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Why is everyone in the beauty community suddenly talking about a ‘Project Pan’? And what exactly is this ‘Project Pan’? I can imagine these questions were popping up in your head when you first saw people talking about this new and popular movement. A lot of people participate in Project Pan challenges nowadays but what if you want to join as well? Where to start? No worries, I’m going to explain all the details in today’s blog post!
What Is Project Pan?
If you are unfamiliar with the term Project Pan, it’s essentially a commitment to finishing an entire set of beauty products within a specific time frame. It helps to combat the mentality of mass consumerism by encouraging people to “shop their stash” of already purchased products. Project Pan is not exactly new – it’s been around since 2016. Over the past few years, we could see that it really can help people who struggle with makeup hoarding.
The “Pan” specifically refers to hitting the shiny metal bottom of powdered makeup products. “Panning” is an active endeavor to finish a product. The product is considered “panned” once you can see the bottom of it. This also refers to products that don’t have a visible pan such as liquid foundation, tubes, or bottles of skincare. The conclusion is that Project Pan is a way to stay mindful and use what you have instead of spending money on more products that will end up collecting dust.
Project Pan could really help you if you’re trying to buy less makeup and spend your money more mindfully while giving the products you own the love it deserves. It often goes hand in hand together!
How To Participate In Project Pan
- Pick only items you love: there is no need to force yourself to use something you hate. Instead, you’re better off decluttering that product.
- Pick one item in each category only: once you start picking out products you want to pan, pick only one item in each category! Why? Because hitting pan can take a while so it works best if you focus on one particular product. Moreover, if you want to pan 3 eyeshadow palettes at the same time it will take you much longer and you’ll enjoy it less because of no (quick) results.
- Decide if you want to use up the item entirely or do you want to hit the pan: when using up skincare, body products, creams, foundations, and perfumes I always use every drop. But with powdered makeup, that can be a bit tricky. It can take us years, yes you heard me right, years to finish a certain product and in that case, I decide hitting pan is enough for me to replace it, especially if I had it for a while.
- Focus on products that are expiring soon: if you want to pan successfully, look at the dates to help you decide which products to focus on first. You can also use dates as your finish line: if you see that a particular item will expire soon, but there is still a lot of it left, commit to using it as much as you can before it expires.
If you would like to join the project pan community, you should check out the hashtag #projectpan on Instagram and easily follow or connect with people that are project panning too. Moreover, you’ll find some influencers over on YouTube, such as Rebecca Morgan, doing a Project Pan too. Some people even come up with certain panning projects such as ‘Partners in Cream’, ‘Pan Those Eyeshadows’ or ’30 By 30 Project Pan’. You can do whatever challenge you like to and pick the one that fits you best.
The Benefits Of Doing Project Pan
- You’ll save money: when you start focusing on products you want to finish and at the same time stop buying new products, it will save you some money.
- Less decision making: if you have a hard time picking the products you’re going to use that day because you have so much to choose from, a project pan is going to be your life safer! Now you don’t have to think about which product to use, because you already decided in advance.
- Sense of accomplishment: this might seem weird, but hitting pan on a product or emptying one can give you an amazing feeling. And the more you do it, the more you want to feel like finishing your products because it gives you a sense of achievement.
- Less waste: buying beauty products that we don’t use up and we keep replacing with new shinier things, is very wasteful. Imagine how much less waste there would be if we only bought things as a replacement.
- You’ll learn a few new tricks: beauty products can be more versatile than we think – once we make a commitment to use things up, we suddenly start experimenting with that product more and that leads us to learn a few new things.
Have you ever tried doing a Project Pan? If so, did you like it? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!