Project 2 x 5 Pan – Update #2

First up: No pans.

Second: I should admit upfront that I’m hopeless at this and confess that I have made purchases doing the project, which defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Having said that I must also point out that had it not been my commitment to this project and the self-imposed ‘ban’ (albeit broken) I would have caused much greater damage to my wallet with ‘unnecessary’ purchases. Because of the project, I at least kept my promise to not buy any more eyeshadows. You will not believe how many times I’ve been tempted to buy another quad or palette. The new Birds of Paradise Dior quint for example (I like the green one more) is sooo beautiful; And I almost bought the smashbox photo op eye palette on Sephora because I know I like the formula and it’s a good deal.

I’ve become an expert at the pretend-shopping-cart game: Whenever a sale of 20% comes up (= tax free on the inflated prices here in France) I go on the site and fill my basket up with everything my heart desires, look at the final price, apply the coupon code, and proceed to eliminate items until I’m left with the ‘minimum’. And then further consider whether it’s worth it and if I don’t already have something similar at home. Most of the time I end up closing the window and breathing a sigh of relief, having conquered the shopping demons. I am also thankful that the Sephora website doesn’t stock everything they have in store, and Sephora itself doesn’t get every single makeup releases. The Lancome ‘In Love’ ones with Emma Watson are only available in Lancome counters, for instance.

So… to reiterate, the tally for makeup pans since January, still at 0.

However, I have the 5 skincare pans to do as well. This is good news because I have finished 3 products in March. Which means that I have only 2 products to go before my skincare pans are done. Have I bought skincare products during the project? But of course, I bought two creams (on sale). This means I’ve only got 1 pan, doesn’t it?

*sigh* ……

Despite my failures, I’m not giving up. I guess this means the project will continue indefinitely until the end of the year, and will primarily act as a reminder to restrain myself more than anything.

Lets look at the most reached for makeup products in March:

Concealor (not shown)

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer

– I forgot to put this in the lineup, having been reaching for it so often lately it’s been incorporated into my daily routine. I first blogged about this here, as one of the hits in 2012.
For some unknown reasons (I do have a suspect now) I had a bout of spots around my brow area around March and early April. They would be just outside the brows, just under the arch or a couple times, right inside. They came one at a time, when the last one died a new one will pop up. The scars however took longer to fade, and this was where the Shiseido concealer came in. This is the concealer I turn to when I need some heavy duty camouflaging in the morning. Amidst the mad rush, I just don’t have the time to work with Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage even if I know it can do the job.
During my last visit to Sephora I had a look at the newly released NARS Radiant Creamy Concealor, and I was immediately reminded of this. They are both creamy and very opaque, but I still preferred the texture of Shiseido, which is just this little bit easier to work with. Plus I like Shiseido’s more practical packaging. The two are priced similarly, but you get 4g more product with Shiseido. The advantage with NARS is the range of shades. So perhaps you can look into NARS if you can’t find a match with Shiseido?

Blush
MAC Poised
– I mentioned this in my last 2 x 5 Pan update, the blush being one of the LE items I bought during my ban. I wrote that I was disappointed in this but I have since grew to love it. This is MAC’s satin formula and for once I saw the sheen in it as you buff the powder onto the skin. It’s a brownish blush with a tinge of coral that goes with anything.

Eyeliner
Clinique Cream Shaper in Egyptian and Black Diamond
– Continuing on with these two from February. They make the mornings so much easier because I can draw them on so quickly. On the other hand my gel lining is getting rusty. I’ve been reaching for Egyptian more, as you can see it has lost quite a bit of its length. I have a feeling these pencils will be the first to go.

Eyeliner shadow
Stephane Marais Eyeshadow in 32
– This is used on top of the cream shapers to help them stay in place just a little longer. It’s a slightly shimmery charcoal grey but I use it on top of either liners.
Stephane Marais is a long long long discontinued makeup brand. inoui made me sad (partly because I had no real access to it anyway) but this made me miserable. If you are too young when the SM brand was around, it was a bit of a niche brand that made extremely high quality products (and the prices to match) with creative artistic packaging that was very rare at the time. Their cream foundation was the best foundation I ever used. I read somewhere it’s almost the same as Cle de Peau’s since Mr. Marais was the creative director of CdP at the time. The man himself of course remains one of the best makeup artists working today. I still have a few of the products around and hopefully will feature some of them
eventually.

Eyeliner brush
Sigma Small Angle E65
– Sigma might have renamed this to something else. I bought this wanting to try a slanted brush with gel liners but it didn’t work at all. Could be me being so used to using a flat brush but I wasn’t ever tempted to change the flat top brush again. This angle brush however is perfect with powder and it’s what I’ve been using whenever I feel like using an eyeshadow on top of a liner.

Eyeshadow base
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter, using shade Vanilla as base
– I used this for most of March and switched to the WnW one towards the end. This trio from Smashbox is soft and a real pleasure to work with. Vanilla is the perfect for me as a base. But as you can see the dip I made isn’t insignificant and I realised if I continue on I would hit pan easily. Which I normally would want for the sake of this project. But I bought the shadows with the intention to take the it with me as a functioning set for travels and whatnot in the future. To avoid having a duo instead of a trio, I switched to WnW.

Wet n Wild Color Icon in Brulee (251A)
– This is nowhere as soft as smashbox but it’s cheap and does the job perfectly. It has more pink than the Smashbox but as a base it doesn’t matter so much. I don’t know how long it will take me to hit pan even though there’s only 1.7g of product.

Lips
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Cherry
Another LE, another purchase during no-buy. This is my first BB gloss and it has a very minty smell. I don’t like mint-smelling products and this one lasts quite a bit too but I’ll put up with it because the gloss is super shiny and I do like the way it tints my lips. This is of course a dupable shade.

Here’s what I’ve been using in April:

Concealor (not shown)
Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer
(see above)
Blush
Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint in Sheer Cherry

– Yes I’ve managed to get my paws on this LE in the end. It’s not as long-lasting as I hoped it to be but I really like the ease of application and it’s pretty much fool-proof. I swipe it across the cheeks, blend and it’s done. Sometimes I’ll dust another blush on top of it to extend the wear of both. Scentless.
I’m not sure if BB has other cheek tints in the regular lineup but these are nice products and worth having a look.

Eyeliner

Clinique Cream Shaper in Egyptian and Black Diamond
(see above)
Eyeliner shadow
Stephane Marais Eyeshadow in 32
(see above)
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 Color Eyeshadow Palette in #1
– I’m really only using the black shade in the palette, and this palette just happens to be kept closer to me than my NARS palette with the black from Pandora.
Eyeliner brush
Sigma Small Angle E65
(see above)
Lips
Yves Saint Laurent Vernis a Levres in #7, Corail Aquatique
– This is probably my favourite and the most practical shade out of the three I have. The glossy stains darken slightly upon application and on the lips #7 has just the right balance between coral and pink and doesn’t appear orange at all on the lips.
As you can see I have only carried over the Clinique eyeliners from the previous months and have been using new products instead of old and gave little thought to hitting pan otherwise. What will May and June bring?
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