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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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@blackkitty2014 Total bummer about the shadows drying out.  I should check some of my TF cream shadows.  I don't think I've used them in a loooooong time.  On the other hand, at least you now know that they're done and they aren't taking up space anymore. 

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Yes it’s true @missjeanie . This is also good to remind me not to get too many makeup because they will eventually go bad before I can use them all. I actually need to join these challenges to clean thing out. I tend to delay going thru and toss out old or unused makeup 

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@blackkitty2014 I'm horrible for that too.  I'm trying to use the challenges to force me to test out some of my older products that I've left to sit for ... way too long.  Most still seem okay so far, but I need to figure out a way to let some go just to control my stash. 

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RECAP - Week 24 The Multi-tasking Makeup Capsule: Faves & Fails Edition


There were no declutters or fails with this week's capsules, so we're holding at 6 declutters for the month, so far. 


I put together a more minimalist makeup capsule from the most liked products from this week's capsule, for use over the weekend. I'll call it the quick & easy bronzy edit - just a few more products than my most minimalist look from the week. @caitbird, working with some larger capsules during the week made it easier to come up with a more simple capsule for the weekend. During the weekdays, I found myself thinking "oh this would/could work nicely for a quick & easy look" and making a note to myself to include it in a capsule.  

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  Sephora Collection Caffeine Eye Masks (discontinued) help to brighten my under eye area which in turn makes my peepers look more awake and alert. We're gonna need that today. 


😎  Etude Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+PA+++ - this typically acts as a sunblock, primer and my go-to mixer with the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Bronzing Drops with Peptides. Today, it'll just be my sunblock and primer, as I am going to try out the combinatin of the the D-Bronzi with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops Serum, a pairing I first heard about in one of the beautiful looks @Mellmars1185 posted. 


👁  For the eyes, I'm going the minimalist route this weekend, with the Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Brightening Pencil - Light 1 (discontinued) to line the lower waterline and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Love The Lift Curling + Volumizing Waterproof Mascara Ultra Black # after curling my lashes with theShiseido Eyelash Curler 


🌺  minori Cream Blush (orchid) is doubling as a blush and lippie. This week was the first time I've used this product (I received it as a gift from a very thoughtful friend) and I'm very pleased with it. My lips have been on the drier of side lately so I'll be either prepping my lips with CAY SKIN Isle Lip Balm SPF 30 with Sea Moss and Aloe Stem Cells Clear before or after; or, maybe both. 


🌅  Also playing a multi-tasking role is the MAKEUP BY MARIO SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer®  which will serve as an all over bronze to set everything. And, if I'm feeling like putting in a little more effort into my weekend face, I may also use it for a wash of color on my lids or with a heavier hand as a contour just below my jawline. In that case, I may reach for the Medium shade (gratis); Light-Medium is pictured.


Wait, what about the "fits" as @danielledanielle says? That's going well, too!

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The sun is out in the city with just a light breeze (instead of the gusts of wind that caused power outages for some in my neighborhood) so I'm going to enjoy the weather after putting these beauties to work. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 

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@itsfi Great theme for the week! I hope you had a lovely day outdoors with your quick and easy bronzy look 💖🌞

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@Mellmars1185, thank you. It's been great to have things all lined up and ready to go. 

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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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