2017 was the year of the declutter for me; I went through my entire beauty product collection (makeup (face), makeup (eyes & lips), skincare and haircare and nail polish) and got rid of what no longer served a purpose. If you’ve never done this and have even a decent-sized collection, I totally recommend it. You don’t realize how much stuff you can acquire and never really use!
After I decluttered and evaluated my collection, I also decided to do a Project Pan for the first time. I started out the year with 4 products I wanted to hit pan on and another 16 products I wanted to finish completely; I also added products to it along the year. While at times I found it a little boring and repetitive to use the same products day after day, I also found it extremely satisfying to actually finish those same products (or at least get some noticeable use out of them).
That said, I definitely learned a few things along the way. First up, I took on way too much. While I’m happy with the progress I made, it wasn’t realistic, for example, to throw another 5 lip products into my project in September and expect to finish them all (duh). Going forward I’m going to be more realistic about what I include – I want it to challenge me but not be downright impossible.
Secondly, if I hate a product, I need to stop forcing myself to continue to use it. There were a few products in this group that I just dreaded using and didn’t serve their intended purpose at all, yet I still used them up. I just need to learn to let go and get rid of them.
Thirdly, I’m scaling back (even further) on my beauty purchases. It can take years to fully use up an eyeshadow palette or a blush if you own more than one (which I definitely do). In the meantime, products in my collection are aging, expiring and going bad and I’m in Sephora buying yet another eyeshadow palette. I’m not going to say I’m not going to be buying new makeup in 2018 but I can tell you that it’s definitely going to be a lot less.
Now that that’s out-of-the-way, let’s get into the products I used up since my last update in September!:
PRODUCTS I USED UP
Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer
Initially I didn’t think there was a lot left in this tube but there was a lot more than I thought so it took me a couple of months to finish this. I don’t think they make this specific primer any longer but I’m not disappointed by that because I didn’t find it all that great. I didn’t really notice a huge difference in illumination after applying this nor did I find my foundation applied any better after using it.
I wore this foundation for years and loved it when my skin was a little more oily. Now that it’s more dry I’m not as crazy about it. I find it can really emphasize my dry patches and settle into my pores but that is kind of common thing for me with powder foundations period. I also find it messy – I’m not really a fan of loose powders in general as they tend to float around everywhere. That said, I did really like using this while on vacation if I was headed to the beach or pool; it’s lightweight, offers great coverage, contains SPF 25 and was very easy to re-apply. Would I repurchase it specifically for that purpose? Maybe but I’d like to test out some pressed powder foundations first to see how they’d compare.
I know this says heel treatment but I actually use this all over my feet and it works really well. I am really hard on my feet, particularly in the Summer months so having a product like this is a necessity – it softens and smooths them and keeps them perfectly moisturized. Sadly I haven’t been able to find this in store but if I ever come across it again, I’ll definitely be picking up a tub or two.
You can read my full review on this foundation here; for the most part my opinion really hasn’t changed aside from the fact that I find I get oily around the 5 hour mark now and enough so that I need to definitely blot around the 7 hour mark. Overall it’s a decent foundation and one that I would consider repurchasing in the future.
Tarte Lip Gloss X 5
I finally finished up all of these lip glosses – hallelujah! I didn’t think it was ever going to happen, despite the fact that these are all minis. As I’ve mentioned before they don’t sell these glosses any more but they’re aren’t bad – kind of a standard gloss overall.
Note: In my last decluttering update I incorrectly noted there being 6 of these lip glosses but in reality there were only 5!
This eye primer literally lasted me 11 months of almost daily use, which sounds like a good thing. Unfortunately I kind of hated this. First of all, it was super yellow on my eyelids (guessing that’s where the colour-correcting comes into play); secondly it did absolutely nothing to prolong the wear of my eyeshadow; thirdly using this under my eyes was an absolute no go, it instantly sunk into and exaggerated every fine line and made me look about 20 years older. This is quite possibly the worst eye product I’ve ever used and I’m so glad to be done with it.
