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Is your makeup collection slowly taking over your life? If so, you might be wondering how it got this way. It all started with just one lipstick, and now you've got at least 15, with ten different eyeshadow palettes and a plethora of other makeup accessories and tools. Maybe it's time you start looking for more storage.

Makeup cases are a must-have in any artist or enthusiast's beauty arsenal. But what exactly is a train case, and what kind of train case would be best for you? We've come up with this complete guide on makeup train cases so that you're prepared for when your makeup collection starts to feel overwhelming.

What Exactly Is A Makeup Train Case?

A makeup train case is a trunk type storage first used in the mid-1900s. Originally, these were used to store toiletries when traveling by train. The case comes in a square or rectangular shape for easy storage on the train. Many of these have separate compartments inside to help you further organize your items.

These cases were made as separate containers so that users could have access to their toiletries without having to open the rest of their luggage.

Nowadays, people use train cases for storing or traveling other items aside from toiletries. The most common use for a train case today is for storing makeup and other cosmetics.

Anyone can use a train case, from professional makeup artists to hairstylists. Anyone looking for more storage for their makeup or equipment—even if you don't plan on traveling—will definitely find having a train case handy.

And when the time comes that you do need to travel, you've already got your cosmetic train case ready. All you have to do is pack it up and go. It doesn't get much more convenient than that!

What To Look For In A Makeup Train Case?

If you're going to get a makeup train case, you need to consider six main qualities. These qualities are durability, storage size, the number of compartments, weight, versatility, and cost. We'll go over each of these qualities and talk about why they're necessary below:


One of the main factors to consider when choosing a makeup train case is durability, especially if you're going to use it for traveling. Traveling isn't always smooth, and you will find yourself on the occasional bumpy ride. If your makeup train case isn't durable, you risk damaging your makeup during your trip—and that is the last thing you want.

Train cases come in all materials. They are mainly hard-shelled, which makes them durable. But some train cases are soft-sided, which are less sturdy and offer less protection. That doesn't stop people from opting for soft-sided makeup train cases, though. These can be nice because they are lighter than hard-shelled cases. Just know you are sacrificing durability!

If you're only using the train case for extra storage at home, the durability might not matter that much to you. But if you're a makeup artist who travels a lot, a hard-shelled makeup train case will be the most ideal option for you.

Storage Space

The main reason people buy train cases, other than for traveling, is for extra storage. People love using train cases as extra storage because they're deceivingly compact. But once you open them, they actually have plenty of storage space inside.

Take this Lucent Case Mini, for example. You wouldn't expect much to fit into this compact case, but once you open it, it reveals a deep bottom section, two fold-out compartments, and even has a bonus fold-out mirror on top. It's basically a mini vanity.

But in the end, the amount of storage space you need really depends on the quantity of makeup you have.

Number of Compartments

For a lot of people, the number of compartments a cosmetic case has is the most important aspect. Some makeup train cases have plenty of storage space but lack individual compartments. Basically, they're just a box with no separate segments to help organize your tools and cosmetics.

A makeup train case without compartments might work for you if you have lots of makeup pouches or cosmetic bags that you can use to organize your cosmetics. But if you don't want to spend on extra cosmetic bags, then definitely look for a train case with plenty of compartments.

Some train cases, such as this Large Cosmetic Case, come with fully customizable inserts. This allows you to adjust the size and number of your compartments according to your personal makeup collection. And it even comes with tons of additional pockets to hold your makeup brushes and zipper slots for other items. 


If you plan on traveling with your makeup, you definitely want a case that is lightweight. Your makeup and other equipment can be pretty heavy as it is. As such, you'll want as little additional weight from the train case as possible. This is especially true if you're flying. Most airlines will charge you for overweight baggage. 

For a lightweight rolling makeup train case, check out this Small Roller Trolley. Although it is soft-sided, it also has plenty of storage space, compartments, and drawers to organize all your makeup and tools. The best part is it only weighs 3.2kg which is the weight of a hard-shelled train case half its size.


In general, most train cases are multi-functional and versatile. You can use them for almost anything. They can serve as a cosmetic bag, a carrier for hairstyling equipment, a camera holder, a jewelry box, and so much more!


The cost of a train case varies widely depending on the size of the case. Small soft-sides cases are usually priced between $10 to $20, while small hard-shelled cases are usually around $25 to $50. Larger cases are usually priced between $100 to $400. If you're looking for premium quality cases that fit your specific budget, keep reading.

Where To Find A Great Makeup Train Case

When it comes to buying a makeup train case and makeup storage, in general, there are tons of options online. But they aren't all created equal. If you only want the best quality and for the best price, Luvo is the go-to store.

Luvo - The #1 Online Store for Luxe Makeup Storage & So Much More!

Find luxury quality makeup cases and trolleys for the best price at Luvo. Our makeup cases come in all shapes, sizes, and designs.

We've got sleek black soft-sided cases and a full-on glitter glam hard-shelled train case. They are all extremely compact but with tons of storage space and compartments to help organize your makeup and other beauty tools.

If you're looking for more storage organizers we also sell acrylic makeup organizers that you can stack on your table or slide into your drawers or cabinets. Everything you need to declutter your makeup and turn your desk into a makeup vanity, you can find here at Luvo.

All of our products come with a safe-delivery guarantee where we replace any items that may have been damaged during delivery—free of charge. We also offer a 60-day return period and free extended warranties.

And if the items that you want don't fit into your budget at the moment, you can always buy now and pay later with Afterpay. This allows you to pay for your items in 4 separate payments, payable every 2 weeks. Shopping at Luvo is 100% risk and stress-free.

Ready to start organizing your makeup collection? Buy a makeup case or organizer from Luvo today and turn your makeup clutter into a gorgeous makeup display.


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