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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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I always enjoy reading your thoughts on your capsules and your check-ins @itsfi. Thank you for your detailed reports 🙏🩷

You said you got a better handle on applying the Hourglass Mascara, oooh any tips to share? I'm all ears 😉

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@CynthieLu, thank you. 

The Hourglass mascara works best for me when I l apply a few layers but it takes some timing to figure out when to add another layer - I had that issue when first using it as well (see link below) - the results though are fabulous. I focus on one eye at a time and I now use 2 different wands/brushes - first with the brush that comes with the mascara, then I use one of those disposable mascara wand brushes (that I clean and reuse after I use it) for the second layer, and the original brush for the 3rd layer.

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I remember reading that when you posted it on the Gratis thread. I was like, time to take notes 🖊📖 😉 @itsfi thank you for the link!


I have some really great applications with this, and sometimes my timing feels off, I wish I could consistently get the phenomenal results I periodically get, lol. I do like this product so I don't mind if I can't get it 'just right' right everytime. 🩷

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@CynthieLu, the timing with this mascara really is everything. I’m wondering if that will change as the mascara, over time, dries up a little bit. 🤔 I mean, I guess we’ll find out eventually. lol The next time it’s in my rotation, I’m going to try to remember to time it or come up with another approach so there’s let time just waiting for the mascara to dry down on our lashes. 

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The BIC Inspired Make-up Capsule 🦄

(This is not an exaggeration but I'm pretty sure everything in my make-up collection has been inspired or influenced by my time spent on BIC. From back when I read the posts but was too shy to comment, all the way to now.)

These were the ones that stand out thou and what I pulled together for this challenge.


@danielledanielle -Both Lip Luminizer's from Fenty were from her posts raving about them 🙏🤩 as well as her  posts about Danessa Myricks Beauty Linework Paintbrush Fluid Liquid Eyeliner 0.034 oz / 1 ml eventually enabled these purchases. All 3 are products I enjoy so much. 💖

@missjeanie - Posting about Fenty's Lip Stain had me so curious about them, and I gotta say I truly love and enjoy wearing them. These are on my list of top faves from 2023. 🏆

@faeriegirl -Showcasing her beautiful D'ior Purchases led me to picking up a mini D'ior lip plumper to be the first of this line in my collection. Seeing all her fabulous hauls definitely influenced me to try this.

@Mellmars1185 -Using PATRICK TA Major Dimension III Matte Eyeshadow Palette convinced me I needed this palette in my life. I love these buttery creamy shades. 😍 It's a incredible palette.

@WinglessOne -And the years of -blow you away- fabulous hauls posts intitally put Danessa Myrics on my Radar and I'm so happy I dived in or I never would have tried these. 🌠💖 Lightwork 3 experience palette was the first purchase I made from DM and these blushes last all day without letting me down.

@AznAngelLiz -Put Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter Enlighten on my map, it's a highlighter that really pops. 🤩🤩


And lastly, Everyone who was raving about the Hourglass Holiday palette's had me purchase my first a couple of years back (the butterfly), and then my second this past fall, the one for this challenge, Jelly Fish. My favorite everyday highlighters and setting powders are in these tins. 💝


I feel like I owe everyone a huge thank you for sharing thier love about these 🙏🙏 Thank you for the awesomeness!

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Great products! @CynthieLu 

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@CynthieLu  Awww you are so cute! 🥰 I love that you’re able to share so much!!! This capsule is amazing! 

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loved this week's capsule @ather aww thank you! 🥰

Everything inside was something I loved using and that's just a recipe for a great time. 😉

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Dangggg those are all great products @CynthieLu and that highlighter is pretty amazing.

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It's an impressive one for sure 🌠 @AznAngelLiz  😊

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Aww, thanks @CynthieLu, and I’m glad you decided to dip your toes into Danessa Myricks’s world! You’ve got a well-curated bag of BIC inspiration there. 😍 And that bag is pretty! 

