Pan 20 in 2020: Project Pan Update #2

Hi everyone! Today is my second update on my Pan 20 in 2020 project pan. I’m actually really excited by some of the progress I’ve seen since my last update, and I think the progress is really helping to keep my motivation with the project going. Read on to see how I’m doing!


Urban Decay Naked Palette

My goal was to pan three shades in this palette: Virgin, Smog, and Toasted. I hit pan on Virgin right before my last update in February, and now I’ve hit pan on Smog! It’s always a surprise to me every time I see pan, because it feels like I’m digging into the product FOREVER with zero progress, and then suddenly one day, you see some baby pan peeking through.

I still have Toasted to hit baby pan on, but I’m feeling positive about hitting my goal by the next update at the end of June. Since I met my goal of hitting baby pan on Virgin and Smog, I will be switching them out for two other products starting this month, which I will talk about later on in this post.



Tarte Tartelette Palette

Wanderer refuses to budge even though I use that shade three to four times a week as a transition shade, and I’m starting to get frustrated! On the other hand, I’m very sure I will be seeing some panning action on Dreamer soon. Even though I use it about the same amount as Wanderer, there’s a significant dip in it!

I’ve decided to switch out Super Mom this month. I originally included it because it was a shade I have often reached for to set my eye primer, but the eye primer I’ve been using since January doesn’t really need to be set, so I haven’t been reaching for this shade at all.




ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Wattles

I was SO surprised (but happy!) when I hit baby pan on this at the end of April, right before I started taking photos for this post. As I mentioned on Instagram, these Super Shock Shadow pans are surprisingly shallow, but this still took me about 30-40 uses to see any pan. Since I reached my goal, I will be switching this out for a new product starting this month.


Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut

I left all three of the lip products from my Project Pan at work, since we were asked to work from home so suddenly – and I went back to get them! That’s dedication, right? I’m just kidding. To be fair, I didn’t go purposely to pick them up, but I had some documents that I needed to get from the office, so I grabbed these while I was there. I feel like I’m making steady progress with this guy, but looking at the progress photos, I can’t see much of a difference between the last update and this one.


Becca Glow Gloss in Tigerlily

I chose to put this in my Project Pan knowing I’d get more use out of it in the spring and summer. I finally started pulling this out in April and have used it maybe half a dozen times since the weather had started warming up. I’m so pumped to continue using this with more frequency in the next few months, but the difficult part with panning lip products that come in tube form is that it’s hard to document progress.




Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Chai

It’s no secret how much I love these liquified lipsticks – I’ve talked about them endlessly on my blog. This suffers the same problem as Becca Tigerlily, where I can’t tell the progress I’ve made. I used this very consistently from January to March, but the formula feels a little too thick and is a little too dark for the upcoming spring and summer, so I think I’ve decided to switch this out for a bit and bring it back in September.



MAC Lipstick in Twig

I didn’t think I saw much usage of Twig in the last two months, but now that I’m comparing the three progress photos, I realize that I’ve made pretty steady progress with this lipstick. I’m super determined to finish this, and I love pairing it with my cool-toned eye looks, so I’m keeping this in my Project Pan until I can finish it! I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to completely finish it by the end of September, if not by the next update.




NARS Blush in Sin

Out of all the products in my Project Pan, I’m feeling the most frustrated with this one. I reach for this probably 3 times a week, but don’t see even a subtle dip in this. A better comparison would have been to take photos from the side instead of at a bird’s eye view, and I think I would have seen a subtle dip that way, but nothing to be excited about. I’m starting to think I’m never going to reach pan!



Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone

Halfway through March, I kind of thought that I might start seeing pan on this highlighter soon, but it’s still hanging in there! When I was preparing this blog post and looked at the progress photos, I realized it still looks exactly the same as the last update!

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian

I do see a bit of a deeper dip in this one compared with Becca’s Moonstone. The tricky thing about cream products is that you can kind of push product aside so it looks like you’ve used more product than you actually have!



Tarte Pro Glow Palette – Contour

How does this contour shade look exactly the same as it did on January 1st? I change up my blushes every once in a while, but I use this contour powder every single time I do my makeup. I’m starting to think that I’m never going to be able to pan this!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I’ve been using the left and middle powders every day that I do makeup – I think there’s definitely been some progress on the middle powder, but I can’t really tell with the shade on the left. As the weather gets warmer, I think I’ll be able to use the shade on the right more often (assuming I’ll get a little tanned this summer, which is looking unlikely even if quarantine restrictions are lifted).


Becca Backlight Priming Filter

I did reach for this quite a bit in the last two months, but I’m not quite done with it yet. It looks like there’s a significant amount left on the bottom, but I think it’s just product clinging to the side and I’m pretty sure it’s just there’s only about half a dozen uses left.


Farmacy Honeymoon Glow

I’m making steady progress on this! The top line is where I started on Jan 1, the second line is where I was at during Update #1 at February 28th, and the bottom line is where I’m at now. I feel like I’m on track to finish this by the end of the year.

MAC Fix+ in Pineapple

Similar to the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow, I feel I’m seeing steady progress. I don’t use setting spray every day; in fact, I tend to forget to use it a lot. Although I am slowly chipping away at it, I don’t think I’m making fast enough progress to finish this by the end of the year, so I really have to step it up.

