I have a confession: I obsess over packaging. So naturally, I'm always drawn to the most prettily packaged cosmetics. But this condition of mine goes way back. I was one of those kids who, when I received presents, would get more excited about (and want to play with) the box the gift came in than the gift itself. And even though I'm a little better now and don't (always) have to keep the box something came in, I do still pay attention to the way objects are housed. And when it comes to makeup, sometimes the packaging carries just as much weight as what's inside.
I know this isn't necessarily logical. When you buy something for the purpose it will serve, it shouldn't really matter how it's packaged. BUT IT DOES. I can't help how I feel about lipstick cases and powder compacts. But I'm glad you can't either. It makes obsessing over packaging that much better when we can obsess together. So feel free to let your inner packaging-hoarder out as we fawn all over these 17 beautifully packaged cosmetics. Oh, and of course the contents are still amazing too. But it'll be hard to tell with some of these if the inside or outside is better. Regardless, these are the lippies and powders and polishes (oh my) that you'll definitely want to put on display. It would almost be a crime not to.
These pigmented lippies are housed in the cutest, embellished gold-packaging.
Tory Burch Beauty Lip Color, $32, Tory Burch
It would be a sin to hide these universally-flattering lipsticks away in a drawer.
Most extravagant lipstick ever, or most extravagant lipstick ever?
The warped detailing and non-sticky formula will make this your new favorite gloss.
Anna Sui Loose Face Powder, $32, ASOS
This powder is totally vanity-counter worthy.
Tell me you wouldn't want to whip out this blush just to play with the packaging.
Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer, $36, Paul and Joe
Give skin a healthy glow with this foundation primer that comes in a vintage-inspired bottle.
These complexion-brightening pearls are just as pretty as the embellished container they live in.
Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette, $38, Tarte Cosmetics
Tarte's signature snakeskin looks gorgeous stretched over this circular palette for the eyes and face.
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes, $36, Ellis Faas
Because who doesn't want her eyeshadow and eyeliner housed in a bunch of shiny pens?
Estée Lauder AERIN Kaleidolight Face & Eye Palette, $70, Nordstrom
This multitasking palette looks so sleek in all gold.
Givenchy Ondulations D'or, $58, Sephora
Gold stars on a matte, black box? Yes, please.
Maison Kitsune x Shu Uemura Play & Remix Drawing Pencil, $24 each, shuuemeraartofhair.com/shopkitsune
...Well these are precious AF.
Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel, $27, Nordstrom
If there's a nail polish that can look elegant, it's this one.
Anna Sui Nail Color N, $15, Beautylish
Does it get more adorable than nail polish disguised as a dress?
Ciaté Olivia Palermo for Ciaté Paint Pot, $24, Nordstrom
So streamlined. So chic.
Christian Louboutin Scarabée Nail Colour, $50, Nordstrom
The dilemma is: Do you use it or just stare at it?
Now to find a vanity top large enough to display all of these goodies...
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