Having an intense beauty collection requires practical organization, so grab one (or three) of the best makeup and cosmetic bags. Think about it: if you’ve got a serious makeup, hair care, and/or skin-care collection, why would you stuff all of your beautiful, hard-earned eye shadow palettes, eyeliner, and favorite brushes into just any old boring bag? Your prized beauty possessions deserve to be cradled in a special makeup organizer.
These beauty bags, makeup train cases, and organizers come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and fun patterns, but aesthetically pleasing designs aren’t the only thing these nifty bags offer. At the end of the day, the most important aspect is storage — which you’ll find an abundance of, considering most of these picks (including the smaller ones) have quite a few compartments, slots, and pockets for your items.
With that in mind, we scoured the Internet to find the best makeup bags, pouches, cases, and carriers money can buy — including compact clutches to stash in your purse or carry-on and oversized cases perfect for packing on your travels. Find the perfect makeup pouch for your budget and beauty needs, below.
1. Tartan + Twine Basics Black Train Case
This classic, no-frills train case from Tartan + Twine keeps things simple. Its boxy shape makes storage a breeze, and it also has four nylon straps to keep fragile glass bottles in place. It also features a zipper-lined pocket to store your brushes, liners, and other slimmer products.
2. Caraa Vanity Kit
Reminiscent of your favorite puffer coat, this Caraa Vanity Kit is made of plush waterproof nylon for fashionable protection from the elements. This beauty tote has nine divided compartments to carry your entire makeup stash (even the full-size bottles) no matter where you’re headed. It’s also a game-changer, thanks to its hanger-like hook that allows you to hang it vertically from any door, handle, you name it.
3. Calpak Hue Faux Leather Toiletry Bag
Calpak’s Hue Faux Leather Toiletry Bag can easily fit all of your on-the-go essentials without taking up too much space in your tote bag or weekender. The scratch-resistant faux leather material minimizes product breakage or any turbulence-related damage, and it has one exterior zip pocket that can fit your essential lipstick or lip balm (easier access for touch-ups) while everything else sits inside the case. Once you open it up, you’ll also notice two extra wall pockets for added organization. Calpak’s toiletry bag also comes in four neutral-toned shades to choose from, including this sleek black hue.
4. Kestrel Small Round Beauty Case
This under-$20 option is gorgeous, but that’s not the only reason why we’re grabbing the Kestrel Small Round Beauty Case. As its name suggests, this cylindrical makeup case is small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage, yet its rounded sides allow for more products to easily fit inside. This case is also lined with pockets to keep your brushes and pencils secure.
5. Nishel Double Layer Travel Makeup Bag
If you’d rather store your bottles and vials of beauty products vertically to avoid potential spills, Nishel’s Double Layer Travel Makeup Bag stands at 10.5 inches to make things easier. The three bottom slots are roomy enough to hold eye shadow palettes, foundation bottles, and tubs of moisturizer with ease, and the top slots keep your brushes, eyeliners, and slimmer products snuggly tucked away.
6. Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag
This super-cute makeup 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 need to finesse your makeup while you’re on the go, you’ll have everything handy and ready in one place.
7. Longchamp Le Pliage Pouchette
This structured bag from Longchamp might look like a luxe pencil case, but rest assured, the Le Pliage Pouchette is just the right size to hold all of your makeup staples. Available in three neutral 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.
8. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set
Cuyana’s well-made, minimalist Travel Care 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.
9. Herschel Chapter Travel Kit
It’s hard to know where to start with this versatile Herschel Chapter Travel Kit. 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? Maybe the ultra-convenient handle? Or the fact that it comes in 15 eye-catching colors and patterns? We’ll let you know when we decide, but in the meantime, we’ll be storing this functional bag at our work desk.
10. Paravel See All Vanity Case
Lightweight and stylish, this clear-sided Paravel See All Vanity Case reminds us of our school days, 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 it is 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.)
11. Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner
Trish McEvoy’s Small Power of Makeup Makeup 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).
12. Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
Constructed from easy-to-clean neoprene, Dagne Dover’s multitasking Hunter Toiletry Bag might just be the most durable of the bunch, with room for essentials like a razor, a full-size 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 two fully removable mesh pouches with zip closures, so everything will be right where you need it post-workout.
13. Bey-Berk Multi-Compartment Travel Cosmetic Bag
For organized travels, the vintage-inspired Bey-Berk Multi Compartment Travel Cosmetic Bag can’t be beaten. 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.
14. LL Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag
If you’re short on counter space, the LL Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag is the answer to all your cosmetics-related prayers. This nifty organizer is designed with tons of pockets, compartments, zippers, and even a built-in mirror — but the best part? When open, it clasps onto a doorknob, towel bar, or hook and hangs vertically so that all your essentials are visible and accessible. It’s even available in nine stylish colors and patterns.
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.
16. Beis 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.
17. Caboodles Long Tapered Heartthrob Tote
The stylish, quilted Caboodles Long Tapered Heartthrob Tote is hardly reminiscent of its candy-colored predecessors 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, this tote is so fashion-forward we’re tempted to pair it with a Chanel dress and pass it off as a handbag.