Makeup Gadgets Week: Makeup Kits

If there is ANYTHING that takes me to gadget heaven faster than a makeup kit, I don’t know what it is. There is something about the transformer-like appeal of some of these kits. Recently, I bought the Sephora Deluxe Palette pictured here. Even though I like my own makeup, I find myself wanting to use this kit. It’s not just for travel. In fact, it’s too bulky for travel. It’s just a great set of makeup that comes in a box that opens up in a myriad of different ways.

BR Make Up Kit # 682 at Amazon.comSephora isn’t the only brand of makeup that packages their kits with style. Check out this BR Make Up Kit # 682. With eyeliners, mascaras and even face powder, this could be the only makeup that you carry. The risk with these sets, of course, is sub-par makeup and colors that you don’t like. That’s why I like the Sephora kit because the makeup is really good quality.

With many kits, you get TINY little brushes to use. That’s why this kit from Malibu Glitz is appealling to me.

It has a set of nearly full sized brushes in the bottom compartment. Anyone who has tried to put on blush or face powder with the tiny brush from a makeup kit can appreciate a full-sized set of brushes.

Of course, you can always get a Sephora Face & Eye brush set and enjoy the benefits of full sized brushes without even using the brushes in the kit.

Cameleon BR Make Up Kit #JC161-A at Amazon.comOf course, makeup kits can be simple and elegant like this Cameleon BR Make Up Kit. Just a few eyeshadows, blushes and glosses tuck into your purse for every day use.

Mary Kay Compact Pro at Amazon.comMary Kay makes a completely customizable makeup kit called the Mary Kay Compact Pro. The only problem with it is that by the time you buy the compact and all the makeup to fill it, you end up spending hundreds of dollars (compared to the very excellent Sephora kit for only forty bucks). Many times I’ve played with the Mary Kay website and ALMOST ordered a Compact Pro only to close the browser window without finishing the order because the cost is just too exorbitant.

In the Eighties, Revlon made the ABSOLUTE BEST makeup kits called Custom Eyes. They sold eyeshadow cases that could open up. You could choose your favorite eyeshadow colors (bought separately) to go into the case. Completely customizable. I found an ad for them in an old Seventeen Magazine.

Revlon Custom Eyes Page 1 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Revlon Custom Eyes Page 2 by LauraMoncur from FlickrTo this day, I still own these eyeshadow cases. The eyeshadow is long used up and Revlon doesn’t make replacements for it anymore, but I cling to these cases as the epitome of what makeup kits should aspire to.