New: Game Changers Series


I’ve been a self-professed beauty addict for about 8 years now, and in that time, I have tried and tested countless beauty products. Now, I want to put that knowledge and experience to good use here on Fifty Shades of Taupe with my new “Game Changers” series.

We beauty addicts are a fickle bunch. I’m the first to admit that I have a very love ’em and leave ’em relationship with most of the products in my stash. Even the best performing products can be cast aside if something more exciting comes along. Am I right?

There are a few exceptions though, special products that are at the top of their class. I’m talking about the ones that I have actually used up and re-purchased, the ones that I would be lost without. Seriously, tears will be shed if any of the products featured in this series are ever, heaven forbid, discontinued. The posts in this series will be reviews of some of my absolute favourite products, but more importantly, they’ll be mini histories of how I discovered these products and how they changed my life forever. Too dramatic? I didn’t think so.

I’m going to kick off this series with a product that I discovered near the onset of my beauty addiction: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

udppI discovered this product back in 2007 when I chose it as one of my three free samples with my first ever Sephora order. I was hooked from the first use. This stuff kept my eyeshadow locked in place for nearly 12 hours, and that is no small feat. I have extremely oily skin, and even the most long-wearing formulas start sliding off my lids within a few hours of application. Shortly after trying the sample, I had the opportunity to visit an actual Sephora store, and I bought two full-size bottles and never looked back. Bear in mind, I fell in love with this stuff back in the days when it came in that awful hard plastic “genie bottle” with the doe-foot applicator that made it nearly impossible to get all of the product out. And I, like many other crazy beauty addicts out there, hacked that sucker open with a steak knife. Now it comes in a much more practical squeeze tube. Life is good.

When I first started using this product, there weren’t a ton of options for eye primers. Now, it seems most of the major brands make them, and Urban Decay now offers primer potion in a bunch of different formulations. (None compare to the original.) So, of course I’ve cheated on UDPP more than once. I always come back to it though. None of the others I’ve tried have the staying power that this one does. There’s something in the formula that stops my skin’s natural oil from breaking through and turning my eyeshadow into a gloopy mess. It’s some kind of cosmetic chemistry dark magic, I swear.

UDPP is now a cult product with a very large and devoted following, so I doubt Urban Decay will discontinue it any time soon, but if they do, I’ll be leading the mob with torches and pitchforks.





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