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Take Me With You, Maybelline City Mini Palettes!

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The travel-friendly Maybelline City Mini Palettes, $9.99 each

I think I may have discovered a potentially life-changing beauty packing hack this morning.

And here it is: instead of bringing the biggest makeup bag I own (which is what I usually do, BIG surprise!), I’ll bring a small one and only allow myself whatever will fit into it on the trip.


Yes, I know this is Captain Obvious, but hear me out.

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Six of seven Maybelline City Mini Palettes

Clearly, someone out there has figured this out before, but it never occurred to me. Seriously, OMG! SHRINK THE BAG, KAREN!

maybelline graffiti pop
Graffiti Pop in the palm of my hand

That’s where these new Maybelline City Mini Palettes enter the picture?

Aren’t they cute? You get six powder eyeshadows in one mini palette that fits in the palm of your hand.

There are seven versions available, and here are six. They’re only $9.99 each, which is a pretty great deal.

maybelline city mini swatches
From the top: Chill Brunch Neutrals, Concrete Runway, Downtown Sunrise, Graffiti Pop, Rooftop Bronzes and Urban Jungle
maybelline city mini downtown sunrise
Wearing the Downtown Sunrise palette on my eyes… (Please excuse the pajamas and cat ears. This was just a 10-minute look I did to go on a Starbucks run.)

Each palette has a combo of shimmery finishes (sorry, matte lovers!), so we’re talking frosts, glitters and satins. The textures are so soft that they’re almost creamy, and they’re all quite pigmented.

When you’re working with glitters and frosts, you have to be prepared to deal with some fallout, but overall, these are high quality shadows and a bargain, and the fallout isn’t bad.

And hopefully this never happens to you on a trip (or to me!), but if your makeup bag ever gets lost in transit, it won’t cost much to replace a City Mini.

I’m just sayin’…

Maybelline City Mini palette ingredients
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-12, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Serica Powder / Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470 / Carmine

Warm-toned Downtown Sunrise is my favorite one. It has three satins (a bone, beige and a dark brown) and three frosts (a pale pink, champagne and a coral). The satins are the closest things in these palettes to mattes, and the brown and beige are fantastically useful for transitioning the shimmers into the crease.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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