UDPP has been holdin’ out!

Yall see this?
Guess the product.

Now I know I’m a newbie and just learning some things but pleeeease tell me yall knew about this!

We all know Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, right (did you guess right?)? It is one of my HG and most beloved products. Even if I use a Paint Pot, Paint, concealer or even a Shadestick, I still start with UDPP. We all know that it is also a bit pricey and the shape of the bottle is just…..beyond frustrating. The wand can only go straight down into the tube. Never mind the sides. However, my friend showed me how we can get more product by cutting the tube in half. Now when she told and SHOWED me this I was thinking, “Ehhh….okay, a bit more would be nice.” A “bit” is an understatement. Chopping your UDPP in half will give you about 2-3 more months worth of product. Don’t believe me? Lemme show you!

What you’ll need:

UDPP (of course)
A pretty big knife
A not so big knife
Something to put UDPP in. I was going to use an depotted MAC pot but duhhh, it has holes so I settled for a random empty jar thingie. Sample pigment jars would be perfect though.

[STEP 1]
Start by cutting a knife straight through your UDPP. It may take some time. Make sure you use a cutting board. Forgot to take a pic of this. Sorrryyy..

[STEP 2]
Pull apart your UDPP and get angry at how Urban Decay has been ripping us off.

[STEP 3]
Scoop what you can OUT and place in your new jar. Hmmm, ice cream.

[STEP 4]
But girl, you ain’t done yet. Start slicing the base of the packaging too.

[STEP 5]
Scoop like hell and place everything in your new jar.

Can you believe this? Look how much of the product was still stuck inside of there. This took me all of 5 minutes to do. I say we all start emailing Urban Decay and suggest they find some new packaging for UDPP because this doesn’t make sense. What do you think?

Random post, I know. But in the midst of packing, I got into a depotting mode and then UDPP scooping mode and decided to share with my blog fam. Have a fab weekend, yall!

Peace and fists to Urban Decay!

[thanks Ms. Riss. Get back on the blog updating thang, sis b/c I miss you!]

[EDIT – 4/20/2009] The people have spoken and Urban Decay has revamped the packaging. It now has an angled wand. Check it out HERE. Yay!

  • Mrs. Lynne

    Hi love, welcome back! There IS A LOT of product left in UDPP. When I don’t have a container to put it in, I just crack through the stopper at the top. But after that, I will definitely slice to scoop the poop at the bottom. They should put it in a jar or something for real!

    Lovely post. More for your money, honey :)

  • slvrlips

    Great post, I was just about to go out and buy another tube. That was a lot of product still in that genie tube. Now,I’m off to my make-up lab (bathroom lol)to get to cutting. Thanks again

  • nilla cookie

    Awesome post! I don’t use this product because I don’t think I necessarily need it, but if the time ever comes, I’ll know what to do! :)

  • Jules

    Wow, that’s nuts. UD needs to learn about a little thing called a squeeze tube. Though if they did, they would either give you less product or up the price. Either option would be better than ripping people off.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • karen, makeupandbeautyblog.com

    LOL, I do this all the time with products, especially stuff in tubes. It’s amazing how much stuff is left in there when you cut off the top and dip your fingers in.

  • The Home Spa Goddess

    There are a bunch of tutorials about this on you tube also. I don’t like this, I use MAC prep and prime on my lids.

  • Vanessa

    Great post Brit! Thanks its amazing how much stuff is still left in things (i.e toothpaste!), makes us think how much money we are wasting when we don’t take the time to scoop!

  • Henna

    Holy! well done, my dear, I didn’t think it was worth cutting it open but your pictures show that it’s just silly not to!

  • Henna

    Oh, and just for that, you get added to my blogroll!

  • MaCherieCoco

    Wow! That is good to know. I JUST got my UDPP in the mail and am still figuring things out but this will help immensely!!

  • Kuuipo1207

    OMG!!! OMG!! OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! This is such an absolutely fantastically amazing post!! I’m so gonna have to repost this in my blog and help spread the word!! lol 😀 Mind if I mention it in one of my videos?

  • Clumps of

    Mrs. Lynne–> I can’t believe that did this to us!

    Slvrlips–> LOL! The make-up lab. I like that!

