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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 6.24.2024] 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. 

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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Amazing capsule! @itsfi I always learn so much reading your posts and explanations. I didn't realize HOF had that timeline, it makes good sense to have those differences between 🐐 and HG thou, it's a better distinction. 

You've got everything covered for your capsule and it looks like everything is on theme with plenty of options, and yes we do like our options. 😊

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@CynthieLu, we love our options. 😝 Yeah, I think for InStyle to provide a product with its Hall of Fame designation a product would have had to have been selected as tops in its category for at least 2 years but I thought it was a higher standard, like 4 consecutive years. I’ll have to try to look it up when I have  more time. It makes sense. I mirrored GOAT designation on a product performing well not just after a few uses but going through at least 2 containers of that product.

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I kinda thought it was more of a personal standing so this makes so much more sense @itsfi. To me GOAT would be similar, many repurchases and consistent good results. HOF thou, years makes sense and not many things make it that far for me 😅 I think I need to currate my collection better soon I can get have a few in these ranks.

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Week 22 - Love is Love.  (I think I finally got one right, yusss)

I included Danessa and Natasha because I really feel like using MyDream palette, and Danessa's screams color, which is perfect for this month



The fit 


It's a great travel case, but not an everyday case🤷🏽‍♀️, which is what it was marketed as.

PATRICK TA Major Dimension III Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona My Dream Eyeshadow Palette 

PATRICK TA Major Headlines Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush Duo She's Blushing 

ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr On 'Til Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray 3.4 oz/ 143 mL(I think I'm on the last few sprays, eeep)

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 014 Rosy 

Dior Dior Forever Couture Luminizer Highlighter Powder 04 Golden Glow 

Dior Rosy Glow Blush 062 Bronzed Glow 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Twin Flames Liquid Eyeshadow

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Ruby Richez 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Flakes Multichrome Gel for Eyes & Face Hot Lava 

Patrick Ta Monochrome Moment in She's Seductive

Sephora Collection Eyeshadow Let It Snow

Natasha Denona Hy-Glam Powder Foundation

Marc Jacobs Fineliner


Still in the game:

Pat McGrath Permagel liner in Bloodlust

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Rouge Gel Lip Liner 17 molasses 

Vice Lip Stains (Wired & Gravity)

Uoma Beauty Boss Glosses


Still working on using these up

PAT McGRATH LABS Dark Star Volumizing Mascara 0.43 fl oz / 13 mL 

Becca Skin Love Foundation

Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet 


Nars Bronzer in Casino (I love this bronzer,  chipoed a bit though.  I have also panned's too good to toss, will use to the very last chip 🍪)

Hourglass Mini Ambient Lighting Bronzer Radiant Bronze Light 


Included, but not included in pic because I'm lazy:

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Blurring Under Eye Powder Yellow 

Ami Colé Skin Melt Talc-Free Loose Setting Powder Deep / Medium 

NARS Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base 

UD primer in Caffeine

Item Beauty Brow Pen 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Linework Paintbrush Fluid Liquid Eyeliner 0.034 oz / 1 ml 

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Huez Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Mineral Spf 30 Sunscreen 5 


Also if I find them:

Marc Jacobs Luminizer in Guilty & Showstopper 

Dior Dior show Mascara in Catwalk Blue

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You have so many great items in your capsule @danielledanielle, I could make future shopping list just by being inspired from everything I read through the capsules and posts everyone is sharing. 📒 🖋️ 

I can see this being a fun  to use selection,  ND's My Dream specifically is so beautiful to wear. 👌 Do you own her mini dream?


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@CynthieLu .  Thanks 🥰


Natasha Denona My Dream Eyeshadow Palette IMO is one of her best palettes.  I know Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette and Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Eyeshadow Palette are heavies/favorites as far as everyday wear, but My Dream can do that and then some 🙌🏽


On the flipside, I don't own mini dream or mini starlette.  It's not something I think that would work on me.. It's pretty muted, so I would have to use other shadows to get it to show up on my skin tone.  I love ND, as you know, but there's a few palettes I've passed on for similar reasons.

