This tube is definitely bigger than a lipstick, but it's still small enough to be great for travel. Along with the brushes that come with the set, I can fit one or two more of my tiny travel-sized brushes into the tube, which is nice if you have a favorite travel brush that you don't want to get squished in your makeup bag. I like the brushes that come with this set, although I think it's a bit redundant to have a flat brush and an angled brush. I personally rarely use either one, but I love the two eyeshadow brushes. Definitely good brushes!