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Depotting Urban Decay’s Primer Potion: A tale of two techniques

The Urban Decay Primer Potion has a massive cult following and I can see why. It makes your eyeshadows show up with more intensity and helps them last longer without creasing. It’s the only primer I’ve found so far that actually works for me and my creasing-prone lids. The only negative thing about this product is the packaging.

Now I know that Urban Decay listened to the many complaints they got about the bottle and have now released the product in a squeeze tube but there are still plenty of you who have the old version. If you don’t know, the main problem with this bottle is that it puts form over function so the shape of the bottle prevents you from reaching all the product that’s in there.

I’ve been using my bottle for a while and I wasn’t really getting much product on my applicator any more and what ever was coming out was a bit dry. I thought that, before I started using a new bottle, I wanted to get as much use as I could out of my old one.

After doing a bit of research, I found that the little plastic stopper at the opening of the bottle could be pulled out. I was surprised how much product I could get out just by doing this! All you need to do is wiggle the sharp end of a pair of tweezers into the bottom of the stopper and coax it out of the bottle. It should pop out eventually like this:

Pulling out the stopper lets the applicator move around more inside the bottle so you’re able to access the product that’s attached itself to the lining of the bottle. I could’ve easily gotten a lot more use out of my bottle by using it this way but it was a little too messy for my liking. This is because, without the stopper, there’s nothing left to wipe of any excess product from the applicator so I decided to depot the whole thing.

When I went searching on youtube, most of the tutorials involved cutting open the bottle and scooping out what was left but I’m really accident prone so I wanted a safer method. I then came across a video that showed how to depot by using the microwave and I decided to give it a go.

What you’ll need for this is:
*some sort of flat surface to tap the product out on. I used an Inglot mixing palette
*a spatula of some type to scoop the product with
*a small air tight container to put your product in. I ended up using a 5gm sample jar and it worked great.
*a microwave
* your UDPP of course 🙂

1. Take the applicator out and put just the bottle itself standing upright into the microwave. You’ll have to guess how long to heat the product for but I ended up putting mine in for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Just a word of warning: you may want to do this in 20 or 30 second increments as mine ended up exploding a little bit… it wasn’t too bad but just be careful.

2. The product doesn’t really turn very watery but it does get a little bit thinner in consistency so you can tap it out. It takes a while but I just kept tapping my bottle (with the opening facing straight down) on to the palette until it was filled with product. It kind of looks like icing don’t you think?

3. I then scooped up the product that was on the palette with my spatula and put it into the empty container. This is how much product I got after each bout of tapping:

4. I repeated the step above about 3 or 4 times and I got a fair amount of product out but being the curious person I am I decided (in the name of blogging) to carry out an experiment to see whether using the heat method alone was the way to go.

5. To see whether there was any product left, I grabbed a big knife and started cutting the bottle in half. It should go without saying that you need to be really careful if you decide to cut your bottle open!

It took a bit of time and alot of elbow grease but I finally cracked it open and voila!:

You can see there’s still a fair amount of product left in the container but I think the heat method got quite alot out so it’s definitely a viable option on its own.

6. After scooping all the product out I managed to get a full spatula’s worth to put in my container!

7. I then cleaned up my container a bit and smoothed out the top and the end result was a full 5gm jar worth of previously unreachable product!

So far the consistency of the product in the jar doesn’t seem affected and is still really creamy but I’m curious whether it will dry out quickly. If you’re curious about how the product fares in the container, leave me a comment in a few weeks time and I’ll give you an update.

Worth the hype: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils!

When you start frequenting beauty blogs and watching beauty gurus on YouTube, you start seeing alot of the same products continuously raved about. Some of them are worth the hype and some are definitely over-rated. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye pencils are without doubt worth the hype!

When I decided to buy these I was fully prepared to be disappointed because, I mean, they’re just eyeliners but I was wrong! These babies are so soft and creamy and so pigmented! The colours are beautiful and they give you enough time to blend them out if you want but once they set (and it doesn’t take that long) they will not budge. I’ve never been a big pencil liner person but these have definitely made me change my mind.

I bought the VIP set which had 5 liners in it in the colours Zero (Black), Lucky (Copper), Covet (Emerald Green), Electric (bright turquoise) and Lust (Purple).

Because they came in a special set, they were smaller than the full size pencils. Here they are next to my MAC chromographic pencil.

The size is really not a issue for me because these pencils are not something I would use everyday because they’re such bright colours. I know there’s a black one but I would only use that one when I’m doing a particularly dark look which isn’t very often. Despite the fact that I wouldn’t reach for them that often, I’m still glad I have them because they are all very pretty.

Here are some swatches:

From left to right: Lucky, Lust, Electric, Covet and Zero

All of these pencils except the black have a metallic type finish. They’re great to use on the waterline because they don’t just disappear like some liners but they’re also great for lining your top lashline. I usually prefer liquid liners for that purpose just because they don’t pull your skin like pencil ones tend to but that’s not an issue with these pencils because there is no tugging of your skin. They literally glide right on!

I really wanted to get the Velvet Rope set which has 5 neutral shades but it was sold out so I went for this one. My favourite way to rock these bright shades is by doing a subtle brown, gold or bronze look and then working the pencil into my bottom lashline (not the waterline, not under the lash line but literally on the lashline) but only for the last two thirds of my eye as I like to keep the first third bare or lined with a highlight shade. I prefer doing it this way because it keeps my eye’s looking more open and because it’s an easy and subtle way to wear bright colours without it being the first thing you see.

I definitely recommend buying these pencils if you’re a pencil kind of girl because I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!