My First Project Pan – An Introduction

Project Pan: Introduction

You may have heard of a concept in the beauty world known as project panning. Project panning is where you choose a number of products that you’re aiming to either “hit pan” or finish a product entirely. Some of my favourite videos to watch are project pans and the same with blog posts (like Bows & Pleats). I love seeing products getting used up and it fights against consumerism somewhat.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m actively trying to finish up non cruelty-free products in my collection as soon as I can so I can go back to rotating my regular collection of products in. I plan to record here my progress on products I’m trying to use up, every two months. I’ve included a few photos below of where I am up to with products where I can (a bit hard with the liquid eyeliners).

Products:

Primer:

  • Benefit Porefessional deluxe sample (almost finished!) – I haven’t really enjoyed this but plan to cut it open to get the last of it. Best used in very small doses!

Foundation:

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear (almost finished!) – I’ve been buying this for almost 10 years and it’s truly the most long lasting foundation on the face in existence. I will miss it once it’s gone for sure, it’ll be hard to replace.

Concealer:

  • Bobbi Brown corrector – I’ve noticed a dip in this lately. With cream products I tend to swirl my finger around the whole pot, meaning I never really see dips but I’ve been trying to use the middle on purpose!
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer – I had higher hopes for this concealer given how great the foundation is. It doesn’t set like the foundation does and I find it moves a lot, even once set. There’s only 3 grams in this but it’s taking forever!
  • Nars creamy radiant concealer – this is my third or fourth tube of my favourite concealer. I’ve taken the stopper out so now this has to sit upright or all the product will be waiting at the top. I’ll miss this one for sure. I’ve finished all I could get to without the stopper so I’m assuming I have about 3mm left.

Project Pan: Introduction

Face Products:

  • Nars Lustre blush – I still love this blush but it’s made me realise just how long it actually takes to pan a blush! No more blush for me for a long time, as I’ve got about 11 other blushes as well!! This is a beautiful golden sheen, don’t let the orange tone trick you. I’m fair af, but this still looks good on me. I would estimate I’ve barely scratched the surface on this one.
  • Benefit Quickie Contour Stick – I really wanted this as I’m so lazy with contouring and it’s such a great product, I just wish it were cruelty-free! Creamy, blendable, and long lasting, I’ve barely got it below the surface, even though I’ve been using it at least once a week for months.
  • Benefit deluxe sample Watts Up – I’m selling my full size of this as I’m just not going to get through it. This mini size is perfect for me instead.
  • Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter (I’ve hit pan here but would like to finish it up!) – I’ve been loving this highlighter for its non blinding highlight. It’s perfect for everyday work in an office. There’s only a tiny amount of product in this, 3g compared to Marylou manizer which is about 8g from memory. I hit pan in a few months of everyday use but I don’t feel like it’s changed that much in the last few months.

Project Pan: Introduction

Lipstick:

  • Mac Ruby Woo
  • Mac Rebel
  • Mac Velvet Teddy
  • Mac Midimauve
  • Mac Mehr
  • Mac Captive
  • Mac Plumful
  • Mac Flat Out Fabulous
  • Nars Rosecliff

Project Pan: Introduction

Eyeliner:

  • Maybelline 2x master precise eyeliner
  • Maybelline hyper-sharp eyeliner

How I Plan To Pan

I have been wearing these products almost every day, around 5-6 days a week. I’ve allowed myself occasional days to wear other products so I don’t get bored. I’ve looked into any extra ways I can look to pan products such as mixing foundations, focussing on one blush, and trying out extra looks, and lastly, making the effort to do a full face most days to get the most out of my products.

Project Pan: Introduction

I’ve been marking on these two where I am at since January. I have been focussing on this foundation but on the Estee Lauder concealer instead of this Nars one. As you can see, my last marking was at the bottom of the text but I am already a little below that! I will hopefully be finished this one by mid-April.

What If I Don’t Like A Product Anymore?

When I don’t like a product, I will typically declutter it and think if there is anyone in my life who would like it more than me, and if not, I will put it up for sale. I won’t keep using a product if I’m not enjoying it.

Last Thoughts

This project pan will help me get down to being purely cruelty-free in my collection and also cull some much needed excess product.

Have you ever done a project pan before?