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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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@CynthieLu Lovely travel capsule. It looks like you have a nice collection of TF lipsticks. I hope you had an amazing trip!

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Ahhh that's the mini's I've accumulated from TF, the set from there holidays and Casablanca 😉 @Mellmars1185 I couldn't seem to tag it.

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You definitely selected the best of the best here @ather 👌💕I feel like I've seen a lot of these make thier appearances on the monthly favorites thread. 😊

Wonderful choices for your capsule of February faves!


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@CynthieLu  Thank you!!! 😊 that makes me feel like I’m trendy! Which I never feel. I like it!!! 

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You're in tune with what's good @ather 😉🎉 

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@ather these are some amazing faves! Happy to see you had such a nice rotation of go to products this month 😀

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@cianni  Thanks!!! 😊 I’ve been having so much trouble with allergies that I stick with what works for me! 

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@ather Lovely picks. I see a few items from one of the Sephora Favorites sets. I am glad they made them to your monthly favourites. Do you find the Saie blush long lasting?

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@ather, your best of capsule for the month is so well curated. 😍 I spy a lot of fabulous products I enjoy using too - Merit Bounce is a beautiful highlight. 💗 I hadn’t realized caliray did a tubing mascara. 

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Week 9 The February 2024 "Best Of" and/or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule

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A slight change of plans. I was going to put together a capsule with a mix of best of products and those I’m on the fence about, but as I was sorting through my stash, I realized I could do a whole face with just products I’m not sure whether to keep or let go. So, here we have it, this month’s bundle of products on the chopping block. Literally. 😝 Thank you @cianni for this great theme!



🌼PRIMER - The two e.l.f. primers (matte and luminous) were part of a trio set. I’m not sure these matte or luminous versions do anything that the third primer, the original, doesn’t already do (except the luminous formula is slightly more glowy than the original). The Smashbox color correcting primer has been sitting in my desk drawer at work, unused and unloved. Let’s see if my neglect of it is misplaced. 




🌻CONCEALER - I’m thinking this Revlon 5-in-1 concealer might not make it to the end of the week - I don’t  remember ever buying it, let alone opening it to use. I should probably be worried? 😬 





  • The Sephora Collection Eye Shadow Primer (has this been discontinued?) has some stiff competition to meet or beat if it wants to keeps a spot in the stash.





  • Kaja Wink Stamp Original Waterproof Wing Eyeliner Stamp & Pen Original - Ink Black - going to give it an other try. I don’t have an eyeliner on the chopping block so I’ll pair it with different liners from my stash to see how it works out

  • Makeup by Mario put out these liners for the waterline, but I'm not seeing them online. I like these types of products but don’t reach for them as often as I should. 







  • MAC Fix+ Stay Over Alcohol Free 16H Setting Spray - it’s an alcohol free formula which intrigues me. Let’s see how it performs.

  • Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow Hydrating Glowy Setting Spray Original - I’m all for a glow (and it sets?) but always forget I have this one which was part of a Sephora Favorites Set, so we shall see how this fares.


Okay, here we go! 

Well lovelies, here's my capsule for this week. I'm curious to know what capules you've curated. 

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Best of luck with your Cleaning house Capsule @itsfi 🧹😊

It's funny how much we change, right? Old products we used to swear by get replaced by something even better. I'll be interested to hear the fate of It Cosmetics foundation 😉


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@CynthieLu, it’s definitely a kick to see some of the things I gravitate towards in the past. Some were for because of my skin concerns at the time, some were based on my budget, and others are for a variety of other reasons. I went for the IT CC cream a lot because it covered up my acne without being too heavy. Or as I think about it, without being too heavy compared to what was out there at the time. Who knows CynthieLu, I could have had so much of it on that it looked like a mask to everyone else, but to me it was lighter coverage than what else I tried before. 😂 

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@itsfi im so excited to see how this weeks theme plays out for you! That universal lip liner has always intrigued me, although im never quite sold on how it would work… super invested in your thoughts on all these products!

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@cianni, I’m with you on the liner. I picked it up because I wanted to see how it would work. Then didn’t use it much, but I will this week. Will keep you posted. 

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@itsfi Wow! You have come up with a full chopping block capsule. The song is popping in my head with the lyrics "Should I stay or should I go now"...I am sure you can create some beautiful looks with everything. I will be super curious to hear your thoughts on the IT Cosmetics. I have a full unopened bottle waiting to be used. 

