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Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge

Hey BIC beauties! 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; and

(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. The themes / prompts are guides and if you have a certain interpretation or approach you want to take with it, go for it! Not every product has to fit squarely within the theme; it can be just one item.



WEEK 28 (July 8 - 14) - The "If I Were To Curate My Ultimate Makeup Capsule" Makeup Capsule (aka The "These are My Favorite Products" Makeup Capsule) - We're over halfway through the year, BIC beauties. Have you discovered or rediscovered any favorite makeup items from the first half of the year? Show us what products would make up your ideal makeup capsule. I know I'm curious to see everyone's most-loved or "go to" products. 


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 6.24.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

WEEK 29 (July 15 - 21) - The Sticks and (Gem)Stones Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Colour: Summer Edition Makeup Capsule - Have some stick makeup in your stash that could use a little love? Time to bring 'em out include one or more stick product in a capsule (thanks @danielledanielle missjeanie). Stick makeup not your thing? All good; we're bringing back our previous Pops Of Colour theme (thank you @missjeanie), for a second option for this week's capsule - pick one or more products that add a summery pop of color to your look. Feeling adventurous - curate a capsule championing both themes.
WEEK 30 (July 22 - 28) - The BIC Inspired Summer Edition Makeup Capsule and/or The Pan It! Makeup Capsule - Okay, BIC Beauties, here we go - we have a new capsule theme as well as a well loved one - assemble a capsule of one or more beauties inspired or enabled by the fabulous members of our Sephora Beauty Insider Community? Or, put together a look with one or more items from your project pan. Or, meld the two prompts together for a capsule of both BIC inspired and pan it! products!
WEEK 31 (July 29 - August 4) - The New, Old or "Is It Time For This To Go?" Makeup Capsule - Did you pick up some new (or new-to-you) beauties this month that you want to play with (or keeping playing with)? Are there one or more tried-and-true products, or sleeping beauties in your collection that you want or need to put to use? Or, are there products in your stash that need to be put up on the chopping block (such an awesome theme, @cianni)? Here's your chance to curate a capsule with one or more products from one or any combination of these categories. 

Previous Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 7.1.2024]

1 - The First (of the Year) Makeup Capsule
2 - The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule
3 - The $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
7 - The Lunar New Year - Year of the Dragon Makeup Capsule and/or The "Things I Love" Makeup Capsule
8 - The "BIC Inspired" Makeup Capsule
9 - The Best of February 2024 Makeup Capsule and/or The "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
10 - The International Woman Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
11 - The "One Brand" or "All The Brands" Makeup Capsule 
12 - The "Springing Forward" Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Color Makeup Capsule 
13 -  The Fast & Furious / Quick & Easy Makeup Capsule and/or The March 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
14 - The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule
15 - The Makeup-Artist-Founded Brand Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
16 - The BIC Inspired (Summer Edition) Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
17 - The "Green" Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
18 - The  April 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule and/or The "More Play Time With My Sephora Savings Event Hauls" Makeup Capsule
19 - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
20 - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule and/or The "OMG, More Stuff From the Sephora Spring Savings" Makeup Capsule
21 - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule
22 - The  May 2024 "On Top", "On The Chopping Block" or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule
23 - The Love Is Love Makeup Capsule
24 - The Repurposed Makeup Capsule and/or The Multi-tasking Makeup Capsule
25 - The "Welcome, Summer!" Makeup Capsule and/or The "Good Stuff" Makeup Capsule
26 - The June 2024 "On Top", "On the Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule
27 - The Indie Brands Makeup Capsule and/or The Summer Vacation Makeup Capsule

FAQs: [Updated 4.28.2024]


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 channel), Makeup Bag Monday, where she rotated her makeup bag each week with new product launches and makeup already in her collection. Every Monday, she shared the products she selected for the upcoming week and provided 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 weekly recap (probably at the end of the week) 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.


What if I don't have enough products to fit the theme for a full face?

No need for your entire makeup capsule to fit the weekly theme(s). Just one will do. And, even if you don't have one that fits squarely within a theme, feel free to post your makeup capsule. We'd love to see what you're using and hear your feedback on the products as you put them to use. 

All are invited to join in this adventure, whenever and however is most effective for you. I'm excited to see what results from this experiment. 

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Week-In-Review - Week 21: The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule

I lost my post twice so this is my "third time's a charm" attempt and will be a much more abbreviated debrief of the hits and misses from this week.


