Monday, October 4th, 2010

Urban Decay Potion
Greed, Sin, Eden, Original

Urban Decay Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set ($29.00) is new for the holidays and contains miniature sizes of the three existing Primer Potion varieties: Original (invisible), Eden (matte nude), Sin (shimmering champagne). It also contains a miniature size of a new and (currently) exclusive shade: Greed (pearly gold).

  • Greed is a shimmering slightly paled gold with definite yellow undertones. It’s not really an opaque base, and it’s not as pigmented of a base as Sin. It also has more of a shimmer than a frost base, unlike Sin. I think warm-toned beauties will find this works really well as a base as well as an all-over color for quick looks.
  • Sin is a beige-nude with a high frost sheen and champagne micro-shimmer.
  • Eden is a yellow-toned light nude with a matte finish.
  • Original is virtually invisible, though I’ve always found it has a slight shimmer to it.

I think one of the more frustrating marketing strategies that pops up during the holiday season is when a brand brings out one new, exclusive/limited edition shade amongst a set of several other permanent shades.  (And don’t get me wrong, many brands employ this strategy.)  I don’t want to have to buy the three other Primer Potions just so I can get Greed. This is how I end up with doubles or triples of certain eyeliners, pigments, etc. — none of which I’ve ever used up the original! I really do like Greed, though, so I’m crossing my fingers that Urban Decay releases it on its own.

I find that the Original Primer Potion has a tendency to crease on me after about seven hours, though Eden and Sin both seem to hold up better.  Greed didn’t give me any creasing problems after wearing it on three different occasions for over eight hours on each.

Each contains 0.13 oz., which means you’re getting 0.52 oz. of product in sum.  This translates to $55.77/oz. while a full-sized version ($18 for 0.34 oz.) goes for $52.94/oz.  It’s a nice opportunity for those who haven’t tried our the brand’s line of eyeshadow bases yet.  It may also be worth it for those who are devotees, because you’ll likely run through your tubes eventually and need replacements… ta-da.  Plus, the travel-sized versions may be more convenient for those treks to Mom and Dad’s house for holiday dinner.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It really depends on two things:  whether you have any of the full-sized versions and how badly do you want Greed?  (I suppose I should have said how greedy are you to have Greed…)


See more photos & swatches!

Urban Decay Potion
Greed, Sin, Eden, Original

Urban Decay Potion

Urban Decay Potion
Greed, Sin

Urban Decay Potion
Eden, Original

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase the Primer Set? How much is it?

Sephora, $29.

Is it limited edition?

The set is limited edition, and Greed is exclusive to the set and also limited edition. The other shades are available by themselves in larger sizes permanently.

Any dupes?

You can try NARS Cosmic Girl, Benefit Tattle Tale (more white gold), or MAC Uppity (limited edition from '07).

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55 thoughts on “Urban Decay Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’d like to try out Greed, but I have so many little tubs of the other Primer Potions, I’ll wait until it comes out in a palette or as full size instead.

  2. Ter aka bobbysgeel

    You need an “unsure” button lol Great post (again) Christine! <3

  3. Danielle F.

    Thanks for the review! I have the XL version of Sin-which I love and the XL version of original. I don’t care for Eden as I prefer Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray over that. So for me, it would be pointless unless I thought I really wanted greed. Don’t get me wrong, I do! But either one of two things will happen, they will release it on it’s own in their spring collection OR they won’t make it anymore in which case I wouldn’t want to get addicted to it anyway. Problem solved! :)

  4. And they STILL haven’t started integrating the non-genie shaped packaging they’re supposed to switch to next year.

    I’d be interested, since my depotted UDPP is nearly dry, if it weren’t for the fact that I refuse to buy the same thing, knowing how much will be ruined and wasted by unbelievably badly designed packaging.

    • They have switched – they introduced the bigger tube that is like a squeezie type:

      • The bigger tube is LE, though, and the squeezie tubes were slated to be sold permanently next year, though. I am low on primer, and won’t be able to wait that long, though.

