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Neutrogena® Shine Control Primer


3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars46%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars10%
  • 1 Star7%
3.93 / 5 based on 267 Reviews

Product Description


Get a fresh start. Our oily skin primer helps your makeup to go on smoother and last longer, while optical modifiers help minimize the look of pores. This lightweight, non-greasy formula with rice protein technology acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil so skin stays shine-free and fresh looking all day. And it works perfectly with Neutrogena® Shine Control Makeup & Shine Control Powder. It’s full makeup coverage for oily skin.

  • 8 hour shine control primer with or without makeup
  • Matte finish that reduces the appearance of pores
  • Won't over dry skin or clog pores


  • Apply all over face after moisturizer and before foundation.

Water, Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Silica, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Silica Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

May contain: Mica, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide

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Neutrogena® Shine Control Primer
Neutrogena® Shine Control Primer
Reviews (267)
Q&A (22)
Media (27)
  • "primer mattifying with rice protein that helps to give a matte finish to the face controlling the appearance of the shine in the house by the excess of fat in the face." in 131 reviews
  • "i love nuetrogena...they are amazing. i will have to take a look into this product. i have oily skin and i hate how oily wearing makeup can make me at times. i will definitely have to try and buy this product. i love that it has acne fighting properties. i am thoroughly intrigued. " in 11 reviews
  • "this primer is rice based. it helps matteify the skin especially if you have oily skin. it works like a bb cream but without the foundation stuff. so it can be worn without make up while it helps your face looking matte" in 3 reviews
  • "The only downside is that it gives you that white complex, since it's using rice protein, so make sure to use a tinted moisturizer, a foundation, or a powder foundation on top of it; you can't use it alone. " in 1 review
  • "Keeps your makeup looking fresh and LOVE this. " in 1 review
Michele W.
Des Moines , IA
93 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I’ve seen a ton of rave reviews for this so I thought I’d try it out. When you have really oily skin, anything that says it’s matte and keeps the shine away, you’re willing to try. Plus it was only $10 at Target so I thought why not? When I put it on, it has these grainy things in it. I wasn’t sure if it was from the “rice formula” they use or what, but I didn’t like that. I also didn’t think it lasted very long. I still had to powder my t zone just as much as if i was using a regular primer. My personal opinion, it’s not that great. But there have been others that have used it with great results. Maybe I just got a bad tube, I don’t know, but I’m not willing to buy another one to find out.
Faye C.
10 reviews
I was super excited to try this out - when you have oily skin, anything that promises to keep your makeup matte and not shiney all day is worth a shot! Upon application I found that the consistancy was very grainy (not something I want under my foundation). As the day went on, I felt that my pores were too clogged, I felt very oily, and had to blot more often than usual. I stopped using this primer before it could cause a breakout.
Whitney G.
19 reviews
I heard so many good things about this primer from people with my same struggles. I decided to give it a shot and I have no idea what those people were talking about. This was a terrible primer for my combination-oily skin. It made my foundation look super dried out when I first applied it and it sweat all off in less than 2 hours. The texture was also very unappealing.
brenna f.
461 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I hate this primer, it feels gritty when you start rubbing it onto your face and to me it interfers with the way foundation applies on top of it. Its a shine control primer but by the end of the day im still pretty shiny. This is pretty expensive for a drugstore primer and if it would have worked good that would be fine but to me this is not worth the price.
Danielle R.
Hewlett, NY
65 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I apply this product every time I wear makeup. I love it and it does do what it is supposed to. My face no longer looks shiny or oily. Only downside was that it feels a little funky when I apply it it feels like grainy. it is kind of weird at first but I still continue to purchase it because I love it so much. 
Cassie L.
United States
11 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I've used this a couple times now and I'm not really impressed. I have oily skin so I was hoping it would take the shine away, however my forehead was still shiny later in the day and my whole face felt extremely oily, more than usual. I don't recommend this if you have oily skin.
∂αиιααα❤️ R.
Bealeton, VA
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
So i suffer from super oily skin , always :/ and i decoded to try this . First time i applied it it seemed like it had done the job . Days after using this the oil control didnt last too long . And if it does its just a little . It wasnt expensive so it was worth the try
Myia J.
14 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
When I need shine control for long wear, this is what I turn to. At first I was worried because it has a milky appearance after applying but after concealer and foundation application its hardly noticeable. I felt like it enhanced the longevity of wear for many of my foundations. The only drawback is for super hot humid days (I live in the south) I feel like it didn't last as long as it usually would. I do recommend this product though and would definitely repurchase.
haley m.
Houston, TX
76 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love this primer! Neutrogena always kills it! This primer is grainy and made with rice protein. Great for oily or combination skin! I love this primer so much it also smells tropical or like mangos! Please go get yourself this.
Crystal M.
59 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I did not really like the texture when applying. I actually feel like this product made my face break out and had a very oily effect to it. Did not feel as if it hydrated my face at all. I would not recommend this product.
Ashley D.
56 reviews
I have been using this primer to control the oil and shine on my face. If I don't, my makeup melts off by noon. Even with this product, several touch-ups are necessary thought out the day. Has anyone found a better primer for EXTREMELY oily skin?
Tika T.
30 reviews
Does this really control your oily skin? I was looking for a primer that will make my face matte.
Is this primer good to stay mate?
Brynn W.
Boise, ID
86 reviews
Will this keep an oily t zone at bay? Otherwise what do you suggest?
Renata A.
31 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Is it worth it? I'm extra oily and needs something that will keep me matte!!!!

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