Overall, a good week with my makeup choices - the standouts were the base products, the discontinued Makeup by Mario nude liner in the waterline and a few of the lip products. 

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❤️  Urban Decay Face Bond Self Setting Waterproof Foundation
❤️  Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
❤️  Gucci 24 Hour Full Coverage Luminous Matte Finish Foundation
❤️  Gisou Honey Infused Hydrating Lip Oil Strawberry Sorbet
❤️  Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oil Delight- included in a limited edition duo set from Holiday 2023
❤️  Rare Beauty Lip Liner Admired (exclusive to the Rare Beauty Everyday Rose Lip Oil & Lip Liner Duo (Holiday Limited Edition)
❤️  Makeup by Mario matte eyeliner in shade Nude (discontinued) for the lower waterline - there are similar products that work well - Smashbox and Make Up For Ever have some good liners that can be used for the waterline.

Saying "good-bye" to ... 

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🏡  Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Kind Words Matte Lipstick Humble # - I was surprised this ended up being a 'no' for me. The formula is nice but the color pulls more warm and more peachy than I expected; it didn't work well on me. It's going to be rehomed
🗑  Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Lip Soufflé Matte Cream Lipstick Courage # (gwp) - I wavered on what to do about this one. It goes on smoothly and gives a lovely blurring effect. The color though is one of those that can either be MLBB (my lips but better) on me or it can wash me out and give me that corpse-like look. This one was in between those effects, leaning more towards the latter.

In addition to the two lip products from the Week 21 capsule, I'm also letting go of these beauties - 

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🏡  SWEED Satin Kohl Eyeliner - Bright is too pink for me.

💝  Valentino Very Valentino 24 Hour Long Wear Liquid Foundation LIGR3 (promo gwp), CLINIQUE High Impact Mascara, Benefit Cosmetics Fan Fest Fanning & Volumizing Mascara Hyper Black and the PATRICK TA Major Brow Lamination Gel 0.17 oz/ 5 mL (Sephoria swag) are unopen and will be donated.

🗑  I really like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - it's a tried-and-true product but I've had this one for far too long - the rubber material of the cap has gone sticky ... very sticky. It's gross 😬 and I'm embarrassed it's gotten to this point. 

💝  The IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Full Coverage Color Correcting Foundation with SPF 50+ # and Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF25 with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide are examples of what can go wrong when I'm not mindful of what I have in my stash - these are unopen duplicates of products I already have - same shade and everything. They were not purchased as backups. They were purchased without my realizing I already have these products, in these shades. 🙄😫 Ugh. Lesson learned. These have been donated.
Declutter Dashboard & Emoji Key
Week-To-Date: 10
Month-To-Date: 16

🏡  = Re-home - Given to a friend, family member, or coworker.
🗑  = Declutter - Tossed.
💝  = Donate - Given to a local women's shelter or not-for-profit charitable organization. 


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@itsfi  Oh no that posting glitch is so frustrating!! Great job decluttering and rehoming items. It’s to bad you bought duplicates you must have been super interested in trying them out! 

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@ather, the first time it happened, it was ... sigh. 😔 But my own fault for not going about my usual SOP when it comes to putting up longer posts (e.g., copy the post before hitting "Post"). The second time, ugh 😫 I scolded myself for having let it happen ... again. Thankfully, it stuck with this third try. Momentary lapse; well, two lapses. Hahaha! I feel like I've only had 3 unplanned duplicates in recent years so that's a good thing - these 2 and a lip product. 


Fingers crossed 🤞 I can keep up with this decluttering streak. I know it ebbs and flows but if I can keep this up, along with my low buy and continue to shop my stash, I should have a more manageable stash. Well, for most categories at least. 😂🤣😂

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Ahhh good old SOPs!! @itsfi  Yay for a more manageable stash! I feel mine is getting very close! 

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@itsfi  sorry about the posting glitches, I hate when that happens! I'm glad you had quite a few loves this week, and you were able to declutter several products as well! Seems like a pretty successful week for you! I definitely can relate to losing track of what's in your stash and buying duplicates/more products when you already have a bunch of unopened ones in that particular category...🙈 I am trying to be better, but still working on figuring out a system of keeping track of what I have that actually works for me.

