7 travel-friendly makeup compacts to obsess over
Spoiler: None of them are foundations!
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / July 18 2018
The makeup compact is one of the best beauty inventions, hands down. They’re ideal to travel with all thanks to their design, they feel really lightweight once applied, they’re easy to use and are mess-free, and the coverage can be controlled via different application techniques, such as swiping and dabbing.
The newest iterations of compacts aren’t filled with foundation, but instead are juiced up with blush, fragrance, bronzer and more that you can easily apply on the go. Here are the latest and greatest travel-friendly makeup compacts that we can’t stop using.
If you want to prevent shine
Murad Matteffect Blotting Perfector is a clever compact that houses a liquid formula that helps mattify skin and make pores appear smaller with just a few pats of the included sponge. Plus, the formula is transparent so it won’t affect the finish of your foundation.
If you want to touch-up your fragrance
Instead of bringing a full-sized fragrance with you on vacation, go with a compact that houses a scented gel so there’s no chance of a glass bottle smashing in your suitcase. Flower by Kenzo The Cushion is one of the fashion house’s most iconic scents, and for good reason: The soft and powdery concoction of pink pepper, blackcurrant, soft florals like rose and violet, and white musk suits absolutely everyone and is sure to put you in a good mood.
If you want a bold pop of colour on your cheekbones
shu uemura fresh cushion blush in Tokyo Vibe Red is your best bet if you’re looking to add a flush of pink to your complexion. The shade may look scarily bright in the compact, but it melts gorgeously into skin like a watercolour that can be built from a soft wash to a louder jolt of colour.
If you want a subtle hint of colour on your cheeks
Or, if you’re looking for something more pared-back, you might want to try Lancôme’s Cushion Blush Subtil in Rose Givree. The pinky-orange shade works perfectly on medium to olive skin tones and looks really natural once blended in.
If you want to lightly contour
Guerlain Terracotta Cushion eliminates any chance of over-contouring all thanks to its design. Press down to reveal a few drops of golden elixir that you can apply below cheekbones and along the jawline to sculpt these areas.
If you want to bring out your features
On the other hand, something like Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Glow can illuminate your features without making you look like a disco ball. The formula is more of a pink and pearl colour, so it works beautifully on all skin tones - especially those with fair skin.
If you want to perfect your base
The easiest way to make your complexion look perfect? With a colour-correcting base, of course. Mirenesse Tone Correcting Primer is filled with green, yellow and peachy tones to help you knock out redness and dark patches with ease. Apply a light layer onto bare skin before foundation, concentrating on areas that require the most attention like under your eyes.
Do you have a favourite makeup compact at the moment? Why do you like using it? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.