24 Beauty Products That Totally Belong in Your Travel Bag

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1. A mattifying setting spray so your makeup will look like it was just made — ditch the extra powder or blotting papers because you won’t be needing them.

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Promising review: “This is one of my top three favorite products ever! My makeup stays put all day and evening until I remove it, and I’ve got oily skin, so for me to say this is seriously amazing. I love this stuff!” —Tina LaRea

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2. A super long-lasting liquid lipstick like this one won’t give you a reason to reapply while you tour your favorite travel destinations.

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The formula is designed to last up to 16 hours.

Promising review: “LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff. Once you let it dry, it is literally so resistant to everything. No lipstick on my teeth. No lipstick stains on straws or coming off when you eat. I can kiss my toddler’s face and not leave any kiss stains. I can go to bed with this stuff on and wake up with it looking the exact same and not have any lipstick smudges on my hands or pillows.” —tkwaye

Get it from Amazon (available in 20 shades).

3. A pack of pimple patches for soothing zits ASAP, because you don’t need to ruin your Instagram pictures or trip with a sudden breakout.

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Promising review: “The reviews don’t lie… these little pimple patches really work! Although I’d like to note on how to use them effectively. I’ve found that it works BEST on pimples that have already popped, or ready to pop. It WON’T work on cystic acne that doesn’t come to a head, deeper acne, etc. For the pimples that are already popped or about to, THESE WORK SO WELL! I leave them on overnight and when I wake up in the morning, the blemish is nearly flat and the redness has calmed. I truly believe in these and will continue repurchasing forever!” —Cecille

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4. A bottle of foundation with SPF 20 not only for flawless makeup but to protect your face and neck from sunburn and damage.

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Promising review: “I had ordered this exact product once before and didn’t think it would be any good due to the price being so cheap, but guess what — I was wrong! You don’t need so much to spread and even through sweat, it does not run! It actually looks so natural on me, and I received many compliments about my makeup with the help of this product. I will be ordering again.” —Trina Garland

Get it from Amazon (available in 12 shades).

 

5. What about a foundation stick that won’t give you a cause to worry about accidentally spilling makeup in your suitcase?

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Promising review: “I think I’ve bought about 30 tubes of this since it came out, it’s my favorite foundation. It’s a little expensive because it costs the same as a bottle but you rip through it in way less time, but it’s still worth the money. It’s so easy to apply (in the car, in a workplace bathroom, anywhere you have a mirror), never spills in your purse, and gives a nice smooth finish with good medium coverage. I prefer to buy it in person, so I know it’s fresh and clean, but it’s always out of stock in the big box stores near me, so I am trying Amazon now. The ones I got were perfectly fine and sealed.” —wildebeest

Get it from Amazon (available in eight shades).

6. A brush cleaning sponge allows you to use the same eyeshadow brush for other different colors, instead of going through the hassle of packing tons of different brushes.

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You can use both sides of the sponge. It’s so flexible that you can wash and dry repeatedly.

Promising review: “This thing is so cool. Swipe a couple times and the brush is clean. I especially like this because I don’t want to wash my eyeshadow brushes every day. Now I can go from a very dark shade, swipe, then go into a very light shade with no muddying.” —Lil Val

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7. An oil-controlling powder you can use as a setting powder on your makeup. You can also use it as an eyeshadow primer, and dry shampoo as well!

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Promising review: “This stuff is awesome. I have ridiculously oily skin and scalp due to a medication I’m taking. It’s been 12 hours since I applied the powder to my face, and it still doesn’t feel oily at all.It also makes a great dry shampoo powder, I didn’t need to use hardly any at all, and I’m on day four not washing my hair. It looks and feels as clean as the day I washed it. There’s no buildup, there’s no residue, and my hair doesn’t feel stiff like with other dry shampoo products. It doesn’t cause my hair to do weird things when I heat style it, either.” —jenny867

Get it from Amazon.

 

8. A waterproof eyeliner that won’t smudge your eye lining, even if you go on a sweaty hike through the mountains.

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Promising review: “Stila is the absolute best liquid eyeliner I have ever tried. It doesn’t fade or crack and stays on through sleeping or tears. Very, very smudge-proof, and it does not flake AT ALL. It dries quickly and even though it is waterproof (as long as you don’t touch it excessively), it’s also easy to clean off at the end of the day. No hard scrubbing to get it off, makeup wipes will take it off easily. It’s amazing for creating perfect wings or drawing artfully for Halloween. It’s perfect for every day from subtle looks to more creative and wild. I usually use black eyeliner, so I decided to get a more expensive, higher-end, popular eyeliner. I was not disappointed. I can use this eyeliner for months at a time (at least doing wings every day or so) without having to repurchase because it has dried out or was empty. Just shake before using each time, and it should last for several months (2–5), depending on the usage daily and if it is stored/used properly.” —Chick

Get it from Amazon (available in 12 shades).

