How important is finishing an eyeshadow palette to you?

Not important at all! Though obviously not something I can manage while reviewing thousands of products each year, but the way I feel about non-beauty categories would likely translate into them if I was a normal consumer… and that’s more about use–it doesn’t have to be worn every day or finished up as long as I use it regularly and enjoy it. So with an eyeshadow palette, I can’t see myself ever caring if I was hitting pan on a shade or all the shades, but I wouldn’t want to have it sit around and never wanting to use it either.

— Christine
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Considering that I’ve never finished one yet and I keep buying them (but I have cut back considerably), it’s not important to me at all, though I guess it should be. I just have too many but they are my weakness (it could be worse – I could have a weakness for expensive cars or Chanel handbags!)

Not at all! Size of the pans is not important to me at all for that reason- Wayne Goss’s products being gigantic is actually something that makes me not want to buy them because I know they’re never ever getting finished. Hitting pan doesn’t bother me but it doesn’t excite me either. My collection of eyeshadow is big for the average woman but very small in the “collector” sphere and I have enough eyeshadow to never worry about using stuff up.

Not at all important, though I would be super proud of myself if I ever did. I love my variety of eyeshadows way too much.

It isn’t important to me at all. I like being able to see that I’m using a palette with little dips in the pans, but when they are done done then I get a little sad (especially if I really liked the shadows). I have a lot of shadows so it isn’t feasible that I’m going to use every color in every palette all the way up and it isn’t something I feel the need to do. As long as I get some use out of a palette and it isn’t just sitting in the drawer untouched I’m happy!

I am a strange one…..I have a rolling project pan every year…but a palette is *not* one of the items. I do like to get use out of all my shadows, however, so I will usually play a separate fun game just for my shadows. Not to hit pan but to get regular use out of the shadows.

I’ve never even hit pan on a favorite color in a palette, let alone finished an entire palette! The only time I’ve hit pan on an eyeshadow was in the first trio I ever bought, and that was in the brown that I used for my brows back before I owned a brow pencil!

I dread hitting pan! I actively avoid finishing a palette because I don’t want to spend more money to buy a new one or feel the disappointment of discontinuation. I hit pan on my Stila In the Light palette years ago, as it was my everyday palette, but I immediately stopped using it because by that point, it had been discontinued. I stopped enjoying it and started “rationing” it, which is just not fun to me. So I now like to switch it up and not use any one palette to death.

I also dread hitting pan, but it’s because eyeshadow pans are already small and with some brushes it gets harder to get product when there’s only product on the sides. ?

For me it’s important to get regular use of eyeshadows, rather than hitting pan or finishing.
Right now I only have a custom made palette with colors I actually use regularly, replacing them when they reach the 3 years mark from manufacturing date (based on batch code). On the neutral transition shades I usually hit pan, but I never actually finished one. And I do eye makeup at least 4-5 days a week.

Apparently, not very much! Considering the sheer number of palettes that I’ve accumulated over the past 7 years or so, I doubt that I can use these all up before they either go hard pan or go “bad” in some way. That, along with the fact that I’m already 61 years old and it really seems unlikely that I’ll even get the opportunity to do so even if I wore makeup on the daily!

Not worried at all. I have hit pan on a couple of shades in palettes but they are not particularly unique shades so I know I can find a dupe. In single shadows, I have used up one MAC Omega and have hit pan on the second one.

Before I started collecting makeup, it was. I went through 3 boxes of old-school Too Face Boudoir Eyes. There was a marvelous shade in it that I would run down first. I’ve also hit pan on half of Natasha Denona’s Star palette, which is a bit of a feat, considering the amount of eyeshadow. It was my near-daily go-to for 1.5 years. I doubt I’ll hit pan on anything nowadays, since I have 1500+ shadows in my collection. I used to get backups but now realize it’s pointless and will likely sell off my stash on Mercari.
The exception is my Chanel 9-pan Les Beiges; the pans are tiny and the palette is exquisite. There is a decent chance I’ll hit pan sometime in the next few years, so I wish I’d gotten a backup.

I would have a lot more in my bank account if I cared about finishing them! I wish that palettes were not my Achilles’ heel, but they are. I have yet to hit pan on any (though I’m close in a few shades), but I keep on getting them. (Less so this year, which is a silver lining of this whole situation. I am shopping my stash!)

I have used up or semi-used up many palettes over the years. I’ll buy some and then I’ll feel guilty and go to the no new ones til I get close to finishing a few. Some palettes have been small and I easily hit pan on them. My Chanel Desert one is very close to being used up, along with a couple of others.

Is it important that I use them up? In some ways – so I can buy new stuff. Other than that, not really.

I try to use up what shadows I already own, but I’m still open to adding palettes to my collection. I no longer buy mostly neutral palettes because I know I already have neutral shades that I can use up. However, if I see a new palette released with a unique color story that isn’t similar to something I already have, I’ll go ahead and buy it.

Let’s just say that out of all my considerable collection, I have really only finished (to my judgement) one – and not all of the shades were finished – just the key shades. And that was Lorac’s Pro Metal palette.
All of my others have quite a long way to go before they are remotely like being done and dusted.

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