I swear this stuff was made for me! Who would have thought a Monistat Anti-Chaffing product would work WONDERS as a foundation primer?! Ofcourse I never would have even thought to try this had it not been mentioned time & time again on the MakeUp Board, so I thank all of you who suggest this!
For reference I have 30yr old, oily skin, with large pores that are prone to getting clogged. I'd tried the Smashbox primer several years ago in a gift set & liked it very well, but not enough to be able to continue to repurchase at it's regular price being a stay at home mother of two relying solely on my husbands income. But thankfully, I find this to be even better than SB's primer!
Does it work wonders at controlling oil? -No. But there are other things for that. (I personally like to use a mix of AloeGel+SilicaPowder OR Neutrogena 3 in 1 Acne Stress Relief Hydrating Gel for oil control) but there are a lot of times (esp. in cooler weather) that those products for oil control end up causing my skin to flake under most foundations & that's where this comes in. -It gives me a flawless base for foundation or powder application, prevents other products from causing any flakes or creases, and also creates a poreless look (which is totally what I need with my jumbo pores)
I also have several under eye concealers that I quit using because they creased so badly under my eyes, but not any more! I simply put a dab of this under my concealers as well & it prevents creasing of any kind.
Another way I've found I can use this is over top of foundation/powder. If I apply it over other makeup it just adds to the poreless look.
I've never encountered any breakouts or clogged pores from this product(Yay! ;D)
&It was right around $6 USD at my local WalMart store, which in my opinion is just a steal for what you get! I think it's definitely worth it to pick one up if you suffer from flakes under makeup, lines/creasing under makeup, or large pores.
&Heck, if it doesn't work for you as well as it works for me, then try it as an anti-chaffing gel, right? ;D
This is wonderful. Turns my face into a silky canvas whereby my makeup just glides on and stays put all day long. Doesnt clog my pores and mattifies beautifully. Since I started using this about 2 weeks ago, several people have asked me "what kind of makeup do you wear?" truth is, I've been wearing the same thing forever. The only difference is the monistat! FYI i use MAC studi sculpt with Bobbi Brown loose powder on top. I have combination skin (more dry than oily) and have random breakouts, but havent in quite some time. Probably since I started washing my face with plain ol' dial gold soap. AMAZING.
I started mixing this w my foundation plus a dab of moisturizer (st ivs timeless moisturizer). I apply this little concocution to my face with my fingers and then blend with a round flat top brush (my fav cheap find is E.L.F powder brush w black handle). I love the finish and always get compliments on my foundation.
I've been looking for a primer that does smell and feels amazing. This does both at such a great price. I have oily olive skin and this does great with my skin. I am so glad I came across this on so many forums. I've tried Liole's Pore Rich Balm and this is comparably just as amazing at a lesser price.
I generally perfer silicone based clear gel primer so when I heard there was a cheap dupe I had to try it. Big mistake, I have pretty oily skin and I use milk of mag (which works great btw) and put this on top and it made my skin so oily like I never put on milk of mag in the first place. So for me this is a no go!
Kept reading about using this product as a primer all over the place. I didn't want to spend the cash on Smashbox primer, so I figured it was worth a shot. WOW! I'm impressed, poreless, line-free, and my foundation could have withstood an Olympic swimming race! Love it!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!
it is dirt cheap compared to the
smash box primer..=1.7 oz = $49 (at sephora.com)
monistat primer = 1.5 oz= $4.44 (amazon.com)
monistat has been a blessing... i use this product lavishly.. about a dime size (which is too much) but i like to put it all over.. i let it absorb into the skin for a few mins and than add the foundation.. it makes my skin look flawless, and feel smooth. the foundation stays on all day!!!
one tube lasts me about 4-6 months.. invest in this!!!
(also not sure if it is true but i have read of multiple websites this is the same exact thing as the the smashbox primer :-0 ))
Looking for the business? This is it.
My very oily skin couldn't handle foundations, everything slid right off me. I started using this miracle gel at the top of the summer and won't use anything else. Ever.
Because packaging is a clean dispensing squeeze tube, very inexpensive, and fairly easy to find (online too).
Then, performance: It holds back the oilies enough for oil control foundations to really look good all day. And, it is such a smooth layer between moisturizer and foundation, my skin stays hydrated (oily women know we can be dry and be oily too).
Better still, I can now wear foundations I said 'never again' to like Mac Studio fix. Using this gel as primer, Studio Fix actually never touches my skin - ergo - no more Mac breakouts. I can finally use it up!
And about $6usd? Go get some!
I REALLY wanted to like this product because of all the good reviews but it broke me out so bad . I liked the way it kept my makeup lasting longer than usual but I rather not use it due to the horrible breakouts !
I'm definiately in the minority on this one, but I could not stand the way this product felt on my face. It felt so heavy & oily, especially when I wore a liquid foundation over top. Did absolutely nothing to prevent my face from getting oily or keeping my foundation in place. I was a hot, greasy mess after only a couple hours of wear.
If you're looking for a good DS primer, I'd recommend the Revlon Photoready Perfecting primer over this.
I love this stuff ^.^ I have VERY oily skin, and this keeps my makeup lasting the entire day...even in hot weather! It's kind of a high price for a drugstore product (imo), but a little really goes a long way! Like, I need less than a dime size for my whole face. It's very worth the money and lasts for a good while :) One tube lasted close to half a year for me! It also gave my foundation a nice, smooth look :) I've tried this w/ both powder and cream foundation, both looked nice. Lastly, this did not make me breakout!