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Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge

Hey BIC! One of my goals this year is to try to put together a makeup capsule with a handful (okay, maybe a large handful in my case) of products that will work for me for an every day look and special occasions. Given my current collection, I won't need to be starting from scratch. 😂 So, I'm treating this capsule makeup collection challenge like a shop my stash and declutter adventure all in one. Would love for you to join me if and when you can.


If this is something that interests you or just piques your curiosity, please feel free to use this thread to document and challenge yourself to (1) use what you have / shop your stash; (2) determine which products in your collection to keep, which to declutter, and which to try again another day. All with the goal of curating a set of makeup products that will help you achieve a signature look - and maybe a few additional products for other looks in your daily life, including looks for special occasions or events.

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Every week, I will post a group of makeup products I plan to choose from (i.e., shopping my stash) for my looks during the week. I plan to post a photo of the products and tag those that may be available at Sephora. To keep things interesting and add a bit of fun to this experiment, I will try to have most of the products used fall within the weekly prompts/themes (see below), but, even though I have a fairly robust amount of makeup, there will be weeks when there may only be a few items that will fall squarely within that particular week's theme. All that to say, if you don't have a product that fits wholly within the prompt, don't let that keep you from participating. 



Week 14 (April 1 - 7) - The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule - Was there a prompt or theme in the previous 13 weeks that you loved and want to repeat, with or without changes? Or that you want to "do over"? Or, was there a capsule that you missed out on and want to give a try?  If so, this is your week! Don't remember all the prompts we've been through over the last 3 months? No problem. Check out the Past Makeup Capsule Collection Challenge Themes
Week 15 (April 8 - 14) - The Makeup-Artist-Founded Brand Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - Curate a capsule that includes one or more products from makeup brands created by makeup artists.  A non-exhaustive list of celebrity makeup-artist-founded beauty brands can be found in the spoiler below. 

Or, did you pick up any makeup beauties during the Sephora sale that you want to play with? Share your newness with us and incorporate one or more of the goodies you hauled during the sale into your capsule this week. 
Week 16 (April 15 - 21) - The BIC Inspired (Spring Edition) Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - Has there been a product (or two, or three...) you were inspired or enabled to pick up after seeing or hearing one (or more) of your fellow BIC beauties talk about or show it off in a look of the day?  Incorporate one or more BIC enabled product into this week's capsule. Or, curate a capsule with one or more items you picked up from the Sephora Spring Savings Event. Or, combine both prompts this week. 
Week 17 (April 22 - 28) - The "Green" Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - In honor of Earth Day (April 22), let's assemble a "green" capsule for the week. What does it mean to be "green", you ask? You tell me! Here are a handful of meanings "green" can have - 
  • Sustainable
  • "Clean" by whatever standard you want - Clean at Sephora? Natural? Non-toxic? 
  • The color - either the product itself or the packaging, or both
  • New or young
  • Other - your definition (oh, inquiring minds will want to know, so do also share your definition of green)
Or, if you have one or more products you picked up from the Sephora Spring Savings Event, show them off with a capsule highlighting one product or all of them. A shop-your-Sephora sale-stash, if you will.  
Week 18 (April 29 - May 5) - The April 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - Were there makeup products from April that stood out to you - good or bad? Did you discover any new (or rediscover any tried-and-true) favorites this month? Are there products you've been on the fence about? Create a makeup capsule with one or any combination of these ideas. Or, if you just want more time to spolight your newness from the Sephora Spring Savings Sale Shopping Spree, have at it and put together a makeup capsule with one or more products from your sale purchases! 

 Upcoming Makeup Capsule Challenges: [Updated 4.16.2024]

Week 18 (April 29 - May 5) - The April 2024 Edition of "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - Were there makeup products from April that stood out to you - good or bad? Did you discover any new (or tried-and-true) favorites this month? Are there products you've been on the fence about? Create a makeup capsule with one or any combination of these ideas. 
Week 19 (May 6 - 12) - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule - To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month, let's curate a capsule with one or more makeup products from AAPI owned or founded makeup brands. [NOTE: A non-exhaustive list of AAPI owned or founded beauty brands can be found in the spoiler below ⤵️]
Week 20 (May 13 - 19) - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule and/or The "OMG, More Stuff From the Sephora Spring Savings" Makeup Capsule - I was inspired by the theme of this year's Met Gala, "Sleeping Beauties" - go through your stash and create a makeup capsule with beauties that have been sleeping in your stash and could use love and attention. Or, were there makeup products you picked during the Sephora Spring Savings Sale that are just now making their way to you (or that you are now getting to)? Put them in a capsule, by themselves or mix in a few "Sleeping Beauty" products. 
Week 21 (May 20 - 26) - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Curate a capsule with products that make you look and feel your very best
Week 22 (May 27 - June 2) - The May 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - it's that time again, curate a capsule with your standout or favorite products this month or products you're trying to decide whether to keep or declutter. 

