Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The best make-up primer! I have been using it as a primer for a couple of weeks and I'm sold!

Is Monistat's Chafing Relief Powder-Gel really the secret to flawless makeup...for less than $7 a tube?

Here's the Truth

By now you've read about how women are using Monistat's Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a make-up base primer. You might even have had the same reaction we did: "Monistat? On my face? Are you nuts?"

You see it's not that Monistat. Yes, it's the same company but this powder-gel has NOTHING to do with the Monistat yeast infection products. (This product doesn't treat yeast infections.)

Monistat's Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is actually part of the Monistat Soothing Care Skin Care line and was developed to complement Monostat's medical products.
Bottom line: Monistat Chafing Relief Gel should be renamed the "Monistat Make-Up Miracle". We admit we didn't think it could live up to the hype, but it did and it has earned our five-star endorsement.

For literally a fraction of what you'd spend on famous name base makeup primers, the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel does a better job because it contains a ton of dimethicone which is the key, active ingredient in the expensive primers.

Dimethicone creates a barrier for your skin which evens out your skin's surface much the same way you use a base coat on your nails before applying color.

Why Women Love It

Here's a summary of what women reported they liked best about Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a makeup primer (foundation base).

· Dries to a powder finish.
· Creates a matte surface so makeup glides on and stays on.
· Smooths out large pores, uneven skin tone and blemishes.
· Prevents breakouts.
· Allows for much smoother for eye shadow application on mature skin.
· Keeps make-up looking fresh by locking it in.
· Makes your face look youthful and dewy.
· Helps concealer glide on.
· Doesn't feel greasy.
· Helps mineral make up last longer and look less cakey.
· Makeup stays on for 8+ hours, looking as good as when first applied.
· Excellent mattifier on top of any cream/lotion/sunscreen.
· Fragrance free.
· Non-irritating.
· Non-toxic.
· Non-staining
· Smooths skin texture which reflects light and eliminates
shadows (so you look younger)
· Tasteless (if someone kisses your cheek)
· Non-pore-clogging (non-comedogenic)
· Keeps your makeup fresh in 100+ degree heat (great for summer)
· Gentle enough to use every day.
· Softens appearance of fine lines.

Downside & Drawbacks

· Made by Monistat -- not a name you associate with makeup.
· Doesn't contain sunscreen.
· Often sold out at local stores and hard to find.
· Need to stockpile (get the discount 3-pack available only at Amazon.com)

Why It Works

The secret ingredient in Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is dimethicone, which is found in all the high-end foundation/face primers. Dimethicone is a silicone emollient (a skin softener) that forms a silky, breathable barrier between the skin on your face and your foundation.
This dimethicone barrier has 3 benefits:

1> This barrier locks in your moisturizer under your make-up to keep your skin nourished.

2> The dimethicone barrier prevents oils from your skin from breaking through to your foundation. Since the oils can't get through, your skin never looks greasy or oily. No more blotting.

3> While dimethicone prevents oil from getting out, it also prevents your foundation from getting in. This means that your skin won't absorb your makeup so your makeup looks fresh all day, even on hot days. It holds makeup in place so well and for so many hours, many women report that they have stopped powdering their faces, giving their skin a more natural, youthful look.

How to Use It

You want to use the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel after you apply your moisturizer but before you apply your foundation.
In other words, use whatever products you normally apply to your clean, dry face, followed by a medium coat of the Monistat Powder-Gel. Wait about 2 minutes for the Monistat to dry, then apply your foundation as usual.

When applying the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, be sure to concentrate on areas that are deeply lined and/or rough in texture to help fill-in and smooth-out. Also focus on problem oil areas like the chin and sides of nose.

Price Comparison


Price comparison of popular foundation primers that have the same active ingredient (dimethicone) as the Monistat Chafing Powder-Gel.

What we love most is the price difference for essentially the better product.

With the exception of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer which is a tad bigger than the Monistat Chafing Powder-Gel, all the other foundation primers are 50% smaller (1 ounce) while the Monistat Powder-Gel is 1.5 ounces.

In other words, the Monistat product is 80% cheaper (up to $38 less) and you get 50% more product than the famous brands.

Less expensive is always good but what how do the products themselves compare? One user of the ultra-popular Smashbox product commented "sometimes the Smashbox seems grainy and the Monistat is very consistent in texture".

Another woman agreed and added "It's the only primer I use now. I've tried Smashbox, Laura Mercier primer, the new Clarins primer and a few others, but honestly there is no need to try anything else. Monistat is as good or better and far less expensive than anything else available."

Where to Buy

You can generally find Monistat's Chafing Relief Powder-Gel at popular drugstores like Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite-Aid in the same shelf area as the Monistat yeast-infection related products.

Note: Expiration dates are generally one year or more from date of purchase. If you use it everyday, one tube will last 2-4 weeks.


Dimethicone (1.2%).
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane.

"I have spent too much on the fancy-shmancy Laura Merciers and the Dr. Brandts that don't work as well as this $7 tube."

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