    • BethM

      They probably have a stock of the genie bottles (or a contract to produce/purchase a certain amount) that they need to use up before switching to different packaging. I actually don’t mind depotting my UDPP, I like it better in a pot that I can get a brush or my finger in.

      • See, I did that, but it has dried out SO much faster, that it’s hard to stomach buying a product that is going to get dried out before I’ve used half of it. I can understand them using the normal bottles until their sold, but i do wish they’d have started incorporating the new packaging for the LE set.

  5. Pam

    i only have the original. Never tried Sin or Eden. wouldn’t mind getting this set. However, i don’t look forward to cutting up the tube when the wand can’t get anymore of the product.

  6. Elisabeth

    wanting to try ‘greed’ since it is a new one, but i don’t really want to buy the set, i already have so many of the other formulas from sets and palettes…

  7. Rebecca

    I’m just going to pass, it isn’t worth it based on that I would almost never use sin and greed, and I already have an XL original, not to mention many mini originals from some palettes.

  8. Jessi G

    Your experience with Eden and Original are interesting-I have the opposite results (on my oily skin, especially eyelids). No creasing until about the 8 hour mark with Original, with Eden I only get about 4 hours of wear. What am I doing wrong with Eden? Although I guess it doesn’t matter b/c it is much more yellow than I like on my skin. 😉

    • Eden is really, really thick – do you think maybe you’re using too much? I don’t particularly like Eden (too yellow for me, too) or Sin (too frosty) but they work better for me – go figure!

  9. B

    i really like greed! i hope it becomes part of their permanent collection!

  10. Tiffany

    I’ve always wanted to try primer potion but never wanted to commit to the full size, so this will be great :)

    That being said, these look like the tube design everyone’s been cutting open to get unreachable product?

  11. Marina

    I actually really want this…each mini bottle I’ve had has lasted me 4+ months (take out the stopper–it allows you to get sooo much more product…and then I cut it at last resort!). I love Eden and the Original, and would love to try Greed and Sin. This’ll be on my Christmas list.

  12. Karen

    Christine, any chance or word from UD if they might release greed as a full size tube?

  13. Sophie

    This is actually a pretty good value set if a person is new to makeup or is new to urban decay or wants to find a primer that suits their needs.

  14. NeenaJ

    If they decide to sell Greed in the new tube-style packaging, I will be first in line to snap it up. Until then, I will happily use Sin and MAC Paint Pots.

  15. I really like the look of Greed. I use Sin regularly, but Greed looks like it’d be an even better base for my skin tone and the metallics I tend to wear.

  16. Eileen

    I absolutely agree Christine … it’s really annoying when you have to buy a whole set of something just to be able to get the one product you really want! Another example for me …. have to buy OPI Goth set just to get the Sanguine nailpolish.

  17. Vijaya

    I hate that marketing strategy, too. It is the bane of my existence.

    On a semi-related note, out of curiosity, how many mini Zeroes do you have Christine?

    • I imagine maybe 7-10. I have no idea what the actual count is, but definitely somewhere around there… And I don’t even wear Zero very often, LOL!

      • Holy crap! I have a regular full-sized Zero that I bought last Christmas and I’m not even halfway through yet! 7-10 is probably enough for a whole lifetime O_O You should sell them lol.

  18. meghan

    I have Sin and Original already. I agree about the original not holding up as well as I would like and that sin lasts longer. I think I want this set. I’m yellow undertoned and I want to have the whole collection of pp’s :)

  19. Elysia

    i don’t really see the point in colored primer potions…your eyeshadow is going to cover them up anyways!

  20. Sam

    I actually like to use the mini primer potions when I’m playing around with makeup at home (just experimenting and planning to wipe it all off after a few minutes) so I don’t waste my big primer potion.

    I also think MAC Bare Study paint pot is a dupe for Sin.

