No go for me..I gave it a shot several times and it would make my skin look really nice for a few hours BUT THEN something awkward happens and I can tell there is some kind of a weird masky effect that happens under the makeup..Not attractive. I thought maybe I was overdoing it and applying too much but even a tiny pea sized amount still gave that weird waxy cast to my face..Wont be using it anymore
What a great discovery! Thank you MUA. This primes my face exactly like all the others I have tried (Laura Geller Spackle, Smashbox,) at a fraction of the cost. Fantastic! Doesn't break me out, preps my skin for foundation application. Love it. A must try.
Maybe I got a bad tube. I bought this (as usual) based on the glowing reviews on MUA. And um...no. I used sparingly as suggested, and it applied well and appeared to have a minimal and very temporary smoothing effect - maybe. Or maybe I was just unwilling to admit that it basically did nothing except feel pretty good on my face. I noticed no difference whatsoever in the appearance or longevity of my cosmetics when I used this, but I did notice that it left my face incredibly shiny after a couple of hours. Admittedly I live in deep East Texas and we are having a 100 + heat wave, so maybe I'm being too demanding. All in all, it did nothing that I had expected based on the reviews. I can't say that it did nothing at all though. My inner thighs and bikini area absolutely did not chafe when I used this product. I did not actually apply this product there, but still....
Can't buy this in Australia so I had to purchase off the internet, this makes it a little more expensive and maybe not quite so budget-worthy compared to other products available here.
I use this as a primer and I must say it works very well and I like the way it makes my skin feel, soft and protected. Not at all greasy as some silicone based primers tend to leave my skin.
I find this leaves me with a smooth matte base to apply my foundation and it stays put all day.
Works well with liquid and mineral powder foundations. Monistat stops my skin from drying out and I don't feel itchy. Leaves me with a smooth airbrushed finish which I really love.
Not bad for an anti-chafing cream, not bad at all.
Fantastic! Havnt used it as a primer on my face though as some people suggested, but as a chaffing cream for summer months its been excellent! Couldnt find it anywhere though and had to get it off drugstore.com, but they had free shipping on this item.
Uh, may I just say- WOW. This “primer” works amazingly well. I went running today at lunch in 83 degree weather, and my makeup is still *perfect* this afternoon. No creases, worn patches, nothing! It still looks as good and as smooth as it did when I applied it this morning. I also have oily skin, and have found that other primers don't do anything to control shine, and I am having to blot by late morning. Not with this stuff! I would have never thought to use this product as a primer on my own, but am certainly glad I tried it. It’s $10 at my local pharmacy, as opposed to the $40 CAD (for less product, I might add) I’ve shelled out for Smashbox and other primers out there. This is an amazing find, whomever came up with it. Thank you for sharing the information! I would strongly encourage anyone to give this a try.
After reading the reviews here I had to try this product. As this is not available in Australia - I bought if off ebay. Total cost about $20. I do not have any problems with breakouts or anything like that (I wash very thoroughly - Cetaphil, cleansing oil, cleansing foam) but one thing I have noticed using it for the past 4 days is that it is very drying. I mean, it works, leaves smooth base - nice and matt. Price is fantastic but lately my skin is looking so dry and horrible... I have no option but to use my MAC Prep + Prime. It is more than twice the price (it is $40 in Australia!!) and MAC does not cover as well but hey, it doesn't leave me looking like a tortoise. Man alive. Better get on the aspirin mask on to fix this horrible flakey skin!!
Hope this helps someone decide whether to use it or not. It is so cheap I can't imagine why you wouldn't try it to be honest - but why is it leaving me look like Barbara Cartland?? Scary.
UPDATE: Kept trying because when you first put it on, it does look pretty good - filling in any nasty lines etc. But then, usually a few hours after, I see lots more fine lines than I usually see. This is incredibly depressing!! I am spotting a few more pimples so I have decided to not use any primers for a few days to see if that helps. I hope it will!!
This stuff is the best!!!!! I thought I had tried all of the MUA secret products....I adore the aspirin mask, yogurt mask, use ACV on my face and hair, and Milk of Magnesia to control oil. Then this popped up in "recently reviewed" and I was very curious indeed. So it was a cheaper alternative to Smashbox...eh? I go through foundation and primer pretty fast so I really can't afford very high end face products. Thus I decided to give this baby a try, and boy was I impressed! It goes on like butter (causing zero oiliness and breakouts), and helps my foundation stay for hours. You have to give this a try if you are in the market for a cheap primer! 5 stars from me!
I never expected to be reviewing a Monistat product on MUA, but now I have found it, I think everyone should know about it! I have never used a primer under makeup before, so I don't have anything to compare this to. Firstly, the packaging. This product is in a squeezy tube with "Monistat" all over it. A bit strange to use at first, but the performance of this far outweighs this small disadvantage. The tube is great, hygienic and doesn't make a mess in your makeup bag. The gel itself is slippery-feeling but goes on really silkily. I applied this for a few days with a sponge and got mediocre results, but now I am applying it with my fingers I can see a big difference. The trick I found was to leave this to sink in for a minute or two after application. Applying makeup straight after applying this makes no difference at all to the performance or look of the makeup. But waiting a couple of minutes made my foundation and concealer look flawless, go on smoothly (even over my fine lines!) and STAY ALL DAY. I bought a foundation from Revlon that I actually thought was a waste of money before I wore it with primer underneath. Monistat turned this from a waste to one of my favorite foundations. And makeup really does last all day. Even in hot humid weather this makes your face stay flawless. It never feels greasy or sticky, and you can't even feel that you're wearing it. I never broke out from this (a miracle in itself) and it also works wonders on making my eyeshadow stay put. Overall, if you can get over applying a Monistat product to your face, this is the ultimate product I would recommend. continued >>
I had been using the Smashbox primers, cringing everytime I repurchased. A HUGE thank you to the wonderful ladies here at MUA for pointing me to this dirt cheap product as an alternative. I started using this about 6 weeks ago on a daily basis. It works beautifully, and, IMO, even better than the overpriced Smashbox product. I apply my moisturizer (regular Oil of Olay) first, followed by monistat. Not only does it, to my delight, minmize my large pores around my nose, it also mattifies my face, creating a nice smooth base for my foundation (Revlon's ColorStay). It's around $5 and can be found at Walmart in the feminine hygiene products section. I'm going to stock up on this one, it's a keeper.
UPDATE -- This stuff is still working! Found it at both Walgreens and Walmart.