I've been wanting to get this post up for while, but have never been happy with it (this is re-write #4). It's been over a year since I started my lip gloss Project 10 Pan and thought I would share my thoughts on how things been going.
One, I have yet to finish up a gloss. Not that that is surprising - I tend to wear lip gloss on my days off since I prefer to wear lip balm at work. I also went through my collection and got rid of a bunch of my older glosses and others that just didn't grab my eye anymore. I think I might have cut my collection in half. I'm considering doing another purge but holding off at the moment. Going through my collection, I realized that I don't have many high end brand glosses - a couple from Buxom but that's it really. I really want to save a little and buy myself one or two Guerlain KissKiss gloss. Any recommendations on high end glosses?
One thing that this challenge has instilled in me is that I'm always thinking about what I do have in my collection whenever I was looking at a new gloss. I've also found that if I did pick up a gloss to buy, I usually would put it back since I would interest in it. This change in my spending and thinking about my collection is what I really wanted to come out of this endeavor.
I ended up wearing lip balm more often than gloss and tried out a few different ones: Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched, Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter, EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet, and Smith's Rosebud Salve. Of the four, I like the salve the best. Baby Lips has the type of finish I like to wear under lipsticks but I didn't find it that moisturizing. The other two I find to have a more waxy texture which I'm not the biggest fan of - I feel I have to put a lot on to feel like I'm wearing anything.
Lip gloss I wore the most: Rimmel London Stay Glossy in Always Lovely. I really love these lip glosses, especially to layer. Slick and moisturizing. I also really like Timless Allure when I want a darker lip.
Products I liked to use most when layering: MAC's Viva Glam Gaga and Pixi Beauty Magic Tink Tint. I love trying out different combinations and since I have quite a few pink lip glosses, these are very good bases for experimenting with. I especially like to use the Gaga lipstick (also my favorite MAC lipstick so far) since it can really change depending on what lip gloss I use.
I think I'm going to stop this Project 10 Pan, mostly because it'll never be finished and I think it's safe to say I've moved on from my lip gloss addiction. I'm focused on trying to use up my samples that have been collecting from my Glossyboxes. I try to keep my beauty collection under control for the most part but I would like to do a 'real' attempt at Project 10 Pan in the future.