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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 24 (June 10 - 16) - The Repurposed Makeup Capsule and/or The Multi-tasking 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.


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 6.12.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

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.

WEEK 27 (July 1 - 7) - The Indie Brands Makeup Capsule and/or The Summer Vacation Makeup Capsule - Let's celebrate our indie brands for the week of Independence Day - curate a capsule with one or more products from indie brands. OR, put together a capsule with makeup you'd take with you on vacation this summer - an actual summer vacay or your dream summer vacation. It'll be fun to hear about everyone's vacation spots - do you like to go someplace warm or cool? 
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. 
WEEK 29 (July 15 - 21) - The Sticks and (Gem)Stones 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; in an homage to our previous Pops Of Colour theme (thank you @missjeanie), a second option for this week's capsule can focus on one or more products that add a pop of color to your look. The pop doesn't need to be a gemstone shade - I just added that hook for the sticks-and-stone theme! 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 6.10.2024]

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

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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That sounds like you selected just the right items @cianni 👌 good job!! 

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@cianni, this is great!!! I love the products you picked out - they seem like they will be easy to apply too, another plus! 💗 


Do your Physicians Formula items have a scent to them? If so, how strong would you describe them. Some but not all of their products can have an intense fragrance to them that is too much for me, 

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@itsfi The two I have here have scents, but I checked the other PF blush I have and it’s not scented. This blush has a sweet, candy like scent that I notice in the pan but not on the face. The bronzer has the butter bronzer scent, and I find it a little stronger than the blush. Maybe because it’s a liquid product? It does dissipate as you wear it, but I notice it upon application for sure 

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@cianni, thank you. I have mixed feelings about the butter bronzer line - sometimes I love the smell and other times, it's just a lot. 😆 Glad you are getting an opportunity to put them to more use.

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@itsfi I totally agree! The scent is definitely stronger in the liquid version versus the powder bronzer. I’m thinking of mixing it in my moisturizer and making my own bronzing drops, which should dilute the scent as well 

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That is a great idea @cianni! Smart. If / when you decide to mix them, I'd love to hear your thoughts on your DIY bronzing drops. 😍

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Week 3 Capsule

I'm learning that my idea of a capsule is really more products than I want it to be, but I'm also being realistic about needing something from every category in order to use only these products and my project pan through the week. 

I'm going away for work this week (just a quick 2 nights) so I needed items that I can easily pack along with fitting the theme.  On top of that there are two nights this week where I'll be going out and will want something a bit ... more to wear. 


-The Missha is a favourite that has been set aside in order to focus on using up some that are not a favourite, so I'm happy to have it for the week!  

-The Smashbox/Becca Under eye brightener is the only item over 20$.  I just don't have a colour corrector that falls under the $$.

-Cover Girl Powder was purchased when I had some lost luggage... I honestly do not remember if I liked it at all. 

-The SC Concealer is brand new so we're going out on a limb here that I'll like it.

-Mascara ... The Benefit is about at it's end, and the SC I don't remember really loving, it's also a wee bit older so it may be trash after day 1. 


The only way I could have shadow was if I went for my single products.  

-Mac shadows... I may need to replace these with some MUFE singles.  I am certain I got these on sale which would have put them under the 20$US, however I might be stretching the premise of the challenge with this one.  I'm pretty sure that I have some MUFE in similar shades.

-Colour Pop will be nice for my nights out I think.

-The Rare Beauty liquid shadow was one that I really enjoyed and always hoped for more shades to come out.  Kinda sad that it hasn't take off.  

-Laura Mercier mini sticks will travel easily I think and since they're the mini size are under the cap!

-I'm feeling some brighter shades this week as it's quite grey and snowy here.  The Tower 28 blush is a favourite formula of mine and I'm hoping to spend some time with the LYS this week and decide how I feel about these.  I have a few more that I picked up in a set over the holidays and I'm still questioning if I want them to stay with me or to move on to a friend or family member.



Last week I had four lip products.  The way I leave them all over the place I felt like I wanted a few more this week just to avoid having nothing when I've left them at work etc.

-The NXY is the only lipliner I have that falls under the cap, and having just gone through my lip liners... I'm kind shocked that I have such a small handful.  Old me would see this as a reason to shop the heck out of this category, but new me is going to use the few that I have until the spring sale. 

-I really love the Rare Beauty lip gloss formula and am happy to have a reason to pull these out again.  They really do feel balmy.

-Innbeauty Lip Glazes, are quite nice.  The cookie shade is easy to wear and the mystery shade is a lovely hot pink on me if I re apply a few times in the day. 

-Glossier Ultra Lip in Viper is going to be my 'going out' lip this week.  

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These cover all your bases so well @missjeanie. I feel so confident you are going to pull a bunch of looks out of these picks. 😀

I'm glad I came here and saw how all of you are putting together the capsule this week, I'm getting some good ideas. I think it's going to take some good digging to find things to fit, bit I'm really inspired but what you've done with yours.



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@CynthieLu It was a good hour of shuffling things in and out with a phone in hand trying to find prices lol!  But I had fun doing it!

