What makes an eyeshadow palette good for traveling?

A good mix of shimmers, mattes, depth, and that they can be worn cohesively. If I pick a palette to travel, I’m okay with adding in my favorite brow bone highlighter or maybe a few neutral matte shades, but the palette should contain most of what I need. I tend to prefer quads (and then I’ll take a few) or 12 to 15-pan palettes as a result!

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

Pretty much what you described, Christine, though I prefer to have an inner corner/browbone shade IN the palette (I can add a single shadow with some colour or a bright pencil liner if I think I’ll want a hit of bright colour). I also want products that aren’t likely to shatter in my bag and packaging that isn’t bulky. I also don’t want to travel with a palette I can no longer replace (if I’m flying and it’s going into my checked luggage). The original Naked palette used to be my near perfect travel palette but since it’s been discontinued, it tends to stay safely at home unless we’re travelling by car.

EAdele Avatar

Historically, my travel palette has been Soft Glam. Not the most condensed or small situation, but it has everything I’d possibly need for a wedding/funeral/fancy dinner, which are the only reasons I bring makeup on trips. It’s my cozy neutral palette.

Nancy T Avatar

That I can get at least one complete cohesive look out of a smaller one (4-6 pan) and several from a larger one. Since we are speaking about traveling, this is the one time I would want my browbone and transition shade included within the palette. Yet, I did bring along a MAC quad last year when I went to Tucson for a trip. It had Orb (duh!), Kid (or was it Haux?), Handwritten and Satin Taupe in it, I believe.
Oh, and I prefer compact, slim packaging for travel, too. Yet, I brought UD Beached palette along last year! Go figure.

Mariella Avatar

Sometimes, you’ve just got to let loose with your inner “I need Plunge and I need Doubledip”! I would probably take Beached too, even though it’s not the most practical of palettes, but elastic banded together with Naked1, it wouldn’t take up much room and would keep me from feeling deprived! I don’t use Beached all that much, even at home but I do love reaching for it to use either of those 2 shades under my lower lashes and sometimes to line my upper lid as well.

Rachel R. Avatar

Really, that depends on type of trip, what I’ll be doing, and duration of trip.

1. Sturdy, compact packaging, preferably with a mirror.

2. Trips that are there days or less, or packing space is limited: Five to 10 pans of neutrals or mostly neutrals in shimmers and mattes. UD Naked Basics, Too Faced Totally Cute or 9-pan palettes, e.l.f. 10-pan palettes.

,3. Longer trips:. Variety and versatility. I like a mix of tones, colors and finishes. I don’t mind taking some singles or a small brights palette for pops of color. Any.Too Faced chocolate palette,.Too Faced Clover, UD.Born to Run, any of the UD Naked Series, UD.Vice Palettes.

Deborah S. Avatar

My palette preferences for traveling are really dependent on how long the trip will be, the weather where I am going and what types of events or past times I will be involved in during my stay. Regardless of the above, I want a palette that comes in sturdy packaging, a formula that travels well and not too bulky. For a trip of one week I would likely be fine with a quad or a quint as long as I can get a full look. I don’t mind throwing in a brow bone highlight but if I have to add too many shades then I won’t take it. I don’t need a mirror as I have to have magnification and my daughter doesn’t use one either as she prefers to use a smaller mirror.
For our 5 week trip to Europe, my daughter and I used only one palette, UD Born to Run. My daughter’s skin tone is several shades deeper than mine and it turned out that Born to Run had enough transition shades for both of us, brow bone highlight, pops of colour and UD shadows travel nicely. All in all, it was the perfect palette for us. We used it pretty much everyday of the 5 weeks and could get enough variety to keep us interested. We both agreed when we got back that it was a wise decision for us. Now if you want to talk travel lipstick, LOL!! We each took way too many lipsticks. You would have thought we were going to Antarctica and wouldn’t have access to any stores selling lipsticks for the full 5 weeks.

Genevieve Avatar

Well, I’m about to find out as I start to decide the eyeshadow palettes I am taking with me on my long 6 week trip.
As I am taking both summer and winter clothes (it is quite warm up in Northern Aus), I will have to take palettes that work well with what I wear. I am not much of a matte finish lover for my eyes, I much prefer shimmer or satin finishes.
I am travelling in a car, so worrying about lost luggage at an airport would not be an issue.
I am pretty sure I will be taking UD Naked 2 (for greys and soft neutral shades); bareMinerals The Playlist and Soft and Smokey; My City Color singles in Cleo, All Eyes on Me and Sandstorm; Dior’s Bonne Etoile (that I loved so much last summer) and a couple more.

Frozendiva Avatar

I would pack two or three small palettes. It does depend on where my travels take me and the length of my trip. Plane travel means more small palettes. Three or four days, I don’t need much.

I liked my Urban Decay On the Run palette. However, it seemed to weigh as much as my iPad. Bulky and cumbersome. The more compact and lightweight, the better. Going by car, not as much.

I bought the Chanel indispensables palette because it was a good size and was lightweight.

Netterz Avatar

I just did a 1 month trip with the Viseart Rosé Edit, and it kind of fell short in terms of options; it was missing a couple of good neutral nudes, the ones in the palette were too warm/orangey. I prefer taking 1 bigger palette with at least 12 colors, instead of a bunch of quads. I think I would have fared better if I’d brought something like my UD Born to Run.

Alyssa Avatar

I recently went on a couple trips, one for work and one for a week away, and packed 2 palettes. I brought Colourpop Salvaje and MAC Natural Vice. Colourpop Salvaje is a great versatile palette for day to night with a few colours to spice Things up. MAC Natural Vice palette compliments the shades in the Colourpop palette but leans more neutral. Plus the gold in the palette doesn’t have as much fallout as the gold shade Corona in Colourpop’s palette. When travelling I need versatility with mattes, shimmers, a glitter or two, a great highlight shade for inner corner and brow.

Bonnie Avatar

Small, good range of light to dark tones, sturdy packaging. I use that little Naked Basics palette (the 6 pan) and I like the new Tarte X Whitney Simmons which has 6 neutral shadows plus a blush and a highlight.

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