Friday, September 2, 2016

Project Pan That Palette 2016: Update #4 & Finale

Here's my fourth and final update for Project Pan That Palette 2016, and I'm excited to share my progress with you. But first, let's address the elephant in the room: it's obviously not the end of 2016 but I have decided not to continue working on this Project. The reasons are manifold, but probably the first and foremost is that I'm thoroughly done using my theBalm Nude'Tude every time I wear make-up. I feel that I have now exhausted all creative possibilities out of this palette (meaning those that are relevant to my lifestyle and preferences) and while it has taught me a lot in the process, there's nothing left to gain from panning it until the end of December. The other chief reason is that I'm going to be taking care of a new family addition starting in October, and I'm sure wearing eyeshadow will be the last thing on my mind anyway :)
My palette at the end of June 2016 (6 months of use)
Above photo shows what my palette looked like at the last (third) update at the end of June (click!). My goals for these two months were to hit pan on Snobby (pale yellow), Schitzo (shimmery bronze) and Serious (matte black). I also wanted to deepen the dip in Sexy (matte burgundy) and expand the pan on Sassy (white pearl) and Stand-offish (metallic champagne).
My palette at the end of August 2016 (8 months of use).
I'm very happy to say that I have managed to hit all of these goals, and have additionally expanded the pan on Sultry (matte medium brown). I hit pan on Serious just mere days after my last update, and to be honest, haven't really touched it since - I quite dislike this shadow simply because I get terrible fallout from it, and it continues throughout the day so that I have to be constantly on the lookout for black dots all over my face. Snobby was relatively easy to hit pan on because I'd combine it with Sassy to use as a face highlight, or wore it as a base under other shades. I did struggle a bit with Schitzo - not my favorite bronze shade on my coloring - but finally hit just a little bit of pan two weeks before this update.
I'm honestly very relieved to be ending this Project now. I absolutely do not regret embarking on it in the first place because it taught me a few priceless lessons about my eyeshadow preferences and purchasing eyeshadow palettes in general (expressed here) but I will say that I probably could have ended it at six months instead of eight. I've persisted out of sheer ambition and stubbornness, although these last few months, I really wished I was wearing other shadows from my stash instead - so that's what I'm going to be doing all through September, until my due date.
As far as my plans for what's left of the Nude' Tude, I went ahead and depotted my favorite and most-used shades into a MiniMint palette (it's a magnetic freeform palette I ordered on Etsy here and I'm really enjoying it so far! Great craftsmanship). It also houses some other eyeshadow depots from Inglot, Stila and other brands, and I'll be chiefly reaching for these shades in September. I trashed the rest of theBalm shadows from the palette together with their mangled cardboard packaging, and I like how the depotted shadows look in the magnetic palette so much better than they did in the original palette. Yes, they're 'boring neutrals', but I find this color gradient so much more pleasing to the eye, not to mention more economical in terms of storage.

There you go, guys - my Pan That Palette finale. I did the best I possibly could on this Project and I'm really happy with my progress. However, I don't think eyeshadow panning is for me; if I truly wanted to use up the entire Nude' Tude, which is one of the smaller palettes on the market in terms of volume per shadow, I think it probably would have taken me 2+ years of nearly everyday use. I personally don't see the point of committing myself to a dozen of shadows for such a long time when I have a drawer full of other eyeshadows I like at least just as well if not more than these. So I guess it goes without saying that I won't be starting another Pan That Palette anytime soon :)

If you're currently panning an eyeshadow palette, how's your progress? And those of you who are not but were cheering me on anyway - first of all, THANK YOU, but also, what are your thoughts on the whole process? Would you consider joining this challenge in the future? I'd love to know!


  1. You did an admirable job! I've pretty much given up on panning my Nude 'Tude as well, though I didn't try very long. Focusing on the palette earlier this year did make me more aware of the potential of some of the shades, and I naturally reach for those shades more often than I did at this time last year, so I don't think my panning efforts were a waste of time. But I'm not going to force myself to wear anything other than what I feel like wearing on a given day. That's just not how I approach makeup. Kudos to you for getting so much use out of the palette, and for recognizing when you'd gotten all the use you could from it!

  2. Wow, Monika. Amazing job with this progress. I really admire your fortitude with sticking with it so long and reaching for this day in and day out. I don't think these types of challenges are doable for me since I really enjoy variety and new things even though I tend to reach for old favorites over and over.

  3. Great job Monika!!! I have ONE eye shadow I want to pan, and that's about as ambitious as I can get. HAHAHA! And it's the easiest shade to use because it's for brow highlight :-D I've been reaching for a few old stuff regularly but I also like variety.
    That said, your tenacity is amazing! It's going to be October soon. You'll be experiencing the most amazing feeling in the world - the first time you hold your precious in your arms *swoon*

  4. It is really funny that you panned all products in the middle. When I pan my stuff, some products have a hole in the middle, some in the corner and some even two xD I totally understand why you don't want to use only one product for one year. Its nice to know, that you can pan a palette in 9 months, but I usually have enough after 3-4 months already.
    So you have trashed all shades you don't like? What a pity :(
    Of course I'd like to join a challenge. Please tell me when you'll start.

  5. Well done! I think you learnt a lot from this challenge (I know I learnt from reading about it!) and it's good to know you can roam around your eyeshadow collection until your due date now. I use a few palettes over and over and can see myself hitting pan on them at some point (Too Faced Bon Bons I will surely hit pan on, I am head over heels for that one)

  6. I think you did a great job, and if you're just not feeling it then there is no need to continue! I have SO much to use and it is a terrible reminder whenever I read your posts. PS hope everything is going well with your pregnancy!

  7. Yesss! Good job! If you feel like you've gotten your money's worth out of that palette, please don't feel like you have to finish them all up! Life's too short to dislike (or even grow tired of) putting on the makeup you're just not feeling anymore! :) :)