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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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Week 2 The Quick and Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule -



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@Mellmars1185  Great picks! I can’t wait to see how you turn this into all the looks! 

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@ather Thank you!

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@Mellmars1185 Ohhhh I'm liking this.  I bet those Nars blushes are stunning on you!  

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@missjeanie Thank you! I am now wondering if a Monday morning is a good time to try out new makeup!?

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@Mellmars1185 Ha!!!  I'm so rushed in the mornings... I might have to wonder as well!

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Love this @Mellmars1185! Great thinking to include those two palettes - the shades are gorgeous and you'll get so much variety and options with them. 

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@itsfi Thank you! I having been wanting to give both palettes some more love.

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So many fabulous products out there waiting to be tried and just the one face. Hahaha. Love that you'll be able to use these more this week, @Mellmars1185 

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This looks incredibly streamlined @Mellmars1185 

You did a fantastic job pulling things together that still leaves room for different looks. 🤩

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@CynthieLu Thank you! I tested out the Fenty foundation stucks while putting this capsule today. I am looking forward to seeing how they wear.

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Eeek, I lost my post just we go again! 

Week 1 recap - I will keep most of the products for future rotations. I noticed that the MILK MAKEUP Matte Cream Bronzer Stick Baked had an off smell to it. I have had it a long time, and it is a beautiful shade, but it is time to let this one go. I have similar cream bronzer by Rare Beauty that is not expired, so I will continue to use those.


 The top two swatched are Rare Beauty and Bottom is Milk Makeup

The IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara Super Black is nice because it doesn't transfer to my eyelids. The downside for me is that too much product comes out on the wand. This makes it hard to separate the lashes and have more of a natural look. I am going to keep this one around for a bit longer because I do like the staying power it has.

The product that pleasantly surprised me was the bareMinerals Ready Touch up Veil. It gave my makeup a blurred effect and kept my concealer set. I have had this in my stash for a while. I am glad I rediscovered it.

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@Mellmars1185 Bummer about the IT mascara... I hate it when mascaras come out with so much product on the brush.  Do you think if it dries out a bit it may be better?

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@missjeanie Hmm, good question. If it dries out, I think less product will come out. I'm not too sure how it will apply to my lashes. I will hang onto this one and see what happens!

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@Mellmars1185, your swatches are really helpful, thank you! Do you blend with your fingers or a brush? Yaaay, that makes me happy to hear you rediscovered a product that you are now enjoying! Yaaay! Will be interested to see if it sticks around for the whole year and if it finds a place in your "loves".

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@itsfi For cream brozers, I usually dip my brush into the product and apply to my face. I always underpaint when using cream brozers.

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Thank you @Mellmars1185! That's helpful; I'm used to powder bronzers but like the idea of a cream one, especially in the winter but the color can be so pigmented - not a bad thing, but that just means I need to use an extra light hand. Underpainting is such a great technique. 😍

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The first week of this capsule challenge went fairly well; I was able to put together 4 looks with the makeup I set aside for the week - 2 (slightly) different workday faces, a quick bit of makeup for this weekend, and a going out look. 


Here's what I came up with and some observations and next steps.

Week 1 - Workday 1Week 1 - Workday 1

Week 1 - Workday 2Week 1 - Workday 2

Week 1 - Going outWeek 1 - Going out

Week 1 - WeekendWeek 1 - Weekend




  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray works just fine, but I have other products that I'm liking more. 
  • Missha Glow Cushion surprised me, in a good way, with it providing a dewy, but not too dewy glow. The glow fro some Kbeauty cushion can be too much for me, even with my dry skin this time of the year. Turns out I had another one of these that I decluttered previous, that one was too dark. This one is a little too light for me right now; I think it could work better in late winter / early spring but given that it will expire not too long after that (and that they've reformulated this cushion), I'm just going to toss it now. 



  • Everything else will go back in the rotation for use another day. As for the mascaras, since I have these two open and the Hourglass Unlocked Mascara (gratis), I'll just be rotating through those 3 products until I decided to toss one, one turns bad or expires or I make my way through one. My preference is to only have 2 or 3 mascaras open at any one time. The Lancome has been in use since last month and with the YSL and Hourglass, that should give me plenty to rotate through for the next few months.

I'll post my makeup selections for next week by Monday morning, maybe before then. 


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@itsfi Excellent reminder that I have a Missha cushion I should probably be using up.  Look at you having declutters already after week 1!! I'm impressed!

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Oh gosh, I have so many cushion compacts @missjeanie; all in various stages of use, including quite a few that have yet to be open. Like this one that has been decluttered - not a good sign when I look at the box and the expiration date is months away. 🙄 It feels like going through my sheet mask stash all over again ... but it was so much easier and faster to work through those - sure, there's just this one face, but there's 365 / 366 days in a year and back then, my face could handle using a sheet mask at least once, if not twice, per day. 

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@itsfi I need to get back on that two a day train for the sheet masks....🙄

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