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Week 20 Recap: Sleeping Beauties aka Me Loving and Living my Met Gala Dream


I had a lot of fun with that week.  I  was loving Pat's IG, so I thought I would do some advant garde looks (and then go to work? 🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️) and I sort of did.  I focused on using maybe just 1-2 colors and Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Waterproof Micropencil Eyeliner (s).  This kind of unlocked PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership VII Eyeshadow Palette - Divine Rose Collection 10 x 0.047 oz./ 1.32 g for me by just focusing on a few colors.  I also really loved a look I did with Mothership V.




Finally got some use out of my tower via laying it with the dark star mascara.


Week 21:  I liked my selection a lot, and I did a really good Smoky eye midweek.  Then I had a reaction to i think the CT pencil.  Or the ND one.  I still don't know.  I'm thinking the CT more so because burgundy in my waterline from ND macro tech in burgundy did the same thing.  The remaining days were simple eye looks and kind of repetitive, which also made me realize that there's not a lot of color variations in rare beauty.  It's very pink, mauve and nudes.. not a bad thing when I'm going for that aesthetic, though.


I also worked in fragrance a la @cianni .  Was really enjoying Chloé Chloé Eau de Parfum 1 oz/ 30 mL with OUAI St. Barts Hair and Body Mist 3.3 oz / 97 ml that it made it into week 22



This is a mix of some faves and some lip purgatory items.






No regrets on getting this bag.  It's perfect for these challenges.


PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette – Sublime 

Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry Lip Stain - Wired Collection Gravity(Wired actually)

LAWLESS Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss Rosy Outlook 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Rouge Gel Lip Liner 17 molasses 

Nars blush in Luster, Savage and Behave.  I really love Luster.  I can use it to diffuse strong blushes and on its own.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter Reveal 

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 017 Nude (This works so well as an eyeshadow and eyeshadow base, perfect for an easy glam look)

Item Beauty Brow Pen 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Linework Paintbrush Fluid Liquid Eyeliner 0.034 oz / 1 ml 

PAT McGRATH LABS Dark Star Volumizing Mascara 0.43 fl oz / 13 mL 

Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet#

Nars Bronzer Casino

GXVE BY GWEN STEFANI Line It Up Clean 24-Hr Gel Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner Bathwater, seeing this on @Samtian reminded me of how pretty this is.  I hate how soft and crumbly it is, though.

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Waterproof Micropencil Eyelinerhave made it back in (Amethyst, Emerald and Opal)

MUFE lip, I forgot the name and shade.

Uoma Beauty's Boss Glosses

PAT McGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss Flesh 4 

UD primer in Caffeine

Sephora Microsmooth Foundation 

OUAI St. Barts Hair and Body Mist 3.3 oz / 97 ml 

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Blurring Under Eye Powder Yellow 

ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr On 'Til Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray 3.4 oz/ 143 mL (finally remembered to include it)

Ami Colé Skin Melt Talc-Free Loose Setting Powder Deep / Medium 


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@danielledanielle  Great title!! Love it! 😍 Awesome choices! 

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I love your title for your capsule this week 🦋 and the look you shared with us. @danielledanielle  That is *stunning* eyeshadow 🤩 and your placement of products is so fun. Your inspiring me right now! 

I hope your reaction to whichever liner was non severe. Eye stuff is or can be so intense. 😦

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@CynthieLu, thanks.  It's more of an annoyance.  I pretty much spend the rest of the day squinting and blinking, then eye wash or eye drops to try to relieve it, but then my eye decides to flush it out in its own *ahem* gross manner.  It's a hindrance if I had something in mind for an eye look, or you know, don't want to squint and look like a pirate half of the day.

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@danielledanielle Ooh pretty look! I do love that GXVE even though it's soft haha. 

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@danielledanielle  wow, I love that look you did, so glamorous! 😍 And I have definitely worn some kinda out-there makeup looks to work, mostly because I mostly tend to do my makeup on work days rather than days off. IDK, my workplaces seem pretty chill, so I don't think anyone really minds lol.

I love the idea to work in fragrance! I might have to try doing that in future. And I love your makeup bag - that is a serious bag, it means business! 😂

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@caitbird, I usually don't go light for work.  No one said anything, but in my head, I was like...this is a bit intense 😅

I always appreciate chill workplaces, though.

And yeah, definitely work in fragrance, it's a nice little pick me up IMO and also a way for me to use up some testers.