AAPI Owned / Founded Makeup Brands
Below is a non-exhaustive list of makeup brands founded or co-founded / owned or co-owned by Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) - the brands listed are primarily ones that offer makeup / color cosmetics.  To the extent the founder's identify cannot be determined by the brand name, his/her/their name(s) will appear in parens next to the brand name. Brands with an asterisk (*) next to their name denotes that that brand is available at Sephora.
CLE Cosmetics (Lauren Jin)
CTZN Cosmetics (Aleena Khan, Aleezeh Khan, and Naseeha Khan)
Em Cosmetics (Michelle Phan)
* Glow Recipe (Christine Chang and Sarah Lee)
Jason Wu Beauty
Kimchi Chic Beauty (Kim Chi)
* Kulfi Beauty (Priyanka Ganjoo)
Live Tinted (Deepica Mutyala)
Mango People (Sravya Adusumilli)
Meloway Makeup (Aiden Kim and Ash Kim)
One/Size by Patrick Starrr
Orce Cosmetics (Yu-Chen Shih)
Ourself (Lauren Otsuki)
Patrick Ta Beauty
Purlisse Beauty (Jennifer Yen)
Seraphine Botanicals (Sylvia Phann)
The Creme Shop (Theresa and Lawrence Kim)
Tower 28 Beauty (Amy Liu)
U Beauty (Tina Craig)
Wander Beauty (Divya Gugnani)
Yensa Beauty (Jennifer Yen)
Youthforia (Fiona Co Chan)



What is a capsule makeup collection?  

A capsule makeup collection is a selection of makeup products that can be used to put together different looks for a variety of occasions. For some of us, that may mean a group of essential products for your everyday look plus a few extra items for a more glam or dramatic look; and, for others of us, that may mean, a lineup of our holy grail product(s) in each makeup category. My ideal capsule makeup collection probably falls somewhere in between - we'll (hopefully) find out at the end of the year! I don't see myself as a minimalist, but I don't have an extensive collection of makeup either. I appreciate the collections of people who fall within both camps but I float somewhere in between - on the one hand, my brow product collection would earn a gold star if we were using a minimalist approach to makeup; my lip product lineup, on the other hand, would not. 🤣 It would most definitely not.  


Why have a capsule makeup collection?  

Everyone will have their own reasons for having (or not having) a more streamlined makeup collection. Over the years, I've just become more interested in having less beauty products on hand (well, except for lip products, lol) - a handful of items I use or reach for more frequently with maybe a few additional products that are go-to's for me for special events or occasions.  Don't get me wrong, I love trying new products and I don't see that changing. I just like the idea of having a simpler collection (I appreciate that "simpler" can be relative), curated to my needs and lifestyle.

Why Weekly? 
A few years ago, beauty & lifestyle blogger Serein Wu, did a weekly series (on her blog and YouTube), Makeup Bag Monday, where she would rotate her makeup bag each week with new product launches and makeup already in her collection. She would post every Monday the products she selected for the upcoming week and provide detailed makeup reviews on the makeup she used for the previous week. I may not post detailed reviews but will at least try to include a recap of what products I like and which ones didn't work for me.  If weekly works for you, great. If not, feel free to join in based on what works best for you.

Other Challenges On the Forums Worth a Look:

These are just a few of the many, MANY challenges on the forums. I've included links to ones that are active and will try to update accordingly. Some I participate in regularly, others I post to every so often, and others still I visit to learn about makeup products, tips and tricks, or just to see what's going on. 

Shopping Your Stash / Using What You Have

* Project Pan: Pan It! - 2024 Challenge
* Foil Challenge: Foil Challenge

* No Buy / Low Buy:2022 & 2023 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET - to be updated with link to 2024 thread
* With Monthly Themes: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024
* With Weekly Themes: Makeup Challenge of the Week
* Lipstick/Lip Products Focused: 100 Days of Lipstick Challenge 
* Eyeshadow Focused: 100 Shades of Eyeshadow Challenge
* Eyeliner Focused: 100 Shades of Eyeliner 
* Cheeks Focused: [Edited 1.20.2024] Cheek Challenge Winter 2024: Mocktail Makeup
* Home Fragrance: Home Fragrance Thread

I'm excited to see what results from this experiment and I welcome everyone to join in this adventure, whenever and however is most effective for you. 

