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A Guide To The Best Eyeshadows For Travel

Looking for the perfect compact eyeshadow palette to travel with? We've got the low down in this guide.

A Guide To The Best Eyeshadows For Travel

Benefit Duo Travel Eyeshadow Palette

Packing your suitcase can feel like such a drag when you have to choose between what to take and what to leave behind. Just how WILL you survive without 15 different outfit choices?! We also know you wanna take the whole contents of your dressing table – believe me, we would too if we could!

Unfortunately, being strict with your baggage is definitely a must-do if you want to fit in all your outfits and shoes, while avoiding pesky baggage fees at the airport.

That’s why we have searched for the best travel friendly eyeshadows that are perfect to take with you on your next holiday. Between glitters, mattes and shimmers (oh my!), we’ve compiled a list of the best travel eyeshadows that will keep you looking gorgeous!

Best Compact Eyeshadow Palettes For Travel

Mini palettes are perfect for anyone who knows exactly what colour scheme they’re after or for anyone who wants to cut out the middle man in deciding what colours to go for. Choose a palette that suits your holiday destination and you’ll look like a pro! Go for cooler tones and mattes for colder destinations and grab more shimmery, warmer tones to create a sizzling look for hot countries ?!

Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay

I’m sure we’re all mourning the loss of Urban Decay’s OG basics palette, but fear not! They are still spoiling us with Naked 2’s mini sister, and how could we live without it?

The teeny palette is perfect for storing in your carry-on to mask those tired long-haul flight eyes, and with the matte natural shade range, you can create a ton of gorg daytime looks, being basic ain’t a bad thing after all!



Cover Shot Eye Palette


With a cute compact mirror attached we know you’ll love this travel themed eyeshadow palette sitting cosy in your make-up bag!

With 6 different eyeshadow palettes to choose from (our favourite being ‘Ablaze’ with beautiful browns and neutrals) pick a palette that suits your destination and style. Each comes with 8 colours which makes it a versatile pick. Perhaps you’ll use it as a brow filler or highlighter too!



Mesmerizing Mineral Palette


Well you should know by now we’re a fan of PIXI aaaand, we LOVE the Mesmerizing Mineral Palette featuring 6 gorgeous must have shades PLUS a double-ended applicator that sits pretty in the case.

Our favourite pick is ‘Copper Peach’ with cute peachy tones and neutrals or if you’re after a matte set, go for  ‘Sunset Mattes’.



Best Eyeshadow Sticks For Travel

Eyeshadow sticks are not only great to take on the plane in your carry-on because of their solid form (and therefore not contributing to your liquid limit), but their slimline size mean they are perfect for popping in your bag for a cheeky top up during the day or night! Check out these 4 eyeshadow sticks that were made for travelling that will really up your make up game this year.

Easy Smoky Eye

Sephora Collection

Sephoras budget eyeshadow sticks are gonna be your new best friend this holiday. With a choice of mattes or shimmers (if you’re feeling a lil extra), there’s an eye look to be created for any type of vacation!

Since we just love an efficient make-up product, these have a helpful brush at the other end, meaning you can choose between a sharp dramatic eye look or a softer one, you choose!



Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier

With the widest range of shades to choose from, these eyeshadow sticks are perfect for travelling as they’re not only long – wearing, but also waterproof! So snorkel or scuba away – your eyes will stay poppin’, perfect for those go-pro underwater shots!

Choose one of the lighter shades for the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes appear larger, or the darker shades to create a statement look.



Velvet Shadow Stick


These luxurious eyeshadow sticks will transform your make up look from boring to boujee in 5 seconds! Promising to glide on effortlessly, you can pop these compact sticks in your bag without a second thought to touch up easily throughout the night.

The helpful wind up mechanism means there’s no need for a pencil sharpener – more room for stashing the free shampoo and conditioner minis from your hotel, true?



Best Mini Eyeshadows For Travel

They say good things come in small packages, and this is true for our next category of eyeshadows. We are obsessed with the eyeshadows best suited for travelling that we’ve already shown you – and we aren’t stopping now! There’s a few different types of minis that will slide perfectly into your purse, to top up on day trips or nights out without anyone knowing a thing!

