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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 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.


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

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. 

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 7.15.2024]

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) 

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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Ooooh you had some beautiful things picked out for the month @makeitup305 😍

I do the same, I mix Star Filter with my DM skin tint, it's good!👌It's a fun one to play around with. 😉

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@CynthieLu I've really liked mixing it in to products but also just as a primer under foundation. It makes the finish of the foundation so radiant without changing the formula. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

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That donut highlighter @makeitup305!!! 😍 That would definitely be glazed donut skin. Lol 😝 

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@itsfi @It’s really pretty. They also have a super sparkly white one.

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This is such a fantastic thread @itsfi I’ve always wanted to join in and so todays the day! 

I don’t have any pictures right now but 


This Months Capsule 

MERIT Flush Balm Cream Blush Stockholm 

MERIT Signature Lip Lightweight Satin Lipstick Baby 

Westman Atelier Lit Up Glow Highlighter Stick (peach) 

Westman Atelier Mini Petite Baby Cheeks Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick Petal 


im always so happy to join all the amazing challenges 




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Half the time I can't post pics anyway 😭 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️,

glad to see you've joined in on the fun!  Great choices @peculiarzmakeup 

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Awesome choices for your capsule @peculiarzmakeup !

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Thank you so much it’s amazing to find keepers for sure @makeitup305  💕

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It's great to see you joining in on this thread! @peculiarzmakeup 😀 And what a fun first capsule! Everything you picked out is lovely.WA makes the most smooth and creamy products. 😍  Everything you've put together here is going to be fun to use. 

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Thank you so much @CynthieLu  😊 WA does make such creamy products, it’s fun to consider a capsule and keep these things in mind! I appreciate it ❤️

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@peculiarzmakeup, always so good to see you on the threads; welcome! Join in anytime; we'd love to have you and are always interested in seeing what beauties folks are using. 


Those are definitely the good stuff! I love how well edited and thoughtful the MERIT line is - they've expanded a lot from when they first started but the pieces in their collection work beautifully. Stockholm is a beautiful pink and Baby has that lovely "is that her natural lip color or is she wearing lipstick" quality about it. Yes to Westman Atelier; Petal is my favorite of her cheek shades. 

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Thank you so much 😊 @itsfi I had the exact same thought about the lip shade! And that baby pink is so colorful I just love it. 😍 

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Pulled a few products from this week's larger Dior focused capsule for a (relatively) quick, simple and easy look. This capsule within a capsule approach has been working out well for me; happy we had a chat about that @caitbird

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Dior Capture Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask 2.5 oz / 75 mL to address a pesky (and ill-positioned) pimple and some texture on my jawline. 


Sticking with a multi-tasking approach, I used Dior Forever Glow Star Filter Multi-Use Complexion Enhancing Booster 2N as a primer and Dior Backstage Concealer 2N and Dior Dior Forever Skin Correct Full-Coverage Concealer 2 Neutral as my foundation and concealer, to even tone and as concealer for the under eyes, blemishes and redness. 


Eyes were kept simple with a wash of color to my lids from the 2011 Fall-Winter Ready-To-Wear Makeup Palette, a couple o quick strokes of Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara Black and Dior Diorshow On Stage Crayon Kohl Liner 529 Beige in the lower waterline. This is smidge more cool toned than the Makeup by Mario Light 1 (discontinued) but can easily be made to work. 


Cheeks also came from the 2011 Fall-Winter Ready-To-Wear Makeup Palette with a blend of the powder blush and the two brown toned eyeshadows; though if I redid this look, I might add the Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 014 Rosy to this subcapsule. And, possibly Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 016 Bronze though that would make for a more full face look. Which maybe I'll go for later this week, and perhaps try my hand at a different technique 😮 a la the  Cheek Challenge Summer 2024: Choose Your Own Adventure


Lips started off with Dior Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss 001 Pink (mini) and Dior Rouge Dior Contour No-Transfer Lip Liner Pencil 772 Classic. Touch ups after lunch will be courtesy of Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow 038 Rose Nude because I don't have a lot of time to fuss with liner this afternoon, and this balm is comfortable to wear, quick to apply, easy to keep in my pant's pocket, and adds a nice muted pinky-rose tint to my lips that's buildable 


I've set it all with Dior Forever Perfect Fix Fresh Settinng Mist High Perfection Longwear & Hydrating - this is probably the older version. This is a good setting spray but I feel like I have a lot of setting sprays; and, while good may not be good enough as far as which setting sprays stay and which go, I'm going to keep this one as I have just slightly more than a 1/3 of the bottle left and I do like this spray. Not pictured but I also used Dior Dior Forever Loose Cushion Powder to set the concealer under my eyes.


And, yes, there's an additional Dior makeup bag added to this week's capsules. It was just easier to grab another bag to keep this group of beauties together. It's a pretty roomy bag so "fits" was (thankfully) not an issue. 

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Awesome capsule @itsfi . I haven't tried the newer versions of the Dior concealers but I've heard good things. The Skin Glow is a true love for me. I also have 2N and ended up buying 3N to slighly deepen some foundations. 4N is looking good as a cream bronzer lol

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@makeitup305, thank you; I like my Dior collection; it took some time to build out. I was nervous about some of the reformulations based on what I’ve read but so far the newer items I have from the brand - primer, foundation, concealer - have performed just as well. I have a couple of their older versions of the single eyeshadows but don’t see myself picking up more from the newer range.


I’m most interested (and concerned) about the Re formulation of the Dior Backstage F&B foundation - concealer is fine. I have heard some saying that the new F&B isn’t as good and the colors have changed a little. Hoping that is not the case. I loved the old F&B foundation - 1.5 was a great, great match for me  😘 but I swatched it and 2N in store and it looks like if they had a 1.75 that would be best for me. 😆 We shall see; I have a handful of foundations in my stash to use first. That’ll give it some time too for the store to restock some shades. Lol 😆 

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From what I recall swatching, the newer version is more luminous @itsfi .  It definitely looks lighter but I don't think I swatched it long enough to witness the dry down and whether or not it oxidized/darkened.

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Ahhh, thank you @danielledanielle! I’ll have to remember to swatch them the next time I’m in the store that carries the F&B foundation.

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I agree, as always your capsule picks are so well thought out! 💞 The D'ior looks phenomenal and a new roomy bag too, these are all so lovely!  @itsfi 

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@CynthieLu, thank you. Shopping my stash this week was a blast! 

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Beautiful makeup capsule collection, I really love the variety and the well thought out product picks, beautiful photos! @itsfi 

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