June 24, 2008

Making the Most of Urban Decay Primer Potion

I recently decided to risk life and limb by sawing open my Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Kids, don’t try this sh*t at home!

The bright idea to try this stemmed from my desperation for Primer Potion. My sister is out of town this week and I know I won’t have much time to head to Sephora to nab a new bottle and ordering online isn’t an option considering that it’ll take days to get here!

My schedule is booked solid this week with work, life, and everything else so yesterday morning I realized I was most definately out of primer!

My god the horror of it all!

My shadow creases in a sincerely major way be it Summer or Winter but its particularly bad in the humid weather that we are having. So as I pumped, pumped, pumped away this morning (you know what I mean if you’re a UD primer user) I realized that the good old tube of primer has reached it’s cash in date and was headed towards the rubbish bin!

My unsuspecting tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion!

When I came home later that night the bright idea to SAW open the tube came to me! It was a like a bright light bulb going off in my head! Of course! I’d just saw open the tube easily like I’ve seen performed on other blogs and mounds of primer would await me.


My ass. Excuse my french 🙂

This is not a matter of simply sawing open the tube! This takes some sincere sweat, blood, and tears to do! Holy crap it was like a cardio work out just to get the bloody thing apart! I swear I must have been there 10 minutes at least sawing away with my dull kitchen knife! I couldn’t help but think how proud freaking Michael Myers would be of me!

All yur primers are belongs to me biatch!

Tools of the trade! Yes, this is what I used to hack the thing apart!

After narrowly missing slicing my thumb off and just grazing it enough to spurt blood all over the place I finally got the tube sliced open!

Starting to saw!

Slowing getting there!

And low and behold inside laid nirvana. You can watch videos, you can view pictures but nothing prepares you for the first time you saw open your very own tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion. Angels sung, birds chirped, all was right with the world again.

Holy COW! [email protected]@K at all that primer!

And some more……….

After some major scoopage!

Sincerely, there was at least enough in the upper part of the tube to last me the rest of the month if not more!

Sadly, after the workout of cutting the top half open I wasn’t prepared for doing the bottom half. It was suggested on a video tutorial to slice not only the top but the bottom as well but the Muse has an attachment to her fingers and since she survived the first round of hacking she decided it was best to call it a day!

Do I recommend slicing your tube open?

Hells no!

This is sincerely hard, dangerous work! I’m thinking that $25 USD for a dual package of primers isn’t too bad a price to pay to keep all my fingers on one hand!

If you value your limbs I say don’t try it! It’s seriously a chore and I was just desperate!

Have you ever cracked open your tube of UDPP?

Considering it?

Love your fingers as much as the Muse loves hers?

Tell me all about it!

I’m thinking next time it would be easier to get a straw, stick it in, and suck the remaining potion out!

Better ideas anyone?

A most happy ending!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Critty

    Oh no! Poor Muse! I have sawed off an PP but I used a …. saw! It was much easier than your terrible/bloody ordeal. I like Too Faced Shadow Insurance because it comes in a squeeze tube, not need for sharp instruments!!

    Hope your thumb is OK!

    Critty 🙂

  • Allysia-May

    I laughed my butt of reading this post; i cant believe you actually sawed it open!!! I dont use primers so i honestly wouldn’t understand your desperation for one. I hardly even wear makeup anymore. I just like buying them and cooing over it in my cabinet!!

  • Alyssa

    Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂 I was wondering if you put your UDPP in a plastic or glass container? I put mine in a plastic container and it dried out. I’m wondering if it makes a difference.

  • [a}

    lol..funny muse! don’t try anymore of this, k?

    i can imagine all your lady relatives sighing to each other come christmas,
    “such a nice girl…used to have such lovely thumbs”


  • Dalenna

    wow…great job muse! considering most people would just toss the tube out once they can’t get more on the applicator…look at how much stuff they’re wasting… O.O

  • MC

    HOLY CRAP!!! Here I was complaining about the price of UD Primer when I first bought it (even though I LOVE it to death)…to know it has THAT MUCH in it…it’s worth every penny i spent on my tube. *kisses the tube*

  • Askmewhats

    i can’t wait to do mine! I’m still waiting for “the moment” lol

  • JennBee

    Haha, your posts crack me up so much! 🙂

    I’m definitely considering this, but I’ll ask my boyfriend to do it. He said he’ll gladly bust out a knife to slice it up… I’m pretty sure he’s got something sharper than a kitchen knife, it should do the trick!

