1. Sonia Kashuk for Target
For affordability and generally cheeriness, you can’t beat Sonia Kashuk for Target. Every season she rolls out a new collection of fun prints, from cheetah to artsy pink stripes. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but this valet style is fantastic because the clear detachable case is perfect for bringing on flights.
Sonia Kashuk for Target pink valet, $19.99. target.com
2. Anya Hindmarch
Leave it to Anya Hindmarch to create the perfect kitschy-yet-cute case. Aside from how much we adore the bright purple ultra-feminine illustration, the bag also has the added benefit of being made from a dark canvas material, so it won’t easily be scuffed up by errant makeup. A sassy patent leather tassel on the zipper completes the girly-girl effect— and it’s so très-chic!
Anya Hindmarch Lips and Eyes canvas cosmetics case, $80, netaporter.com
3. Paul & Joe Beaute
Trust Paris-based fashion line Paul & Joe Beaute to make bags that are both stylish and practical. We love this two-piece set because you can keep your main makeup in the large compartment and carry the smaller bag with you during the day. The sweet print has a vintage chic feel — we could see French siren Marion Cotillard tucking her lipstick in it.
Paul and Joe Beaute two- piece cosmetic set, $65, amazon.com
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs
Never lose your makeup bag again with Marc by Marc Jacobs’ super-bright yellow canvas case. We just love how everything from the color to the logo stitching to the plaque conveys whimsy and fun—just what a cosmetics case should be. The perfect size to slip into your purse or to carry your essentials for a weekend away, it’s perfect for the girl on the go.
Marc by Marc Jacobs nylon small cosmetic case, $78, bloomingdales.com
5. Henri Bendel
Henri Bendel carries a selection of fanciful bags that are compact and relatively affordable. The plastic-coated nylon is easy to clean, and the semi-stiff material keeps makeup protected from the various pokey, sharp things in your purse.
Henri Bendel cosmetic bag, $45, henribendel.com
And, for something a little different, we spied this simple zippered pouch at Bird, the ever-hip boutique and online shop. It’s made from vintage Japanese ikat fabric and is just big enough for your compact, stila lip glaze, NARS Multiple, and Benefit BADgal. You know, the essentials.
Patch large ikat print cosmetic bag, $60, shopbird.com