SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology
Based on 436 reviews


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 436 reviews


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
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.
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.
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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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

Just Awesome!!!!!!


I love this stuff!!! Keeps the irritating oily shine under control like no other!!! If you are unsure about buying, don't be!! And, a little goes a long way.....well worth the money!!!!




This stuff is amazing! Buy now!


This stuff is nothing short of a miracle. I was shocked that it actually works. I purchased a second tube a couple weeks later when I saw it on sale. Figured I should stock up. You tap it on after your concealer/foundation but before any powder. My skin is disgustingly oily, and I notice that's it's a lot less shiny midday when I wear this product. I don't soak through multiple oil-blotting sheets.




Made me breakout in a rash


First time wearing it all day made me break out in a red, itchy, flakey rash. I will be throwing this product away.


San Jose


Saddened that this product did not work for me.


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. :(

Oily Meg

Charleston, SC


Love this product. Paula, MAKE A TRAVEL SIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Need to make this in a travel size, for use in purse and in travel bag.




Oil Control


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.


Moorhead, MN


Love it!


I love this product. I have oily skin and sweat very easily and have tried blotting sheets that offer very temporary relief. I bought some samples of this product because of the excellent ratings and loved the results. The moment that pushed me to purchase a full size of it was when I used it after sweating up a storm dancing at a wedding - I first blotted the sweat off with a paper towel and then applied the shine stopped and I instantly looked as fresh as I did at the beginning of the day! Amazing!


Edmonton, Alberta


great product


I am totally satisfied with this product. it does more than i was expecting it to do. i have such an oily skin, especially during the summer months my face is quite shiny- not the kind we look to have though. So i had a trial sample from Paula's Choice and feeling very happy about the product so I would order a full size soon.


Kingston ON


Works when I put it under my makeup!


Shine Stoppper keeps my shine and oil away for the whole work day when I dab it on my entire face before makeup. It really doesn't take that long to do, it dries quickly, and it does an excellent job of creating a matte finish on my skin without drying or flaking. I'm not a fan of powder products. They are difficult to re apply when needed without looking cakey. I just use this and liquid foundation and I'm good to go.




LOVE this product!


I discovered this product a few years ago and have been a loyal customer since. When I first used it, I applied it under my make-up. Eh, not so good. So I decided to read the directions (yeah, hadn't done that the first time) and it specifically said to apply ON TOP OF your make-up. I followed directions and was very pleased with the results. My nose, chin, and forehead tend to be oily, and a dab of this stuff really does control the shine, and that's saying something for my skin. I live in the Deep South where it is very hot and humid in the summer, and while I may have a little break through shine during this time of year, it is nothing compared to the shine I'd have without Shine Stopper. Can't do without this product. Five stars!

Pam E

Deep South



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