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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 21 (May 20 - 26) - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Curate a capsule with products that make you look and feel your very best.


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 5.21.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

Week 22 (May 27 - June 2) - The May 2024 "On Top", "On The Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule - it's that time again, curate a capsule with (a) your standout or favorite products this month; (b) products you're trying to decide whether to keep or declutter; (c) products that repeatedly find their way inito your makeup looks; or (d) all of the above. OR, treat the "On Repeat" theme as an opportunity for a "Do Over" or "Take 2" of a previous makeup capsule, from earlier in the month or any of the themes to date.

Week 23 (June 3 - 9) - The Equal Love Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
Let's curate a capsule of one or more products from LGBTQ+ founded/owned makeup brands to honor Pride Month. Check out the spoiler below ⬇️ for a non-exhaustive list of LGBTQ+ founded/owned beauty brands focused primarily on makeup / color cosmetics.
Week 24 (June 10 - 16) - The Repurposed Makeup Capsule and/or The Multitasking Makeup Capsule
Do you have a product(s) that you've repurposed for a different use or ones that perform more than one function (lip and cheek, eyeshadow and bronzer, etc.? Let's pull them out of your stash and put together a capsule with one or more of those beauties. Shout out to our marvelous @missjeanie  for the repurposed theme. 
Week 25 (June 17 - 23) - The "Welcome, Summer!" Makeup Capsule and/or The "Good Stuff" Makeup Capsule  A couple of fun themes this week. Summer is officially here (well, on Thursday)! Let's kick things off with an ode to the sunny, warm, bright & breezy days to come! Or, use this week to focus on the "good stuff" in your collection, be it one or more products you looooove or the "good stuff" that only comes out every now and again (or, maybe for some of us, for the first time this week). 
Week 26 (June 24 - 30) - The June 2024 "On Top", "On the Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule - Last week of the month, BIC! You know what that means. We have options! Let's shine a spotlight on one or more products from the capsules this month that's (a) one of the best products of the week (on top); or (b) something you're thinking about tossing or decluttering from your stash (on the chopping block); or (c) made a recurring appearance in your capsule all month (on repeat); or (d) all or some combination of the above. Or, curate a capsule that's been done before - a "Take 2" or "Do Over" - with or without any adjustments as you like.

LGBTQ+ Founded/Owned Makeup Brands:
Below is a non-exhaustive list of LGBTQIA+ founded/owned beauty brands that primarily include makeup / lor cosmetics in their collection.  An asterisk (*) next to a brand name denotes that the brand is available at Sephora.
about face (Halsey)
Flower Beauty (Drew Barrymore)
Formula Z Cosmetics (Zach Dishinger)
* Freck Beauty (Nasera Alayon)
Jason Wu Beauty
Jecca Blac
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
KimChi Chic Beauty
* Makeup by Mario
* One/Size by Patrick Starrr
* Patrick Ta Beauty
* Tom Ford Beauty
Trixie Cosmetics
W3ll People

Completed Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 5.22.2024]

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


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. 

I'm excited to see what results from this experiment and I welcome everyone to join in this adventure, whenever and however is most effective for you. 

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@itsfi Oh no worries at all.. I was going to aim for under 20 Canadian... couldn't do it!  I figured US prices were fair game lol... Had to find a loophole!

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WEEK 2 RECAP: The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule
Hey everyone, happy Friday! Just stopping by for an early check-in about this week's makeup capsule - I've got good news and bad news for Week 2.
Good news - I enjoyed everything. 😍 Which means, bad news, no declutters or products to be passed along. I guess that's not necessarily bad news. I really enjoyed using this week's makeup capsule. It was nice to have my makeup all prepped and in one bag before the start of the week - this made getting ready in the morning  very easy, and, on a couple of days this week, I could tell it saved me some time in the morning as well. Loved that! ❤️
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Boost + Lock Eyeshadow Primer 0.33 oz / 10 mL will have a new home - in my desk drawer at work. It's a good eyeshadow primer, not a great one nor my favorite, but it is one that works nicely and that I am happy to use.
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Waterproof Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick 11 Truffle Shimmer # is quickly becoming a new love - it's super easy to use, wears well throughout the day and doubles as a liner. I like that there's a pencil sharpener included at the end. 👍
Week 2 Makeup Capsule: The Extras for a Night Out
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I'll be heading out shortly to a dinner tonight. Will wash off the day and re-do my makeup with most of my week 2 capsule, with 3 modifications - (1) going with Ami Colé Hydrating Lip Treatment Oil Smitten tonight - my lips are feeling dry so the lip oil will do well to keep them hydrated and add a lovely bit of color, (2) adding an eyeliner - SEPHORA COLLECTION Hot Line Brush Tip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, and (3) including a flush of pink on the cheeks for some color (A'pieu Juicy Pang Blusher - Guava Pearl). Armani Beauty Sì Passione Eau de Parfum Travel Spray 0.34oz/ 10 mL 
Week 2's Makeup Capsule: The Weekend Edition
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Weekend Variation:
My weekend wear from this week's capsule will include the Bobbi Brown Mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base Primer Moisturizer 0.50 oz/ 15 mL for extra moisture, Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation 15 Melrose to even tone, the Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara Noir to make my eyes pop a little (and make me look more awake), and SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Waterproof Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick 11 Truffle Shimmer  on the lids, and the Gucci Brume de Beauté Beauty Mist 2.7 oz / 80 mL to set it all and to refresh throughout the day. I'll add Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow 20 Mahogany for a bit of color onthe lips and Glossier Boy Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel-Pomade to keep the brows in place. I'll use my sunblock as primer again, this time going with this Biossance sunscreen that was part of a Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit.
I made an edit to Week's 4 prompt; generally the same idea, but expanded to account for different scenarios. Will be back at the end of the weekend to update the original post (OP) with the makeup capsule prompts for February and to post my makeup selections for Week 3. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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@itsfi I am glad everything worked out for you this week! I can relate with the capsule saving me time in the mornings. It is less overwhelming for me to have items pre picked. 

