As someone who loves to wear makeup I also end up buying a lot of it. So much so that it began to overflow from my drawers and into the rest of my life as each new beauty product piled up.
Eventually I partook in a no-buy year to stop adding any new makeup or skincare to my collection for 12 months.
Then half way through that no-buy year I also began a Project Pan and the lessons that I have learnt from that Project Pan have completely changed my thoughts as a consumer.
In this post I’m going to explain exactly what a Project Pan is and why I think every beauty lover should do one.
What is a project pan?
If I’ve already skipped into terminology that you don’t understand, let me backtrack a bit and explain what a Project Pan is.
In the beauty world, a Project Pan is a goal you set in which you attempt to finish, or hit pan in, a certain amount of beauty products, usually within a certain time frame.
For example, in my Project Pan, I chose 12 beauty products from my collection and set myself a deadline of finishing, or hitting pan on, every one of those products by the end of 2019.
Depending on the formula of the products chosen will decide if they need to finished or panned. A powder product, like blush, can be panned whereas a cream product, like moisturiser, will need to be finished as there is physically no pan to hit.
The term Project Pan covers both scenarios of panning and finishing products. It’s a blanket phrase that is used to talk about dedicatedly finishing a group of beauty products.
The difference between a Project Pan and just naturally finishing your products is that the Project Pan aims to use up products as a way to reduce your current beauty collection and create space for new products to be introduced.
Instead of buying and buying new makeup and never finishing anything, a Project Pan is a detox, in which you will often restrain from buying new products until you have finished, or panned, the products in your Project Pan.
That is the most basic form of a Project Pan. Some other common types include when people choose to do a Project Pan 100 or a Project Pan 15, in which the number signifies the amount of products that the person is trying to finish, or pan, usually within a time frame.
Then there is also the rolling Project Pan (which is what I’m doing) which starts the same, with a set number of products to be panned within a certain time frame. However with each product that you successfully finish, or pan, you bring in a new product to replace it’s place in the Project Pan. When one goes out, another comes in and the Project Pan rolls on.
Why do I recommend you do a project pan?
At it’s most basic form, a Project Pan is aimed to reduce an overflowing beauty collection and encourage you to finish what you start.
These are both great lessons in my opinion as too often we can get carried away with the rush we get from something new, so much so that we crave that rush to the point of an unhealthy spending habit.
What my Project Pan has shown me is that I can achieve the rush and excitement about makeup from finishing a product instead of buying one.
This shift in mentality has made my life a consumer much healthier and my life as a beauty lover much more fun.
When I successfully finish a product in my Project Pan and cross it’s name off the list, the pride that comes from using that product in its entirety is well earned as I have worked dedicatedly over time to achieve that goal.
It’s a much more fulfilling sense of success as opposed to the quick excitement I feel from buying something new. The excitement which fades fast as the product looses its shine and my bank account looses more money.
What my Project Pan has also impressed on me the amount of time it takes to completely finish beauty products.
It takes two minutes to buy a contour compact however it can take a year of everyday use to finish it. Knowing, and having gone through, those days and weeks of usage I am now that much more aware of the time it takes me to get my moneys worth from my beauty purchases.
Now when I see a new product that catches my eye, I think about how long it would take me to use it all up and often times, it’s not worth it in the end.
Is a Project Pan for you?
If you are someone who buys many more beauty products than what you finish, a Project Pan is a great way to fully appreciate the impact of those purchases.
Even if you only chose to finish 3 products in 3 months, it will be able to give you an idea of how long it takes for you to get back the money you spent.
In the end, your Project Pan might show that you power through your foundations and are able to keep a few of them on hand, and it might show you that you barely use any blush but for some reason keep buying them.
Either way, I think you’ve got nothing to loose any only knowledge to gain from partaking in a Project Pan so I would highly recommend any serious beauty lover to give one a try.