbled leather |  Color Options:  4

Best Water-Resistant: Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

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Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

Why It's Worth It:  Dagne Dover's multitasking Hunter Toiletry Bag is delightfully durable and constructed from easy-to-clean neoprene. It has room for essentials like a razor, a full-size  fragrance  bottle, or even your favorite  hot tool . The high-tech, water-resistant fabric is also hand-washable, making it a safe bet to add to your admittedly musty gym bag. The bag also features two removable mesh pockets with zip closures. P.S. It comes in  a larger size  if that better suits your needs.

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Dimensions:  7.5 inches x 4 inches x 4.5 inches |  Material:  Neoprene, zinc alloy |  Color Options:  16

Best Splurge: Tumi Madeline Nylon Cosmetics Bag

Tumi Madeline Nylon Cosmetics Bag in mauve on light grey background

Tumi Madeline Nylon Cosmetics Bag

Why It's Worth It:  You might already know that Tumi makes some of the most legit luggage you could possibly lug, but you'll be delighted to hear the brand also makes a cosmetics bag. The Tumi Madeline Nylon Cosmetics Bag unzips to reveal a detachable pouch, three transparent interior compartments, and a pouch for seamless storage. It has a built-in metal hanger, perfect for hotel trips. Oh, and you can monogram it, which we think is pretty fun.

Dimensions:  8 inches x 11.3 inches x 2.8 inches |  Material:  Nylon |  Color Options:  6

For the Hotel Frequenters: Away The Hanging Toiletry Bag

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Away The Hanging Toiletry Bag

Why It's Worth It:  Away's The Hanging Toiletry Bag is great for people who want to keep all their beauty products neatly divided in one place. This convertible option unzips to hang on a doorknob or hanger, handy for hotel stays or as a storage solution in your bedroom. Three mesh pockets keep things in order, and the removable clear pouch protects liquid products from leaking.

Dimensions:  9.6 inches x 3.74 inches x 6.6 inches |  Material:  Nylon |  Color Options:  4

Most Innovative: Lay-n-Go Cosmo

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Lay-n-Go Cosmo

Why It's Worth It: For the person who can't stand pawing through their makeup bag in search of an almost non-existent eyeliner pencil stub, the Lay-n-Go Cosmo will change everything. Undo the drawstring and lay all your products on the round 20-inch mat. Once you're ready to pack up, pull the drawstring and watch the whole thing tighten into a bag. A raised lip on the edge of the mat keeps products from rolling away, a zippered pocket for safe storage, and a built-in elastic strap that acts as a brush holder. Oh, and it's machine-washable in case of spills.

Dimensions: 20 inches | Material: Polyester | Color Options: 28

Best Petite Bag: Longchamp Le Pilage Cosmetics Case

Longchamp Le Pilage Cosmetics Case in black with leather clasp on light grey background

Longchamp Le Pilage Cosmetics Case

Why It's Worth It:  The Le Pilage Cosmetics Case from Longchamp lives at the intersection of "to-die-for cute" and "I'm freaking out. This is so practical." This little version of the classic Longchamp tote is perfectly sized to fit all your bits and bobs, complete with a water-resistant lining and leather closure to keep everything safe and intact. It's not the most spacious option, so we love it for excursions that require mascara, lip gloss , and a couple of other goodies.

Dimensions:  6 .5 inches x 4 inches x 2 inches |  Material:  Nylon, leather |  Color Options:  3

Cutest Carry-All: Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

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Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag

Why It's Worth It: We're in love with the Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag for more reasons than just its sweetly spring-ready color. The vegan leather makeup bag has one zipper that stretches from end to end, allowing you to access any nooks and crannies smaller products might be hiding in. It's roomy, it's cute, and it's in our carts.

Dimensions: 6 inches x 8 inches x 3 inches | Material: Faux leather | Color Options: 1

Best for Light Travelers: Lululemon Go Getter Pouch

Lululemon Go Getter Pouch black bag on light grey background

Lululemon Go Getter Pouch

Why It's Worth It: Lululemon's Go Getter Pouch is among our favorites for its versatility, water-repellent fabric, and easy-to-clean exterior. Though the pouch looks small at first glance, we swear its spacious main compartment easily holds all your essentials. Use it as your everyday makeup bag, a toiletry organizer for travel-friendly skin care, or a petite clutch for days you want to travel light.

