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Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology

Turn down the shine. A pea-sized amount of this oil control primer gives you a silky, powder-like finish that lasts 6 hours. It controls oil, minimizes pores.
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  • Enlarged Pores
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Unique MICROSPONGE® Technology controls shine

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Customer Ratings:

85 out of 100
(Based on 305 Reviews)
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  1. Erika
    Reviewed on Friday, April 17, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Smoky!
    • After reading numerous positive reviews, I knew I wanted to try it out for myself considering I have oily skin in the warmer months. When this item arrived today, I already had on my full face of makeup. I was very eager to try this out, so I placed a pea size drop on my fingers, warmed it up and lightly pat on places where I get oil the most (cheeks, nose and forehead). It has been 4 hours since I applied it and WOW! I am still shine-free! I typically get oily after 2-3 hour mark! Thanks!!

  2. Cora V.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 12, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product
    • This product has changed my life. I have oily skin; mattifying foundations and even blotting papers have been a very temporary solution. This is wonderful before applying foundation, and I am intrigued by other reviewers who also use it on top of their make-up. Will try this technique today. Thanks Paula!

  3. Sarah H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing results
    • I love the dewey fresh make-up look, but after a few hours I have problem areas that look more greasy than glowy. I applied this to my chin, forehead, and around my nose after a moisturizer and before makeup. 8 hours later, I still looked glowing and healthy but with no shiny, oily spots. If you find yourself using blotting papers and reapplying powder throughout the day, I highly recommend this product.

  4. Cora V.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product
    • This product has changed my life. I have oily skin; mattifying foundations and even blotting papers have been a very temporary solution. This is wonderful before applying foundation, and I am intrigued by other reviewers who also use it on top of their make-up. Will try this technique today. Thanks Paula!

  5. Christine H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A must have
    • I used many sample packets of this before deciding whether or not to order. I use it to control oil throughout my day & not as a primer. As per their YouTube video, I gently pat this on my face as needed...and I love it! Instant matte finish and the oil is gone-no need to use 100 blotting papers and smudge/remove my foundation in the progress, no need to use powder to touch up and risk having cake face. I keep it in my makeup bag so that I can touch up as needed.

  6. Lisa A
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 07, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Wow and wow!
    • I tried my sample today over both sunblock and foundation As soon as it drys you will have a matte face. I especially like this because sunblock is so greasy to me. It really toned down the shine immediately! You can see a visual transformation. I applied mine by dabbing it on with a flat kabuki brush. If you don't want eye crinkles avoid the eye area. I put it all over which wasa mistake for me, because my cheeks aren't oily. A,axing product. Makes me believe it's magic!

  7. Clint P
    Reviewed on Monday, March 30, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing
    • I just tried a sample and I will, without a doubt, be ordering the full-size with my next order. Where has this product been all my life?!

  8. Amanda F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!!
    • I never take time to leave reviews but i have to say this stuff works!! I have greasy italian skin and have tried numerous things to control it, this stuff works ALL DAY!! Love it!!

  9. Michelle E
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Shine Shut Down
    • It took me a bit to figure this out for my oil slicked skin. I apply this after my Resist ultra light spf and then again after my best face forward foundation. Oil??? I have found the recipe to long lasting gorgeous makeup that looks flawless. Thank you Paula and the Customer Service team that gave this suggestion.

  10. Sabrina
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    literally can't live without this
    • I live in fear that this product will ever be discontinued, it is literally the greatest product I have ever tried - nothing else has ever worked. I have horrible greasy skin and it causes me so much stress and anxiety -I tried so many products for many years and was super depressed b/c nothing worked - until I discovered this incredible product. PLEASE NEVER STOP MAKING THIS, I NEED IT IN MY LIFE!!!!!

