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Using Monistat as a Primer

Prime Time: Using Monistat as a Makeup Primer

You've undoubtedly heard that Preparation H under the eyes acts as a depuffer, but have you heard the old wives' tale about using Monistat on the face as a makeup primer? You read it right.

Throughout my Prime Time series, I've experimented with primers of all sorts, and since I've been hearing so much about how wonderfully this lady bits product doubles as a primer, I had to give it a try. The brand's Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel ($8) is meant to be used for delicate areas like the bikini area, underarms, and inner thighs to provide protection and relief from irritation, and not for yeast infections (in case you were wondering). To find out if this unusual method does indeed work, just keep reading.


As you can see from the picture, the silicone-based chafing gel looks like a primer. But what you can't tell from the photos, is that it even acts like one. While it dries to a more matte finish than your average primer, the fragrance-free gel goes on smoothly and evenly, and doesn't have a greasy feel once it settles into the skin. What makes it different, however, is that it has little to no moisturizing properties, so if you're looking for something hydrating, you'll have to rely on skin care for that. However, if you're looking for a no-frills, inexpensive primer with a slightly powdery finish — that actually does wear well under makeup — Monistat is worth a try.

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Beauty Beauty 6 years
I just used my regular face cleanser to get it off. I probably won't be wearing this one every single day, but for times when I'm in a pinch, for sure.
classysassy classysassy 6 years
I'll have to try this out, once my Smashbox primer runs out!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 6 years
I have been using this as a primer for about 2 years after seeing a youtube video and it is AMAZING! Changed my make-up game :) and easy on the pockets.
quinella quinella 6 years
It does work, I will always have a tube on hand. But I have found a new primer which I like even better. Its the Palladio primer from Sallys beauty supply. Its priced at 7.00 and its just as good if not better then smashbox primer. Im not kidding, its worth a try. http://www.sallybeauty.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-SA-Site/default/Product-Scene7Popup?pid=SBS-787006
saucyfilipina saucyfilipina 6 years
Oooo, definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing. :)
norabora norabora 6 years
this is probably the best product EVER.
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
Will def have to try it!
vals2saucey vals2saucey 6 years
This is a great primer! It works so well that you'll be hard pressed to go back to buying the typical high-end primers.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
That sounds amazing! I like primers but find they make my face a little more oily then usual so I might try this!
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