My experience with this product has been much more positive than many of the other reviews I have read here, but that may be because I don't use a foundation. I just use a concealer under my eyes and wherever there might be a little splotch or two. I just use the anti-shine product in the "t-zone", right over my moisturizer/sun screen (after it soaks in). Although the feel and texture of this product was a surprise and a little hard to get used to (rather slippery, almost like a dry silicone), I love the look of it. My skin goes from looking oily/shiny to dewy, but not shiny, which I much prefer to most powders which look very flat/matte and can get cakey after multiple applications. It holds up very well. To touch up, I just blot with a tissue midday, but I have much less shine at that point than when I used to use powder. Also, I am prone to breakouts and I haven't had any problems with this product in that regard.
when i first received this...i thought, "oh what a cute lil compact!" which it is...and since my VERY oily skin had been testing my nerves lately, i wanted to give it a try. well...this doesnt work! im one of those girls that carries a pressed powder compact w/ me where ever i go...i thought this product would be my salvation, it really just sucked.
Cute little compact! But useless. Expensive and ruins my make up.
Makes it look more cakey when applied on. I don't like this. Napkin even does better than this compact anti shine thing. I don't ever use this I just bring it along for mirror use. I could of used my money on somthing else.
I dunno how to use this because any way I try doesn't work. I can manage to de shine the area between my brows which always gets oily first but as for any kind of expanse of skin? I don't *think* so!
When I first got it I thought 'Wow. It's so tiny.' but it doesn't matter cos you'll never finish it cos you won't use the dumb thing!
Honestly I don't even take a pressed powder compact anymore now that I have this. I'm MMM and this doesn't turn cakey white on me like I expected. If I put on foundation and powder in the morning, all I need is this cute little tool to touch up the oilies during the day. A product that really delivers!
o.k. the little compact is very cute. Even tho i tend to be a dry/combo, i do need touchups by the mid-afternoon...But this white stuff is absolutely horrid! Don't know what i was thinking buying this without consulting with you guys...doesn't control shine at all and it totally ruined my makeup and had to wash everything off in a public restroom. didn't make a difference as to how i applied it...major disappointment.
I will go back to my philosophy's on a clear day,(which is the only product from the line i love)...a little dab of that works wonders and doesn't smear up your foundation.
I agree with the majority here in saying that this product isn't very effective agianst oily / shiny skin, I returned it right away. Since I am new I can't post a review for the photo matte compact from smashbox (new), I thought I'd do it here. This is truly amazing stuff, it actually has what seems to be the same ingredients as the original anti-shine in the tube. I have never seen anything work that quick to pick up shine and excess oil and look almost traceless and need little to no touching up, no need to use a lot or you could end up over doing it. The only problem is it comes in only 3 colors. But, if you can find one that matches, skip the anti-shine compact and go with the photo matte one.
The Antishine a friend had worked quite well on me, so I decided to try the compact out, thinking it'd be more portable and easier to apply while on the go. Unfortunately, the ingredients are completely different! The Antishine has a magnesium compound as its mattifier, the compact just has silicone- which is the ingredient used in all the other "mattifiers" that don't work on me. It is difficult to apply with the included sponge, and once on, tends to look a little chalky. Despite the chalky effect, it does nothing to control shine or oil- I think my skin felt even slicker when I used it! (Prolly because of the silicone). Definitely would not buy again. Why couldn't they use the same formulation? At least I know magnesium works for me- but I really wish I could find a cute and convenient way to carry a little bit around with me for touch ups.
This does not hold back shine as well as other products I've tried. The texture and applicator make it difficult to apply smoothly. I would not recommend this product.
My nose is super oily and this product seems to work well for just that area. I am afraid it may break me out over time but so far so good. Pricey but if no breakouts - worth it.
edited: it didn't take long but if did clog my pores and give me small bumps on my nose. oh well it was a good try.