This is so late, but overtime season has started at work and I was not prepared at all to have so little time outside of the office. My three post per week 2017 goal might be ambitious for me, but I’m going to make it work! Over the past year, my makeup collection has probably quintupled (?). I live in the purgatory between regretting buying out on things I don’t need and being stressed by the clutter in my life. Nobody needs this much makeup, right? So, without further ado, onto my Project Pan 2017!
Through a lot of experimenting, I’ve come to know what I like and don’t like in makeup in terms of color, pigmentation, texture, finish, etc… None of these products that I’m mentioning are bad. In fact, many of them have great reviews in the beauty community. That’s why I bought them in the first place. But I just don’t reach for them and would like to use them up soon.
I’ve been really inspired by the Youtuber thataylaa to dive into the world of foundation. In fact, it’s all I wore as makeup in high school and college. No blush, no bronzer or contour. Just pale foundation with my favorite vampy lipstick Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy. Or if I was feeling more angsty emo teenager, Revlon Black Cherry. It was a look.
Needless to say, I love foundation. I also had persistent cystic acne all through my school years, and foundation just gave me more confidence. I used to prefer long-wearing matte formulas like the Estee Lauder Double Wear or Revlon Colorstay, but my skin has improved quite a bit since graduation. So right now, I’m venturing into more natural and dewy finish foundations. I like all of the foundations below, but there are just other formulas I prefer.
- Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide – This foundation has light coverage and a matte finish. I think I tried too hard to like this, because it was so expensive. It’s not the most long-wearing on oily skin.
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – It has a natural matte finish. I do like this foundation, but again, it’s not as long wearing as I like it to be.
- L’oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Foundation – The shade is too light, but I like this foundation. It has a light coverage and has a satin finish. Not matte but not wet, dewy looking either.
- Maybelline Dream Cushion – I love this foundation, but the shade Classic Ivory is too dark. The finish and medium coverage are beautiful.
- Nyx Pore Filler – I don’t like silicone-feeling smoothing primers, even though my skin is very textured. My makeup just slides around on top, so I’m using this one up.
- Wet n Wild Come Correct Concealer – Not gonna lie, I’ve been using this for the past month, and I’m starting to love it. I heard this concealer is a dupe for the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye.
Complexion products are ones I apply after foundation and concealer to give my skin life after practically erasing every natural color on my face. I’m particularly fond of blush and highlighter and would like to declutter some in my collection.
- Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money – I don’t like the Colourpop cream formulas. They emphasize texture, and they don’t last on my skin. I’ll keep this product for touch ups at my desk.
- Nyx Finishing HD Powders Pressed and Loose – These products give a blurring effect to the skin, but leaves a white cast even on pale skin like mine.
- Wet n Wild Megaglo in Precious Petals – The shade is too dark for me, and I don’t really like the super metallic finish of these highlighters. I’m starting to get into glossy-looking highlighters for a more natural glow.
- Milani Illuminating Face Powder – Another product I’m starting to love after using it up. I might repurchase it. It’s a very subtle blush with a sheen.
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink – I don’t like how red this pink is, so I want to use the shade up.
- Nyx Powder Blush in Taupe – This product is discontinued. I use this as a contour powder, but there is a reddish undertone to this blush.
I’m also addicted to eyeshadow palettes, and I now have a sizable collection. The Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette was my first high end palette. The formula is nice, but I’m just not inspired by the shade range. None of the shades are particularly appealing to me except Gold. There isn’t a good warm crease color or highlight, my two essentials in a palette. I don’t use up this palette by the end of the year, I’ll depot the colors I like.
I don’t leave the house without lipstick, and I’m the type of person who buys the same lip colors over and over again in different formulas. My collection is more than adequate for a normal person, so I want to declutter some of the shades I don’t use anymore. I don’t want to discuss all of my lip products I’m trying to declutter, but here are just some reasons why I won’t be repurchasing them.
- Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in First Base – I have so many pink lipsticks that I reach for, and this UML is their old matte lip formula. I might just toss it out if I don’t reach for it, but I still do like the color.
- Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in Dopey, Alyssa, and November – I’m not a huge fan of the USL formula. If I’m wearing a liquid lip, I want them to be transfer-proof. Otherwise, what’s the point?
- Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Nude – The formula is so draggy and dry on the lips. I regret buying from the brand, since their liquid lipstick isn’t anything special either.
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Gloss – I like the formula, but the lighter shades give me major concealer lips.
I’m just getting into perfume, and I bought Coco Chanel Mademoiselle trying to convince myself I liked it. Sweet fragrances are my jam, but this is just too much. I wish I liked a Chanel scent, since they last all day long on my skin.
Whew! That was a lot. I’m doing Project Pan 2017 this year to declutter my makeup collection and to not waste product. It kills me to know how much money I’ve spent on cosmetics when I don’t use half of what I own. But I’m going to try to change that this year. Here’s to the new year! If you’re also doing a project pan and have a post on it, let me know! I’d love to read others’ take on it.