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, minimises the appearance of pores, and wears beautifully.

SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE® Technology

Based on 257 reviews

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This oil-control primer gives you a silky, powder-like finish that controls oil, minimises 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 minimising 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 (stabiliser), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.3

(based on 257 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (175)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Works effectively (7)
  • Mattifies/controls oil (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Non-greasy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (7), Minimalist (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (5), Oily (4)
    • Age:
    • 18-29 (5), 30-44 (3)

Reviewed by 257 customers

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5.0

My favourite product

By HappyHousewife

from South Australia

About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores

    I absolutely love this product! I'm in my mid 40's and have experienced a lot of shine on my T Zone that resembles an oil slick. After I've done my makeup I DAB this product gently all over my face but mainly on my T Zone. It really controls my shine and even though I still use oil control paper, I have cut my paper usage by half. It's the only thing that I have had any measure of success with in controlling my oily look. I only wish the tube was bigger. Btw, I do enjoy many Paula's Choice products and have been using them for years, but this is the first time I've actually sat down to write a review. Very important to DAB product gently over face and not rub. Will be purchasing this as a staple from now on.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery is always prompt and well packed. I have never had any issues with their postage and have been a customer for many years.

     
    5.0

    The product says it all...

    By Genie

    from Sydney

    About Me Minimalist

    Pros

    • Controls Breakouts
    • Easy To Use
    • Evens Skin Tone
    • Lightweight
    • Mattifies/Controls Oil
    • Soothes Skin
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Breakouts
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

      Have been using Paulas Choice Shine Stopper for just over a month now, and so far I'm impressed with the results. I have oily and acne-prone skin, but since using this product, my skin is definitely less oily than perusal. The products I use in my skincare and makeup routine is the same everyday, and since incorporating this product in my routine, I believe that in conjunction with the Resist BHA 2% Liquid, my blackheads on my forehead have massively been minimised and the pores on my jawline have reduced in size. Cheers to improvements!

      Service and delivery comments:

      Fast despatch and delivery!

       
      5.0

      Life saver

      By Katie

      from Melbourne, AU

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Mattifies/Controls Oil
      • Works Effectively

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

          The only thing that I've found so far that comes close to controlling the oil slick that is my nose and eyelids! (I've used 3 other primers and a bunch of matte foundations, but none have been as effective as this.)
          I apply a layer on my nose and eyelids after moisturiser, wait for it to dry (important) then apply foundation and the rest of my makeup, then apply another very light layer gently on top of everything. I don't bother with powder anymore because I don't need to. Definitely give two layers a go! Thanks Paula! Please, please don't discontinue this ever.

           
          5.0

          Where has this product been all my life

          By Shi

          from Melbourne

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Mattifies/Controls Oil
          • Works Effectively

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

              I usually get oily around my nose and t-zone area within half an hour of washing my face. I am forever powdering my nose to reduce the shine throughout the day.

              After using this, my makeup stays matte for most of the day. I have used a lot of powders before to get the matte look to stay but this product is the best to date. I either mix it with my foundation or apply it on top of my bb cream. I only wish I had found this product sooner.

               
              5.0

              Holy grail to combat oiliness

              By Makeup is mine

              from Melb au

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Controls Breakouts
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Mattifies/Controls Oil
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                Absolutely brilliant. Can be used as a primer under foundation and make up holds beautifully. No shine no oiliness at all even in the warmer months. An absolute gem of a product and I highly recommend it!

                 
                5.0

                Best oil/shine control I've ever used!!!

                By Atl

                from Brisbane, AU

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Mattifies/Controls Oil
                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                    For years I'vee been searching for an oil control product that actually works and doesn't just claim to. My skin is oilier than most people who say they have oily skin. So many 'top ten best oil control products' lists that I've tried over the years and this is the ONLY thing that has kept the shine at bay for more than half a day. It's fabulous! I came across it by accident when I ordered another product and chose it as a free sample.
                    Can't go without it now!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great To control oil

                    By Candy

                    from Sydney

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Pros

                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Softens Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Oily Skin

                      Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                      Really great to control oil, it keeps skin matte

                      Can go a little funny when used over makeup, I use a makeup sponge to dab and apply After I've put foundation and powder on

                      Make sure skin is moisturised or it will dry out

                       
                      5.0

                      This has changed the way I feel about my skin.

                      By Katie

                      from Sydney, AU

                      About Me Beauty Conscious

                      Pros

                      • Absorbs Quickly
                      • Keeps Skin Matte
                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Softens Skin

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Oily Skin
                        • Under Foundation

                        Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                        I use this primer daily under my foundation for work. My foundation used to slide off my face within a few hours as my skin became oily, I would constantly powder my face and worry about looking shiny. Now I don't give my face a thought all day, and when I touch it in the afternoon, it feels silky and dry. It is particularly fantastic the days after I have used the 2% gel the evening before. I can't believe what a difference it makes.. I won't be without it now.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best investment ever!!

                        By SPAN

                        from Wellington, NZ

                        About Me Beauty Conscious

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Evens Skin Tone
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reduces Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                        • Works Effectively

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Uneven Skin Tone

                          Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                          Love the smoothness on my skin and it actually works on my combination skin for a good 8-10 hours under makeup (ie. I mix it with my foundation). It glides on very smoothly and with other Resist products, my skin looks a lot better (no blotchiness) with make up. Also it evens my skin tone...no more Benefit Pore-fessional minimiser..i threw mine away and swear this is the best product ever for those who want powder like finish and minimises pores.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Best shine control product I've used to date

                          By Hannah

                          from NZ

                          About Me Beauty Conscious

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Mattifies/Controls Oil
                          • Works Effectively

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Shine Stopper - 30 ml:

                              I use this in the mornings over my makeup. I find it works best over rather than under. It sets to a light powder finish as indicated and needs to be dabbed on, not rubbed in which is fine to do. Keeps the shine at bay for a good number of hours (although not all day which is fine as I wasn't expecting it to!)

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