  21. HovercatMittens

    I think if they had better packaging for these I would have gotten it, I only have the original, but I didn’t like the thought of having to cut open FOUR! little tubes to get my money’s worth.

  22. I really like Eden :)
    Sin’s not tooo bad but the original still hasn’t grown on me. I think I’m soured because the first time I tried it was with the Sustainable shadow box set and it was the travel size and it creased on me like crazy.

  23. BethM

    I would really like to try Greed, but I’ve just got sooooo many of the other three, between the full-sized ones that come in sets and the minis that come with palettes….. For me, I get the best wear out of Original, no creasing at all, even after 10 hours. I use Original almost every day, even when I don’t use eyeshadow, to help control my oily lids. Sin tends to crease a bit on me, I like to use it instead of eyeshadow sometimes- but I have to put Original on under it to prevent creasing, LOL! I rarely use Eden, so I can’t comment on it.
    If/when Greed is released by itself I’ll probably buy it, otherwise I’ll stick to Sin, which is probably a better color for me anyway (it’s not very frosty at all on me).

  24. nicci

    I never had any luck w/these primers :( and the packaging doesn’t help…

  25. Eliza

    ooooh greed is nice! but i don’t wanna get the whole set! :(

  26. Miss Silver

    -drool- I wish Urban Decay shipped overseas. Greed looks so beautiful. GOLD!! I wonder if they’ll make it in more shades, to fill out the 7 deadly sins kinda thing? That would be awesome. Envy could have specks of green maybe? Lust could have a pinkish tone? Avarice could have a reddish tone? Gluttony could come in blue? Pride in a plain white shimmer? Sloth in matte white?! THE POSSIBILITIES!

  27. Sally

    Christine, my Sin PP is nowhere near as pigmented as that! Mine barely shows up – just a teensy hint of gold shimmer! Do you think I possibly got a defective one?

  28. amy

    I would like to get this mini set. I have two mini primer lotions from two separate BOS and the first one lasts me about 6 months and I am on my second one now. This set should last me a while.

  29. I hope that this will be available in Poland becouse I’m dying to try primer potion!

  30. Trish

    My oily skin has eaten through evern Urban Decay Primer Potion ever made. :-( Love the wand but after 4 hours, my eye shadow wears off. Greed looks gorgeous but the performance on this product has consistently let me down. I’ll stick to MAC paint pots and MUFE Aqua Cream.

  31. JoElla

    I think this is a great way to try all the formulas. I know I would prefer to buy this than a single.

  32. Amanda Enn

    I’d rather stick to the original version. I’m not a big fan of bases, so a regular primer is perfect for me.

  33. Trish

    I converted to this little miracle of a primer 2 months ago and am so in love with it! I used to not wear any primers and by 6 hours, my lids would crease up and my make up would drip down my eyes and irritate them so much that I would tear up from the sting. Mac paint pots did lessen this but would not last as long and is a little too heavy.. but the original UD primer is amazing.. no creasing for 10 hours! I have yet to try the other colors because I’m afraid it will not work as well and the depotting is a MESS. lol

  34. Jennifer

    I just received this set. First foray into eyelid primers. Turns out that the three colors are spectacular, and the original is a solid performer. They all compliment a NC20/25 skin.

    Although the packaging is cute – it is highly impractical. The large angled wand gets stuck in these tiny bottles.

    Hoping they release Greed as a regular product.

  35. WithIt

    Just wanted to chime in here. I LOVE UDPP. I have both Original and Sin and neither have ever creased. Naturally, I was so excited to get this little set (“perfect for travel,” I thought).
    Anyway, I am sad to report that both Greed and Eden creased on me (like a MAJOR crease. I wore each one on multiple occasion under normal-day-circumstances). I was sooo bummed! Needless to say, I returned the set. Guess I’ll have to stick to my old standbys.

  36. Elizabeth

    How many uses do you find you can get from each mini potion?

  37. K.A

    Those lil cute devils do magic LOL