I assume that there are times when it is great to stand out from the crowd and become the focal point of attention, but I tend to do so for all the wrong reasons.
For instance, my oily skin makes me glow wherever I go and contrary to popular belief; it is not a beautiful thing to shine all the time brightly.
I’ve tried to do something about it for years, and let’s just say that my quest proved to be not only very expensive but also not too effective.
Many of us nowadays are pinching their wallet and don’t have that kind of budget to invest in high-end brands for some makeup must-haves like primers.
Evidently, there are lots of costly primers available, and I tried Smashbox Photo Finish ($36), Hourglass Veil mineral primer ($52) and even the Laura Mercier foundation primer ($32) that work better for my skin, but these are indeed stretching my budget.
Luckily, I found the best alternative while browsing the Youtube and decided to give it a shot after reading the fantastic reviews online (I did my research too 🙂 ). At first, Monistat Chafing Gel wasn’t the kind of product to boost my morale, because I’ve tested similar products in the past and the results were mediocre at best.
Even my husband thought it was hilarious to put this on my face (well, men just don’t understand). What drew me to it was the fact that it was less expensive than most of its counterparts and those who bought it had only good things to say about it.
What I did was to apply the product in light coverage and let it dry a bit before applying my makeup and set it with translucent powder.
I have a combination/oily skin, and I live in LA (helloo0 humidity), but my makeup stays on just as long as my Smashbox’s primer. Did I say that my pores and fine lines vanish at once?
We all know what works for one person may not work for another, but for mature skin this is incredible! So if you want a shine killer that is something cheaper (who doesn’t? raise your hand) and wishes something to mattify your face, this is a winner hands down.
What is the Difference?
Monistat Chafing Gel is NOT the same as the vaginal cream used to treat yeast infections. The chafing gel is essentially a lotion, but with more silicone to create a barrier on top of the skin to reduce irritation if something rubs on it.
The Smashbox foundation primer or any other primers out there uses the same silicone ingredients (usually methicone or other names ending in -cone).
Silicon comes in many forms, but methicone is normally used in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, etc… In terms of skincare, the silicone will sit on top of the skin or fill in the fine lines to give the illusion of smoother skin. source
① This is an excellent option to some steeply-priced primers like Smashbox and contains same ingredients with the fraction of its cost.
② It works efficiently at maintaining my foundation on for a longer period without totally sliding off. Initially, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how unbelievably smooth and soft the product was!
③ It’s mattifying, and my foundation glides more smoothly, and as far as I know, it hasn’t caused me a single zit. Well, at $6 for 1.5 oz, it is a winner. (You can buy this product at your local drugstores or Walmart).
④ I’m happy to confirm the rumors, and I have to say that ever since I’m using Monistat Chafing gel, my oily skin doesn’t cause the kind of glow that I was desperate to mitigate. I use it for nearly all of my face, but the idea is only to use it on the areas that are particularly oily.
Brief Note Concerning this Product and About Primers:
Dimethicone is the main ingredient in most of the primers and it is a silicone product though it’s not heavy.
Yet, some people may have a different reaction and be allergic to this kind of ingredient that will trigger some breakout or get a rash. Therefore, you should take precaution before application by making a test patch on areas that are less noticeable.