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Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge

Hey BIC beauties! 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; and

(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. The themes / prompts are guides and if you have a certain interpretation or approach you want to take with it, go for it! Not every product has to fit squarely within the theme; it can be just one item.



Week 22 (May 27 - June 2) - The May 2024 "On Top", "On The Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule   

It's that time again, BIC Beauties! Curate a capsule with (a) your standout or favorite products from the month; (b) products you're trying to decide whether to keep or declutter; (c) products that repeatedly find their way inio your makeup looks; (d) all of the above... OR, treat the "On Repeat" theme as an opportunity for a "Do Over" or "Take 2" of a previous makeup capsule, from earlier in the month or any of the previous themes to date (see below for complete list).


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 5.27.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

Week 23 (June 3 - 9) - The Love Is Love Makeup Capsule
Let's curate a capsule of one or more products from LGBTQ+ founded/owned makeup brands to honor Pride Month. Check out the spoiler below ⬇️ for a non-exhaustive list of LGBTQ+ founded/owned beauty brands focused primarily on makeup / color cosmetics.
Week 24 (June 10 - 16) - The Repurposed Makeup Capsule and/or The Multitasking Makeup Capsule
Do you have a product(s) that you've repurposed for a different use or ones that perform more than one function (lip and cheek, eyeshadow and bronzer, etc.? Let's pull them out of your stash and put together a capsule with one or more of those beauties. Shout out to our marvelous @missjeanie  for the repurposed theme. 
Week 25 (June 17 - 23) - The "Welcome, Summer!" Makeup Capsule and/or The "Good Stuff" Makeup Capsule  A couple of fun themes this week. Summer is officially here (well, on Thursday)! Let's kick things off with an ode to the sunny, warm, bright & breezy days to come! Or, use this week to focus on the "good stuff" in your collection, be it one or more products you looooove or the "good stuff" that only comes out every now and again (or, maybe for some of us, for the first time this week). 
Week 26 (June 24 - 30) - The June 2024 "On Top", "On the Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule - Last week of the month, BIC! You know what that means. We have options! Let's shine a spotlight on one or more products from the capsules this month that's (a) one of the best products of the week (on top); or (b) something you're thinking about tossing or decluttering from your stash (on the chopping block); or (c) made a recurring appearance in your capsule all month (on repeat); or (d) all or some combination of the above. Or, curate a capsule that's been done before - a "Take 2" or "Do Over" - with or without any adjustments as you like.

LGBTQ+ Founded/Owned Makeup Brands:
Below is a non-exhaustive list of LGBTQIA+ founded/owned beauty brands that primarily include makeup / lor cosmetics in their collection.  An asterisk (*) next to a brand name denotes that the brand is available at Sephora.
about face (Halsey)
Flower Beauty (Drew Barrymore)
Formula Z Cosmetics (Zach Dishinger)
* Freck Beauty (Nasera Alayon)
Jason Wu Beauty
Jecca Blac
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
KimChi Chic Beauty
* Makeup by Mario
* One/Size by Patrick Starrr
* Patrick Ta Beauty
* Tom Ford Beauty
Trixie Cosmetics
W3ll People

Previous Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 5.27.2024]

1 - The First (of the Year) Makeup Capsule
2 - The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule
3 - The $20 USD ($27 CAD) & Under Makeup Capsule
4 - The "On the Go!" Makeup Capsule
5 - The Best of January 2024 Makeup Capsule
6 - The Black Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
7 - The Lunar New Year - Year of the Dragon Makeup Capsule and/or The "Things I Love" Makeup Capsule
8 - The "BIC Inspired" Makeup Capsule
9 - The Best of February 2024 Makeup Capsule and/or The "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
10 - The International Woman Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
11 - The "One Brand" or "All The Brands" Makeup Capsule 
12 - The "Springing Forward" Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Color Makeup Capsule 
13 -  The Fast & Furious / Quick & Easy Makeup Capsule and/or The March 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
14 - The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule
15 - The Makeup-Artist-Founded Brand Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
16 - The BIC Inspired (Summer Edition) Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
17 - The "Green" Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
18 - The  April 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule and/or The "More Play Time With My Sephora Savings Event Hauls" Makeup Capsule
19 - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
20 - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule and/or The "OMG, More Stuff From the Sephora Spring Savings" Makeup Capsule
21 - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule


FAQs: [Updated 4.28.2024]


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 channel), Makeup Bag Monday, where she rotated her makeup bag each week with new product launches and makeup already in her collection. Every Monday, she shared the products she selected for the upcoming week and provided 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 weekly recap (probably at the end of the week) 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.


What if I don't have enough products to fit the theme for a full face?

No need for your entire makeup capsule to fit the weekly theme(s). Just one will do. And, even if you don't have one that fits squarely within a theme, feel free to post your makeup capsule. We'd love to see what you're using and hear your feedback on the products as you put them to use. 

