SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology
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SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology
This oil-control primer gives you a silky, powder-like finish that controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores, and wears beautifully.

SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology

Based on 440 reviews

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This oil-control primer gives you a silky, powder-like finish that controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores, and wears beautifully.
  • Unique MICROSPONGE® Technology controls shine
  • Can be worn alone or under makeup
  • Keeps oil under control for hours
Skin Types:
Oily Skin, Combination Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores

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Why is it different?
SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish has an oil-absorbing formula that works quickly to keep oily skin shine-free. Its unique MICROSPONGE® Technology works invisibly to keep oily shine in check while minimizing the appearance of pores.
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What does it do?
The weightless formula dries to a soft, powder-like finish that smooths out skin imperfections. Can be worn alone or under makeup to help it stay in place all day long. Dab a tiny bit on during the day to maintain results.
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How to use

Dispense a pea-sized amount and using clean fingers or a foundation sponge, dab (do not rub) lightly over oily areas as the last step of your skincare routine or over your foundation. If you wish to apply powder or blush over SHINE STOPPER, let SHINE STOPPER set completely first. Reapply as needed.

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Research

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Epublication, July 2010

Molecular Pharmaceutics, September–October 2009, pages 1,441–1,448

British Journal of Dermatology, November 2006, pages 890–894; and www.microsponge.com.

Ingredients
Key Ingredients glycerin silicone
Product Ingredients

Water, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing/absorbent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/texture-enhancing), Dimethicone (hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient/texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), PEG-100 Stearate (emollient/texture-enhancing), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbent), Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate (texture-enhancing), Ceteareth-20 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.3

(based on 440 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (310)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (33)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (92)
  • Mattifies/controls oil (68)
  • Easy to use (59)
  • Works effectively (57)
  • Non-greasy (29)

Cons

  • Ineffective (7)
  • Not effective (5)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Irritates skin (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (28)
  • Oil control (13)
  • Oily skin (12)
  • Enlarged pores (11)
  • Breakouts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (64), Survivalist / minimalist (39), Beauty expert (17), Skin care professional (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (69), Oily (67), Dry (3)

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5.0

Really works!

By Jollyolly

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    I have a shiny forehead, nose, and chin. What I used to do was dust on the powder and/or use blotting papers. The shine would reappear a couple of hours later. I didn't like that cakey look the powder gave and having to constantly retouch throughout the day was a hassle. BUT this product changed all that! I dab a bit on those shiny areas in the morning and it soaks up the oil like nothing else. No greasy feel...no heaviness. And it lasts!! I'm amazed and will never be without it..!! :)

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    5.0

    I love this!

    By RAB0119

    from Frederick, MD

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Oily skin

      This really works. I've been using it a few years now during our humid summers to help with oiliness

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 45-59
       
      5.0

      Love this product! Five star rating

      By Tulipsallday

      from El Cajon, San Diego

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        I love this product so much I have bought 4, 5, or maybe more! Not only does it make my skin look matte but it also makes my skin feel soft all while not breaking me out. I've used this everyday in the summer and have never broken out, I'm so thankful!

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        5.0

        Finally I am shine free!!

        By Amanda

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          I have always always always had a shiny face. I would use 10+ blotters a day just to keep the shine down. I have been using Paula's products for years, and my skin is looking pretty good, but it was still shiny. I saw this product and was skeptical since other, similar products hadn't worked. I scoured the reviews, took note of all the application tips, and finally splurged on a tube. Instant love. My face is matte all day long now. At most, I blot once, but most days I am matte until I take off my makeup. Definitely put it on after your make-up and allow plenty of time for your wet make-up to dry and set - I usually give it at least 5 minutes, but usually 10-15. Then tap, tap, tap, tap it on. Tapping is so important. If I am going without make-up, I allow the same amount of time for my moisturizer to set, and then tap it on. I use a pea-size amount and it is enough for my nose, chin, and forehead. This is the best product I have tried in years.

          • Skin Type:
          • Oily
          • Age:
          • 45-59
           
          5.0

          Love Love this product

          By Barbara

          from TN

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Redness/ Blotchiness
            • Sensitive Skin
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            I love love this product!! First I use a good liquid concealer to minimize problem areas, followed by Shine Stopper. I pat Shine Stopper over my face without blending and allow a moment or two for drying. Then I use a powder such as L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder with a kabuki brush, dabbing it on without stroking the brush. This seems to allow the powder to blend better over enlarged pores or wrinkles. I then sometimes lightly stroke the powder to blend but usually it isn't necessary. I like to follow up using a clean powder puff and blot/roll over my face to set the powder. My makeup stays fresh all day even during humid weather and I love it!

            • Skin Type:
            • Dry
            • Age:
            • 60+
             
            5.0

            Best thing I've found that fights shine

            By Tululah123

            from Texas

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anti-shine
              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores

              This is the type product that I have several on hand and always have with me. For some reason, it never occurred to me to use as a primer all over my face. I've used it as a treatment/serum to apply at the end of my regimen to parts of my face that are most prone to get and stay oily—such as my T zone. It works for several hours. If I do need to apply more, about mid afternoon, I just dab it on in those areas. It disturbs nothing else on my face. The reason is because you dab and pat—as opposed to rubbing in (as one would a moisturizer, for instance). It works like a charm every time. I've tried several mattifiers over the years and this is, by far, the most effective. Highly recommended.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Excellent

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily
              • Age:
              • 60+
               
              5.0

              Lifesaving product for me!

              By C's mama

              from San Francisco CA

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Mattifying
              • Non-Greasy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Oily spots

                I tap this on the spot between my eyebrows and down the bridge of my nose. These are the two spots that shine the most, because of oil and because of where I sweat. It really mattifies and lasts and lasts. Works so much better than any of the much touted high end brands that leave you shiny in an hour or two. Paula does it again!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Very prompt

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                3.0

                Not for me

                By lovepink

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                • Irritates Skin
                • Not Effective

                Best Uses

                  I really wanted to love this product because I'm extremely oily. It feels great on the skin, not sticky, and dries quickly. Unfortunately, this product made my skin break out so I had to stop using it. I did notice that I was less shiny than usual but disappointed my skin didn't agree with this product.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Oily
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44
                   
                  1.0

                  Saddened that this product did not work for me.

                  By Oily Meg

                  from Charleston, SC

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Irritates Skin
                    • Not Effective

                    Best Uses

                      I have always had extremely oily skin. I blot every day, multiple times a day! Even when using a primer, mattifier, powder, and setting spray. Such is the way of life for me. This was one of the first mattifying primers I tried and I assumed that my skin was just too oily for a product like this to work for! It also seemed to clog my pores as I began breaking out after using this product. It wasn't until I recently tried a new primer that I realized that this product just wasn't the right one for my skin type. Primers can work for me! Just not this one. I had high hopes because this works so well for others, just be aware that there are a few of us who may not see such great results. :(

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Oily
                      • Age:
                      • 18-29
                       
                      4.0

                      Oil Control

                      By Laura

                      from Moorhead, MN

                      About Me Minimalist

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Enlarged Pores
                        • Sensitive Skin

                        I use this product everyday and it helps for at least a couple hours. I wouldn't expect any oil control product to last all day, yet this is the best I've found. Just an observation though, on the website when you click on the description of the product it says for use UNDER makeup, then when you read the how to use it says.....the last step of your skincare routine or OVER your foundation. It's for use OVER your foundation, but this could be confusing until you get the product at home and read the directions.

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Combination
                        • Age:
                        • 30-44

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