Project Pan 2021

Project Pan 2021 Introduction

[AD – Contains Gifted Products] In nearly 7 years of blogging (christ, where did the time go?), I’ve never attempted a proper Project Pan before – you will have seen plenty of “Products I’m Trying To Use Up” posts, but in terms of products I feel like need true long term commitment conquering – I’ve not opted into the challenge. I really enjoyed watching PP content in 2020, so decided that I’d join in with Project Pan 2021.

I’m sure if you’ve ended up on my blog, Project Pans aren’t a new concept to you – but just in case, it’s trying to completely finish products to the point where you see the pan. Now not everything in my project is a pan product, and each has a different goal, but I see all of what I’ve chosen as a long term challenge rather than a shorter time seasonal finish up, which is what my Products I’m Trying To Finish Up posts try to cover. So, it’s likely that these will run a blog post series concurrently.

One of the reasons for participating in Project Pan 2021 is as a reminder for just how long it takes to finish things off. I may well roll things in as I finish others off, particularly if I find other things as the year goes on that are going to be a tricky item to finish.

For my Project Pan 2021 – I’ve rummaged through my cupboards and picked out 13 products and tried to only pick things I thought would be a genuine challenge.

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 35.0g

This was featured throughout my use up goals last year and had it of not been for me wearing makeup about 10% of what I did in 2019, I may have managed to finish it up. But despite that I still wanted to include it as I think it’s going to be difficult to finish up as I’ve been working on this for almost 2 years I think! I love this blush tone as it goes with pretty much every makeup look and is a neutral leaning peach tone, I love its compact size – but I believe MUG may have now discontinued this range now.
Review of Heart Throb

RMCA No Colour Powder
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 96.2g

This is currently the only powder in my collection and whilst I do enjoy using it – I think this will be a massive challenge to finish up. I have a handful of other loose powders I would like to try – but whilst I have this massive vat of powder sat there, I’m holding off until I can finish this up! Again in “normal” times when I had an office job and wore makeup every day, as an oily skinned gal, I got through powder quickly.

Tarte Highlight in Sparkler
Goal: Hit Pan/ Start Weigh In: 46.0g

It took me virtually all of last year to finish up one mini Becca highlighter, so attempting to finish off a much larger highlight feels like too much of a challenge, even if I do end up wearing makeup more regularly than last year. I started using this in mid-December to check I could commit to the idea of this highlight for what will likely be a whole year and it’s the perfect tone for me and can be super shiny or more subtle, so I like the flexibility it offers.

Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage Foundation
Goal: Use 10g of Product / Start Weigh In: 122.0g

I purchased this back in September 2020, and thanks to barely wearing makeup this year it’s been. One thing that does make me nervous is that it’s more of a summer shade for me so I think trying to finish this entirely may be setting myself up to fail, but if I can concentrate on this when I can do, it would be good to get this a) reviewed and b) finished up! This had such hype reviews when it launched, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about it in ages, so it will be interesting to see whether it was worth the hype at the time or whether it was sponsored promotion!

Colourpop California Love Palette
Goal: Use 2g of Product / Start Weigh In:

This was in my end of year favourites in 2019 and I think that it was my most used palette throughout last year. Whilst I love this palette, I’m getting close to hitting a few pans in this palette – I’d like to give it a go at hitting 3/4 pans within this palette and I’d then feel quite happy to retire it off completely I think. I’m going to attempt to use up 2g of product from this, each pan weighs in at 0.9g – so that will be the equivalent of finishing just over 2 pans of product – given I’m close to hitting pan of most of my favourites (or I’ve already hit!) and some I use every time I use the palette and they barely look used – so I think 2g will be challenging enough, however, if I get to this point quickly I may decide to extend it longer, but equally I am aware of how many other eyeshadow palettes I have queued to review, and that I can see some cracking in the super-shock shades.
Review of California Love

Stila Magnificent Metals Kitten Karma Minis x 2
Goal: Finish both / Start Weigh In: 32.1g

Long time readers will know the Stila Magnificent Metals are some of my favourite makeup products of all time. I stopped using them for about months or so, but towards the tail end of last year I fell back in love with them again. My most used shades are Kitten Karma, and I have 2 minis I’d like to get finished up. If I’m being honest, they both seem close to empty, but I’ve thought that for quite some time and they still seem to keep giving more and more. On the larger sizes I was able to pull out the stopper to really scrape the barrel, but I don’t seem to be able to with these minis, so I’ll have to go for as long as I can before admitting defeat.
Review of Magnificent Metals

