Best Bet: Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes

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For a set that comes in a studded, rock-inspired metallic case, Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Eyes mini-pencil collection is surprisingly functional for the everyday. The portable tin features five waterproof liners — black, charcoal gray, brown, gold, and silver — each measuring just over two inches (full size at right). They’re long enough to be easy to handle, but still conveniently totable: The whole set can be stowed in your tiniest clutch. It’s an easy replacement for your full makeup bag on trips, and the silver-and-gold case makes an attractive stocking stuffer this holiday season.

Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes mini-pencil set, $36 at Make Up For Ever (Sephora).