Years ago, when I was working in Chicago at a publishing company, I ran into a former colleague who was visiting the office on a sales call. Naturally, I gave him a big hug and inquired how he and some of my other former colleagues were doing. Upon exiting the hug, I noticed that I had left a very obvious makeup smear on his very nice (and probably expensive) suit coat.
Like the coward that I am, I high tailed it back to my office before he could notice the mark I left on him. It’s a good thing he wasn’t married, or Lucy might have had some ‘splainin to do later.
Fortunately, I’ve since learned that makeup was not meant to be applied with a butter knife and now use a much lighter touch.
A totally hip and happening friend introduced me to a product that might have helped a bit on that particular occasion.
I was meeting this friend–we’ll call her Allie Chick—at a local farmer’s market. When I pulled into the parking lot and got out of my car, she was standing there waiting for me with a small tube in her hand.
“I have something for you,” she said, as she handed me the tube. I took a quick glance at it and noticed the word “Monistat” on it.
I must have given her a very strange look because I was pretty sure at this point that she’d spent too much time in the sun or something that day if she was handing me something like that.
“It’s for your blog!” she exclaimed.
“You want me to write about Monistat?! I can’t put that on my blog!” I replied.
“It’s not THAT kind of Monistat,” she told me. “This is Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel that you can use as a primer under makeup. If you Google it, you’ll see. It’s supposed to be just like Smashbox Photofinish, but much cheaper.”
I was skeptical, but thanked her anyway.
I should never have doubted the omniscience of an Allie Chick. She was sooooo right. This product is fantastic. There’s even an official report you can read that extols its praises as a makeup primer. I suppose you could use it for whatever chafing needs you may have, but I’ve only used it for its cosmetic enhancing properties.
The product is fragrance free and, though it’s a gel, it feels almost dry to the touch and goes on dry as well—thus the “powder-gel” moniker. It’s completely clear and leaves no powdery residue on your skin. To apply, you just squeeze a dab onto your finger and apply it lightly over your face. The only way you can tell you even have it on is that your skin feels softer and smoother. After using the gel, you can apply your makeup as usual.
The first thing I noticed was that my makeup went on more smoothly and coverage was more even. When Allie Chick told me that the gel helps prevent your makeup from “melting,” I wasn’t sure what she meant. I totally do now. Many hours into my day, my face is not shiny and it doesn’t resemble a nuclear fallout zone.
You can buy this product at most drugstores for about $6 for a 1.5 oz tube. I’ve been using it under my makeup for a couple of weeks now and have not noticed any adverse effects on my skin. It hasn’t caused irritation, or clogged my pores, or anything else troublesome.
Hooray for Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel! It makes an awesome makeup primer.
Double hooray for Allie Chick! I will never again doubt her status as discoverer-and-all-knowing-expert-of-new-trends.
Chickalicousness: Fantastic 5