Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Staying Power with Urban Decay

Does any of this seem familiar to you? You wake up and get ready, have a coffee or a tea while you go and put your makeup on using great care, and sometimes you're actually quite pleased with how it turned out. So you go about your business, doing what you do and when you look in the mirror a few hrs later, you barely recognise the face looking back at you - Where did all the make up disappear to???

Warm or rainy weather, sitting in front of a computer screen, having a phone squeezed to the side of your face - this can all mysteriously zap your make up little by little throughout the day, even if you use so called long lasting products. Luckily there are products that offer a little extra help to keep the war paint from disappearing all too quickly - Primers and Makeup Setting Spray.

There are so many types of primers; for your face, eyes, eyelashes and lips but personally I mainly use something for my eyes and sometimes Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (which I'll do a separate review of very soon) for the rest of my face for special occasions. I've never tried primers that are specifically for lips, and I usually prep just using a lip balm, although of course that won't have the same effect as a primer. Primers are great to prevent your eyeshadow from creasing or smudging - particularly if you're wearing stronger colours or heavier makeup. Several brands offer cream shadows that you can use in a similar way, but I like to use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
Urban Decay is very famous for it's makeup primers and their range includes primers with a hint of colour. The primer goes on before any other eye makeup and I like to wait a minute or two before I continue with the rest of my eye makeup, since I like to feel that the primer has set properly on my eyelid. The consistency of this product is very delicate and light, and it's easy to blend in so you only need the tiniest amount possible. I use a tinted eyeshadow primer in Eden - a faint vanilla with slight yellow undertones, and on days when I go for a "barely there" makeup look I use the primer as an eyeshadow blended all over the lid, to just give the area a more even colour and a very matte and natural look. I realise that the shade looks very white in the photo below, but when I don't have a tan, Eden blends beautifully and seamlessly with my skin. 

Spending the extra little time it takes to apply the eyeshadow primer is definitely worth it. Not only will you find that the products stay on longer, but the pigmentation of your eyeshadow is highlighted in a way that makes them look radiant and very flattering
 
Eden

So now I've got my eye makeup staying put, what about the rest of the face? I don't have oily skin, but a couple of hrs into the day I still find that some areas of my face will be a bit shiny, and as much as I like a radiant look - shine is not what I'm going for. To help combat that, I've started to use the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray which is supposed to help you keep that newly made up look throughout the day, by absorbing excess oil on your skin.

When I'm done with my makeup I use the spray, trying to cover my face as evenly as I can. The instructions recommend that you use 2 - 4 sprays, and maybe this is just me but that's not enough for me to get coverage. I'll probably use 3-5 instead, but of course you don't want too much - after all the point is to make the makeup last, not run. Hold the spray at a fair distance from your face, since that will also help to get a fine mist, and you don't get too much in just one area. It feels very fresh to finish off your makeup with this spray and it has a pleasant subtle crisp smell as well, but don't worry - it disappears very quickly and you won't notice it. The product claims to keep your skin matte for up to 16 hrs, and although I can't say that it has that effect on my skin, it does really help to set your makeup and it keeps the shine at bay for at least a few more hrs.

If I was to recommend only one out of these product, it would definitely be the primer for eyes since I find that it really does work without having to use any special tricks. With the Setting Spray I find that it works better if you use it not only after you've finished your makeup, but also if you spray it on either straight at the start, or after you've finished your foundation - but I would recommend that you experiment and see what works for you. 

What do you think - do primers and setting sprays work for you, or do you have any other tips to make your makeup last?

48 comments:

  1. I love the primer potion but I've only tried the original one, but now I want to try the other ones they look amazing

    Lovely blog
    xo,
    alcamori.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello there! Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment :o). I do like the primer potion and might try some other shades soon as well :o). Hope you'll visit again soon :O). Xx

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  2. I cant' live without UDPP. It is a necessity for me everyday! Nice post.