Dimensions: 8.7 inches x 3.3 inches x 6.3 inches | Material: Nylon (outer shell), polyester (mesh and lining) | Color Options: 1

Best Clear Makeup Bag: Calpak Large Clear Cosmetics Case

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Calpak Large Clear Cosmetics Case


Why It's Worth It: A PVC-lined makeup bag like the Calpak Large Clear Cosmetics Case is a total game-changer. The roomiest cosmetics case from the viral travel brand has transparent walls that allow you to find your tiniest tubes in seconds. This bag also features two large compartments, a small mesh pocket, and dual carrying handles. It's kind of like if Mary Poppins's magic bag was see-through.

Dimensions: 11.5 inches x 5.25 inches x 9 inches | Material: PVC and polyurethane (exterior), polyester (interior) | Color Options: 17

Best Vegan Leather: Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch

Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch beige bag on light grey background

Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch

Why It's Worth It: Made of faux leather, the Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch is so chic that we would even consider using it as an evening purse. This muted beige bag only has one main zippered compartment, but it keeps its shape, whether open or closed, no matter how much you stuff it. At $20, it doesn't get much better.

Dimensions: 8.9 inches x 4.4 inches x 6.7 inches | Material: Faux leather (exterior), polyester (interior) | Color Options: 1

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This Cosmetic Pouch is fashioned from timeless Monogram coated canvas, with gold-color hardware, and a washable lining. An inside flat pocket and inside zipped pocket keep toiletries organized. The pouch closes with a zipper.

  • Monogram coated canvas
  • Cowhide-leather trim
  • Washable textile lining
  • Gold-color hardware
  • Zip closure
  • Inside flat pocket
  • Inside zipped pocket

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This Glittery Setting Spray Might Not Be a Gimmick

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This essay first appeared on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in  The Strategist Beauty Brief ,  a weekly newsletter in which our beauty writers share their must-tries, can-skips, and can’t-live-withouts. But we liked it so much we wanted to share it with all of our readers. If you want more first impressions of buzzy launches, quick takes on what’s trending on TikTok and Instagram, and deep dives into the week’s best beauty launches, sign up  here .  The Strategist Beauty Brief  is delivered every Wednesday.

I’m a sucker for movie tie-in makeup collections — so I knew I’d be trying  Wicked’s  One/Size beauty collaboration as soon as I heard about it. Included in the limited-edition product drop was a product I was particularly interested in, though:  a glittery version  of the brand’s  best-selling setting spray  (the spray is currently sold out, but you can sign up  here  for updates on a restock).   Longtime Beauty Brief subscribers will know I have a special interest in products that make my  skin sparkle .

For locking my makeup in place and giving it some added glow, I’ll always use a setting spray. But One/Size spray is one I’d never felt particularly drawn to. That’s because it’s a famously mattifying product, and I prefer dewy products, like the setting spray from  Iconic London . One of the things I like the most about the Iconic London setting spray is that it contains teeny light-reflecting particles that, once applied, leave a shimmering glow on the skin. That made me wonder: How shimmering could my skin look if those tiny particles were specks of glitter instead?

Holding the product ten inches away from my face (as per the instructions on the candyfloss-pink bottle), I applied a thorough coating to my finished makeup. Now, let me tell you: This stuff dries  fast.  I’m used to wafting a fan over my face to set my spray, but the One/Size setting spray had dried to a completely matte finish within a matter of seconds. I’m used to a dewy finish, so I was a little shocked, but my skin didn’t feel dry whatsoever. (If you’re on the drier side like me, though, I think the key here is good skin prep, and slightly less setting powder than usual.)

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As it was drying, I noticed a really divine, fresh, light aroma from the spray — and then turned to the mirror for the true reveal. I’d been apprehensive that it might come out like glitter sprays my mum used to drench me in before dance competitions — but I didn’t need to worry. As I tilted my head from side to side, and the flecks of cool toned glitter caught the sunlight, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was definitely sparkling, but I hadn’t entered into the dreaded “This is the skin of a killer, Bella” territory.

