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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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Sunset is probably my fave palette of all time @CynthieLu , compared to some of her later palettes, there's no similar colors.  This is good stuff 👍🏽 👍🏽

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I agree @danielledanielle Sunset has some really fun ones in there. 🔥🧡

It really does console me, for not owning the original Gold or the new one. I think the new Gold looks *beautiful* but I'm not going in on it, at least right now anyways. 😉


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Week 25 - The "Welcome, Summer!" Makeup Capsule and/or The "Good Stuff" Makeup Capsule


To "welcome summer", I've decided to pull out and use the "good stuff", for this week's looks a la Dior. I also plan to incorporate more of the good stuff in future capsules as well throughout the summer (and hopefully beyond), though they probably won't be focused on one brand, even though it is a fun & fabulous idea (and one that will be come up in another future theme this year) - thanks again to @Mellmars1185 for suggesting it!  


Without further ado, the good stuff for this week: 

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There are a few products that are missing from this photo that I plan to use in a few looks this week, but for the most part, these will be the beauties I reach for most mornings. 😍


And they all fit inside this lovely makeup bag.

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Which was part of Dior's rewards program (brushes included) that I received last year. I've taken part in Dior's rewards program for probably 3 (maybe 4) years now and have accumulated quite a few Dior beauties - they've gotten better and better every year! 💗

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@itsfi glad to see I'm not the only one with 3 shades of the Maximizer lol 

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🙋🏽‍♀️🫣 @makeitup305 

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@danielledanielle next, maximizer bronzer shades please

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@makeitup305 ,😂 I think it's the same as @itsfi 


Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 017 Nude 

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 016 Bronze 

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 014 Rosy 


And for star filters, Dior Forever Glow Star Filter Multi-Use Complexion Enhancing Booster 4N and Dior Forever Glow Star Filter Multi-Use Complexion Enhancing Booster 6N


The deeper ones lean orange IMO, I think I mentioned this to @CynthieLu , so def swatch to see if it works with your undertone.  4N leans more yellow/neutral.  5N probably would be better for me as a bronzer, I keep meaning to wear test a sample.  I am happy to open up a sample pack and swatch them, just let me know.

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@danielledanielle I swatched 4N the other day and do think it leans a little warmer, maybe peachier, than I would prefer. I could probably make it work but it's not worth it, considering I already have the Mario and the Saie. I would love it if they came out with bronzer shades in this formula. 

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@danielledanielle, we're twinning it with the liquid highlighters. 😊 I've been meaning to play more with blending and diffusing them.

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Get in on the Glazed Cheeks Cheek Week! @itsfi 

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Ohhh, am I actually doing something on the week it's supposed to be done? That's like a modern miracle @danielledanielle. Going to take a peek atCheek Challenge Summer 2024: Choose Your Own Adventure and am making a note to take pics of swatches. 

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🤣🤣 @itsfi , miracles can happen

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Lol @makeitup305, I remember picking up the Rosy one; the other two? Not so much. Hahaha! Which 3 colors do you have?

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@itsfi I have Pearly, Pink, and Nude. The blusher shades reminded me of the CT wands that I never use so zi chose just highlighting shades. I love them, though.

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@makeitup305, the pink one would probably be the last one I pick up IF I were to pick up another one. IF. 😆 I might (a big might) go for the Star Filter in 3N & 4N as you mentioned. We’ll see. I’ve sorta been less inclined to do knee jerk or more impulsive purchases since this no-buy. But those are pretty. 

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I have 2N and I love the idea of using deeper hues of star filter @itsfi @makeitup305 but I don't know if I can justify that type of purchase 🫣.. but using them to bronze or as contour, that is interesting and intriguing. 😉 This is some good food for thought.

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@CynthieLu it's definitely quite the splurge. A10x Ulta multiplier made me do it lol I need to get a sample of 4N and try it as bronzer, either on top or for underpainting.

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I think I got mine during a D'ior points multiplier too lol, what can we say right? It was a great excuse to take the plunge and splurge. 🤗

I would really like one for contouring experiments....but I can't justify it really at this point. I have at least 3 contouring products and I know that's more than enough for me. But this girl can dream. 😍

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@CynthieLu maybe just get a sample at Sephora and try it out? Just for funzies? I've talked myself out of a few products this way.

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Aaaah that's a good idea! @makeitup305 i think I will. Thank you!  I'm pretty sure we have this in store 😁 (Our local is a very small one)

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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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