RESIST Brightening Essence
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RESIST Brightening Essence
This lightweight fluid works to refine an uneven skin tone and revitalize a dull complexion for visibly brighter, radiant-looking skin.

RESIST Brightening Essence

Based on 54 reviews

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This lightweight fluid works to refine an uneven skin tone and revitalize a dull complexion for visibly brighter, radiant-looking skin.
  • Replenishing antioxidants brighten & revitalize skin
  • Instantly restores skin’s radiance for a healthy glow
  • Lightweight fluid texture
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Concerns:
Anti-Aging

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    $42.00
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Why is it different?
RESIST Brightening Essence is an innovative formula that contains a multi-brightening complex ideal for any skin type. The fluid texture has a concentrated blend of plant extracts, antioxidants, and skin soothing ingredients celebrated for their skin-brightening properties. Licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin C, and niacinamide, along with peptides, are infused in a quickly-absorbing delivery system to create intense, bright, and even results. The superior hydration delivered by two forms of hyaluronic acid increase the reflecting level of skin making it appear glowing and revived.

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What does it do?
Combines a powerful brightening complex of arbutin and licorice extract with a unique mix of plant and vitamin-derived ingredients, including acetyl glucosamine and vitamin C, that research has shown can improve a dull, sallow, ashen or uneven skin tone. Its formula works quickly to boost skin’s radiance for more luminous, even skin.

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How to use

Apply 2-3 drops onto face and neck. For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Research

Phytochemistry Letters, Volume 13, 2015, pages 35-40;

Journal of Cosmetic Science, January 2012, pages 43-54;

Asian Journal of Chemistry, April 2012, pages 1805–1808

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2014, pages 27-29; and February 2010, pages 22-41;

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 13, April 2008, pages 20–24;

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2010, pages 218-225; March 2007, pages 20-26; and December 2006, pages 309-315;

Skin Research and Technology, May 2006, pages 105-113; Pigment Cell Research, August 1998, pages 206-212

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Arbutin (skin-brightening), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-restoring), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (soothing extract), Arcostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (brightening plant extract), Morus Alba Root Extract (brightening plant extract), Niacinamide (skin-restoring ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring ingredient), Allantoin (soothing agent), Adenosine (skin-restoring ingredient), Silanetriol (antioxidant), Carbomer, (texture enhancer) Polysorbate-20 (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Sodium Citrate (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
 
3.7

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (38)
  • Evens skin tone (26)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Works effectively (19)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (15)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Irritates skin (8)
  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Ineffective (3)

Best Uses

  • Uneven skin tone (28)
  • Brightening (25)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (15)
  • Daily use (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (27), Beauty expert (13), Survivalist / minimalist (9), Skin care professional (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (11), Dry (7), Normal (4)

Reviewed by 54 customers

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5.0

Love it!

By Wifey

from Raleigh, nc

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    I use this every day as part of my morning routine. It goes on silly and feels great. I have had several people ask how I have such great skin since using this. Bravo!

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 45-59
     
    2.0

    Packaging is terrible

    By Lauren

    from Mississippi

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Enjoyed this product for about a week before the top broke and all of the product leaked out. I really enjoyed using this product before it broke, however I would not repurchase for fear it would happen again.

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      A hidden gem for me, but the dropper needs improvement

      By Leuca

      from Washington D.C.

      About Me Skin Care Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Evens Skin Tone
      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        This product snuck up on me. It's not something I think you would notice unless you're specifically looking to even your skin tone. My skin is normally pretty clear due to a very strict skincare regimen but I recently found myself battling lots of redness in the form of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after a bout of dermatitis from bug bites. I had bought it to try out before my recent skin flare up and hadn't noticed much at all, but since I've reintroduced this to my routine I can tell it's subtle yet effective. You don't need much as it spreads very easily; in that regard I think the dropper could stand to be improved. I find myself getting a drop, then dipping it back in to get another one so as to avoid pressing the button down too far and over-dispensing the product. I do two tiny drops on my forehead and each cheek, two around the mouth, and one for each eye area. I think the drops I dispense are likely smaller than the directions assume you would be applying, because I don't feel I'm using a lot of product, and this is a solid 1 oz of liquid.