Verb Wave Spray

I use this solely for curling my hair. Unfortunately I haven’t used any of this since we started social distancing, because I haven’t been curling my hair at home. I’m not sure how often I’m going to be curling my hair for the remainder of this year, but for now I think I’ll continue to keep it in my Project Pan.



Okay, so there are 5 products that I’m taking out of rotation: Virgin and Smog from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, Super Mom from the Tarte Tartelette palette, and the Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick. This is what I’m switching in:



Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

I have to be honest, this is a palette I rarely reach for, but suddenly I’ve realized that there are actually a bunch of shades I want to pan from this palette. It makes me contemplate doing a Project Pan on just this palette next year! But for now, my goal is to see baby pan the shades White Peach and Candied Peach.


Tarte Chrome Paint Pot in Frosé

I really struggled with whether or not I should add this into my Project Pan because the pan on this is so deep and I likely won’t be able to reach baby pan on this by the end of the year. However, I wanted to challenge myself, so I REALLY have my work cut out for me on this one! My only fear is that I’m going to get tired of wearing peach by the end of summer without finishing it, haha!

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I know I didn’t switch out a blush, but I thought this blush would go really well with the new eyeshadows I’ve chosen to add to my project. Also, baked blushes (actually, blushes in general) are notoriously difficult to use, so I think it might be a tad of a struggle for me to try using up TWO blushes!


ColourPop Just a Tint Lip Crayon in Shaka

I switched out Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Chai because the shade is too dark and the formula too heavy for summer. Instead, I’ve chosen to switch in ColourPop’s Just a Tint lip crayon in the shade Shaka. I think it’s a good choice because it’s a great neutral shade that will go with everything, but it’s a light, glossy formula that will work well for spring and summer.


My pan count is 3/20 so far, which means I haven’t even met a quarter of my goal. With that being said, I still feel motivated to hit pan on everything, but I’m really going to have to step up my game! Let me know how you’re doing on your project pan.







12 thoughts on “Pan 20 in 2020: Project Pan Update #2

  1. You’re doing great, even if you aren’t seeing pan on everything yet. You’ll probably hit it all at once. Tarte palettes take sooo long to hit pan on! I hit pan on a shade in my Tartelette Tease palette for the first time today and I’ve been using that palette for years.
    That Too Faced Peach palette is so perfect to rotate in for Spring! I love the shades in that one.
    I hope you’re doing well, project pan aside!

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    • You’re right, I think I’ll hit pan on a bunch of things at the same time! It makes for some pretty boring updates haha…nothing, nothing, and then suddenly I finish 10 things! I never realized how deep the Tarte pans are until now, holy!

      Thanks Cleia, I hope you’re doing well too!

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  2. You are doing so well, 20 is a fair few products to try and make progress on and that progress won’t be split evenly so don’t be hard on yourself! Yay for hitting pan on Wattles, I know you were really keen to hit pan on that one 🙂 lipstick can be hard to judge how much progress has been made unless you take pictures like you did and can see the evidence. You will definitely have finished the Backlight Priming Filter before the next update. By the end of the project I reckon you will have hit pan on 3/4 of the items!

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    • Haha, I remember you and I talking about how hard it is to hit pan when you have a ton of products in your project pan, and I’m really struggling with that now! I would be really happy if I could finish 3/4 of these products by the end of the year!

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  3. Project pan really gives me a new lease on makeup. Like if we all bought makeup with the intention to pan it before buying more, the beauty industry would crash. Seeing the naked palette which came out so many years ago, and like that tarte palette, I’m thinking I would die before I panned those!! But great job this is inspiring

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    • Oh my gosh!! I never even though of that, but what an idea…if we all did project pans and truly dedicated ourselves to it, the makeup industry would truly be dead! It’s true though, if you don’t make an effort to use things up, most of us have enough makeup that one product will last the rest of our lives LOL.

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  4. You’ve made some progress here Michelle! It’s funny that you are using the 2 shades that I rarely use at all in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder palette haha! I actually hit pan on Radiant Light already! Took me 3 years! And I also applaud you for your progress with Flexitarian! That highlighter is so pigmented and i needed only the tiniest bit! Great job here and good luck with your project pan!

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    • OMG, three years to hit pan on your Ambient Lighting Palette! I’m now starting to think I’m not going to hit pan on any of the shades by the end of the year…hahaha. Radiant Light is a tad too dark for me in the winter – it goes well with my skin tone for the summer though, so I’ll be using it more in the upcoming months. And yes, I have my doubts about hitting pan on Flexitarian too since you need SO little of it! But thank you for the encouragement, T 🙂


  5. I can totallt see progress on the Hourglass trio to the one on the left. You have flattened it quite a bit. I’m working on an hourglass pallet too, but the bronzer and powder are too dark. I’m waiting to take it back out in the summer. My vanity came in that my fiance got for our anniversary. Comes with a stool. Just waiting for the mirror that shipped seperately to get here to complete the look. I have all my makeup arranged, but waiting on the mirror for the reveal. love it. The point is that I never realized how small my collection was until this vanity and I only filled up one drawer and the organizer. lol. You are doing great!

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