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Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


I have been looking for a really good train case. I want all of my stuff to just fit into one thing and not be heavy.

Right now I've been carrying around something like this. But it is too small. I always end up bringing an extra bag. I think this is good if I am working on just 1-2 person(s) and I know their skin color, type and look they desire.

http://assets.makeuptalk.com.s3.amazonaws.com/1/19/19594164_vbattach41372.jpg

I really want something like this because I find that you can fit everything into nice little compartments and I have room for palettes and my sanitary items at the bottom.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_MDcmTTmaoSE/SmS4YK2YQAI/AAAAAAAAB10/oPyK18tIoiU/s400/train+case.jpg

I really like this one, but Im scared the color will scare OTHER people. lol

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQMuykmev2vMANStRBaf2-SteuBQPH1xBZ4MSvJatoPjT-1oFZUew

For a cheaper alternative (and something that might not be as heavy) I was thinking about something like this. But I want to get a scrapbooking case I saw in Michaels. Looks similar has lost of zippers and compartments but no drawers. I was thinking I could do something like a Zuca and put the clear pouches inside.

http://i.beautylish.co/2CLY2avf7dxQXKi4_D2hWwJYAZA/cl.jpg

So what do you guys think? What are some bag or cases you carry? Pictures if you can please!
Jan 30 13 02:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Katy Gonzalez
Posts: 284
Yucaipa, California, US


The case by Crown you posted at the end looks decent on quick glance. Also, look into a Stilazzi or Zuca. Once I have the funds to purchase my next train case, I'll be going with a Stilazzi and a lot of people say they love their Zuca. All I know (from personal experience and wasting money on one as my first kit) is forget about the Yazmo train cases (the animal print ones you posted). They're poorly constructed and can't handle the weight of all you'll need to put in one. Maybe if you have a car, they last longer (though they suck to hoist in and out of a small trunk), but definitely forget about it, if you take public transportation and would be rolling it down city streets (also a bitch to get one on and off a bus/train).
Jan 30 13 02:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Thomas Van Dyke
Posts: 1,427
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Pinch of Pretty MUA wrote:
...a really good train case.

Jen, there are two schools of thought here... some would lead you to believe that one needs a professional aura in their gear ensemble... i.e. your case should speak of your tenure... if this works for you then please consider Zuca for the ultimate in a chic fashion statement... this has become an iconic brand for hair stylist and make-up artist world wide...

However for those in a more conservative camp... me being amongst the aforementioned, then winnow through sturdy wheeled travel cases to find a plain black one, if it has a brand logo might remove it least it draw attention... my kit's value for replacement isn't something I want to try and insure... since I'm a commercial artist, professional liability is pricy enough, let alone insuring against equipment lose...

Food for thought... very few commercial photographers transport their gear in a logo branded case... having NIKON or CANON on one's case is an open invitation to those who would not think twice about walking away with it... experience is a brutal teacher... enough said...

Jan 30 13 02:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ShannonJennings MUA
Posts: 118
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


I was in crown brush about a week ago looking at that train case. I think it would be too small for your needs. The drawers are tiny, I'm not even sure they're big enough to hold a yaby palette.
Jan 30 13 03:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


I own the Crown. The unit is small and I still carry a back pack to carry my palettes. I would normally take out one of the two draws and put in a small zipper filled with prep stiff and disposables. In the draws I put in mascara, pencils, liners. On the top I will put my cream palettes only. I don't put any pressed shadows on the top any more because the vibrations from me hauling the bag thru NYC makes them into crumbled pieces.
The side pockets are ok. Good for holding my water bottle. The front plastic clips are the fasten and pull type. They are always loosing up ( I plan on sewing it to secure it)
The wheels are wobbly but then again the concrete is cracked.

What I like is that I can put the back pack right on top and loop the straps around the handle and haul it that way as well. I will admit that I continue to over pack for every job and I'm and too lazy to depot my foundations ( so I carry 10 bottles of Liq makeup  sad  ) Overall with my frame I can't carry those huge train cases around NYC. This case has been good to me and I have had it over a year.
Jan 30 13 03:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Denise
Posts: 1,898
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


I have that CB case and it's not bad, but I usually don't use the drawers. The main issue I have with iut is that the wheel base is too narrow and the damn thing tips all the time when I'm wheeling it. I think the Stilazzi would be a better purchase.
Jan 30 13 03:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup Hair by Dani B
Posts: 660
Seattle, Washington, US


