17 Mini Makeup Palettes Perfect For Travel

by Summer Arlexis
The City Mini Eyeshadow palette by Maybelline

Deciding which makeup to bring along for a trip is arguably one of the hardest things to do. A lipstick-hoarding, eyeshadow-collecting, highlighter-obsessed beauty fanatic like myself treats narrowing down makeup like a science project; It's really that serious. Solving a major beauty conundrum, mini makeup palettes perfect for traveling help streamline your vacation routine and keep your packing light.

Figuring out which of your beauty must-haves will make the cut is like trying to pick a favorite child; It's just not possible! Shoving your entire stash into your luggage isn't really an option either (been there, done that!), especially when you're working with limited storage. If you're a true beauty fanatic, chances are you'll never master the art of packing makeup for traveling when everything you own feels like an essential. It may sting a little, but sacrificing a few favorites for travel-sized beauty products is your best bet at keeping your sanity.

Sure, mini palettes can't truly replace your go-tos, but they can ease packing woes. Compact and often as real deal as their big sister palettes, makeup minis come equipped with versatile shades that'll last all vacation long. Whether you're prepping for a getaway or simply a makeup-on-the-go kind of gal, these 17 travel-friendly palettes will help you nail beautiful looks.


Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

Naked2 Basics, $29, Sephora

A mini version of one of the most famous eyeshadow palettes, Urban Decay's Naked2 Basics features essentials for creating gorgeous neutral eye looks.


Juvia's Place Masquerade Palette Mini

Masquerade Mini, $28, Juvia's Place

From reddish-brown to magenta to sky blue, you'll find an immaculate array of shimmer and matte shades within the Juvia's Place Masquerade Mini.


Tarte Tartiest PRO To Go Amazonian Clay Palette

Tartiest PRO To Go Amazonian Clay Palette, $23, Sephora

Keeping things neutral with a few shimmering pops of color, Tarte's on-the-go Amazonian Clay Palette delivers beautiful color payoff for such a tiny compact.


Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Mini

Photo Matte Eyes Mini, $25, Sephora

Calling all matte lovers! This carry-on friendly palette features stay-put shadows in the coolest neutral tones.


Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

White Chocolate Chip Palette, $26, Sephora

Medium warm browns, peaches, and pinks give Too Faced's White Chocolate Chip palette a dainty color range for the sweetest eye looks.


Maybelline The City Mini Palette Rooftop Bronzes

The City Mini Palette Rooftop Bronzes, $8, Amazon

Loaded with the perfect nudes and more shimmer than you can probably handle, this pocket-sized stunner will pair well with a range of skin tones.


Viseart EyeShadow Palette Petit Pro

EyeShadow Palette Petit Pro, $30, Sephora

Featuring eight versatile shades in matte, satin, and shimmer textures, this color range can take your look from daytime subtle to nighttime glam.


Tarte Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette, $23, Ulta

A girl's gotta have her glow! Tarte's Pro Glow palette ensures you never leave home with out it, and the snatched contour to match.


Lorac Pocket PRO Palette

Pocket PRO Palette, $18, Amazon

Create fool-proof neutral looks with Lorac's Pocket Pro, a trio of nudes that blend together beautifully.


Smashbox Cover Shot: "Ablaze" Eye Palette

Ablaze Eye Palette, $29, Sephora

Available with seven different color families, Smashbox Cover Shot palettes are compact enough to fit in the tightest spaces. The "Ablaze" palette will keep you on trend, while on-the-go, with the fire-toned makeup looks trending as of late.


Laura Geller The Delectables Mini Eyeshadow Trio

Laura Geller The Delectables Mini Eyeshadow Trio, $15, Ulta

A cool-toned trio that can create the sultriest eyeshadow looks, this combination of baked shadows features a lust-worthy neutral, smoked plum, and frosting white that look heavenly paired together.


Maybelline The City Mini Downtown Sunrise

The City Mini Downtown Sunrise, $8, Amazon

Rose tones, rich corals, and essential neutrals make Maybelline's Downtown Sunrise mini palette a shoo-in for creating dreamy vacation-inspired looks.


Kat Von D Shade & Light "Rust" Eye Contour Quad

Rust Shade & Light Contour Eye Quad, $22, Sephora

Stocked with four matte shades that pair together masterfully, each of Kat Von D's Eye Contour Quads will bring out the best in your makeup looks.


Z-Palette Mini

Mini Palette, $7, Amazon

If you just can't find your ideal travel palette, create your own! An empty, magnetic makeup palette that fits up to three standard-sized eyeshadow pans, the pocket-sized Z-Palette allows you to customize your beauty travel aid.


Never leave home without the essential beauty products for traveling again. There's just too much mini goodness not to have the steamiest vacay looks stored inside your luggage.