    Henna–> Thaaaaanks!

    Kuuipo1207–> Girl, blog fam! Of course….tell the world!

  • Bellesouth

    This is the best damn thing I have seen all day.

  • Jeda21

    Holy cow! Unbelievable how much stuff was still in the container. They totally need new packaging, STAT!

  • bellasugar

    Thanks for this info — I am shocked by how much product would be wasted otherwise. I posted the new and linked to you on my blog. :)

  • Glosslizard

    Thank you so much for sharing that! :)

  • psychoexgirlfriend

    Good grief, thank you for sharing this! I am now kicking myself for tossing out my UDPP within six months because I couldn’t get anymore out.

  • Tia

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE POST! I’ve just started using makeup, so I’m still using my very first UDPP and I just bought a new one, last week…just incase I ran out. I’m so glad I caught your blog from PurseBuzz’s page.. UGH! I can’t believe UD will do that crap, those little things are freak’n expensive & for them to rip you off, also? I really aprreciate this post..I’m going to start depotting my old tube. You’re a lifesaver!

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  • Anonymous

    Yea I just take the lil plastic stopper thing out at the opening, and then you get tons more out. There’s no real need to go chopping up the tube!

  • Emily

    Thank you thank you! I was just gettig ready to throw my first tube away. I am going to try this tonight! I also will help spread the word too! Thanks again for sharing!

  • sher

    I had been removing the plastic insert, and that gives me a few extra months’ use of the product. In fact, my current tube is sans-insert. Now I think I’ll try cutting the product to see what’s left when I can’t get any more out. Thanks for the great post!

  • .xoxo

    Wow that is crazy! I don’t see how they’re ripping us off, since they put that much product in the bottle still lol.

  • Anonymous

    You’re a genius! I don’t even use this product but I’m going to check the packaging on some of my stuff. I’m impressed by your resourcefulness. Thanks for posting this. Emily told our group about it so please know you’re helping lots of people!

  • yummy411

    omg i’m missing such great posts because i can’t see pics! hey you got big love from pursebuzz!

    great post b! looking forward to another one soon miss lady =)))

  • Charlene

    this happened to me with lipgloss. Revlon makes this lipgloss in a bottle with a wand applicator. As you say, the wand cud only go down and it was impossible to get the gloss from the sides, which are FULL of gloss…it was fustrating and i never bought anything with a wand again. only tubes! now…while i’m very disappointed in UDPP for wasting chunks of product, cuz they are actually wasting it if nobody thought to cut open the tube…but this can be found with anything liquid or cream…as long as its in a bottle if you cut it open u get a lot more! sooo…tho this is a lot of UDPP that’s left…y’all ever tried cutting open other things? haha…i’m glad i saw this though, i wonder if it’s the same thing with my UDPP mini?

  • Anonymous

    Now see I’mma be busting up everything in a tube from now on!
    Girl you are officially a makeup blog celebrity now with one!

  • m

    i love love love love this product.. snaps for this post…. im still on my 1st bottle and now ima crack it open!

  • Jenny

    AWESOME post!!

  • carson822

    That is the most amazing thing! I had just tossed my old UDPP yesterday. After reading this, I pulled it out of the wastebasket and tried your trick. Unbelievable! I won’t have to buy it again for months! Thanks a bunch!

  • Afrodite

    Sooo funny and creative. i actually checked this stuff out at Sephora and I’m debating whether I want to buy it. It seems worth it because if there’s one product I use the most, it’s eyeshadow…and gloss.

  • christianadivine

    Thanks for sharing this! That is pretty jacked up how much there is left in there without most people knowing. 😛 Ehh. I’m glad I got to see this, so now when I *THINK* my UDPP is running out, I know what to do. :]

  • RVAfashionista

    I usually pry the the stopper off the top and get tons of product that way. When I think I’m towards the end of that, I’ll definitely cut my bottle of UDPP open to see if anything else is lurking in there! THANKS FOR THE TIP! :-)

  • Anonymous

    wow that’s amazing.
    thank you soooo much for posting this!!! i need to tell all my friends now

  • shades of hue

    Thanks for the great tut. And this is precisely the reason why I don’t use UDPP – why do you need to go through such lengths to scoop out product? They are fooling consumers to buy more bottles when in fact the product is hidden in the crevices of that awful bottle. Several ladies already e-mailed UDPP about this and they got a canned response (quite rude and sarcastic, if I may add).

