Eyeshadow Roulette Project Update

Generally I attempt to get my eyeshadow roulette project post up on the 5th of the month. I did not do so this month, but I did take a snapshot of my notebook where I record usage to make sure at least that was accurate.

Here’s the color scheme I began with last month.

I’d had high hopes for this color palette, the blue in particular. Sadly, it did not perform well at all on my eyelids. When used as a shimmer all over the lid, it creased terribly and wore off. Also, the top matte shade developed pan about two days after this photo was taken, so I didn’t keep using it much after. Here’s the photo of the pans of each of these colors:

Urban Decay Big Sky (the blue) has a nice dip in it despite the fact that it won’t be used as a lid color. I am using it as an eyeliner when I can, and I now have 22 uses.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Georgia has a bit of a dip in it, and I was able to do a full 30 uses and rotate it out.

Revlon Maverick palette I hit pan 2 days after posting, so that got rotated out.

Colourpop Bye Bye Birdie palette I had both Heron Chic and Nevermore to work on. I managed to get my 30 uses on both and that palette is rotated out.

My Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish is starting to see a dip. I currently have 25 uses on this one so I will be able to finish in the upcoming month.

I did not achieve any “bonus” pans either this month, which is fine!

So, I pulled in new colors to keep with my 6 colors. And in the end, I pulled 3 nyx colors. One of which is in a palette I already had in this challenge. It’s the NYX happy birthday palette and I’d achieved 2 bonus pans during the time it was in the challenge previously. I love that I’ll keep working on the palette and get more use out of it.

Here’s the swatch photo:

The only matte here is the green at the bottom. That’s Violet Voss Sugar Crystals Palette (another I’ve already explored in this challenge!) color Mint Choco.

In any case, let’s ATTEMPT to be more organized. From top to bottom, the first two are the two still in from last month. Urban Decay Born To Run palette color Big Sky and the Too Faced christmas palette color Make a Wish.

Below those two is a Nyx copper shimmer color from an advent calendar. It’s a single. And then a nyx shimmer that is pink, it’s from the same advent calendar and is also a single.

And below that is another coppery nyx color from the happy birthday palette.

Ultimately while I’ll need to draw in mattes from elsewhere, this looks like a fairly cohesive color story and I will not have too much trouble working on it this month. I worry about the mint green but I’ll experiment with an “ice cream eye” look using the nyx singles as well.

Here’s what the pans are looking like:

These are just the rolled in colors as I took photos above of the other two palettes.

In the past I’d gone from trying to create pan in each color to just trying to get 30 uses or pan, whichever came first. Depending on where I am next month, I may try to give myself a new rule or two. The first may be that if I roll in a new palette, the next color I choose is also from that palette. Trying to juggle multiple palettes in the morning can be a bit daunting. Since I chose two singles this month I didn’t implement this rule yet. I may also keep rolling until I get a palette I haven’t used yet, as my usage on just two palettes is pretty heavy now, with little use on the other items in my collection. But at the moment, these are just ideas I am throwing around in my head, I am not implementing them yet!

5 thoughts on “Eyeshadow Roulette Project Update

  1. I’ve been obsessed with this type of project pan, I love to see other people’s progress. I don’t know how you do it. I tried to pan one eyeshadow in an old Urban Decay palette just to see how long it would take me – it’s a neutral, good, wearable color. I’m on the 10th use and already heavily resenting that thing.

    • I laughed out loud over “10th use and already heavily resenting that thing.” So true! I have tried these before and could never make them stick. Changing up my rules frequently helps. But, what helps the most is kind of challenging myself to use one color I am concentrating on in as many different ways as is possible. This means pulling out a whole mess of palettes daily which is another gripe about the project, but it does get me my uses and still makes me feel creative.

      I see a lot of eyeshadow roulette and project pan folks who pan a “look.” One type of look they do over and over. Which is great for them, to each their own! But it is certainly not how I can approach the challenge of 30 uses of one color.

      • That makes sense – I chose a taupe. If I had chosen something like a blue I could switch between lid color, liner, on the lower lash line… Instead I have taupe. Shimmery taupe. Not even good enough for the crease. God, am I bad at this. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Great progress on your eyeshadows! I just decluttered 3 House of Lashes eyeliner pens as they really didn’t work very well and I didn’t want to pan then anymore. Now, I need to find a new item to pan just for me, not part of a project.

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