Beauty: 5 Best Face Palettes for Travel

As I’m nearing the end of the school year, I’m planning ahead to my travels abroad and thinking about how to maximise the amount of makeup I can take with me without taking up too much luggage space. Here are my top 5 face palettes to keep you looking glamorous without taking up those limited luggage allowances.

Whether you’re looking to travel regularly or you just want to take the the occasional weekend trip, taking the least amount of makeup when travelling will make you feel like you are travelling light whilst really taking all the product you could possibly need to create glowing looks.

1. NARS Hot Nights Face Palette 27g £55 – Feel Unique

NARS Hot Nights Face Palette 27g £55 – Feel Unique

The first palette I recommend is the NARS Hot Nights Face Palette. It has four shadows and a bronzer and highlighter. You get good sized sections of each of the colours and you can easily create day and night looks with this palette.

  • Pacific Eyeshadow (Iridescent pink beige)
  • Paradis Eyeshadow (Iridescent soft violet)
  • Maeva Eyeshadow (Shimmering cranberry)
  • Black sand Eyeshadow (Shimmering deep purple)
  • Tautira Highlighter (Shimmering rose gold)
  • Manini Bronzer (Matte mid-tone bronze)

They also have a Summer Lights face palette but I don’t think it would be so easy to create an evening look with that one.

I have used many of the NARS products before my current Foundation is by NARS (illuminating foundation) and I found that a little goes a long way so I am big fan of NARS. Especially if you’re going on holiday to a really hot country you want to go for a more neutral and glowy colours.

2. Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette £30 – Stila

Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette £30 – Stila

This is available in 4 different shades, but the shade I have shown above is called ‘Fair/Light’. I feel this could work for most skin tones and I love the darker shades. Again, you can easily create day and night looks with this palette. It is long-wearing and it has 5 shadows with 2 blushes. One of the shadows can double up as a highlighter.

Fair/Light:

  • Eye Shades: Alluring (soft pale pink), Breathtaking (soft neutral white), Passionate (champagne pearl), Dynamic (soft taupe), Glamorous (warm chocolate brown)
  • Blush Shades: Romantic (soft pale pink), Playful (soft rose pink)

Light/Medium:

  • Eye Shades: Artistic (neutral beige), Dazzling (vanilla), Ambitious (mid-tone brown with gold pearl), Spontaneous (brown with berry undertones), Mischievous (black brown)
  • Blush Shades: Charming (true cool pink), Angelic (neutral warm rose)

Medium/Tan

  • Eye Shades: Curious (soft nude), Captivating (neutral champagne), Daring (deep rose with gold pearl), Feisty (mid-tone red brown), Magnetic (deep plum)
  • Blush Shades: Inspiring (coral brown), Mysterious (neutral peach)

Tan/Deep

  • Eye Shades: Imaginative (peach), Brilliant (wheat), Adventurous (copper), Flirty (deep warm brown), Mesmerizing (black)
  • Blush Shades: Vibrant (deep peach), Witty (brick red)

I like the fact that Stila have made four different palettes depending on skin tone. At the moment this particular palette is available at £21 which is a steal of a price and so I definitely DEFINITELY recommend buying this. I think once it’s out of stock they probably won’t bring it back, especially because it’s on a reduced price at the moment because it’s normally £30.

3. Estee Lauder The Essential Face Palette £45 – Boots

Estee Lauder The Essential Face Palette £45 – Boots

This Estee Lauder palette was available in many places but at the moment the only place I can find it is from Boots. It used to be available in different shades but the only shade that I can find is this particular one. I don’t know what the names of all of the shadows are because the labels have worn off, but the shadows are in the middle and the just numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and then it’s also got to blusher shades and a bronzer and highlighter. I like the fact that you can play around with this palette and create lots of different looks and do contouring.

4. Charlotte Tilbury INSTANT LOOK IN A PALETTE £49 – Charlotte Tilbury

CHARLOTTE TILBURY INSTANT LOOK IN A PALETTE £49 – CHARLOTTE TILBURY

The Charlotte Tilbury palette is like the ultimate travel package. It’s got 3 eyeshadows which you can use in different combinations: just one and two for a day-time look, or one, two and three for an evening smokey look. You can also mix and match with both of the cheek shades as well as highlighter and bronzer to create a variety of different looks. So even though there’s only three eyeshadows all of the powders are very much versatile.

I like the fact that you can do contour and highlight and I love the black shade in this is very VERY pigmented. A little goes a long way. The price point is more expensive than some of the others that I’ve mentioned (e.g. Stila) it’s £49 which is actually not much more than the Estee Lauder, and cheaper than the NARS. For what you get it’s such good value for money. There used to be a different version of this instant look in a palette. This is the smokey version – the original version of no longer available but I really do like this because it does allow you to create an evening look and day time look.

5. Tarte clay play eye & cheek palette vol. II £40 – Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte clay play eye & cheek palette vol. II £40 – Tarte Cosmetics

There are 9 eye shadows:

  • journey (mauve)
  • stone (mauve shimmer)
  • solstice (cream)
  • dunes (cool brown)
  • smoke (light golden shimmer)
  • sand (beige)
  • ember (warm brown)
  • onyx (copper shimmer)
  • instinct (light pink beige)

Plus a bronzer, blusher and highlighter. This is possibly my favourite of the lot, closely tied with the Charlotte Tilbury! At this price, it’s probably best value for money too.

I hope you enjoyed this post, would love to hear what palettes are your favourites for travel! Plus any other tips and tricks you have for travelling light with plenty of makeup.

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