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Week 21 - The My Best Self Makeup Capsule: The Rare Beauty Edit

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Seeing @danielledanielle capsule choices for the week made me want to put together a Rare Beauty focused capsule. I have more RB products than this - a couple more liquid blushes, a concealer, powder brush and a lot more lip products, but these made up my options yesterday and today and while on the smaller side, have most of what I need. I don't have a mascara from the brand, so I'll use one of the tubes I already have open, and, f I need it, I'll reach for another concealer if I can't find my RB one and will use one of my other primers and setting sprays (I know I gave away a couple of the deluxe sizes of the primer that I had and I have a feeling I did the same with the setting spray too - both were fine, I just have other similar products I like more).


🌷 Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer 

☀️ Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks - a popular product from this year's Makeup Madness Challenge. My first time using it.

🌿Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight 

🌸Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Mini Soft Pinch Liquid Blush Hope 

💋Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Nice & Neutral Lip Gloss and Liner Duo - mine is the Everyday Rose duo but I can't seem to find the set to tag

🌱Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Kind Words Matte Lipstick Humble (from the Sephora Favorites Perfect Pout Lip Kit 

💄Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Lip Soufflé Matte Cream Lipstick Courage (promo gwp)

💗and, in the background Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Find Comfort Stop & Soothe Aromatherapy Pen 0.16 oz / 5 mL - a nice pick me up; I like keeping one in my purse. This is my third tube (one I ended up gifting) and I just received a notification that my auto-replenishment of it has shipped.


I'm aiming to do some late spring cleaning this weekend and I suspect my Rare Beauty bags will pop up during that time. Never when I'm looking for them though! Hahaha! 

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@itsfi  Wow! I’m impressed with your RB collection! I love seeing a full face with just one brand! I hope you find your bag! I hate when I’m looking for something I can never find it! 

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@ather, going through this challenge, I'm finding that I have products from a few brands from which I can put togeher a full face. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. 😬 

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@itsfi  I think that it’s a good thing! You must enjoy the brands!! 

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@itsfi  your and @danielledanielle  capsules are reminding me that I really need to try more Rare Beauty products, because I haven't tried that many yet but I really like the ones I've tried so far. I am really intrigued by the aromatherapy pen - somehow it seems to have passed under my radar whenever it was released, but it sounds really nice. Will have to try it one of these days. Lovely photo as always, love the flowers! And I hear you on the "late spring cleaning" lol, I definitely need to do some of that myself! 😅

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@caitbird, her Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Find Comfort Stop & Soothe Aromatherapy Pen 0.16 oz / 5 mL is probably my most favorite product from the brand, though I have not yet picked up that beautiful bag in @danielledanielle's capsule (a matter of when, not if). It looked great when promo photos first came out but it looks ever better seeing how much danielledanielle is able to fit in it - and her thumbs up for it doesn't hurt at all! 😍 

Thank you; I was playing with different lighting for the photo; it was interesting to see the different varietals of ranunculus and what they look like when they blossom. This particular one was fun to take photos with - in some lighting and angles, the flower can look, for lack of a better word, photoshopped. 


Except for decluttering with the weekly capsules, I have been going through phases with my decluttering - some times I'm completely onboard and just practical when it comes to what gets tossed and other times, I just stare at whatever bin is up for being sorted through and I can't bring myself to thinking about letting things go. 🤣 Doing it weekly with the capsules has helped with that latter bit. When I have the time and the mood strikes (usually influenced by a makeup capsule declutter), I'll spend an extra 10-15 minutes going through my stash to do a more extensive declutter. It's all a work in progress.

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@itsfi  *adds aromatherapy pen to loves list* 😂 not that I need any more items added to my to-try list, but it does sound really nice...

I feel like I am the same way with decluttering (and cleaning in general) - sometimes I am really focused and practical, and other times I am completely *not* focused or practical 😅 but every little bit decluttered helps, even if it's very much a work in progress!

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Amazing! @itsfi You have a pretty rounded assortment of RB, and a lovely photo of it all. 💕 I'm sorry you couldn't find everything you wanted to pull together this weekend. Isn't that way thou? Once your not looking is when things seem to pop up. 

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@CynthieLu, thank you. This set of Rare Beauty products ended up working out very well for me. 😀 Yes, that is always the way; I'm sure I'll end up finding my other RB products in the next few days. 

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