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@Mellmars1185, this'll be a fun way to keep ourselves accountable to shopping our stashes and staying the course on our no buy / low buy for the year. 


I've made up two work day looks with a different combination of these beauty products. One I wore yesterday and the other today; I'm planning on repeating both tomorrow and Friday. Then I'll try to come up with another combination of products for my weekend face. I'll try to remember to post a recap over the weekend. 

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@itsfi  I love this idea!! I will also try and participate! I am likely makeup free until 4-Jan but I will pick out my products tonight and post tomorrow! I like this idea it will help me reach for new products and try different styles and looks!! Great idea!!! 

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Awww, thanks so much @ather! No pressure, jump in whenever you have time or the mood strikes you. I thought this would be a fun and productive challenge, all while providing an opportunity to shop our stashes in a different way. I'm hoping it will be helpful during low buy / no buy months. 🤞

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Week 1: The First (of the Year) Makeup Capsule 

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The Products:


-- Summer Fridays ShadeDrops Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Milk Sunscreen 1.7 oz / 50 mL 
-- Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Bronzing Drops with Peptides - I typically use a Korean sunscreen with DE D-Bronzi but want to try it the SF sunblock this week. Both are favorites of mine and it would be great if they worked well together.
-- Missha Glow Cushion Compact
-- SEPHORA COLLECTION Best Skin Ever Full Coverage Multi-Use Hydrating Concealer 11.5P -  Some days, I'll use this as a concealer and others, as a foundation
-- Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal - this was the first makeup setting spray I ever used. 

-- Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush Virtue (gratis)
-- Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick (Shade 02) 
-- Saie Mini Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter Starglow - I was introduced to this highlighter in a gratis package a few years back and have picked up a mini or full size ever since.

-- Glossier Boy Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel-Pomade 
-- SEPHORA COLLECTION Boost + Lock Eyeshadow Primer 0.33 oz / 10 mL 
-- Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette Full Size Biba Neutral Eyeshadow Palette - this palette is in my project pan for this year (I'm on yer 5 of working my way through it) and will be making many appearances in this challenge throughout the year. There are 2 shadows that I have not hit pan on; I'm determined to do so this year as it will be the last year I include the Biba palette in my pan it! portfolio.
-- Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 01 Waterproof Big is The New Black - my holy grail mascara
-- Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara - testing this out for the first time. I had the Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara Electric Blue applied to the tips of my lashes at Sephoria NYC and liked how it added oomph (not just in color) to my lashes. Happy to see this in my Sephoria bag.

-- Mutha Pucker Lip Butter
-- Chanel Longwear Lip Pencil - 162 Nude Brun
-- Tower 28 Beauty OneLiner Lip Liner + Eyeliner + Cheek Pencil Work Of Art - hmmm, I forgot this can be used to line the lips and the eyes until I tagged the product. 
-- Yves Saint Laurent Candy Glaze Lip Gloss Stick 
-- MAKEUP BY MARIO SuperSatin™ Lipstick 917 - this glides on beautifully and wears well
-- Gisou Honey Infused Hydrating Lip Oil Golden Shimmer Glow 

-- I received this soft, pretty, pink corduroy makeup bag when I stopped by the INN Beauty booth at Sephoria NYC. It's available on the brand's direct site as part of certain makeup and skincare bundles. It's very spacious. I had no problem zipping up the bag with all these products in it - didn't have to squish anything into the bottom or corners, didn't have to smoosh the bag closer together to get it to zip all the way. Love that, but it also means I could add all of these items in the bag - this was a lot more than I thought I would have for this week. Eek! Here we go!



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This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I have been looking at my collection and most products I own have been discontinued sadly and I don’t want to use them anymore because once I’m done I won’t be able to find a dupe my fear is I won’t be able to replace it. This is a great way to declutter products that don’t work for our skin anymore as well! I own so many products and it’s hard to let go. 

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Thank you @hereisqueenlis! Whenever I hear someone share that a favorite product of theirs has been discontinued or is being discontinued, my heart feels a bit of pain. What you shared about not wanting to use up a product you know you won't be able to restock is so relatable. I'm very sorry. 


"I own so many products and it’s hard to let go. Oh my goodness, yes!! It is sooooo hard to let go. Even if I know it'll be a good thing. 


