Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion may be the star item of the brand, thanks to its colour lock-down ability (yay!) but the applicator doesn’t seem to get at all the product in the tube (boo!).
As cute as the concept may be (a genie in a bottle to grant your shadow wishes), this can get frustrating. When my sponge-tipped doe-foot applicator* started picking up too little primer for my liking, I decided to go the drastic route many makeup netizens have traversed – decanting by sawing.
A mini handsaw (available at any hardware store but I got my Duwell one from my handyman hubs ;))
A stainless steel spatula
An empty lipgloss pen with a brush tip
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Cut the middle of the UDPP bottle with the mini saw.
You don’t need to cut all the way through for the middle to easily bend open. JUST LOOK ALL THAT UDPP. To think that there was so much inside when the applicator only brought up a miserable coating each time. *grrr*
2. Slowly scoop out the cream with a spatula or any flat implement.
Digging into the copious amount of product is quite a delicious pleasure!
3. Push the cream into the lipgloss pen.
Be sparing each time you scoop out the product and push it in a little at a time (see why below).
To my knowledge, this idea of placing the primer into a lipgloss pen originated from EnKoreMakeup. Depotting UDPP is a common practice but putting it into an airtight pen container like an empty gloss pen is one of the best makeup tips I’ve come across in a while. :)
It’s ridiculously simple but it can get messy, if you don’t do it right.
Things to note:
- It will be difficult to fill the pen. Put a little at a time into the container. My mistake was to try to put too much in initially, resulting in air pockets and the product spilling over the rim.
- Pound the pen vertically on a hard surface, so that gravity can help push the cream downwards.
- Do not fill the pen all the way – you will need space for the brush tip to fit in. I made this mistake and as you can imagine, I had UDPP spilling everywhere. :P
- The rubber stopper also has hidden product; remove that and scrape the cream from it.
I put the remaining product – there was SO much of it – in a sample jar from MAC. I reckon you actually need two lipgloss pens to contain the entire contents of the original UDPP bottle…which also goes to show how much product is actually hidden inside. Urban Decay might as well make a pot form of this popular eyebase or like I Nuovi Eyebase and Too Faced Insurance, put the cream in a hygienic squeeze tube.
* Urban Decay has since changed the applicator (not the form of the container, unfortunately) but I’ve not tried the new slanted tip.