9. A creamy highlighter stick to achieve that fashionable vacation glow. Applying it directly on your skin and blending is way easier than using a powder or liquid.

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Promising review: “I’m no pro at applying makeup, and I’m a big fan of this product for that very reason. Within 15 seconds of swiping it across my eyelids and cheekbones, you have a slightly more polished, glowing look. I received a compliment on this highlighter, which is impressive because like I said, my makeup application technique is unsophisticated.” —E. E. Malinovsky

Get it from Amazon (available in two shades).

 

10. A makeup blender sponge case makes it easier to keep your makeup blender in a better place, so you don’t have to worry about leaving it in the open air or putting it in a Ziplock bag.

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Promising review: “Adorable and functional! Not only does this make a handy holder for your makeup blender while being stored/drying after or between uses, but since it can close, it is wonderful for travel as well! There are other holder options out there that are equally as cute, but none of them could double as a case for travel. That’s what gives this product a leg up in my opinion. Worth every penny!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon (available in two colors).

 

11. An easy-to-apply contour highlighter stick that won’t take up much space in your travel bag.

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Promising review: “Great staple for your makeup collection. I use this on top of my foundation or all on its own for a lighter look. It really simplifies contouring, and its compact design allows for it to go anywhere easily. This sure beats having multiple colors taking up room in your makeup bag! Def recommend this for the price!” —MBeed

Get it from Amazon (available in six color combos).

12. A travel brush set with every tool you could possibly need all neatly packaged in one chic, metallic pouch.

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It comes with nine brushes and one pouch.

Promising review: “The brushes are awesome. They are soft, not stiff. They hold powder well. It was like paying for a cheap set but getting professional quality brushes instead. I was kind of skeptical because of the price. The bristles stay put. I even tried pulling them out on purpose, and they stayed put! Great set for contouring and highlighting. Would/will buy again. Great little traveling bag came with them, too!” —Julie McLean

Get it from Amazon.

 

13. A tube of waterproof eyebrow gel that won’t smudge or come off, even if you take a dive in the pool.

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Promising review: “Absolutely love this product! I normally wear Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz(med to dark brown), which I love, but wanted to try this product ever since I saw a tutorial/review on it. I am super picky when it comes to my brows and ABH is the only eyebrow product that has ever really impressed me until now. I was looking for something that would have a little more of a permanent effect, and this did not disappoint! It really does stay on ALL day with no smudging! This is definitely by far the best drugstore eyebrow product! (Purchased in the color soft brown.)” —Amanda T

Get it from Amazon (available in four shades).

14. A hydrating lip balm that will keep your lips moisturized instead of drying out on long, transatlantic flights. The colored ones can be used as a subtle cream blush too!

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Promising review: “I can’t live without this lip balm. I have about five of them in rotation between my kitchen, car, purse, office, etc. A makeup artist taught me a great trick: Keep this in your purse and use it as a cream blush for a little color pick-me-up when needed. Works wonderfully! The coral color also doubles as an eyelid highlighter. There are days when I wear no makeup but do use these to add a little color to my face… cheeks, lips, and lids. Best product Maybelline has ever made!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon (available in six shades).

15. A multi-use beauty stick is the product you should take along with you to a desert island if you were only allowed one option. You can use it on your lips, cheeks, and eyelids.

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Promising review: “These are great. They are true to the claims. They are a cream to powder formula, which is awesome. If you are looking for options to keep your makeup collection minimal (which is not me but I still love them), then this is a great option. It’s not patchy, it blends great, and has a long wear time. I usually don’t wear makeup more than six hours at a time but on the rare occasion that I have not had the chance to take it off until eight or more hours later, it is still there, whether it’s cheeks or lips.” —PaintedMare

Get it from Sephora (available in 19 shades).

16. An eyeshadow palette packed with neutral shades for achieving both casual outdoor looks during the day and for dramatic looks for a night out.

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Promising review: “I personally LOVE this palette! I have been using it for a little over a week and have been able to create various day and night time looks from it! One of my favorite things about it is that the color seems to stay fairly pigmented throughout the day without all blending together to become too dark or creasing and wearing off to become too light! I can create looks that are soft and natural but then can easily/quickly transition to dramatic looks with smokey eyes all with this palette! If you are traveling and want a versatile palette that is going to allow you to create looks which are similar to those from the Naked and Full Exposure palettes, and you don’t want to bring your expensive makeup with you, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase this palette! The applicator in the palette is nothing special so I definitely recommend having your own brushes, BUT if you are in a pinch and need to use the one that comes with the palette, it gets the job done.” —Jamie Strough

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17. A lightweight BB cream made with a water-gel formula and contains no oil and heavy ingredients. You can use it for natural, sheer coverage. You’ll love this if you are not a fan of heavy face beat while traveling.

