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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 feel like with no / low buys it can be so dependent on what is released as well. It ebbs and flows, right @Mellmars1185. Some days, weeks, months we're really good and others, we slip up. Just have to regroup and try again. I'm hitting pause for the sale but will try to be good about not overdoing it. Then, it's low / low(er) buy through the summer. I've been pretty good the last couple of years with not picking up too many things during the summer so I'm hoping I can keep up with that trend. Foundtions, lipsticks and skincare have traditionally been hard ones for me to pass up, but the last few years it's been made clear to me that my skin does well with a consistent, "less is more" routine, especially in the warmer seasons so I think I will be better at not buying a lot of skincare and using what I have. Foundations and lipsticks ... well, I think I may need to line up what I have as a reminder that I don't need more. 🤣

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great job @itsfi ! 

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@makeitup305, thank you! Lets see if I can keep this up!

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Great job decluttering! @itsfi 

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Thank you @sister13! It feels good to know they'll be going somewhere where they'll be put to use and loved.

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@itsfi I'm seriously in awe at how well you've been doing to declutter!  And the fact that so many items have found new love with a new friend... even better!

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Awww, thank you @missjeanie! I'm trying to think outside the box to find new homes for a lot of the extra that I have as well as the things that don't work for me or that I know won't work for me. Hoping I can keep it up through the end of the year or earlier if I'm able to pare down my stash!

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Auh-mazing declutters this month! @itsfi I love how committed you are too decluttering your stash and rehoming products that missed the mark for you. 🩵🎁 It's so respectable and kinder for the environment than just ending up in the trash.  15 is a huge number of re-homes! 🎉🎉

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@CynthieLu, thank you. I'm really trying to make a good effort of using what I have and not have to completely toss everything if I don't have to - I know that I will have to, but just trying to maximize ways to donate or gift products that don't work for me or that I won't end up using. 

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It's hard to find the right someone sometimes @itsfi, I share a lot with my niece and sisters, but it's mostly samples. My collection really isn't the biggest. 😅 

And I totally am on board with trying to use what we have. These challenges work out great for that. 😉 There's alot of fun rotating in new things and creating new combos and finding new ways to enjoy what we have. 


My big moto this year is have fun and "don't save the good stuff, use the good stuff." Another BIC'r mentioned that and it rang so true. I'm using things I had been saving for special occasions etc.. everyday is a gift 🎁


And use up what I have, move through my products and don't open too many at a time 😉.. and not worry about getting back ups. I find it I get a back up, I don't feel I have the space to try new things. 

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Monthly Capsule Roundup! 


These are some of the main products I was working on this month, though not all. I didn't include eyeshadow or most lippies since I switch those daily, usually. Counterclockwise from left to right:

  • All the foundations and concealers work really well for me. I love both of the foundations and would definitely consider repurchasing if I were to run out. I also really l like the Saie concealer. The Kulfi concealer is good/ok but not a favorite. Both of the Nars pot concealers are good, as well. Idk if it would be an immediate repurchase for either but I will keep using them. 
  • The TF blush and highlighter duos are so good. I wish they had these in the permanent line. Once again, the Saie blush is just ok for me, I don't understand the hype. The CT blush wand is pretty but I wouldn't repurchase just because of the format. I find myself not reaching for it for that reason. The I'm Meme contour stick is a mixed bag- I really like the contour side but the highlighter is a little too sparkly. I'll keep it for now just for the ease of use of that contour stick.
  • All 3 of the bronzers/contour palettes are very nice and awesome quality. The shade of the TF is just not my favorite and the other two are a little old but still work well. I think I'm ready to let all 3 go or at least set aside for a while to focus on other products. 
  • The PMG lippie is super pretty when first applied but I don't like that it just leaves glitter all over my lips when it wears off. I'll keep it but won't repurchase. 
  • I've been using more powder to set my makeup (very unlike me) and I've been loving the beautyblender puff to set my face. I bought the Real Techniques dupe but it's a little stiff. It works well but I'm hoping a few washes will soften it up. The new Rephr brushes are good but not a love except for the foundation brush. I prefer some of their other brushes for concealer and cream shadow. The shadow brush seems a little cheap.
  • I love both of these eyebrow products. I used up by Roen (my all-time favorite) this month but the Espoir one comes close. I wish I had bought the micropoint one instead of the slanted but I still like it. The Ulta brow gel works well for me as well. It doesn't look white on my eyebrows and keeps them up. Not pictured- the Roen pencil I finished, the Espoir brow mascara that was too light in color and too wet so it got everywhere and was immediately decluttered, the TooFaced brow wig, which is pretty good as a tinted fiber brow gel, and the Benefit 24-hour brow setter, which has been a favorite for years.
  • I'm still using the Hourglass mascara. It does flake a little by the end of the day but I can deal. I probably wouldn't repurchase for that reason but good enough to use up. Not picture- the Benefit Fanfest, which smudged and got decluttered. 


