Project Pan; A Sign of Guilt?

I hit pan

I have had my Modern Renaissance palette by Anastacia Beverly Hills for about 8 month and I finally hit pan on one of the shades, I felt like I had won £2 pound on a scratch card or a free caramel frappe. My delight at using enough of the product that you can see a little bit of the metal pan was not thwarted by the fact that it was the cream shade (tempura) which is my most used colour as I set my primer with that or whatever cream shade I have handy.

This sense of achievement got me to thinking about how long it would actually take me to use my makeup products up; considering I have had Modern Renaissance for a while, I would have thought I would have hit pan sooner.

None of the other shades are anywhere near pan, due to me rotating my eyeshadow palettes around a lot and this got me thinking; shouldn’t I use some of my products I have before investing in anymore new ones? This is where project pan comes in.


What is project pan?

Quite simply project pan is where you dedicate your time to using up some of your makeup products and making a noticeable difference in the pan that it showing and trying to use up as much of the product as possible. Some people set themselves a specific number of products in a specific amount of time e.g. pan 5 by Christmas. They then update people on their progress every now and again and say how they have been getting on.

Is it a sign of guilt?

When I originally thought about posting about project pans I was going to explore the idea that people do project pans out of a feeling of guilt. Feeling a sense of shame at having purchased all this makeup only to have it sat there not being used, makeup is meant to run out, not sit and languish on a shelf.

I completely understand this feeling and would call it ‘collectors guilt’; the desire to acquire all the lovely, nicely packaged products, but buying so much that it would take you 5 years to actually use up.

I do not have this feeling with all products, I am constantly running out of concealer, foundation and setting spray as they are used the majority of the time. Its the products with the much greater variety of variables that draws me in; eyeshadows, eyeliner pencils, highlighters and lipsticks, they are that ones I cannot resist buying, then feeling bad that I have too many.

Another reason is much more practical; makeup has a lifespan and people like to use them up before they go ‘off’. Another reason is they are trying to save money and use things up before they splurge on more, this is my reason. I have come to a point where I don’t ‘need’ anymore makeup and if I want to indulge myself in buying anymore then I should shift some of the stuff I already have.

What I am going to project pan

Seventeen Phwaor Paint in light

As I said above, I use concealer quite a lot so this should not be too hard to crack. This concealer is a bit more heavier than I would normally use everyday but I have used it quite a bit that I already have some pan showing.

I really like this product for its coverage, it really does the trick when covering dark circles and blemishes.

Essence 2 in 1 eyeshadow primer

As you can see, I have made significant progress on this product already. For the price of £3 it is an amazing eyeshadow primer; it provides the perfect bass and makes you’re eyeshadow stay on all day.

The reason I’m trying to pan this is because I have been using it for so long and have another eyeshadow primer I really want to try. I actually prefer  it to the Urban Decay primer potion of which I got a sample when I bought the setting spray.

It is going to take me a while to pan it, but I have heard about using eyeshadow primer on your nose to keep your foundation on better. When I start wearing foundation again I will try it and let you know the results.

Freedom Pro Strobe Palette.

I have already mentioned this product in my 6 product makeup look and have already made some serious indent into the pan. I have been working on using the bronzer for the past month or so while the weather has been good and my skin is slightly darker.

I have ditched the contoured look for now but no doubt I will find that I will be getting through the contours as well.


The Balm Loumanizar palette

I was a victim of being caught up in ‘limited edition hype’ with this product. I had a few The Balm products and really liked them (until I found significantly better ones but that is another story) and I had heard great things about Mary Loumanizer that I thought I would get this as I get three for just a little bit extra.

I found this to be a bit of a false economy as I only really used Mary Lou. I am determined that this is going to change and I am going to try to make a dent in the other two products as well as trying to hit pan on Mary, which I think I am quite close to.

Nyx Slide on pencil in Black

I have made quite good progress on this but I then stopped using it and I a not sure why. Liquid eyeliner is a bit of a risk at the moment with the weather being so hot but this gel liner pencil is great for the water line. I am determined to get rid of this pencil so I can use some of the other ones I have without feeling bad.


Essence and Rimmel lip liners

I have two all time favourite lip liners; Essence Plumcake and Essence ‘Girl Next Door.’ I have come to learn that all I really need is a few lipliners and I’m sorted so I am trying to get rid of the ones I have that I’m not too fussed about.

I picked these two lip liners for very different reasons; the Essence one in the shade ‘In The Nude’ because it is a pencil liner rather than mechanical one and I can’t be doing with having to sharpen pencils so this one’s got to go.

The reason I picked the Rimmel one is because it is very usable at the moment with it being summer; the colour ‘Eastend Snob’ is a light pink that is beautiful for the summer months.

Another reason I want to use this up is that it is so soft formula the pencil keeps breaking on me and this is another thing I can’t be dealing with; mess in the morning is such an infuriating thing that I do not  do well with.

I actually used all these products for my makeup this morning. I’ve been going super natural (unfortunately not the TV show with the gorgeous Jensen Akles in) for the past few days to save on time.

I knew I have said in the past that natural isn’t really my thing but I have surprised myself on how quick I’ve been getting my done and still been happy with it.

What products would you put in a project pan? I would love to know what people are trying to use up.

Ciao for now makeup fans xx

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m so bad at hitting on my products hahaha I really wanna get better at it! I’ve heard great things about the essence lipliners, what do you think of them? 🙂 Great post. Beauty On A Budget


    1. lifewithmrst says:

      The essence lipliners are fantastic especially the mechanical ones, they are the only ones I buy now, thanks for commenting xx


  2. Kristal says:

    Hitting pan is an achievement and oh no problem for me. I love ABH makeup.i get exicited seeing pan. Because that mean I am ready to go out and buy another one.


    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I might be getting a cheaper version if I run out of my ABH it is amazing but I just don’t use it enough


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