RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
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RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.

RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

Based on 77 reviews

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A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.
  • Targets fine lines & wrinkles
  • Preps skin for a perfect makeup application
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Prevents early signs of aging
  • Lightweight, silky texture
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 is a lightweight, silky primer serum that combines broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with a mix of plant-based, soothing antioxidants known to safeguard skin from environmental damage. But that’s just the beginning, because this anti-aging primer also beautifully enhances makeup application and wear, so you’ll see better-looking skin and makeup.

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What does it do?
Prevents premature aging and contains antioxidants green tea, coffee seed, and chamomile to help defend against the visible effects of pollution and environmental attack. This unique formula’s silky serum texture softly blurs fine lines and large pores for a younger-looking, smoother complexion.

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How to use

For full sun protection, apply liberally and then apply your foundation. For use just as a primer, apply a pea-sized amount to face over your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen or under your foundation with sunscreen.

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Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 4.0%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 4.0%

Other Ingredients: Isododecane (texture enhancer), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture enhancer/skin-softening), Butyloctyl Salicylate (skin-softening),Polysilicone-11 (texture enhancer), Bisabolol (skin soothing), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Retinyl Palmitate (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration), Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Physalis Angulata Extract (skin soothing), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (skin-restoring), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (antioxidant).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.1

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (57)
  • Lightweight (49)
  • Smooth (47)
  • Blends well (29)
  • Easy to take-off (26)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Causes breakouts (4)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Irritates skin (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (40)
  • All skin types (26)
  • Sensitive skin (20)
  • Daily use (9)
  • Going out (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (31), Natural style (29), Survivalist / minimalist (4), Beauty conscious (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Normal (4), Combination (3)

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5.0

Solves All Sunscreen Problems

By Lisa

from Washington DC

About Me Minimalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Doesn't Stink
  • Invisible

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin

    I hit the jackpot with this one. This is the only sunscreen that I don't hate to put on my face. Now, my skin is slightly sensitive but much less so than years ago when I could never have worn this, but I had no problems at all. And for this I am so grateful because i'm brown skinned and this is clear. No more bluish white halo or ghostly photos of my face because of being forced to wear a physical sunscreen. Putting it on it feels like any other silicone-y slippery primer, which is too lightweight to cross over into the greasy category. It has a slight sunscreen smell but it disappears within minutes and leaves a natural satin finish. Several years ago I had the most sensitive (even my own tears would burn) skin that was also super super dry and I have rosacea. Since using exclusively Paula's Choice products with prescription ivermectin I have normal, clear, smooth skin. I was so happy that this is something I could wear under makeup but then I realized that I don't need makeup and whenever I wear it I end up taking it off because I look better without it. So I just go barefaced with this, mascara and lipgloss. Thanks Paula!!!!

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

    Amazing product

    By Lindsay

    from New York

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Sensitive Skin

      This product is just what I was looking for! I have combo skin and in the summer especially, my face gets shiny almost immediately after applying my makeup. This is perfect! Once I have all of my makeup on, it looks so much less shiny. Only a slightly healthy dewy finish remains. My makeup stays in place all day. I seriously love this product and I love that it has SPF30.

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

      Feels like nothing's there - amazing!

      By Rebecca

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        I received this as a free gift and didn't even know what a primer was....had to Google it! I don't wear makeup, but I thought I could still use it as a sunscreen. WOW! This stuff glides on and quickly absorbs so that it feels like nothing's there, but my skin is somehow improved. Not sure how to describe what I am noticing, but my skin just looks nicer. I cannot emphasize enough how much it feels like there is nothing there. All the other Paula's Choice sunscreens leave either a tight, tacky, greasy, or dry feeling. This is a sunscreen that = your skin, only better! I rave about this product to my friends.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Very prompt. Thank you!

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

        Holy Grail indeed!

        By Patsy

        from Louisiana

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Redness/ Blotchiness
          • Sensitive Skin

          This is the very first Paula's sunscreen that doesn't make my eyes continuously water! It mixes easily with any of my leave-on Paula's products and works especially well with BHA Lotion for a great feel on my face, neck and decolletage. RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 with the tint looks beautiful, but "melts" into my eyes within 30 minutes. I had hoped that the CALM SPF 30 Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin would work for me but it also made my eyes water. This serum is so light it never melts on my face and even after sweating it doesn't run into my eyes. No eye irritation at all after using daily for two weeks, and I even got brave enough to use it on the undereye area!

          • Age:
          • 60+
           
          5.0

          The 1product that I will not do without

          By Deanna

          from Vidor, Tx

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            I live In the south, have oily skin and I am in the sun often. I am also menopausal so finding a minimal product to do the heavy lifting of sun block, anti aging, primer for large pores AND doesn't have a heavy greasy feeling is almost impossible UNTIL NOW. I LOVE THIS STUFF! Perfect product. Not enough stars.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            4.0

            2 out of 3 ain't bad...

            By JennyA

            from Minnesota

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              I've been hoping PC would do a primer for ages because I sometimes have issues with wearing my PC sunscreen/moisturizer, a primer and a gel foundation at once. It tends to ball up. This eliminates the need for the moisturizer with sunscreen, especially if I'm using a BB cream. The primer goes on smooth, and provides a nice, no cast sunscreen. I have used many different primers and I'd say this one is merely average in terms of how it keeps makeup on my face. It's better than nothing, but not as good as MAC Prep and Prime or NYX Mineral Veil. My skin has a tendency to eat make-up and I touch my face a lot during the day. The area around my mouth seems to be the hardest to keep covered. PC's primer failed this test, sadly, but I will keep using because I like the sunscreen/serum part of the deal.

              • Age:
              • 45-59
               
              4.0

              Change marketing, its an SPF winner

              By Lisa

              from Fl

              About Me Minimalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                I agree with a previous commenter, that this should be marketed more as a sunscreen and less as a primer. If you're using this as your primary SPF, it's extremely comfortable and pleasant. I think customers have come to associate primers with more of a heavy silicone product that blurs pores and this doesn't do that. It's a good product, just change the marketing! If you're sensitive to chemical filters like I am, try the Resist SPF 30 instead.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Prompt delivery.

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

                LOVE this product! The SPF is the icing on the cake!

                By Linda

                from N.C.

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  This primer is positively outstanding! It feels luxurious and soothing and serves as a perfect primer. The SPF is truly a deal maker. I cannot recommend it more highly. Although I use and love many PC products, this is my first review. Thank you for this lovely product!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Dry
                  • Age:
                  • 60+
                   
                  5.0

                  OMG the best!

                  By emoseal

                  from toronto, canada

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    i like to use a product with SPF everywhere on my face, even around my eyes. enter this product.
                    i have struggled with dark circles and fine lines for years. concealer only creeps into my creases and highlights the aging i do have.
                    but now with this primer, my concealer doesn't settle into the lines nearly as much, and my makeup stays floating above my wrinkles!

                    please never discontinue this product. HOLY GRAIL.

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

                    Makes a big difference

                    By Nancy

                    from NY

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Softens Skin
                    • Soothes Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      At 57 I realized I needed new foundation - can't be so minimalist anymore! I couldn't understand why my new foundation looked 'wrong' every time I put it on. First thought I had the wrong shade, then thought it must be the formula, that I could not get it to look natural. It settled into my lines and was entirely too noticeable. This primer underneath makes all the difference. Really impressed with it.

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

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