It’s In The Bag
The seasons are a-changing, which means the time to start looking for new boots, sweaters, and jackets is now (click here for some inspiration). Picking up a cool new cosmetics case might not be top of mind, but there are so many chic (and functional!) new makeup bags out there (some of which could do double duty as cool clutches), they too deserve a place on your fall shopping list. Here, our top five picks.—Elizabeth Cohen
Deep Blue Something
Every spring and fall, Smythson introduces new colors and materials for its leather goods. This time around, the luxe British label is all about blue lizard print. Glossy cobalt calfskin covers its mini and medium-sized cosmetic cases, which have an inside pocket for stashing brushes and an oil-resistant fabric lining so you can toss in your products without fear of destroying the interior.
Smythson Lapis cosmetics case, $220, www.smythson.com.
We’re obsessed with Comme des Garçons wallets, so it’s no surprise that we’re equally enamored with its new fluorescent makeup pouch. The slim shape is perfect for stashing cosmetics, and the bright colors (it comes in three retina-burning shades) make it particularly easy to locate, even in our giant overstuffed PS1.
Comme des Garçons Super Fluo small cosmetic pouch, $105, www.nordstrom.com.
With its inky black leather, metal corners, and silver hardware, this is definitely the most badass cosmetics bag we’ve seen in a good long while—which is par for the course from Alexander Wang. Interior, nylon-lined pockets let you organize dozens of black eyeliners, and there’s even room for a few bottles of Wang’s forthcoming nail collaboration with Sally Hansen.
Alexander Wang Prisma washbag, $325, www.alexanderwang.com.
This bag is so well tailored and has such gorgeous details we find it hard to believe it’s actually meant to hold makeup. But the dual-compartment pocket, inside pouches, and mirror on the inside flap prove that it is indeed intended for lipstick and eyeliner. That being said, it could 100 percent operate sans maquillage.
Chloé Marcie cosmetics bag, $460, www.netaporter.com.
For those beauty addicts for whom a small makeup bag barely contains the essentials, Kate Spade’s soft-sided train case is a good bet for travel. A whimsically illustrated NYC streetscape covers the outside (perfect for NYFW, should you find yourself disoriented), while the spacious inside features a removable pouch to help you separate your stockpile.
Kate Spade Streets of New York Natalie train case, $145, www.katespade.com.
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