Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Product Review: Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel AS A PRIMER?!

This is not anything new if you've been lurking around beauty blogs and beauty forums. I recently just learned about this after reading some entries from Alienman and Stefunki (old blogsite)'s blog but was a wee bit skeptical about using this product on my face until I read up more about it. Then after a few more researches, I decided to give it a try.

For a picture of how the product looks like, Vanessa, has comparison pictures of it with her Camellia Soothing Primer.

And for some of the people thinking, "Eeew? Yeast infection medication on your face? Are you crazy?" or something of that nature, please be aware that this particular product IS NOT MEANT to treat yeast infections. You are simply associating the name with the product since Monistat is the MAKER of a popular yeast infection cream. They created another branch of their company which is the Soothing Care line for other symptoms that is geared towards for relief of the skin (learn more about here).

Also, if you end up deciding trying this product out after reading this review, you can request a sample from their website. Click here for more details.

What the Product Claims:

Relieves & prevents chafing. Inner thigh & bikini area. From moisture, heat, movement & shaving. Dries to silky finish. Fragrance free. Skin protectant. Breakthrough form - Dries to silky finish. Provides on-the-go daily prevention and relief from chafing and irritation of skin in intimate, delicate areas like the inner thigh, bikini area, under arms and breasts. Made especially for women, the exclusive Power-Gel formula combines the protective benefits of lotion and powder by forming a silky, breathable moisture control barrier to fight friction. Delicate skin feels healthy and protected from the uncomfortable irritation caused by moisture, heat, movement and shaving. Also helps reduce the appearance of redness that can develop after shaving or waxing the bikini area. Works with just one application and is gentle enough to use every day. Non-greasy. Fragrance free. Non-irritating. Non-staining. This product is not intended to treat yeast infections.


Active Ingredient: Dimethicone (1.2%). Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane.

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel's Report Card:Quality: 4 out of 5
Product: 4 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5 ($6-8 available at your local drugstores)

Overall: 4.3 out of 5

I never really cared so much on using primers as a base for my foundation. Let alone, Monistat on my face. I've only tried two primers: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer, which if you can recall from my previous post has been the root of my acne problem which is why it made the cut for my five beauty must NOT haves. And the Philosophy Present Clear-Makeup Primer that also didn't cooperate with my skin (maybe because it contained two parabens: Methylparaben and Propylparaben). It had to go no matter how much I love Philosophy products. I never really saw the point in adding an extra step in my morning routine. Until I tried this product and changed my mind.

What I like about it:
Because Chafing Relief Gel main ingredient is Dimethicone, it's a great alternative to your expensive primer since this is also the main ingredient found in other primers. Dimethicone creates a breathable barrier between your skin and foundation to protect it from the bad stuff yet allowing your skin to breathe and not clog your pores. This product gives my face a matte finish after application. At the end of the day, my makeup still looked as fresh as it did as if I just applied it. My blush color stayed on longer too! And I just definitely loooove how my skin looked. My face looked even and shine-free. Usually at the end of the day, I get pretty oily on my t-zone which is why I carry blot papers with me. As vain as it sounds, I kept looking at my face in the mirror just to see how great my skin looks with Monistat underneath my foundation. It was really put to the test yesterday because of the warm weather. No oilies at all.

Also, I haven't broken out from this product which makes me love it even more. I guess it's because of the fact it's light and doesn't have a thick consistency compared to the previous primers mentioned. Also, it doesn't have any scent or parabens that can probably trigger irritation or adverse reaction.

And lastly, it is multipurpose! Just finished shaving? Slather this on to minimize any irritations. Wearing shoes with out a sock or your sandals rubbing against your skin causing friction that it hurts? Apply it to the affected area. This product is genious! And the fact that it's cheaper than branded primers and it's available in drugstores is a plus.

What I don't like about it:
It can be pretty difficult to find sometimes in certain stores. Some stores don't carry a big stock of this. And nothing else really.



  1. I totally stocked up on this. You can get a three pack on, but I've noticed they've been selling out really quickly. I was lucky enough to catch them while they were in stock. My boyfriend is actually really glad I got this. He had a bit of a rash on his neck, and the collar of his shirt was irritating it so much it was painful. So I dabbed some of the gel on it and we were both very surprised at how well it worked! Hehehe. I'm glad you like it!

  2. Ooh so do you apply this first, then your powder or liquid foundation? You don't need any more primers or moisturizers?

  3. Giiiirl! I never thought face primers really mattered and it was just another 'gimmick' to sell to beauty consumers. I can't believe I've been applying my mmu without primers! I love Monistat! :D It's not so hard to find around my locals actually, but my first and only one I got, I didn't know there was a damn @2 off coupon inside I could of used LOL grrr.

  4. i would use this, but my skin doesn't like dimethicone. i know, go figure right? bahhh. i breakout everytime i use a primer with dimethicone in it (which is almost like EVER primer) so i'm stuck using the mineral powder primers, should i ever feel i need one. :P

  5. Anne, I recently started using this as a primer. Before Chafing Relief, I never used a primer. I find that it seems to really help with my oily zones though. You're so lucky that you're American, cause you can order then on Amazon ( and if they're out of stock, you can sign up and get a notice when they're back in stock. Hope that will help you :)

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