Urban Decay Primer Potion

Date Thu, December 31 2009

For years, my eye makeup has gone on looking pretty well but has creased, smudged and fled to the rest of my face in short time, especially in heat where I sweat or anytime I might get wet. Basically, there was no place I was safe and it frustrated me to no end. My small and deep set eyes definitely do not help with this issue. For a while, I tried more expensive eye shadows which helped but only minimally. Without any other help, they weren’t worth spending 2 – 6 times the price I was spending on drug store makeup with such minimal improvement.

I first heard of Urban Decay Primer Potion – frequently called UDPP – years ago but, at the time, wasn’t wearing much make up. The word about it was awesome, though, and it was one of the few make up aids which were intended to make your eye shadow last longer. So I picked it up a few months ago when I found a coupon for Urban Decay and it arrived shortly after.

The regular size, which I bought, comes in a purple tube with silver cap. It’s cute and typical of makeup. It comes with an applicator wand similar to that of some lip glosses but which is angled. The primer itself is light, foundation coloured, and creamy. You can see it when you first put it on; it’s not sheer like some other products whihc isn’t a problem because I do cover it up but you don’t need to use a whole lot. The tint doesn’t affect the colour of eye shadow, either (there is a version of UDPP called Sin which does). The applicator seems to grab too much at a time so I always just use a dab and spread it on with my fingers. My normal routine would be to do primer on one eye, then the other, then shadow on one eye, then the other et cetera. But once UDPP starts drying, it does hinder blending a bit so I have to do my primer and shadow on one eye before the other.

I was amazed at the boost UDPP gives my eye shadow. It made the colours much more vibrant and I am able to use less product which is a pro I wasn’t even looking for. Of course, it really helped with creasing, fading and smudging. My eye makeup looks great all day. It’s not perfect at the end of the day but it is exponentially better, staying where I want it with only slight creasing. I don’t think I’ll ever spend more than a few dollars on eye shadow again; UDPP makes drug store makeup look and act like much more expensive than it is.

But it’s not a miracle worker. I bought some el cheapo eye shadow which tends to grace the stores around Christmas time and even Urban Decay Primer Potion could milk only the slightest bit of colour out of it. Some makeup simply lack the pigmentation to be quality. Period. Plus, t does seem like cream shadows work a bit better with it, than powder.

I’ve also used it under my eyes a bit for liner primer and it seems to work well. Urban Decay has a eyelash primer as well which I would look into but I think I’d try to get some mascara wands and see if UDPP would work just as well for that purpose, instead of having to buy a completely separate product.

Overall, I’ve been impressed with Urban Decay Primer Potion and it has definitely become a staple in my makeup collection and routine. I wish I’d picked it up sooner. The only really negative I have is something I have yet to experience: the wand has difficulty retrieving the product from the tube after a while. There are tutorials online to retrieve the unused product which I will likely try out when I get to that point. Perhaps a squeezable tube would be less wasteful.

2 Responses

  1. eva January 1 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    i wish they made something like this for undereye concealer. my eyeshadow usually stays in place fairly well, and is mostly sparlky/light/natural anyway, so it doesn’t matter if it smudges a little. but i inherited dark circles that never go away and insomnia.

    do you think i could try this for my undereye concealer or know of a product that would work for that?

  2. Cole January 2 2010 @ 1:52 am

    @eva: For dark circles I wouldn’t go with a primer like this. I’d aim for a rejuvenating product and/or concealer but I don’t use any so I have no good suggestions. Maybe try Makeup Alley (.com I think) for suggestions

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