A Quick Look at Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion and Razor Sharp Powder

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There’s been some serious *brou-ha-ha* over Urban Decay’s new Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows (first about the cute packaging and second about the shades having been previously released under different names), but UD didn’t stop with Alice. They also released two new face products, namely a powder and an eye primer for spring.


I’m still doing some playing testing, but here’s a really quick look… πŸ™‚

Urban Decay tried to make their new loose powder universally flattering, but they sure didn’t make the name easy to say, ha! Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder ($30) is quite a mouthful (say it five times fast!), but it does feel soft, slippery and very finely milled.

What seems different about it? Well, it’s supposed to create an optical blurring effect (almost an airbrushed effect) that UD says will minimize imperfections on the skin. To that I say, “My skin’s hella imperfect, so bring it on!”

A sprinkling of Razor powder

Razor’s also supposed to be flexible enough to wear in different ways, like alone on bare skin to mattify or smooth, sprinkled on top of foundation to set, or applied beneath liquid foundations to form a sort of hybridized liquid powder.

Razor rubbed into skin

As for Eden ($18), a new version of their Primer Potion (joining the classic one and Sin), I’m hoping it prevents eyeshadow creasing as well as its predecessors do. She sports a matte finish in a light nude shade and appears to have yellow undertones.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed about these and hoping they live up to my expectations… I’m always in the mood for more makeup worship. πŸ™‚


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Okay, can I hitch a ride from SF to New York City please? I need to get to Union Square by 6 p.m. on Feb. 2. πŸ™‚ That’s where and when my girl Beyonce’s launching her new fragrance, Beyonce Heat (a woody, fruity floral with notes of magnolia, vanilla, honeysuckle and musk). I’m kinda loving the bottle…


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  1. Devs says:

    This version of the primer looks really good because when i get dark circles under my eyes my lids also get dark so I am hoping that this can cancel that out.

    • Karen says:

      Oh, good call. Have you tried Benefit’s Lemonaid? It’s supposed to brighten up the lids. I’ve used it before but it didn’t really work for me (turned gray), but I have friends that swear by it.

  2. DonnaN says:

    Definately want your feedback on the powder. The new primer potion…I think it’ll be too yellow for my skin tone. Beyonce’s new perfume sounds nice, definately worth a sniff or two….and the bottle reminds me of “I Dream of Jeanie”, don’t it?

    Great, now I’ve got the theme song stuck in my head……..Da-daat, Dat-da-da-Dah-da……

    • Karen says:

      LOL, kinda!

      I’ve been wearing the powder on one cheek (LOL!) and so far so good. It’s very natural… maybe it’ll be good for the girls who just want a little something-something.

  3. Samantha says:

    Karen, Lemonaid hasn’t worked for me either but Eden is amazing! Swear you’ll be worshipping asap.

  4. Summer Staff says:

    I am really curious about this powder…

  5. Steph B says:

    I am looking forward to trying this when my shadow insurance runs out. My eyelids are a little blotchy and the blotches are kinda warm toned so when I where cooler shadow washes it just looks odd. Did you notice that this is a dollar more than the other UDPPs? I’m guessing a price increase is in our future.

    • Karen says:

      No, I didn’t! Yargh! Everything seems to just be getting more and more expensive! A dollar here, a dollar there…

      LOL, I sound like I should be sitting on a rocking chair on my porch and scaring the neighborhood kids away.

      • Steph B says:

        Save me a seat!

        How does this powder compare to some of the other recent airbrush-effect poweders like MAC Prep + Prime, MUFE HD, Matterial Girl, etc.?

  6. TUPRNUT says:

    Beyonce’s perfume sounds yummy. I’m a sucker for a new scent!

  7. Kristina says:

    Hey Karen, you and I are pretty much the same complexion, how do you think this powder will fare on us? Universal is typically a euphemism for chalky/ashy on ladies NC40+

    Do tell…

  8. Alix says:

    The Eden tube is the most ghastly color, though! Yellow ochre, blech.

  9. oooh, I’m kind of obsessed with getting the right finishing powder now. I love the idea of airbrushing my skin – swooon!
    .-= scarlettholly’s last blog post… Puppy Shot of the Day =-.

  10. I’m really looking forward to trying these 2 products at some point! I think I’ll like Eden a lot more than Sin.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… LUSH Oatifix Face Mask Review =-.

  11. Katie & Zena says:

    Hm, I’m still getting Alice’s Book of Shadows even if they’re all repromotes mainly because I don’t have all those colors. I thought Alice looked like Painkiller, but that’s okay. I love Flash. It does great things to bring out the grey in my eyes. I still haven’t figured out how to use Painkiller without it looking a little too 70s on my porcelain skin.