        I would maybe agree that it's *slightly* tacky after application, but since this is always layered underneath other products it's a nonfactor for me as it seems to play well with the rest of my skincare.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery is always fast.

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        2.0

        So-so product, horrible dispenser

        By Liz

        from San Francisco

        About Me Beauty Expert

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          If you are using other PC products like Niacinamide or C15 boosters, you don't need this one in your lineup. The dispenser is horrible, difficult to dispense a consistent amount of product, I wound up putting it into another bottle.
          Also, your Key ingredient list font color is VERY difficult to see. Please use a darker color.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Fine.

          • Skin Type:
          • Normal
          • Age:
          • 45-59
           
          5.0

          Friggin Amazing

          By Sam

          from Ontario canada

          About Me Beauty Expert

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            This is the only thing I changed in my current skincare routine and there is a visible difference alraady. Within days my skin looked more refined and more taught. Normally after a work day I dread looking in the mirror... One week of using this and I still looked fresh at the end of the day. This will be a staple.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Would not buy again

            By Em

            from Vancouver

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Ineffective

            Best Uses

              Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:

              Absolutely no change at all. Money down the drain. :(

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was prompt

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing

              By Allthingsnatural

              from Florida

              About Me Beauty Expert, Skin Care Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Evens Skin Tone
              • Fine lines/Wrinkles
              • Lightweight
              • Premeasured, easy to use
              • Soothes Skin
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Brightening
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:

                This is an amazing product that does all that it says it does. It's easy to use as it's premeasured every time. Just press the button on the top, remove the dropper and dispense product. Couldn't be easier! This product is suitable for any skin type.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love, love, love

                By Jinx342

                from MIchigan

                About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Evens Skin Tone
                • Fine lines/Wrinkles
                • Lightweight
                • Soothes Skin
                • Works Effectively

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Brightening
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                  Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:

                  I must admit I didn't feel like this was impressive at first until I upped my serum game and began using a very small derma roller to enhance the absorption of all my serums- as well as really being religious about applying them. Wow! My skin went through the roof- even my plastic surgeon was amazed at how bright my skin was when I went in for my annual IPL treatment- she asked what I was using and I said "Paula's Choice! You really should carry her line in your spa bc her products actually work!" I barely had any brown spots on my face (and I have melasma usually) and I am also outside a lot bc I'm a competitive athlete- so thanks Paula for another great product!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Service is amazing!

                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Don't see a difference; Hate the dropper

                  By Leo

                  from VA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Ineffective

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:

                      I've come to realize that this is an unnecessary and extraneous product. Everything it is supposed to do, you can get from other PC products. I also think that, given the description of what the product is supposed to do, the label "brightening" is misleading. (Though, what does it mean to "brighten" skin, anyway?!) I saw no change in my skin after using a whole bottle. Also, egads, fix the dang dropper. If a serving size is 2-3 drops, include a dropper that can actually dispense that amount; I either got nothing, or a huge spurt. A total pain, and I wondered just how much of the cost is that fancy pain.

                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Like a sticky water

                      By Just My Truth

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Skin Care Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Breakouts
                      • Ineffective
                      • Irritates Skin
                      • No brightening
                      • Sticky film

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:

                        Let me first say that I know everyones skin is different, and finding the right products can seem defeating at times. I love love love and cannot do without the Skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant, or the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with retinol. I bought the Resist Brightening Essence because the Vitamin c-15 was not the brightening my skin the way it used to. I used the brightening Essence for three weeks and had to stop because 1) I saw absolutely no positive change on my face and 2) the change I did see was brighter breakouts. It didn't deliver any of what it said it is formulated to. As a 30 year old with a rough past and relationship with my skin, taking care of it and using only the best products is very important to me. This left my skin feeling sticky, and it broke out increasingly. I swear by Paula's products( I use around seven) and this just seemed like a huge waste of my money. I use the Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum now, which is amazing. I still am looking for a great brightener though.

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