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    1. Hi Tiffany, thanks a million for visiting and for leaving a comment too. It's a great product for sure :O). Joined your site and hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  3. looking very amazing stuff but hard to get in india :) nice review dear

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    1. Thank you very much, you're always so sweet :O). Xx

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  4. I enjoy using UDPP. It has long since been a staple of mine. I've never used UD de-slick before, but I live by UD allnighter setting spray. My makeup lasts for at least 8 hours! Love it!

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting! Thanks for the recommendation - I will definitely try the allnighter as well, it'll be interesting to see if and how it's different. Hope you'll visit again soon :O). Xx

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  5. I love the urban decay eye primer, couldn't live without it :)

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    1. Hiya Pauline! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving a comment. I completely agree, it's a super product :O). I hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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    1. Absolutely, even if I personally don't get 16 hrs out of it, it does help to keep my makeup longer than usual :o). Xx

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  7. I've heard many great things about the setting spray by Urban Decay! Great post :-) xx

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  8. Yep..it's good..I have the all-nighter...it is definitely good

    great review!!
    xx

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  9. I really like Urban Decay products :) their eye liner has some serious staying power! I'm now following on bloglovin. xx

    www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.com

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    1. Hiya, thank you so much for visiting and for following of course. It always makes me so happy to get new followers and have joined you as well. They have great products and I have a thing for their eye shadow as well :o). Xx

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  10. The eyeshadow primer potion is one of my all time favourite products! It makes my eyeshadow last aaages and look a lot better!

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hello Anya, thank you so much for visiting! Absolutely, it's one of the best primers available :O). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  11. awesome and lovely post! enjoyed reading it :)
    would you like to follow each other on bloglovin?
    let me know :)
    - Janine
    http://theeoptimist.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Janine! Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments! Absolutely, have joined you on Bloglovin' :O). Hope to see you here again soon :O). Xx

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  12. i always use it!! amazing post. congrats to you honeyyyyyyy. hope to keep in touch kissesssss

    http://honeyandcotton.org/

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    1. Hello and thank you for visiting! That's a very nice thing to say, so thanks for that too :O). Joined your blog, and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon! :o) Xx

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  13. Great post! Really helpful:)


    http://lameyy.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you very much, that's soo nice of you! Xx

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  14. looks like a great product, but it is not available here

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    1. Oh what a shame, I hope you'll get a chance to try it some time :o). Xx

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  15. I swear by the eyeshadow primer! For some reason my Urban Decay shadows just won't stay put without it!
    Aims
    Xoxo

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    1. For me it's almost addictive - when you're used to always using it's difficult to be without! :o). Xx

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  16. I have never tried setting spray before. This product sounds great to me. Maybe I should give it a try. Thanks for the great review Charlotte :)

    bellagirlsbeauty.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comment! It's taken me a little while to get used to the setting spray but I think I've got the hang of it now and it definitely prolongs the wear :o). Xx

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  17. Hmm, I wonder if maybe it's just where I get it but my same eyeshadow primer comes in a totally different container... I think I like yours better!

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Isa, thank you so much for visiting! Follow your blog now - love your photos, and hope you'll come back to visit again soon! Xx

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  18. Excellent review! I've been wondering about that setting spray for some time now! Thanks.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm very interested in the all nighter too after a recommendation so I'll get back to everyone on that one :O). Xx

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  19. I've been using de-slick for a couple of months and I love it too! I also find blotting tissues are really useful for controlling shine as they absorb excess oil. Great post! X

    http://yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely comment. I agree, blotting papers are so practical to bring with you :O). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  20. I need to break down and buy a big bottle of the setting spray. I really enjoy it. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think I'll do the same :O). Thanks a million!

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  21. I use and love both of these things!! Amazing products.
    kittywittyy.blogspot.com <3

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    1. Hey Shelly, thanks I completely agree, I might try a different shade of the primer this A/W, but I've really loved Eden. Xx

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  22. The UD fixing spray is amazing! I use this every day before I apply my foundation and again when my makeup is done.
    Everything stays in place perfectly, love it!

    http://beyondjeansandt.blogspot.be/

    ox Birgit

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    1. Hello Birgit! It's definitely a great product, and I might try fixing sprays from other brands as well just to see how it measures up :O). Xx

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