After five or ten minutes, I’d acclimatized to the more matte feel of the setting spray, and I set off to meet my friends at the pub. As the sunlight faded, the glitter became even more obvious under synthetic lights. It was definitely noticeable — one of my friends asked if I’d put glitter on — but not so dramatic that I felt overdone. And my makeup absolutely did not budge an inch — I mean not whatsoever. I’m used to my liquid blush fading with the evening, but by the time I got home after three or four hours, I looked as freshly made up as I did when I left the house.

I’ve since played with the distance at which I apply the spray, and the effect is as you’d expect: If you go a little closer, the glitter is a little stronger. For raves and festivals, I’ll definitely be experimenting with a closer coating of the spray — I’m 100 percent going to pack it in my makeup bag for Glastonbury. But for a night out (or casual trip to the bar, depending on how OTT you like to go), this is just a great quality, gorgeous product if you’re keen on giving your makeup a little frosting, and achieving an iridescent glow.

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Most useful travel products on Amazon under $50

I f your wanderlust was put on pause for the past few years, 2024 is on par to be the busiest travel year to date. Now that spring is here and your summer travel plans are coming together, it's the right time to think about all the gear and goods you'll need to pack to make your summer travel easy and fun.

Prepping to pack for summer travel can take the fun out of summer vacation. All that gear can be expensive. To save you some cash, we've taken a trip through the virtual aisles of Amazon, searching for affordable travel necessities you'll need this summer but don't need to splurge on. 

Save some room in your suitcase , you're going to have extra room on your summer travel budget thanks to these travel products you can find on Amazon for under $50.

Useful necessities to upgrade your travel experience don't have to break the bank. We found reviewer-loved travel essentials that will seriously enhance your summer trip. 

  • The best rolling bag under $50 : Wrangler Wesley rolling duffel bag
  • Best packing organizers : Veken packing cubes
  • Best phone charger set for travel : Portable charger with built-in cables
  • The best mask for flying : Lightimetunnel Sleep Bluetooth-enabled mask and headphones
  • Best packing solution for shoes : JJ Power travel shoe bags
  • Best rain gear for light rain : Hood to Go portable hood travel accessory
  • Best travel beauty hack : Neutrogena makeup remover facial cleansing towelettes
  • The most useful in-flight phone mount : Perilogics universal in-flight phone holder mount
  • Best earplugs when flying red-eye : EarPlanes 3-pair earplugs

The best rolling bag under $50: Wrangler Wesley rolling duffel bag

Constructed with high-quality nylon, the Wrangler Wesley rolling duffel bag is built to withstand the rigors of frequent travel. Its lightweight design makes it easy to maneuver, while the heavy-duty blade wheel system ensures smooth rolling on any surface. The spacious main compartment provides ample room for packing and multiple additional zippered pockets offer convenient organization for smaller items. You can use it like a rolling suitcase or hold it like a duffel bag. The check-in suitcase size makes it ideal for longer trips or those who need extra storage capacity.

This 30-inch piece of luggage is available in black, charcoal gray, tannin and navy blue colors. Rated 4.3 stars.

The Wrangler Wesley rolling duffel bag is available at Amazon for $39, reduced from $44.

Best packing organizers: Veken packing cubes

After your first trip using packing cubes, you'll wonder how you traveled the world without them. This set include a laundry bag and toiletry case, three packing cubes, an accessories bag, a shoe bag and an underwear bag. 

Each bag is made from durable thick fabric featuring sturdy two-way zippers. Each bag features a transparent, breathable mesh panels that keep clothing fresh and visible. 

Packing cubes will spare you a suitcase full of wrinkled clothing, while keeping your shoes and dirty clothing separate from all those clean outfits you have yet to wear.

This packing cube set is $23 at Amazon, though Amazon Prime members can get it for $17.

Best phone charger set for travel: Portable charger with built in cables

This slim high-speed phone charger features four built-in charging cables for almost all types of devices, including iPhone , iPad tablets and Samsung phones . This charger has six outputs and three inputs, meaning you could charge up to six devices at the same time.

