Calpak’s Viral Clear Cosmetics Case Is Made For Overpackers

The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case.
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
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As a self-proclaimed over-packer and beauty lover, I can't travel without my makeup, skin-care, and hair care. I'd rather forgo an outfit than cut down on my beauty essentials — yes to me, they really are essentials. I've gotten pretty good at strategically folding my clothes and utilizing packing cubes to make the most out of the limited amount of space allotted in carry-on luggage. But, the one thing that I refuse to consolidate is my beauty arsenal. To have my cake and eat it too, I had to invest in a cosmetics case that could be as versatile as my needs. Enter: the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case ($85).

I've heard plenty of amazing things about the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case — and it's even gone viral. I had to see if it was worth the hype. Spoiler alert: now, I can't use anything else. Keep reading to see how the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case holds up during a trip and how much it can really fit.

What I Like About the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case:

The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case packed with makeup, beauty products, and toiletries.
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy

The medium Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case is the perfect size for an over-packer like me who hates paying for extra baggage. I can fit all the products I need (and a few extras) for a little over a week into the cosmetics case. Once it's all packed up, it fits perfectly into a carry-on or a personal item bag. Plus, depending on my spatial needs when I pack my bags, I can store the cosmetics case folded and zipped up or lay it flat with the two compartments open. It has two spacious zippered compartments for all your toiletries, beauty products, and other essentials.

I consider myself to be a pretty organized person. I like having things in specific pockets and having designated areas for certain items. However, I found that the open design of this cosmetics case is more useful and functional than some of my other toiletry bags that have built-in organizers. I can maneuver all sorts of products, even oddly shaped ones, into the bag without having to work around built-in pockets or straps. Plus, I can truly stuff it to the brim.

For this particular trip, I packed my makeup and makeup tools into one section, and everything else like my skin care, body care, hair care, and toiletries into the other. It also has a mesh interior zippered pocket for small items as well. I like to use this pocket to store my contacts case, floss picks, and acne patches. I also appreciate its transparent PVC cover. Not only does it make it incredibly easy to spot my things, but it is also easy to wipe clean.

What to Consider Before Trying the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case:

Although I love the open compartments of this cosmetics case, if you're someone who prefers designated organizational pockets, this might not be ideal for your needs. The zipper opening is a bit smaller than the actual compartment size, so you might have to angle or position bigger objects to pack them in or take them out.

The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case in the shoe compartment of the Béis Mini Weekender.
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy

The Clear Cosmetics Case comes in three different sizes, ranging from small to large. I highly suggest getting the one that best suits your needs. The small one is great for those who travel with just the basics or a personal item bag; the large is primarily meant for checked luggage; and the medium is an in-between size that can fit into a carry-on suitcase. I stored my medium-sized cosmetics case in the shoe compartment of my Béis Mini Weekender.

Who's the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case Best For?

The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case is best for anyone who can't travel without every item in their beauty routine. It is spacious enough to carry all your essentials, from makeup and skin care to hair care, body care, and toiletries. It helps keep your getting-ready necessities all in one place, but it's flexible enough to fit a wide range of products.

Is the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case Worth the Splurge?

Every time I travel, the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case is always packed and ready to go. Over the years, I've collected plenty of cosmetics cases and travel pouches for free. They did the job but were not the best quality. The cheaper organizers were either harder to clean, weren't spacious enough, and just felt like glorified ziplock bags. The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case is one of those products that you didn't know you needed. Now, I can't imagine traveling without it.

Additional Details:

  • It's made from durable water-resistant PVC and polyurethane.
  • It comes in four classic neutral shades and 13 limited edition shades.
  • The cosmetics case comes in three sizes: small ( 8" x 4" x 6"), medium (9.75" x 5" x 7.5"), and large (11.5" x 5.25" x 9")

Where is the Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case Available?

The Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case is available on the brand's site.


Anvita Reddy is an assistant editor for PS Shopping. She has a passion for products and is an avid reviewer of everything including furniture, mattresses, home gadgets, cookware, tech, and more. Having dealt with acne as a teenager and into adulthood, her expertise lies in beauty. She has tried and tested plenty of skin care, makeup, hair care, and countless other beauty products.