This is pretty gross, but interesting… would you do it?
“NO WAY – Monistat anti-chafing gel ($6) has the same active ingredients as Smashbox’s Primer ($36) – it actually does a BETTER job keeping my makeup on.”
From My Vanity Basics:
The things we do for beauty.. lol
Today, I have something a little bit different… I’m part of a few different Facebook groups and in one of them the topic of face primers came up. I’ve only tried two different ones, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer. Smashbox is my favorite.
Imagine my surprise when someone compared Smashbox’s Primer to Monistat Chafing Gel… Yes, you read that right! I did some investigating and found that they are actually really similar and lots of people actually do use the Monistat in place of the Smashbox Primer.
Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel’s active ingredient is Dimethicone 1.2%, which is listed as a skin protectant. Dimethicone is also found in the Smashbox primer, along with other ingredients. Dimethicone is a silicon based polymer often found in all sorts of cosmetics and hair products. In makeup and face products, it is usually used as a temporary filler for fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t help fix them long term just helps temporarily fill them in, until washed off.
As far as primers in general, they help smooth the surface of the skin including fine lines, wrinkles and pores, allowing makeup to apply more evenly and leave a smoother finish. Primers also help your makeup last longer. So I guess with that said, it makes sense that the Monistat would work as a primer.
After reading all this information, I just had to give it a try.
Monistat Intimate Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
It is in a tube like this once you take it out of the box.
Monistat Chafing Gel retails any where between $5 and $9 for a 1.5oz tube. I got mine at Walmart
and I can’t remember the exact price but I’m pretty sure it was about $7.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer can be found at Sephora
and is $36 for a 1oz tube.
It is a very drastic price difference. After using the Monistat Chafing Gel, I just don’t get it. It honestly feels like the same product and had the same exact results for me. Like I said before, the ingredients aren’t EXACTLY the same but it honestly did the same thing when it came down to it. Truly makes me feel like you are just paying for the name.
If you have the money to spend, go ahead and get the Smashbox Primer, if not, try the Monistat for way cheaper!
The Monistat Chafing Gel is a clear gel, once you put it on and rub it in, it dries clear and feels almost powdery. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and oh so soft! And it is also fragrance free.
The only main difference I noticed between the two is that if you rub in the Smashbox too much, it begins to flake off.
With both of them, you should let them dry before applying any makeup over them.
Honestly, Smashbox really is my favorite primer but I really can’t see paying that much for a smaller tube when I can get a bigger Monistat tube for way cheaper. And it does the same thing!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!