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I think your feelings on Starlette I've heard mirrored other places as well. Colors that don't work for everyone and don't pop out stand out as special. I was curious about mini Dream to see if anyone thought it was worth it, especially if you have the full-size already. I appreciate you weighing in on it 🙏 @danielledanielle 

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So many goodies in your capsule @danielledanielle! Love that NARS eyeshadow primer 🐐 - I am curious about the one Melt will be releasing (or maybe it's already come out?) but I have 3 eyeshadow primers open and have no business picking up another one for a while. 


Ahhh, the ND powder foundation. That's on my list, but I probably won't get close to picking it up until the fall sale event. 

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The ND powder foundation is pretty good @itsfi .  The annoying thing about it is finding it in store.  And kickback with a brush is a little much, but it's got that melty into skin feel. 


Yes at the melt primers! I wish Nars would bring back theirs NARS Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Dark , so I could keep one open at a time, too 🤣 I have two primers open; I like a skin tone one for liner days only.  (Ok, technically three if we countPAT McGRATH LABS IntensifEYES Artistry Wand .)

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Maybe we don’t count the PML artistry wand as a primer @danielledanielle? 😆 


oh, I do like that ND Dream bag; I haven’t tried seeing how much I can squeeze in there but it holds a good amount of product for me. 

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Forgive my laziness. I finally get it together and join the lovely @itsfi challenge. These will be all the products I will use for the upcoming week starting today. I need to work on panning most of these. I have these for awhile except the HG powder which is brand new product. Gotta spoil myself a little by throwing one new thing. All are well loved, trusted product to create a simple look that lasts the whole day (except the lipstick will need to be reapplied every couple hrs or so) 😘

 The look 


PS Tom Ford and Marc Jacob are qualified for the theme right @itsfi 😘

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@blackkitty2014 Beautiful look!!  I think I'm going to need to take a page out of your book and do a solid week of project pan products in my capsule.  I really do love your TF palette, did they release one this year?  I don't recall seeing summer products, but maybe I'm selectively forgetting for the sake of my wallet!

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Thx you @missjeanie . TF started this kind of palette about 10 yrs back and couple years ago they release another 4. I love the first 2 the most. This one is one of the first 2 so it’s old. But I will definitely miss it once it’s gone. 

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WELCOME @blackkitty2014 !  Gorgeous!


MJ definitely, I included a fineliner in mine and I want to include the luminizers...BUT I CAN'T FIND THEM ATM 😶, I will live vicariously through your picks

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Thx you @danielledanielle ❤️

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Ahhhh @blackkitty2014, stunning!!! You, your makeup look, your capsule choices!! ❤️❤️❤️ Gorgeous! Oh my goodness, your hair!!! 😍 It looks so healthy - beautifully long and lush! Sure, sure, this is the makeup capsule challenge, but what's your hair care routine?


P.S. Absolutely! TF and MJ are spot on for this week's prompt. (but, frankly, love seeing capsules so I feel like I'd be up for the extra challenge of finding a way to weave the week's theme into a capsule, ha!). Always so inspiring to see your use of your beauties - that Tom Ford palette and oh, that Marc Jacobs bronzer ❣️ He had some amazing products. Not that I need more products but do you think he'll ever do another makeup line?


P.P.S. Your photo is reminding me that I have that Chanel Le Blanc ... somewhere. At least it's the Le Blanc I think I have... 🤔

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The discontinued of Marc Jacob beauty is puzzled me. His beauty line was very well received. But it could be that whatever line that earns the least profit got pulled. I hope one day MJ brings his beauty line back. I’m 99.99% cent sure you have the same Chanel Le Blanc. It was a while back. I feel bad just used it couple times eventhough it is a great product. So I decide to bring it in my Pan It Challenge.  Will see if I can pan the whole thing by end of years using it as primer @itsfi 😘 The week after will be tough for me. I’m sure I can dig out something that can used for both lips and cheek 😘 PS I’m cheap. I don’t use fancy products for hair just regular Pantene from Costco 😂🤣 but I wash my hair almost everyday eventhough ppl say it’s bad to do so. Speaking of hair, I need to pan those fancy hair products from Sephora gratis too. 

