January 14, 2010

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 1

Guys, guys, guys. Stop everything. Read this.

Last night I tried out the brand new Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden. Ok, so story time.

When I first seen Eden pop up on Sephora I was like, “oh cool a gold primer potion”. For some odd reason I was under the impression it would be a Midnight Cowboy kinda version of UDPP a la Sin. You know? Colored primer.

But wait….

It’s not!

It’s SO much better.


If you love Benefit Lemon Aid you need Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden in your life. If you have oily lids, veins, redness, dullness, or just need a bit of concealing on your lid you need Urban Decay Primer Potion. It conceals, it mattifies, it preps, it primes, it does not walk your dog or wash your laundry, sorry those things are sold separately.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 2

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 3

So my regime normally starts out with Benefit Lemon Aid on my lid and followed up with Urban Decay Primer. Now that I have Eden I’ve just completely taken Lemon Aid out of the mix of things as Eden performs the concealing end and the priming part of my routine.

Urban Decay claims it gives you a no makeup look and indeed that’s exactly how it performs. You can use to prime of course but for days you are going shadow-less or gasp, you aren’t a shadow type of girl you can still take full advantage of Eden to make your eyes fresher and more awake. The only thing I can’t understand is why UD didn’t market it as a 360 product as damn it’s pigmented as hell that you can easily dab a little under your eye to conceal as well, granted it won’t cover all your dark circle woe but the effect isn’t bad at all.

The formula as I mentioned above is extremely pigmented. It’s a golden off lemon shade which should be flattering on most skin types. I’m leaning towards saying darker skin girls might not be able to take advantage but anyone else, medium, fair, etc…you should be able to enjoy the effects as the yellowish hue is ideal for brandishing dullness, darkness, etc…the formula dries down to a matte finish and unlike the original formula it’s incredibly creamy and thick. A little goes a little way so don’t get carried away during application.

I went a little crazed with the pics. Sorry was trying to get the right light.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 7

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 5

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Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden 8

Overall, it’s a big winner and should be added to your beauty arsenal as soon as you can get your greedy little hands on it. I think it’s particularly good for oily lid users and may turn out to be a life saver. As with the original formula it keeps shadows vibrant, fresh, and crease proof all day. Seriously there is nothing I don’t love about this and it’s a stand out product for Spring for me. It should take little to no time for this to become a cult classic and possibly some people may even forget the original formula and just lean towards purchasing this.

Absolutely loves it and Muse Approval for purchase.

You need Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden in your life, get it.

Anyone wanting this?

Anyone try it yet?

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

Disclosure: The following item was provided to Musings of a Muse by a PR firm for review purposes. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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  • Nia

    Good to hear, although it looks really dark. How does it compare to the original UDPP?
    Thanks for the review, I put it on my list πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      hey nia! yea…it’s the pic I’m sorry! it’s thicker, creamier, not as thin as the original def has a thinner consistency. πŸ™‚ hope this helps!

  • crotchfairy

    oh hot damn. I like how it replaces lemonaid because I’ve been meaning to get that AND a new eyeshadow primer >=D

    • the Muse

      me too crotchfairy one less thing to spend $$$. I don’t need to prep now with lemon aid I can just do this and done good to go! Plus I love it just to conceal when I’m not using a shadow!

    • Nic

      I hate to tell you this but i dont have a UDPP… cause its so expensive and i dont have a job to pay for it.

      and to people below me…(Silver lips): you can carefully cut open the bottle and more out of it, if you need help with anything you can find videos on youtube

  • Silver Lips

    I gave up on UDPP a while ago due to the wasteful tube and applicator but I may have to give this a try. I love that it is matte and tinted. Thx for sharing:-)

    • the Muse

      silver the sponge applicator changes so it def makes a difference in the waste πŸ˜€ or at least I noticed it has! My pleasure it’s def a worthy one for a try!

  • InΓƒΒͺs

    Oh dear, another thing for the wishlist. I’ve already ruined myself for January, February is otw to destruction!

      • InΓƒΒͺs

        Yeah, and it sounds perfect for me, my lids are a little dark, usually I just dab some highlighter, but it’s not 100% effective!

        • the Muse

          hey ines same here. not dark but my eyes are kinda dull over the lid as well as under if I don’t prep proper, this makes me look fresh and awake!

