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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 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!


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 7.16.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

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. 

WEEK 32 (August 5 - 11) - The Take 2 / Do Over Makeup Capsule and/or The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule - Was there a makeup capsule theme you missed out on taking part in? Or, perhaps one you want to do over, either because you had a lot of fun with it or you wanted to try a different approach to it? Here's your chance. Or, is there a product or products that's been sleeping in your stash or that you haven't had a chance to get to? Grab that sleeping beauty or beauties and incorporate it in your capsule.
WEEK 33 (August 12 - 18) - The Day-to-Night (or Date Night): Summer Edition Makeup Capsule and/or The "Outside My Comfort Zone" Makeup Capsule - Summer will be coming to an end soon. Did you have a go-to day-to-night (or Date Night) look this summer? Give us a sneak peak into that capsule. Or, are you feeling adventurous? Shop your stash for those beauties that you don't naturally gravitate towards and create a makeup capsule with one or more products that are outside your usual go-to look or comfort zone. (Sneak Peek: I'm going with the outside my comfort zone theme, with false lashes and red lips - eek! 😱)
WEEK 34 (August 19 - 25) - The Samples Makeup Capsule and/or The Newness Makeup Capsule - Have one (or 10? 😂) makeup samples you've been meaning to try out? Here's your chance! Curate a capsule with one or more sample-sized (foils, deluxe samples, promo gwp's, etc.) makeup products. If you're using foils, think about sharing your thoughts on the Foil Challenge thread. Or, did you pick up some fun new beauties that you've been wanting to play with? Put together a makeup look with one or more of the new additions to your makeup collection.
WEEK 35 (August 26 - September 1) - The August 2024 Throw Down!, Throwback, and/or Throw Out! Makeup Capsule - In a nod to @danielledanielle's always amazing alliteration acumen 😉, @cianni's brilliant idea for a chopping block capsule, @missjeanie's throwback suggestion, and @ather's inspired battle theme, here are your choices for capsule prompts for the last week of August 2024 - 
*  Throw Down! Are there a couple (or more) similar products that you want to pit against each other? Toss 'em in with your choice of makeup this week to duke it out. 🥊

Throwback - okay, this can be taken a few ways and it's all up to what you're up for this week. "Throwback" can mean (A) taking your capsule look (in whole or part) to days gone by - love the bright bold makeup of the 80s? Go for it. 90s brown lip liner your thing? Add it to your capsule. Blue eyeshadow and frosty lips from the aughts (2000s) more your speed? You do you. Or, maybe "throwback" for you means (B) going back to a previous theme from this challenge, whether all the way back to January or just last week. Here's another chance for a Take 2 / Do Over capsule.

Throw Out! - Is there a product or two or three or ... that you're on the fence about. Put 'em on the chopping block this week to see whether their performance saves them from elimination or shows them the door. 

Previous Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 7.22.2024]

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
28 - The "If I Were To Curate My Ultimate Makeup Capsule" Makeup Capsule (aka The "These are My Favorite Products" Makeup Capsule) 
29 - The Sticks and (Gem)Stones Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Colour: Summer Edition 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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Love it @itsfi , sounds like a wonderfully simple summer look!

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Thanks @missjeanie. I love having this all ready, whether actually all ready in a makeup bag like here or even just the pic so I know what the quick & easy makeup items look like - less thinking about what to put on my face = more time in the morning = greater likelihood I can enjoy my morning coffee and not have to just take it with me for my commute. That's not to say that there wouldn't also be a cup for my commute, maybe my second though. Ha!

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@itsfi Oh I completely agree... rushing around in the morning looking for things is a hard no.  Coffee is a much better use of time!

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Ha! So true @missjeanie! For my larger capsules, it’s nice too to have options that have been preselected as well. 👍🏼 Less guesswork that early in the morning helps. 

