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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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@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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@missjeanie I was staring at my blush collection, trying to figure out what could work. Good thing I checked the price! 😁

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Yep @JoSometimes, that's the right conversion. I updated the original post after @missjeanie brought it to my attention. All good if you go over it; all your makeup doesn't have to fit entirely into the theme. And, conversion rates change daily, right? So even the ones that are over it today could be very well within the range on another day. 😉


Oh! Is that pan or close to pan on that Tower 28 contour / bronzer I see? 😍 It looks like there's a good dip in the product if it's not pan.

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@itsfi I know it doesn’t have to but I like the challenge. 😄


And yes! It’s “pan” (more like acrylic bottom). It saw a lot of use when I played around with underpainting last summer. 

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@JoSometimes Great capsule! I think that conversion is accurate. I may have to consider that when choosing my foundation for the week. I meant to set my products for the week aside today. Oops!

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@Mellmars1185I just have the one to work with and it fits perfectly with this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you put together!

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Week 2 Recap


like @itsfi , I didn’t really have any losers or declutters for this week. I’m pretty happy with it all, but I do have some notes!



  • essence lash princess is always a win. Given its price point, it’ll be carried over into this weeks capsule
  • #SEPHORA COLLECTION Vegan Hydrating Lip Balm 3 Cherry - saved my lips and the color was perfect for light makeup days 
  • CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick Black Honey - a classic for a reason!


Take it or leave its 

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@cianni Excellent feedback. Ohh the Essence mascara is a good idea for my capsule this coming week.

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@Mellmars1185 Essence has some great products! They recently released a black brown color of the lash princess mascara that I’m interested in trying, although picking up something new does defeat the purpose of the challenge!

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@cianni maybe once you get through a few mascaras in thr challenge, it will make a nice replacement?

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@cianni I feel slightly called out on the age of my BITE products lol!  I should really be showing mine more love as well.  

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@missjeanie lol! It was definitely a call out to myself too. This gloss is nowhere near the only Bite product I still have in my collection 🙈 I’ve been hoarding the liners because I loved them so much but I’m definitely toeing the line of what is still going to perform when I actually do get around to using them 

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Love your recap @cianni! I found my essence mascaras and will add one to the rotation once I get in some good use of the ones I've already open, probably in the springtime.


Oh yes, Clinique Black Honey, she's a classic beauty. I love how Clinique has been introducing the color into different formulations and lip products. It's a great way to honor such a renowned product and keep it fresh! 


I literally lol'ed when I read your comment on Yaysayer. I, too, need to finish it "sooner rather than later" ... once I figure out where I put it. 😝 I miss Bite Beauty. 

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@itsfibite had so many good products! petition for a 2024 comeback 🤞🏼 I’ll even take a limited product offering through another brand, like how Smashbox did with Becca! Buxom mainly does lip products,

maybe a Buxom x Bite line? Who do I call to make this happen haha

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Week 3: The $20 & Under Makeup Capsule 

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Product Details:

Each product in my bin for week 3's capsule retails for $20 or less, with products ranging from $7 - $20. I'm taking a slightly different approach to week's 3 capsule and using the week to evaluate a handful of pieces here, which I've marked with an asterisk (*) below.

-- Primer: e.l.f. Putty Primer Trio Set* - I've used (and love) the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer but haven't really reached for the matte or luminous versions as much. I want to see how these two perform on their own and vis-a-vis the poreless version. 
-- Foundation & Concealer: e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer* will be doing double duty this week, as both my foundation and concealer option. It feels on the thicker side which doesn't always work for my skin over a period of time, so we shall see how this one performs over the course of the week.

