Some of you are giving me the side eye right now. Yes, I am actually comparing Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to Monistat Chafing Gel. Ever since discovering the use of makeup primer, I have never ever used so much as a tinted moisturizer without applying my primer beforehand.
Monistat Chafing Gel (1.5 oz) – $6.51
Ingredients: Dimethicone 1.2%. Inactive: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane
Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation Primer (2 0z) – $49.00
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.
Notice, many of the first ingredients listed in the Monistat Chafing Gel are also found in the Smashbox Primer. Although, I am quite aware that even though two products contain the same ingredients, there are many variables that would result in each product acting differently. I have used both of these products and I found them to be quite comparable. I know many will not be able to get over spreading va-jay-jay cream on your face, but for the price point, GET OVER IT! Lol Primer helps your makeup to spread evenly and last longer than just makeup alone. I typically have oily skin. I found with the use of the Smashbox Primer my skin became more oily at a faster rate than when using the Monistat Chafing Gel. With both products, it was a job well done of helping to prepare a canvas for smooth application of my foundation as well as maintaining the color throughout the day.
I was first introduced to this May of ’09. I wear a tinted moisturizer to work in which I apply primer underneath. I have had the same tube Monistat Chafing gel since May ’09 until Jan ’11. This stuff lasts! I would definitely say SAVE your cash and purchase the Monistat Chafing Gel instead of more expensive primers. They look the same, apply the same and for me does the same job.