Swatch & Review: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden + Comparison with the Original Primer Potion

Hello everybody! Aren’t you happy it’s Wednesday? Before you know it, the week is already halfway through! I hope your week has been a breeze!

I received a sample of Primer Potion in Eden with an Urban Decay order quite a while ago, and I’ve been meaning to try it out. I finally did the other day when I was wearing glasses (if you read on you’ll know why it turned out to be a lucky decision), so I’m going to share my experience as well as some swatches. I’m also including comparison swatches with the original Primer Potion so you can see how they are different.

As you can see in the swatch photo (a heavy swatch on the left and sheered out on the right), Eden is yellowish. It is almost the color you would expect from a foundation. For my NC30 skin, even when it is sheered out, it is visibly lighter than my skin tone. I personally use eyeshadow primers on my lids, all the way to my brow bones, in my inner corners, and on my lower lash line. With Eden, it is pretty obvious that the skin around my eyes is lighter than the rest of my face, and it doesn’t look natural at all. It was a lucky coincidence that I decided to wear my glasses that day. My glasses are photochromic (they become darker in the sun), so they normally have a slight gray tint and tend to make my eye area a little darker, which Eden balanced out. I would not have gone out of the door with Eden on my eyelids otherwise.

The texture of Eden is pretty thick, and it takes some effort to smooth it out. I also found the texture a bit dry, and it could look cakey if you are not careful. The back of the sample claims Eden can “replace your brow bone highlighter entirely”, but there is a difference between a lighter skin tone and the glow that I want from a brow bone highlighter. Unfortunately Eden doesn’t belong to the latter. It also claims to provide “matte, neutral-hued coverage” when worn alone. While it functions as a concealer, I find the color ashen, dull, and doesn’t match my skin tone. I am also not a fan of having to rub it so hard because the texture is dry. On top of that, the mascara on my lower lashes smudged after several hours, and that was disappointing.

In terms of a primer, I find the performance equal to the original. I only tried it once and not over very long hours, but from my experience my eyeshadows didn’t crease.

In this photo, you can see the comparison between Eden (on the left) and Original (on the right). I swatched Buck, Half Baked, Sin, and Naked from the Naked Palette for demonstration. I would say that Eden makes eyeshadows more intense, especially the matte ones. However, it also somehow changes the colors a little. I experienced that with Sin, which takes on a grayish tinge over Eden, and I wasn’t particularly keen on that.

Bottom line: If you normally use a base (say MAC Soft Ochre), you might find a replacement in Eden. However, for the majority of us, Eden is not going to suit our skin tone to a T. If you are looking for something that you can use all over your eyes, Eden might not be your thing. Also, texture-wise I find Eden a flop. Nobody should have to tug on their delicate eye area just to smooth a primer out!

What do you think? What is your favorite eyeshadow primer/base? Have you tried any of the Urban Decay primers? Which is your favorite?

Sunny xx



  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    I always love your reviews because they are so in-depth :). I never tried a primer potion, and some say since the new packaging that the formula changed? Well, I guess I will stick to the original one anyway, I don’t want to tug my eyes!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Teri! Yeah, I get obsessed by details. I don’t want to shout “this is great! Go get it!” while in fact there are hiccups about a product (I mean, sure, I’ve had to compromise, but I let people know about that). I don’t know how many people actually have the patience to read reviews like that though lol

      I did get a back-up when I went to the US several months ago, but since I haven’t opened it I can’t say if the formula has changed. I really like the original UDPP because eyeshadows show up true-to-pan with it, and I can go through LONG HOURS without my eye makeup looking any different!

      • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

        I really love your writing style, so I really don’t mind the long posts at all! You write in a way that is very pleasent to read so its not like I’m reading a big chunk of boring text, lol :).

  • http://liteenie.wordpress.com liteenie

    How funny, I just wrote a review on this last night (not posted yet) and I had the same thoughts about this primer. Particularly about the texture and color, I hate them! I had the original primer that came in wand form before and I don’t remember it being so thick and dry. To the comment above, I feel like the formula has changed but I haven’t come across other people saying so I thought it was just me.

    I like NARS Smudge Proof but my eyeshadow still creases. It’s tough to find a primer that doesn’t crease at all because of my double lids.

    Anyway, great review. :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey, thanks for dropping by! It’s always nice to meet fellow bloggers!

      I do have a new tube of UDPP and maybe I should open it just to see if I think the formula has changed. But in any case I don’t think I’ll switch to Eden :p

      I do think there’s got to be one primer that will work for you though. Perhaps you should experiment a bit more :)

      I’m following your blog now :) Again, thanks for dropping by!

  • http://www.lenallure.com l e n a

    i’ve only tried a small sample of the original UDPP, but i thought it was too drying for me. i need something that is a bit sticky(?) at first, so i like my Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
    right now i am using a shimmery version (candel light) which is very pretty and almost enough to substitute eyeshadow color, but i think i will go back to the original once i use up the tube.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oh yeah, I heard that UDPP work better for people who have oilier lids. I personally have doubts about primers that don’t just disappear on the lids, because ideally they should function as a good base and play well with any eyeshadow I wish to wear!

  • http://myhighestself.wordpress.com Tina B

    I bought Sin in the vintage bottle for half off recently and LOVE it! I literally want to wear it by itself or under every shadow, it’s beautiful and works amazingly well.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks for the heads-up, Tina! Do you wear it all over your lids, or just where you know where you’re going to apply eyeshadows? From the swatches I can see it’s pretty shimmery (of course I love shimmery, but I’m not too sure how it works with my eyeshadows)!

      • http://myhighestself.wordpress.com Tina B

        I put it all over the lid and then add shadows to the middle and outer parts of the lid, so the inner corner is used as a highlight, the rest is an awesome primer! I’m shimmer, all the way but this dries nicely and isn’t blindingly blingy :)

  • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

    Gotcha Tina! Thanks for the tip! How does it work with matte eyeshadows though?

    • http://myhighestself.wordpress.com Tina B

      For me, I wouldn’t wear this under matte shadows, I like to boost my shimmers with Sin. Since you mentioned it, I might have to swatch and see what happens, though!

      • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

        Please keep us posted Tina! The majority of my shadows are shimmery, though I do like to occasionally throw in a matte just to play a bit with texture :) Thanks so much for sharing again!

  • http://lescreationsdenanni.blogspot.com/ Nanni

    I have a original UDPP & the SIN version. Love the SIN! It really is like the sin color from the naked palette but so much better & brighter. And really hard to get off without some make up remover. It makes your shimmery colors pop even more.
    I always thought that my next UDPP would be the EDEN version but I’m having second thoughts now. There’s still the CHAMPAGNE one left to try too :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oooo you have Sin! At least this one doesn’t sound like a flop. Maybe I’ll give it a try at some point!

      Karen from makeupandbeautyblog swears by Greed, and it does look like a nice color but I don’t know how it transforms eyeshadows!

  • http://jayvianh.blogspot.com me

    I swear by NARS eye and face primer ! I’m already using my 3rd bottle of NARS eye primer and it has never failed before. I do have UD primer potion but before I started using I was told that it caused infection to my friend’s eye hence I didn’t dare to try it already.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey, thanks for the heads-up! I’ve heard good things about the NARS one, but since the original Primer Potion works pretty well for me I haven’t actually ventured out of my comfort zone. Allergies are very personal though. I’ve been allergic to things that nobody else has has reacted to, but I can understand how it can feel a little icky if a close friend has bad experience with a product.