Holiday Gift Guide

The Perfect Beauty Case for a Mini Getaway

October 11, 2016
The Beauty Look Book - Bobbi Brown Beauty Travel Case


Many of you have asked for a review on this year’s edition of the Bobbi Brown Beauty Case ($160, limited-edition) and today I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to share what I can fit inside it. This is a new travel case for the holiday season with two zippered tiers and compartments to house anything from makeup, skincare, beauty tools and travel-sized minis.


There have been various launches of the Bobbi Brown train case over the years in different materials, colors and set options. The first one I received was the classic black leather one back in the 2002 time frame and it has special meaning to me. My boyfriend bought it for me when we first started dating (now my husband). He picked it up while in London at the airport and was so excited when he came back to the US that he had found something he knew I would get a lot of use out of. He said “it can hold all your makeup!” It was just so thoughtful and since we had only been dating for under a year I was so surprised he would know to even look for something like that as a gift for me. I was even more touched that he carried it on the plane all the way from London. It’s held up remarkably well and I’ve carried it on the plane (without liquids of course) and also on other occasions packed in my suit case.


This year’s version comes in a rich burgundy faux patent leather material. As with most patent materials it will be on the more delicate side so you will need to be careful about it touching materials that could have color transfer. Fingerprints will show so I’d recommend using clean hands to handle it, but I would recommend that for any type of leather good whether it’s patent or not. It is well made though and very sturdy so I do believe it will hold up well. The color is simply gorgeous.


Bobbi Brown Beauty Case Holiday 2016


It’s the exact same in size as the previous cases on the exterior measuring approximately 9 inches wide, 5.75 inches tall and 5.75 inches deep. The configuration inside is a bit different in this year’s version as the top portion has a horizontal separator to help keep items in place and the base has no pockets. The top of the lid does have a pocket to store items. It has another elastic pocket inside which can hold your brushes in place.


The Beauty Look Book - Bobbi Brown Beauty Travel Case


If you’ve followed me for a while you will know that I pack a lot with me on travel and even in my daily or weekly bag I tend to accumulate a lot with me. Many of you are amazed that I’m able to pack so much in limited spaces –Β  it does take careful placement and maneuvering like Tetris to make things fit in a way that as little space is wasted, but you can fit a lot inside a suitcase or travel case if you arrange things in a certain way. I’ve included a wide variety of items, brands and products I would actually travel with to see what I could fit in the Beauty Case. As usual I’ve found that this little case can house a lot of items from face and base makeup, blush, highlighters, skincare, brushes, lip color, eyeshadow, powders, mascara, gloss, eyeliner and an eyelash curler. As I’ve used my black travel case on numerous occasions and weekend getaway trips I really find it to be perfect.


A look at the top tier:


The Beauty Look Book - Bobbi Brown Beauty Travel Case


In the lid I can fit in quite a few brushes and slim lipsticks (I have two of the Tom Ford Lip Contour Duos inside). In the base of the lid there’s enough depth to stack two compacts where I put the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Eyeshadow Palette. Two stacked rows of lipsticks will fit as you can see two layers of MAC Liptensity, and the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines stacked on top of two Tom Ford Lip Colors.
A look at the bottom tier, two views from the side and from the top:


The Beauty Look Book - Bobbi Brown Beauty Travel Case


What fits inside the base includes the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Light Palette, Moroccanoil Treatment (the 1.7 fl oz version is shown), Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder (best setting powder ever, I use Shade #2), MAC Blemish Control Gel, various face oils including the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate and Kate Somerville Dilo Oil, sunscreen, lip gloss, lipsticks, shadow stick, blush, eyelash curler, mini perfumes and more. There’s a bit of a gap in the upper portion so there’s a bit of extra room to fit items in case they are a bit taller than the base. Products shown linked below as well.


