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 443 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 443 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (312)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (34)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (95)
  • Mattifies/controls oil (68)
  • Easy to use (59)
  • Works effectively (57)
  • Non-greasy (32)

Cons

  • Ineffective (7)
  • Not effective (6)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Irritates skin (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (30)
  • Oil control (13)
  • Enlarged pores (12)
  • Oily skin (12)
  • Breakouts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (65), Survivalist / minimalist (40), Beauty expert (17), Skin care professional (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (70), Oily (69), Dry (3)

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5.0

My new favorite

By PK

from Oconomowoc,WI

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    I bought this product based off of the great reviews I read and had high hopes for it, but it wasn't working for me. I tried applying after foundation like the directions, but it made my pores look larger and my skin tone uneven. I then tried to use it before my foundation but that made my foundation apply unevenly. I was about to give up on this when I thought about the other PC products I use, and decided to try blending it with my foundation prior to applying.....Success! I didn't see any other reviews stating they blended it but this works great for me, I can get through the workday without looking so shiny people would think I'm sweating. It also doesn't clog my pores like other primers/mattifiers have. I'm absolutely in love with this product.

    • Skin Type:
    • Oily
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    1.0

    Dislike

    By Haley

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

      I had previously written a review for this product but wanted to write another to make note of the "ghost" shadow it leaves on my face. As you can see from the photos, the areas where I applied this are much brighter than the rest of my face when applied as directed (tapped on over top of makeup).

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

      Amazing

      By Polina

      from Toronto

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores

        Use daily on my forehead. Everything is perfect and works great!!!!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        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

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