Pan that Palette & Shopping the Stash – December, Report #3

Previous report was in July (ha ha) and can be found here.

I went back to stila ITK after my holidays in the summer. Since I got a little bit tanned I mixed Wind and Desert up to get a better match on the lid. Here’s what it looked like it July:


I’m back to using just Wind at the moment. If I’m lucky I might see pan before 2017.

I took the Lunasol foundation with me for the summer because the shade worked better on me then. The picture in the last report was after holiday use. I went back to Maquillage not long after that. So here’s an update on that group photo:


Taken January 2016

Now (almost a year later):


Taken December 2016

Every time I travel I take the WnW with me. Haven’t used much of the BB this year (I use this as a brow powder). I’ve reached for it from time to time lately but nothing regular so it looks pretty much the same. I managed to use up quite a few brow pencils though 🙂

Blotting powders then:


That’s the Soap & Glory one on the left. That’s since July as well I believe? Probably forgot to post this last time 😛
Ok they both claim to be translucent (Sexy Mama’s “anti-shine translucent powder” vs SG’s “super-translucent mattifying powder”). I think SG might be just a leeetle bit better at oil control, but if you’re not careful it can look chalky. Sexy Mama is talc-free and tinted so you’re less likely to look ashy. If I had to choose I’d probably go with S&G as that one seems to work better on my skin.

And I’m still working on the MAC blush:

mac-poised Now:


Lunasol Chocolat Beige, MAC Poised, RMK Hot Red

Yup, not much change. But I got so bored of using Poised everyday I incorporated other blushes. Primarily those two in the pictures.

I actually took the RMK with me (due to its slim and compact size) for a solid month during my time in Hong Kong and it still looks like new. There’s only 2.2g of product in this compact. How am I ever going to use up the 6g in MAC? And that’s just a fingerprint mark in the Lunasol and not a dent. But I’m hoping it being a cream formula I’ll hit pan faster.

I really don’t know how I’ll manage to pan anything!

Pan that Palette & Shopping the Stash – July, Report #02

Previous report was in February and can be found here.

Here’s what stila ITK looks like. I’ve really only been using the same Wind shade –

In February:




Wind is the second from left on the top row. Yeah. Not much in spite of five month’s of daily use.

Here’s progress on Sexy Mama –

In February:





Yes I hit pan!! 🙂 This happened last month (June). Pictures look a lot warmer than last time’s but I’d say these warmer ones are more colour accurate.

Instead of Maquillage powder foundation, I dug up one of my old Lunasol and have been using that for a while. Last time this pan was photographed it looked like this:


Lunasol is the one on top right

This is what it looks like now:


That’s with maybe three times a week of use.

Shopping the stash-wise, I put Her Blooming Cheek away and have been using MAC Poised (LE) blush the past few months. Poised is one of those blushes where the more you blend and buff it in the more it leaves this beautiful glow, which I really appreciate because I use powder foundation and the glow makes it look less flat.

Poised is like a vamped up version of Gingerly. Gingerly is labelled as a satin but wears like a matte on me. Chanel Tweed Sienna is probably more similar to Poised. I haven’t touched that blush since I hit pan on it 😛 All three of these are no-brainer colours, easy to use and goes with everything. Don’t be fooled by Gingerly, it looks dark in pan but applies really natural on the cheeks.

Pan that Palette & Shopping the Stash – February, Report #01

Hopefully I’ll be diligent enough to make monthly posts like this tracking my pans.

This is what the stila In the Know (hereafter known as ITK) palette look like:


Thoughts: Mattes-only looks doesn’t flatter me. I need a little more oomph. I’m still mainly using Wind as a daily base colour so that’s all you see.

I’ve also decided to try and pan the Balm’s Sexy Mama, which is an oil-controlling mattifying translucent powder. Here’s what it looks like now:


Thoughts: I’ve got a few of these powders lying around at home (Bourjois, essence, Soap & Glory) and it’s been my goal to make a comparative post on them for the last two years. I need to get round to doing that. For now, I can only say that I really like the packaging. It’s sleek and doesn’t take up room, plus it has a mirror inside. Also this is talc-free.

On the Shopping the Stash front, I’ve rediscovered MAC’s Her Blooming Cheek blush. A fuchsia pink blush that easily fits into their Flamingo Park collection:


Perfect for that in-from-the-cold look. I use a softer, fluffier brush with this so as not to pick up too much colour and it helps to blend.

I really want to hit pan on one of my blushes this year. I’ve been looking at my blush collection and there are just too many and a number of them are very similar. It doesn’t help either that I just bought two more 😦

2016 Pan that Palette Challenge

Right. Thought I’d give this panning thing another go. Last time I attempted any panning was when I did Project 10 Pan (I called it 2 x 5) two years ago, which went alright for skincare and stuff but terribly for makeup (the finale is here). I hit pan on a couple of things and between then and now I might have added 2 or 3 products, that’s all. Terrible.

The only makeup items I consistently finish/hit pan on are:
– brow powder
– brow pencil
– traditional pencil eyeliner
– gel pencil eyeliner
– powder foundation (I hit pan but I might have only finished 2 so far in my life)
– eye primer
– under eye brightener
– lip balm

Mascaras I rotate and change often for hygienic reasons but never because they’re bone dry.
I struggle with everything else.

For 2016 I’ve decided to challenge myself, and I’ll attempt to pan stila ‘In the Know’ palette. A little (very) ambitious really, considering I don’t wear eye shadows to work. And this is nowhere near being a favourite palette of mine. But I don’t know what else to do with it. I actually kinda regret buying this … As you can see in the picture it’s pretty much unused except for some marks left from swatching. Anyway this palette is no longer available because stila has been revamped. And I saw AmberF (links to her video on panning ‘In the Light’) on Youtube mentioning stila palettes are soft and easy to pan so I thought I’d jump in.

‘In the Know’ is an all-matte palette:


I’ll probably be able to give my final verdict on this palette afterwards. But for now, my very late first impression of this is I have no idea why I bought it (ok, I think it’s because it’s all-matte and because of the shade ‘fire’). Ignoring ‘fire’ and ‘ebony’, the shades that are left can be divided onto either side of the light/dark spectrum. And each side look pretty similar to each other. The variation is very subtle. The shadows are soft and you can easily over blend them and make everything look muddy. And looking at the lighter shades, there are potentially three I can use as an all-over lid colour. Hmmm!

Just for fun, here are the pans I have at the moment. Compare the BB Saddle below with the one in the link to the Project 2×5 pan above:


So the powder foundation on the left is my new fave, Maquillage Dramatic Powdery UV bought last year. Fastest pan ever. The one on the right is a really old one from Lunasol. I guess I still keep all my old powder foundations around because the shades are all different and I use them to match  my skin tone.
The small beige shadow on the bottom left is Wet n Wild’s Brulee, which I use everyday as an all over shade even when I don’t put any other eye shadow on. I started using this back in 2013 and if I’m not mistaken have not stopped using it since. So what you see is 1.5 years’ of usage. 1.7g of product, that’s one solidly packed shadow. If I’m panning the stila though, I’ll probably use one of those lighter shades instead of this one …
The last item is the ever-present Bobbi Brown Saddle, 2.5g of matte dark brown I use for my brows. I’ve strayed and have been using brow pencils and trying other brow stuff for most of 2015.

I hope to finish one of the four items pictured above in addition to the stila palette. While I’m wishful dreaming, here’s hoping to finish a lip product or two (other than lip balm) as well. Or hit pan on a blush, haha.

Oh one last thing, when I say ‘pan’ I really meant ‘to hit pan’, not like empty the pan 😉 Baby steps!