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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 289 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 :).

  5. 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
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. RHONDA H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful product
    • My husband loves this stuff. He has very oily skin prone to breakouts. He is also a teacher who does worldwide video teaching, both same time and recorded. This keeps the shine down for the videos and doesn't break him out. He never travels for work without it!

  11. Tilana L. West
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fabulous
    • Wonderful product - I actually put it on over my foundation - my skin looks and feels so smooth.

  12. Hailey B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Absolutely amazing!
    • I used to use clean and clear oil absorbing sheets. Those were decent, but this stuff is amazing, I've never had something keep my nose matte for so long. In love with this product! 5 stars easily.

  13. Kimberly W.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Product EVER!!!
    • LOVE IT!!! I bought this as a sample, and I have to say I was skeptical! But after trying it just one time, I was sold! The product really does what it claims (at least for my face it does) and I am more than pleased with it. I have always struggled with sensitive oily combo skin, and this stuff takes care of the shine like nobodies business! I've used it a few times now, and am planning to buy the full size product! :-D

  14. carmelina p.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The free shine of my life.
    • OMG!!!!! I cannot believe it. finally after so many years I have found my HG. seriously I wanted to cry after I used the sample I ordered and realize that I had spend thousands of dollars in full size products that never work or did work for only couple of hours and when finally I found the one that really worked there was no more. I literally vacuum that little bag. I will be for now and ever one of your loyal costumers.. thank you soooo much. ps I already ordered the full size today.

  15. Jennifer G.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Listen to the good reviews, they're true!!
    • I have very oily skin. I feel like I've tried everything and nothing worked - Benefit's Porefessional and Smashbox's Oil-Free Primer did nothing for me. Using Clinique's Stay Matte Liquid Foundation rather than BareMinerals Matte helped a lot, but I still got shiny by 9:30. NOW when I apply this on top of my foundation my face is like porcelain and my makeup looks just applied for at least 6 hours. After that, just a little shine on my nose and touch up with powder. Once again, THANK YOU PAULA!!

  16. Melanie P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for super oily skin
    • I had such high hopes for this product. I used it several different ways to try to make it work. Over makeup, under makeup, both, to touch up. None worked. My oil broke through after less than an hour. My skin is very oily and this product could not stand up to my oil. Very bummed.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Hi there - we're sorry to hear this product didn't work for you. We encourage you to contact our Customer Care team, who can help find a product that might be more suited to your needs.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  17. K. H.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Where have you been all my life??
    • I've battled oily skin with terrible shine all my life. Its so bad that I look like a grease ball by 10am even after cleansing, using toner, and even with makeup. This product is amazing. I can use it with or without foundation, and either way my skin is completely shine free until mid to late afternoon (8-9 hours from when I initially put it on at 6am). What an amazing discovery. Already ordered more of this!

  18. Michele C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Only Product That Has Worked
    • Started writing this review & it turned into a rant session. It's just so frustrating dealing w/excessively oily skin. There's NO cure for blackheads, & huge pores that continually get clogged by extremely oily skin. There r things that help but honestly they barely make a difference. But THIS PRODUCT at least allows me to get through several hours of a day without the usual oil slick. It's the ONLY product that has. My advice - put it on thick, no foundation just powder & you'll be amazed

  19. Isabella
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    It works
    • While it doesn't save me from having to blot my face, it does enable me to go much longer before having to blot with blotting papers. I didn't apply this product as the directions indicated when I first tried it, so it sat unused for a long time. I finally used enough product and patted it into my skin today per the instructions, and it did a pretty darn good job considering I was out in 95% humidity and head for hours today. I would recommend trying it.

  20. julie m
    Reviewed on Monday, September 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lifesaver!
    • This stuff is great! Before using this my makeup used to slide off my t zone within a couple hours. Now, I dab this OVER my foundation and then apply powder on top, and my face is oil free for the whole day! I recommend applying it this way because it didn't work when I applied it under my foundation. Anyways, I love this stuff and the tube seems like it will last for years!

  21. Lori Z
    Reviewed on Friday, September 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Holy Grail for oily skin!
    • I have had oily skin all my life (I'm 53) and nothing has ever controlled my oily skin. This stuff is awesome! If it's really hot and humid, I may need to re-apply late afternoon, but otherwise I am oil free all day AND it doesn't dry out my skin either in my less oily zone or look chalky like some powders. I even use it on my eyelids to keep my eye makeup from sliding off. I highly recommend.

  22. Kelly
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Absolutley works!!
    • I have very oily skin and often throughout the day need to blot my skin and reapply powder. I took a chance on ordering this product and I'm glad I did. Each morning I apply my makeup at around 7am. Once finished, I use Shine Stopper over areas of my face that are oily...forehead and cheeks. Immediately, I feel a soft, powder like texture on my skin and this application lasts me up until about 4pm each day. It's great!!

  23. Sabrina W.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm disappointed that I didn't find this sooner than I did!!!!
    • I have extremely oily skin. I used to have the urge to wash my face halfway through the day just to feel clean. Using this in combination with Paula's Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense (which is surprisingly mattifying), I can easily go 12 hours and only look slightly shiny. I no longer need to excuse myself to go and blot in the bathroom. CONS: It can be over-drying. You have to make sure you exfoliate & moisturize so it doesn't magnify dry skin. Also, my nose still does get a little oily.

  24. David B.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This product saved my life!
    • I've struggled with oily/acne prone skin all my adult life. I work at a very hot and humid workplace at times and find that with two applications of the Shine Stopper, my skin will stay matte all night long. I've even gotten compliments on how good my skin looks, which is a first! I do have to reapply in the middle of the day but it usually keeps oil away for about 6 hours. I've been searching for a product like this and would recommend it to anyone!

  25. Amy R.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Use sparingly
    • As long as I use Shine Stopper sparingly, it works well for me to reduce the appearance of my pores through foundation. Without SS, my cheeks look like orange peel. With a small amount, and smaller than the pea size amount specified in its use instructions, it works well as a sort of spackle, which really evens out my foundation. If I use too much, my skin will break out by the end of the day in tiny whiteheads. I also use it under powder only, on days I will be out in humidity.

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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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