    Such an ordeal to get that product out, but perhaps worth it. 🙂 I need it in this heat, too!

  • The Balance of Beauty

    Wow, there was a heap left in that bottle. I am also a lover of UDPP but normally when it starts to run low I just take the plastic stopper out of the top of the bottle and get a lot more product out that way.I probably don’t get as much out as you did but I don’t risk losing a finger either!

  • snb-the glamourista

    i did this last week too! i’ll be posting my results…which are similar to yours. i can’t believe how much was left!

  • alien man?!

    I haven’t gotten around to doing this, yet, but I’m kind of scared now! Ouchie, your poor finger!!

    Still, if there’s that much product left over, I think it’s worth more to cut it open than to buy a new tube so fast.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Nosh

    That’s a TON of product left in there!! I think that I would definitely risk my fingers just to get my money’s worth and I’d probably saw off the bottom portion too cuz I’m crazy like that 😉 Lol 😛 Of course, I’d use the sharpest knife I can get! You have set a precedent, Muse!! It’s like when you tell a little NOT to look, it makes them want to look even more, lol! 😛

  • MandyPandy

    Sweety, next time just buy Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance: it comes in a squeeze tube! UDPP seems like too much work for my Musey! Dangerous to boot!

  • Shefali

    I did this with my UDPP about 3 months ago. I cut the bottom and top halves both. I can’t BELIEVE how much product I got out of it. Ridiculous. Like another 6-9 month’s worth, literally, not exaggerating. I took me about a half hour to cut, get it to come apart, scoop, cut bottom half, scoop. But to me, it’s so worth it for two reasons: I get more bang for my buck, and two – I beat the scam UD has to get you to buy some more 🙂

    As far as the fingers go…totally hear you!! I got my hubs to help me when I started sweating to get it apart, LOL.

  • Jackie

    I agree with the angels singing when you finally crack it open and see ALL THAT PRIMER LEFT! Its amazing. Will I do it again…probably, but after a while of being in the little tub, it dries out just a little bit, and it doesn’t have the same consistency. But it still works!

    • Freddy

      Lolololol!!!!!! You actually sawed it open! Next time try leaving the bottle in a cup of hot water. It sort of melts the primer so you can pour it out!

      • the Muse

        and changes the formula freddy 🙂 that’s why I didn’t use that method hun!

      • kathy

        I microwaved mine…not too long and pulled out the plastic insert and it came right out…?! I pulled out the plastic insert first 🙂

  • Mei

    You are so funny! Love reading your blog since ages ago (it’s in my must-surf webpage). And you “sawing” that UDPP is such a common thing here in Singapore. Only thing is, we did it on our toothpaste, handcream and what-not, and a saw is not required, just a pair of scissors.

  • Nell

    Haha, that really made me laugh! I was contemplating sawing into that tube myself, but seeing your experience I think i will let my husband do the dirty work, he is a surgeon after all.
    All the best, Nell

  • Laura

    Oh no, don’t say that! I’m almost out of primer and can’t afford another bottle, so NEED to cut mine open!
    You’ve put me off now! Perhaps I shall be fearless and do it anyway!

  • Beauty Addict

    Hey Izzy, how was your weekend? I saw lotsa beauty bloggers post on getting the most out of their udpp as well. It’s always surprises them that there are so many udpp left behind in the tube! The amount is like half left over! I think urban decay should really change the packaging of udpp. It’s such a waste throwing out the whole tube when half of it is still inside!


  • Taryn

    Oh gosh, this was one of your funniest posts to date. Not that it’s funny that you almost sawed off a finger, but just the whole crazy situation.

