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Eye Primer – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Vs. Stila Prime Pot


If your eyeliner or eyeshadow is always smudging on you, look no further. I had been a victim of panda eyes for nearly ten years before I discovered the magic of eye primers. Because Urban Decay hadn’t come in to Korea until September last year, I decided to try the Stila prime pot. I used it for over a year before switching over to the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion so I’ll be able to give you a comparative review.


The Stila Prime Pot comes in a jar that’s slightly larger than the MAC or Bobbi Brown gel liner pots (which by the way is a horrible idea for anyone with oily eyelids). It has a rather not-so-creamy creamy consistency with a good amount that will last you a long time. However, it does have a sort of peachy-taffy color that makes it nearly impossible to use lighter eyeshadows. They only come in two different colors and the other option was much too dark for my skin. I would say that the terrible color choices are the ultimate downfall of Stila Prime Pot, only it gets worse.


Because of its thick consistency it clumps up and makes it very difficult to spread evenly. Considering the fact that you don’t want to be rubbing the delicate skin around your eyes, this makes the formula less than ideal. Good luck if you get it in your eyelashes. Even though I only used the Stila Prime Pot after washing my hands, I still felt a bit uncertain using my fingers for something that was supposed to go on my eye. So it’s safe to say that I only put up with the Stila Prime Pot because it did help keep my eyeliner from smudging. However, it didn’t do so well with darker eyeshadows and made my eye area sticky and left a ruddy color.


So naturally, I was ecstatic when Urban Decay launched in Korea because I had heard nothing but praises for the Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It comes in a tube with a lid that always reminds me of Aladdin. I decided to keep the little box case it came in to use as a dock for my holy grail eye primer.


The tube has a small tip that makes it easy to squeeze out a small amount. This tiny amount is enough to use on both eyes, so don’t be fooled by the small-sized tube. It feels so much more sanitary than having to dig my finger into a pot.


It does initially have a sort of oily feeling when you’re applying it to your eyelid, but it’s nothing to worry about as it dries quickly. It does have a slightly gritty consistency, but it blends easily with no irritation to the eye due to its creamy texture.


As you can see, compared to the Stila Prime Pot on the left finger that goes on thick and clumpy, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion goes on thin and even. You can barely notice the color which is perfect for applying lighter eyeshadows.

Your turn ♥ Have you tried an eye primer before? Which eye primer do you use?

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  • I used to use the Primer potion all the time which I used solidly for probably about 5 years. I have since switched over to Nars Eyeshadow primer – can you get that in Korea? It’s seriously my favourite because it’s less creamy than the Urban Decay one, and almost serum like and no colour at all. It’s really nice!

    • Kim

      Ahh yes most likely as NARS has been in Korea for quite a while now. I’ll have to try that one next then! Thanks for the recommendation Winnie :D

  • I love the Urban Decay primer potion, I liked the original one but my favourite would be “eden”, in my opinion it suits asian skintone better because it’s a warmer shade!

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

    • Kim

      Ahh, they only launched the original shade here in Korea but perhaps they will add the rest in the future ;)

  • Seconded to what Winnie said! I used to use the Urban Decay one allll the time, until I switched over to the NARS one. I think I might want to try one of MAC’s paint pots next, though they seem to be very opaque and might look weird since they only have two medium/pale colors. This reminds me, I have a few card samples of Urban Decay’s primer to use up…

    becky ♡ star violet

    • Kim

      Ahhh seems everyone has moved on to UD when I’m just getting excited over it lol. I did consider MAC’s paint pots but I heard they weren’t as effective as the primer potion in terms of oily lids. I’m itching to try the NARS one now though :P

  • Oh hehe, you’re also hosting a battle today :-) Yours is more politically correct though. I just replied to your comment.

    As for these primers, the UD one is one of my all-time favorites, along with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer and the NARS primer.

    • Kim

      Ahh, I was just sticking up for the Asian sheet masks that I so love; no hard feelings I hope ;) How do you find the Too Faced and NARS in comparison to the UD?

      • I honestly like all three. And I love ’em (almost) equally. But if I really have to get nitpicky I guess I’d say that the NARS and Too Faced formula are a little more forgiving and easier to work with since they’re a little less thick. But performance-wise I think they’re all great.

  • WhatWouldVWear

    This primer sounds great and yet I must admit that I rarely use one, I know bad, right? I will be sure to check this out, though! Thanks for sharing, Kim!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Kim

      Hehe it’s ok to skip primers altogether if you don’t need them. I only use it because I will inevitably end up with black smudges under my eye no matter how smear proof or waterproof an eyeliner is, due to the shape of my eye. So no worries if you don’t need it ;)

  • I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Urban Decay primer, but because my makeup IQ is low, I’ve never actually tried it. Good thing you’re blogging because now I feel like I actually know something about makeup, haha! :)

    • Kim

      Hehe, I came to know about the primer because the shape of my eyelids makes it near impossible to wear eyeliner or eyeshadow without them. Even the eyeliners that were on the top of the list of non-smudging/anti-panda-eye eyeliners failed me. I would say if you don’t have a severe problem with eyeliner smudging under your eye, you don’t really need it ;) In fact, I would consider it a blessing lol

  • I used the ELF one! It’s great for the price.

    • Kim

      Ahh I’ve heard good things about ELF cosmetics but I haven’t been able to find it in Korea yet. Fingers crossed they come here soon ;)

  • These are such staples in any makeup bag! x

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