Let’s be real: You can’t have a serious makeup collection without one or even three of the best makeup bags. And if you’ve got a serious makeup collection, why would you stuff all of your beautiful, hard-earned eye shadow palettes and favorite brushes into just any old boring bag? Your prized possessions deserve to be cradled in something special.
With that in mind, we scoured the Internet to find the hottest makeup pouches, cases, and carriers money can buy — including compact clutches to stash in your purse and oversized cases perfect for packing on your travels. Find the perfect carry-all for your budget and beauty needs, below.
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1. Charlotte Tilbury Makuep Bag
This super-cute bag from Charlotte Tilbury is the perfect size for storing all of your daily essentials, such as, say, the five or six products you tend to use on an everyday basis. It makes your products easier to find in a pinch — plus, when you do need to do your makeup on-the-go, you’ll have everything handy and ready for you in one place.
$20 (Shop Now)
2. Longchamp Le Pliage Pouchette
This structured bag from Longchamp might look like a luxe pencil case, but rest assured, it’s just the right size to hold all of your makeup staples. Available in three neutrals colors — black, navy, and gray — it’s a great no-frills option for anyone who prefers a classic makeup bag with no bells and whistles.
$55 (Shop Now
3. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set
Cuyana’s well-made, minimalist travel set includes two pebbled leather pouches: One bigger bag, for storing toiletries and tools, and a smaller pouch, for stashing makeup essentials and hairpins. The set is available in 17 matte-leather shades (plus one metallic option) and can be monogrammed for additional style points.
$120 (Shop Now)
4. Coach Floral Print Nylon Small Boxy Cosmetic Case
On the more affordable end of the designer-bag spectrum lies this petite cosmetics case from Coach. Constructed from durable nylon with a versatile interior pocket, the compact kit is deceptively spacious, so don’t be shy about adding your beauty essentials.
$65 (Shop Now)
5. Herschel Chapter Travel Kit
It’s hard to know where to start with this versatile beauty bag. Should we effuse about its affordability? Its generous size, large enough to fit lipsticks, concealers, your brush collection, a palette or two, and still have room for your keys and phone? Or maybe the ultra-convenient handle or the fact that it comes in over 30 eye-catching colors and patterns? We’ll let you know when we decide, but in the meantime, we’ll be storing this functional kit at our work desk, because with a stunning, saturated floral print like this one, there’s no need to hide it in the back of a drawer.
$35 (Shop Now)
6. Paravel See All Vanity Case
Lightweight and stylish, this clear-sided beauty organizer reminds us of our school days, somehow, with its clean lines and cream, camel, and navy color scheme. But now that we’ve reached adulthood, it’s better suited for essences and serums than for pens and pencils. Bring it along on a weekend getaway, and the clear plastic walls sides will help you keep track of everything you’ve packed. (Not to mention reassure TSA agents that you haven’t stashed away any liquids in excess of three ounces.)
$95 (Shop Now)
7. Lululemon All Your Small Things Pouch
If you’re looking for something that’s exceptionally low-hassle, look no further than the Lululemon All Your Small Things pouch. It’s an easy catch-all for your favorite brushes, palettes, and cosmetics because the fabric is water-repellent, the shape is structured yet flexible, and the quality is the usual long-lasting craftsmanship that people have come to expect from Lululemon.
$38 (Shop Now)
8. Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner
This medium-sized “planner” opens like a book to reveal a well-organized interior, featuring four brush slots, one large elasticized pocket, and a removable zippered mesh compartment for stashing beauty essentials. The best feature, though? Fully-functional binder rings that accommodate up to four Trish McEvoy “Pages” (miniature, customizable palettes that can be filled with any combination of Trish McEvoy makeup pans).
$80 (Shop Now)
9. Ropin West Vanity Case
Inside the spacious main compartment of this hand-tooled leather carryall are several fabric holders for organizing beauty tools, plus two separate vinyl-lined pockets for stashing makeup and other toiletries. The oversized carryall also features a hook for hanging, plus metal “feet” to keep the soft leather safe from wet countertops. Because of its bigger size, this pick is ideal for multi-day trips and longer vacations.