    I think I’d try bending a straw, pipe cleaner or a q-tip just to get enough out. I’ve always been horrified that people cut open that thing! The UD packaging people are idiots if they haven’t realized by now that there is a major flaw in the design. Of course, it does have people buying more rather quickly, so maybe they aren’t so stupid after all.

  • Abbey

    i just take the plastic insert out of the lid because its really hard to get a decent amount of most of the time!

  • the Muse

    Morning Critty!

    Oh good idea! Must have one in my garage somewhere maybe?!

    I was going to try out Too Faced Shadow Insurance this week actually hehe and review it 😉

    I value my fingers too much must find a new option for primer lol!

    Aw thanks I’m ok!


  • the Muse

    morning Allysia-May!

    LOL glad you had a nice laugh 😉

    I did indeed. Need to have my head examined for doing so lol!

    My shadow virtually melts off in the humidity and UDPP keeps it intact all day!

    Damn girl! You have to get back on board the cosmetic train! I can’t be alone in the jungle! 🙂 Are you preparing for the high cost of cosmetics in Auz?

    Hmm I do that too…coo, talk to, stroke, caress..hmmm….must see a doctor ’bout this 😉

  • the Muse

    hello Alyssa!

    You’re most welcome! I love it 😉

    Funny you asked. I put it in a plastic and I experienced drying out within 24 hours. I wonder if glass might be better myself!

    It didn’t dry out completely but it was slightly flaky afterwards if that makes sense!

    Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you around here 😉

  • the Muse

    good morning a!

    LOL do my best 😉

    LMAO! LOL!!!!!!!

    I do value my fingers so I won’t try it again!


    Thanks for makin’ me laugh!

  • the Muse

    Morning D!

    LOL I’ve thrown too many out to count but I decided now would be my chance to make something of my UDPP!

    It’s surreal how much product is inside!

  • the Muse

    hi MC!

    LOL! It has some sincerely HUGE amounts of primer inside but it gets stuck around the edges do to the crummy packaging 😉 Slice it open baby and enjoy but be careful PLEASE!


  • the Muse

    Hiya JennBee!

    Aw lol! I’m glad I made you laugh love.

    Good idea let him lose a limb lol!

    It is worth it but damn girl it’s dangerous! I’m scared hold me 😉

    It’s seriously fascinating how much product is inside when I’m pumping away and nothing pops out! I thought for sure once I opened it that it would be a smidge product but turns out there is enough inside for an entire new bottle 😉

  • the Muse

    hiya The Balance of Beauty!

    I can’t believe how much is left!

    Which plastic stopper? The one that screws the applicator inside??

    LOL amen for that! Thank god I still have 10 digits 😉

    Thanks for the comment 😉

  • the Muse

    hiya snb-the glamourista!

    Wahoo! Can’t wait to read your article 😉

    I was FASCINATED with the amount left. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

    Thanks for the comment!

  • the Muse

    hiya alien man how are you!?

    It is kinda scary but just be very careful if you do it.

    I felt like there was enough inside for an entire new bottle! So it’s worth trying out but be very careful!

  • the Muse

    hello Nosh!

    YES! It’s surprising full when you open it up! I was shocked as hell!

    It was suggested to do the bottom too but after the ordeal of getting the top off I wasn’t prepared for the bottom part 😉

    LOL but of course! Must get a sharp nice for cosmetic surgeries lol!

    LMAO! Thanks for the comment and for making me laugh 😉

  • the Muse

    hey mizz mandy!

    I’m about to review it darling 🙂 Funny you mentioned! Yes it is! *nods solemnly*


  • the Muse

    hi there Shefali!

    Me either! I was shocked! I BELIEVE IT! I was messy with mine but I imagine I could have gotten much more out if I tried 😉

    It took me about…10-15 minutes total between sawing and scooping 😉

    I foresee UD doing something about the packaging in the future 😉

    LOL! I need a big, strong man around here to risk life and limb to saw it open for me 😉

    Thanks for the comment!

  • the Muse

    hello jackie!

    LOL! Good to hear you heard the angels too that means I haven’t cracked up 😉 hehehe!