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This community has shared the best makeup and skin care recs imo. 🙏❤️ I love living vicariously through your haulin' 😊 @WinglessOne 

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Awwww, I do use them pretty frequently. 😉 @danielledanielle (I put them on my year end faves list too. 🏆) I love the products that last all day. 💖

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@CynthieLu Amazing capsule. It is heart warming to hear how BIC has influenced you over the years and how your makeup collection had grown. 

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Thank you! @Mellmars1185 I think this week's will be another fun one too use 😉🩷

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@CynthieLu, wonderful choices. The bag has such a fun print. The Rare Beauty highlighters always sell out quickly. Hourglass knows how to do a holiday palette! They’re hits year after year.

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Thank you 😊 That bag I believe was an old Estee Lauder GWP bag. @itsfi I love how handy those little things come in. 🩷😉

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Week 7 -- Lunar New Year and Things I LOVE

Okay so I don't have any actual Lunar New Year Products, but I went for the Red/Gold theme and the LOVE theme mixed together.  I took this week as a bit of a personal challange to wear red lips everyday.  It went better than I thought it would!  But I for sure have preferences with formula!  Red looks awful when it bleeds!



About Face Foundation -- I'd seen a few people online mention this as a wonderful foundation and picked it up over the weekend.  I love trying new things.  This foundation is a good match colour wise but it leans a smidge dry/matte for my skin at the moment.  I'll try it with a few other primers and see if that makes a difference, otherwise it may be a summer foundation for me.  I did find that it faded though the day nicely and didn't transfer to my winter coat collar so that was a big plus!

Live Tinted Colour Corrector -- I think this shade is just too dark for me.  I was shopping after a few drinks and saw that Live Tinted had a three piece set and snatched it up without really looking at the shade of corrector inside.  I did find that if I go really lightly with this and tap it into my skin it can be quite effective.  If I go too heavy drawing it on and use a beauty blender to blend it, it blends away too much.  Bonus for shiny gold packaging!

Fenty Concealer -- Picked this up new to try as well.  So far I quite like it, but it may be a bit of a lighter coverage than I love. Needs more use to determine my feels on this one. 

ND Concealer -- This is my current love and I tossed it in incase the Fenty was a dud for me.  Did not use it through the week though.

Givenchy Powder in Voile Rose -- I love this one.  The subtle pink tint gives a touch of a brightness to my skin.  The formula is fine enough that it gives a blur to the skin while not completely mattifying.  

Winky Lux Blush -- This is such a fun blush in a gold orb.  I find the rose shade to be super flattering on my skin tone and I smile every time I dip into the rose, a little sad that the rose won't last, but glad to have it in my life now.  I need to find a winky lux display and see what else they have.  This is my first product from the brand and it's a hit. 



Look... I never said my capsules would be small lol

Juvias Place Shadows in Nude -- These are a bit peachy for my liking.  The formula is lovely, but the shades just aren't a fav.  This came from my weekend shopping and the store didn't have palettes of the two shades I wanted, so I snagged this one without giving it proper thought.  That said, two of the shades were golds that I wore as one and dones.  I'll snag another palette from the brand when I see one in stock.  I snagged this a bit of an effort to expand my Black owned Brands stash... it was feeling weak after last weeks capsule. 

Merit Solo Shadow Social -- This is a shadow that I wanted, then didn't after seeing it on display (it was way too dry), then was convinced that I needed it on BIC.  Once I got one that didn't have the cap off it in a display case... I fell in love.  The shade is my perfect cool toned mauve one and done.  

About Face pigments -- These fell into the "I love new things" category.  Both shades alone are meh, but mixed together, they're a great brown!  I'm still playing with these... but so far they have me interested to keep playing and keep an eye out for shades.... 

YSL NU Lip and Cheek -- This is a deep red shade that is quite sheer in practice.  I put it on my hand and use a stippling brush to apply to my cheeks and it's quite nice.  It fell into the red blush theme and was a wearable red.  I have two other shades that I use as a blush as well, but they're much more subtle, this can be punchier.  I've tried it on the lips and ... meh.  

Kosas Brow Gel -- falls into the LOVE category.  I LOVE tinted brow gel and have been forcing myself to use a pencil in order to pan it out of my life.  This week felt like a lovely return to tinted brow gel.  

