Sensational Finds: Smashbox Primer Dupe: Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Smashbox Primer Dupe: Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is an awesome alternative to Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer. Not only is it cheaper but it also delivers the same the results as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.


Monistat's active ingredient is Dimethicone 1.2%, which is listed as a skin protectant. Dimethicone is also found in the Smashbox primer, along with other ingredients. Dimethicone is a silicon based polymer often found in all sorts of cosmetics and hair products. In makeup and face products, it is usually used as a temporary filler for fine lines and wrinkles. Applying a thin layer to the face will act as barrier to the skin and help your makeup lay nicely on the skin. As with any primer, you don't want to apply too much because it will flake off. Make sure you allow it to dry before applying your foundation. If your a fan of a silicon primer this is a great alternative to try. You can purchase Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel at any drug store or online for as little as $5.00.

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 I've used this primer off and on for the past year (I switch between this and MAC Prep and Prime) and I highly recommend giving it a try. It's super soft and smooth and leaves your skin feeling the exact same way! It's oily free and completely odorless, thank God! If you have oily skin and are looking for something that will help with shine this won't be the product for you. You might want to try a more mattifying primer or one made for oily skin.

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I've never tried it as an eye primer, so I have no clue if it will work. I'd assume that if your eyelids don't get oily throughout the day, then this could work for you. It might help your shadow stay on longer but it won't help the colors pop. I would suggest using a base for that.

When you compare the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer you get almost identical results for a fraction of the price. Even if your a lover of Smashbox I highly recommend giving this cheaper alternative a try. I'll take $5 over $36 any day, and I'll spent the $31 I saved on more makeup!

Have you tried this great alternative or do you have any tricks or money saving beauty tips? I'd love to hear!  I'll be back this week with more great tips!

**Also make sure you enter the Couture Couture by Juicy Couture Giveaway which ends March 24th**

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