$119 (Shop Now)
10. Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
Constructed from easy-to-clean neoprene, this multitasking toiletry bag might just be the most durable of the bunch, with room for essentials like a razor, a full-sized fragrance bottle, or even your favorite hot tool. Plus, the high-tech, water-resistant fabric is both breathable and hand-washable, making it the perfect addition to your prone-to-clutter gym bag. In addition to an interior slip pocket with organization-friendly elastic loops, the self-cushioning kit also has has two fully removable mesh pouches with zip closures, so everything will be right where you need it post-workout.
$55 (Shop Now)
11. Timbuk2 Essentials Hanging Toiletry Bag
For a classic kit, look no further than this understated offering from the bag experts at Timbuk2. With a no-frills black exterior — you have the choice of either black or gold zippers — we love this kit for beauty industry professionals or heavy travelers. It’s a cinch to hang up in even the most cramped spaces, putting the contents of the spacious compartments on display, and even if a product does spring a leak in transit, the easily wipeable interior will protect the rest of your stuff.
$25 (Shop Now)
12. Bey-Berk Multi Compartment Travel Cosmetic Bag
For organized travels, this vintage-inspired train case can’t be beat. The spacious main compartment includes a small zippered pocket and elastic loops for holding brushes and beauty tools, while three removable inner dividers make it easy to keep your products organized and easy-to-find. The faux-leather case can also be monogrammed, for an extra touch of retro glam.
$54 (Shop Now)
13. Printfresh Geode Dip Dye Velvet Oversized Pouch
The crushed velvet exterior of this slouchy, oversized pouch is irresistibly touchable, but don’t worry — the artistically dip-dyed bag is lined with canvas so you don’t have to stress about spills. The roomy interior can store more than its fair share of makeup, skin-care products, and beauty tools, and if you’re running short on space, the bright gold hardware and plush cotton tassel ensure that it can also can also double as a chic, bohemian-inspired clutch.
$58 (Shop Now)
14. L.L. Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag
If you’re short on counter space, the L.L. Bean toiletry bag is the answer to all your cosmetics-related prayers. This well-made organizer has tons of pockets, compartments, zippers, and even a built-in mirror — but the best part? When open, it clasps onto a door knob, towel bar, or hook and hangs vertically so that all your essentials are accessible. It’s even available in nine stylish colors and patterns.
$30 (Shop Now)
15. Lay-n-Go Cosmo
For the person who can’t stand endlessly digging through their makeup bag in search of that one tiny eye pencil, there’s this genius invention: the Lay-n-Go Cosmo. When you’re on the move, it transforms into a travel sack that keeps all your things contained, but when you reach your destination, it unfolds into a 20-inch mat so you can see everything all at once. There’s even a raised lip to avoid rolling, a zippered pocket for safe storage, and a built-in elastic strap to hold your brushes and other tube-shaped cosmetics. Oh, and it’s machine-washable in case of spills.
$30 (Shop Now)
16. Béis The Cosmetics Case
Shay Mitchell based the bags from her travel and lifestyle brand Béis on her very own organizational needs, and accordingly, the Cosmetics Case walks the perfect line between form and function. The boxy carry-all is large enough to fit anything you might need on the go, with a water-resistant lining that the brand calls “oops-proof.” Plus, each case is stocked with a mirror and removable brush pouch, and comes in a range of cheery colors like magenta, sky blue, and sunny yellow.
$58 (Shop Now)
17. Tartan + Twine Deluxe Weekender Makeup Toiletry Bag
Art lovers will fawn over Tartan + Twine’s abstract expressionist design dotted in whimsical shapes. And the hyper-organized (you know who you are) will love this bag’s many compartments: two mesh pockets, elastic bottle holders, and even a removable magnetic panel with a brush organizer. You’ll never have to dig a crusty powder brush out of the bottom of your bag again — and toting this bag around just might spark a conversation with a gallerist or two.
***$23 (Shop Now)
18. Caboodles Long Tapered Heartthrob Tote
This stylish, quilted black tote is hardly reminiscent of the candy-colored Caboodles favored by teens in the 80s and 90s. The sleek exterior opens to reveal a world of storage options: seven elastic pockets, elastic bands to hold brushes and bottles, four side pockets, and a removable divider. But really, the Heartthrob is so fashion-forward we’re tempted to pair it with a Chanel dress and pass it off as a handbag.
$39 (Shop Now)
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