  11. Tatiana F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    LOVEEEEEEE!!!!
    • This is the HOLY GRAIL for oily skin. I apply this after my entire skincare routine and it leaves my skin matte all day! No product I have ever used as every been able to do such a thing! I have had EXTREMELY oily skin for more than a decade. I can finally say I have found the solution. I wear it with or without makeup and when I have makeup it lasts longer because of it. It also has a blurry effect on pores which is a plus!!

  12. Ngoc T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 22, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Beyond expectation - but...
    • I have very oily face even in winter. I bought a sample of this product and it kept my face non-oily from early morning until 10.30 in the evening (in winter). I was totally amazed by the product until I read the ingredients. It has dimethicone and a lot of alcohol. So for those who do not mind those ingredients, go for its wonderful function. For me, I will think more on it

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 23, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for contacting us! The dimethicone is a good, skin conditioning ingredient that will not clog pores. As for the alcohols, they aren't the drying kind such as alcohol denatured or SD alcohol, but a group of alcohols known as fatty alcohols which can also serve as skin conditioning agents. We hope this information is helpful!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  13. Tammy G.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 20, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Myristyl Myristate
    • I've been noticing a lot of PC products have comedogenic ingredients, such as Myristyl Myristate in this product. I let my guard down and purchased a lot of product/samples over the last months only to find they are on the bad list for breakouts and irritation. I think everyone knows about these lists, so not sure why these product have some of the obvious offenders: Myristyl Myristate, Algae, Sodium Chloride, etc. Probably okay for those not prone to acne, but I am.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, February 20, 2015

    Hello, and thanks for contacting us! The term "comedogenic" comes from an older study that used 100% concentrations of certain ingredients to reach its conclusions. All the ingredients you mentioned are just fine, and should not have an impact on clogging pores. You can read much more information in this article.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  14. nennycakes
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I Figured It Out
    • Used alone, over SPF, this product does nothing for me. I shine up at the same time I always do (3-4hrs). However, I find when used over SPF (I like Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30) and UNDER some powder, it works best. I can actually go ALL work day without shine this way, whereas I would shine up after 5 hours or so with just SPF & powder. I also use a beauty blender to apply - that seems to work best. Glad I figured out how to use this product best - now I won't go without it!

  15. Corrie B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Miracle product
    • Does exactly what it promises. I have extremely oily t-zone & this takes care of it all day. I notice that I get more clogged pores when I've been using this, but I don't break out. I keep it in my makeuo kit, one in my desk drawer at work, and one in my gym bag.

  16. Hailey R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best product I've used!
    • I've tried Clean & Clear's oil absorbing sheets and although those are good, it looks a bit weird to press them against your forehead in public. When I tried this product, holy crap... It made my nose looks so matte after the first pat. Amazing. As soon as I have a bigger budget to do so I will buy the full size, but for now... the sample sizes are just fine.

  17. Erin M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING!
    • I have an extremely oily t-zone and tried numerous products that claim to keep oil away but they rarely work well on my face. The best combination until now were a primer, foundation, and powder that were all meant for oily skin but even then I was a shiny mess and needing touch-ups 3-4 hours later. With Shine Stopper I'm able to go 5-6 hours! I use primer, foundation, concealer, let them set, and then dab on shine stopper with a beauty blender. I set everything with a powder once it's dry.

  18. Heeyoung C.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 12, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Works beautifully!
    • My face looks less oily and shiny at the end of a long day. It also makes pores less visible.

  19. Donna M.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This stuff is brilliant!
    • I have combination skin. Extremely oil on my forehead and would use blotting papers...multiples throughout the day to keep the oil under control. Since I started using this I have no oil even at the end of the day. It's marvelous. Will definitely always keep a supply on hand. Well done PC!

  20. emily
    Reviewed on Monday, January 05, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great
    • I was pleasantly surprised at how effective this product is, and was surprised to see some reviews on how it didn't help control oil. I have combination skin, leaning more to the oily side, and it added on a couple extra hours to controlling oil (prior to this, my makeup would melt after 4 hours in the day). I've never, ever reviewed any product before!... I just couldn't help myself reading some of the negative comments :).

