yuckyuks's review of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original


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80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $$$

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Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Synthetic Beeswax), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methicone, Isobutylparaben


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

I'm on my third day of this product, and I had to write my still-fresh impression of how eye makeup holds up in comparison to the days without UDPP. For reference, I'm Asian but have pretty deep eye creases (for an Asian person). My eyelids aren't particularly oily, but on heat wave days I get some unsightly transference of liquid eyeliner into my crease, leaving a questionable blackish-gray line that's visible whenever my eyes are closed. I don't know how noticeable that is but as I blink and look down a lot, I imagine it's more noticeable than I think. Nothing that can't be fixed with a quick swipe of the fingers, but I prefer not having to think about it at all.

UDPP completely stops any and all migration, even in ridiculously hot and humid weather like today's. If you like that really fresh eye makeup look (like you've just done it), you'll probably love this product. I actually prefer my eyeshadow to look a little "worn-in," so that's something I'll have to figure out with this base - it's really a matter of application technique, but I don't know if I want to spend the time perfecting it. I'll update on that in an edit.

One reviewer recommended using a TINY AMOUNT, not even rice-grain size, and I absolutely agree. I had time to play around with the product this morning so I tested out using different amounts. If I applied more than the sheerest layer, the product made my non-crepey eyes look crepey, and balled up as I tried to blend my eyeshadow. Not an attractive look. I got the best results with a very sheer layer of the product, which then acted like a sticky-mat for my eyeshadow.

After correct application? Unbelievable freshness from 9AM-9PM (when I took my makeup off), spent actively and sweatily in 98 degree weather. My eyelids never looked oily, yet never felt dry. No sketchy migrations, and the base seemed to help me look more bright-eyed - although that might just be the makeup I put on top of it. Regardless, it stayed in place.

Some final notes: someone else listed the ingredients, so I'll leave those out of this review. My eyelids aren't very sensitive, and there's been no irritation to my skin whatsoever. The base itself is beige, but becomes transparent after being spread sheerly over my lids. I wonder if the beige color affects those of darker skin tones than me. The consistency of the base is smooth when spread on, but seems to have "grip" to it. The price was US $16, which seems about right to me - it's small, but you don't need much of it - and if you google "UDPP," there are lots of videos on how to get a lot of product out of an apparently empty bottle.

Good luck, girls!

EDIT (11/7/2008)
I'm still using this every day, and I'm amazed to see that it's been five months since I started. I bought my second tube a week ago, as my first was getting really hard to squeeze the life out of. Just now I cut open my first tube following a tutorial on Youtube, wondering if it was really worth dulling a knife over. Uhh, ladies, it IS - I got double the product! I was shocked! It seemed the more I scooped, the more I got. I filled an entire contact lens case up to the brim with all the product. I had at least an application's worth just with the residue left on the tube after I scooped everything out! It seems I won't need to open that second tube for another five months.

A few application tips I've picked up: be careful of the amount you use. Too much really does give you a crepey, dry texture, gunking up a little weirdly. Too little and it won't spread enough. Use moderate amounts and stretch it as far as you can. That way, it really is like the perfect "sticky mat," keeping eyelids fresh all day. And it brightens up the whole area in a great way!

I have noticed, though, that the formula seems to be getting dryer. I guess five months in is pretty far. The formula is getting harder to "stretch" out, so it's easier to get that gunkiness I want to avoid. However, it's still working enough for me not to open that second tube. This is a must-have for me.

EDIT (7/28/2009)
I've since tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance and love it so much more!! Much less crepeyness-issue, easier to blend, and doesn't have that "too fresh" look yet keeps everything bright and in place. I would still buy UDPP in a pinch, but TFSI it is for me. continued >>

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