  • ms.kelly

    thank youuuu so much for ur info

  • wph

    Thanks so much for the tip! I’ve shared your blog with all my friends. It’s very helpful!

  • Christine

    Quite Frankly this just amazes me. I had heard that if you remove the ring at the top you’ll be able to reach more product, but this has to be at least half of the product that you can’t use! You bet that I’ll be using this tip in the future!

    I’ve also posted about this on my blog, sending my readers over here to check out your tip and the amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    i just did this to my friends udpp bottle… but i cut it right down the center.. all the way down! and we filled like two sample pigment containers!!!!

  • nikki626

    wow, someone linked me to this from suicidegirls when i was questioning if anyone had tried too faced’s shadow insurance…which comes in a squeezie tube(at least too faced go tit right), so i’ll be cutting open my primer potion tonight…and switching to shadow insurance after i (really) finish up the ottle of primer potion…and i’ll be letting urban decay why i switched…

  • Shefali

    I just came over to check out your blog after reading about your tutorial from 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic. I just discovered UDPP back in October and use it every single day. Was just about to go buy another tube this weekend…BUT NEVER MIND! You go girl!

  • f. / ninebyzero.com

    Congratulations on the experiment. It’s amazing (but in a negative way) to see how much product was still in there. thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous

    Well, technically they are giving us what we paid for, so they are not ripping us off in that way, but the “bad design” means we have to buy it again faster since we are only able to use a portion of it. Good catch, may I link to you in my blog and mention your post?

  • Carolonius

    Thanks so much for sharing this tip – you rock. Your friend over at the Beauty Addict sent us over for your tip. I think UD may get some disapproving email about this package design. The stuff doesn’t come cheap to begin with! THANKS!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your tip!! Really awesome!

  • Miss O.

    Goodness gracious!!

    Who knew??

    Great (and useful) post!

    Beauty 365
    Beauty Every Day

  • Dana

    I’ve started a petition on my beauty blog to have UD change the packaging. Please sign!


  • Anonymous

    Hi there, not sure if anyone has already posted this yet – but you can use a pair of tweezers/pliers and pull the rubber stopper out of the top. This way you can really get at all the product with your original wand without having to go through messy cosmetic surgery (har, har.)

  • Lizzie

    Wow, I knew there was product still in it but damn I didnt know there was this much! Thanks so much for sharing that and saving us money!!!!

  • Virginia (All Eyes On Her)

    I jumped on the Primer Potion bandwagon, and I LOVE how effective it is! (You can read my rave here.)

    Luckily, I found out about this handy trick early on, so I know I’ll be able to extract the maximum amount from my bottle. (Cute design, but soooo ineffective — why haven’t they changed this yet!?)

    Thanks so much for the helpful how-to!

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  • Anonymous

    This is a great post, but I just had to say.. I don’t think UD is trying to rip customers off by putting their product in the curvy tube. I mean, you get what you pay for.. the packaging just makes it difficult to reach what you pay for. Hehe. I do agree, though, that they should really consider coming up with a different way of packaging the primer potion.

    Thanks for showing how to do this! I’m a big fan of your blogs :)

  • Dee!

    Theyre doing this on purpose so that we think that its empty so we have to buy another one but we have half it left! grrr its probably the same with some mascaras too

    ty for the tip im definitely doing that!xxxx

  • Aisha

    lol, damnit i should depot UDPP but the bottle is so cute !
    great post, and hilarious commentary btw! haha xx

  • Rochelle

    whoa! that’s alot! i threw mine out yesterday:( darn.

  • Anonymous

    there is an awful lot left in those tubes when you think its all gone! i quite like cutting them open though… theres something quite satusfying about scooping out all the creamy goodness. mmm

  • chantelle

    omg its unbelievable, ty so much for this, i was about to throw mine out, and to thick there is all thet goodness still in there, saved me time and my money!!!

