2019 Project Pan: Introduction

Having been a long time watcher of project pan videos on Youtube, I’ve decided it’s about time to start a project myself. I’ve decided to make 2019 a “no buy” year for myself in terms of makeup, which I wrote about in my makeup addiction post.

For those of you who aren’t particularly as far down the online beauty community hole as myself, a project pan is when you take a select amount of your makeup products and try to hit pan on them (or use them up) in a certain amount of time. It’s a good way to make sure you get use out of the products that you own. It’s also a good way to face the reality of how long it actually takes to use up an item. It’s common in the beauty community to want to buy and have a bunch of different eyeshadow palettes and blushes and foundations, but it takes a long time to go through those items, especially powder products. Bluntly speaking, it’s a pretty good reality check. And although logically I know how long it takes to use things it, I still have probably five times the amount of stuff I need. Check, please.

For 2019 I have decided to work on panning 10 items. One of them I’ve already hit pan on (is that cheating? I don’t care, I’m making my own rules) and I am hoping to completely use up.I might make it a rolling project, adding in items as I use things up to keep it at ten things, but we’ll see. I may completely fail and use nothing up. Let’s hope I don’t.

So here are the products I chose and where I currently stand on all of them.


RCMA No Color Powder. I’ve had this in my collection for almost a year and have barely used it in favor of another loose powder that I own. I like the other loose powder better, I even have a backup of it, but this one is open and I want to get some use out of it. In no way do I think I’ll finish this up, it’s so much powder, I just want to use it.


Mini Tarte Blush in Paaarty. This is the one I’ve hit pan on. I love this blush and I use it all the time, but I’ve had it for about a year and a half and now that I’ve hit pan on it, I’m eager to use it up. Blush is one of my favorite makeup steps and some would say I wear too much of it, but regardless, I’m hoping this will be an easy one.


Wet n’ Wild Contour Stick in Oaks On You. I haven’t had this product for too long and I like it quite a bit. It’s a pretty warm color so I use it more as a cream bronzer, but I often overlook it when I’m doing my makeup. I have pretty oily skin so I usually go in with powder and forget about my cream products. I love the way this looks on my skin though and I want to get in the habit of using it.
Mini Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer. I’m not exactly sure how much of this product I’ve used and the packaging is not really conducive to tracking my progress on it. Usually I mix some of this into my more mattifying foundations to give them a bit of a glow and I like it for that. I’ve had it for about a year now and I want to use it before it goes bad.


Wet n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana “Bronzer.” No one in the makeup community knows why this is called a bronzer because if anything, it’s a highlighter. I love this powder and I can already see the indents of the pan. I use it as a subtle highlighter and even as an all over glowy face powder. It’s a product that when I inevitably use it up, I probably will repurchase at some point.


Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in I Like You. This is the first of my Colourpop super shock shadows that I’m including. I have a handful of these shadows and I really enjoy them, but they are cream products and I’m nervous they’re all going to dry up before I get good use out of them. I don’t think I’ll hit pan on this, or the other one I’m including, I just want to use them more.


Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy. See above. I loooove this color and it’s upsetting that I don’t use it that much.

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Tarte Swamp Queen Palette. This is the palette I am choosing to pan this year and it’s also the first expensive eyeshadow palette I ever bought. I adore the colors and the formula so much and I’ve definitely put some dents in the shades already. I know I won’t be able to pan every shade, I have other eyeshadow palettes that I want to make sure I’m using as well. This needs to get some good use though as I’ve had it since 2016 and I don’t want it to just sit in my collection going bad.


Milani Lipstick in Dulce Caramelo. I love this lipstick. I love the color, I love the way it smells, I love the formula. I’ve had it for ages though and while it hasn’t gone bad yet, I feel like it’s not far off. I’d love if I could use it up instead of throwing it away.


Mini Tarte Lipstick in Surf’s Up. Oh yeah, I’m going for two lipsticks. This one is a mini thought, which I’m hoping will make it easier. I’ve used this a bunch already and I really like it. I have tons of lipsticks though, so the more I can use and get out of my collection, the better.

So that’s it. Those are the products I’m going to be actively working on using this year. I have a decent size makeup collection, so it’s not like these will be the only things I’m using, but I think focusing on a few things is a really good way to get a sense of what you like to use and how long it takes to go through products.

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I’m hoping to update with my progress every month. I may even make videos on Youtube for it, so if I do I’ll make sure to link them.

If you’re a makeup lover, have you ever done a project pan? Would you consider doing one? I’d love to chat about it in the comments.

6 thoughts on “2019 Project Pan: Introduction

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    1. amandaxstrange

      I actually realized I can use the RCMA as a dry shampoo so I think I’ll manage to use it all up which is exciting! Especially because I have other powders I prefer using.
      Good luck with your project!


  2. Lisa Clarke

    I’ve just given up work so I no longer have money to spend on more makeup. My collection is huge so I’m not wanting for anything. But I’m self confessed makeup addict and feeling stressed over all the things I know I’ll want to buy but won’t be able to afford. So I figured if I focused on using up what I have I hopefully won’t feel so bad about the things I can’t buy. How is your progress going?


    1. amandaxstrange

      I’ve found that really focusing on what you have definitely helps. I haven’t bought makeup all year and the longer I go, the less I want to buy. I’ve actually decluttered a huge part of my collection, including some of my project pan items. Hopefully I can get around to writing about it soon. I feel like a completely different person in relation to my makeup than I was at the beginning of the year.


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