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Train case, worth it?

I've been wanting a Sephora train case for a while but they are soooooo expensive! I've seen people on here talking about Caboodle, which is much cheaper (but not as pretty in my opinion). Are the Sephora ones more sturdy? out of better material? I saw this and I'm tempted....SO tempted.....

http://www.sephora.com/embossed-traincase-pink-quilted-P383449?skuId=1572700

(Personally I prefer a color other than pink. I used to be more tomboy and angsty, but BT has made me more mellow and all pink and girly...)

 

Persuade/dissuade me. >.<

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I have had my sephora train case for almost a decade, and it looks as good as it does the day I got it.   I dragged it back and forth from dorms, to concerts, to weddings, on vacations...  I say it is totally worth the investment.  

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I dunno about the Sephora ones, but I have looked at the Caboodles and the other brands they have at Walmart/Target and they just don't feel very sturdy. I got lucky and found some vintage luggage train cases at the local thrift stores and thats what I use to store my makeup. Unfortunately they don't offer as much organization, but a couple of full mirrors on the lid and I draw all over them with Sharpie/paint markers so they are not an eye sore. Smiley Very Happy

 

My advice would be to troll your local thrift stores for train cases and tool boxes if your concern is sturdy. I saw a really nice black and grey vintage Caboodle (late 80s to early 90s, the big plastic ones) but I didn't get it because I was getting things for my house. I wish I would have got that instead because it was awesome! Those old plastic Caboodles were the best!

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I got the on that went on sale (I think I snagged it for 25) I hated the pattern on it ikat/Vegas Aqua orange and punk tribal and if I didn't get if for so cheap I would have returned it gasp I know BUT ONLY BECAUSE the closure is UNDER the handle and a bit annoying but these new ones have the clasps on either side of the handle which I love! It's cushioned and roomy and I love it! If you don't like it wait and hope that it will go on sale

-love the girl that only shops in the sale section (almost)

 

PS IT GREW ON ME AND NOW I LOVE THE PATTERN!

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Oh I saw that on sale and hated the pattern too! If I'm paying that much for it I want it to last, and if it's gonna last a long time it better be something I love. I'm tempted to wait until it goes on sale, but if I missed it before it goes out of stock.....well, I guess I can always hope they have patterns I like next year.

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I have one last year that looks almost identical. I like it it study and has lots of room.

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I bought my sephora traincase last Aug, and I LOVE it! . I did looked at the caboodle ones from ulta and did not like it because it looks like just cardboard covered with fabric and doesnt look sturdy enough for me. The Sephora one looks more sturdy and would last longer  and i like that I can move the dividers/slots.

I think it is really worth the investment. I have been wanting to get this traincase for 3 years now and finally bought one and very happy with it Smiley Happy

 

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I bought mine off of ebay almost 10 years ago and it still works and looks great! I'm in the market for a smaller one and was looking at the ones at Ulta.

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I'm kinda liking the new glitter one they have, but I would want to see it in person first with that kinda price tag.

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There are some really pretty caboodle ones out there.  Check Target or Meijer and see what you think of those. If you still feel they look cheap and you want more, then get the Sephora one.

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Question if you know a Sephora train case. Is any part of it metal? I know the inside is plastic, what about the shell? or at least the frame/edge?

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I have a plain black one from Sephora. The corners & clips are metal. I'm honestly unsure what the actual train case it made out of though. If I had to guess I'd say the outside is a hard plastic, but I don't think it's metal. 

Are you looking for something that is all metal? 

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I'm looking for something that is durable. I know the inside inserts are foam/plastic I think, but at the very least the frame should be metal. If the shell is metal that's a plus, quality plastic is also ok, cardboard or something is not (actually no part of it should ever be cardboard).

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I strongly dislike fabric covered train cases. Spill any powdery product and your case becomes a horrible mess. I would prefer metal or plastic shelves for easy cleaning and sanitizing.

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There's one in the sale section this morning for $55.00.

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I went O.M.G. with jaw-dropping action and all when I saw it in the sale section this morning LOL This studded beauty is the exact traincase I have been eyeing! Needless to say I immediately snagged it (and used the new SEVENDAYS Lancome promo code). So excited!

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I have a train case, but recently I've been eyeing the eDivas because they seem a lot better organized, like everything in one place. There are probably clear, acrylic draws for cheaper too if you look.

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Ooh, yes please! I am all about the clear. i want to see everything in there!!

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I love my Sephora train case. I have one in chocolate brown mock croc and it allows me to organize all my makeup in one spot, which is great if you live an apartment with one small bathroom. I find the Sephora train case much sturdier than a Caboodles, and in the long run I think it will last looking better longer. And I just saw that Sephora has some on sale this morning. So you should be persuaded. 