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If the Chanel is from a while back, I'm pretty sure I have it too @blackkitty2014😂 I've been a little more ... strategic (?), practical maybe, when it comes to the Chanel releases over the last 12-18 months. It helps that there's been quite a few cheek products which are usually easier for me to pass on and since I keep reminding myself that I'm still working on ND Biba 4.5 years later, it makes it a smidge easier to pass on the eyeshadow quads. Foundations and lips though, especially from Chanel, are more tempting for me. 


If you carry the Chanel Le Blanc into next week's capsule, you've hit the repurposed (and possibly multi-tasker) mark - skincare / illuminating product as makeup primer. DONE! All you need is one product in your capsule to fit the theme. If you want to do more, go for it. But just the one is fine. Cream blush for lips and cheeks. Bronzer for bronzer and eyeshadow. Concealer for foundation. 


Ahhhh, I used to wash my hair everyday ... and with Pantene too! Using those gratis beauties can be a slippery slope - that's how I started down the fancy hair care path 😂 My hair has no complaints or regrets. My wallet though? Entirely different story. ha! 

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Oh good call @itsfi . I will carry that Le Blanc over and will think of something else for next week too 😘

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Week-In-Review - Week 22: The May 2024 "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule  
It was a busy week on the personal and work fronts, with mixed results, but a very good week for shopping my stash and working through products as far as capsules go. 
No new items to add to the Top Shelf but the week's battles set up really helped me move products out of my stash and, for the most part, into spaces where they will be better loved and put to use. So, even when I lose (an item), I win! 😊 Here are the hits & misses from Week 22 - 
Battle of the Clear Lip Glosses & Oils:
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The clear (lol) takeaway from this battle is that sparkle wins! 😆 The two lip glosses containing sparkle, one silver (Dominque Cosmetics) and the other gold (Tower 28 Beauty x Kung Fu Panda Magic), will stay in my collection. The other two will be re-homed.
Batte of the Cream Cheekies
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Turns out that the criteria for this group as far as what stays and what goes is how well the product wears on the cheeks and the lips. Nudestix Bohemian Rose, a gorgeous cheek shade, didn't work well on my lips. 
Battle of Eyeshadow Sticks:
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The OG, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow Stick remains atop this field. The IT Cosmetics counterpart, while displaying good staying power, just isn't for me - the shade is too cool leaning and more stone hued than taupe. It also looked a bit patchy. The about face shadow stick is one I'm undecided about - it may perform better with an eye primer; I plan to give that a try next week
Battle of the Skin Tints
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Finally, the main event, the showdown, that many of us are interested in ... the battle of the skin tints << dun, dun, duuuun >> @ather @CynthieLu 
U Beauty The Super Tinted Hydrator is my fave of the three here. It doesn't beat out my 🐐 skin tint, Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays, but of the ones here, I liked it the most - soft, dewy, lightly hydrated skin. I do use a concealer with this one as my skin is still a work in progress, but this is a beauty and one I'm looking forward to using more this summer.
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Week 22 DecluttersWeek 22 Declutters
May Declutters: With the 4 products decluttered from Week 22, we had a total of 21 products moved out of my stash for the month of May! 🙌🙌 And what a beautiful array of 21 products! 
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Week 22 "Extra" Capsule - For weeks when I have a larger makeup capsule to work with, my plan is to curate (using mostly products from that larger capsule) a small set of makeup items - for a quick-and-easy look or for my weekend wear. Yep, always trying to make it easier to get my face on and out the door. 😅 I joke about that but I have appreciated having a capsule with options to choose from right there in one makeup bag (or sometimes, in a medium sized Sephora shopping bag) and also having a smaller group of products already curated from within that capsule group! @caitbird, here's what my sub-capsule looked like for the week - it's been my weekend-plus makeup capsule. I wore this Friday and Saturday, and will use this group of beauties for my look today (Sunday).
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Added the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench® Hyaluronic Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 45 1.7 oz/ 50 mL after chatting with some of the BIC beauties here about it.

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@itsfi, dare I say devastatingly delightful declutter!  That's a lot and you have the wherewithal to actually take a pic before you say goodbye.

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