  21. Not impressed
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 03, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Oil city
    • This is a waste of money. I used it and my face was oilier than ever. I tried rubbing it in, dabbing it on, with a brush, with a clean finger.... same results every time. Terrible waste.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 05, 2015

    We're sorry your experience with this product was the opposite of what it was formulated to do. These results are highly unusual and unexpected, so please feel free to contact us to discuss a refund, as all of our products are 100% guaranteed and we offer a 60-day return policy.

    —Admin
  22. Holly V.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Darned effective
    • My skin has always been overwhelmingly oily - I can soak four or five blotting papers at a time. I am stunned by how well this product works. I dab it on in the morning (cheeks, nose and forehead), and by evening my face is still matte. I can't say how well this works when used with makeup, but on my bare face it's been a miracle. I hope this is NEVER discontinued.

  23. Jennie M
    Reviewed on Monday, December 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This stuff works
    • This stuff really works. I ordered the samples first to try it out. I really like that Paula's Choice offers the trial sizes of everything. This is definitely one of those you can tell if it works or not with one use. It works best to put on after your moisturizer/SPF and before your foundation. Don't really even need a primer. I have pretty oily skin. It lasted at least 5-6 hours for me. I haven't tried it longer than that yet.

  24. MaryAnn C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Yeah!
    • This does what it says! I have very oily skin and other oil absorbers never really worked for me. I apply this over my foundation and ta-da! In fact, I don't need powder anymore and that's saying something. I going to make sure I never run out of this!

  25. Pam A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    No More Shine
    • I have tried tons of products to control the oily shine on my nose, nothing has helped. After reading the great reviews on this product I decided to try it. Shine Stopper is amazing! I apply my foundation, dab this on with my fingers (don't rub it in....dab) then apply powder. Stops shine for at least 6 hours.

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What makes this product unique?
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!

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Anyone with oily skin (or oily areas) who wants to maintain a fresh, matte complexion. Shine Stopper is perfect for blackhead- and blemish-prone skin; ideal for combination skin with an oily t-zone (forehead, nose, chin).

Sources to support the claims made for Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge® Technology

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.

Key Ingredients: glycerin, silicone

Product Ingredients:

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).

DIRECTIONS: 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.

Additional Application Options and Tips

  • Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish works best when used with a lightweight liquid or powder foundation that also has a matte finish.
  • Those with oily skin should use a mattifying daytime moisturizer with SPF or a foundation with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.
  • Don't wear makeup? No problem! If you have oily skin or oily areas, Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish may be used alone. The finish is invisible.
  • Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish is excellent for men struggling with shiny areas, including on the scalp.
  • For best results, wait for your exfoliant and/or toner to set/absorb before applying Shine Stopper.
  • If using with one of Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrates, apply Shine Stopper after the serum.

Is Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish a primer?

Yes, in the sense that it helps those with oily skin maintain control over excess surface oil while smoothing skin's texture. These features help enhance makeup application and wear, so you'll see longer-lasting results and won't have to touch up frequently. For best results, make sure your foundation has a matte finish.

What exactly is Microsponge® Technology?

This proprietary technology works instantly and over time to help absorb and trap excess oil as it reaches your skin's surface. Much like a sponge absorbs moisture, Microsponge uses special porous polymers that not only absorb excess oil but also leave your skin feeling powdery smooth and fresh. Think of this technology as millions of spherical sponges working to keep your oily skin looking beautifully refined and perfectly matte without dryness or dullness.

Where does all of the excess oil go?

Once absorbed via the Microsponge® Technology, the excess oil remains trapped inside the unique polymers until they've reached their capacity to trap oil. Once this happens, you'll begin seeing excess shine on your skin; however, most will find that the technology built into Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish keeps excess oil (shine) in check for several hours. When you cleanse your face, the polymers holding the excess oil are simply washed away!

Does Microsponge® Technology involve the use of nanoparticles?

No, this technology was made possible without the use of nanoparticles.

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