Incredible palettes come in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to traveling, it’s ideal to find something compact simply for convenience sake. (So keep that Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca at home!) Travel beauty is all about getting the job done, being effortless, versatile and easy to fit in your probably-overstuffed suitcase. Keep reading for our top 10 travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes, ranging from drugstore to luxury.
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette: This compact set of four matte and four shimmer neutral shadows is a travel-sized version of the popular Full Exposure Palette. It’s ideal for creating smoky eyes while on vacation. You can also use the light mattes for a natural daytime look. Jazz up your eyes with some sparkle at night. ($24)
Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Smoky Suedes Eye Palette: This limited edition palette from style icon Olivia Palermo and Ciaté London is inspired by suede fabric. The texture is undoubtedly unlike any other shadow you’ve ever seen before: extremely velvety, it really reminds you of buttery suede. The green-cranberry-and-brown color palette is perfect for the fall, so pick it up now and start creating your luxe looks! The compact palette is ideal for traveling: it’s a sturdy, metal case that you can feel comfortable tossing in your bag. ($39)
Tarte Tartelette 2 In Bloom: Fresh and new, Tarte has added another palette to its Tartelette collection! Following up the stunning all-matte Tartelette is the Tartelette 2, a warm, neutral palette featuring 9 matter and 3 shimmer shades. You can order it online on ULTA right now; it will be available in stores on November 29th. ($45)
Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette: Nothing is prettier than a healthy glow and tanned skin, so this is a must if you’re traveling to a warm place. Picture how bronzed and glowy you’ll look with the help of this luminizing eye and cheek palette. Hello, JLo! ($58)
Urban Decay Naked On The Run: This all-in-one set has everything you need to create a full look! It features eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, mascara, eyeliner and a lip gloss. On top of that, it’s now available for only $32. That’s a fantastic deal for Urban Decay. The colors in the set are extremely wearable and will flatter most skin tones. ($32)
LORAC PRO To Go Eye/Cheek Palette: In my humble opinion, no shadows can compare to the buttery goodness of LORAC. They’re are so easy to blend, pigmented and simply gorgeous. A little goes a long way with their shadows. This mini-palette features six shimmery and matte neutral shadows, two blushes and a bronzer. ($38)
NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette: For the price especially, NYX’s range of Love in Paris Palettes are pretty great. Ringing in at under ten dollars, each palette consists of nine shimmery and matte shades that you can use to create both day and evening looks. I would recommend using a primer with these shadows to intensify the color payoff, but other than that, it’s an awesome drugstore buy. My favorite is the neutral-based Parisian Chic. ($9.99)
Small Z Palette: One of the biggest perks of using single shadows and Z Palettes is the versatility and ability to mix and match shadows with ease. If you already have a lot of shadow pans (like Makeup Geek and MAC), invest in a small Z Palette for travel. You can fit up to nine eyeshadows – more than enough for a weeklong vacation. ($14)
Chanel Travel Makeup Palette: For the luxury lover, this is a perfect all-in-one kit. Chanel’s Travel Palette includes five warm-toned eyeshadows, three lip glosses, two lipsticks, a blush, face powder, mascara and a few tiny brushes. Considering it is Chanel, ninety five dollars is almost a bargain! ($95)
NARS NARSissist Hardwired Eye Kit: Check out that gorgeous shimmery green! Love this travel-sized palette by NARS, featuring six shadows, a brown eyeliner and shadow brush. With those deep, cool-toned colors, this would be perfect for a colder-weather spot. ($59)
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YSL Kiss & Love Edition Complete Make-Up Palette: I think the packaging of this compact YSL palette is just the cutest thing ever. I want to keep this in my bag at all times for quick touch-ups. Featuring four neutral shadows, two lipsticks (bold red and light pink), a pale pink blush and three makeup applicators, this set has everything you could need for a quick look. ($95)
Dior Couture Creations Palette: Dior’s new holiday palette has arrived just in time for winter getaways. The zip-up palette contains six eyeshadows, plus two blushes (one shimmery, one matte). The palette was inspired by Dior’s two biggest makeup influences: a radiant glow and an intense smoky look, so it’s a fantastic set for both daytime and evening beauty. It’s online only and limited edition, so order it while you can. ($85)
What’s your favorite palette to travel with? Would you consider any of these? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!