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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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@itsfi thank you! Ill have to prioritize these types of shades in the fall, when im more likely to wear them. Perhaps another possible capsule idea? Best of the season/quarter? I find i have some favourites that are definitely seasonal, but i do reach for them when their time comes!

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@cianni, I have some seasonal themes set up already so that could be a great time to showcase your more seasonal lipsticks or makeup. 👍🏼 They could totally work too for the best of the month capsules for the month(s) that fit for the season. Yaaay, there’ll be multiple weeks where you can pull out these beauties. 💄 

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@cianni  All of these reds look gorgeous on you! 

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@ather thank you!! 😘

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@cianni You look stunning in reds. After hearing about TF from you and @CynthieLu I am so intrigued. I regret picking up the mini set that was on sale at the end of the year. Maybe next year. Hopefully a mini becomes available in a set. I was hoping the Sephora Favorites set came back in stock with the TF mini. I loved reading all of your feedback.

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@Mellmars1185 thank you! Ill definitely have to keep an eye out for the minis as well 👀 the only thing making me nervous about that is that minis are what originally got me into PMG lipsticks, and it only snowballed from there 😅

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Sometimes the TF mini's are in the Rewards Bazaar too @Mellmars1185 😉 maybe you'll see one turn up 🤞🤞

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@CynthieLu Ohhh good to know. I will keep an 👁 out 💄

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Oh wow  @cianni These are absolutely gorgeous on you! Now I think I'm running to check out Mac Powder Kiss Lippies, your HG lip you say? That's a really good recommendation. 😀

I feel you on TF, I wish I didn't love those as much as I do, they are definitely on the pricer side but so fabulous to wear, right? 🤩

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@CynthieLu I definitely feel bougie when i put the TF on! Luckily it’s in a color I don’t wear often, so it’ll last me longer 😂 the powder kiss is really nice - it’s a matte formula that goes on almost mousse-like. It can be full coverage/opaque, but it really shines as a blotted lip type of look. It fades beautifully for that reason, so while the look may change throughout the day, it wont need retouching! Super comfortable to wear too!

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Low maintenance lips are my all time fave @cianni 😜 Thank you for that breakdown. 🙏💖

I went and looked at the colors of these, I saw 3 right away that I was like oooooh over. 🙈

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I’m so so late but I promise I’m catching up! My SO was away for work for a week, and I’ve fallen woefully behind!


My Lunar New Year/Valentines Capsule was a little different - I decided to do a week of reds. As someone who doesn’t do a red lip very often, for some reason I have more than I thought! I figured it would be the perfect week to see which ones are similar, and which can be taken out of my collection. I might do something similar in the fall with all my dark lipsticks and glosses that I don’t reach for very often, but have accumulated a ton of.


Here are what I used that week (detailed post to follow with thoughts). ETA - I ended up swapping out the Glossier lipgloss for the TOM FORD Lip Color Lipstick 16 Scarlet Rouge , which I didn’t swatch, and the Jaclyn liner is in the shade Comin In Hot





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@cianni  Aww sorry your SO was away. Sounds like you are catching up! 

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@ather luckily i had my mini me to keep me company!

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@cianni  My SO is always gone. I’m lucky to have my little man with me all the time to keep me busy! 

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@cianni I love your idea of doing all reds for this theme!

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@Mellmars1185 thank you! I was debating doing pinks as well for valentines, but i had way too many that would have fallen under that category haha

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Better late than never right? @cianni I definitely have been late on a few of these myself. I'm so glad you posted! 😀

I love your take on this theme, power house red week. ❣️ Your red lippie collection is sooo good. 😍


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@CynthieLu thank you! It’s fun to play around with some shades that don’t normally get a ton of love in my collection 😊

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@cianni, you’re not late. As I see it, many  great get togethers have folks rolling in throughout! 😃 I LOVE the direction you took the prompt! ♥️♥️♥️ I don’t have many reds but love seeing them and learning about the different ones out there. What a gorgeous collection you have. Your swatches!!! Wow 😍 this reds capsule is beautiful. I have no doubt that you stunned in each and every one. 💄 

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@itsfi thank you! I had fun playing around with them, but i still think ill stick to my regular terracotta’s and nude shade for daily wear 🤗 it was nice to see what i have in my collection though!

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