If you up for joining us, whether by observing, commenting or posting your own group of products your using, please don't hesitate to jump right on in, whenever the mood strikes. Also, please feel free to include or share your well loved products that are discontinued. Someone here may be able to add some insight or point you in a direction for something similar, an actual dupe, or an even better product! 

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What a beautiful start, @itsfi!! The Missha cushion is so on my radar, is the relaunch or did you have one from before? 

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Thank you @haleyvvvv! I didn't realize there was a reformulation, but it also doesn't surprise me. I'm pretty sure this is the older version. It has a 5/2024 expiration date so it's a good thing I'm using it now. 😅 


I wore the Missha yesterday and plan to wear it again tomorrow. I really liked it. WIth a lot of cushions, I find the glow factor on me can occasionally border on being too much, where my complexion can look more greasy that dewy. This one surprised me. I apply 2 layers and it gives this pretty natural finish with a fresh, healthy, dewy, lit from within glow. 



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@itsfi ,

Great idea!  This looks interesting and I plan to observe this Thread and see where it goes!  I love your initial photos, too.

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@tsavorite, interesting, indeed. 🙂  And possibly a little daunting, too. 😬 We'll see how long I can keep at it. There's a good amount of products I have that I never use, and I don't have them because I'm collecting them or they have sentimental value to me. I'll start with products that I have used or already opened or that I've been meaning to use for some time but haven't gotten around to it. From there, if there's something I just have never gotten around to and I can't reasonably justify it (i.e., I have something similar - pretty sure that's gonna be the case with my neutral nude/brown eyeshadow palettes, ha!) then I'll donate it or give it to someone who can use and appreciate it. Observe away! Always value and appreciate your support and thoughts. Also, feel free to jump in if something interests you. 

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@itsfi ,

I think that this is going to be good!  I can identify, whole-heartedly.

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@itsfi This sounds fun! I’ve been trying to minimize my collection anyway (even though I keep buying new things to try…)

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Join me @JoSometimes! When and however you can. 


"I’ve been trying to minimize my collection anyway (even though I keep buying new things to try…)😂🤣😂 You know, I think a few of us have that same struggle - must be something in the water, lol. I'd love to have a more streamlined collection and I'm hoping this will help keep me preoccupied while I'm on a no buy / low buy for the next few months.

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@itsfi I’m looking at week 4 and I have a few ideas already because I’ve done that! (In the car or work bathroom though.)


I reread your description of this and realized, it’s like prepping outfits ahead of time except it’s makeup. I make my kids do this for school days but I’m so bad at doing it for myself… 😅🫠

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@JoSometimes, yes, some of the weekly themes are based on how I go about getting ready for the day in real life, like Week 4. Jump right on in; it will be nice to see what items are your 'go to'. 


Makeup capsules are a spin off from having a capsule wardrobe. I've tried but have never really been able to downsize my clothing collection, seasonally or in general. There are definitely some parts of this that are similar to picking out what to wear; this also looks to downsize the pool of products (or clothes) from which to choose from. I am fairly certain that I will have more than just a few makeup items in my collection by the end of this project, but if I'll have less makeup products than I do now and they will for the most part, be ones I use for some look or another, be it a fresh faced every day look or a more glammed up one.

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@itsfi, I'm going to reread this when I have the mental capital 🤣, but this sounds sooo good.  This alongside 2024 - Twelve Months of Beauty Inventory and a few challenge ideas bubbling might lead me to some organization this year.


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Do itttttt, @danielledanielle!!


But also no pressure of course !!

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I want to @haleyvvvv !  I have bursts of inspiration... And then it wanes very quickly...🤣

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lol, that's completely fair @danielledanielle! I tried to condense it down to as few words as possible but I'm wordy. 😣🤣 I'll try to remember to include a "tl;dr" in the original post when I post tomorrow morning about this week's products to be used. I'm sorta combining a shop your stash and declutter project with the goal of coming up with a curated group of makeup products that will work for me year round. I'm pretty sure whatever I end up with will include more pieces than in most people's capsule makeup collection, but I'm good with that. If all goes according to plan, I'll have far fewer products than I do now, and they'll be ones I actually use with some regularity.

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@itsfi That photo though ❤️ ! Can't wait to see what you do!

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Awww, thank you so much @Samtian🤗 I'm really hoping I can come up with a curated collection of makeup products I rotate through with some regularity, and maybe whittle my stash down to a handful for each categoy or type of makeup product - some will be (much) larger handfuls than others. 🤣 

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