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You too! @itsfi Enjoy your weekend! Hopefully it's sunny and less breezy for you tomorrow as well. 😀🩷

You've got it all fit in again, that is satisfying to see. A simple capsule full of winners for the weekend sounds like it will be a treat. 

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@CynthieLu, thank you. Today was great; the sun stayed out the entire time, not a grey cloud in the sky; and just the right amount of breeze to keep it from being too hot or stale. Having a simpler capsule has been a nice back up plan for those days when time isn't on my side when it comes to getting ready and out the door! 

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I think that sounds beautiful 🤩 @itsfi I love a sunny day and cool breeze too keep it from feeling to hot. 💙

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Okay, maybe not everywhere! But on this Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge, yes!! Capsule themes through the month of July have been included in the original post. You'll see that the prompt for the last week of July is slightly different than what we've had for previous months. We'll see how this one works out through ... maybe, September?! 

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@itsfi Loving the new themes!  I'm finally in a bit of a summer mode here so I'm happy to have some themes along those lines!  Also super excited for sticks and stones week!  I'm pretty sure... there may only be one category I don't have a stick for!  

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Hahahaha @missjeanie! As I've been sorting through my stash this week (some for next week's capsule, some for taking stock of what I have and what I should use or declutter), I've been pulling out the sticks I come across and placing them in a makeup bag and, ummmm.... "fits" is already looking like it's gonna be challenging 😬 I'm so with you on the sticks for most, if not all, categories. Looks like I'm going to have to get creative and clever with my wording or thought process to get a stick into every category. Challenge accepted though. 😉

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@itsfi @itsfi At some point my 'fits' are just gonna be the Sephoria tote bags.  I'm very accepting of this today. lol

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Hahaha @missjeanie! Or the suitcase that will hold all the tote bags. @danielledanielle 


I am pretty sure that once I open up my makeup bag for this coming week, that’ll be it. I don’t think I’ll be able to fit everything in again, let alone zip it shut again. 😆 

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@itsfi Yaaas! STICK CHALLENGE!


Also ....

"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) "


Basically, the most agonizing of all challenges... choosing your fave child 🚸 🫣


Thank you for the updates, they all look fun!

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@danielledanielle, I have a feeling I'm going to discover that I have more makeup sticks than I thought I did; and, it's not like I thought I would only have a small few. 🙄 ruh-roh. 


Yeah, Week 28! Tryin' to get us in the mindset about thinking what an ultimate makeup capsule collection might look like for us. I already know mine will be more on the "extra" side. 🤣 Even if I'm being good about decluttering and keeping to products that are Top Shelf material, there could will still be a lot. 

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@itsfi  My eye immediately went to that week, and I got super hyped.  Too hyped.  There will likely be too many options 🤷🏽‍♀️😔 and some questionable fits..

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Oh my goodness, the fits!! Yes, @danielledanielle. I actually started thinking about where my box of larger makeup bags was moved to. 🤔 I had a sizeable one from Sephora Collection back in the day and also some good sized ones from Sephora x Brother Vellies collab a few years back. As a backup, I do have a few rather cavernous makeup bags from Target. It's probably too much to have one makeup bag for each category of product, huh? 🤣

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Okay... so I had most of this ready for Monday and just needed to tweak it a bit tonight.  I found this one to be an interesting prompt.  I'm super curious to see how others make use of products in non-traditional ways.  I'm finding that I want to use up all my products even if they don't work for me in the usual sense, so I'm hoping to find inspiration!


