Cosmetic cases, bags and pouches for all your beauty products.
If you ever come to my house, I can promise you three things. A cup of coffee, a cookie, and a rogue eyeshadow brush that somehow tossed off my bathroom shelf and into the small gap between my vanity and the wall. If you see said brush, please pick it up for me.
A simple solution to my problem would be to buy a makeup bag that has all the foundations, primers, and lipsticks in one beautiful, well-organized space. But do I really want to invest in a functional bag that hangs out in my bathroom without ever seeing the light of day? Well, to quote Rowan Atkinson, a cosmetic bag “is so much more than a bag.”
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Besides helping Marie Kondo in your bathroom drawers, the makeup bag is also the anxious traveller’s chest companion. If you cringe every time you pack your cosmetics for a trip — imagining scenes of smashed glass bottles and serums seeping through your stuff — you’re not alone.
I am ready to change my life, strengthen my organization and ease my travel anxieties by investing in a good cosmetic bag. Join me on a tour of Australia’s best bags to tuck, break and close your beauty worries.
Beloved for its vegan and cruelty-free Australian skincare, Esmi also offers cheerfully colored toiletry bags. My personal favorite is the Rainbow Vanity Bag, which looks like the inside of a four-tiered pastel rainbow cake. Besides being cute as a button, the bag has a variety of zippered compartments to store everything from skincare samples to giant shampoo bottles.
Naturally, Australia’s largest online beauty retailer has it covered when it comes to makeup bags. The brand’s clear vegan leather cosmetic bags come in a range of sizes, ideal for frequent travelers and home organization fanatics. If you’re not sold yet, remember that all Adore purchases come with a Tim Tam.
Love by T
Australia’s obsession with terry towels continues (or mine anyway). Love By T’s limited edition 100% cotton terry bag is handmade and promises to be both UV and water resistant.
The company somewhere
Pack your makeup bag as neatly as you pack your suitcase? You’ll love The Somewhere Co. Its generously sized, structured cases feature built-in brush pockets and elastic bands to ensure your products don’t fly around during turbulent travel.
With over a hundred stores across Australia and New Zealand, Mecca is truly a one-stop-shop for makeup, fragrance, skincare and, of course, bags to store it all in! Mecca’s own brand of cosmetic holders includes the Weekender Bag, which has a peekaboo plastic window to easily see what’s inside, and the electric orange Brush Bag, which “ensures your brushes can be as tall and proud as Beyonce on stage.”
Available in more designs than you can poke an eyebrow pencil at, Chucka makes neoprene pouches in a variety of colorful designs. The best thing about the suit’s material is its machine washable functionality – perfect for when your micellar water tries a mid-flight escape.
Whether you’re a crease-cutting cosmetics whiz or aspiring beauty enthusiast, Melbourne-based brand Starry has got you covered with all makeup needs. Its wide range of bags covers everything from simple plastic pouches to full makeup belts and cosmetic cases with convenient removable dividers. Thoughtful touches like same-day delivery for Melbourne and Sydney residents, 14-day returns and optional personalization will make you an instant convert.
By the sea
By the Sea is committed to making sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan products that don’t skimp on style. Favoring natural materials, the brand’s signature makeup bag is made from recycled cork, accented with eye-catching rainbow flecks.
A heavyweight in Australian fashion for over two decades, Gorman is known and loved for his distinctive colorful prints. Gorman’s cheerful aesthetic isn’t limited to wardrobes – shop your favorite designs (including these limited-edition artist collaborations) in a range of cosmetic cases and travel bags.
Kip & Co
Kip & Co really delivers when it comes to on-trend cosmetic bags. Its dreamy velvet padded cosmetic cases easily convert into a clutch on the go, while its range of 100% waxed canvas designs promise to be totally bathroom proof.
Inspired by her years in Istanbul, designer Verity Kizek wanted to bring the beauty of Turkish textiles to her Australian home. Saardé’s thoughtful homewares are made from high-quality materials in earthy tones like sage, clay and rust. The Journey Toiletry Bag is the brand’s carry-all cosmetic solution, crafted from soft cotton canvas.
Mon Purse has earned a reputation as one of the country’s go-to custom bag companies, and its extensive travel line is another step up in the brand’s heritage. Shop toiletry bags and vanity cases in a range of pebble grain leathers, ready to be personalized with your choice of text.
An honorable mention here for a brand that isn’t Australian, but is a staple in many of our wardrobes. Rains is a Scandinavian brand known for its understated, minimalist rain jackets, but outerwear doesn’t have all the fun. Like the brand’s classic coats, Rains’ stylish cosmetic bags come in a range of colours, are made from a matte, waterproof material and come with a two-year guarantee.
For a selection of the best products to put in your makeup bag, go here.