We are FINALLY at the end of my first ever Project Pan! It’s been a long couple of months and I’ve learnt a heck of a lot from it, but I’ll talk about that a bit later. I know it’s only been two week’s since the last update but in this post, I’m going to show you a comparison of what my products looked like at the start of the project and then at the end of the project, to see just how far I’ve come! I hope that you enjoy!
In this post, I’ll be sharing the initial picture of the product and then the final result.
1. Touch In Sol – No Poreblem Primer
2. L’Oreal Magic Touch Instant Blur
3. Urban Decay Primer Potion
4. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection
5. Australis Metallix in Jay-Zed
6. L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation
7. CoverGirl 3 in 1 Foundation
8. Clinique Blush in Smouldering Plum
9. Rimmel Blush in Genuine Plum
10. NYX Blush in Taupe
11. Shiro Cosmetics Pigment in Little Bird
12. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Asia
13. MAC Lipstick in Plumful
14. MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in V
15. Maybelline Baby Lips in Menthol
16. Chapstick Cake Batter Lip Balm
17. Shanghai Lil Raspberry Royale Lip Balm
18. Inglot Lipliner
So I finished 7 products and abandoned or lost 4 out of the 18 products that I included in this challenge.
I’ve learnt a lot from this challenge and I want to share them with you, even if you’re not considering doing a Project Pan in the future.
- Finishing a product can take a LONG time.
- If you’re wanting to do a project pan, limit your powder products
- Pick an appropriate time frame
- Don’t pick too many products
This Project Pan definitely halted my makeup spending all together because taking on this sort of challenge really puts into perspective how long it would take to use up all the products that I own. Honestly, I’ve definitely got enough highlighter to last a lifetime.
For a time, I was really into purchasing blush but as you can see, I made almost no dent on the blush I added to this project and I used it every day. I’ve only hit pan on one blush and I think I used it for a whole year as my every day blush and that’s my Down Boy blush from The Balm, which I adore.
Speaking of blush, limiting your pigmented powder products really is a must, unless you’re already nearing completion and you just want to see it finished. I made the huge mistake of adding that Rimmel Blush, purely because I wanted to remove it from my collection but still get my money’s worth but it was so hard to use up. Even my NYX Blush in Taupe took ages and I had already hit pan on it before the project. Thankfully I saw more progress with that item.
I wouldn’t recommend adding product types that you know you like variety for. It was really easy to have a blush set out for me every day, a way to do my eye makeup and a lip product to go to but I really love to change up my look every day, especially while doing the 100 Days of Makeup Challenge, and I’d bought a blush on my birthday that I knew I could really only wear in Winter and because I started this project during Winter, I ended up having no time to use it this year at all and it’s my birthday today so I’ve probably only used it once since I bought it and I hate that.
Make sure that you pick products that you know you can finish in the time frame. Lipsticks aren’t too bad but say you’re going to do the project for 6 months, try to add no more than 2, unless they’re both near completion. You can always add more in later if you want to try to finish more.
In my experience, the best items for project pans are lip balms, lip liners, eye primers and face primers. Anything that uses a large surface area is fantastic because you can slather it on your face, and anything that you need to sharpen will also show signs of use quite quickly if you’re dedicated to it. Things that you can reapply like lip balm or perfume are great because you can always top up throughout the day, unlike foundation and things like that that are more set for a whole day’s worth of wear.
Of what I have left over, I plan on continuing the MAC Paint Pot, the two MAC lipsticks and the Inglot liner. The other items are just too old or I haven’t the motivation to see it to completion. Either way, I’m still removing the amount of products from my collection that I’d hoped to at the start of the project.
I’m currently working on a Pan that Palette, which will be introduced here soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
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Au revoir xxx