Looking forward to focusing on a bunch of new products in April!

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Omg, I love that the PMG leaves glitter all over! I also love that BB puff as a notorious non-powdered/setter, such an odd thing that I think I bought in the checkout line at Anthropologie of all places. 💗💗 @makeitup305 

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@sister13 the BB is such a great product. I like the non-velour side for retouching, as well. I picked up 2 more during the Ulta sale, when they brought them back one last day. I personally don't love the leftover glitter of the PMG but maybe I need to try topping it off with a gloss. I bet that would look lovely. 

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@makeitup305 Love the reviews!  I picked up the Kulfi concealer after you likened it to the Natasha Denona HyGlam.  I'm enjoying testing it out, but I'm still thinking I prefer the ND, for a reason I can't pinpoint.  

Is the HG palette the cream trio? 

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@missjeanie I think I like the ND a little more as well. I think because it's so hydrating it looks more brightening and plumping, almost. The Kulfi is more of a natural finish. It's the Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio . I've had it for years. I still really like it but I'm kind of over it for now. So many great cream formulas have come out since this did that I find myself reaching for other products more. Idk why HG never did more shades of this or revamped it.

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@makeitup305 I thought it was the HG Cream Trio.  I've seen a few people use it here and there and they were always complimentary but it never got much love.  I suspect because like you say... just the one colour way.  And yes... so many wonderful creams these days.  I love it!  Do you have a current favourite formula for cream blush?

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Thank you for this great round @makeitup305 😀 I love seeing what everyone is using. I want to know a bit more on your HG palette. Is that a face palette?

I'm excited to see what products you swap in for April. 

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@CynthieLu it's the Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio . It came out years ago. I like it but I have other stuff I'm more excited to use these days. I swapped in a bunch of other cream products- Nudestix blushes, some Kevin Aucoin cream sticks I picked up over the holidays, and a Tarte cream bronzer. I also grabbed some other concealers and foundations. I tend to set aside products I want to incorporate more and then pick through my collection to supplement what I got. I'm also working through my lipstick purgatory box from my declutter from this month. I'm keepig an Excel sheet of all the eyeshadow palettes I'm using this year so those get rotated almost daily.

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Ohhhh, those Tom Ford blush & highlighter duos were great @makeitup305

I love the idea of products like the I’m Meme highlighter and contour duo stick but my experience with them, regardless of brand, is that one is great and the other off. Was there a brand that allowed you to mix and match? I feel like there was a while back, but at the same time, that could just be wishful thinking on my part! 

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@itsfi Idk maybe? I know Dibs beauty has one with a bronzer and a blush one either side with a ton of shades, but I haven't tried it. It looks great, though! The problem with highlighter is that it has a pearl not really a shimmer so when it starts to fade it's just specks of glitter. Not too noticeable unless you look for it but not idea.

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PSA - Hey BIC! 


Next week (April 1 - 7), we have The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule but I realized we've gone through a lot of capsules over the last 3 months, so I've included a quick summary of our previous 13+ capsule themes / prompts in the spoiler below, as well as a link to the below list in the original post. 


Past Makeup Capsule Collection Challenge Themes:

1 - The First (of the Year) Makeup Capsule
2 - The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule
3The $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
7The Lunar New Year - Year of the Dragon Makeup Capsule and/or The "Things I Love" Makeup Capsule 
8The "BIC Inspired" Makeup Capsule
9The Best of February 2024 Makeup Capsule and/or The "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - this idea for working through products "on the chopping block" 🔪 has been fantastic - thank you so much @cianni 💛
10The International Woman Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
11 - The "One Brand" or "All The Brands" Makeup Capsule - this was so much fun (and sobering) to see how which brand(s) I had in my collection that I could use to put together a full face; a fabulous theme @Mellmars1185 
12 - The "Springing Forward" Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Colour Makeup Capsule - How much fun was it add some pop of color to our looks this week?! This one was all thanks to @missjeanie 
13 -  The Fast & Furious / Quick & Easy Makeup Capsule and/or The March 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - I love a look that is quick and easy to put together and this was a super fun way to go about it, and eye opening too. Loved being able to have a collab across different threads - @sister13 @danielle If this is your capsule choice to repeat, do be sure to cross-post to Re: Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023 and Sephora Six - Fast & Furious Edition 

It'll be fun to see what theme everyone chooses to re-do. Or, perhaps, you'll mix-and-match a couple or more themes for your makeup capsule this week?

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