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I started digging though my things. You nailed it, it is fun to come up with creative ways to use these goodies in our collections. @missjeanie 😜 

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@missjeanie, beautiful, beautiful choices!!! 😍 Any Kbeauty base product that is in the shade No. 22 is probably one I'm going to love! The 21's are always a smidge too light and sometimes with a greige undertone that is not what I would consider flattering or healthy looking on anyone. The 23's are often too warm or at worst, too warm and orangey for me. 22. I feel like there needs to be more of those shades in Kbeauty bases. I would buy more Kbeauty makeup if that were the case. Ohhhh, on second thought, maybe there shouldn't be more 22's on the market. 😂🤣😂 This must be the new me talking. Wow, the 2024 versions of us are sure savings savvy, missjeanie. I'd usually recommend we treat ourselves to a haul, but that doesn't seem in keeping with the 2024 versions of us. Maybe a spirited refresher or an ice cream refreshment instead. Ha!


Like I said in another post, your lippie collection - so pretty! 💗 I will shop your stash any day!

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@itsfi Its funny you mention shade 21 being a tad too greige.  I have a 21 here and while I think I can pull it off... I do need to be careful which powders I use to warm it up a bit.  I bought 21 first, then found that 22 was a MUCH better match.  

Lol... I'm sitting here now enjoying some ice cream with chai concentrate on top.  It's delightful and I'm kinda mad I didn't think to do this sooner!  I'm going to enjoy window shopping for a bit to figure out my spring haul.  My basket will change so often between now and then it'll look like a tornado hit!  Side note... I wish we could keep multiple loves lists.  

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@missjeanie Great selections for under $20 and work travel. Good idea on holding off on buying liners until the sale. Are there any specific shades you have in mind?

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@Mellmars1185 I usually go for mauvy berry tones and I'll likely stick with that.  I probably have enough to get through a full year but I'll start keeping an eye out and do some window shopping until then!

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Week 2 Recap!


These products are part of my Project Pan for 2024.  I've decided that I'm going to include them in all of my capsules both to ensure they get used and to give my capsule products some back up.  I have no need for other eyeliner or brow products generally so it'll also mean that I don't need choose those weekly. These were all fine.  I'm not a huge fan of the Dew You Foundation so I'm still trying to figure out how to mix it with skincare to make it more wearable for me.  The brow pencil is meh... it tends to smudge a bit if I don't leave it alone and I really just prefer a tinted gel.  


So as you can see.... my version of a capsule collection might rival some of the regular collections of others.  I do a full face every day for work and I'm trying to exclusively use these products all week.  

Highlights of the week:

- MUFE makes such solid products.  The powder was great and I'm happy to use it anytime, though there's so little left I'd like to finish it off.  The foundation was great when I need quick as I'm able to draw it right onto my face.  I also used this to touch up my base after work before going out for dinner and it really worked well going over my morning make up.

-Didn't quite finish off my Dior concealer, but I did pull the stopper and see it being finished as soon as I work it back into the project.

- The ND Mini Love was a nice add on to my project pan GXVE in order to have a bit of a pink or purple tint.  The paler shimmer shade also worked nicely with just the GXVE for an easy look.

- I can't believe I've let my use of the YSL Vinyl Stains wane.  I mean... I've seen how many lip products I have... so I get why its happened, but I need to use these more often. 

- 4 lip products isn't enough for me in a week.  Not that I mind repeating lip wardrobe in the week, but I have the habit of putting them into my purse or pocket or on my desk and then finding I don't have one within easy access.  


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@itsfi I think for me, doing a capsule each week makes my mornings easier, and hopefully will allow me to actually use some products that I pass over because there's something newer that always seems to strike my fancy.  I'll never have a capsule collection overall, but I can at least try during the week lol

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I love your capsule collections @missjeanie. I've been using the capsules this month to see "how low can I go" in terms of the fewest number of products in a capsule I can have while being able to do the looks I need. So far, it's hovering between 11 - 18 items - and that's me being very intentional on having fewer products. Mine, I'm sure, will end up being a more ... robust ... makeup capsule collection. 🤣 All good. This isn't one size fits all, or even most; it's about finding the capsule size that suits you. 


btw, your selection of lip products is gorgeous!! 😍😍😍 Not surprising but worth mentioning.

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@missjeanie Great capsule picks. I like how you included project pan in the capsule. I may try that. The GXVE is a great palette to have for a crease/transition shades. I was so sad when I had to declutter a YSL vinyl stain last year. The formula changed and went bad. I need to give my lippies more love and not let that happen again. I also need several lippies each week. 

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@Mellmars1185 I'd be sad to have to toss my YSL stains as well.  I'm actually impressed at how well a few of them have lasted!  And high five for multiple lip products... gotta have choice!

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Week 3 - The $20 and Under Makeup Capsule


When it says $20 capsule, that’s $20 USD, which makes this about $27 CAD, riiight? I’d have almost no makeup to play with otherwise. 😅 I have a few that are over budget simply because it’s all I have. I also have a few repeats because they’re my usual routine and have fulfilled all the capsule requirements so far. 


Foundation - SEPHORA COLLECTION Best Skin Ever Liquid Foundation 28.5 N 

Concealer - MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer NW32 (Over budget but the only thing I have to work with)

Blush - Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Magic Hour 

Contour - Tower 28 Beauty Sculptino™ Soft Matte Cream Contour + Bronzer Hammer 

Lips - Covergirl Simply Ageless Moisture Renew Core Lipstick (various shades depending on my mood that day)

Mascara - Rimmel Wonder’Extension

Eyeliner - Dolly Wink My Best Liner Brown

Brows - NYX Micro Brow Pencil Ash Brown

Eyeshadow - Revolution Reloaded Velvet Rose

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@JoSometimes Ah... Tower 28.... within the challenge and still such a winning product!  I was so excited when I saw they were 20$ US!!

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