Owning an intense beauty collection requires practical organization, so grab one (or three) of the best makeup bags. 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, eyeliners, and favorite brushes into just any old boring cosmetic bag?
Beauty bags, makeup train cases, and roll-out organizers come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and fun patterns, but aesthetically pleasing designs aren’t the only thing they offer. The most important aspect is storage, which you’ll find in abundance, considering most of these picks (including the smaller ones) have quite a few compartments, slots, and pockets for your items.
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 best makeup pouch for your budget and beauty needs below.
Our Top Picks:
- Best for Last-Minute Packers: Vlando Travel Cosmetic Case, $26
- Best for Minimalists: Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case, $35
- Cutest Carry-All: Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag, $35
- Best See-Through Case: Béis The On The Go Essential Case, $48
- Best Vegan Leather: Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch, $20
- For the Budding Makeup Artist: Tartan + Twine Basics Black Train Case, $30
- Most Innovative Design: Lay-n-Go Cosmo, $30
- For the Bougie Globetrotter: Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll, $248
Best for Last-Minute Packers (who need a bag, like, yesterday): Vlando Travel Cosmetic Case
We love the Amazon-favorited Vlando Travel Makeup Cosmetic Case because it was made with our makeup brushes in mind. Inside the waterproof material are slots for each brush so brustles don’t get ruined in transit. Plus, there are ample compartments for your makeup so everything stays organized.
Best for Minimalists: Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case
Available in four neutral color options, Everlane’s The Renew Transit Catch-All Case features five interior pockets and one exterior for organized travel. This chic cosmetic bag snaps down or rolls back for easy access and compactness, so it doesn’t take up precious cargo space. Plus, it’s made of recycled polyester, which is super easy to clean.
Cutest Carry-All: Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag
We’re in love with the Saie Lilac Oversized Makeup Bag for more reasons than just its spring-ready color. There’s one easy zipper all around the side of the vegan leather makeup bag, which makes it easy to locate all of your products — even if they’re stuck somewhere at the bottom. Plus, it’s so roomy, you can easily fit your entire beauty routine inside.
Best Clear Makeup Bag: Béis The On The Go Essential Case
With the Béis The On The Go Essential Case, you can catch a glimpse of what’s inside, instead of rummaging through everything, thanks to the PVC-overlaid main compartments found on both sides. Also included in this semi-clear cosmetics case is a removable mirror in its own slip pocket, so it doesn’t get scratched by the rest of your beauty collection.
Best Vegan Leather: Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch
Made of faux leather, the Rose Inc Structured Beauty Clutch is so chic, that we would even consider using it as an evening purse. This muted beige bag only has one main zippered compartment but it keeps its shape whether it’s open or closed, no matter how much you stuff it.
For the Budding Makeup Artist: Tartan + Twine Basics Black Train Case
This classic, no-frills makeup case from Tartan + Twine keeps things simple. Its boxy shape makes storage a breeze and the top handle makes it easy to tote around. Inside, you’ll find four nylon straps that’ll keep fragile glass bottles in place. (Hello, expensive skin-care products.) The Basics Black Train Case also features a zipper-lined pocket to store your brushes, liners, and other slim products.
Most Innovative: 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, a simple drawstring transforms this 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 that acts as a handy brush holder. Oh, and it’s machine-washable in case of spills.
For the Bougie Globetrotter: Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll
Crafted from high-quality Italian leather (certified by the Leather Working Group, which means the leather is tanned in “an environmentally responsible way”), Cuyana’s Travel Beauty Roll is not a budget pick in the slightest. This chic organizer is designed with four sections — one zipped, one large slip pocket, one brush compartment, and one detachable pouch — so everything stays in its place. In case anything does spill or leave marks, you can easily clean the leather lining using a damp cloth with a teensy bit of soap or micellar water on a cotton pad.
P.S. We’re also fans of Cuyana’s minimalist Travel Case Set ($168), which includes two pebbled leather pouches: one larger 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.
Barbiecore Chic: Glossier The Beauty Bag
This Barbie keeps her beauty essentials organized and looking cute. There are plenty of pockets and compartments to store smaller items, such as lip balms — never again will you lose them to the depths of your purses. You can also easily fit full-size skin-care bottles which, as a bonus, will stand upright so you don’t have to worry about any unfortunate spills.