The Makeup Products I Will Use Up In 2021 | Project Pan

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Starting a new year, we always have a few goals and one of mine is to finish up some of the makeup products I have in my collection. Okay, at least hit pan on them! Based on the project pan idea that has been around in the beauty world for quite a few years now, I won't be buying anything new until I have finished these up - so this goal goes hand in hand with my much bigger goal of not buying any new makeup this year. It might seem a little crazy, being a beauty blogger, but the past few months have really made me take stock of what I have already in my collection, and what I actually use. I won't be including products like mascara or concealer in this post, because I go through each of them every six months so it feels pretty pointless to include them.

Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzer

Having been featured in many a blog post, my Too Faced bronzer is one of my all-time favourite products. I bought it in New York which feels like absolutely ages ago, and despite using it most days since, I still haven't made a real impact on the pan. This is one of those that I doubt I would finish this year, even if I wore it every single day, but I would love to make a bit of progress with it. 

Colourpop Supershock Highlight 

The Colourpop highlight in the shade Flexitarian holds a very similar place in my collection as the Too Faced bronzer - bought it in New York, have used it loads since. It has a good dent in it, yet it still has a long way to go. It is my favourite highlighting shade, a gorgeous champagne shimmer that suits my skintone both in the summer and winter.

ABH Dip Brow

This is one I seriously think I can finish this year! I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow pomade (in the shade Ebony) right at the beginning of last year, and since I don't use any other brow products, a good portion of it has already been used. It's already lasted a lot longer than a brow pencil like ABH's Brow Wiz, that only lasts me from 3-6 months, so it is far more cost effective. I've been estimating that it will last me about eighteen months, so I imagine half way through this year it might need replacing!

Glossier Sky Wash

The Sky Wash in the shade Valley is on the list to remind me to use it more often! I bought this literally two days before the Glossier shop in London closed for lockdown last year, and because we then spent so long indoors, it never really got its chance to shine. The orange tone is perfect for the spring season, so I'm hoping I can try and get it used then - being a liquid eyeshadow, it won't last as long as powder products!

ABH Soft Glam palette 

No, I'm not aiming to finish the entire palette this year - that would be a difficult feat for any palette in my collection, let alone the one I've only had a year! But certain shades in Soft Glam I use every single day, pretty much, and it would be great to hit pan on them over the next year. Dusty Rose, in the bottom left, is my everyday go-to eyeshadow - it's the perfect base for any sort of look, especially a dusky pink. I get a lot of use out of Burnt Orange, Sienna and Rose Gold too.

MAC Velvet Teddy

I am determined to finish a whole lipstick for the first time this year, and I have no doubt it will be Velvet Teddy! One of my favourite lipsticks, there is only a tiny stub left of it now. Once I'm done, I will certainly be repurchasing a brand new one - replacing a lipstick because I finished it feels like such a feat!

Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria 

I doubt I will use Very Victoria up as quickly as Velvet Teddy, simply because there is far more left of it. However, it is my go-to lipstick that I reach for almost everyday, so although I maybe won't quite finish it, I really hope to be on my way by the end of 2021.

I've read and watched many project pan posts over the years, but never thought it could be for me until I considered attempting to not buy any new makeup this year. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to use up some of my favourite products that I already own, to make space for new things. When it comes to things like mascara, I only have one on the go, and just replace it when it is finished anyway, so of course when I say buying no new makeup, I don't mean not replacing things! But when I have so many lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes already, I really want to try not to buy any new ones, instead making use of what I already own.

What makeup products do you want to use up this year?

EG x


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    1. It is - defo my favourite, and smells divine too for an added bonus! x

  2. Good luck with your project pan! Keep going with that bronzer it looks so close to hitting pan, at least I think that's a faint ring from the pan I can see haha! You've made amazing progress on the lipsticks already!!xx

    Hannah |

    1. Thank you! I feel like I'm getting there, hopefully soon, I literally use it everyday! The lipsticks are probably what I have the most hope for, haha x

  3. Good luck with your project pan! I struggle so much with powder products because I change what I use most days so it's hard to see progress but i hope to hit a few more pans this year too! xx

    Danielle's Beauty Blog 

    1. Thank you! I totally feel you, with things like eyeshadow I am always changing up what I use! x

  4. This is such a lovely idea, I haven’t heard of it too much but it’s definitely something I would try, I tend to go a bit over board with makeup shopping and then not get around to actually using it all. These are such pretty products and That palette is gorgeous!.
    Charlie’s | www.Charlie

  5. I can't believe I've never tried Velvet Teddy, such a cult classic!

    Lucy | Forever September

  6. Oh gosh you've reminded me I really need to use my supershock highlighters! Also I'm the same with your Velvet teddy with my pillow talk! I love getting a new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick! xx