LOVE IT! LOVE IT! I heard about using the chafing gel as a primer while chatting on the BBC forum. I was just about out of my BE Prime Time and was planning to buy primer anyway - BE's to be exact. I Googled "Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel" and"primer" and was inundated with articles about how well this product works. Well, I had some in the medicine cabinet anyway and thought, "What the heck, I'll give it a try." AND I am so glad that I did. Works even better than the BE primer for less than a third of the cost. It is disappearing from most stores, you can get it from Amazon $18 for a three-pack or from Wal-Mart for 5.98 one-pack.
Ok, I'm a a convert. HG. What a difference this makes in my appearance. All day, and probably all night :) I don't need touchups or blotting EVER. This out performs high end primers by miles. Minimizes lines, pores, smoothes, mattifies, and gives you a perfect canvas for WHATEVER foundation you use - mmu, creme, liquid... it works with them all. I don't even bother looking for that HG long lasting foundation anymore. Monistat makes everything you put on your face photo perfect for hours and hours. Just make sure you scrupulously cleanse it off at night. I find mine at CVS in the feminine hygiene section, lol.
****UPDATE 7/24/2009: In my workplace (cooking from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) the temperature every day is 100+ degrees at this time of year. Monistat is put through its paces big time. I don't sweat with this primer and my makeup stays PUT. I'm not sure if not perspiring is a great thing health-wise, but looking fresh as a daisy is VERY good for me spirits!
I bought this a few months ago off of drugstore.com, and I have used it quite a few times. It works well at smoothing the skin and slightly filling in fine lines and pores. It's not perfect, but this is the only primer I have tried, so I have nothing to compare it to.
I apply this usually either just under my eyes (works great for those fine lines--over or under foundation--under works better), or, more rarely, in my t-zone. I wait a few minutes to let it soak in It makes my mineral foundation application super easy. I find I don't have to use as much foundation, and my skin appears smoother.
It does not make me break out, but I think it may clog the pores on my nose a bit--nothing a good clay mask won't take care of.
I am disappointed that I cannot find this at any store near me, so I have to order it, but this large tube will last for over a year.
This is probably the best cosmetic product i came across.let alone rating this as a best primer. Hands down ive experienced high end department store primers.This beats dr.brandt,clinique,chanel,smashbox..,tartes,bare exc..the list goes on. This one beats them ALL!. and its not even intended for cosmetic use. Its a chafing powder gel for feminine areas. Who would of though. This closes pores, makes your skins texture appear smoother and provides a clean slate for makeup use, also gives a glow like new skin. Honestly you can use this alone without makeup and will have a complexion achieved like an airbrush finishe with the right loose powder.
Monistat is genius, if they were smart they would duplicate this and actually sell primers. Guess the secret is among us
UPDATE: THIS EVEN SOOTHES IRRATED SKIN, REDUCES REDNESS, and HAS A MOISTURIZING EFFECT. my favorite product, all i need.lol
as a primer, this does keep my fdn on longer and it does make my skin look smoother, so that is why this gets a four, but for me, it made my skin smooth and matte for a while, but made my skin get oily quicker than if i dont have it on and just fdn. so i will not be repurchasing this to use as a primer. but if your skin isnt all that oily, i think this would work. so all in all, it did make my skin look much smoother and it did make my fdn last longer, its just that it made me too greasy...
Great inexpensive gel primer. Use sparingly for best results but works as well if not better than higher priced ones like Smashbox.
The best primer ever!!!!
I have tried, MAC Prep and Prime SPF 50, Laura Geller Spackle and Smashbox PhotoFinish and this thing tops them all! A must for oily skinned girls. The combination of this and Revlon Colorstay lasts all day for me, which is unheard of with my yucky oily skin! A++++ Will for sure buy over and over and over!
Oh and one tube lasted me from October 2008 to now
( June 2009)!!!! WOW! A very little bit goes a long way!
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I absolutely love this as a primer & to prevent chafing (which is what its actual purpose is). I use it on my face after moisturizer and it helps my make up last longer, go on smoother, and stay matte...I have combination/oily skin and don't always like wearing foundation so i just put some of this on alone and it keeps me shine free
Another bonus is that this helps prevent acne!!! I've tried some other primers which clogged my pores which lead to white heads and w/o a good primer my studio fix gives me pimples if i don't pay extra good attention to my skin. When using monistat along w/ studio fix i haven't broken out once. I think since this doesn't clog pores and it prevents studio fix from getting into my pores by creating a "silky barrier" ...literally.
I just wash my face in the morning, put on moisturizer...wait about 3 minutes, then put on primer. At night I make sure to wash all of my makeup off my face and exfoliate 2-3 times a week, then toner and moisturizer.
The only thing i don't like is that it clearly says Monistat on the tube but i got over it. Otherwise i even like the tube it comes in vs. a pump. Will definitely be buying again & its only 7 bucks!! way cheaper than smashbox continued >>
This thing is awesome~!
okay for the record i actually haven't tried any of the expensive brand primer yet, but I will soon 'cause i'm getting some samples coming in for Smashbox photofinish primer, so i can do a comparison then.
but until then, this thing is SO awesome.
As a primer it goes on silky smooth and gives a very very nice even surface for me to work on. i don't really use foundation/powder much, just a tinted moisturizer. i know that technically i should be going the other way, moisturizer first and then the primer, but because i don't normally wear moisturizer before i go out in the day anyway, i just used it on top of the primer as a light foundation. monistat gave the tinted moisturizer a really really nice even surface to go on, and made it spread super easily. after application, it also gave a very nice soft feel to my skin.
it doesn't really control oil that much, pretty normal. granted i'm starting to wonder if my oily feel of my skin is due to the moisturizer on top, because the first time i used monistat i didn't use the tinted moisturizer, and my face was definitely not as oily. despite how my skin feels, it is a fact that my face doesn't LOOK oily. with just primer, tinted moisurizer (stila), and Victoria's Secret's finishing powder duo in L05, my face is matte the whole day. i usually use a oil absorbing sheet by end of day anyway because it feels a bit oily ,but it never look oily. As a side note, i think part of th ereason i feel liek it's oily might be more because I'm so used to not wearing ANY makeup before (just eyeliner), so maybe i'm just feeling the affect of having anything on my skin?
second, as its intended purpose, I LOVE IT! I have wide but short feet, so smoe of my shoes are just right lengthwise, but too narrow for my toes. Today i put some of monistat gel on my little toe (where it normally gets chaffed), and it's already end of the day and my flats feel awesome! I have NEVER felt so comfrotable wearing these shoes, ever. I'm so in love!~~~ :DDDDDDDDDDDD
i think for the price and its multi purpose, i would def rebuy this regardless if i find the smashbox primer better or not.
Well, it was worth a try-- I never regret a MUA "experiment" with little-known products, but I would NOT recommend this for anyone with acne-prone skin. After using it for two days, with no other difference in my daily routine, I had a rash of whiteheads and tiny pimples, about 40 of them, all over my chin and jaw. Stopped using it, and they went away in a week. What a dismal week that was.
I didn't find that it controlled oil all that well, although it did have a nice silky feel. Maybe I'll try it on my eyelids, but that's IT.
**EDIT: I was wondering if it was the dimethicone in this product that caused my problem, but everything I've read says silicones are not acnegenic. So I guess it's something else in the product. It is, after all, not made for faces!