Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge® Technology

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$23 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Oil-Absorbing Products > Oil-Blotting Papers/Products
Last Updated:
9/10/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge® Technology is an innovative oil-absorbing product that provides an instant matte finish. The best part? The matte finish lasts at least 6 hours and helps reduce the appearance of large pores! Whether smoothed on over or under your makeup, Shine Stopper leaves skin feeling silky-smooth without a hint of shine. You’ll notice this product also enhances makeup application and wear—much more so than standard foundation primers designed for oily skin! Like every Paula’s Choice product, Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish is fragrance-free.

Paula's Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish is clinically proven to keep skin perfectly matte for at least 6 hours. Its unique MICROSPONGE® Technology works invisibly to keep oily shine in check while minimizing the appearance of pores. The luxurious formula dries to a silky-soft, powder-like finish that smoothes out minor skin imperfections—your makeup will look better and last longer than ever!

Water, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent/absorbent polymer), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (thickener), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), PEG-100 Stearate (thickener), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbent), Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Ceteareth-20, Xanthan Gum (thickeners), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives)

Disclosure: In addition to reviewing thousands of cosmetic products from hundreds of brands over the past 30 years, Paula also has her own line of products called Paula's Choice. Paula and her team's goal is to help you find the best products possible for your skin whether they are from Paula's Choice or some other product line. Paula's commitment to this is so strong she is the only cosmetics company owner in the world that recommends products other than her own. Paula and the Paula's Choice Research Team formulate our products to meet or exceed the criteria we use to review products from every other brand on this site. We review all products the same way using the same research, objective comments, and praise no matter whose product it is.

Paula's Choice was created in 1995 in response to the many readers who asked Paula to develop her own products. Given Paula's unique overview of the cosmetics industry, 30+ years of research, and earnest desire to help people find the best products for their skin-care needs, creating her own products was a natural extension of her work. Paula's Choice range of products are designed to meet the needs and preferences of just about every skin type and concern imaginable using only proven ingredients substantiated by published research.

Paula's Choice products provide:

  • State-of-the-art formulas based on reliable, published skin-care research
  • Proven effective solutions for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin
  • Gentle yet effective products for those seeking a natural skin-care routine
  • Fragrance-free formulas (because it is what's best for your skin)
  • Cruelty-free formulas: Paula's Choice does not test on animals during any stages of product development—nor do we contract with third parties to conduct animal testing on our behalf
  • Environmentally-friendly products that feature minimalist packaging that ensures product efficacy
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee from our world-class Customer Service Team

Paula's Choice products and Paula's work is routinely praised by noted dermatologists and other professionals. New York-based dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman stated that "I have a lot of respect for Paula Begoun and the way she thoroughly researches her subject. Her recommendations about cosmetics and skin care are deservedly influential." Eminent Seattle-based dermatologist Dr. Brandith Irwin concurs: "She takes a complex subject and makes it easy to understand!"

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Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Ruth B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    A bit dissapointing
    • Very oily skin (oily 1/2 hr after cleansing), purchased 3 samples. No difference using under makeup+powder. Over makeup and under finishing powder gave matte finish for 2 hrs but about 1 hour better than only makeup+powder. Not as good as product I was using (3-4 hrs matte); however, that product was reviewed on this site and noted to have ingredients not good for skin (lavender oil). Unsure whether to buy full size and live with result or keep searching!

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Hello,

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this product didn't work as well as you were hoping. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service department to for a refund or exchange. One of our excellent customer service representatives can also help you find other options to help with oily skin.

    —Admin
  2. Melissa C
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 09, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    I love it!
    • At 45 I still have extremely oily, sensitive skin. Because my skin is so sensitive, Paula's Choice products are my go-to products. (I have broken out horribly from Clinique and Estee Lauder products in the past.) The Shine Stopper gives my skin a matte finish that lasts for a few hours, which is a few hours longer than I have without it. I apply it over my sunscreen in the morning. This is one of my "must have" products!

  3. grace
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    good primer at least
    • I tested this product by applying it to 1/2 my face & comparing both sides. As the review notes, it can't eliminate the oil, but it diffuses the shine a bit. It's a very subtle difference & maybe keeps me not as shiny for 2 hours if I layer on 2 applications at once. Under foundation powder, there was no difference with not using this stuff. Regularly blotting is the only thing that works for me so far. However, this works great as a primer & leaves my skin very smooth.

  4. Jeremy B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Average for Skin, Great for greasy hair
    • I found this product didn't keep oil away better than mineral sunscreen, or basic powder, for that matter. I did, however, find it was great for oily hair on those days when you just can't keep it clean until the end of the day. Apply a pea sized quantity to hands and spread through towel-dried hair before blow-drying for minimal grease by the end of the day. Works well for this purpose, kind of like a dry shampoo.

  5. Scott B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 25, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Works great for mid day clean feeling!
    • One of the 1st products I ordered, I have been very happy with the results. I get the best mileage while at work: I first use a couple of blotting papers, the the skin bal serum, and finally this stuff. That little routine, done after lunch, usually keeps me looking fresh and feeling clean for a good 5-7 hours. Unless it's 95 and really humid, in which case only a shower works.

  6. JR
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 16, 2012
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best Product EVER!!!
    • I was VERY skeptical but desperate, so decided to try it during a sale promotion. I bought two, one for my teenage daughter, and we both love it!! I am 55 years old with very oily skin (still!) and occasional breakouts, so, like my daughter, was actually more concerned it would make that issue worse, rather than it wouldn't fix the shine. We live in Florida, so between the heat and humidity, and genetics....well, you see the skepticism. But from day one we were sold!! My face was completely dry all day after 10 hours, even longer than it claims to work! Two tips: you have to use a bit more than the directions say, and you need to be careful not to rub it in. But if you do those two things it works like a dream, and no breakouts!! We've used it for a year and hope Paula never discontinues it!! It's a bit pricey, but really lasts- we are still using those original tubes. And well worth it for what it delivers!!! Thanks Paula - BEST product EVER!!!!

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Not that great
    • The shine stoppers/pore minimizers from Clinique, NYX and Smashbox are leagues better than this. Not worth the price or bother.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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