Urban Decay commits a Sin with their tinted Primer Potion

Friday, January 14, 2011

What it is: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

On the shade: Sin is described by Urban Decay to be a “shimmering champagne,” which is pretty vague, and also pretty true! Most brands have their own Sin; that is, a shimmery (or frosty) champagne shade – NYX Yogurt, Stila Kitten, Wet ‘n Wild Fine Wink, Cargo Champagne, or MAC Naked Lunch, for example. Sin happens to be on the frostier side of this spectrum, and runs a little darker than many champagnes, with rose undertones rather than yellow ones.

Sin swatched heavily / blended

On the product: Like the regular UDPP, I found Sin to be decently good at its job… but not perfect. It definitely intensifies my shadows and keeps them from fading, but also like the regular kind, I find my shadows still crease slightly by the end of the day. But, of course, eye primers are very much a personal thing, so I can’t say if this will crease on you or not!

As for how the shade affects your shadows? I find they usually look about the same, with two exceptions: 1) if the shadow’s sheer, it’ll end up looking a bit lighter (assuming it starts off darker than Sin), and 2) the shimmer comes through matte and satin finishes, as expected!

Un-tinted primer swatch / Sin-tinted primer swatch

On the packaging: as I’m sure you’ve heard before, the makeup community has some major issues with this tube. The curved shape may be cute and distinctive, sure, but it makes getting all the product out nearly impossible! Urban Decay responded to this by (eventually) adding a slanted doe-foot, but I’m not yet sure if this’ll get it all out or not. Either way, I’m not a fan of the applicator – it makes opening and closing the product pretty awkward, and it’s not exactly the cleanest option.

In short? I don’t use a point-based grading system… but if I did, the packaging would knock off some major points.

The ingredients:

C Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

The verdict? I’m actually not even sure that I’ll be keeping Sin, so that probably tells you a lot, already. I think it’s a lovely champagne shade (perfect for the inner corners), and if it didn’t crease on my lids, it would definitely be a keeper – but it does crease, especially when worn alone, and at $22CAD ($18US) for 0.34oz, I expected more. So, I’d recommend that you give it a try only if the original Primer Potion works for you, though it’s not a perfect bet if it does (some people have reported creasing with UDPP Sin, but not the original.)

AvailabilitySephora, Beauty.com, Ulta. Also currently available as a mini, in the Urban Decay Little Sins set!

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34 Responses to “Urban Decay commits a Sin with their tinted Primer Potion”

  1. I've been using it because I have the sample sized one from the Get Baked Palette. I agree – it does have a creasing tendency but I keep going back to it until it runs out (will NOT rebuy) because it's so easy to blend in a rush… which is typically every morning. For me, it's good enough on a work day when I just need a bit of color on the lids with some eyeshadow layered over top.

  2. awww, that's too bad! i did notice though, that sin blends a bit easier for me than original.
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  3. Kate & Zena, on January 14th, 2011 at 6:41 pm said:

    You know what I hate about the UDPP (even sin and eden)? That damn wand. It applies way too much primer, even the mini bottles. My shadows used to crease a lot until I depotted my UDPP. You only need a teeny tiny amount–like 1/5 that you have on the wand picture. You only have to dab your fingertip in it once and that's all you need for one eye.

    Who came up with the damn wand? I just HATE THAT WAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.

    (Seriously, try just lightly dabbing your fingertip on the wand. It'll feel like your pulling your eyelid, but you're not. Seriously.)

    (Sorry about the swearing. I very rarely swear, as you know. That wand is a big piece of crap….as is the bottle design)

  4. Daenacat, on January 14th, 2011 at 9:21 pm said:

    re: the new bent applicator — my mother bought this recently and the 2nd time she used it, the bent part actually broke off inside of the bottle. So I had to saw the darn thing open anyway. Really annoying that they simply refuse to change the packaging on these products. :-(

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  6. I have always loved the original UDPP (sans packaging, of course… though I do love hacking a bottle with a knife once and awhile). I've never tried Sin, but I did try Eden. I was so stoked because it's the PERFECT concealer colour for me. I have yellowish toned fair skin and it just looked amazing around my eyes. However… It creased :( Horribly. The original never does, so I took it back to Sephora and exchanged it. Haven't tried anything else since.

  7. I've got the smashbox primer- also with a hint of shimmer but I haven't tried that yet. I still like my shadow insurance :P

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  15. I don't want my primer to have any kind of color or finish to it! That's my huge reason for being Anti-Sin & Eden.

    I hate the wand too… Not quite with the passion of Kate up there but I do hate it ;)
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  18. Both SIN and EDEN creased on me. The regular UDPP will usually crease on me unless I pair it with Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy.

    @Kate – It's amazing that you can use so little! I find I really have to apply a lot for it to work on me. I sometimes even redip the wand for an eye.

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