I love this silicone shine reducer. It takes a simple dab to apply and lasts way longer than I expect! I have combo skin, that errs more to the oily side as my day goes on. Best to not rub it on, just dab - makes all the difference in the world!
I ditched the chunky sponge applicator that came with the product as it was too big, unruly, ugly & didn't fit inside the compact either! Instead I bought disposable sponge applicators that are thinner and less obnoxious. I also depotted the product (no, it wasn't easy either and I depot a bunch of products routinely) and put it in a thinner compact that allowed room for the sponge applicator to fit inside as well.
I don't find the silicone to occlude my pores or irritate my skin in the least. It simply leaves a matte finish. I also only apply to my t-zone as I like a little glow to my cheeks. Well done Mally, except the packaging. Ugh the packaging!