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 63 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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    1 oz
    $42.00
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    $2.00

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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®

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3.8

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Evens skin tone (26)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Works effectively (19)
  • Soothes skin (18)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Uneven skin tone (34)
  • Brightening (25)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (19)
  • Daily use (13)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (30), Beauty expert (16), Survivalist / minimalist (10), Skin care professional (5)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (16), Dry (7), Normal (5), Oily (3)

Reviewed by 63 customers

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5.0

BEST AND QUICKEST RESULTS FROM A SERUM EVER

By Jenn

from Manhattan

About Me Beauty Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Noticed a difference right away. Very light even on my oily/combo skin. Decreased acne and made my skin look healthier overall. Actually like the dropper bottle. Have tried literally every Paula product (and other brands from high to low price point). THIS WORKS.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt as always!

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    Will never be without this product

    By Tatertot

    from Spokane, Wa

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      I started using Paula's products in April of 2017, I ordered this essence at that time. My skin went from okay to amazing when I started Paula's line. I had been using benzoyl peroxide for years and could not go a day without it or my skin would start to break out...well I quit using benzoyl peroxide about a month after I started using the products..i was truly amazed. My skin was clear and hydrated looking.

      When I ran out the essence I didn't repurchase, I thought that the other products I was using were the key to my brighter, less oily, and acne free skin..within a few weeks, my skin started looking a little dull, congested, and I had some minor acne return...i had not changed anything else but omitting this product. So I repurchased and began using this faithfully twice a day again a little over a week ago, now my skin is already almost back to 100% again. I have tried other brightening products, but this one my skin just responds to. When I first started using this, my skin burned a little when I applied, but after a week, the sensation is gone.

      I have oily, easily easily congested skin that can turn into pimples if not addressed immediately. I have also used retin a for approximately 12 years for closed comedonal acne (rough congested bumpy skin). The other skin care products I use are the resist toner, serum, and moisturizers with and without spf. for oily skin on a religious twice a day regimen.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Always great service and prompt delivery.

      • Skin Type:
      • Oily
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      Like the product and the packaging

      By Kola

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Initially, I found this product somewhat ineffective until I started using it twice a day, mixing it with one of the PC serums. In a matter of weeks, my skin looked brighter and more even-toned. I LIKE the packaging, more so than the other boosters' droppers. I find it easier to use if you hold it like a syringe although I do agree with another reviewer that it would be nice if the dropper went further into the bottle. I just poured the last few drops out into my hand and then screwed the top back on to make sure I used all of the product.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery is always prompt with PC.

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        I really like this

        By BC

        from Colorado

        About Me Beauty Expert

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Redness/ Blotchiness
          • Sensitive Skin
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          At first I wasn't sure it was doing anything but after using it over time, I can see my skin is smoother, more even in coloring and feels softer than before I added this product to my skin care routine. I haven't had any problems with the dropper bottle. I will continue to purchase.

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

          Surprising Results!

          By Aloha Princess

          from Honolulu, HI

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Moisturizes
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            I've always believed that all of the skin brightening products on the market were just more advertising hype. Who defines what "brightening" is anyway? But since I have used PC's oily & combo skin products for many years now, I thought I would give this brightening essence a try.
            Wow! I'm so glad that I did! After using it twice a day for about a month, my skin tone is much more even and the dark freckles and patches have faded considerably. Like the other PC serums, it also helps to reduce the fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes. I substituted the brightening essence for the Resist ultra light serum and seem to get much better & visible results from the brightening essence. I also ordered the Radiance Renewal Mask but it's a very hot and humid summer right now so I'm waiting until fall to try it out.
            Unlike some of the other reviewers, I haven't had a problem with the button dropper. But I do press the button very gently and carefully!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was very prompt as always & everything arrived in great condition.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
             
            2.0

            they have to change the packaging

            By Enna

            from Philadelphia PA

            About Me Skin Care Professional

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

                love the product but would not buy until they change the dropper top...

                 
                5.0

                THE ONLY PAULA'S CHOICE SERUM I CAN USE

                By Ann

                from Chicago

                Verified Reviewer

                I'm absolutely in love with this essence/serum. It's hydrating, brightening, and contains ingredients that help calm my rosacea prone skin. It's also one of the few products by Paula's Choice that doesn't break me out because it doesn't contain Panthenol or silicones which break me out horribly. Please never discontinue this product or change the formula. The only thing I don't like about this product is the packaging. Please change it.

                 
                2.0

                Ineffective

                By Science Chick

                from United States

                About Me Beauty Expert

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                • Not Effective

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                *Pro:
                -Absorb easily into my skin
                -Skin feels soft after application
                *Con:
                -Did not do anything to my skin, neither brightening nor adding radiance.
                -I hate the pump and the bulky bottle. I have seen many many 1 fl oz glass bottle that designed to be very slim and functioning. Why can't PC just use the same design and style as their booster? Nice, thick, slimming glass with a dropper.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                3.0

                Quick Results; Poor Packaging

                By mkc

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Brightening
                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                • Packaging

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                I saw results after just one day with this product, brighter, better-looking skin. If I forget to use it for a few days and go back to it, I can tell the next day that I used it. It seems to be working very well for my skin, though I can't use it on my neck, which seems to get irritated by one of the ingredients. But as some other folks have commented, I HATE the dropper packaging. In addition to the dropper itself being difficult to position (there's a push-button on the top, not a squeezing action on the sides), the dropper can't reach the bottom of the bottle. So now I am at the point of not being able to use the dispenser, and having to remove it and tip the bottle upside-down to dispense product. The bottle is also very heavy for its size, so I can't tell how much is in there, and I always end up pouring out too much. Lastly, because the packaging itself is so heavy, it's hard to tell when you're running out. Bottom line is that I really like this product, but I won't reorder it unless it's repackaged. It's too much effort, waste, and frustration, and also I have to wonder whether the dropper issues expose the product to more air that should be the case.

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

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