SHINE STOPPER Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE Technology
Based on 739 reviews
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 739 reviews
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


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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.
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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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

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



I used this for the first time today and had to come post a review. My face is SUPER oily. I am usually blotting within a couple of hours of putting on makeup. I use mineral makeup so I tapped this all over my fave before applying and had to blot my fave one time today, and it still wasn't anywhere close to being as oily as it normally is. It's also 90 degrees and humid today! I've tried every face primer imaginable and none of them compare to these results. I'd say I'm at least 70% less oily that usual. I'm definitely a huge fan now!


La crosse, WI


Makeup with no makeup


This really is like the pretty Snapchat filter!!! I've never liked wearing makeup, but I always feel inadequate around people who do. This gives my skin that little something extra to smooth and even it out without having to use foundation or anything. It also really does seem to reduce the appearance of my pores. Highly recommended!




A must have!!!!


I've always had oily skin & this is the only product I have found that keeps the shine under control!!!! A little goes a long way & well worth the investment!!!


Bridgeton, NJ


This will be my staple


My BB cream base usually melts by mid day. This allowed my BB cream base to last through the night - even after 16 hours from start of work to the end of a night function. No shine. This will be my staple from now on.


Perth, WA


I cannot live without this


I have a very oily t-zone and normal skin everywhere else. I've been using this product every day for about 2 years now, and I don't remember what life was like without it!!! I put a bit on my t-zone everyday, and I am a different woman. I don't wear a lot of makeup, barely any usually, but this is always essential.


Sydney, Australia


Really works!


I have tried every kind of primer that is supposed to combat shine. None of them worked and by the end of the day, my makeup would slide right off my face with the amount of oil I produce. This, however, is amazing! It goes on as a light cream and dries to an invisible powder. By the end of the day, if I gently touch my skin, I can still feel the powdery finish and there is absolutely NO SHINE.


Melbourne, Australia


My favourite product


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.


South Australia


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


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




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



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