As admitted in my Products Wish List post, I am yet to take ownership of a tube of UDPP. Every time I go to Boots, it’s out of stock, and I can’t bring myself to order it off the monumentally crap Boots website, or from another online establishment as I’ll miss out on the advantage card points – which are probably man’s greatest invention btw. Any, to cut an already long and boring story short, in the absence of anything else, (in the days before I was aware of Shadow Insurance or UDPP), I have been using the Stay Perfect Smoothing and Brightening Eye Base from No7 for about four years now. However, I recently found UDPP in Sin in my local Boots and fell upon it as if it were the Holy Grail itself, and snapped up the last one. So I thought I’d do a little comparison review on my two eye primers (actually, since writing this I have found and purchased Shadow Insurance too, but haven’t really used it yet so will probably save it and do a comparison to the original UDPP if I ever manage to find one).
So I’ll start with the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing and Brightening Eye Base – catchy name eh? It comes in a neat little oval pan like their eyeshadows, and you get an unspecified amount of product for £7.50 (with the current £5 till spits being given out, just £2.50). The blurb claims to “create an even base for a colour to float (?) on smoothly and stay true all day. Brightens and smoothes when worn alone for more expressive eyes”. It’s a creamy consistency, and the colour is a peachy pink – much brighter in the pan that it is on the skin – and is easy to swipe across lids. I personally wouldn’t wear this alone, but that’s not to say it can’t be. It lasts absolutely ages too. I’ve had mine, as I said, for about four years now and still have probably 70% left, despite using it regularly.
I’ve always found it to do a perfectly decent job of holding shadow in place. It does crease after about 7-8 hours wear, but it’s rare that I have make-up on for that length of time in one go anyway, so I’m satisfied with this product. It’s not quite as good at grabbing onto the colour as UDPP or Two Faced (so I’ve heard) but honestly, I would recommend this if you want a cheaper alternative and don’t wear very heavy make-up for 8+ hours at a time. I will keep using this until it’s run out, and would definitely consider repurchasing.
UDPP Sin is a great product to own, and I’m glad I found it before the original I think, as I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. For me, this is mainly an evening primer, due to the metallic shimmer in it, but I have been wearing it for the last week or so underneath my Bobbi Brown Neutral Palette shadows, and it gives them a lovely shimmer. I really can’t fault the staying power – not a single crease or slide, not matter how long this stays on. I am not ashamed to admit that I even left my eye make up on overnight to see how well it fared, and it was faded, but still smooth and smooth can be. Pretty good I’d say. I paid £11 for this, and after reading Lipglossiping’s little trick about how to get the excess product out of the tube when you think it’s run out, suspect that it will last a long old time. The shimmer does come out pretty strong when you apply it, but it really just makes any old boring shadow come to life over the top of it. I tried it with some of Mac’s Copperplate the other day and it looked stunning. Once I figure out how to photograph my face without a) blinding myself, b) taking pictures of the inside of my nose and c) not cracking the screen, I will start to do some EOTD posts showing different looks that can be created just by using different primers. Judging by how well this has performed, I know I won’t be disappointed when I finally lay my paws on the original.