REVIEW: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion V’s MUA’s Pro-Base Eye Primer

Hey Lovelies

Today I have been testing two eye shadow primers against each other. The first one is Urban Decay’s much hyped Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the second is MUA’s Pro-Base Primer Potion.

OK so a very quick run through my pre make up skin prep. I always, always moisturise my skin and I also prime my face as I have very dry problematic skin. I don’t however apply moisturiser to my eyes. My eyelids are not overly greasy but I do have a problem with creasing. On my eyes I use only an eye primer in the hope it will brighten my eyeshadow, make it last longer and prevent creasing.

So I’m sure you will have heard all the hype about UD’s ‘legendary’ Eyeshadow Primer Potion. They claim it will make your eyeshadow more vibrant and crease free for 24 hours. For £15.00 you will get 11ml in quite a lovely easy squeeze tube. There are 4 shades to choose from; Original, Eden, Sin and Greed. For the purposes of this review I will be discussing Original only.

ImageSample size UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Now then over at MUA they have the PRO-BASE Eye Primer. They claim it is long lasting, will make eye make up more vibrant, smooth out any imperfections and prevent creasing. For £2.50 (yes you read that right) you get 7.5ml in a silver and white concealer like package that contains the usual doe foot applicator wand.

ImageMUA PRO-BASE Eye Primer

Both the UD and MUA product’s go on nicely and fade in to match your skin tone. My skin is very light and both products were pretty much invisible by time I had finished blending. On darker skin both products again fade down nicely which you can see in the picture below as I have swatched some on my very obliging boyfriends arm. I didn’t find either product sticky or problematic to apply and you only need a very small amount of either product to do the job. One thing I did notice however is that the UD product seems to sit on the skin and the MUA product seems to sink in more.

ImageUD (left) & MUA (right) swatched on darker skin

ImageTwo identical shadows swatched with & without primers underneath


Both eyes are identical shadows. The left eye is primed with MUA, the right with UD. Sorry about the lighting!


So then how do they compare? As I have already mentioned they both go on about the same. For me the extra vibrancy of my eyeshadow was almost equal with both primers but UD had a slight edge. That however is where the similarities end!

After 12 hours of wear my UD primed eye was almost perfect. No creasing and still vibrant. My MUA primed eye however had creased and was not so vibrant. It is also worth noting that when I washed off my swatches I found it a lot harder to wash off the UD primer!

So there we have it. UD wins hands down in my book. MUA have again given us a pretty good product for an amazing price. In the short term it will do the same job as the UD primer but it definitely has not got the same staying power. I will definitely be buying the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion when my sample runs out because for me it definitely lives up to the hype!

I hope this review was helpful guys. As always I love to hear your comments and feedback.


Sonya x

5 thoughts on “REVIEW: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion V’s MUA’s Pro-Base Eye Primer

  1. Great review! I am currently using MUA’s eye primer and I agree it’s brilliant for the money. It does crease a small amount towards the end of the day and fades a little but it’s a huge improvement to the days when I never wore an eye primer. I don’t know if it’s the lighting, but it looks like your eye shadow blended out better on the UD primer. Thanks for sharing! Susan x

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