A travel necessity, this portable charger saves you the inevitable cable wad and lost chargers that seem to accompany one's family trip without fail.

This portable charger is $30 at Amazon, reduced from $40. Amazon Prime members can get it for $20.

The best mask for flying: Lightimetunnel Sleep Bluetooth-enabled mask and headphones

You need this wireless music sleep headphones eye mask if you struggle to sleep in planes, trains, cars and beds that aren't your own. With a 3D ergonomic design and 100% light blocking, the mask is perfect for problem sleepers -- or if you just don't want to be disturbed on a flight. The machine-washable eye mask has and ultra-soft, breathable feel. Plus, the battery lasts over 10 hours for a full and peaceful night's sleep. 

The Lightimetunnel sleep Bluetooth-enabled mask and headphones is $20 at Amazon.

Best packing solution for shoes: JJ Power travel shoe bags

Don't want your dirty shoes to touch the clean clothes in your suitcase? We have a solution: these durable and functional travel shoe bags. Made with waterproof nylon, double stitching and two-way zippers, they're built to last. They offer ample space for your shoes, with an extra slot for slippers. Not just for travel, these versatile bags can be used for packing, organizing and even as laundry pouches.

These shoe bags are a must-have for any adventurer. Rated 4.6 stars.

JJ Power 2-pack travel shoe bags are available at Amazon for $10.

Best rain gear for light rain: Hood to Go portable hood travel accessory

Imagine this: you're at an amusement park or on a hike, enjoying your surroundings. Then, low and behold, a downpour occurs. What can you do? Well, this hood attaches to any jacket, or you can wear it on its own. It's a lot easier to handle than trying to open a cheap plastic poncho while it's raining.

There's a drawstring which you can adjust to protect you on windy days, and the hood is made from 100 percent water-resistant microfiber that can protect your hairstyle. Rated 4 stars on Amazon.

Hood to Go portable hood travel accessor is $29 at Amazon.

Best travel beauty hack: Neutrogena makeup remover facial cleansing towelettes

Did you know that travel can be rough on your skin? The air on the plane is drying, and the sweat and grime from being in close quarters can really add up.

Washing your face with a travel-friendly face wipe can really make you feel refreshed. Take off your makeup before you sleep on a flight, rejuvenate your skin in a gas station bathroom or cleanse your face right before you deplane. The ultra-soft, single-serving towelettes are made of plant-based compostable material. They'll make it through the TSA checkpoint and won't take up much space in your travel bag.

Neutrogena makeup remover facial cleansing towelettes are $7 at Amazon, reduced from $9.

The most useful in-flight phone mount: Perilogics universal in-flight phone holder mount

Not all airlines offer an in-seat TV these days -- travelers are increasingly expected to use their phones or tablets for in-flight entertainment. Luckily, the Perilogics universal in-flight phone mount is a versatile and practical accessory loved by over 500,000 travel enthusiasts on Amazon.

With a strong clamp, it securely attaches your phone to airline tables, luggage handles or gym equipment. Its dual joints and 360-degree rotation provide the perfect viewing angle. Compatible with various phone sizes.

Perilogics universal in-flight phone holder mount is $14 at Amazon. Amazon Prime Members pay just $12.

Best earplugs when flying a red-eye: EarPlanes 3-pair earplugs

Do you struggle with ear discomfort on planes? These amazing earplugs are tested by U.S. Navy pilots and approved by flight attendants. They provide relief from air pressure discomfort, making your journey much more comfortable. Additionally, EarPlanes earplugs help reduce noise for a more peaceful travel experience.

This three-pack of EarPlanes earplugs for adults is available at Amazon for $19, reduced from $23.

Kids may struggle with ear pressure on planes even more than adults do. Pick up the children's version for all your littlest travelers.

EarPlanes 3-pair earplugs for kids are $19 at Amazon.



40 Facts About Elektrostal

Lanette Mayes

Written by Lanette Mayes

Modified & Updated: 10 May 2024

Jessica Corbett

Reviewed by Jessica Corbett


Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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