A makeup primer from Monistat. What??

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Mar.2009 · 11 comments

When I first heard the mumblings that beauty fanatics were using a new product from Monistat as a makeup primer, my eyes bugged out. What??? Then I went on the hunt, stalking drugstores all around my area. Finally I found a tube of Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.
Product Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-GelProduct Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

This isn’t your momma’s Monistat (i.e. don’t go using these to treat any, umm… infections). The Soothing Care line from Monistat is a body care line. Moisturizers, itch relief, body powder, and the like.

I headed home, scrubbed my face clean and prepped for a fresh makeup application. I moisturized, and applied a small amount of the Monistat across my face. It did apply nicely- soft, smooth, spread evenly and dried quickly. So far, so good.

I whipped out my favorite mineral makeup and my trusty Beauty Blender sponge. My makeup applied just fine over top the Monistat and with Dimethicone (which is similar to silicone) as the active ingredient it’s not too suprising this felt great on my skin. My pores looked smooth and it even helped minimize the wrinkles (UGH!) under my eyes. I also tested the primer in the following days with tinted moisturizers and regular foundations. This primer worked fine with all the formulations. Length of wear was improved, heat didn’t make my makeup slide or melt, and everything looked fresh throughout the day!

If you like primers, or want to improve your makeup wear- definitely check out Monistat’s makeup primer. I mean, Monistat’s new Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. A Bionic Buy!

Here’s a quick makeup primer price comparison

  • Monistat costs around $8 for 1.5 ounces
  • Philosophy never let them see you shine mattifying primer- $20 for 1oz.
  • NARS Primer is $33 for 2 ounces
  • Laura Geller’s Spackle is $23 for 2 ounces
  • Smashbox’s Primer is around $36 for 1oz

I’d confidently say this is one way to save bucks and embrace your inner recessionista. Want to try it out yourself? Pick up a tube at your local drugstore (be prepared to hunt, this stuff is flying off the shelves) or order online at Drugstore.com for $7.99Product Review - Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.

I’ve included a full ingredient list below…

Monistat Soothing Care Powder-Gel ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, tocopheryl acetate, trisiloxane.


1 Tammy M March 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

OMG, I love using Monistat Anti-chafe as primer…you get so much more, for less!

2 holly March 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

I totally use monistat chafing gel too! It is awesome!

3 Sherry March 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

Unfortunately, I can’t use most primers as I’m allergic to cyclopenatsiloxane. ( I love how you always include ingredients. Thanks!) If I could, I don’t think I could use this one. Monistat is branded into my brain as only one thing and it’s not for your face!

4 Bionic Beauty March 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

Tammy and Holly, Were you ladies holding out on this secret from me? 😉 Just kidding, of course. Glad you all love it as well!

Sherry, You are welcome! I always try to include ingredients when I can because I, like you, have allergies. And I know it makes it SO much easier to know about a product if you can see it’s ingredients right off the bat. At least you know what to look for, right?

And yeah, I had a hard time getting through the brand image in my head too!! I kept walking around all day going, “uh… I’ve got Monistat on my face?!?!”

5 Carrie. :-) March 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm

would you believe I have been using this stuff for a while now and find it to be just as good as the expensive makeup primers you find at the makeup counter. It’s great under mineral foundation, I agree!!!! Who knew???? My question though is, who was the first women who decide to try this on her face, how did she arrive at that decision? ;-). Who cares, I’m grateful!

6 Bionic Beauty March 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

Carrie girl! Welcome to Bionic Beauty (or at least commenting here)! I was so happy to see your comment come through.
You know what? I was wondering the exact same thing! Or maybe it was one of the original formulators? Or maybe one strange accident? Oh my… the world may never know. 🙂

7 Sherry B. March 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I’ve been using this as a primer ever since I read about it on a makeup site a few years back! Works better than some of the real primers for my oily skin and costs much less. Glad to see that more people are discovering this and I love finding new ways to use products!

8 Wendi S September 7, 2009 at 8:46 am

I have been reading for awhile that Monstat Anti Chaffing gel works wonders….well….I did it…..i went and bought a tube($6.95 @ walmart) Have not used it yet but will definitely give an update once i try it. I was using vincent longo water canvas as a primer( sephora purchase)….too heavy and left me a little greasy. Hopefully Monistat will hold the oil back???

9 Tiff March 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

My mom told me about this yesterday, because i was a little concerned of why she was putting monistat on her face. HAHA. It’s a very nice primer though! It saves me a lot of money tooo!(:

10 Bionic Beauty March 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

I’ve had friends question my sanity when they see me using it too! Thankfully, once I explain what the product is, and how AWESOME it is for a primer, they run off to buy their own tubes. Thank goodness for saving a few bucks, right?
And welcome to Bionic Beauty, Tiff! I hope to see you around the blog in the future.

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