    I’d probably do it again too but that’s dangerous work lol!

    I must agree. Within 24 hours I noticed that it was a different texture from the creamy consistency I get in the bottle!

    Thanks for the comment! Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hey mei!
    Aw thanks! 😉 I really appreciate your visiting me here 😉

    Gosh I wish a pair of scissors would work but this was a tough egg!

    I admit to ditching lotions and toothpaste when they run low! eep! Very wasteful ;P

    THanks for the comment! Hope to hear from you again soon 😉

  • the Muse

    hi Nell!

    LOL I’m glad I got you to laugh lovie.

    Let the hub do the dirty work 😉 good idea 😉

    Oh my! Very nice! This would be easy enough to slice through with a scalpel!

    I need a surgeon husband..does he have friends? hehe!

    Hugs! Thanks for the comment! Hope to hear from you again soon!

  • the Muse

    Morning Laura!

    LOL! Slice it open hun! But BE CAREFUL! It’s dangerous work 😉

    I’d come over and offer the help but I fear I’d lose a finger attempting it a 2nd time lol!

  • the Muse

    morning gracie!

    The weekend was amazingly good thanks!

    I’m shocked to see that much inside! WOW! It’s like a new bottle!

    I think sooner or later they’ll def revamp the packaging but than again they may be happy we buy more b/c of it lol!

    Love ya!

  • the Muse

    hey taryn!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL 😉 Glad you enjoyed it. I’m slowly gaining my SOH back 😉

    It was insane. Wish you were here to watch the circus of me sawing it open!

    It’s a good idea to try out a qtip but that might give the same results as the sponge applicator!

    Nope they love selling it quickly do to the flaw in the packaging lmao!

    I imagine they didn’t plan it like that but it worked out well for them in the end!

    Love ya!

  • the Muse

    Morning Abbey!

    Which is that? Someone mentioned it earlier but I didn’t know what plastic insert you meant.

    Hmmm! Must try it!

  • helena-ampjam

    Hi musey,
    Maybe next time (if you pick up the courage to use a saw or maybe a sharper heavier knife) you should use a pair of pliers (those with grooves on the two surfaces that clamp for added grip) to clamp the bottle with, then continue sawing. Since it’s the pliers that are holding the bottle down, this makes it safer cause your fingers won’t be in the way of imminent harm =D

  • the Muse

    hi LeAnne!

    Oh lord honey they wrapped that jacket around me a long time ago 😉 and I still manage to look fabulous lol!

    LOL!!!!!! So let’s see..I’ll give you 2-4 months before you start sawin’!

  • the Muse

    hello miss helena how are you today?

    That’s a fab idea. I was thinking the same as I sawed away that something to clamp it in place would be a HUGE help!

    Thanks for the tip off lovie!

    Lucky enough my fingers are all still intact ;0-)

  • LithiaBlack

    Oh, I did that “stunt” too with my UDPP. I sawed it open on the midddle that way I could get it all out.
    I find that it does dry a little when you have t in a jar, but it still works.
    I really hope that UD change the packaging, a tube would be much better…


  • Jnie

    lol at the straw method, let me know how that goes. I did this to my udpp a while back 😉 with fingers still intact. I could not believe how much I manage to salvage out of that little tube.. but unfortunately my udpp is starting to really dry out…The good thing is the big boys at urban decay are planning to do a repackaging..finally!

  • the Muse

    morning Lithia!

    LOL! Another one 😉 It does work but I concur it did dry out a good deal but it’s still better than tossing it out.

    I think sooner or later they will. I imagine people bitch to them about it constantly. They have to do something sooner or later 😛

    Happy Almost Weekend lovie!

  • the Muse

    hiya Jnie!

    How are you today?

    LOL 😉 I was desperate and it seemed logical rather than lose a finger or three!

    I find it fascinating how much was left. insane!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! really??????????? You got us the scoop as everyone is chittering about the want of a revamp!


    I seen the fall collection and it’s not in there. The fall collection looks rather awesome I tell you that 😉

  • Abbey

    in the top theres a small clear plastic tube type thing that stops too much product getting on the brush…if you pull it out then its much easier to get the last bits out. i did this with the mini one that came with the deluxe eyeshadow box.