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I was super happy @Mellmars1185! I think I normally gravitate towards quick & easy when it comes to my everyday makeup so it was an easier theme for me to find product for. This week's $20 and under may be more of a challenge - a few of the items have been sitting in my stash for a while. Looking forward to having an opportunity to put them to use.

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@itsfi @loved reading your highlights and recap for this week! And the transparency about swapping other products in - its bound to happen!


im happy to see you’re loving the SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Shadow and Liner Pencil ❤️ I picked up a few during the sale and have quite enjoyed mine too!

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Yes, @cianni, the SC shadow-and-liner is great; I have a handful of them and picked up a couple of the new, reformulated version - even better! 😍 


lol, it's only week 2 and I'm already needing to reach for add-ons. 😆 You're right, bound to happen. It feels like all part of the process. A makeup capsule is a work in progress, it changes and evolves as we do, to account not just for changes in our own style, but also for where we are in life at a particular time. 


It's still early days of the challenge, but I'm feeling like makeup products for my everyday look will make up approximately 80%, maybe even 90%, of my makeup capsule and the rest will be extras, for going out, or specific looks, or even for products that are "on trend" that I might experiment with, etc. I'm going to note that and we'll see how things turn out later in the year.

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@itsfi Ohh I didn’t know they were reformulated! I guess that makes sense given that some were on heavy clearance earlier this year. It’s so nice when the reformulated version is actually better than the original - so often I find that the “new and improved” version of something isn’t as good as the original!


80-90% of your collection to be capsule everyday products is an amazing goal! I’m trying to approach this like I do with my wardrobe (I tried capsule but it’s still very much a work in progress…..). An ideal capsule wardrobe will have all the essentials and basics, plus some room to rotate statement and trendier pieces ☺️ it keeps the capsule fresh and interesting while still working with the core foundational pieces (or in this case, products!)

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@itsfi I feel like I could happily use all of your week 2 products as well... There's nothing here that I would declutter either, so I completely understand the desire to keep everything!

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@missjeanie, I wondered if I had gotten soft when it came to evaluating my picks for the week, especially after decluttering 2 off the bat the first week. 😅 It's probably that I'm more comfortable with quick and easy looks and do them enough that I generally have a good idea of what combination of products is going to work just fine for me. What can I say, quick & easy means a little more time I can spend under the covers or with a cup of coffee so I am incentivized to get it squared away. lol

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Love this idea @itsfi Going to find time tomorrow to shop my stash for this week's capsule.

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Yaaaay! Join us @AznAngelLiz! 😍 It'll be fun to see your capsule for this week! 

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The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule 


to put together this capsule, I tried to pick items that have some skincare elements to them for hydration. I also prioritized liquid products, and those with glowy or glossy finishes, to avoid accentuating any dryness on my face/lips.


as a side note, to keep up with my pan project, I’ve decided that each of my weekly capsules should include at least one of my project items☺️ I’m also going to try to include a fragrance of the week!



my capsule for this week will be in the spoiler!

face - Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid (technically skincare, but I’m going to use it as a makeup primer/skin prep step to combat how dry it is in my house!), Smashbox Primer Water (a pan project item that does a nice job of adding moisture to the face between steps), Milani Cheek Kiss liquid blush in Wine Kiss, NYX Born to Glow Concealer

eyes - Essence Lash Princess Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel Flexible Medium-Hold Eyebrow Setter Clear 

lips - Marcelle lip liner in Spice, Bite Beauty Yaysayer Plumping Gloss in Rum Baba (pan project item), CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick Black Honey , SEPHORA COLLECTION Vegan Hydrating Lip Balm  in Cherry (this is the perfect wash of color, and is a really nice skincare style lip balm as well!)

fragrance - Atelier Cologne Vanille Incensee. Once upon a time, this was my signature winter scent. My collection of gourmands has grown, so it’s lost that status, but is still one of the more unique spicy vanillas in my collection. It’s a shame the brand isn’t widely available in Canada anymore!


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@cianni Excellent capsule picks. I like how you photographed the items. Having hydration for winter is helpful for the skin!

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@Mellmars1185 Thank you! My skin definitely needed it this week!

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These are excellent @cianni You selected a nice amount of goodness for this week's challenge. And that's pretty clever throwing in a Pan it! Challenge item. Well done! (And a perfume too! I love a good gourmand 😉)

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@CynthieLu i always forget how much i love vanilla incensee until i wear it. Super spicy and warm. This is actually my second bottle of it! But i think it’ll be hard for me to find a replacement 😪

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That's a bummer! 😭 Savour and enjoy the scent while you can @cianni 🩵 

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This is such a beautifully presented capsule @cianni! Love your approach and these products look like it will give you that dewy, hydrated glow you’re aiming for, in a quick and easy way! ♥️♥️♥️

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@itsfi the capsule idea was genius - i feel like i put together a cohesive look so quickly this morning! Not bad for running on 3 hours of sleep (maybe….) 

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Ohhhh @cianni! I'm scared to ask, were your maybe 3 hours in a row? Or do you just think the little bit here and little bit there added up to maybe that? Hang in there, hon!


I'm so happy you were able to get ready quickly. 

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@itsfi In a row!!! My husband has taken some time off work so weve been able to get some sleep!

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