  • suz

    sure is but…my eye is on etude house primer….I heard it’s just as good if not better!! *have you tried it?*

    • the Muse

      yes I have suz but def not Eden πŸ˜€ EH primer is just that a primer. Eden works at being a primer and concealing πŸ˜€ which makes it way better imho! πŸ™‚

      • suz

        …go ahead make me want more things! You do that enough!! haha..I don’t need concealer but definitely a primer…I have oily lids πŸ™

        • the Muse

          lol suz hehehehehehe! well it’s perfect for oily lids πŸ˜€ mattifies like a dream!

  • Phyrra

    I _really_ like that this seems to be matte. How does it work compared to the original UDPP for shadow vibrancy?

    • the Muse

      hey dd quite works nicely. deepens the color, keeps it vibrant and beautiful. the original didn’t do this as much as I would like, this actually works at giving shadows a deep, truer color. the consistency is considerably different as well where as the old version is very thin this is very creamy and thick!

      • Phyrra

        With the way you’re describing Eden, I’m about 90% sure it wouldn’t crease on me, because of the different consistency. I’m really tempted to pick up a bottle!

        • the Muse

          DD it’s very thick, very creamy, quite like concealer. I wish I had a sample I could send you. I’d go for it, get it at sephora, if you hate it, return it. They are good with returns πŸ˜€ I just tweeted you a photo of the new Urban Decay shadow in atmosphere I so know you’re gonna love it. WAIT till you see the purple shadows too!

          • Phyrra

            I know you think I’m strange for preferring TFSI over the UDPP (original formula), but the TFSI just never creases on me, where everything else does. I’ve actually been curious about trying the Gosh Primer and the Nyx Primer, but everything else I’ve tried seems to crease or really dull the eye shadow. I DEFINITELY need to try this one.

            I’m thinking I’ll probably grab the Alice Book and a bottle of this. One of my readers posted a way to use all the UDPP without having to cut the bottle open, but I’m not sure how safe it is. Basically they said that they microwaved a bowl of water until it’s hot and then put their bottle of UDPP in it and the primer would unstick to the sides and go down to the bottom, so they could use the entire bottle without having to cut it open. I just worry that the excessive heat wouldn’t be good on the product?

          • the Muse

            YES YOU ARE DD! Cheeky, naughty girl! πŸ˜€ I dunno I am just not sold on TFSI for some reason, it just never worked for me! grrr! Mmmm I wanna try the NYX too the new ones did you see? the white one looks interesting ! I’m really curious what you think DD when you do try.

            Mmmmm….hmmm…you do that with lipglosses as well but I never personally tried simply because it will prob morph the formula. Think of it like buying something from sephora in the summer and UPS leaves it outside your house, in your case it’s summer year round lol, when you finally get it inside after work with it being outside all day whatever you ordered (cream wise) will have gotten all melty and gross…I ALWAYS find that makeup never goes back to normal after that happens. This happened to me with Cover FX Concealer and to this day I blame it on the fact it was sitting on my porch in the heat all day while I was at work!

            So I dunno but it could be worth a shot since you can’t get to the rest of the product anyway ya know? it can’t hurt since you’ve hit rock bottom on the bottle anyway!

          • Phyrra

            Yes, I saw the 3 new nyx primers, and I’m definitely curious about them. Have you tried the Gosh one?

            I didn’t know people did that with lipglosses!

            I’m just brave enough to do that.

            And ug, it’s been in the 20s for the past 2 weeks here in florda. 20s and 30s. I’ve been freezing my ass off. I HATE the cold.

          • the Muse

            yup dd all different formulas for different needs πŸ˜€ I’ve seen but haven’t tried the gosh. Yup when lipgloss is low people do it. Might as well it can’t hurt really since it’s only a little product left you know? It’s not like a brand new item!

            Whoa! You’re having our weather. It’s been around that here but last week was 13-15!

  • Hailee

    Ooooo poor lemon aid!!! He’s just been tossed aside. No goodbye. You used to love him gahah!!

    Ooo good thing I keep waitin to buy primer, now THIS is out! But it’s not a retry purple package like the first πŸ™ so anyway, I don’t have oily lids, and it looks kinda dark, will that change the color of the shadow?
    ONE MORE THING! caniuseityndrrmyeyesbeforeboiing?

    • the Muse

      LOL Hailee! Can’t help it LOVE this! ;-D That’s ok my lids aren’t oily either and it works a treat. The pic is kinda off but it’s a buttery off yellow shade. It won’t change the color but it will offer a little bit more vibrancy to shadows. do you do boi-ing on top of your lids? If so sure that’s fine but you may find this could replace boi-ing above the lid as really boi-ing is a bit too rich for that area anyway!