  • Vichaya

    OMG!!! I just love you. And… Wow! That’s exactly “some” primer. Can’t believe those got thrown out everytime we finish using it and think that it’s done. I’m still interested in chopping it off to get what’s inside, very, but next time maybe try it with a saw? The one that’s used for some small craft?

  • the Muse

    hiya Abbey!

    Interesting I never noticed that before. Next bottle I’ll be sure to check!
    Thanks hun!

  • the Muse

    hiya Vichaya!

    LOL well at least someone loves me 😉

    I concur. I was SHOCKED how many tubes I’ve ditched after I sawed this open. It’s horrifying how much product we throw out without realizing duh!

    A saw is a good idea or really sharp scissors.

    I have a tiny saw around somewhere I should have used that but I was just sorta fiddling around and firgured the kitchen knife would do..bad idea lol!

    Thanks for the comment 😉 Looking forward to talking to you again soon!

  • Vera

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I’m amazed at how much product is left. For next time, if there is a next time, using the pliers or clamp idea that someone mentioned before, would you be able to cut the bottle in half length wise? Thinking about it, it would probably take longer, but just a thought. hehe Great job nonetheless!

  • kahani

    Hi there lovely and aMUSEing muse. Have been reading your blog for sometime but never felt compelled to comment till now.

    As the tube’s plastic, my first instict would be to heat up a pair of stainless steel scissors and use the heat to melt and cut my way through the plastic. If you’re afraid of say scorching the primer, you can stop when you’re aaaalmost through. Then just snap the weakened tube in half. Has anyone tried this method?

    Beauty blogger at So Loverly

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard this twice before (about how much product is left in the tube) and for this reason will NEVER buy UDPP. They’re trying to scam us with the packaging that hides product! JERKS.

  • the Muse

    good morning vera!

    Aw glad you liked it. I was fascinated how much was left holy cow.

    I think cutting it in half isn’t good as you’ll have a harder time scooping. It’s recommend at the neck so that you get the “belly” of the tube where the product gets caught. Plus the neck is softer than the other parts of the packaging.

    Pliers would definately have helped but I was impatient 😉 hehe. You never know maybe sawing in half would be easier…I’m not sure 😉

    Thanks for the comment! Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hi kahani!

    Good morning 😉 Happy Monday!

    Thanks for coming out of lurking to comment 😉

    That’s a great idea but knowing me I’d burn down the house! LOL!

    it sounds like a great idea but I’d probably be a bit worried about doing it right! I’m unsure if anyone has tried that method before but you never know we desperate makeup junkies will try anything to get product hehe!

    Thanks for the tip 😉 and the comment! hope you’ll come around to talk to me more often 😉


  • the Muse

    hi Anonymous!

    Yes there is a TON left.

    I’m unsure if they realize that the product is caught in there or not. I don’t think the packaging was completely though out correctly. Who knows 😉

    I won’t stop buying it though as I really do love the product. It’s one of the best primers I’ve come across but I definately understand how frustrated you are with it!

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Sweet Cocoa

    newbie here! Your post caught my eye.. I JUST purchased some PP and asked the rep at sephora how long it would last because I was going to get two… well I was being frugal. She said… one month with daily use… I couldn’t believe it. I took one look at the package and thought.. I will just cut it open when I run out. I just knew with the shape of the container their would be more hidden inside. So your blog proved it! THANK YOU!!! Now I urge you all to write UD to demand new packaging!!!! _ cocoa

  • the Muse

    morning sweet cocoa!

    Thanks for commenting 🙂

    Gosh I think she’s wrong love. You can get much longer out of one tube. I think I purchased the tube I sliced open back in December or so and I was going strong until I cut it open!

    LOL will do on writing UD to change the packaging 😉

    I’m positive they hear our cries and pleas and will slowly revamp the packaging!

    Cheers to that 😉

    Hope to speak to you again soon!

    Happy Monday!

