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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 think we all have these internal tennis matches, that's well said @itsfi. I have a hard time decluttering, and I'm sure this happens to others. But it's like when you finally let something go, but then a situation arises not too soon after where the it would have come in handy. And you feel this big internal sigh. That all being said, I'm trying for more mindful purchases where I hopefully don't end up with too many things I'll struggle to finish. A total work in progress thou. 🙈

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@itsfi You did an awesom job decluttering this week. Thanks for the tag and sharing your feedback on the IT Cosmetics.

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Thank you @Mellmars1185! I'm trying to be hardcore about decluttering but it doesn't always work. Let's be honest, it rare works, so the moments when I'm committed (or clearly, mostly committed based on my almost bringing back the Iconic setting spray into the stash - oops!), I try to stick with it - READ: try to get the thing out of the house stat so there's no temptation to hang onto it and hoard it longer. 😂 I'm thinking this gives me some cushion for the weeks/months when I legit don't have anything from a capsule that should be decluttered.

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This is the least “capsule”-y capsule for me, but I went through my entire collection in search of products I totally forgot I owned. I figured those would be great contenders for the chopping block, seeing as I haven’t touched them/thought about them in who knows how long! I was able to pull together a product for each category (and way too many for lips). Forgot to add that I had a teeny sample of the GUERLAIN Lingerie De Peau Natural Foundation SPF 20 that I’ll use if the opportunity to wear foundation comes up.


in line with the theme of things I forgot I had, my fragrance of the week is PHLUR Missing Person Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL 😂




face - Kylie Cosmetics Blush (I use this to set my undereyes because the shade is not at all a blush for me), The Ordinary Photographic Primer, bareMinerals Mineral Veil Talc Free Setting Powder Mineral Veil , Jaclyn Cosmetics Luminous Loose Powder Blush - Lover Boy, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter - 7daywknd/poolside, Smashbox x Vlada Petal Metal Highlight - Rosemantic (used as a blush), Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter Citrine Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors , REFY Gloss Highlighter Topaz 

Eyes - Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette, KVD Beauty Dazzle Vegan Long-Wear Eyeshadow Stick, Flower Beauty eyeliner- Emerald, Bobbi Brown eyeliner pot, Revolution Transparent Soap Brow

lips - Bite Beauty Liner 030, MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil Whirl , Anastasia Beverly Hills Long-Lasting Velvety-Matte Lip Liner Mocha , NYX Lipliner in Cappucino, Revolution x Soph X lipliner, Bite Beauty Crayon in Whisky, Bite Beauty Shimmer Crayon in Papaya, Jean Luc Cosmetics liquid lip in Tease Me, IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Collagen-Infused Lipstick , NYX XXL Lingerie liquid lipstick in Candela Babe, Physicians Formula Diamond Plumper Gloss, Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry Lip Stain - Wired Collection Gravity (not this shade), NARS Afterglow Lip Shine Gloss Aragon , NARS Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint Orgasm (Risky Business shade)

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I'm loving the look of the beauties in your capsule @cianni. So many pretty colors with a soft glow / sheen to them. Lots of great looks waiting to be curated with this capsule. Interested in hearing your thoughts on the Guerlain if you have a foundation day.

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@cianni It looks like you chose a lot of beautiful items this week. The Rose blush/highlighter is beautiful. What brand is it?

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@Mellmars1185 thank you!! So many forgotten beauties haha. The highlight/blush is Smashbox! I believe this was the Petal Metal collection in collaboration with Vlada. It’s definitely older than I’d like to admit, and I originally purchased it because of the packaging, but now that I’m in my blush era it makes sense to pull it out haha

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It'll be exciting too see the outcomes for everything you've put together here @cianni I can't wait to hear what makes the cut. 😄

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@CynthieLu I told myself I’d be ruthless with this one, but it’s a little harder once trying everything again haha

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Oooh it is so tough but you can do it @cianni 💞

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Soo I have been away on a work trip, and I didn't feel like I could participate with everything capsule related lately because... I brought much more than a capsule with me. 😅

But I did pack mostly favorites and my regular go to's.

So I'm entering my "Going Away Capsule" which is just my favorites from my collection. They have all made thier appearances in my capsules this year.




Not Pictured:

A large bag of my foils. I bring them when I travel to give to colleagues, incase they maybe left something they needed at home. You know I have it in a foil most likely.

And my hair care. Which was already laid out around the bath tub. I just didn't think to photograph it.


I feel like everything shown here I've mentioned before,

I won't list everything, but I'm sure you spy some familiar items. 😉



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@CynthieLu, hope your work travels went well. Oh, look at the pretty palettes! 😍 And all those pretty TF lipsticks lined up!

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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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