  • Tina Matuchniak

    WAAANT!!! I have been waiting for a primer/concealer combo and this sounds suspiciously like it! I wasted my money on Sin thinking that was the holy grail, but based on what I see (thanks for the swatches!) this might be it.

    Thank you, thank you!

    • the Muse

      tina sin is really nice but it’s not quite my idea of proper priming, it’s just something nice to have for a little drama or special looks but it’s not something I use daily you know? this will be something you reach for time and time again I think!

      You’re most welcome! I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

  • Chelle Chioa

    Aw… I saw this on sephora.com yesterday and I thought what the heck I don’t need it… But after reading your review, oh my! I think I do need this as a good base… Huhu! You’re bad =p But thanks for the review it really helps! You have a keen eye on the good products

    • the Muse

      aw thanks chelle!!!!!!! *hugs* that’s sweet of you to say! My first glance was a ‘eh too…I thought it might be shimmery but than I got it and wow! love!

  • Pretty Things

    I am anxiously waiting for my Eden to arrive; I just got notification yesterday that it’s now in stock online at Sephora. Currently I use UDPP original, with Nars Ginger and/or Benefit to neutralize my lid color. I love a neutral eye for day, so am hoping and crossing fingers this works as a one-step solution.

    Thanks for the review and swatches, but I would love to see a swatch blended.

    Thanks again. πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      oh pretty things PLEASE stop back and say the word when you get it, can’t wait to hear what you think! I think this will def turn into one step. I do the same and have several steps to get my eye prepped and looking fresh for shadow, lemon aid, udpp original, powder…so this is one step and done! πŸ˜€ My pleasure! I’ll update with a blended out version for you!

      thanks for the comment!

  • Kayvid

    Dear Muse,
    Can I make you a small request? When you review products could you also please out their prices in brackets? I have noticed that you do discuss the prices sometimes, but not always. It would be very helpful if you do that, IMO. Thank you so much,

    • the Muse

      sure kayvid. It’s $18, same as the original formula. I’ll put in prices for you as well in the future. Hope this helps!

  • Hailee

    Well with the benefit primer you said you could put it under the eye do decrease layers and then put concealer over it.

    • the Muse

      hey hailee with stay never stray it’s def meant for 360 around the eye. they market it as a prep for concealer πŸ™‚ UD isn’t really saying Eden is good for under eye prepping I just thought it was so creamy why not multitask it!

  • Kayvid

    Thanks! You’re a sweetheart. So this is currently available in Sephora? Is Oil Slick (24/7 liner) also available currently in Sephora?

    • the Muse

      my pleasure kayvid. Not in sephora yet but online at sephora yes πŸ™‚ and oil slick too! also at Urban Decay’s website for Oil Slick and the rest of UD spring 2010

  • Jenny

    Wow, sounds like something I need, I definitely have oily lids after a few hours, I wonder if this would stand up to the test. Thanks for the info, will definitely look into this product.

    Thanks Muse!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure jenny! I hope it’ll help! i really think it might be a life saver for oily lid woe!

  • Laura


    I saw this was coming out. But to me it looks like it’s taking on Smashbox’s eyelid primer. Which I adore! Smashbox is a cream to powder formula. I never liked UDPP because it was so wet. No likely! Is this new one wet too?

    • the Muse

      sorry laura it trumps SB πŸ˜€ It’s creamy and moisturizing quite thick and pigmented not wet, wet would be something I described the original formula as:)

  • Jennifer



    Well, as soon as I get paid on the 26th I will get this πŸ™‚ Looks like something I really need… LOVE the original UDPP, LOVE LemonAid, so a product that combines the two is IDEAL!!! πŸ˜‰

    • the Muse

      ha jennifer it’s incredible let me know whatcha think once you get it πŸ˜€

  • Connie

    ooh I need to add this to my wishlist! Thanks for the review πŸ˜€
    Looks like you’re liking this more than the benefit one eh?

    • the Muse

      YES connie! If you have to choose by chance between the two go with UD all the way!

  • Tavia

    Thanks for this great review! Since I’ve heard about this primer I was trying to find any reviews to read because I had a feeling it will be a good product especially for the ones with oily eyelids :).

    • the Muse

      your most welcome tavia πŸ˜€ I don’t have oily lids but I have a funny feeling it’s going to be a great one for oily lid users!

  • DivineMsN

    i wish they would change the applicator on these. I have to bad a little on my lid then use my finer to apply. Not the worst thing in the world just a tad annoying.