  • NurseExec

    Hilarious!! As a nurse, I was thinking to myself, “Just how would she explain her wounded finger to an ER Nurse?!” Glad it didn’t come to that!

  • the Muse

    hiya nurseexc!

    LOL….maybe you could give me your number? I can call god forbid anything embarrassing happens next time I attempt this crazy stunt 😉

    “Emergency assistance 911 how can I help?”

    “Ummm hello? I just sliced off my entire hand while trying to cut open my urban decay primer”

    “say word…”


  • michelley

    ive only got the mini bottle of sin, never bought a full size bottle of the potion, but i know before i resort to cutting it open id pull the stopper out of the neck of the bottle. i do that with all cream shadows and glosses i get in tubes when they start getting low and i get so much more product life that way.
    on a side-ish note, i really like the way the sin potion looks when i put it on, i love shimmer, but for real i think i only get like 4 hours before i get creasing. my eyelids are just that oily, plus they are kinda hooded/deep set, so i have a deep crease. i think id end up not getting much more shadow time with too faced as well. but ive heard that loreals de-crease is better for oily lids? have you tried it?
    p.s. i first came across your blog over the summer, ive been a makeup junkie since high school (urban decay, circca 1999, i found their metal palettes at newbury comics and its been obsession ever since) but ive only just recently discovered the internet makeup world. your blog is the first one i check for all my swatches and reviews now! love you! this all makes me want to start blogging about my own eyeshadow looks and lip gloss reviews too. keep up the good work muse 🙂 <3

    • the Muse

      I do the same michelley might as well get the bang for your buck! 😀 I’m not a big big fan of sin but I absolutely love UD primer the regular version, def HG for me. i haven’t tried the loreal version. maybe try out trish mcvoy she has this interesting base, reviewed it around here somewhere, which could be ideal for your oily eyes.

      thanks!!!!!!!!! that’s awesome to hear 😀 *hugs* Aw heck yes, blogging is good fun especially about one’s own collection 🙂

    • Stephie

      When I’m lacking a paycheck (which happens more often than I care to think about!), I pick up L’Oreal’s de-crease— it actually works rather well! Sometimes if I used a cream-based eyeshadow it creases towards the end of the day, but using powder/mineral shadows, it works great and holds color in place all day! 🙂 Definitely worth it if you’re in a pinch.

  • Nicole

    Wow I know this is an old post, but have you tried putting the primer bottle in a cup of warm water? It melts down a bit and all of it sinks to the bottom, and after you let it sit to room temp, presto! Like new.

    • the Muse

      nicole I’ve tried this with udpp and gloss and sadly it does change the formula a fair bit 😛 I wish it worked 🙁

      • Nicole

        Really? Oh shucks I am going to have to be frugal with my bottle then! If the bottle was different it would be ahmazing!

        • the Muse

          nicole a squeeze tube would prob be better. I dunno why but Eden seems to get every last drop out but the original UDPP I can never get it all out grrr!

  • neonpinksapphire

    Oh my gosh how much have a wasted!?!?!?! I have thrown atleast 3 tubes away! You did scare me with the fingers though! Lol I shall have my boy friend do it 🙂 or maybe take one of my dad’s power tools to it. maybe clamp it down so my fingers don’t have to be in the way!

  • harleygirl

    I know this post is old, but if you found yourself a rotary tool (like a dremel), you could probably get through both ends of the tube in almost no time and spare your fingers 🙂

    I had no idea there was a true belly in the packaging… I just assumed they inserted a straight up cylinder inside.

  • Maila

    OMG,haha you are so funny in the cutest way! Feel so bad you had to go through all that, urban decay should seriously consider the packaging, we don’t want sawed fingers 😛

    p.s. pleaseee add a google follower widget, I really want to follow so I can know whenever you post something ^.^

    • the Muse

      lol maila glad you laughed 🙂 they have changed the packaging though, it’s a tube now so good news 🙂 I’m on wordpress so can’t do the google follow widget but you can follow via twitter, rss, facebook, and google+ or subscribe via email so you’ll be updated on any of those social media platforms when I update!