I've used a variety of rolling suitcases and cases intended for tools over the years as well as actual makeup cases. My current is my fave so far. It's a scrapbooking case I got at Hobby Lobby. It has adjustable dividers inside. It has been pulled over sidewalks, dropped, banged up stairs and over every surface imaginable. VERY well made. Sturdy handle, never tippy. Handles on the side for lifting up are very sturdy too. I can work out of it when needed, and on smaller jobs fit hair crap in it too. It's got a clean, professional black exterior, the whole inside wipes clean. Tons of little clear velcro compartments inside. A brush belt full of brushes fits perfectly in the lid's sleeve intended for a pen holder thing it comes with I don't use. It retails for $130 or so, I got it for $65 when scrapbooking stuff was 50% off. It's filled with palettes and clear plastic zip bags of product. I'm sorry I don't have a fancy phone and don't know how to do pictures, but here's a link to it
http://www.amazon.com/Crop-In-Style-Rol … B000P0RDY6
Jan 30 13 08:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup by Marisa Ross
Posts: 386
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I think the Zuca is your best best. I too have a large Sephora train case and still have to carry a Makeup ForEver bag with me for my disposables, skin care etc. I'm saving up for the Zuca!
Jan 30 13 09:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


Katy Gonzalez wrote:
They're poorly constructed and can't handle the weight of all you'll need to put in one. Maybe if you have a car, they last longer (though they suck to hoist in and out of a small trunk), but definitely forget about it, if you take public transportation and would be rolling it down city streets (also a bitch to get one on and off a bus/train).

LOL! I heard a few people say that. I thought maybe it was a specific seller or company that didnt sell quality ones. For some reason im not a fan of the Zuca (I think its the price AND the bags). I honestly don't like the idea of the plastic storage pouches. Also I know two muas who bring that AND still another bag. (Crazy, I cant be bothered) But lately Ive been thinking that when I get to a shoot Im going to set my stuff on a table anyway and remove it from my case. Its not like Im working from the case. So, I think something LIKE the Zuca would probably be good. But not the Zuca right now (not in my current budget). I have so many other things I need to stock up on and replace in my kit.

Jan 30 13 09:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


Thomas Van Dyke wrote:
Food for thought... very few commercial photographers transport their gear in a logo branded case... having NIKON or CANON on one's case is an open invitation to those who would not think twice about walking away with it... experience is a brutal teacher... enough said...

Very helpful.

Jan 30 13 09:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


Makeup by Dani B wrote:
I've used a variety of rolling suitcases and cases intended for tools over the years as well as actual makeup cases. My current is my fave so far. It's a scrapbooking case I got at Hobby Lobby.

I think thats what Im going to do. I saw one I really liked at Michaels for $59. Thank you.

Jan 30 13 09:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Illyne Michel
Posts: 46
Long Beach, California, US


I had the same problem a while back. SO I did my research. Looked at all the cases I could find. Compared prices, read, research, read and researched. I wanted to make sure I got every angle I could to figured out what would best suit me.
I found that the Interchangeable Makeup Cases was what I needed. One can build up or down the case to fit your needs. I was carring a small train case and a suitcase to fit everything. I have a full kit and it can be very heavy and that can get pretty tiring. I knew I needed something with wheel and although Zuca is pretty relaible I felt like it wasnt for me. I needed something slimmer that I could store away in my closet without taking up to much space and that wouldnt rip. As I live with three boys (my husband and two small childern, that like to get into everything!
Jan 30 13 10:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


A few months ago while waiting for the train a fellow MUA had one of these tool box cases. She had to have someone help her lift it at every staircase. She was coming back from a wedding and she did it by herself.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trinity-3-in- … gMethod=rr 


Just another option.
Jan 31 13 02:47 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 708
London, England, United Kingdom


I have a Zuca and I wouldn't change it for anything. I've tried several bags, but this wins on size, sturdiness as well as its wheels are just a delight to pull along. I went for the pro artist bag, but in all honesty I needn't have bothered as I no longer use the insert bags - they are too big and I found that picking them up mean that all the contents fell around inside. I stuff my zuca tightly with small clear pvc zippy bags of varying sizes which allows me to keep everything neatly in appropriate compartments - cheeks, eyes, prep, mascara, foundation, powder, primer, airbrush colours etc..

