Who has the space - or the shoulder strength - to heft a new season cross-body bag laden down with six lipstick shades, five lip balms, blush, bronzer, highlighter, concealer and a smart phone?

As luck would have it, the make-up mavens behind the best global beauty brands have heard the siren call and developed quick fix face-savers for this glossy posse dilemma. Enter the latest make-up palettes, carefully curated by the best beauty brains in the biz so you have all the colours and finishes you need, and none that you don't. Turns out good things really do come in small packages.

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1. MAC Look In A Box Face Kit, $115, maccosmetics.com.au

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This comes in two hue options, with Sophisticate being our top pick. It's filled with universally flattering copper-nude shades: 2x powder blushes, 6x eyeshadows, 2x lipsticks, a duo-handled brush plus a super helpful how-to face chart.

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2. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars On The Go, $50, charlottetilbury.com/au

Addicted to face: the top 5 multi-tasking make-up palettes

Ms Tilbury is a make-up magician: she can take woeful to wow in about two seconds flat with a flick of her mascara wand. Her Filmstars On The Go palette is the perfect example - a two-step pocket rocke-sized palette containing an eyeshade plus slick lip/cheek stain. There are four compact options - our standout is Breakfast At Tiffanys with shimmery bronze eyeshadow and a soft apricot lip-to-cheek stain that Audrey would adore.

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3. Bobbi Brown BBU Palette, $350, bobbibrown.com.au

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This palette is the uneven skin-toned gals' answer to heaven-in-a-compact. Super portable, it's the ultimate all-in-one complexion saver for any lighting, seasonal or even time zone change up situation. It contains 13 shades of Bobbi's Corrector, 14 shades of Creamy Concealer and 20 shades of Foundation Stick.

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4. Trish McEvoy Face Shapers, $75, trishmcevoy.com

Addicted to face: the top 5 multi-tasking make-up palettes

Brit beauty brand Trish McEvoy delivers ideal complexion enhancers in one double decker palette. Containing four face shaping and illuminating products: blush, highlighter, bronzer and finishing powder, it's paint by numbers for the perfect face shaping touch up.

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5. Too Faced Natural Face Palette, $58, mecca.com.au

Addicted to face: the top 5 multi-tasking make-up palettes

There's nothing mean about this palette: it's generous with both colours and benefits. Working double time as a brightening and concealing colour fix, it's got a luminiser, brightener, concealer, cream and powder blush and a bronze veil for an overall sun-kissed glow, wherever the day takes you.

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