The Beauty Look Book - Travel Beauty



If you’ve been eyeing the Bobbi Brown Beauty Case for holiday I hope this gives you an idea of what kinds of things you can fit inside. I think it’s great for travel or mini getaways – especially if you’ll have some trips coming up for the holiday season for family get-togethers you can store a little bit of everything inside. I’ve used mine on mini trips ranging from 3 days to a full week. It’s worked for me on road trips as well. I’m glad she re-launched the case in a new version this year. I would still love for it to be a permanent addition to the line. It is on the pricey side but I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my black leather one (going on 15 years now!) and it’s held up really well.



You can find the Bobbi Brown Beauty Case right now at Nordstrom. Don’t forget to check out the Gift with Purchase page as they do update their special offers section frequently.


This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Press samples featured include the Armani Prima, Kate Somerville Dilo Oil, Kate Somerville Eye Serum, MAC Liptensity, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick. As always all opinions my own.


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  • Kica October 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I am SO debating whether to get this or not. Decisions, decisions.

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      I feel your pain, lol. I debated whether or not to buy it since I already had the black leather one. Happy I did!

  • Anika H October 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Absolutely loving this! It's a perfect colour too!

    Anika |

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Anika! The color is indeed gorgeous.

  • Julia October 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for such a great overview, Sabrina! If you had to pick one – the Bobbi Brown beauty case or the Anya Hindmarch In-Flight case – which would you choose? Both have been on my wishlist for a while.

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Such a touch decision! I think the Anya Hindmarch is easier if you want something to carry on the plane with you as it's more compact in design. I do find the Bobbi Brown holds more items for me though.

  • Eileen October 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I have yet to invest in a beautiful and functional cosmetic case, and given that I travel quite a bit, it always surprises me that I haven't done so. Maybe this year will be the year I make a change πŸ™‚ I'm particularly impressed with the interior layout and the materials used.

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Eileen! I think finding a functional and aesthetically pleasing beauty case is definitely challenging too πŸ™‚

  • Nicole Merza October 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    This looks so luxurious! Definitely want this!!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Alix October 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    It's gorgeous, but seems like a LOT of money for faux leather…

  • Anonymous October 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Dear Sabrina, what is compact (illuminator poder?) to the right of hourglass palette?

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      It's the Bobbi Brown Highlighting in Telluride – I thought I saw it in store at Nordstrom but it may be sold out.

  • Leonie Parker October 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Wow. Looks like a pretty decent case for travelling!

    Leonie β™₯ Lo On The Go

  • cytaormina October 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I have several of these cases, mine are at least ten years old. Different configuration as you have pointed out. My one question is how well do the items in the top lid pocket stay in place? I don't know that I would put my precious/expensive brushes in that pocket as they are not protected. It sure is gorgeous though!

    • Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      The elastic interior holds it in place but they aren't locked in. For the older versions I've found the pocket holds them well but if you're concerned about contact damage or them moving around, I'd recommend a separate pouch.

  • Tatiana October 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Since I first saw your case in black, I thought I wanted one. When I sat down and really thought about what I travel with and how I like to pack, I realized it's just too tall and too big. I have a bag that's about 9 by 8 x 2 and it fits all my travel makeup with room to spare. The only thing I don't like about it is the zipper placement. Still, these Bobbi Brown cases are so beautiful. Not into patent leather, so I hope she does the classic black leather again, sometime in the near future.

  • Melissa Mellie October 14, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Yes, this beauty case is perfect for traveling. I always carry Acne cream by Dermology to avoid skin breakouts while traveling.It's the beast treatment for my sensitive skin and only because of this product my skin is acne free.

  • Nelly Huang October 30, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Hi Sabrina, is the interior material velvet? It is going to be difficult to clean if the brush make it dirty.

  • Dayana Romero November 14, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Thank you for this review. I have a normal cosmetic bag which I hate to travel with because I fear my compacts (blush, eyeshadows etc) would break. I'm totally buying this now!! Thank you!!