Products I've Hit Pan On

Thursday, March 03, 2016

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It is a big BIG deal to 'hit pan' on an item of makeup, hit pan of course being the cringeworthy, unnerving term referring to using the product so much that the base packaging or pan is starting to show. There are numerous online communities and challenges across social media focusing on the achievement of hitting the pan and watching the pans grow through continued use and dedication. For me it shows that the product is, in most cases, awesome and I have loved using it almost daily while simultaneously makes me nervous because I don't want it to come to an end! LOL!

The lovely Laura requested I do this post, showing and talking about all the items I've hit pan on so here goes...

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As you can tell, I'm a pressed powder addict. It's more through necessity rather than a whimsical obsession since my skin can become slicker than your average during the day ;) and so face powders are the most popular makeup items I've hit pan on and used up completely.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder - Warm Natural £26 is one of my favourite powders of all time which I mentioned in my Makeup I've Repurchased Post. It's finely milled, settles into the skin beautifully and keeps makeup in place while mattifying without making me look flat. I actually hit pan on this a long time ago but because it's a beloved product, I've stopped using it regularly and am savouring it by using it for special occasions. I prefer to apply this with a soft powder brush all over my face using something like Bobbi Brown Powder Brush.

Will I repurchase once it's completely used up?
Probably one day when I feel like splurging, but I don't see much difference between this and Bourjois Healthy Balance which is far more affordable. 

I have 2 Soap & Glory powders next and they are both good, solid highstreet/drugstore powders that I would highly recommend to anyone. Kick Ass is marketed more as a setting powder while One Heck Of A Blot is for blotting away the shine but I find them both good for setting makeup and retouching with during the day. 

I've used Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder £12 more consistently and more regularly yet have only just hit pan on it recently. It seems to me it's packed far more tightly into the pan. The powder itself is translucent, light in texture and really can help manage oiliness throughout the day. I don't get any white cast with this but then I don't make myself the subject of flash photography very often so I really wouldn't know. I love using this all over the face using Real Techniques Setting Brush, focusing on small areas and really working the product into my problem areas, i.e. under my eyes, my nose, forehead, chin etc.

I already have! ;)

I hit pan on Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder £12 rather too quickly in my opinion as I didn't use it as often which makes me believe it isn't as tightly packed into the pan. The powder has a slight yellow tint to it, making it perfect for setting under-eye concealer, though it doesn't really leave any trace of yellow on the skin. I try to avoid using this all over my face because it tends to sit on top of my makeup in a strange way. However I do prefer to use this is with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to press it in place over my concealer under my eyes.

Just bought my back-up last week. 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo - Creamy Beige £4.99 is the perfect base shade for my eye lids and is featured in my Top 10 Under £10 Makeup with good reason. It is easy to apply and blend out, makes a good eyeshadow primer and stays put all day. It is the perfect shade for me because it doesn't look like I have anything on really, but it brightens and unifies the colour of my eye lids and has a very discreet sheen when it catches the light. I use this almost daily and have still got a lot of product left to work with. I use my ring finger to pick up and apply the product and then blend out the edges with a clean finger.

Yes, most definitely!!! I've bought some other cream shadows to see how they compare but this is still the best shade of the bunch!

I've used Natural Collection Solo Eye Shadow - Crushed Walnut £1.99 to fill in my brows constantly over the last year. I will say the pan isn't as deep as the plastic packaging makes it appear so I did hit pan quickly on it but since then, it's been going pretty strong with a lot of product to work with. This shade is a neutral brown with a hint of grey so it works really well for my brows. It also makes a lovely soft smokey eye shade when blended into the crease and outer v. I always apply this with Real Techniques Brow Brush



As a woman with a deeper complexion, it might shock you to see such a dent in Soap & Glory Solar Powder £11, like how much more colour does she need?!? Well, in all honesty, this product is only a shade or a half darker than my natural skin colour so I really need to pile it on for it to show up on me. Having said that, I really love the shade and the way it looks as a bronzer or blusher or even as a soft contour shade on me. Yes I need to swirl the brush around like a madwoman and pack it on sometimes, but it's so worth it. I like using a duo-fibre brush to apply this to my cheeks and around my whole face, like Bdellium Maestro 955 Finishing Brush.

I might give one of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzers a go, but will probably end up repurchasing this as well anyway.

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MUA Cupcake
Of course I forgot to include this in the picture but if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the one blusher than I've hit pan on big time. MUA Blusher - Cupcake £1 is almost completely done with a tiniest bit of product sitting at the edge now. It's a beautiful pink with a slight brown, mauve undertone that suits my complexion perfectly. It's quite powdery hence the hasty appearance of pan but seriously I used this blusher a lot. A lot!!! This is best applied with any blusher brush you prefer. 

Yes!!! YES!!!

Whether you are a part of any online community or not, you cannot deny that seeing that glimmer of pan feels nothing short of an achievement especially for those of us who have large makeup collections. Please let me know what items you have hit pan on recently and if you will be repurchasing the product.

SAL xxx
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