Best Travel Makeup Palette Guide 2019

I like makeup. It’s true. I’m always learning and just trying to look a way that I like. With my renewed interest in all things makeup, I’m going to be traveling with a few more options on our next trip!

Whether you wear a lot or a little, here are some awesome products that are great for traveling. Even when you’re going carry on only!


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Best Travel Makeup Palette 2019

Best Overall: Anastasia Beverly Hills – Eyeshadow Palette – Modern Renaissance

I got this set from my make up loving friend for Christmas and it’s awesome! It is the eye shadow palette I’ll be traveling with because there’s  enough variety to have a simple look or an elegant look for a special occasion. Plus, I love the way the shadows in this palette apply. I even use it for my eyeliner.


Best Budget Palette: Tarte Deluxe Tarteist Treats Color Collection

This adorable set is entirely travel sized!  It comes with six eye shadows (all made with Amazonian clay), plus a small mascara, and small glossy lip paint. I love the colors of this palette and it would be great for those who travel frequently.


Best Luxury and Full Face: Instant Look Eyeshadow & Face Palette by Charlotte Tilbury

This gorgeous palette has three eye shadows, two cheek colors, highlighter, and bronze. It does only come in one color combination, so it may not work for all skin types. It’s neutral and it’s easy. One palette takes care of most of your face! Please note the photo is from Amazon, but it wasn’t in stock when I last checked.

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Best for Fun Colors: BH Cosmetics – Supernova Baked Eye shadow Palette

For those of you who like bright colors, BH Cosmetics will not disappoint. I don’t have this palette yet (I have this one that is a little large for travel), though I do love the one I have. BH Cosmetics makes nice eye shadows and you won’t go wrong purchasing one of their smaller palettes for travel.


Tarte Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

Tarte created this lovely eye shadow palette with a white gold highlighter included. It’s shimmery and will work for “barely there” or evening looks. They use Amazonian clay in this formula, which helps the pigment to be rich and longwearing. I like this little palette.


BH COSMETICS 19 Color Desert Oasis Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

I love the look of this palette. Also, I know I like BH Cosmetics shadows, so this is one I’d love to try for traveling. It comes with 5 highlighters and 14 shadows. It has several gorgeous neutrals, as well as a few fun, shimmery colors for special occasions (and it’s perfectly acceptable if that special occasion is “I want to wear this fun color today”).

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The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit

My friend sent me a sample of this primer and after wearing it once, I have to have it! I love this primer by Benefit cosmetics. I use it primarily on my nose to cover dark pores and my oh my, I noticed a huge difference! My nose looks so much better with this product. I love, love, love it and recommend it for your problem areas. You can even wear it by itself.



Bésame Lipstick Red Velvet 1946

Oh, Bésame! How I covet thee! This company is really cool. They’ve collected old make up and recreated the same pigments for modern day women. Each lipstick includes the year it was initially produced. So, if you want to wear the color that women wore in 1946, this is it! All of their make up is retro. It’s also gluten free and not tested on animals at any level of production. This lipstick does contain beeswax (so not vegan), but they do source responsibly from happy bees. They have other products, including lipsticks, that are vegan. Also, Besame is not available on Amazon or Ebay, so don’t purchase Besame products from those.

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Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick

The color shown is called Beet It. If you love matte lipstick, Lime Crime has something for you. At the time of publication, they have 39 colors available.


tarte lippie lingerie matte tint

I use the  tarte lipSurgence creme line and I love it. However, it isn’t available anymore. Tarte now offers a line called Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint and it’s still a pencil, which is great for traveling.

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Thank you to Chevonne at Truth in Beauty for her help, her amazing gifts (make up and friendship), and for providing me with some of the images for this post. Check out her YouTube videos and instagram.

Foundation Sticks

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

Instead of traveling with a travel size foundation, try a foundation stick! Anastasia Beverly Hills offers a whopping 26 shades of this foundation stick (at the time of publishing). The company says this product can be used as foundation, a tinted moisturizer, or for highlighting and contouring. They have have contouring sticks available. I’m searching for a perfect foundation and also a stick foundation. Some users mentioned that it goes on a little dry. If you have dry skin, you can try a setting spray to help keep the moisture locked in.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown is a well-known make up name. They offer stick foundation in 17 colors. I haven’t tried this, but users report it works well. The company says it can be used for all over coverage or just where you need it. They also recommend their sticks for all skin types, except very oily.


Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

This stuff works well on my combination skin. I also powder my oily spots prior. I’ve only recently tried setting sprays. Powders are usually my go-to. The travel size setting spray can work in a carry on.

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Dual Powder Foundation by Gabriel Cosmetics

I also use Gabriel powder and I love it. It goes on easily and looks smooth after. I like that I can use this powder as my foundation, which makes it no fuss for me. Gabriel also makes a fantastic concealer.

This powder comes in 5 shades.


NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Finishing Powder

I also use this finishing powder by NYX. I have the lighter one (there are only two shades). It’s almost translucent. It does finish nicely, but it’s a super dry powder, if that makes sense. It’s a great budget option.


Travel makeup brushes

BH Cosmetic brushes


best makeup case

Waterproof PU Leather Makeup Bag/Cosmetic Case

This amazing PU leather case is actually perfect for travel. The inside is lined with waterproof material, which is helpful for protecting all the makeup. It fits a lot of products, so you can travel with all the things you need.


Best Makeup Travel Bag

Lay-n-Go Cosmo (20″) Cosmetic Bag

The Lay-N-Go Cosmo cosmetic bag is a good option for traveling, since you can spread it all out and see everything. It claims to be organized, but users state it is kind of a jumbled mess when it’s first opened. The advantages are that is lays flat and has a lip so cosmetics don’t go rolling off.


Easy Travel Makeup – What I actually bring

I actually travel really light in regards to my make up. When I bring it, I bring 4-5 brushes of various sizes, an eye shadow palette, primer, foundation powder, mascara, gloss/lipstick and blush. I also bring my make up remover wipes, which are great for traveling.

Unless, of course, I forget to pack something.


Do you need to travel with every single product listed? No, of course not! It’s best to bring only what you wear on a daily basis. If it’s a lot, it’s great to pare it down, especially if you want to travel carry on only. I know when I travel that I’m not going to be wearing a lot of make on most days. I know I can happily get by with a minimum for many trips. If I know I’ll be going out for something fancy, I will make sure I have enough to be comfortable and have fun.

Ultimately, makeup is all about fun.

What’s your favorite makeup brand? Do you travel with a lot of makeup, a little, or none?

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