Are you getting tired of my Project Pan posts? Well, tough. Keeping a running project pan was on my 12 goals for 2018 list. So while I have half finished posts about imposter syndrome, the idea of a fantasy self, and my January trip to California (so long ago!), you’re going to keep getting project pan posts.
Here’s my “5 by April Fools” Project Pan intro that will be followed by a “7 By Independence Day” pan, which will hopefully have different items, if I’m doing this right!
Smashbox Light It Up Contour (This is one of three mini palettes that were in the Smashbox Light It Up Kit. I suspect this was a 2016 Holiday Kit? You can still get it if you go hunting, for about $30 for a contour kit (below), eye palette, and lip palette.)
My goal with this palette was to reach pan on the contour shade (far left) and to utilize the brightening powder (far right).
I did not succeed. I made a really impressive dip in the contour shade. And I have done a GREAT job of utilizing the white shade to set my undereye and to emphasize my contour (on the weekends).
The contour shade really works for me. It’s cool toned without being muddy and blends super easily for me. I like how finely milled the brightening shade is. I struggle to use these narrow pans, so I still think I’ll be depotting this soon. It’s the primary reason I haven’t used the bronzing shade in the middle; in order to use it without picking up extra powder, I’d have to use a very narrow brush, probably one not ideal for bronzing.
I always think I’ll be able to use powder products up much more quickly than I can, so it was definitely optimistic for me to think I’d hit pan on this. However, it will most likely make an appearance in my next project pan.
Wow. I really am an optimist. I thought I would fully finish this product by April 1. I really need to revisit how long it takes me to use products.
I did not complete this, and I have a significant amount left. This is my favorite part of project panning–realizing how far the makeup you have will take you really helps you reevaluate any new purchases.
This is one of the oldest items in my collection. I have naturally thick and defined brows, so I just use this to fill in spaces. It’s simple to use for me, and it doesn’t seem to migrate throughout the day. The shade is perfect for me, especially now that I mixed the two together. I’m not finicky about my brows, so I’m not one to give recommendations. But this definitely works for what I need it to.
It’s done. I finished it. I’ve never been so proud of myself in my life. This is the second time I’ve ever panned a colored lip product (chapsticks don’t count). And I didn’t intentionally pan the first one, it was OFRA’s liquid lipstick in Pasadena, and it mostly dried up.
Part of me wants to break apart this and see the contraption inside. I’ve been watching too much of the Makeup Breakup on YouTube. But while you can see a little lip product in there, I am never going to be the sort of person who depots lip products and uses a brush just to finish it. As soon as the usable/reachable product is done, so am I.
Blush from Coastal Scents Blush + Bronzer Mini Palette (Boxycharm Item, Retails $13.95 for entire palette)
I think I can claim my goal of significant widening of the pan. This blush is bold and has a hint of shimmer to it–the first photograph is the more accurate one. I guess I should probably invest in some consistent lighting so I’m not at the whim of the sun and my fickle indoor lighting. I like the bright, blendable way this blush applies on the cheeks. I will keep using this, but I don’t think it will be in my next project pan. I have quite a few blushes–from some Tarte blushes to some Boxycharm blush palettes, that I want to learn more about. I don’t have a great blush game right now, and I need to learn more about shades, tones, and applications. However, I can’t quite bring myself to just declutter this!
So, I really don’t like this product. As such, it’s been very difficult to attempt to pan it. I can definitely say I’ve made progress. I want to finish it. And you’ll definitely see it in the future. But blegh. I don’t get how this is highly rated. It’s not always “scrub”y enough. Nor is it hydrating enough on its own. There’s no great scent or feel. It is low cost, which is nice. For me, I’ll probably try to save up and invest a little more in a much better product from now on.
So that’s it. That’s the very delayed conclusion of my Finish 5 by April Fools Project Pan. Stay tuned for the next installment!