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Best in Beauty: Travel-Friendly Make-up Palettes

I finally found time to sneak in a few vacation days to see family this week in Ohio (and yes, dear GlamWatch readers, I am still faithfully blogging!). One of the challenges I faced packing for a red-eye flight at the 11th hour? Quickly downsizing my arsenal of beauty products to fit into a compact carry-on. Thankfully, my obsession with finding the ideal make-up palette to match just about any occasion--and purse size--left me with plenty of well-researched options. Here are my three on-the-go favorites:


Size Matters


Courtesy of Sephora.

Sephora's new Summer Blockbuster Palette ($30) is the mother of all travel-friendly combos. With 24 pressed eye shadows, a dozen lip colors, two cheek colors and one bronzer, the array of color options will have you dipping into it even if you're not on the road. Available at Sephora, 33 Powell St., 415-362-3960, sephora.com



Power Exchange


Courtesy of Nordstrom.com

Go anywhere with Trish McEvoy's new customizable Power of Make-up Page: Simply Pretty 1 palette ($65). This tightly edited magnetic compact comes with four versatile eye shadows, a coral gloss, a sheer lip color and natural-flush pink blush. The bonus? Once you're done, it can be refilled to suit your next travel adventure. Available at Nordstrom, 865 Market St., 415-243-8500, nordstrom.com


Pretty in Pink


Courtesy of Fresh.com

Best for a far-flung tropical getaway (or at least looking like you just returned from one), Fresh's new Island Reverie Face Palette ($55) has three complimentary eye shadows, a shimmering bronzer and a peachy blush that gives you that relaxed, just basked-in-sunshine glow. Available at Fresh, 301 Sutter St., 415-248-0210, fresh.com