Nars Pro Prime -- My longest love shadow primer.  I have oily lids and this just works.  

Sephora and Stila liquid liner -- I knew that with all the red lips I wanted to do some black winged liner and pulled these two out as I had no idea if either was really still viable.  I used the Stila twice and it's getting down to the end, so I'm going to keep it out and try to use it a few more times before I'll need to trash it.  I didn't use the Sephora since the Stila was still okay.  Neither are favourite formulas or packaging.  I really prefer a brush tip.  My old fav was the KVD, but it's just not a brand for me anymore.  I do hear that the DM is a wonderful option so that'll be the next one I pick up after I finish off these. 

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Gold -- This was my nod to gold make up... I wore it over the black liquid liner one day and on it's own as liner another.  The glitter in this does move around if I touch my eyelid.  It's not something I'd wear on the regular at all, and I did get a look or two at work... glitter isn't the normal for my office at all.  That said, I thought it was fun.  I'd do this again. 

DM Colorfix mattes in shade Valentine -- I saw a photo of someone else on BIC who'd used this as a blush and I thought... I can do that!  I thought it was going to be way too pigmented but it sheered out really nicely!  I tried this as an eyeliner one day when I wasn't going out of the house and it came out... okay.  I think if I try again I'd do it as a line of black with a line of the hot pink on top.  This is not something my skills will allow me to do before work so it's a weekend experiment some day.  

Kjaer Weis Mascara -- I've had this open for some time and it's... gloopy.  I managed to make it work, but it was a lot of work.  I have too many mascaras in my stash opened and un-opened to struggle bus it with this one.  She's going to the empties bag as a declutter. 




I went for a variety of lips this week to accommodate the pink and glitter liner looks, with a healthy dose of red.  
YSL Candy Glaze -- I picked a red shade and a nude shade as this formula is a LOVE for me.  It's soft, easy to apply, not too pigmented, and I can apply without a mirror if need be... the cap is just shiny enough that I can use it as a guide on the red shade. 

Sephora Collection Lip stick -- My SO picked this shade out when we were shopping... he said he LOVES me in a full on lipstick... that said, I put this on over the SC Lip Jelly Stain... and it bled like mad.  I tried it with the SC lip liner in this weeks capsule... it bled.  I need to try it with a lip liner that I actually like to see if it still bleeds.  The shade was great though, so there's that.

SC Lip Liner -- I picked up a few of these as they were on sale half off and I don't have a stupid amount of lip liners yet... felt like a safe purchase.  Turns out these are way too creamy to be a lipliner for me.  They feel like a regular lipstick.  I prefer a drier more long lasting formula.  I'll try and use this one and the other up, but they won't be a repurchase item.

SC Lip Jelly Melt -- This is one that I liked in the past, I only used it once this week under another lipstick so I need to give it another shot and see if I still like it.  I picked too many lip products this week lol.  

Chanel Lip Balm -- This is way more tinted than what I'd call a balm.  It's also way more red than I thought it would be when I picked out the shade online.  i wore this one day and found that my lips were getting quite dry at the end of the day with a few applications.  I wore it another day to see if was a one off or if it was really drying.  It's really drying.  Such a sad thing for such a pretty packaging and such a hefty price tag.  I need to think about what to do with this one.  

Ami Cole Lip Oils in Smitten and Romance -- True Loves.  Both of them.  

Summer Fridays Lip Balm in Cherry -- More of a red pigment than I usually go for, but I'm oh so happy to have this one.  Easy to wear, feels so plush and hydrating.  

Juvias Place Lip Gloss -- I snagged this this last weekend as well.  It was just calling to me from the display, such a gorgeous purple/plum/berry the Royal name is fitting.  I didn't swatch it in store and assumed it would be a bit more sheer than it is.  This gloss is PIGMENTED!!  It does feel so nice on the lips though, and it looks great blotted out or worn at full pigment.  I really fell in LOVE with this one this week and I can't wait to see a Juvia's Place display again to see what other shades I might need.  

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@missjeanie  Great picks!! I am obsessed with those Ami Cole glosses! 

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@ather @Aren’t they just the best!! I was blown away with how much I’ve fallen for the formula! 

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