  • Anonymous

    That’s exactly why I went with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer :)

  • Anonymous

    hey brit ! (: yeaaa, i understand about the whole UDPP thing but I highly doubt that Urban Decay is intentionally trying to rip off its buyers. I think the “genie-like” bottle is to attract its customers. I mean, what’s the point of naming it a primer potion if it's not in an appealing bottle like that. That's just my personal opinion. But other than that, i love your blogs <3

  • shortlashgal

    I accidentally dropped mine yesterday and a piece of the plastic broke off at the bottom. I scotch taped over it so I can keep using it. Now that I know about all the excess, I will for sure cut it open when I start to run out. Thanks for a great blog!

  • lovebug

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  • Camille Elise

    You know, as I’m reading this…I’m thinking…what ELSE could I cut into and save money on??!!! Stinking makeup companies!

  • Anonymous

    I still like the unique genie like container that UD has for the primer potion – I don’t think they should change a thing. Just as long as I know how to get the remainder of the product out of the bottle them it’s all good w/ me :)

  • Anna

    OMG – I was JUST about to buy a new tube and Google led me here – THANKS for saving me $20!!!

  • Anonymous

    heyy! thnx for sharing this with us! Urban Decay is fully rippin us off all this time and we didn’t even know! lol! uhhmm, do u mind if I share this in a video of mine??

  • Anastasia

    I should’ve read this before stupidly attempting to slice the bottle open vertically and slicing my finger open. Whoopsie.

    Urban Decay are changing their Primer Potion packaging, they’re in the testing stages of their new packaging, but have had a couple of favourite designs fall down in the test stages, so are still working on it.

  • AmandaC

    Yeah dats the best piece of information ive had in years brilliant i wondered why my udpp was running out cheeky sods the guys at udpp.

    absolutely genius


  • Anonymous

    Bless you for posting this girl… wow.. i just filled up a whole make-up pot…crazy!!!!!!!!


  • Evil O.

    Actually, I vote for NOT alerting Urban Decay. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already aware of this design flaw but leave it as is because it keeps people heading back to buy more.

    How much would it suck if they redesigned the bottles so that people were back to buying with the same frequency as before?

  • Anonymous

    baah it sucks that i always have to cut the bottle..
    but i wont stop using it :O
    anyways tyy for doing this<3!

  • Tigress or Tame?

    aint that a bitch. and i can’t believe they didn’t update the packaging when they made the Sin version. They must know about the problem those robbers!

  • Anonymous

    that’s crazy huh? the packaging is the main reason i buy shadow insurance instead, but damn. this is ridiculous! of course they like the packaging.. you get less use out of it, you buy some more, more frequently and sooner. they make big bucks. it’s all in the marketing.

  • J

    Thank you for the info. It was in my to do list, to buy when very soon. (would be my first udpp) Knowing this i would have to do exactly what you did. By the way you make me laugh on how you write. Thanx

  • Pikapookie

    Hey, thanks! Now, I figure if I buy the duo from ULTA for $26.00 I’ll NEVER run out!!! TYVVMM

    P.S. Found you from Julieg713 on youtube…. So glad I did!

  • Anonymous

    I just finished scooping out my udpp! OMG cutting the bottle took some time…very time consuming but so0o0 worth it! Shame on you UD for ripping me off!!!

  • Anonymous

    thank you so much for this! i was about to throw my UDPP container out … and i’m just so glad and relieved that i came across your site, because it turns out i have months worth of UDPP left.

    they should really change the packaging, but i guess that’s how they get people to keep coming back for more…

    anyways, thank you!

  • Bunny

    People who have said that you don’t have to cut it – just pop the thing out the top are wrong! I popped the thing out as soon as I bought my UDPP and a couple weeks back noticed that the wand was coming out with next to nothing on. So I cut the tube last week and I filled a 5g eyeshadow jar with the stuff.

    Popping the top out isn’t going to help you get at the bits the wand can’t reach! It just helps you get more product out on the wand instead of having to repeatedly put it back in to get enough.

  • Anna

    wish i had seen this before i bought my new one lol… i got a new one thinking i was almost out.. and then i just did this… literally just did it… and i’ like whoa… lol… my new one has a different wand on it tho.. the tip is slanted.. so maybe that will help out some.

