Project Pan + No Buy 2018 Update

Project Pan + No Buy 2018 Update

We’re over the halfway point of the year, friends! I should’ve made this post a little while ago, but I honestly have been going through a lot of changes lately and blogging wasn’t a priority. I do have an update on some of the products I’ve decided to finish up for the year of 2018 as well as my final thoughts on them.


1.     Boscia Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer: Whew, what a mouthful. This primer wasn’t my favorite. Other than the fact Boscia isn’t a cruelty-free brand, this product didn’t perform the way I believed it would. It was definitely mattifying, so if that’s your main concern, this is a great candidate. I didn’t enjoy how it had the consistency of glue (very tacky) and sometimes balled up on the face if I used it with certain foundations.

2.     Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: This was one of the first liquid foundations I ever tried, and when my skin was quite oily, it was a powerhouse for preventing my face from looking like a greaseball. It is very matte and dry, so if you have drier skin or prefer the dewy look, beware. I would still love this foundation except I realized it breaks my skin out. I ended up with small little bumps around my mouth and on my chin every time I wore it. That’s no bueno, so even though I didn’t technically “finish” this product up, I decided to toss it since my skin doesn’t react well to it.

3.     GlamGlow Glow Starter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in “Nude Glow”: I like this product both on its own and under makeup. The shade is a neutral champagne that leans more warm, but it didn’t leave a light cast on my face. With no makeup on, this made my face look and feel plump and healthy, and while the effects underneath makeup were drastically diminished, there was still a hint of “lit from within” glow. It smelled like citrus, which I’m almost always down for! If GlamGlow were a cruelty-free company, I would for sure be purchasing this in the full size.

4.     Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Under Makeup Primer: This is a decent, but very basic primer product. It felt virtually the same as the Wet n Wild Photofocus Primer to me. It has a thin consistency that soaks into the skin quickly, feels cooling and hydrating, and leaves a little bit of tackiness to help the longevity of makeup. Would I repurchase it? Probably not, simply because drugstore foundation primers can do much of the same.

5.     NYX Cosmetics Tame and Frame Brow Gel in “Espresso”: This is one of my favorite brow products ever. It is virtually the same as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and it shades and outlines the brow without looking too incredibly harsh. Unfortunately, it dried up before I finished it, and I (stupidly) tried to revive it using a face oil I was allergic to. For that reason, I had to toss it. I would repurchase this product, but I’m more of a fan of brow pencils at the moment.

6.     Clinque Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey”: I’ve talked about this product both here and on my YouTube channel, so mentioning it anymore on any platform is beating a dead horse. All I’ll say is that I’m glad to have finally finished this product up.

7.     Tréstique Highlight and Perfect Multipurpose Stick in “Maldives Luminescent”: I actually really started to enjoy this product. It gives the skin that “wet” glow, which is amazing for no-makeup makeup days. It can sometimes tend to look a little greasy, but with a little translucent powder applied over it, it stays put throughout the day.

8.     NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer Primer: This was definitely a shocking product for me. When I first bought it, I didn’t enjoy it at all because it wasn’t the best at actually killing shine. Now that I’m more into the dewy, natural finish look, this primer is perfect. It smooths out my face and allows for streak-free application of foundation. It feels a bit moisturizing, so that’s a plus as well!

9.     Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer: I really loved this illuminating primer, but I feel as though there are so many dupes for a product like this now. It’s quite pricy for a face primer that mainly just illuminates the face. It did give a nice, healthy glow to the skin, so this was another primer I’d often use on just my bare skin. It smelled like citrus as well, which is always a cool thing for me! It just didn’t make my skin feel particularly hydrated or moisturized, and I didn’t notice any extended wear of my makeup while using this product.

I’m not going to lie, I expected to do better with finishing up products at the halfway point of this year. I have made quite a few strides, but with how insanely and uncomfortably hot it’s been this summer, a bare face or maybe some highlight and lip gloss have been my go-to. I do have a few products I’m right on the verge of finishing, so I suspect I’ll be able to do one more update before I assess my progress as a whole and add in new products to finish up in 2019!


Write you little lovelies later,

XO Ky M.

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