I couldn't find my primer-of-the-moment this morning. I really don't know how that happens. I keep all of my makeup in a lidded floral Target bin, so my strongest theory is that I stupidly left it out and I'll eventually find it slightly gnawed-on and sticking out from under the couch because my younger dog needs to chew on and hide everything that clearly isn't food and clearly is of value to me.
I often wear primer even if I don't follow it with foundation because I like the soft-focus, mattifying effect it gives my skin, so I wasn't just going to give up like some quitty-pants quitter. Besides, I always have backup products lying in wait because of this job, so it was just a matter of finding one of those.
After several minutes of clawing through beauty-branded shopping bags full of products not from the bags' brands, I hadn't found a primer. I had, however, found a Monistat product: Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.
Yeah, yeah, I kind of wanted you to think I put a yeast-infection treatment on my face with that headline. Well, I didn't. In fact, when xoJane got a little Monistat delivery last month, Madeline swiped the antifungal treatment for a rainy day (a really rainy day); and besides, it says on the tube in a hard-to-miss yellow rectangle: THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT YEAST INFECTIONS.
What Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is intended to treat is chub rub; when your thighs brush up against each other and threaten arson. Katie wrote a super-helpful article about dealing with this kind of chafing, and she even included this product in her recommendations.
She also mentioned that she'd heard it's basically the same formula as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.
So, before I smeared thigh-soothing ointment on my face, I hopped on my laptop (not literally--that would break it) and compared ingredients.
- Dimethicone? In both.
- Cyclopentasiloxane? In both.
- Silica? In both.
- Tocopheryl acetate? In both.
- Trisiloxane? In both.
That's where Chafing Relief Powder-Gel's ingredients end, actually. Smashbox includes some natural antioxidant extracts in theirs to make it fancy, but they don't contribute anything to the primer-y-ness.
In other words, Monistat unofficially makes a makeup primer. And today, I am wearing it.
It felt exactly like most dimethicone-based primers. It immediately mattified my skin and made my pores seem less apparent. I applied concealer, blush and powder afterward, and they went on--and stayed on--smoothly.
I'm not saying you should necessarily go out and buy Chafing Relief Powder-Gel specifically to use as a primer (although it is almost $30 less than the Smashbox primer), but if you're also looking for a chub-rub product or you rub your face against other body parts (yours or someone else's) often enough that you're concerned about facial chafing (no judgments here), this is the multitasker for you!