Okay, who thought this one up? Love the way it makes my foundation (Mary Kay Medium) glide on and STAY on. I've tried lots of the expensive brands of primers and most make my face break out and just plain don't work very well. Don't yet know how my skin will react to this product in the long run, but I sure love the way it makes my face feel so far :-)
***Edit Oct 2009**
I think this has started to break me out, I will have to discontinue use. =( I will not downgrade my rating because it was still a good product. Maybe my skin will calm down and allow me to use it again.
I've been crazy about getting a primer for at least a year if not more, but the price has stopped me; what if I shelled out all that money on one brand only to find I hated it? I couldn't just could NOT force myself to take the plunge and commit. But I read about this alternative here and decided that 6 bucks was something I could afford even if it turned out to be a dud. But it actually works! I have to admit that I don't have experience with other primers so I can't say if it works as well as they do, but I think if you're comparing whether to go without a primer or to use this product, you should use the product. It's not as miraculous as some people make it out to be -- I'm so gullible, I believe everything people say when they RAVE about a new product -- but it delivers. Seems to lock in my moisturizer and my skin below so that I experience no flakeys all day (have been plagued with flakeys all my life sigh) and makes mu go on very smoothly. The texture it turns your skin is weird but pleasant (I think), velvety but faintly oily even though it's actually NOT if anything it's powdery, but it's just the sensation I get when I touch it with my fingertips. As far as filling in imperfections... I can't say... I really can't say if I notice a difference. Will repurchase unless some
one gifts me a different primer XD
Wow this stuff is great! Thankyou makeup alley for saving me a whole lot of money on smasbox photo finish. I loved pf, but it's too pricey. I just started testing out primers, and have used photo finish, lorac aquaprime, and philosophy's and this is better than them all. It makes my pores invisible, my foundation glide on smoothly and keeps my face from being oily/shiny. I can almost go without foundation just after using this, it just makes my skin look great for some reason! Not to mention there's a ton of product for $6, I'm glad I got over my embarrasment of buying monistat lol and finally picked it up.
I use this product mixed with Everyday Minerals' mint concealer as a primer and color corrector in one.
1. Easy to mix with other products to get a variety of uses. (See above example, as well as mixing with oils or greasy lotions to give a more matte finish and feel with detracting from moisturizing capacity.)
2. Helps mineral makeup go on more smoothly and evenly. Before using this product, I could never use the EM flat top brush as I always got really uneven coverage. Now, I have no problems.
3. Provides decent protection against shine and makeup melt-off.
4. Helps keep foundation from "oxidizing," or turning orange. This is a big plus for me.
1. Doesn't really help as an eyeshadow primer.
2. Doesn't protect completely against shine. I still use my silk powder about once a day.
Overall, this is a cheap and effective product that I will probably purchase again.
I tried the Monistat based on the reviews I read on MUA. And overall I think it is a close match to my favorite DHC Velvet Skin Coat. There are some differences. It seems the Monistat is a bit greasier than Velvet Skin Coat and it made me shiny around mid day. It also made me break out pretty bad after about the 3rd day of wearing it. It did feel nice when it was initially applied and maybe on other people's skin it would do the trick but it made me greasy & pimply. YUCK. I will stick with DHC's Velvet Skin Coat.
Love it, love it, love it! I have oily skin with large pores and this keeps the shine down as good as Cliniques Instant Pore Refiner at a GREAT price!!! I even use it on my eye lids. Will never purchase anything else again. Highly rec!
Thank you so much for reviewing this, lol. I never would have thought to try it before reading about it here. I bought it, used it several times and really like it. Not as much as my Clarins, but I do use it every day now, which I don't with my Clarins because it's so expensive (I use it for special occasions). Great price, great results. I have found that the best way to use this is to make sure it is rubbed in very well. I get the best results when I rub it in towards my nose when I get to the cheek area under my eyes. I find I use less foundation with this as well. Very happy with this product, I must say.
three letters....W O W! i cannot thank MUA enough on letting me in on this little known best kept secret! this stuff works just as well as any higher end makeup primer like smashbox! the texture is silky smooth and fills in my large pores and mattifies my face instantly upon application. the best part is my makeup goes on perfectly and last ALL DAY LONG! my MU definately looks better with this primer underneath. i think many people assume this product is for feminine purposes due to it's brand name but please be informed that this product IS NOT for the lady bits and can be used harmlessly on your face. i have very sensitive skin and have suffered NO adverse reactions from wearing this product daily. i would highly recommend this gel for your daily MU primer. give it a try, it certainly doesnt cost much and can be found at any walmart!
*EDIT* Spoke too soon... it broke me out! On my nose and on my cheek of all places, where I never get pimples! Oy. Was a good product up until I then... */EDIT*
I've never used a primer before, but I started to look for one because my makeup tends to oxidize over time, get greasy, and crease in my smile lines. Not fun. So I did some research on MUA (I love you guys, seriously), and found out that this was a cheap and effective option. I got over the "chafing relief" thing, and bought it. I've used it for awhile now, and I think it's great! My makeup goes on so smoothly it's like a dream, and doesn't settle into lines anymore. The oxidization still occurs, but not as badly. As far as the oilies, I still need to touch up my nose as usual, but it takes a lot longer to get to that point. Normally I have to touch up about an hour after application, but now it's about 2-3 hours. It also doesn't break me out or irritate my skin, which I thought it might do because of the silicones.
I will definitely continue to use this, unless something magical comes along. But how can you go wrong with something that works so well and costs $6.99?
I can't believe this works, but it definitely does! I was about to go out and spend $20+ dollars on Prime Time, but they were out at Nordstrom so they gave me a sample of it in the meantime. I was so excited to try it because I had never even heard of a primer before and my biggest complaint no matter what make up I use is that it is gone by the end of the day and my face is shiny. Prime Time may have helped a little, but not very much, if at all. I was disappointed so I looked for another highly rated prime, found these reviews and thought I'd give it a try, especially at such a great price! Kind of funny buying chafing gel, especially to use on my face. But it really does help keep my make up on longer and decrease how shiny my face gets. It isn't some miracle product that makes my face completely matte all day and my makeup still comes off it I rub it against anything (I took a nap and a lot came off on my pillow-yuck) but I think certain areas of my face will be a little shiny no matter what I use. I am anxiously awaiting a sample kit of matte mineral make up from Everyday Minerals, so we'll see if that helps too. Right now I just use Clinique or Revlon foundation. I have mild to moderate acne on my face with occasional cystic acne and so far this gel hasn't made my acne worse at all. I've been using it everyday for about a week so far. I am sure to wash my face really well at night with my AcneFree system. I'm still a little worried that the decrease in shininess is from plugged pores that will lead to acne, but so far so good. I'll update if it ends up causing acne.
UPDATE: Works great with mineral foundation. As far as causing acne, after using this in the morning for about a week I started getting little tiny pimples on my forehead but I'm not sure whether it was from this or not. I wanted to try Walgreens AHA lotion and wasn't sure where to fit it into my routine, so I tried rubbing that in first, then the Monistat, then my makeup. Makeup stays fresh all day and no more little bumps!