  • Krysta

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo helpful!!! Thank you for this GREAT post! One question though … did it dry up after taking it out of the tube?

  • theee mizzMAI

    hey just wondering if i should cut only when i can’t get anymore out or from the beginning? also does it dry out after it’s taken from the bottle? =]

  • B

    Thee MizzMai—> To be honest….mine did dry out when I took it out of the tube. I think it really depends on what you put it in. Some are saying that a little water can bring it back to life but mine was DEAD. And I would cut it only AFTER you can't get any more—in case it does dry it. Good luck! :)

  • Anonymous

    WOW —- thanks so much!!! I was just about to throw mine out and started looking online to see if there was another brand that would last longer!! I can't believe how much was left in here!! Again – many thanks for sharing this info!

  • B

    Anon—> Not a problem. :)

  • shushka

    I did this yesterday and HOLY CRAP – I couldn't believe how much was left in the bottle. And to think – before I found your post, I was going to throw it out and open a new bottle!!!
    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gklauren

    And that's why you buy Too Faced Shadow Insurance ladies

  • Anonymous

    straight from macys website description of udpp: "The inside of the bottle is straight, so your Potion won't get stuck in the bottle's curves."
    i guess they fixed their wicked ways.

  • B

    Anon—> Have you re-purchased it? I still haven't! I'm stuck on Too Faced's Shadow Insurance.

  • TaraMetBlog

    wow i never considered this, I'm going to have to start opening my products before tossing them. Very clever of you.

  • Anonymous

    does anyone know if you depot mac eyeshadow if the metal bit is metallic?? and it is easy to do so? dont wanna break my eye shadows!!

  • B

    Anon—> Check out this video. Hope it helps! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX6kqdNO-ms

  • Anonymous

    Make sure you use an airtight pot/container. UDPP doesn't like air!! Don't use a "snap on" or something that air can come through.

  • B

    Anon—> Fabulous tip! The container I used in this post wasn't so airtight and the UDPP dried out in a month or so. Darn!

  • Reiko

    Thanks for the awesome tip! I just did this with my XL UDPP and got 2 and a 1/2 sample jars out of it! Ridiculous!

  • Leahlicious23

    Even the new packaging with the bent wand is crap. They need to get rid of this shape bottle all together or SERIOUSLY revamp it and I'm talkin more than a slightly bent wand. I'm on my third repurchase of UDPP. I had always known about this trick but with my old ones I had always just bent a bobby pin and stuck it in the tube to try and scrape out the access from the sides so never bothered with this thinking I got most of it out. For whatever reason I've still held on to the old bottles of UDPP I had and was bored today so decided to try this out for the hell of it. HOLY MOTHER OF MARY my jaw dropped when I saw how much product was still in there! I Love UDPP, I LOVE Urban Decay, but can't help but feel slightly betrayed by this horrendous packaging.

  • eileen marie

    THANK YOU!!!

  • B

    Leahlicious23—> Yeah, I heard the slanted wand didn't do THAT much. I still haven't re-purchased UDPP. The packaging just pisses me off every time I look at it. LOL!

  • Rachel

    Thanks for the tip! very smart :)

  • shaynaJo

    genius! i have to do this to my UDPP too Grrr

  • Xiola88

    I am THRILLED!!! I"m going through this stuff like no tomorrow. Has been so frustrating. Love you. Thank you!!!

  • Mary

    This is awesome! I had no idea! How long does the product stay good for though? I have had mine already for a year and am not sure if it will be worth it to keep all that extra? What do you think?
    Thank you!

    Mary from http://producthoarder.blogspot.com

  • B

    Mary—> It does dry out a few months later but at least you get more out of it than you would if you DIDN'T try it open. :)

  • Evie

    hi, i dont know if you know but ud now have a squeezy tube for this now, after much requests and debates :)

    • Brittany

      Yep, I haven’t tried it yet but I hear that it’s great.

  • Bethany

    Thanks! I will do this when I get to the end of my UDPP. I’m so glad that Urban Decay started offering the primer potion in a tube, though. So much easier!

  • Urban Decay purposely makes retarded bottles so the consumers waste their money. Smh.