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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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Week 30 - The BIC Inspired Summer Edition Makeup Capsule and/or The Pan It! Makeup Capsule  

I'm going with the Pan It! theme this week, with a mix of products from the Pan It! - 2024 Challenge and a handful of items that I need to work towards finishing up, and a throwdown of non-waterproof mascaras. 😮

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- U Beauty The Super Tinted Hydrator (pan it!) mixed with Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Priming Moisturizer (Golden)

- NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation 

- Dior Backstage Concealer 

- SEPHORA COLLECTION 12HR Translucent Loose Setting Powder (gratis)

- MAKEUP BY MARIO SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer®  

- Rhode Skin Cream Blush Stick - Sleepy Girl

- Natasha Denona Biba Eye Shadow Palette (can't tag this)

- Valentino Magnificent Smudgeproof Volumizing Mascara in a duel with 

- Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet 

- HUDA BEAUTY Mini Lip Liner Contour Set 

- Freck Beauty MAKEOUT CLUB Nude Muse Lip Liner Shade 04 

- Westman Atelier Lip Suede Lipstick Palette Les Nudes 

- Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor™ Hair & Body Fragrance Mist 8.01 oz / 240 mL 

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@itsfi , stick week was a good week, so much that this week is....


Week 30 - "Stick Week part 2, sticking and panning, lack of energy for planning " aka Pan it!


I removed a few things but kept most of the "bones.". Like I know I will eventually I will discard those nyx sticks since I rarely reach for them, but I wanna retry them.


I really couldn't come up with a fresh capsule, and was like "I know no one would care/ be critical if I reused stuff." 



making use of my rewards, too

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Yes to sticks @danielledanielle!!! 👍🏼 And as far as I’m concerned, reusing your beauties is a good sign, one of the best reviews anyone could give.

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Oh my, you were not kidding about the battles @itsfi 

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Yeah @danielledanielle, I didn’t realize I had that many sticks for multiple battles. 😆 And yet, no declutters. 🤷🏻‍♀️ How?!! I guess I need to work on using them more often now, not just when there’s a capsule. I do love the convenience of sticks and especially the multi-function of the cream blush sticks. 

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@itsfi I knew my collection was pretty light on stick products, after having decluttered so many that dried out in the last few years, but I really didn’t have enough to make a true capsule for this week, so I instead used @missjeanie Pop of Color prompt! In honour of the Olympic starting this week, I thought I’d take some inspiration and try a “Go for Gold/Team Canada” pop of color!


here were my pics for the week ☺️



Go for Gold Pop: Dior BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette 002 Glitz, REFY Gloss Highlighter Topaz , Buxom Full-On™ Plumping Lip Polish Gloss in Charlie, Jaclyn Cosmetics Vanity Light Luminizer in I’m Radiant and MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Face Powder in Bling Me to Life


Team Canada Pop: GXVE BY GWEN STEFANI Original Me Clean High-Performance Matte Lipstick Original Recipe , Urban Decay Hydromaniac Dewy Liquid Blush Red Flag , #SEPHORA COLLECTION Vegan Hydrating Lip Balm 2 Rose (the one I’m using is actually Cherry, but I believe it’s been discontinued) and bonus product of the Stellar Beauty Haze Finishing Powder. It’s been discontinued for a long time, but this lavender tinted setting powder is something I like to keep in my collection. I believe Stellar was a Canadian owned brand, and this product is made in Canada!🇨🇦 

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@cianni Ohhhhh I LOVE your Olympic pops theme!  I might need to borrow that theme for a day or two.  

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@cianni, I love your theme - so creative, and your makeup choices are beautiful! I love that Dior Backstage palette. The Buxom gloss is such a great formula - I'll have to check out those shades; I tend to stick with the Dolly shade from that brand. Ooouh a lavendar tinted setting powder? Do you use that all over to set or under the eyes?

