|Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio for Home and Away|
It took me a bit of deliberation before deciding to get this item because of the hefty price tag. $98 is no joke. I mean, it's basically a makeup bag/kit but without the makeup included! Not that filling this up would be a challenge for me... but that's not the point.
The Portfolio package includes 4 zippered mesh bags, a removable brush page/holder and a refillable 6-well and 3-well compact. Everything is encased in a hard shell zippered portfolio case that keeps everything nicely organized.
|Custom Compacts from the back, makeup not included|
The Portfolio measures 11.5" x 9.5" x 2.5" by my ruler, give or take a half inch extra on the width depending on how much you stuff in it. It is by no means small but feels a lot less bulky than a traincase. It can be packed nicely into a suitcase without having to worry that your precious makeup and brushes will be crushed beyond recognition because it has a hard shell. I would probably still pack most of the contents of the little bags into a Ziploc just because I'm anal like that but I don't think that any of it will spill all over the portfolio or into your suitcase. Having it all in one place beats the old system I had of packing 3 zippered cases and stuffing them in various places around my bag.
|Medium-sized Mesh Bags, top bag flipped to show non-mesh back|
|Large Mesh Bag on bottom, Small Mesh Bag on top with back showing|
|Right side of Portfolio with bags removed|
The mesh bags are zippered and they are mesh on one side but not on the back. There are magnets on the back of the bag that attach them to the portfolio. This means: you can remove them if you don't want all of them in the portfolio, you can rearrange them (albeit with limited arrangement options), and they won't move around once you've put them in their place.
|Empty brush page|
|Brush page opened and filled up with various brushes|
The brush page holds 2 large brushes and 6 smaller ones. This is perfect for a large fluffy powder brush and a large duo fiber, a concealer brush and 5 eye brushes, probably the lot that I tend to bring on every trip. If you prefer not to squish your brushes into the center of the portfolio and instead bring a separate brush roll, the page can be unzipped and removed from the portfolio so you can put more things in there. Good idea!
|Open Portfolio with Brush Page removed|
|Large Mesh Bag and Small Mesh Bag filled up|
Just to show what the portfolio would look like with contents packed in, I filled it up with various Laura Mercier products on hand. The largest mesh bag can fit at least 4 tubes of Laura Mercier foundation product. It evens fits the bonus size tubes of primer/tinted moisturizer. You could have them sideways like I did or you could have them standing, like in the Laura Mercier promotional pictures.
I filled the smallest mesh bag with mostly eye products. It holds quite a number of pencils so you can fill it up with eyeliners, mascara, stick eyeshadows, lip liners and even lip gloss. However, I decided to put my lip products in one of the medium-sized mesh bags on the left side of the portfolio. I was able to fit three regular-sized lip glosses, 2 small pots of lip shines and one powder compact. If the compacts are thin, you could probably even fit two in there but I didn't want it to be too bulky. I stashed the included refillable compacts in the medium-sized mesh bag on the bottom. You could probably fit one more 3-well compact in there if you plan to use this case to store all of your makeup at home.
|Medium-sized Mesh Bags above|