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Promising review: “I use this as a foundation, it’s so light on my face yet covers all my imperfections, no need for extra costs. I love It.” —Jasmin Archundia

Get it from Amazon (available in five shades).

18. A full-coverage concealer with the right applicator so you can apply anywhere, anytime. It’ll cover up any skin blemish, from dark circles to mosquito bites.

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Promising review: “Love this concealer! It covers the dark circles so well and with minimal creasing. Set your under eyes with a setting powder immediately after applying, and you have coverage all day that won’t budge or crease! I have tons of high-end concealers but I always grab for this one and I recommend it to all my friends. My color is sold out at our local stores a lot so I was very happy to find it here on Amazon.” —Angela

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19. A priming moisturizer will do two jobs of hydrating your skin and also prepping it for makeup. You don’t need to come along with your primer, you will save some luggage space.

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Promising review: “Less is more with this babe. This creme is my go-to after applying facial oil and right before makeup. It’s light enough to wear under makeup and yet super hydrating. Packaging is sensible and travel-friendly. Will always recommend!” —novemberglowbeauty

Get it from Glossier.

20. A blush and bronzer combo with the popular shades – Orgasm and Laguna – are less of a hassle than packing them separately.

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Promising review: “These two colors are the perfect pair for sculpting your face. Just about any skin tone looks good with Orgasm highlights and Laguna to accentuate bone structure. This size is perfect for travel, the desk drawer at work, or the purse for touch-ups.” —pamandersliv

Get it from Sephora (available in two color combos).

21. A moisturizing and long-lasting tinted lip balm that can help your lips to produce the perfect shade of pink that matches your skin tone.

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Promising review: “I am in love with the Lip Glow and have just purchased my second one. This is the most low-maintenance way of looking put together! Lipsticks will run, smudge, fade, etc., but this Lip Glow keeps on working all day! I only have to apply two times for a whole day. I love the beautiful color it brings out on my lips, and it’s so flattering and natural! It’s super hydrating, almost like creating a moisture barrier on your lips. Best lip purchase I’ve ever made!” —rebs24

Get it from Sephora (available in 10 shades) Or check out a cheaper option from Amazon.

22. A tube of water-resistant mascara so you won’t have to fuss over smudges every now and then. And it’s surprisingly not hard to take off!

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Promising review: “I have had mascara issues FOREVER. This stuff solved all of them. It comes in the color I want (dark brown), I only have to apply it once a day (even though I have hooded eyelids AND allergies AND wear contacts AND I work long days), it won’t damage fragile lashes (and even seems to protect them and/or help them grow), and it lasts a way longer time than others. BUY IT. I’m not being paid by anyone to say this. I just understand the struggle of all pale-lashed/hooded-lid/allergy-suffering/contact-wearing/hard-working ladies out there trying to figure out where MASCARA THAT FREAKING WORKS can be purchased. Here, my friends. Right freaking here. Oh, did I mention that even though it lasts ALL DAY LONG, it comes off with hot water? Just a towel and some hot water, and the mascara magically slides off your lashes. I. LOVE. THIS. STUFF.” —Lindsay Dickmann

Get it from Amazon (available in six shades).

23. A spreadable gel blush to give a natural flush effect. Whether over makeup or just on bare skin, it will look great.

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Promising review: “I got this to make my before-school makeup routine quicker, and it’s amazingly easy to apply. It took me a couple of tries to get the amount perfect, I kept over blending it. I would recommend this to anyone, it is one of the best makeup products I’ve ever bought. I got Dusk and was worried it would be too dark or bring out my redness, but it blends so seamlessly. I love the size, it makes it so convenient for travel.” —Travel_addict

Get it from Glossier.

 

24. And a pack of gentle cleansing wipes to remove all your makeup at once since it’s possible you may be too tired to do a full skincare routine before calling it a night.

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Promising review: “I’ve been looking for some facial wipes to use for my post-beach runs, and these are perfect! I’ve used a lot of facial wipes and they often feel like they just add another layer to my skin, but Aveeno wipes the mixture of sand and sweat off my face, and the apricot/flowery scent is refreshing but not overpowering. The packaging is perfect because it fits in the glove compartment in my car, and I can grab one immediately after a run or hike. After using one, I feel clean enough to be able to grab dinner with friends after a workout. I’ll definitely bring these on my next camping trip. Also, I don’t wear makeup often, but I was able to get all of my makeup off with ONE wipe after going to a baby shower. I didn’t have any residue mascara under my eyes or on my lashes when I woke up the next morning which NEVER happens.” —Laura

Get it from Amazon.

 

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Shelby Parrish is a single mom of 2. She enjoys researching and writing on products that have to do with family, Babies and Health. She was a Business Developer for a top SEO firm in Boston before she resigned to focus on producing high quality consumer guides for consumers on the internet. When she's not working online to create awesome unbiased reviews, she's busy listening to podcasts on fitness and healthy living.

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