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

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@itsfi Excellent! How do yoyvlike the new Makeup by Mario Lipstick? It looks like you are off to a great start. Congratulations on decluttering some items and great work on getting through your opened mascaras!

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@Mellmars1185, these new Makeup by Mario lipsticks are wonderful! 😍 I picked up MAKEUP BY MARIO SuperSatin® Lipstick 917  and MAKEUP BY MARIO SuperSatin® Lipstick Bronx Baby and they have been real treats. No pulling when applying; no feathering or bleeding. I don't feel like I need a liner (though I'm supposed to be trying to use my liners more so I will get to that soon, or hopefully soon). I think you'd love the formula and there are so many pretty shades that would be stunning on you. I haven't gotten around to posting a haul of these two but will try to get to it (and swatches) this or next week. 

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@itsfi Those are both beautiful shades. I love how all of the names are New York names.

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Right? It's such a beautiful homage to NY @Mellmars1185! I wonder if @danielledanielle knows about this line of lipsticks?

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I do! @itsfi & @Mellmars1185 .  I liked his homage to the Sephora he worked at, which I've enjoyed a few makeovers and classes there.  BUT,  I'm hating a little that the Bronx is a nude color, the Bronx is anything but neutral 🤣

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@danielledanielle, if there was a Bronx 2.0 shade, what would be your suggestion for its shade? Inquiring minds want to know. 😉 @Mellmars1185 

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🤔💭 @itsfi @Mellmars1185 


Bronx - a red-orange or a deep, deep brown

Manhattan - Bright Pink (magenta)

Queens - Pink

Staten Island - Beige Nude

Brooklyn - A Mauve



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Those would be lovely additions. 😍 I’m all on board for a 2.0 Series - The @danielledanielle Edit. 



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Aww, thanks @itsfi .  I'll just call Mario now and let him know 😂

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@danielledanielle This sounds like an excellent collab! I would break my no/low buy for this! @itsfi 

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As you should @danielledanielle, as you should! 😉

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@itsfi this is a fantastic idea!!! I mostly missed this weeek, but I’m excited to pull some products for week 2!!

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Awww thanks @cianni! Yaaaay! So happy to have you join in. I'm hoping it will be a fun way to shop our stashes, work on decluttering, serve as a good distraction while on low / no buys, and give us an opportunity to see if a smaller capsule collection is a good fit for us.

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@itsfi the timing is perfect because ive been toying with the idea of a “mom makeup bag” - a few products i can easily throw on to look and feel a little more put together/like myself. The themes you’ve listed will definitely help guide some of my choices  and keep it interesting!

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I love that @cianni! There are a few ladies at my work that will be returning from maternity leave later this year and a few of us wanted to get them a few small products, including beauty products, just for them. I’m going to be especially interested in seeing what you come up with and your thoughts on products. 🥰

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@itsfi that is so nice of you and your coworkers!! It feels so nice to have some self-care and attention on you as a new mom while everyone (rightfully so!) is mainly focused on baby.


one of the criteria for my products will probably be “can i apply this effectively with one hand, while holding a squirming baby in the other?” 😂

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@cianni, 🤣 at your criterion


I put DanDan in the Bjorn and tried to do my brows... It did not go well 🤣

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@danielledanielle If you see me favouring translucent base products and clear brow gel… that’s why 😅 more room for error 

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So for the first set of capsule items, I'm deciding if it these are worth keeping in collection. Are they still usable? Do I enjoy them? 


The first up is the Sminkberoende x SAS Follow Yours Dreams palette. Smink is one of the kindest and sweetest content creators out there, but there was a bunch of drama with SAS last year that soured me to the brand before I got the palette (after a length suspicious preorder). But Sminks color story is brilliant. I'm going to use it this week to see if the formula and colors and thinking of this as Smink's palette outweigh SAS feelings. 


I need to test the rest of the items to see if they're still of a quality that can be used.

  • I had been using the Kokie concealer before switching to the Kosas for fear it would go bad (but then I might have let this one go bad, but I had bought the Kosas one and gotten this in a sub box so there was also that calculation). 
  • The Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush is cute, but I feel like the applicator is gimmicky and it might be on its way out. 
  • The Kosas Blush and Highlight duo was in a project pan (I think the Pan It! - 2021 Challenge 🏆 ) . It's been well loved but less reached for since then. I'm going to see if it's still good.
  • The ILIA Color Haze Multi-Use Pigment Before Today is in a similar boat. It was supposed to be part of my Pan It! - 2023 Challenge but was less than successful there. 
  • And finally, three Bite (rip) lippies.

I'll check back in at the end of the week on these ones.

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@haleyvvvv The Bite Lips.... 😢.  I'm still not over them shutting down.  I have decluttered and used up some of their lip items through the years but now I'm almost ... 'saving' the ones I have.  

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@haleyvvvv Great capaule items! I am super curious about the Kaja blush and the Ilia pigment. I have those in my collection too!

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