13 Must-Have Palettes For Holiday Travel

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Jennifer Ford Dec, 19, 2018

This time of year, holiday travelers bombard the airways and railways which means things can get hectic. To eliminate the drama of misplaced luggage and even broken contents, stow your belongings in a carry-on. Of course, traveling this light requires careful consideration of the beauty products you pack, that’s why we’ve thoroughly rounded up the best makeup palettes for your journey.

These compacts efficiently nestle everything you need for creating a variety of fun and festive makeup looks without taking up too much space. We even made sure to include cream and powder formulas to help you breeze pass TSA. Check them out.

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Fenty Beauty Killa Watt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Pallet

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available at Sephora $54 BUY

There are no rules for this freestyle pallet featuring 7 gorgeous never-seen-before frosted metallic pigments. While it's technically a highlighter palette, these festive shades can also be used as blush or eyeshadow for completing your holiday makeup looks.

Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Pallet

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available at Sephora $55 BUY

Pat McGrath is the mother of Celestial hues, so we aren't surprised that this bronze edit of her iconic eyeshadow pallets takes our lids to another dimension. This fully-pigmented champagne colorway will carry you through party season and beyond.

MAC Face Compact Medium Deep Shiny Pretty Things

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available at Nordstrom $40 BUY

Traveling light this time of year can be a challenge. Luckily, this compact will free up some space in your makeup bag. It efficiently nestles a highlighter, blush, and bronzer that compliments deep skin tones in a shiny sleek case.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Pallet Topaz

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available at Sephora $27 BUY

Create various day and nighttime looks with this appropriately named eyeshadow palette that includes 4 duo-chrome and 5 creamy-matte topaz infused shades that we are totally obsessed with.

Pat McGrath Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

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available at Sephora $50 BUY

Layering on highlighter is the secret to a sublime glow. This iridescent gel-powder trio is amazing for creating a combination of multi-dimensional look with glittering luminosity.

MAC Pro Lip Pallet Editorial Reds

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available at MAC Cosmetics $21 BUY

Red lipstick is having a moment this holiday season and this pro-palette makes it easy for you to find the perfect match whether you layer these gorgeous shades together or rock them alone.

Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette

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available at Walgreens $8 BUY

You don't have to rely on a ton of products to define your face. This palette featuring contour, sculpting, and highlighter powder is all you need for creating a snatched effect.

Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol I. Blush Palette

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available at Ulta $18 BUY

This gorgeous cheek palette can be used all over the face and as a bonus, you can also use these rich pigments as eyeshadow.

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

available at Ulta $6 BUY

They say good things come in small packages and this brow compact is proof. It comes with two brow powders and an angle brush for expertly defining your brows.

Black Up Concealer Palette

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available at Sephora $15 BUY

For flawless photos, this holiday season, magically cancel out blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles with this concealer quad made for women of color. The creamy formula provides matte coverage and neutralizes dark areas.

Smashbox Legendary Lip Palette

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available at Ulta $24 BUY

This palette features a combination of matte and creamy lipsticks infused with vitamin E, C, and shea butter to make your lips soft and mistletoe friendly.

AJ Crimson Artist Kit

available at AJ Crimson $150 BUY

If you’re going to gift yourself with something nice this season, we recommend this travel friendly complexion kit that includes hand-poured foundations made from beeswax. The natural water-resistant formula can be used as concealer, highlight, contour, and tattoo cover up and last up to 18 hours.

Lancome Starlight Sparkle Dual Finish Highlighter Palette

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available at Sephora $39 BUY

We’re rounding out our list of must-haves with another highlighting palette because you can never have too many. This limited-edition trifecta packs 3 buttery pearlescent powders that twinkle like little stars on the skin.