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@itsfi Dolly is the iconic buxom shade! If you’re into a sparkly lip topper, or something with a shift, I’d recommend Samantha or Sugar for the most wearability! For a solid color, I’ve been partial to Rose Julep and Hot Toddy ☺️ I use lavender powder only under the eyes. These dark circles could use the extra power with brightening and color correction😅

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@cianni, I will definitely look into those shades. I feel like I might have tried Sugar as part of a promo gwp a while ago. I have been loving lip toppers over the last year; it’s great how they add a pop to another shade. It just expands your collection … though I’m not sure my lip collection needs more expanding. 😂 


Oh goodness, tell me about it - dark circles, ugh 😩 😔 tarte creaseless loose setting powder Lavender has caught my eye, though to be completely up front, it’s really the teeny tiny puff I’m most interested in 😆 I’ve heard the powder isn’t as finely milled as one would like though. 🤔 

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@itsfi omg the teeny puff is so cute! 

as for transformative lip toppers, I recently tried the ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr Lip Snatcher Hydrating Liquid Lipstick and Lip Gloss Duo . The liquid lipstick is nothing special imo, although it is comfortable and lightweight. The gloss however makes soooooo much of a difference! I don’t know what magic is in there, but I couldn’t believe that I was wearing the same shade when I put the gloss on top. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend the product unless it’s on sale because you’re paying for two products when only one is the standout. I’m hoping at some point the glosses become available separately!

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Week 29 Recap, Part 1 - The Sticks Makeup Capsule: The $20 & Under Edit

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It's been a few days now of wearing stick products in the $20 and under capsule and thought I'd check in with my assessment of this group of beauties before moving on to play with the over $20 sticks, which I will get to do later today.
Top Shelf
🏆  The new addition to the Top Shelf (I don't recall designating it as such before) takes the form of the SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Multi-Tasking Baked Face Powder Foundation, which is actually a GOAT product for me.
Standouts (in a good way):
👍  e.l.f. Stay Cool Primer Stick is lovely and cooling, indeed. 😊 I'll be keeping this within easy reach this summer.
👍  I like the ease and convenient application of NYX Pro Fix Stick Concealer 06 Natural - glides on smoothly, blends evenly and does a nice job of concealing blemishes and redness. It wouldn't fall within my group of top concealers when all is said and done, but it's a nice one.
👍  NYX Fat Oil Slick Click Vegan Lip Balm Stick (That's Major) - lightly hydrating, wears comfortably, and comes in a good range of pretty colors
  I was really surprised by the drier texture of the Revlon Photoready Insta-Blush Stick (Berry Blushing). My recollection of the original formula was that it was a little more creamy. It didn't drag against my currently normal-to-dry cheeks but it took a little more elbow grease to apply than I expected, due to it being on the formula being on the drier side. I wonder if this consistency would fare better with oily or oilier skin types. I'll keep this one around through October - we have late summers here, with temps peaking in September and October and my skin is typically at its oiliest around that time of the year so we shall see. Stay tuned...
  Not sure about the Wet n Wild The Impossible Primer Stick, but I'm willing to give it another try when we are experiencing more traditional summer weather on a regular basis here. Will keep you posted.
🏡  The NYX Pro Fix Stick Concealer (05 Vanilla) is just not the right shade. It could work for under the eyes, but interestingly, it has a tendency to look cakey when applied to that area. 
🏡  I really wanted to like both these e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick but they don't feel great going on my lids, and the color payoff is more patchy/grainy than I care for.

All three decluttered items will be re-homed.

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Ive walked by the NYX fat oil slick at my local drugstore a million times but haven’t pulled the trigger on actually trying one. But if it’s @itsfi approved then it’s worth a try to me ☹️👍🏼

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@cianni, my store has half of the 12 shades. I’ll have to check out other stores to see if I can check out the full range. These are definitely worth looking into. 👍🏼 

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@cianni those are in my cart RN...waiting for a good sale.

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Beautiful capsule @itsfi I love the themes they are so creative and really help elaborate on bringing products to the forefront, such a fascinating concept. That cooling stick looks incredible I’m glad to see you had successes and only a small portion undecided. ❤️

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Aww thank you @peculiarzmakeup. It’s so fun to see what everyone curates for their capsules. 

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@itsfi  I love this capsule!!! Sticks are my jam!! Great job decluttering!!! The e.l.f. Cooling priming stick sounds great!!! 😊 

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I can definitely see you and makeup sticks being a model match @ather😍 I love how convenient they are, and how little space they take up. Well, for the most part - there are a couple of sticks in my over $20 capsule that are on the bulkier side. 


Thank you! I'm trying with the decluttering - and yet, it still feels like I have so much. In large part because I do. 🤣 It's all good - I just have to remind myself that chipping away at it little by little is fine and I just have to keep at it. 

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