    Zena told me to tell you to send some of the Cali sun over here. She got a bath and is not amused. She was smelling rather Frito-ish so a bath was in order.

  12. Vonvon says:

    Waiting to hear your thoughts on the new Primer Potion….
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Giorgio Armani Mini-makeover, Purchase & Freebies =-.

  13. marisol says:

    With all the talk about the Alice palette, I hadn’t heard of these new products. When will they change the packaging on UDPP? Or will they?
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Tequila & I Are Still Friends =-.

  14. Lindsey says:

    Is the razor powder comparable to MUFE’s HD Powder? It sounds really similar and I was wondering if you can tell the difference. If so, which do you prefer? (If you’ve tried the HD powder)

    .-= Lindsey’s last blog post… How To: Make Your Nose Look Thinner =-.

  15. Paula says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Urban Decay Potion Primer, but not this Eden shade. Karen , would you say the Sin is too warm or dark for a cool light skintone? Thanks for all your reviews.

  16. mela says:

    hey karen!
    so the way i’ve always felt about UDPP is that it basically leaves a clear surface on the eye for shadow – would you say that eden is more matte, almost as if using a white base, to give color more pop or just more intended to even out discoloration on the eyelids?
    .-= mela’s last blog post… adoreartistry: getting a mani pedi tomorrow for my NYC trip is @chinaglaze lemon fizz too sassy for winter? http://tinyurl.com/ydtwvg7 @temptalia =-.

  17. Connie says:

    Thanks for sharing. Benefit Lemon-aid creases on me so I’m hoping that the UD one would be a better alternative.
    .-= Connie’s last blog post… Review + New Stuff: I Spot a Dupe! =-.

  18. Sdpfeiffy says:

    Ooo, very interested to hear your take on bothof these. I am hoping the udpp works well for nc30/c40 eyelids!

  19. K says:

    I just got my Eden in the mail yesterday and can’t wait to try it out!
    .-= K’s last blog post… My first award! =-.

  20. Jen says:

    Eden intrigues me. But I really don’t like the color of the packaging. Yellow with the purple… yuck. Haha. Picky picky, I know. Still, I look forward to your review (and when my local Sephora gets it in so I can swatch it)! I’m a fan of the original and Sin.

  21. amy says:

    Wow that is a mouthful for the U/D powder. I would love to check out the primer because I really like the original.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Golds, Greens, Purple and Hot Pink Lips using Nars Schiap Lipstick and Nars Easy Lover Lipgloss =-.

  22. Tavia says:

    I was really curious about this Razor powder since I wrote an article with their press release a long time ago, and I’m happy that it can be used in so many ways … πŸ™‚ I think it will be really a good product. I want to try it πŸ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Make Up For Ever Bronze Makeup Collection for Spring 2010 =-.

  23. diane says:

    The perfume sounds like an interesting thing to smell:P

    Anyway, the bottle kind of looks like her body doesn’t it?:))

    Have a fun day

    .-= diane’s last blog post… latest Asos wish list πŸ˜€ =-.

  24. NINA says:

    Beyonce Heat sounds hawt!!!

    Im liking the primer potion … but I have one tube each of the original and Sin and I have no idea when ill ever finish those … kinda doesnt make sense to also get Eden.

    From the looks of Eden though, I think I like it better than Sin….

  25. HC says:


    It gets 5 extra gold stars b/c (according to sephora.com), its made w/out parabens and sulfates. YAY!

    …I’m allergic to UDPP orig and sin that’s why.

  26. Kat says:

    Eden Primer? Really UD? That’s mega awesome, especially if its as geeky as I think it is. Or is it just a funky coincidence? The video game Mass Effect2 just came out, and there’s a planet called “Eden Prime”. Either way, cool!

  27. Trisha says:

    I don’t know about that razor sharp powder. It doesn’t look like it blends well or us good for those with darker skin. Hmmm…
    .-= Trisha’s last blog post… Eating Right to Improve Beauty =-.

  28. Amanda says:

    I another reader who is looking forward to your review of Eden.

    As for all the new optically diffusing setting powders out there the one that caught my eye is Laura Mercier’s new one…the one that is tinted green to reduce redness, but supposedly looks clear. Any thoughts?

  29. Sammie says:

    Lol @ the makeup worship…I’m up for joining! =D

  30. Alicia says:

    The razor sharp powder is awesome i have been using it all week and it is a really nice finisher. I am slightly olive toned and it looked good on me , my room mate is more pink to porcelain and she loved it, and then i tried it on someone that was african american and it was pretty as well. It is transparent so it goes great on everyone’s skin tone. Blends in great too!

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