Topshop Lip Crayon in Feather
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 6.9g

[Gifted by] Finishing a lip product is always hard and very rarely happens, however, I felt like I needed to put a lip product in and chose a lip crayon which should be slightly easier and also is more mask friendly. I really like this pencil and have used it a lot since receiving it in PR, but I think if I temporarily put Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk aside, this should be an easy finish as it’s a colour that goes with every look.
Review of Feather Lip Crayon

Topshop Makeup Fixing Mist
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 79.0g

[Gifted by] I have a few setting sprays in my collection that I would like to get to, but I find myself feeling guilty for opening those up when this one is still lurking. It’s a setting spray I do enjoy, it feels really fresh on the skin and gives a nice dewy, glowy finish to the skin. But for some reason, I think the packaging – it doesn’t stand out on my dressing table and I don’t find my eye gravitating towards it.
Review of Makeup Fixing Mist

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Perfume
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 164.5g

I don’t hate this perfume, but I very rarely gravitate towards using it. When I really pushed myself to regularly use this fragrance to review Velvet OrchidI found I did enjoy it more than I expected. So I think pushing myself to use it up properly will see me get more enjoyment from it, but ultimately – I’m always trying to declutter my fragrances to make room for new ones to try, and whilst I enjoy it when I wear it, I don’t think I’ll ever miss it when it’s gone. It’s a little over half full, so I should be able to finish this up.
Review of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid

Pixi Vitamin C Caviar Balm
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 38.7g

The only skincare product that I’m included in this roundup is this, I’ve been on a good roll with finishing skincare off and I feel like looking at my cupboards and drawers there are very few products lingering that I would consider “difficult” to finish up. This one, however, definitely is.
This product is one I find okay from Pixi, but not the best or worst – I find that it has a tenancy to leave my skin feeling a little greasy and heavy, but the effects of it on the skin are always nice in the morning. I’d guess this tube is about half full, and it would be nice to see it empty. I’ve tried moving this to my bedside table and I’m still finding it’s not one I pick up super often.
Review of Pixi Vitamin C Caviar Balm

Freeman’s Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Face Mask
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 181.5g

After finishing another face mask in September tried to leave it out as my go-to clay face mask, but for some reason, I always end up digging around my cupboard for something else. I don’t know why, as I do really love it, it has a nice, light appley scent, draws sebum out of the skin well and has light exfoliating properties – it’s probably one of the best masks I do own but I think because it’s so big, I end up thinking, I’ll try and finish other things first. I bought this back in 2017, so I really want to get it finished up before I lose the opportunity.

OZ Naturals Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 69.8g

[Ad – Gifted] This was one of the first products I was gifted, and I received a lot of OZ Naturals products at one point and this I think is the only one I’ve got left to finish up. I reviewed this back in… *cough* 2015, so I should really finish it. It’s a powder exfoliant that you mix with water, so I have no fears that it’s gone bad, but I very rarely use manual exfoliators any more so despite having it out next to my daily cleanser for some while, I’ve found myself not reaching for it often – and frankly, I’m starting to get sick of the sight of it.
Review of OZ Naturals Dermafoliant

Jeffree Star Lip Scrub in Mojito
Goal: Finish / Start Weigh In: 52.5g

Another product I enjoy and probably the only product I would purchase from JS cosmetics in future. But this is starting to knock on a bit. I’m hoping I can finish this up completely, but I’ve noticed that it seems to be getting wetter as time goes on. I’d estimate that there’s around half the pot remaining, and winter is definitely when my lips need this most. So I’ll try and keep on a good routine with this to get it finished off, but I’m not very hopeful, given it’s been in use for probably 3 years!
Review of Mojito Lip Scrub

Thank you for reading my Project Pan 2021 introduction – let me know in the comments if you’re attempting a Project Pan challenge this year or if there’s any items you’re working on finishing up!


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  1. January 7, 2021 / 8:49 am

    I was going to do project pan with 21 products but then decided to start with 10 products and keep a list of others to rotate in if I finish any as that seems more achievable! Looking forward to your updates and seeing how you get on x

    • rachael
      January 7, 2021 / 10:56 am

      I was debating trying to do 21 too, but I thought I should pick things that would have been a challenge, unless I’d gone for a few eye palettes I think it would have been difficult to pick, and I probably would have been giving myself too much of a challenge.

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