Say goodbye to wasted morning minutes digging through your products.

By Jayla Andrulonis
Updated September 11, 2019
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Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag

As a devout follower of the patron saint of tidy, Marie Kondo, I’m all for organization hacks. And while a stroll through the Container Store or making use of a genius closet divider from Amazon certainly provides solace for my scattered brain, the thought of parting with the dozen cherry-red matte lipsticks I carry in my makeup bag at all times is where I draw the line. We all have our own interpretation of what sparks joy, after all.

But truth be told, I was spending far too many of those precious morning minutes rummaging through my makeup bag searching for the products that I actually needed to get ready. Then in a quintessential motherly move, my mom gifted me this genius Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag she spotted on Amazon. I’m happy to report that I've not had to part with any of my tried-and-true lipsticks and it’s safe to say I’ll never use another makeup bag again.

Made of nylon quilted padding, the Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag is basically a drawstring satchel designed to open up flat and display all your products at once—meaning no more rummaging through tubes, bottles, and brushes to find your essentials. It features a rim around the edge so products stay put without rolling off your countertop.

Within the mat-like makeup bag, there’s still designated space to keep things divided. I use its zippered storage pocket to hold all my eye makeup products, and its elastic brush holders house my foundation, eyeshadow, and contouring brushes. Everything else resides in its own little space on the bag’s surface and stays put whether it’s in bag form or laid out, so I never have to guess where things are.

But the shining star of the clever bag’s design is its machine-washable lining and wipeable surface. So while other makeup bags can look dingey and foundation-streaked within days, you can restore the Lay-n-Go to that new-bag shine by tossing it straight into the washing machine for a quick spin.

Even if you’ve given the rest of your home the KonMari treatment, the secret to holding onto your makeup hoarding ways, like me, is as close as grabbing the convenient Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag for yourself.

Lay-n-Go Cosmetic Bag

To buy: $27 (was $30);