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.
1Urban Decay Naked2 Basics
A mini version of one of the most famous eyeshadow palettes, Urban Decay's Naked2 Basics features essentials for creating gorgeous neutral eye looks.
2Juvia's Place Masquerade Palette Mini
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.
3Tarte Tartiest PRO To Go Amazonian Clay Palette
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.
4Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Mini
Calling all matte lovers! This carry-on friendly palette features stay-put shadows in the coolest neutral tones.
5Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette
Medium warm browns, peaches, and pinks give Too Faced's White Chocolate Chip palette a dainty color range for the sweetest eye looks.
6Maybelline The City Mini Palette Rooftop Bronzes
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.
7Viseart EyeShadow Palette Petit Pro
Featuring eight versatile shades in matte, satin, and shimmer textures, this color range can take your look from daytime subtle to nighttime glam.
8Tarte Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette
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.
9Lorac Pocket PRO Palette
Create fool-proof neutral looks with Lorac's Pocket Pro, a trio of nudes that blend together beautifully.
10Smashbox Cover Shot: "Ablaze" Eye Palette
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.
11Laura Geller The Delectables Mini Eyeshadow Trio
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.
15Maybelline The City Mini Downtown Sunrise
Rose tones, rich corals, and essential neutrals make Maybelline's Downtown Sunrise mini palette a shoo-in for creating dreamy vacation-inspired looks.
16Kat Von D Shade & Light "Rust" Eye Contour Quad
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.
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.