Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that it’s 2023 already? 2022 honestly flew by. It’s felt absolutely crazy.
The start of the new year means that I’ve finished my 2022 project pan. At the beginning of 2022, I committed to finishing 10 makeup products by the end of the year. I’ve shared 3 project pan progress reports throughout the year to update you on my progress.
For those of you who don’t know what a project pan is, it’s where you aim to ‘hit pan’ on a select number of makeup products. It’s designed to help you be mindful of your makeup spending habits and use the products you own. ‘Hitting pan’ means finishing or almost finishing an eyeshadow, blusher or pressed powder. Being able to see the bottom of the case that houses the product shows that you have used the shade a lot. Although ‘hitting pan’ refers to powder products, a project pan extends to any makeup item.
Taking learnings from my project pan 2021, where I set out a target of finishing a whopping 21 products by the end of the year, this figure was way too ambitious. Finishing 10 makeup products for 2022 was more realistic and achievable for me, as I typically only wear makeup at the weekend.
So just how well did I do with my project pan 2022? Keep reading to see which products I managed to finish!
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Products I’ve finished – 9
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner – £4.49
I finished this white kohl liner right at the start of 2022. The pencil was small when I began the year, so this was a pretty easy product to use up.
ICONIC London Prep-Set-Glow – £22
I finished the ICONIC London Prep-Set-Glow midway through 2022. I love this glowy setting spray and would happily purchase it in the future. (Get 20% off this gorgeous setting spray with my code LFTFBLOGSARAH at lookfantastic here).
KKW Beauty Crème Contour Stick – £13
I finished this creamy contour stick in my most recent project pan progress report. I love this product, but there are contour products I prefer now. Plus, this contour stick no longer exists, so I can’t repurchase it anyway.
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara – £10.99
I completely finished the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara. This mascara was used entirely up as no product was coming out at the end, so wearing it every time I did a makeup look paid off!
Milani Colour Statement Lipliner – £7
My Milani Colour Statement Lipliner became so tiny a couple of months ago that it became unusable! I knew that I’d finish this lip liner in 2022 because it was very small in my project pan progress report #3.
Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer – £24
To be honest, I threw out my Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer when there was still a bit of product left. The formula had become so dry and difficult to blend that it became pointless to use. Plus, it was almost finished anyway – hence the dryness. I knew it was time to throw out this OG concealer.
e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer – £9
I’m really happy that I completely used up the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer. I wasn’t sure that I’d manage to finish it in 2022, but I finished it in November. This primer is fantastic and great for oily skin, so I’d happily buy this again.
Soleil Tan de Chanel – £43
I didn’t finish the Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream (reformulated and new name). However, I decided to throw it out for a few reasons. 1) I’d used up much of the product, so it’s not like I wasted it. 2) It felt impossible to finish. Even with consistent use, it felt like I made hardly any progress. 3) It’d been in my collection for years, and I felt uninspired using it, so it was time to get rid of it.
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation – £44
Another product I decided to throw away as part of my project pan 2022 is the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation. I have a lot of foundations I prefer over this one. Plus I’d had this foundation for years, so I wanted to get rid of it seeing as there wasn’t much product left anyway.
Remaining products – 1
ICONIC London Illuminator – £30
The ICONIC London Illuminator is so pigmented that it’s hard to make significant progress with, as a tiny dot goes such a long way. Although I didn’t manage to finish this in 2022, despite mixing it in with my foundations when doing makeup looks, I still used a lot of the product up. Perhaps I can finish this liquid highlighter in 2023! (Get 20% off this beautiful liquid highlighter with my code LFTFBLOGSARAH at LookFantastic here).
Final thoughts on my project pan 2022
I’m really proud of my project pan 2022 progress.
Even though I threw out a couple of products due to them being old or almost finished, I actually finished a lot of products. I love buying makeup and probably always will. But I do sometimes feel guilty about the size of my makeup collection, so using up products makes me feel good, as it’s less wasteful.
Next year, I’ll definitely roll over the ICONIC London Illuminator as a product to use up in my 2023 project pan. I’ve realised that including products in a project pan that I’m inspired to use, and not only including ones that I find uninspiring and want to be out of my collection, will help me achieve my goals more easily.
I’ve loved doing my project pan this year and can’t wait to select products next year to use up.