Is Lumene Better than UDPP?

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UDPP has long been a staple of many women. This light ivory liquid has the consistency of concealer and when applied to the eye lid is meant to make your eye shadow easier to apply, blend and then make it last much longer. However, due to the craziness of the packaging, price and somewhat limited availability (meaning, you need to go the mall or ULTA to buy it, rather than just your local drugstore or Target), many women have been looking for a replacement. Many over on Makeup Alley swear by Lumene's Eye Shadow Primer. I decided I had to try this out, so for weeks now I've been using UDPP on one lid and Lumene on the other.

What happened? While the two look pretty much identical and apply to the lid the same way, I did see differences. The UDPP side blended more easily. The UDPP side also had a bit more depth to the way the shadow looked, which really surprised me. By the end of the day the difference was pretty obvious. Consistently the UDPP side was better.

I know I'm going to get some flack for this post, however this really is what happened for me. Will it be like that for everyone? Probably not. But, I'll continue stocking up on UDPP when I'm at ULTA or Sephora.

Lumene at CVS


  1. I'm probably in the small minority that likes TFSI better than UDPP. I first tried UDPP with my sustainable shadow box set I purchased, so I got a travel size of it, but it always creases on me, and that drove me crazy. Have you been able to compare TFSI & UDPP?

  2. I actually compared both primers a while back, and I had the opposite result - the Lumene base worked better on my lids, while the UDPP creased on the nearly non-existent fold on my lid at the end of the day.

  3. I have to say that I have never been a fan of Lumene's. The brand is Finnish (as am I) and many considered it of good quality but sometimes I think it's only because of lack of alternatives. Most of the products are meant for sensitive skin which is good but I have never fallen in love with them. As for this primer, I got creasing and the whole product melted on my lids. Not pretty.

  4. lumene doesn't dry my lids out like UDPP

  5. Thanks for this post! I've been wondering about this for a while now!

  6. I loved this review. I was considering switching to something different to UDPP; perhaps TwoFaced Shadow Insurance; but now I am not so sure!!!!!
    Thanks hermana!

  7. I guess its a cult classic for a reason! I started using UDPP a couple of years ago and never looked back.

  8. Thanks for the review! I love UDPP more now since I also compared it to TFSI and it held up better!


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