Little M.A.C Pigment


Girl, do we have a treat for you (and your eyeballs). MAC’s bestselling pigment is now in a mini vial, perfect to pop into any purse. They’ve pulled out all the stops with their smoothly formulated metallic powders. Minimal product needed for a bright pop of colour.

This is also approved to be used on the lips and don’t we love a multitasking product while we travel?



Ash & Ember Eye Soot

Rituel De Fille

If you’re looking for something that will last well past your travels – look no further than the multi-purpose  creamy Eye Soots by Rituel de Fille.

These eye pigments are blendable, buildable and won’t disappear away during the day. They are a little on the pricier side but worth it as it comes in a strong glass bottle that will weather any turbulence on your trip.



Chrome Paint Eyeshadow Pot


Tarte’s vibrant waterproof glitter shadow pots are so stunning we might just have to buy them for ourselves, with 11 shades to choose from, how can we say no? The blendable formula promises to melt onto your eyelids like honey – so easily, in fact, you can forget about bringing brushes and just use your fingers!

They have an ease of application that’s like a powder but sit like a gloss, so you can drunkenly bat your eyes at that guy across the room with confidence, cos they’ll be shimmering all night long.



Create Your Own Travel Friendly Eyeshadow Palette

If you’re anything like us and simply can’t decide on a whole eyeshadow pallette, or maybe you know the exact single shades you’re after, then a customisable eyeshadow palette will be your holy grail product on your travels.

There are a few companies out there that have answered our make-up prayers and created a blank palette for you to add your own single eyeshadow pans, hallelujah ? !

Custom 2x Eyeshadow Palette


Make-up giant MAC have formed the highest quality of eyeshadows for you to pick and choose from. With choices from frost, VXPL, matte, lust, satin, lustre, velvet and veluxe pearl, you really won’t be short on choices with these palettes.

Just to really add that personal touch, you can even name your palette! With lightweight plastic packaging, what’s stopping you creating a palette for each destination?



Create Your Own Palette


Kiss your indecisiveness goodbye! Colorpop has hundreds of metallic, matte, glitter and duochrome shades to choose from to create your own personalised palette. Not only does this mean you needn’t take several palettes in your bag, but also means you can ensure you only take your absolute fave colours with you! The pans are magnetic, too, so opening your suitcase to find your clothes a lot more colourful than before shouldn’t be a problem.

The small palette holds up to 12 shadows, 6 shadows & 2 cheeks and many more combinations. The possibilities are endless!



Z Palette Mini

Z Palette

From bum-bag friendly sized palettes to professional double-sided ones, the Z Palette is the perfect travel custom eyeshadow palette to acocmpany you wherever you go. Easy to be used wet or dry, the multitude of colours are so versatile so you can make an unlimited amount of combinations to match your holiday outfits.

The Z Palette is one of the most affordable palettes on the list, and you aren’t required to purchase the Z Palette branded shadows, so feel free to mix and match on brands, win win ?!



Travel Friendly Liquid Eye Shadows

Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow


Okay, we are seriously in love with Stila’s glitter liquid shadows, there’s a whole bunch of gorgeous shades to choose from and we are obsessed with every single one. Not only can you pop this in your handbag while your whisk yourself off to those boat parties, but its quick drying technology means you can spend less time applying and more time drinking ?!

These stunning shadows are incredibly versatile too – use an angled brush to create a standout glittery wing, pop it on top of your base eyeshadows to intensify colour or use on their own for a statement look.



Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Eyeshadow

Huda Beauty

This hardworking dual ended eyeshadow is going to be your best friend on your travels. Matte on one site, Metallic on the other to take you from day to night in a swipe.

It’ll fit into any purse and any pocket and with 15 colour combinations to choose from, perhaps we might just take more than one. Easy to build with your finger and now you’re ready for the next adventure.



High Shine Liquid Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown

Last but not least is Bobbi’s water based liquid shadow which will brighten any tired travel eyes with a pop of this golden colour.

Apply straight to the lashline or across your eyelids and blend away using clean fingertips. And while you’re at it why not pop it on the brow bone and cheek bones cause, more is more!



Have you tried any of these eyeshadows whilst travelling? What colours or palettes do you normally travel with?

Let us know if have or if you know of an amazing travel eyeshadow you’ve been using! We’d love to hear your suggestions.

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