I also have used it as a set bag on films which means I have a seat with me and enough space to carrying a lot more stuff than I'd care to carry in my over shoulder set bag. Space to stuff extra warm layers too.
Jan 31 13 08:48 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Bloom Makeup Artistry
Posts: 346
Galveston, Texas, US


I would also consider putting more of your items into compact cases. All of my eyeshadows are in palettes. I love YABY since you can get tons of colors in a really small palette along with keeping foundations also that way. I've had my MAC case for over 7 years now. I do makeup for TV, Weddings and Fashion and I manage to keep it that size but I also phase out items I don't need or like.
Feb 01 13 04:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Leslie Whitmore MUA
Posts: 41
Dallas, Texas, US


I have that Yazmo you mentioned and its WORTHLESS.
Feb 01 13 06:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


As I was unpacking my bag from another "sick" model cancelled shoot, my Crown bag is still perfect for what I need. I use the BH cosmetics bag http://www.bhcosmetics.com/products/bru … etics-Bag/

This is very sturdy do holding Liquid makeup or securing 2 or 3 shadow/blush pallets.

Yes, I agree with a previous post.... this will wobble and tilt like a drunk chick coming out of a club but so far... ( and with a cheap back pack from Rite Aid ( back to school sale)  I get around the city just fine.

The minute I get paid $300 then I'm getting the Z!
Feb 01 13 08:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Vanita MUA
Posts: 56
Seattle, Washington, US


I use the Zuca Pro and I love it. Fits all the essentials and I carry my hair stuff in a seperate duffle bag that I place on top of my Zuca.
Feb 02 13 01:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dani Jaye
Posts: 319
Princeton, New Jersey, US


Denise wrote:
I have that CB case and it's not bad.I usually don't use the drawers. The main issue I have with iut is that the wheel base is too narrow and the damn thing tips all the time when I'm wheeling it. I think the Stilazzi would be a better purchase.

I bought it too (paid $99 a year+ ago).  It tips over constantly.  The drawer frame all will come out of you have a better system.  but the tipping, ugh!
Parts of it I love but in the end it just could not hold enough no matter what I tried. 

I went to the Zuca Pro with the cubes and bought 2 Glamcour cubes (bigger, sturdier, just better). Now everything fits in my Zuca.

Only bad thing is in the first year my Zuca shell ripped (not the cover but the actual bag itself) enough that I have to order another one.  It pisses me off actually but no one else as of yet compares to the Zuca.

Feb 02 13 10:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Dianna Quagenti
Posts: 377
Boston, Massachusetts, US


If you work in the city or ever encounter stairs... forget those large train cases. They are so stinking heavy, good luck lifting them when they have makeup in them! and the wheels will last you a few months tops before they give out. hmm

Zuca is my pick for all the great features it has. I've had mine for 5+ years and its like new....  Still going strong! Love it!
Feb 04 13 07:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
LC Makeup and Styling
Posts: 90
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


I have literally given up trying to find the perfect case as there is always one element  I dont like, so Ive decided to just buy a travel case( usually has mesh insert on the side for holding stuff), then just buy clear, plastic makeup bags to go inside, so I can actually see and categorise my products.  Plus Im not prepared to pay hundreds of dollars for a zuca bag, as much as I love them! :-/
Feb 04 13 09:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ShannonJennings MUA
Posts: 118
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


I don't have any recommendations but I just wanted to say to you guys & girls who cart you gear around cities with no car.

Omg you deserve a medal for dedication to your craft!

I live in a pretty small city so parking close by is never an issue but I had a shoot in Brisbane yesterday & even walking my gear across 1 block from the parking lot was a nightmare with only a small carry on suitcase on gliders & my toolbox case kit on my shoulder, it was just hell. (it didn't help that I had to go back to my car twice because I kept forgetting things, my towel, my water bottle, those sectioning clips that I bought on the way because I thought I'd need extra)

By the end of the day I wanted to just curl up & die. No wonder storage is such a popular subject here
Feb 04 13 11:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Lauren Reynolds Makeup
Posts: 282
London, England, United Kingdom


I used to have a rolling suitcase but after taking it a few times on the Tube I completely gave up. Commuters + tourists + the miles of Victorian staircases and tunnels that make up the London underground with any kind of luggage is NOT FUN. So I bought a medium sized hiking rucksack with back support. So much better!! It's not one of the really tall camping ones, just a largish sized day rucksack. It's got a firm padded back, a waist strap and big side pockets that are great for bottles of water and hair products and travelling on public transport is just so much easier now, especially in crowds. And it forces me to pack smartly & not bring the whole bloody make-up shop!
Feb 05 13 01:06 am  Link  Quote 
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