Sunday, 5 April 2020



Hitting pan on a favourite product or loved eyeshadow palette is both a super satisfying experience and a heart-breaking moment all at the same time. I like knowing I am getting my moneys-worth out of a product, that I must really like it if I have use that much, and I also have started following a couple of accounts dedicated to panning products on instagram. It's weirdly satisfying seeing someone using up a product and the usage over time of a product. It also makes me look at my own make up collection (waaaay bigger than necessary) and think about usage of my own products.

Panning is where people actively focus on reaching the bottom of a product. People set challenges to use up products in a certain time, or see how much of a product they can use.  I have mixed feelings about this, and can totally understand where people come from when they criticise these accounts - saying they are digging out eyeshadows using a really precise brush in a tiny part of the pan specifically to hit the pan, rather than just using the product without thinking about it. But either way, they are still using the same amount of the product.

I have an awareness about how much make up I have, and I do want to focus on using it up, rather than buying lots of new make up. One challenge I have seen a lot of on instagram is the #panthatpalette challenge for the year, and looking at some accounts for 2019 was really satisfying. So I decided that I want to have a go. For my #panthatpalette2020 I am going to use the ABH Modern Renaissance palette which I have had for a few years. This is probably one of my most used palettes and I had already hit pan on quite a few shades in the palette, but I wanted to make the most of it and use all the shades.

For the start of this year I have made quite a conscious effort to use this palette and I think I might have a bit of a break and try to use some other eyeshadows for a while so I don't get too bored. I have used a lot of the lighter and more neutral shades so far in this palette, and I definitely think I am going to struggle with the pink shades but I am going to have to try and be a bit more daring in the future I think!

Here is my progress for the #panthatpalette2020 from January-April:





It is really satisfying focusing on using one eyeshadow palette, for a month or even for a week, I think I will try and do this for all my make up as I try and use up products I have had for quite a while.  I am trying to make a conscious effort to not buy wastefully, and save my money for products that I actually need and know I will get a lot of use out of.


1 comment

  1. Great post! Thank you for sharing x