Monday, April 30, 2012

Monistat Chafing Gel VS. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

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
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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!

46 comments:

  1. wow this is soo great, I will give it a try!

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    1. If you do, let me know what you think!

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  3. P.S. So gonna have to give this a try!

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    1. Aww thank you for the nomination! <3

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  4. Thank you for the tip! Isn't it so fun to find a cheaper product that works just as well? I get excited about those kind of things. : )

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    1. It really is! I'm all about cheaper alternatives, multiple use products and at home remedies! :)

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  5. I've been using this for years as a primer and it's awesome!

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  6. Does it cause more acne break outs though?

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    1. From what I've heard, if you already have oily, breakout prone skin it can cause you to break out. I personally haven't had any breakouts caused by using this. I do noticed though that it tends to make my skin feel a tad bit more oily by the end of the day. Nothing a good cleanser and moisturizer can't take care of. :)

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    2. I actually did break out using this. I have normal skin and very rarely have any breakouts. But this product made me break out in huge, cystic pimples....like 3 of them! They hurt so bad. I thought it might be this, but thought maybe it was hormones or something. I put it away and waited about a month before trying again. Sure enough, three days later, I broke out again. It has similar ingredients, but not nearly the same. Many people have had luck with it, I just didn't.

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    1. Yes, that is what it is used for. It is comparable to Smashbox's Photo Finish face primer.

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  8. Just bought a tube today... love it!!!!!

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    1. It is definitely nice to have instead of paying for high end primer. Gets the job done! :)

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  9. Would you use this as an eye primer?

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  10. Not gonna lie, when I saw this on Pinterest I was like "wha.....?" and I read the article based on sheer curiosity. I am astounded! Going to make the switch as soon as I'm out of Photo Finish. Thanks for sharing

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  11. I have been using it for a couple of years now and I LOVE IT!

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  12. Actually, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion has a 1.25% Dimethicone and is an unbelievable high quality product. $9 for 18oz. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aveeno-Daily-Moisturizing-Lotion-18-oz/10818473

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    1. hmmm, so you use the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotions as a primer?? :-/

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  13. saw the other persons question about eye primer, I'm curious as well. I'm out of my eye primer and would love to find a cheaper alternative. So can it be used for eyes as well?

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    1. Face and eye primers are very different animals so I would skip it for the eyes :)

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  14. I can't wait to try it thanks.
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  15. I have been using this for several months and you are right...it works GREAT!!!!!!

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  16. I just bought this "primer" :) and it's amazing at keeping the shine on my oily face at bay!! Lemme tell you, I was shocked! What sort of container do you recommend that I store this in? I just get kinda wierded out when I grab this tube and put the contents on my face lol

    Thank you...

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    1. I just store mine in the tube it comes in. I know it's weird but it pretty much stays in my vanity area and I'm really the only one who fools around there so it doesn't bother me. The only time it bothers me is when I travel. I just put a little into an old lip balm jar that I cleaned out and reuse. I'd just make sure whatever you put it in is air tight so it doesn't dry up.

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  17. I tried this and my face was not shiny at all. I have problem areas where my face gets extra shiny throughout the day and this worked!

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  18. I went to Walgreens and got his yesterday and tried it today, Amazing. I have super oily skin and it kept the shine away! It is a very great price compared to other primers on the market. I will never pay big bucks for a primer again!

    I must admit I was a little embarrassed in the checkout line. But, now it doesn't even matter, lol.

    Thanks again!

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  19. Very interesting information skin care ! Perfect just what I was looking for! thanks for sharing!!

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  20. I've decided to put it to the test and am amazed by how much money I will now end up saving. Thank you oh-so much for sharing!!
    ♡ Dulce

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  21. Im so happy Im saving a lot of money now spending $7 compared to the $38 i would spend buying the smashbox primer. Thank you!!

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    1. Try the elf mineral face primer its only six bucks.

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  22. The elf mineral face primer is just as good for 6 dollars

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  24. I've been using monistat at as a primer for probably a couple years now.its awesome!way better than buying an expensive one.lovee it…and elf eye shadow primer.no need for an expensive one of those either.splurge on quality eyeshadow instead!

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  25. Thanks for this great tip. I was judt about to buy a large Smashbox primer, but i am definitely going to try the Monistat. Thanks for sharing such a great tip!

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  26. Hello Heidi,
    It’s so affordable for only $7.00! I personally love this primer.
    xo,
    ~Pauline @Kallony

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  28. Picked up a tube at Target for only $5.99... I love it! So totally crazy, a chafing gel on my face, but the results are BEAUTIFUL :))

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  29. This is now part of my everyday routine! Thanks for this wonderful tip! I love how soft it feels on my face and it really makes my skin appear smooth and more even toned before I even start to apply my makeup!

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  30. This is now part of my everyday routine! Thanks for this wonderful tip! I love how soft it feels on my face and it really makes my skin appear smooth and more even toned before I even start to apply my makeup!

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  31. What are the long time effects of this product? I'm more than willing to try it out and save a couple bucks as long as nothing happens to my face like my skin gets thinner or something.
    Could someone tell me the long term effects on the skin?

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    1. This is what I've found about Dimethicone (the main/active ingredient in both the primers and the chafing gel) it says nothing about skin thinning (although the only thing I am certain does such a thing is steroid cream)

      Why Dimethicone is Bad for Your Skin

      That artificial coating on the outside of skin causes several issues:

      •It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads
      •The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
      •Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
      •Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
      •On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment


      However if you have a concern about using a product containing dimethicone on your skin please read all your foundation ingredient labels as dimethicone and other silicone products are ingredients in several brands of foundation makeup

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