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Paula's Choice 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 hours. It controls oil, minimizes pores. This oil-control primer gives you a silky, powder-like finish that controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores, and wears beautifully, by itself or under makeup all day long.

  • Enlarged Pores
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Unique MICROSPONGE® Technology controls shine
  • Can be worn alone or under makeup


30 ml

Combination Skin Extra Sensitive Skin Oily Skin Redness Rosacea

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 weightless yet luxurious formula dries to a silky-soft, powder-like finish that smoothes out skin imperfections—your makeup will look better and last longer than ever!

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.

All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.

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).


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

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).

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 25 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.