8 November 2012

The Eyeshadow Primers | Urban Decay VS MUA

A picture of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and MUA Professional Eye Primer
Eye-shadow primers. They are a pretty big must for anyone who wants long lasting eye-shadow. But there are so many out there that it can be quite hard to decide which one is for you. I have tried two by E.l.f and found them both lacking, but today I am going to sharing my thoughts with you, and comparing, the two primers I currently use. Both are at different ends of the scale; a low end eye-shadow primer from MUA and a high-end eye-shadow primer from Urban Decay.


The MUA Professional Eye Primer comes in a masscara like tube with a doe-foot applicator. Costing just £2.50 it promises long-lasting colour and prevents your shadows from creasing. It smoothes the eye-lid ready for eye-shadow application, creating a base, helping the eye-shadow last all night long and preventing creasing. MUA claim you can sleep all day and party all night with the help of their Professional Eye Primer, just pop it on your eye-lid, pat it in gently and apply your eye-shadow as usual directly on top. I've seen lots and lots of people rave about this eye-shadow primer and I think where high-street products are concerned, it seems to be loved as much as the Collection Perfection Concealer. 

The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion comes in an 11g squeezy tube costing £14.50 and comes in four 'shades'; original, which applies sheer and clear, a rose gold shade, a yellow-beige shade and a golden shade. Urban Decay claim their Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the most legendary primer in the beauty industry. It is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eye-shadow that lasts all day and never creases. It comes in an easy to squeeze tube with a needle nose tip, to help you control how much you apply. Again, this is a much raved about eye-shadow primer and is possibly the eye-shadow primer I hear about the most on the blogosphere. But which one, if any, is better?


A picture of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and MUA Professional Eye Primer
OK first lets look at the packaging. I have a sample size of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, as it came with my Smoked palette. And I have a full sized version of the MUA Professional Eye Primer. Packaging wise, I prefer the magical and eye-catching look of the Urban Decay primer. I also prefer the application of the Urban Decay primer. As it is a squeezy tube, I can apply just the amount I need. I'm not a massive fan of doe-foot applicators and whereas when the Urban Decay one runs low I can cut it open to get more product out, I won't be able to do the same with the MUA one, which will lead to product waste for the product I can't get to. Consistency wise the Urban Decay one is slightly thicker, and also a touch more sheer in colour. The MUA one is more 'wet' and feels more moist on my lids. It also takes longer to settle and dry on my lids than the Urban Decay one. 

But performance wise, they seem to be on par. They both last all day long, they both do what they say they will do. They keep my eye-shadow in place, prevent creasing and make my eye-shadow last all day long. Personal preference wise? Just from taking everything in to consideration, I do prefer the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It's also one I would repurchase, and reserve for nights out, whereas the MUA one is one I'd repurchase and use for the daytime. They are both great eye primers and I think if you are on a budget and looking for a great high-street primer, then MUA is for you. But if you don't have a budget and like high-end, Urban Decay is your winning primer. You can find the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on the Debenhams website, here, and you can find the MUA Professional Eye Primer on the MUA website, here.


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24 comments

  1. I've been meaning to pick up the MUA eye primer and the Urban decay one is just too expensive to wear everyday (I find anyway).

    Great review! You have convinced me to get it now xx


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  2. I use the MUA one and love it and it certainly does the job. I'm not going to try the UD one just in case I prefer it, as it's too expensive lol x

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    1. Aha I am the same with some high-end products, too scared I'll love it and have to repurchase it forever more xo

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  3. Primer Potion is really good and I love that it comes in many sets so I have many deluxe Primer Potion samples to last me a long time :)

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    1. It is so great that it comes in so many sets! I love that about Urban Decay xo

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  4. Great review - I really want to try the MUA eye primer when my UD one runs out xx

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    1. Thank you :) Let me know what you think to it! xo

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  5. Really detailed and helpful review for anyone maybe thinking of buying either.
    I like both, but as i have the mega sized Urban Decay i doubt i'll need to repurchase either for a long time, but when i do i think i'll save some money and go for the MUA one again.
    Jules x

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  6. Really interesting, thank you for this review! I never tried any Mua product yet but I'm tempted!

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    1. Thank you! You should try the MUA eye-shadow palettes for sure xo

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  7. So glad someone reviewed the two! I own both but haven't tried the MUA one yet, was wary as it's so cheap!
    Been using UD one for about 5 years now - from when it was in the old potion bottle!

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    1. Wow five years, that's a long time to be loyal to a product! :) xo

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  8. Great review, really helpful I've been wanting an eye primer for a while and am so glad I can get one for £2.50 that performs the same as a £14.50 one!
    Daniella x

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    1. Are you going to pick up the MUA one then? :) xo

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  9. Great review, really helpful I think I will give the MUA one a try as for £2.50 you can'tgo wrong.

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    1. Definitely can't go wrong with something so cheap and cheerful! xo

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  10. I've not tried the MUA one personally but the Elf one does the job for me, it makes my eyeshadow last a good 10 hours anyway without creasing but I guess my eyelids aren't oily. The UD one is good, but there's better, cheaper versions out there!

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    1. I really don't like the E.l.f. one personally! xo

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  11. Love it! Such a good review and even though I don't use eye primers it sounds like a staple in my makeup bag, even if it's just for nights out!

    Lana, xo
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  13. Great review :)

    I've personally been using Urban Decay's Primer Potion for a year now & have found it to be well worth the money! A little goes a long way, a full sized tube will last me almost 3 months with every day use -& I use it both on my eyelids & under my eyes to help keep my eyeliner in place!

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