Prime time! | UD Primer Potion & MAC Paint Pot


I have very oily eyelids and need a good quality eye primer to keep the eye shadows from creasing, transferring, or melting off. Without these products, my eye makeup will become a big ol’ mess. And no one wants to see that.

The packaging for the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Greed is a twist off cap on a squeeze tube with a small spout/opening.  The price is $20 for 11 ml or 0.37 US fl oz. The formula is a creamy eye shadow primer that goes on thick but blends well.

I love this eye shadow primer because it becomes a multipurpose product where I can wear this by itself since it is a beautiful color or as a base for my powder eye shadows. Even when I go overboard and put too much product, it is easy to blend out so it’s just a wash of color. This can also be used as a highlight. It’s shimmery and gold toned, and a little goes a long way.

Here’s a swatch of each.
L: Urban Decay Greed | R: MAC Soft Ochre


The packaging for the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre is a twist off cap on a glass pot.  The price is $21 for 5 g / 0.17 US oz. The formula is a creamy eye shadow primer that goes on thick but blends well and dries down. This long-wearing formula creates seamless coverage almost like a concealer for the eye area.

I use this paint pot more either when I want my eye shadow to last for hours and hours or when I want to wear a brighter eye shadow. It makes the brightly colored eye shadow pop and seem more true to color and last all day. I would not consider this a multipurpose product like the UD primer potion because of its yellow beige shade. I cannot wear this alone as my primer because it will still crease due to its thickness. I do have to prime my eyes and then layer this on top to use it.

Do you use these eye primers? What’s your favorite eye primer?

51 thoughts on “Prime time! | UD Primer Potion & MAC Paint Pot

  1. I’ve been a long-time UDEPP-original-formula fan. It’s been fun to see these new varieties come out. I’m really interested in Eden. Isn’t it amazing stuff? I haven’t tried MAC’s paint pot yet because I also have very oily lids that are prone to creasing…. UDEPP just does what I need. :o)
    Hope your week is going well.


    • The original is the best! I ran out of it recently so I had to use the colored one instead. Once I finish it up, back to the original! Same here, if you try the Mac paint pot, you still need primer underneath. I only really use it when I want the shadows to really pop. Have a great week πŸ™‚


  2. I’m an eye primer whore. I will try them ALL. I have oily lids and most eye shadows will crease on me on their own. I don’t know how I would survive if eye primers weren’t invented!
    My all time favourite is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance – but I believe they’ve changed the formula recently so I’m not so sure. I’m currently using up the Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer which is very good. Others that also work for me and are in my rotation: Milani Eyeshadow Primer and LORAC Behind the Scene Eye Shadow Primer.
    The ones I’ve disliked are Urban Decay Primer Potion (sorry, it’s just very drying), NYX HD Eye Shadow Base, L’Oreal De-crease Eye Shadow Base, and the cult favourite Artdeco Eyeshadow Base. The latter 3 all creased on me.
    My method is a thin layer of eye primer, and then a cream eye shadow base (such as the MAC Paint Pot) and then the powder eye shadow. This keeps my eye shadows crease-proof and fade-proof all day!
    Told you I’m an eye primer whore! πŸ˜›


  3. Urban Decay primer potion is my holy grail!!! I’ve always been curious about MAC paint pots, but have never tried one!


  4. I have the MAC ‘Painterly’ Paint Pot and think it’s great at evening out my eyelid color (I’ve got very vainy eye lids…)! Also helps with the staying power of my eyeshadows πŸ™‚


  5. I have the opposite problem and my eyelids dry out alot. If I didn’t use urban decay primer potion my eyeshadow would not have anything to stick to and would be kinda flaky and gross to be honest. It’s literally a life saver!.


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