This was a decent lipstick – definitely long-lasting, applied smoothly and a little dry but not too bad. Honestly I’ve determined that I’m not really much of a lipstick person aside from nudes so I wouldn’t purchase this particularly shade again but I would consider the formula.
PRODUCTS I WANTED TO HIT PAN ON
I had also set a goal to hit pan on a few of my eyeshadow palettes and a blush; here’s how these “panned” (hardy har har har….couldn’t resist) out:
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette
My goal with this palette was to hit pan on four shades – I only hit pan on 2, although I came very close on 2 others. Considering I had two other palettes I was trying to use up in addition to this one, I’m pretty happy with the progress I made.
Repurchase?: N/a (limited edition)
Too Faced Matte Eye Palette
My goal with this palette was to completely use four shadows (Tufted Suede, Chinchilla, Fresh Linen and Vintage Violet) and make a dent in the others. As you can see, I didn’t completely use up any of them but I did make some noticeable progress on them. While this palette is old and the shadows are drier than they used to be, I find it pairs well with palettes where I need a good base shade to set my eyelid primer or a matte crease shade.
Repurchase?: N/a (no longer available)
This is one of my favourite palettes in my collection but it’s also old and need to be used up. My goal was to completely use up 4 shades (Virgin, Sin, Naked & Toasted) and make progress on the other shadows. Using up Virgin and Sin was super easy as there wasn’t much left in the pan but I didn’t accomplish the other two (although I did make progress on them).
I was told that this product was going to be a challenge and boy was that a good assessment; I used this blush 4-5 times a week for a frigging year and I couldn’t even hit a hint of pan on it! You can see I managed to fade the design imprinted on it and break the hinge on the packaging but that’s about it – so frustrating! I think I can attribute this to the dry packed formula of these blushes, which I guess is a good thing – I definitely got value for my money here.
Summary – Project Pan 2017
I completely finished 16 products which included one fragrance, two foundations, two eyeshadow primers, two lipsticks and five (mini) lip glosses. I’ve linked reviews for the products I finished (or lost/broke below) for reference.
PRODUCTS I FINISHED
- Givenchy Play for Her
- Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Glycolic Acid Cracked Heel Treatment
- Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil
- Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream
- Shiseido Ulimune Eye Power Infusing Concentrate
- Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips
- Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
- Maybelline Instant Agent Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer
- bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer
- blinc Lash Discovery Duo
- bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick (Speak Your Mind)
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate (103)
- Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
- Tarte Lip Gloss X 5
- Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer
- bareMinerals Original Foundation
PRODUCTS I DECLUTTERED
PRODUCTS I LOST/BROKE
PRODUCTS I DIDN’T FINISH
- It’s a Ten Miracle Leave-In Product
- Tarte Maracuja Oil
- NYX Creamy Round Lipstick (Paris)
- bareMinerals All Over Face Colour (Warmth)
- Victoria Secret Love Spell Body Spray
- Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day Body Spray
- L’Oreal Infalliable Makeup Extending Setting Spray
- Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer (Lumunious Gold)
- Tarte Dazed Cheek Tint
- The Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
- bareMinerals Concealer (Well-Rested)
- bareMinerals Mineral Veil
- Kiko Eye Base Primer
- Tokyo Milk Dark Salted Caramel Bee Balm & Jasmine Lip Balm
- Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (Melted Fig)
- NYX Butter Gloss (Strawberry Cheesecake)
- Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (VI418)
- elf Matte Lip Colour (Tea Rose)
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner (Soft Pink)
2018 Project Pan
I will be doing another Project Pan in 2018 so keep an eye out for that post next week. Many of the products I didn’t finish in 2017 will be making an appearance again in 2018 but I’m going to be taking a more realistic approach to it this time around. 😉
If you participate in a project pan please leave me links to your post(s) below!
Thanks for reading!