-- Blush (powder): I've probably had the Physicians Formula Strawberry Jam Blush* in my stash for 2+ years 😬 only reaching for it once, maybe twice. 😬😬 The strawberry print is an overspray, but I confess I picked it up because of the print and because I thought it might smell like strawberries - it does, and not too synthetic either, but the scent is very faint.
-- Blush (liquid): How cute is the packaging for the A'pieu Juicy Pang Blusher Guava Pearl*? I also picked this up primarily for the packaging - sensing a pattern here, anyone? 😀 It's blendable and buildable and I'm excited to give this some more attention.
-- Bronzer & Highlight: The dual ended NYX Wonderstick* includes a contour shade on one end and a highlight on the other. I have shades Light and Medium. I've used these a handful of times - the contour shades seem to work better as a bronzer color on me. I haven't been a fan of the texture or color of either highlighter but I may just need to spend more time working with them. 
-- Contour: SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Contour Matte Powder* in Shade No. 1 reminded me of Chanel Notorious and a Kevyn Aucoin contour shade that was discontinued years ago, both of which were good, so I decided to pick this up and see how well it works as a contour - this'll mean more practice contouring for me as well.

-- SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Waterproof Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick 11 Truffle Shimmer is back again this week. It really has been so easy to use and I love the color and staying power.
-- SEPHORA COLLECTION Hot Line Brush Tip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 01 Black 
-- I've broken my rule about having no more than 3 mascaras open at any one time. In my defense, I had forgotten that I had opened this deluxe sized tube of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara* shortly after returning from Sephoria. It's been a whie since I've used it so we shall see how well it wears. I found it when I was emptying one of my handbags. Well, now I have 4 mascaras in rotation.

-- Lip Gloss: The Lip Bar Vegan Lip Gloss Girl Boss is a well loved color and formula in my collection. I misplaced my first tube during a trip which was a bummer because I was close to finishing it. Fortunately, I had a backup at home (this one) and I'm very mindful now to make sure it comes back with me if I pack it for a trip. 
-- Lip Oil: iNNBEAUTY PROJECT Glaze Lip Oil Mystery is back again for another week. This pH adjusting oil is lightweight but hydrating. 

Excited for another week of shopping my makeup stash. Looking forward to seeing what awesome and affordable beauties you'll be using this coming week.


FYI: Original post has been updated with themes / prompts for February. [Edited 1.14.2024]


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@itsfi Excellent picks for this week's capsule. I am going to open my fourtj mascara also for this upcoming week. I don't mind because I need an excuse to use it. I am excited to see how this weeks mascara preforms. 

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Oooh, now I'm curious - which mascaras will you have in use @Mellmars1185? I have the following open at the moment - 

I would love to open up more mascaras but it's a slippery slope for me. Before long, I'll have a dozen open and, I know me, many will only get used once or twice. Going to try to hold the line until end of March, or until a couple of these four have been rotated out for one reason or another.


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@itsfi  Oh great mascaras. The Lancome is one I enjoyed. I still have to try the Hourglass. The mascaras that are currently in my rotation are:

Tower 28 Beauty MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Drift - The Tower 28 mascara has become my favourite since we did the tutorial with @TeamBIC . This is my third tube since discovering it. It doesn't transfer to my oily eyelids. I find it fans and seperates my lashes well. I can build up the product quite a bit without it looking clumpy.

Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara mini from Sephoria. I have only used this a handful of times since using it in my capsule. I need to get some more use our of this one to give better feedback. It does look good on the lashes. I just need to try wearing it with an eyeshadow base/primer and powder to see if it doesn't smudge on me. Do you have the same issue? I see you want to try out the waterproof version.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara Super Black - This one doesn't transfer to my eyelids, and it longwearing for me. A lot of products comes out on the wand. It makes for a messy application. I probably won't repurchase this one. I am going to put it in another capsule rotation but am ready to part with it soon. I just have some other mascaras I like more.


I will be opening an essence princess mascara for this upcoming capsule.


I am trying to be mindful and not wasteful so I have a few mascaras in my stash that will need some love before I purchase any new ones. So far the T28 is my absolute favourite.

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Our eyelids must be related @Mellmars1185😊 Mine tend to be oily, even in the winter months, just less so. Which yes, to your point, means primer and powder become more of a necessity than an option. lol Speaking of that, what's been your go to or tried-and-true eyeshadow primer?


Regardless of the season my eyelids are always on the oily side; they get oilier the closer to the lashline so it can make it challenge with mascara and eyeliner. It's why I prefer waterproof mascaras. Your 3rd Tower 28? That makes it sound very promising for my lashes. I have a mini (and a full size, I think) and you and others here like @ather rave about it. I'll include it in the next rotation, unless I get distracted by another mascara, lol.

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