    • the Muse

      hey divine the applicator has been changed hun, it’s bent now πŸ™‚

  • Aimee

    You know… I love UDPP but I still hate the packaging, bent wand or no. I switched to the Too Faced Shadow Insurance a few months ago and I’m not coming back even for this. Sadly UDPP has left my life forever. Or at least, until they fix this packaging issue.

    • the Muse

      hey aimee I find the new want is quite good and getting product out. I’ve never been a TFSI lover sadly. It just doesn’t rock my world as the consistency and the product just never worked out quite as well as UDPP for me. I do love the colored ones though those are kinda fun!

      • Laura

        I agree with The Muse. TFSI always came out with a weird bit of grease before the product. Ewwwww

        • the Muse

          laura thanks good to know someone feels the same, I get alot of readers trying to change my mind about UDPP and switching to TFSI but never happen hehe. TFSI was never a favorite of mine. It’s in the beauty graveyard, RIP because I seriously never understood the appeal and it’s def not up to par with UDPP imho.

  • Melissa

    I am a HUGE too faced shadow insurance girl because I HATE the UDPP package & it didn’t conceal .. TFSS conceals my lids a little better & my shadows were more vibrant with it. But, after reading this, I’m just going to have to get it =) It looks PERFECT for me !! Thank you for posting this =-D

    • the Muse

      melissa now that UDPP came out with this it might be a switch off for you πŸ˜€ I think you’ll like it ALOT ore than TFSS! my pleasure!

  • Lisa Kate

    Hmm…so I’m like REALLY pale (like see the background on your site? That’s me. I’m very white!), do you think this would make my lids look muddy or weird? Or like make eyeshadows look blander?


    • the Muse

      mmmm lisa hard to say hard to say. If you are that white, damn girl LUCKY, you might wanna do a little swatchie in sephora. do you have blue veins that are visible as who knows it might conceal well. It is yellow based but blended well it might go transparent for you!

  • Sarah

    oooooh. Urban decay is literally my new obsession (Its on par with Soap and Glory obsession) and at Xmas i recently got the hall of fame box (for Β£13!), with an XL primer included, and omg its literally amazing, its really….conditioning! i was expecting it to be really thick and gloopy, but it wasn’t at all. When i can’t get anymore out i’m also going to be sawing it open to get the rest too.

    This primer looks so nice, I hate how benefit costs so much tbh, their things are so dupeable, (mr frosty, and the rest of their highlighting pencils – soap and glory’s arch de triumph) so this is quite cool its a two in one.

    Have you tried SIN primer from urban decay? I’m really intreged about this, as its a coloured primer, which i don’t really get too much, are you supposed to use it with other similar coloured shadows to make it more nice?

    Eldorado 24/7 UD pencil is really nice, I used it the other day, however don’t be too disapointed, it’s similar to baked. πŸ™‚

    P.S. send me over that BOS.III πŸ˜‰

    • the Muse

      hey sarah fellow soap and glory follower, fan, and addict πŸ˜€ I love the hall of fame it was so cute wasn’t it? the original formula is very nice quite a thin consistency and light! hehe did you see my crazy post about sawing open UDPP? https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2008/06/making-most-of-urban-decay-primer.html

      I gotta say I kinda dig some benefit products πŸ˜€ can’t help myself some are staples. I have indeed tried sin! It’s quite nice! You can use it as a primer really under most shadows. It creates a bit more vibrancy and in some cases it even changes the shade of a shadow slightly. It’s this metallic purple-pink shade. It can be used under most anything aside from lighter shades of course like golds and such.

      Is it!? I have the old El Dorado Glitter Pencil from UD and adore it so I’m shocked it’s like baked!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ha awww but don’t worry BOS III is coming to the UK!!!!!

      • Sarah

        Okay I just swatched both baked and eldorado and I was a little wrong; baked is a more brown/orange/gold with slight glitter, and eldorado is literally gold. I don’t know why I thought they was similar, however I did just find baked at the back of my draw….

        You inspired me to have a casual relationship with my primer potion bottle, and then I will be able to do, what i have to do…. KILL IT. xD I seriously can’t believe how much product is inside it, It would be nice if it was in a squeezy bottle, but I don’t know if it’ll mess it up.

        I think i hate benefit because i can’t afford it. Its that mid-range kind of thing, that i’d perfer to either not pay as much, or pay that little bit more. As a student i have to make tough choices πŸ˜›

        I think i’d like to try Sin primer & this one, so hope hope it comes to the UK.

        • the Muse

          sarah yup πŸ˜€ I thought so! hehe! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL awww! I think maybe if it was in a squeeze bottle it would be as nice and as wonderful for some reason….dunno why or what my mentality is but a squeeze bottle would just mess up the formula for me I think!