Base Products
-The Too Face Dew You foundation is pulling double duty as a capsule product as well as project pan item.  This isn't a faovourite foundation, but since January when I put it in my project pan... I like it a whole lot more than I used to! 
-The Clarins UV 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection 1.7 oz/ 50 mL is a product I like to use as both an SPF and as a foundation.  I haven't been using it as much lately, but only because I have so many things open.  I'd like to start to use it a bit more so that the SPF stays in date. 
-The Peach Blur powder is one that never worked great for me as a powder, but I have used it as something to set my eye primer.  I suspect it'll be mostly used this way this week, but I'm also going to try to use it a bit as a powder and see if I've changed my mind.
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Jumbo 8.11 oz / 240 mL  I have two of these unopened.  Time to get one on the go and getting used.  I used to use this setting spray regularly, but drifted off and found others I prefer lately.  I'm intending to use this as both a setting spray and as a primer spray. 
-Becca Under Eye Brightener.  This is also now the Smashbox Smashbox X Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector Fair/Light so it's living a double life already.
- ND concealer was just one I grabbed when looking for something with good coverage to help out the Clarins SPF in some spots. 


-The Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix - Multi-Use Eye, Cheek & Lip Waterproof Liquid Pigment Valentine was a lovely gift from @TeamBIC and I loved how it looked as a blush!  I'll likely only use it as a blush this week... but theres a chance it could pop up as a lip product as well. 
-The Gucci Transfer-Proof Matte Liquid Lipstick 607 Vanessa Violet is a liquid lip that I actually don't mind, and I'm not a lover of liquid lips.  That said, I've used liquid lips as blush a few times this year with success and I think this might be a fab shade if it works!
-The MAC Bronzer is one I was trying to fully pan last year.  I finally hit pan but needed a break.  I used it as both a bronzer and a shadow and that's what I'm going to use it for this week. 


- Nars Pro Prime -- no double duty here... it's good enough on it's own.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Brow Wiz® Ultra-Slim Precision Brow Pencil is a project pan item for me, so it'll get used in both a capsule and a project pan thread.
- Patrick Ta She's Passionate Blush is a nice peachy blush that will be used as a shadow, and possibly to set a liquid blush depending on how those go. 
-  Nars Impassioned blush is a lovely VERY light blush, that I'm thinking will work nicely as a shadow along side the Mac Bronzer and the PT blush.
- Melt Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick Circuit is a liquid lip that I enjoy when I wear it, but I just don't feel the urge to wear a blue lip that often.  I'm going to try it out as a liquid liner this week. 
- Chanel sample mascara will be used as mascara.  And may be smudged into the lash line to act as a liner as well.


Not a lot of double duty or side hustle's going on here. 
-Lawless gloss, just isn't used much.
-Mac Liner in Cedar is one that I can easily wear with a lot of different lip glosses and have it work out well.
-Glossier Berry Balm dot com.  Curious to see if this is something I may toss into my panning box at some point. 
- Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick in Be Mine is one of those glossy balm situations that hasn't had love in a long time. 


Lol... the fit as @danielledanielle would say.  I didn't have a make up bag handy when I was choosing this, but grabbed a bag from my neices room.  I think at one point it housed a bath time tea party. It's now doing double duty as a make up bag... and honestly... Love this for some travel situations coming up!

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That's a cute bag you put everything in @missjeanie 💝 I love that it fits the theme, it's been repurposed and will continue to be. 😀

I haven't tried much from Clairns but I have a body sunscreen spray from them I really like, how do you like the one your using this week? 


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@CynthieLu I've repurchased this SPF probably 5 or 6 times now.  I find it works for me great as a foundation/skin tint in the summer.  The light shade is a touch too dark to pull off if I haven't been self tanning my body. I still wear an SPF under this so that I'm using enough product to protect myself, but this one plays well with everything else I use.   

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@missjeanie, I see a few products in your capsule that I really enjoy, and some on my list to try. 😍 I like DM Valentine as a lip product - I thought the color would be too vibrant for me but it works well on both lips and cheeks. 👍 Oh, the Too Faced Peach Blur, forgot about that one. Hmmm... gives me the idea of possibly doing a blurring powder duel or battle - probably battle, I have a feeling that I have more than 2 of these blurring powder types.

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@itsfi I'm trying to make sure to include some of the items in my stash that have been in there for waaaaayyyyy too long! Peach Blur this week!

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