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REVIEW: Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

With my oily skin plus the sweltering Manila heat, I’ve read that primers are a must-have to keep foundation in place. I had resigned myself to the thought that I’ll have to splurge on a Smashbox primer, but thanks to Makeup Alley, I discovered a far cheaper dupe.
 

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

Ugh, I am sick of all the embarrassment that comes from using Monistat. So what if a product you usually use on yeast infections can be used on your face? If it works, then it’s awesome! Besides, what’s the big deal about needing medicine for your hoo-ha. Yeast infections are nowhere near a rare occurrence.
 
Whew. Now that rant is out of the way, let’s take a look at the thing:
 
 

It’s a squeeze tube, which makes it easy to control how much product you get and how much is still left over.
 
 
It’s a powder-gel formula, so upon application, the gel melts into a smooth, powdery texture. Make- up application is beautiful on this; it’s so smooth and doesn’t snag my skin. What could go wrong?!

 

 
Unfortunately, I’ve found that it so does not control oil as so many sources claimed it does. When I applied my Revlon Colorstay foundation on Monistat, I found that my face seemed even oilier than ever. I didn’t change a thing in my skincare regimen, so I know it’s the primer’s fault.
 
I even did a test: half of my face with Monistat, and half of it bare. Then I applied my foundation and waited. After a whole workday, I used an oil blotting film and guess what? There was no significant difference (such thesis-y words) in the amount of oil. 
 
The saving grace, though, was how it held up my eyeliner. I love eyeliner but my oily lids always end up giving me panda eyes! But when I used Monistat with my Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, I found that it made my liner stay in place. Not for the whole day, but at least until noon, which was better than expected.
 
I’m disappointed because I had such high expectations for this product, and I want so badly to have something that’ll keep me from having to de-grease every couple of hours. Sadly, the search goes on…
 
Price: PhP468 at The Primp Pad
Verdict: I might repurchase as an eyeliner primer, but not as a face primer.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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