          Benefit kinda is the mid range for sue. Believe me I understand, used to be the poor student many a moon ago! I hope it does too it’s a winner seriously!

  • Raquel

    Thanks so much for this review! I’ve been looking forward to it ever since you mentioned it earlier! I am using the original UDPP. While it works very well for me, my eyelids are a bit dark, but I don’t want to layer concealer underneath coz my eyelids are already quite oily. This sounds like the perfect product for me. I have to get my hands on them! πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      my pleasure raquel! πŸ™‚ I think you’ll like it hun, quite a great little product!

  • Ciambella

    DAMMIT, URBAN DECAY! I SO CANNOT AFFORD THIS! *sigh* I’m working on my second bottle of UDPP AND I still have a huge deluxe bottle hoarded away that I have to get through before I can even think of trying Eden out. So…it’ll be a few years, which gives me time to save. Thanks for the reveal, Muse!

    • the Muse

      you’re most welcome ciambella πŸ˜€ get through those UDPP’s so you can try Eden soon hehe! πŸ™‚ take your time anyway as it’s not LE my dear!

  • Tammy

    Hmmm and I am just running out of my UDPP too, how convenient lol

    Pricewise, how does it compare to the original?

    • the Muse

      tammy far better formula than the original imho. you get alot more it seems since the formula is creamy where as the original is really a thinner consistency hope that makes sense

  • j3nn4

    Ooh ooh ooh want want WANT!!! I never tried the Sin, not sure it ever came out in the UK but if this one is better I’ll eBay it. I always use UDPP and then go all over with a vanilla eyeshadow (usually use Sin!) anyway so this’ll save time πŸ™‚ (I’m justifying the spend already, ha)

    • the Muse

      jenn not sure if sin got to the UK but I’m going to say nay as I picked one up for a friend who couldn’t get it as I recall! LOL good, good, as junkies we learn the ways of justification for purchases lmao!

  • Ally_D

    LOVE IT – I too currently use LemonAid and UDPP but if I can take one step out of my routine it’s all good.

    Have added it to my list of things to get. Now off to see if I can find out about a UK release date – maybe March like the Alice BOS….?

  • Brandi

    I NEED this! I now have a goal for going to Sephora and using my coveted $100 GC πŸ™‚ I LOVE primer potion, but oooh if this helps conceal as well!!!

    • the Muse

      hey rowan although not marketed as a concealer you can easily dab a little under your eyes as well πŸ˜€

  • jasmin

    can you please swatch and compare the 3 primer potions, the original, sin, and eden together?

  • Nikkiz.

    I didn’t know they have Eden! I must have missed it…this is going into my cart definitely. Thanks for the post!

  • Del

    You don’t gotta tell me twice how great UDPP is! Too bad I have enough to last me a while…very tempting…Eden looks soooo worth it! And the way you rant about it…sighhhh….

  • Tia

    Hey! Love the review but I just have to say dont count us dark skin cuties out on this one! We may not be able to use it to double as a concealer but we can definately use this and skip the extra step of having to use a NYX milk jumbo eye pencil because it does show up so light.

    • the Muse

      hey tia! Good to hear hun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ I was curious how it would work out on a darker skin tone πŸ™‚ super it works! loving it at the mom!

  • jerseygrrrl78

    Picked this up recently and found it to be a bit too thick. It dried really fast becoming unblendable and cakey. The yellowish pigment does a really nice job of brightening up eyelids. Found that it works best with powder shadows plus it greatly reduces glitter fallout. Doesn’t work so well with cream shadows, though. Any suggestions for a shadow primer with a thinner, more blendable formula that keeps cream shadows from creasing?

  • LU

    Well I’m late on this, but this does look like it’d work with my oily lids. I’ll have to give it a try if I ever my finish my original UDPP. LOL.

  • Resham

    EDEN didn’t work for me. I do love the Regular Original UDPP and I am very Optimistic about GREED…the new one to their line. SIN is pretty too, though sometimes it is a bit too frosty.

  • Rebecca

    I like Eden and Benefit’s Lemon Aid, but I actually like Lemon Aid better. They both conceal well and I like their yellow colors except I like how Lemon aid is a little thicker in consistency.

  • Rita

    I’m a fan of “Sin” myself and I got the super duper XL size of it on Urban Decay’s website. I love this bigger size, a great deal! It must not be a popular size because it was in their R.I.P. items. Now that I think about it, perhaps I should have got two! lol