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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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@ather, there must just be a lot of energy around all of it, especially with a local team in the playoffs. Awwww, your little guy always makes me smile! 😊

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That's the battle I'm most curious to see the results of to @itsfi @ather . It could totally be a broadcast in beauty journalism. Who will prevail! Aaahhh the suspense! 😃

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@CynthieLu  I agree. I’m at the end of my seat biting my nails! @itsfi 

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@ather, oh my goodness, no biting your nails. We working on growing them out!!! 🤣 I have a long-ish day today but if I'm not too tired when I get home from work, I'll post results of the the battle of the skin tints. If not tonight, then over the weekend. 

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@itsfi  Yes! Still working on growing them out!!! And not real nail biting more pretend biting!! My nails are getting longer! And stronger! 

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I didn’t think you were really biting them, @ather. Yaaay to stronger and longer nails; you’ve worked hard for them. 👊🏼 

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Whew @itsfi  I don’t want to disappoint you and think I was biting them!! 🤣

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lol, soon enough @CynthieLu @ather; results from this battle will be decided soon enough. My battle wear test ends tomorrow. I will say though that I'm not sure whether any of the skin tints I have will top Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation. I just shared my current top 5 favorite foundations with another BIC'er and there are a couple of them, including the Tower 28 in the skin tint category, that I think will be tough (if not impossible) to beat as a favorite. Which makes me wonder how many skin tints makes sense for me to have in my ultimate capsule? For the skin tint category, I'm definitely open to more than 1. 😂🤣😂

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@itsfi  what a fun idea - an elimination round capsule! 😂 I haven't finalized this week's capsule yet, but I do have a list of products to possibly declutter as well as my favorites of the month, so I will probably do some combination of the two. I will be interested to see which of your products comes out on top, and which ones end up getting chopped!

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Thanks so much @caitbird! It's hard to let go of products I have, whether because I don't want to feel like I'm wasting something or because I just don't want to let go. I've been using these capsules to come up with creative ways to work through my stash that help my left brain and right brain be on board with moving something out of my stash! All while discovering (or rediscovering) the things I do have that I really love! 

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This is sooo interesting @itsfi I hope your decisions are as painless as possible when it's comes to cast your votes for elimination or when it's time to sink that ship. 🌊  I am so bad at doing that, your decluttering thou is progressing amazingly this year!

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@CynthieLu, thank you. We all have good and bad days when it comes to decluttering. I don't know if consistency is the key but I'm certainly working towards that, in fun & interesting ways. This capsule challenge is as much about finding favorites as it is about passing along products that for whatever reason just aren't a good fit for me. 

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Late post for Week 21 - The "My Best Self" Capsule


I had originally planned to do a capsule of some of my favorite products for this week - a sort of 🐐 capsule, if you will (I still might end up doing that at some point). But lately I've been wanting to figure out a quicker and easier version of my makeup routine, and after talking to @itsfi  about it I was inspired to go in a different direction with this week's capsule. I'm calling this my minimalist makeup capsule - it's not exactly no-makeup makeup with the red lip balm - and I am happy to say it only took me about 10 minutes at most, from start to finish, which is much quicker than the more elaborate makeup looks I tend to do. I may still tweak this routine/products and experiment with different variations, but for now I'm happy with it.

Products used:

Milani Supercharged Dewy Skin Primer

Glossier Futuredew Facial Oil-Serum Hybrid 1 oz / 30 mL 

Natasha Denona Hy-Glam Brightening & Hydrating Medium to Full Coverage Crease Proof Serum Concealer ... 

Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops - Bubbly

MILK MAKEUP KUSH Fiber Eyebrow Gel Dub 

Glossier Lash Slick Lift and Lengthening Mascara Black 

Glossier Strawberry Balm Dotcom Lip Balm and Skin Salve Strawberry 

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray Standard Size - 4 oz/ 118 mL 

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@caitbird  This is a great you but a little extra! Great choices for this capsule!

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@ather  thank you so much! 😊

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Getting ready in 10 minutes? 🎉 That's so fast! @caitbird and the look dosen't look rushed, just effortlessly beautiful. ❤️ This is so well done! 

I like the thought you put into this capsule and how well everything you picked works for you. I think tweaking and changing it up as you need just makes sense. I feel similarly when I do capsules, I give myself leeway to be flexible and modify as I go.

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@CynthieLu  thank you so much! I was pretty pleased with myself for cutting down my routine to something so quick, that was kind of my goal with this capsule. It's fun to sometimes go all out and do a more involved makeup look when I have the time, but I wanted an option that was quicker and easier too. I will definitely be playing around with this look & capsule - trying different variations, swapping in different products, etc.

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Love that first photo of all you capsule products lined up @caitbird. And, the second photo? Gorgeous! That lip color looks sensational on you! Whatever you are doing for your skincare, you keep that up! 


That's awesome that you put this look together in 10 minutes or less. 🙌 Now that you have a baseline and products for a minimalist look that you are happy with, it'll be so much fun to experiment with different products / combination of products to see what different looks and variations you can come up with - some just as minimalist and others more advanced. Have fun! 😊

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@itsfi  thanks so much, you are so kind! 😊 I really had fun with this capsule, having a quicker routine makes getting ready a lot easier and I don't have to feel so rushed if I have to leave for work afterward. I will definitely be experimenting with variations of this more minimalist look!

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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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