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I have a huge black train case I bought from Ulta, I think it was made by caboodles. Anyways it is the same size as the Sephora cases, much cheaper, but good quality; I bought it 3 years ago and it is still holding up! I do have to agree that Sephora's designs are cuter (that pink is fab), but mine is plain black and was worth the cost savings.

 

That being said, there is not a train case, unless it was a stacked roller case, that is big enough for all my makeup now, lol So now, I'm interested in getting an icebox like container. I'll keep my train case though for transport purposes Smiley Happy

 

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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Well, I decided I definitely want a Sephora traincase. Thanks to bratknits for the tip off about the one in the sales section! 

 

Now the difficult part begins, lol. I need to decide if I want to get the one on sale right now or wait for the pink one (it's makeup, go pink/shiny/girly or go home, so to speak). I'm giving myself until tomorrow to decide, and hopefully the $10 tweezerman tweezer come back in stock too.......am I hoping too much? lol. *fingers crossed*

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Train cases are better for storage but not so much for storage of regular use items.

 

They're effective for travel and keeping things well aligned and packed (granted the case doesn't tip over or get flipped upside down) and keeping things at a shallow/surface level of storage, but once you start stacking things over one another (like at the bottom/lowest portion), getting stuff in and out is a hassle if you're in a rush or just have too much to sift through. The bottom portions hardly come with any dividers so if it's not packed, stuff is sliding or rolling around.

 

I own a giant caboodle case, a single train case, and a rolling train case set that came with a detachable top train case and a larger/deeper storage case below. I use those for hauling my client kit along with a scrap book rolling case for my hair/misc. supplies and it's heavy and bulky. My two-part rolling, train case doesn't have the pattern on it, but it's the same model and I couldn't find the exact design of the scrapbook rolling case, but the last pic is close to what I have.

 

 

 

 

Train cases are a bit deceiving, they're not as roomy as you may think. My personal make up is carried in 2 giant, soft cases made of durable fabric with lots of zippered compartments, sleeves, and elastic loops for pencils. I have various sized make up bags that I use from time to time for immediate travel where I can pack a set amount of make up for a trip.

 

If you're looking for something to travel with easily, I recommend checking into Zuca. It's a tag pricey, but Sephora used to have a design/carrier with them.

The case and rolling mechanics is much sturdier and sound than most of the giant train cases (mine has since broke so the top doesn't latch to the giant bottom portion, so I lug it around in a strap). The Zuca cases come with multiple soft bodied pouches to store product and makes categorizing easy and has zippered pockets on the sides as well. There's tons of ways to stack and organize them and you can fill them with whatever bags, storage containers, or pouches you essentially want.

 

Overall, I'm not too keen on hard-bodied storage unless it's just for basic storage to where space isn't an issue. When I'm traveling for personal and need to pack and space is concerned, my two soft-bodied make up bags can be tossed into suit cases nicely or even giant storage boxes without being so bulky like a traditional train case/caboodle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I do my research (and you know that =P) so I'm getting a traincase, period. I do have plenty of bags for daily use and travel, but I want something hard shelled for storage, moving etc. Ever had your dad stack boxes of book on top of your makeup when moving? or dropping it down flights of stairs? Since I'm not a makeup artist and don't wear makeup often, quality over quantity. I prefer my collection to be tightly edited so this fits the bill. =)

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Good good Smiley Happy

 

The silver train case I have (not the two-load one) was purchased at Ulta and gave me no problems. Their train cases always go on sale and their coupons work on them too. It's normally priced around $45 or so, but they mark them down to the lower $30s, and then with the $5 off or $3.50 off coupon you end up knocking more off the price tag.

 

I will say that if you plan on storing loose powders or powders that tend to break/crumble easy, line the inside with a shelf liner or something you can wipe down easily/take out and replace.

 

Most of the Caboodles and train cases have fabric linings and once powders start flying (even if they don't break), they get chalky and dusty looking. You can always wipe down with a damp towel or germ wipe, but sometimes it just smudges things....I've got a couple of shimmery green and blue streaks in mine. Smiley Tongue

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Hmmm, have you tried using a tape or vacuum to lift the powder? cuz once it's damp it stains, but I was using powder makeup on one of those face card and by using scotch tape (slowly and gently) I was able to erase 80% of the eyeshadow/blush I put on it.

 

ps. Yup Sephora case is over priced, but they are so prettyyyyy, I meant the pink one. But, the black $55 has the possibility of coincide with the 20% off so then it would be comparably priced. *fingers crossed*

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