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Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Welcome to the 2021 Pan It Challenge !!



HUGE round of applause for the 2020 Panners ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ Despite an incredibly hectic year I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of you who spent even a second thinking about your projects.  It was a huge inspiration for me and I'm sure others as well.  Cannot wait to see your new projects and whatever this year has in store for us!


The "Rules"

To accommodate a variety of interests, you all are encouraged to pick items to pan that are most suitable to your collections.  For some, this might mean focusing on a particular type of product (like lipstick) and for others this may include a larger variety spanning your entire makeup or skincare routine.


Getting Started (please share the following)

  • Which item(s) you would like to work on
  • How long you will work on said item
  • Goal: explore a new item, revisit an old item, decide whether to keep pass or trash, and/or completely finish item, etc.
  • Starting photo of item

Please Use This Thread To...

  • share what item(s) you are working on,
  • provide comparative progress photos of your item(s) monthly (at the beginning of the month when possible),
  • ask questions,
  • encourage others,
  • motivate others with the looks you create with your item(s)

Tips and Tricks to Panning/Getting Some Use Out of Your Stash:


  • Take photos!!  When you think you arenโ€™t making a dent in anything look back at those photos, Iโ€™m certain youโ€™ll see some changes ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  • If you goal is to hit pan or use something up entirely, try concentrating your brush/applicator in the same area each time you use it
  • Multitask your products: eyeshadows as highlighter, lipstick as blush, eyeshadow as brow powder, etc. 
  • Layer eyeshadow to create different colors (this is especially helpful to get use out of shades youโ€™re not fond of).
  • Have shadows with a ton of fall out?  Use water
  • Watching the progress of othersโ€™ can be fun but try not compare your progress to theirs.  We all use our makeup differently and have different goals.
  • Donโ€™t restrict yourself to only using the item(s) you are working on.  Itโ€™s more than OK to incorporate other items or take a break!
  • Makeup should be funโ€ฆ.if you begin to dread doing your makeup because you made a commitment to use a product that you now hate, TOSS IT!  Do not force yourself to use up something you donโ€™t like.  Move on to something else!  (This includes excluding particular shades from your goals if focusing on palettes, etc.)

Ideas to Help You Pan Those Items:

  • Roll the dice: number your items and use a random number generator to pick what you will use each (day/week/month/etc.) 
  • Layer/Mask: items you are less fond of under things you like
  • Pan a Look: at the beginning of the week pick a look that you can wear everyday
  • Recreate: a look worn by a fellow BICer, celebrity, etc.
  • Spice up an "everyday" look by adding subtle pops of color (in the crease or on the lower lash line, mix lip products to make shades wearable, etc.)

Past Panning Challenges:


.... and for good measure, 



Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

@ElleElleG, reading about and seeing your progress on your palettes is so motivating!  ๐Ÿ˜ ABH MR has been so well loved. ๐Ÿ’–

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Thanks @itsfi !! 

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So much pan! @ElleElleG -- You killed it!!! Inspiration officially gathered.

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Lol thanks @heavyhedon , glad I could provide a little inspo ๐Ÿ˜Š

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Just such amazing progress, @ElleElleG!! I'm so impressed with eyeshadow panning!! ๐Ÿคฉ Thank you for hosting the thread and I look forward to seeing the update in the 2022 thread!! 

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Thanks @haleyvvvv !!

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Wow @ElleElleG ๐Ÿคฉ This is inspiring. I really need to try harder panning eyeshadow in 2022 ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ

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You can do it @blackkitty2014 !!

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Iโ€™m so sorry for being sooo sooo late. These are finished probably the last 5 months of 2021

and some other misc items 


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Look at all the empties! This is massive. We're going to have a good time panning this year, I can tell.

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Wow!! So many empties, nicely done, @blackkitty2014!! Those PMG lip glosses are lovely!! 

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Thx you @haleyvvvv . I panned so many PMG glosses and balmsโ€ฆstill have lots more to do โค๏ธ

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Bittersweet friends. I finished this MJ Mod Noir Dec 2021. 

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Wow @blackkitty2014! You finished a full size fragrance; that;s impressive. That bottle is beautiful! ๐Ÿ˜

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Oi, @blackkitty2014 , can't remember the last time I finished even a small cologne, but it must have been at least 30 years ago.

Great work, and it's wonderful to enjoy that special scent that can't be replaced-- so much better than leaving it to fade. 


You have me thinking, maybe I should add in a body spray at least, during one of this year's seasonal pans. I culled my scents and scented lotion stash last month but still, there's more than too much. Kudos!


PS-- adorable tree!

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Niiiiiice @blackkitty2014 ! Is this one you would repurchase?

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

This is colab between Sephora and Marc Jacobs. They discontinued this couple years back otherwise I would @ElleElleG ๐Ÿฅฒ

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Uggggggh I hate when things you like get discontinued ๐Ÿ˜ฉ. Glad you were able to enjoy it though @blackkitty2014 

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Hi everyone! I'm going to do this for the first time in 2022 and I'm feeling inspired by you all haha. How do you decide what you will pick to pan? Or should I just pick SOMETHING to avoid the analysis paralysis? 

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

Everyone has such great tips! Thank you all ๐Ÿ˜

Re: Pan It! - 2021 Challenge ๐Ÿ†

For me, panning was a bit of a curiosity, @ultimatepumpkin. I had accumulated a lot, and while I was good at getting through skincare, I just had no concept of how long it takes to get through products. At the end of 2020, I was going through my collection and trying to figure if I needed to declutter anything. So I picked a number of things I was trying to move out of my collection (either were older or I had used a bit) or things I was curious about how long it takes to use (bronzer, cream blush). I did go full in (3 foundations, 1 bronzer, 1 blush, 1 highlighter, 6 lippies and 2 eyeshadows). So I think that it really depends on what you know about yourself.


It can help to grab all the things you're thinking of panning and take pictures of it, so you can think about it. Use January to work through those items, using all of them, to get a feel if that's what you want to wear for the rest of the year. If not, then a rolling pan or usage numbers based pan might be better. Or maybe these items aren't good for a project pan for you. 


I never felt "obligated" to use the items. But in the first half of the year, I had limited counter space, so I didn't really have anything else out to use. Maybe another blush and a few lippies. I moved and then got a vanity, so I got a little more space and in parallel had good usage and got a few more items I wanted to play around with, so I spent Q3 of the year playing a little more with other blushes and lippies. When I did my check in at the end of Q3, I used that to reassess and start a usage tracker and goal to reach my pan goals. That's something I'm going to continue this year, using a notebook to track. I had settled into using things like my panning blush half the week but making sure that most days I'm using a project on item. 


There's so much great advice in this thread, it's about knowing yourself and thinking through what's best for you!! 

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