I have a lot of makeup products. Obviously it’s nothing compared to some of the ridiculously big collections you see on Youtube, but it’s still more than the average person, and definitely more than any one person needs (not that anyone needs makeup, but you know what I mean). And I have more coming into my collection on a fairly regular basis.
I also have a lot of pretty old makeup. Makeup does expire, and while I am not someone who subscribes explicitly to the dates provided on products, I have had to throw out products in the past when they have changed consistency, or started to smell bad, or otherwise clearly deteriorated in quality in some way. And I don’t think anyone likes throwing out products they like and enjoy using.
So, I’ve decided to start a Project Pan. The aim of a Project Pan is either to use up completely, or hit pan on certain products. Some people choose to focus on products they love and know they’ll be able to use consistently without resenting them, others choose to focus on products they feel a bit ‘meh’ towards and want to get out of their collection. Some people prefer to use completely new products so they can get an idea of how long it really takes to use of a single item of makeup, while others gravitate towards products that are nearly finished so they can have that regular sense of achievement throughout the Project as they finish things up. Basically there’s a Project Pan out there for everyone: themed, timed, rolling, seasonal etc. etc.
For me, I’ve chosen ten products, and I’m aiming for this to be a six month project. I do like all the items I’ve picked because I love a good declutter, and don’t see the point in forcing myself to use things I don’t enjoy using – makeup is supposed to be fun! – so I at least like everything I have – whether or not I love it is a different question, and none of these are my favourites.
So, on to the products!
1. Benefit Porefessional Sample: I don’t know how people use up primers quickly! This is only a little 7.5ml sample, and I have literally been using this for years now. Admittedly I don’t wear foundation all that often, and I do have a couple of other primers that I rotate with this one, but it’s time for it to be finished and gone from my collection. There isn’t a lot left in this so I’m hopeful that it’ll be gone fairly soon!
2. Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Liquid-to-Powder Foundation in ‘Fair Enough’: I used to really like this foundation but I’ve realised that, while it looks okay from a distance, it doesn’t flatter my drier skin, and I’m increasingly preferring a dewier finish. Also, it’s quite a thick consistency so the pump constantly clogs and can be a bit messy. Because of this, I wouldn’t repurchase this when I’m done, but it’s a good shade match for me at the moment and it has had a decent amount of use, so ideally I’ll use this up before I start to get a bit more of a tan. I wasn’t able to mark how much of this is left because the product is so dense that I couldn’t see a bright light shining through it, but it’s definitely not full!
3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘010 Ivory’: This is okay. It’s not my favourite concealer, and it isn’t capable of completely covering my dark circles, but it does okay, and works decently well on spots and blemishes. This is really quite old now, and I haven’t been using it as I’ve reached for concealers I like more, but this works well enough to be worth using up so I want it gone and out of my collection. As you can see from where I’ve marked it, there’s only about a centimetre of product left in the tube, and concealer is something I use every single time I wear makeup so this shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
4. Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer and Setting Spray: I don’t think this spray helps extends the wear of makeup, but I do like it to help tone down the powderiness and meld my makeup together when it’s done, and it’s also good for spraying your brush to help make a shimmer shade really shine. I do want to try some other products in this category (Urban Decay All Nighter in particular!) but can’t justify it until I’ve got this finished up. As you can see from where I’ve marked the bottle, a decent amount of this has been used already, but I still think this will take me quite a long time to finish up!
5. Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick: Unlike a lot of the other products in this Project, this contour stick only came into my life reasonably recently, but I have others I prefer, and as it’s a deluxe sample size I don’t feel like it should be too hard to use up. I do like it, but I prefer a cooler undertone for contouring, so I’ll probably use this more as a cream contour around the hairline, rather than for carving out my cheekbones. As you can see, there’s only about a centimetre of this (it is basically unused), but so often I just forget to use cream face products before I set my face. I have all my Project Pan items pulled out in a separate container to remind me to use them, and I still managed to forget this this morning!
6. L’Oreal Paradise Primer Extatic: I actually really like this lash primer, so this is one of the few things that I may purchase again when it’s gone! However, mascaras and lash primers are something that I am a bit more fastidious about throwing out in a reasonable time – I’ve never had an eye infection and I want to keep it that way as much as possible! Therefore, I want to make this more of an everyday item, rather than saving it for special occasions like I’ve tended to so far. If this isn’t used up in a couple of months, I’ll have to throw it away anyway.
7. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara: Like I said, I’m careful about my mascaras, so I try to only have one or two open at a time. I’m also fortunate enough to have decent enough eyelashes that most mascaras will work well enough on me, but that said, I don’t think Revlon make the best mascaras. This is okay, but not something I will buy again once it’s used up. As with the primer, this will be thrown away if it isn’t used up in a couple of months.
8. Benefit Gimme Brow in ‘5’: I got this quite a while ago, and really like it as a product. I liked it so much that I went searching for a drugstore alternative and kept it for special occasions *face palm*. It’s now starting to dry up, so I want to use it while I still can. Don’t save your makeup for special occasions, people! Treat yourself and use a fancy lipstick to go to the supermarket! It’ll brighten your day, I promise! Anyways, this is only a mini one, so I feel pretty confident I’ll get through this.
9. Natural Collection Single Eyeshadow in ‘Barley’: This is another one that’s old. I’m talking more than five years old. They don’t make this anymore, and I don’t think they have done so for a while now. But the quality/smell has not changed so I feel okay in still using this on my eyes (it has been sprayed with alcohol to disinfect it regularly over the years). This was so affordable, and the colour is absolutely beautiful – a soft warm gold shade that I’m wearing over the Stila Shimmer and Glow in ‘Starlight’ today. There really are some hidden gems from Natural Collection – I love some of their blushers too! Because this is so old, I want it out of my collection, and I don’t think it should be too difficult as it’s a very wearable shade and there’s a dent in there already. I can’t even remember the last time I hit pan on an eyeshadow, and I don’t think I’ve ever completely finished one so I’m actually really looking forward to seeing some progress on this!
10. Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Berry Smoothie’: Remember the Revlon Lip Butters? They were so huge and nowadays you never hear them mentioned. I actually still really like them, but again, I just forget to use them because I gravitate towards newer products that I’m still more excited for. This is about half finished however, and is a super wearable shade on me – just a bit pinker than my natural lip colour with a subtle sheen – so I really want to try and get through this. I’ve never finished a lip product other than a lip balm, and I feel like this is a bit of an introductory one because it’s so balmy and light that I can wear it even when my lips are really dry (basically all the time, unfortunately!) and it isn’t very long lasting so (if I remember to!) it’s one that can be reapplied pretty frequently. We’ll see how well this goes!
So that’s everything I’m hoping to use up over the next six months. I’ll do updates each month so you can see how it’s going and if I manage it!