Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Check it Out: Monistat Chafing Gel as a Primer!


Store: CVS
Price: $7.99
Size: 1.5 oz
Active Ingredient: Dimethicone 1.2%
Inactive Ingredients : cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, tocopheryl acetate, trisiloxane

The first time I heard someone talking about using Monistat as a face primer I thought they had lost their mind. Rest assured, it's not that Monistat. This is their Chafing Gel. It's used for chafing and irritation like bra straps, razor burn and underwear rub. The main ingredient in this is Dimethicone.

What's the purpose of primer? People use primer on their face to even out the texture of their skin and to give their makeup something to stick to. It also gives the skin a matte finish and keeps the shine down.

Squeeze out a tiny dab of this and rub between your fingers and then dot it on your face. Then quickly smooth it out. Just a very little bit will do you. If you use more than a dab, you are going to end up with a greasy feeling face. This immediately dries to a nice powdery finish. Apply makeup as usual.

I did use this for a week and my makeup was flawless. It also gave me the worst case of acne I had experienced in years. It is really hit or miss when you use products that contain 'cones'. If you are acne-prone, I would recommend not using any Dimethicone primer, or just try the Monistat if you must because it is the cheapest. However, good luck finding this in stock. EVERYONE is using the Chafing Gel these days as primer and stores quickly run out.

Here is a price, size and ingredients comparison between Monistat and two popular primers:

Monistat Chafing Gel. $7.99. 1.5 oz.
Active Ingredient: Dimethicone 1.2%
Inactive Ingredients : cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, tocopheryl acetate, trisiloxane

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
. $36. 1 oz
Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Safflower Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Water, Grape Seed Extract, Kolanut Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin. $26. 1 oz
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sucrose, Isopentyldiol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Myristate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Alumina, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sialyllactose, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol.

2 comments:

  1. As a makeup eye primer what do you of Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I haven't closely looked at their ingredients..

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  2. Hello i would like to ask if you know if there is any replacement in case Monistat chafin gel is not available in my country. Thanks

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