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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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@itsfi Crying in freeze warnings lol. I love your collection! Have you used the Dior La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser 5 oz / 150 mL 

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Freeze warnings @Samtian? Oh no! I hope they’re not for very long. 

Thank you! The collection snuck up on me. I didn’t think I had enough for a full face but evidently I was wrong; very wrong. 😆 I’ve tried the Dior mousse foam cleanser a couple(?) of times - I have a deluxe sample and liked it. Have you tried it?


It comes out of the tube thicker than what I’d expect from something called - “mousse” but once I add a little water and rub the water and product together in my hands it emulsifies nicely and the product turns into something easier to massage into my skin. 

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*Sighs in Dior* @itsfi  THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF.  Tagging @jaaayp because she wanted to know about the bronzer and I can't bring myself to use mine yet. I'm going to live vicariously through you.

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lol, your sighs are the best @danielledanielle😍 I'm excited to dig a little deeper into my Dior makeup stash this week, though my eyeshadow quints are going to take a backseat to that larger palette from a couple of weeks ago. 


@jaaayp, which bronzer were you interested in? I'll try to do swatches later this week if I get home while the sun is still out (which happily is so much longer these days, yaaay!)


Dior Dior Forever Natural Powder Bronzer 5 

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 016 Bronze 

Dior Forever Natural Bronze Glow Sun-Kissed Finish Healthy Glow Powder Limited Edition (052 Rosy Bronze)

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Ze natural bronzer powder @itsfi porfavor...❤️


@danielledanielle thank you for remembering me and my dior infatuation 🥰

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Here you go @jaaayp; hope this is helpful. 

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Dior Dior Forever Natural Powder Bronzer 5 is glides across my cheeks like buttah - and by that I do not mean greasy or slick, but soft, smooth, and easy. All the swatches consist of 2 passes of product - it's lighter and softer than it looks in the compact; I was suprised by this, as I thought Tom Ford Terra would be the lightest of these bronzers. It has an airy quality to it, but not in the sense that it's sheer so much as it's lightweight. jaaayp, let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know about this beauty.


@danielledanielle, thanks for letting me know about jaaayp's interest in the Dior bronzer. Appreciate the tag! 


TOM FORD Soleil Glow Bronzer 02 Terra 

MAKEUP BY MARIO SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer® Light Medium 

Dior Dior Forever Natural Powder Bronzer 5 

DiorForever Natural Bronze Glow Sun-Kissed Finish Healthy Glow Powder Limited Edition - 052 Rosy Bronze (the swatch is of the bronzer shade only)

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 016 Bronze 

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@itsfi Fun capsule! I am loving the Dior bag and everything inside. You have a lovely collection 😍

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Awww, thanks so much @Mellmars1185! I've been wanting to do an all Dior look for a while and almost went for it when we had the One Brand vs. All the Brands theme earlier in the year. This'll be a fun week. Let's see how many of these beauties I can make my way to over the course of the week. 😊

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So much lovely D'ior! 🤩🤩🤩 @itsfi this really is the Good Stuff capsule.

Over the years I've seen the D'ior rewards goodies in the hauls threads, they look *very* appealing. 👌 The brushes seem like a beautiful customer appreciation gift.

I gotta say I love how this fits, your brand bag knows how to work it. 😉

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@CynthieLu, thank you. I have a fun mix of older and more recently released Dior products, all in varying stages of use. With some of the older ones being untouched so I'll need to work on that. 

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Recap of my week 24 (I’m sorry for the late post): so I had this crazy ideal of pulling out my cream products with the hope that I can repurpose since some can use as cheek as well as eye.  The WA bronzer is actually a highlighter. It’s a gratis some years ago and I use it as bronzer and it worked out pretty well.
I’m so disappointed that my WA eyeshadow trio and TF cream eyeshadow dried up. I ran out of patience on the 4th day and have to bring in the YSL quad in mid week. Sorry @itsfi  . I will need to toss these out

The good new is I enjoy the WA lip palette more than I would. I usually mix the 2nd and 4th (from the top) to create rose nude lips or 2nd and 3rd to create rosewood color or the red and vampy (3rd color) to create this fun lip color


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@blackkitty2014 so disappointing that your WA dried out 😕 hope you got some use of all your other luxury goodies, though. You look gorgeous in your picture.

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You look lovely @blackkitty2014 , and luxe picks.  I like your thought process for multitaskers.. But yeah, that's the upside down (and downside) of doing this kind of challenge.  

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Oooh noooo I'm so sorry to hear they dried up on you @blackkitty2014 😭 I feel like cream anything is a gamble on how long they'll stand up to the test of time. 

You really pulled together absolutely beautiful items for your capsule this week, Your collection is gorgeous! 😍

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Oh no @blackkitty2014! Both the Tom Ford and Westman Atelier shadows dried up?!! Grrr! I have that WA trio set and I'm really hoping mine are still good. Or, maybe it means it'll be easier to let 'em go if they're too dry to make use of. 😂  I'm don't know if I'm up for checking right now. Ha! Your Westman Atelier collection is magnificient! 😍 


Ahhhhh, YSL Stora Dolls! What a gorgeous, gorgeous palette. I'm so happy to see it in your capsule; gotta use what we have. 


Zero need to apologize, blackkitty2014; I'm just so happy you're working through your capsule with us. 😘 I love seeing the beauties in your collection - I've always been impressed and inspired by your use of your beauties, and your restraint (and sometimes, lack thereof 😁) to pick up all the new releases.


One of the choices for a theme next week is "the good stuff" - I hope you are able to join us; I'm super excited to see which of your treats make it into the week's capsule. 

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Hehehe @itsfi @lack of restraint is truly me. I’m so bad. If I like a line from a brand I tend to hoard everything. Im thinking about bringing some TF cream eyeshadows and Sisley cheeks for next week. 😘  I will definitely join the week after. I’m sure I have lots of products need to be on the chopping block 😘

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Ooouh, Sisley cheeks??!! 😍 I only have a couple of the Sisley cheek products, that pretty one with the Iris? design. As I say that I wonder if I’ve even used it. 🤔 


Yeah, I need to be better about hoarding. On the one hand, I bought it and therefore should use it (I don’t buy to collect so I do feel a certain need to use what I buy) but that’s easier said than done. The hoarding is real. 

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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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