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How to cut open Urban Decay Primer Potion

A Little Elbow Grease = More Primer Potion

Because beauty products aren't always cheap, I like to get the most I can out of them. When I discovered this trick, I knew I had to share it with all of you.

Urban Decay Primer Potion ($15) is one of those cult-favorite products that people run through fairly quickly. But a few value-oriented makeup addicts have figured out a way to get the most out of the product. When the wand seems to have run out of product, they use an old knife to slice open the packaging, then scoop the primer into a different container. As you can see, there's a ton of product that you wouldn't be able to reach otherwise, effectively doubling the life span of this product.

It's surprisingly easy to do. Check out this guide to doing it yourself and enjoy the "extra" product you scoop out.


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shmuffin123 shmuffin123 9 years
I know this post has been here for a while, but I just cut into what I thought was an empty UDPP bottle....OMFRICKINGGOD! There was so much left in there, I used mac's sample containers as the new containers for what I scooped out...notice I said containers...that's right I got two containers worth. There was a RIDICULOUS amount left. I feel so cheated by Urban Decay, as I thought back to how many "empty" PP containers I've thrown away in the past.
kittymama627 kittymama627 9 years
oh MAN!! i can't wait for urban decay to re-package this sucker! i, myself like to use both UDPP & Too Faced shadow insurance to prime my eyes before eyeshadow. just depends on the look i'm going for but MAN, the current packaging for UDPP is so frustrating and i'm SURE there's many a gal out there that had thrown out their UDPP bottles without knowing how much was left. GOOD BLOG =)
d9rlcb d9rlcb 9 years
thanks for posting..I love this idea.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Wow, that's a lot of product left - what a rip off! Thanks for the tip!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
Wow! That's a lot! That tube design SUCKS!
danig danig 9 years
okay that got cut off. here's a tiny url: [url][/url]
danig danig 9 years
look what this woman found in her bottle: [url][/url]
audreystar audreystar 9 years
WOW! i am still on my first bottle and can barely get any out. i will def try this very soon.
innerspark innerspark 9 years
holy moly!!! i love using UDPP, so this tip is super helpful. thanks bella!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I'm sure that the companies do this purposely so that you can go back and buy more and more of the product. It's horrible how wasteful these companies can be. With that said, I grew up doing this sort of thing all the time. My mother came from a big Chinese family and was taught how to save money for everything. Now I always squeeze out everything from the toothpaste tubes, lotions, etc. I grew up just turning the bottles upside down overnight so that all the product would be ready for the morning lol.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Oh My!! Thanks Bella!!! :huG:
Swangeese Swangeese 9 years
I knew that the packaging left some primer in there that was difficult to get to, but I didn't realize it was that much! Thank you for the great tip!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
That is insane! And to think about how much countless tubes I have raced through - all the time thinking 'dang, this stuff runs out to quick!' and I just put it on my list to buy a new tube. Not anymore!
verybecca verybecca 9 years
Actually, if you just pull out the rubber stopper with tweezers, you can get most of the product out that way.
MzShanon MzShanon 9 years
Aww I just started using my second tube and now I feel how that I threw my first one away without cutting it. But thanks for the tip I'll definitely keep a knife handy now!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Wow! That packaging is terrible! So this is how much was left when you couldn't get anymore out? YIKES! I usually open packages to get the last bit, too, but it's mostly because I forget to get another one and run out if I don't.
emalove emalove 9 years
Great idea! I love the Primer Potion and use it almost daily...thank you so much for this!
verily verily 9 years
Total waste. They should really reconsider their packaging. Then again, they probably know that they make more money as a result of it.
wren1 wren1 9 years
What a waste in not really even cute packaging!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Yikes! That's a LOT of primer potion that's not being used - almost, I would say, more than gets used with the wand! I just recently caved into pressure to buy this (and discovered that it's actually magical :-p ) so I'll definitely make sure to not let it go to waste! Thanks for the great tip, Bella!
steen steen 9 years
Oh my gosh!! This is awesome! I'm on my second tube of UDPP and now I'm mad at how much product I missed out on. Not anymore! Thanks so much!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I wish you could cut mascara packaging too-- I just know there's a ton left when the wand starts to get a little dry!! danig, you can probably transfer it to a little lip balm tub or something that closes and it won't really dry out.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Uh...cheesy* :oops:
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow! I knew I was wasting some, but yikes! I work SO hard to get more out as it starts to run out. I'll definitely do this when this tube starts running low. I absolutely HATE this packaging. It's so cheasy, so inefficient, so unhygienic! I say we rally for improved packaging. 8)
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