Let's be real: You can't have a serious makeup collection without a makeup bag (or two). And if you've got a serious makeup collection, why would you stuff all of your beautiful, hard-earned palettes and brushes into just any old boring bag? Your prized possessions deserve to be cradled in something special. Don't worry, we're here for you. We scoured the internet to find the hottest makeup pouches, cases, and carriers money can buy — from compact clutches to stash in your purse, to oversized cases perfect for packing on your travels. Find the perfect carry-all for your budget and beauty needs, below.
1. 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/or hairpins. The set is available in 17 matte-leather shades (plus one metallic option) and can be monogrammed for additional style points.
$110 (Shop Now)
2. Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeup Bag
Sephora partnered with indie beauty brand Breakups to Makeup to create this all-purpose canvas makeup bag, which boasts nearly 8,700 "loves" on Sephora.com. At just under 9×9", the playful pouch is big enough to hold all your daily makeup essentials but small enough to fit comfortably in your purse.
$26 (Shop Now)
3. Yoki Bags Stripe Floral Cosmetics Bag
At just under four inches tall and six inches wide, this printed synthetic pouch is slightly more spacious than your average wallet. The compact size makes it perfect for tossing in your handbag on a night out, and while it can store a few beauty essentials, it won't take up unnecessary room in your (probably already too-full) bag.
$12 (Shop Now)
4. Prada Vela Textured Leather-Trimmed Shell Cosmetics Case
If you're looking to treat yourself to a designer cosmetics case, Prada's Vela cosmetics case is a solid pick. The miniature pouch features an easy-to-clean nylon shell lined with luxurious embossed calfskin for a touch of glam and includes a detachable leather wristlet for easy access if it's stored in a travel bag or purse. It's pricey, for sure, but worth the splurge if you're willing to shell out the cash.
$270 (Shop Now)
5. Kate Spade New York Small Classic Briley Nylon Cosmetic Case
On the more affordable end of the designer-bag spectrum lies this medium-sized cosmetics case from Kate Spade New York. Constructed out of durable nylon and featuring a festive, tropical print, it's ideal for bringing along on that beach vacation you've been planning, and while small, remains spacious enough to store all your daily makeup needs.
$58 (Shop Now)
6. Stephanie Johnson Marais Mink Katie Folding Cosmetic Case
At first glance, this embossed velvet bag looks like a chic evening clutch — but open it up, and you'll find two clear zippered compartments large enough to hold all of your makeup favorites. Load it up and toss it in your work bag for those mid-day touch-ups.
$45 (Shop Now)
7. Trish McEvoy Deluxe 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).
$82 (Shop Now)
8. Lolo Bags Avery Medium Cosmetics Pouch
Constructed out of easy-to-clean vinyl, this playful pouch is the most durable of the bunch. Stuff it in your gym locker, or bring it along to the beach: Even if it gets soaked, sandy, and dirty, the fully-waterproof exterior will keep the goodies inside bone-dry and good as new.
$35 (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.
$113 (Shop Now)
10. Hudson + Bleeker "Jet Dome" Cosmetic Bag
While this playful faux-leather pouch may be a bit small for holding standard beauty goods, it's perfect for storing miniatures, singles, and samples: The bite-sized beauty buys won't get lost at the bottom of the bag, and you'll know exactly where to find that one mini lipstick you love.
$25 (Shop Now)
11. Baggu Large Cosmetic Pouch
Though $78 may seem like a lot to spend on a simple makeup bag, this oversized suede pouch is well worth the cost. 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, it can also double as a chic, minimalist clutch.
$78 (Shop Now)
12. Skinnydip London Marble Printed Make Up Roll
British brand Skinnydip is well-loved for its collection of pretty, playful pieces, and this stylish marble-printed brush organizer is no exception. In addition to 12 slots for storing all of your standard makeup brushes, the cylindrical bag also boasts a roomy zipper compartment for holding a handful of beauty essentials.
$25 (Shop Now)
13. Sonia Kashuk Double Zip Makeup Organizer Bag
Affordable, stylish, and surprisingly durable, this compact beauty organizer is optimal for weekend getaways. The easy-to-wash canvas case features two separate zipper compartments for easy organization (one Allure editor likes to put compacts and liquids in one side and brushes and liners/mascara in the other), while the smaller size is perfect for stowing in a weekend bag without taking up too much room.
$15 (Shop Now)
14. 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)
15. Marc Tetro Small Makeup Bag
The name pretty much sums it up: This is a small makeup bag, ideal for holding the daily essentials (a couple of lipsticks, concealers, and maybe a mini palette or two), but not a whole lot else. The compact sizes makes it great to keep at your desk — and with that adorable Boston Terrier print, there's no need to hide it in the back of your drawer.
$22 (Shop Now)
16. 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 11 stylish colors and patterns.
$30 (Shop Now)
17. Pop & Suki Noir Makeup Case
This lined and imported makeup case from Pop & Suki is made from real nappa leather and has gorgeous gold zipper detailing, so it's well-worth the price tag. It's available in four colors (noir, cotton candy, ruby red, and mauve croc), and since it fits effortlessly in a tote, it's a lovely choice for vacations, to and from work, and back to school.
$95 (Shop Now)
18. The Emily and Meritt Bed of Roses Toiletry Case
With the The Emily & Meritt Bed of Roses bag, you'll be able to store, travel with, and use every must-have item in your beauty routine. This beautiful floral case looks like a purse from the outside, but it expands into a hanging toiletry bag that allows you access to three interior zip pockets and one exterior compartment. It even has a plastic-lined pocket so you can travel with your jewelry without losing it. (Yep, even earrings.)
$32 (Shop Now)
19. Urban Decay House of Harlow Makeup Bag
A result of the beauty partnership between Urban Decay and Nicole Richie's House of Harlow 1960, this awesome makeup bag launched earlier this year and is a limited-edition fave from the line. It has a logo-engraved zipper pull and metallic detailing on the outside that captures Richie's signature design style. Despite the sleek shape, it's surprisingly roomy on the inside, too.
$35 (Shop Now)
20. 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)
21. 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.
$27 (Shop Now)
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