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@Mellmars1185, I think it speaks to the size of my stash that I have so many products on the fence that are still there - and probably says a thing or two about how I hold onto things. 😔 Quality over quantity. That's my aim for this whole challenge. Going to figure out what works best for me under different scenarios and try to create a collection consisting of those items and a few others that I enjoy (or that I may have sentimental reasons for keeping). 


I will keep you posted on the IT Cosmetics CC cream. It was the GOAT product years, decades ago. it says it's full coverage and I can see how back then I probably would have been a-okay with a full coverage foundation, but at the same time, I feel like I might have sheered it out just a teensy bit. I'm interested to see if I still like it, at all or as much. 

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@itsfi  Wow! I like how this took a turn! Such a great idea to have a chopping block! I can’t wait to see what makes or breaks this list!!! 

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Thanks so much @ather! I’m super curious to find out what the findings from this capsule will be. I hadn’t expected to have this many items I was that undecided about (or that I had a hard time letting go of). 

At first I was disappointed with myself for having enough for a full face and then I thought, “well, it’s as good a time as any to chip away at what’s worth keeping and what needs to go.” It’ll be like a jump start on spring cleaning. 😉


Also, putting together the “ultimate” makeup capsule is about what we move out of our collection (and why) as well as what we keep. So there will be some lessons learned along the way that will hopefully mean better decisions in the long run about what I purchase. 

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Here is my week of reds! Thoughts on each in spoiler ☺️ I had to double up on some days to make sure I tried them all!


Sephora Collection - I liked this shade on me, and can’t deny that Sephora Collection makes some of the most long wearing (and comfortable) matte liquid lipsticks. This specific one is a little on the old side, so I think I may declutter for that reason, but the formula is SO good, so I’d definitely be interested in picking up other shades, especially when SC is 30% off

NARS - I’ve loved this formula for a long time. For a while, American Woman was my go-to daily lipstick for work. It lasts forever and is very comfortable on the lips. I’ll be keeping this one because it’s a true blue-red, and I’m a fan of the formula. This one was a no brainer, but I’d have to think hard about it if my SC was newer and still in the running!

Tom Ford - took me by surprise, but this might be one of my favourite reds. It’s a little on the berry side, but the formula is gorgeous. I was hoping to not love it as much as I do given the price point, but this is an absolute win on all counts for me.

Loreal - this was disappointing. I remember liking the color, which I still very much do. However, this went on SO patchy. Because it’s a glossier formula, I found it hard to layer to cover over some of the patchy spots. I wanted to like it because of the reasonable price point, but this looked a mess on me, and I don’t love or use it enough to warrant the effort it’ll take to make it work. 

GXVE - I haven’t worn this in a while and I remember liking it more. This one definitely needed a lip liner. I found it to apply patchy on me and it feathered/faded way too easily throughout the day. The shade is pretty, although in real life it pulled a little pinkier on me, and I didn’t love that for myself. I’ve only used this a handful of times, so I’m hoping to pass it onto a relative who may suit it better

MAC (Matte Lipstick) - I’m a huge MAC lipstick fan (I have quite a few in my collection in various formulas), and I wasn’t shocked to enjoy this one as well. This type of red is more what I would gravitate towards. That being said, I do have an almost identical shade in another formulation, so I’m debating decluttering this as well. The only thing holding me back right now is knowing that the MAC matte formula has been discontinued and replaced. I’ll have to try the new formula and see if I like it before decluttering any of my MAC mattes, just in case. 

PMG - this is in my pan project, so I’ll be keeping it, but it’s on its last leg and will be decluttered at the end of this year if it’s not finished. The color is fun, and reminds me of MAC lady danger, which I also own (and forgot may be considered a red). I just want to work through this and move on. I love the formula and how it looks on the lips, but I’ve found that my PMG minis dry out, fall out of their component and break easily. I wouldn’t repurchase the minis, and if it weren’t for the pan project, this would have been binned.

MAC (Powderkiss) - my all time favourite liquid lipstick formula. I love the color, how it feels on the lips, the lasting power, the scent and the powderkiss effect. this is an HG product for me, and is my favourite, most wearable red. 

Revolution - this is one of the most pigmented glosses I have ever tried. The color is a cherry red, and it does leave a bit of a stain. It’s quite pretty on, but it doesn’t last long because it’s a gloss. This is being decluttered because if I’m going for a red, it’s extremely unlikely that I’d be reaching for something glossy. In the event that I do want something shiny in a red, I’d prefer to layer my Glossier Glassy High-Shine Lip Gloss Red on top of one of one of the reds im keeping

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@cianni, you may want to rethink doing reds more often - you look stunning in a red lippie. Gorgeous!

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