Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
1 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment is targeted for those struggling with brown spots, uneven skin tone, and a dull complexion. The formula contains a complex of research-proven vitamin- and plant-based ingredients that fade brown spots and refine skin tone so skin takes on a more radiant and youthful appearance.

Its lightweight, silky-soft texture instantly provides a more luminous complexion (courtesy of the mineral pigments), while skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients target multiple signs of aging.

As with any skin-lightening or -brightening product, continued use, coupled with daily application of sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater (this is a must!), will prevent discolorations from coming back and keep new discolorations from appearing.

Its pearlescent finish and lightweight feel work beautifully under makeup—no foundation primer needed—and it can be used by all skin types, including those prone to breakouts.

  • Vitamin- and plant-based ingredients fade brown spots and refine skin tone.
  • Radiant finish instantly enlivens dull skin.
  • Lightweight, silky texture suitable for all skin types (even breakout-prone).
  • Goes above and beyond with ingredients to target multiple signs of aging.
  • None.

Instantly illuminates skin for a radiant complexion as it works to reduce dark spots and correct uneven skin tone. Helps fade tan to brown marks from past breakouts and works to repair multiple signs of aging. When used with an effective sunscreen, prevents new brown spots from forming. Designed to work beautifully under makeup and may be used twice daily.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-repairing ingredient/melanin inhibitor), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient/melanin inhibitor), Butylene Glycol, Silica (slip agents), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Morus Alba Root (White Mulberry) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extracts/melanin inhibitors), Ceramide 1, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3 (skin-repairing ingredients), Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract (antioxidant/anti-inflammatory plant extracts), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol (skin-repairing ingredients), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone (silicone skin conditioning agent), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone thickener) Pentylene Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 40 (emulsifiers), PEG-10 Dimethicone (silicone thickener), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (thickener),Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (polymer), Carbomer (gel-based thickener),
Isohexadecane (dry-finish solvent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent),Polymethyl Methacrylate (film-forming agent), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (mineral pigments), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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No effect. Doesn't live up to claims on label

I used this regularly for 6 months in combination with other Resist products and religious use of high spf sunscreen. I saw no improvement in my dark spots that I had when I started or my wrinkles. And have noticed a few new spots appearing. What is the "instant radiance" that this imparts? Is this referring to the specks of iridescence in the lotion? Doesn't Beautypedia criticize other products for this type of claim? The only thing I like is that the lotion has a pleasant non-tacky texture.

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Beautypedia Team Response

We're sorry these products didn't work well for you. Know that you can contact us for a refund, as we do stand behind our products. We're also proud to say that the vast majority of our customers see wonderful, often dramatic results with the Resist line. It won't work the same for eveyone, which is one reason we offer a money-back guarantee!

The instant radiance comes the the finely milled mica pigment this product contains, which leaves a subtle, non-sparkling glow on skin. We only criticize other products that offer this effect if they do so under the guise that something miraculous is happening to skin, like eliminating dark circles, puffiness, or some other facial issue. The mica adds a glow, that's it.

No Change In Age Spots

I love Paula's products. This product did not have any effect on my age spots.

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Susan M
Gettin' There!

I have just finished month one of using this product, and I am seeing some results on the lighter spots. Will continue for 2 more months. Also using Resist C15 with it. And yes, using a good sunscreen along with it. ;)

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Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment

I couldn't tell a diffence in my skin after using a full tube and applying twice daily. But, I have been using prescription .05% Retin A and Neostrata 15% alphahyroxy acid on alternate days for years. I stay out of the sun and use a 30 or higher suncreen every day. So my skin may be "as good as it gets."

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Great for under eye area

I pat this on my under eye area each morning for an instant brightening effect, plus it has just enough moisture to perk up the eye area without causing my concealer to slip. I use it on other areas nightly to ward off dark spots from years of way too much tanning.

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