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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Love, love, love
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
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!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Don't see a difference; Hate the dropper
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Like a sticky water
By Just My Truth
from San Francisco, CA
About Me Skin Care Professional
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.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Toronto, ON
About Me Beauty Expert
I see no results from this after using up the whole product using twice daily.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Has Become a Favorite
About Me Beauty Conscious
This product is really wonderful. I bought it not really knowing what to expect or if it would be worth the money but I now consider it essential to my routine. Gives me a wonderful glow that sometimes shocks me when I catch a glimpse of my skin in the mirror. Like someone is following me around with a beauty filter lol. Absorbs nicely and quickly, doesn't irritate my skin and my bottle has lasted a very long time. Definitely will purchase again and again. Thank you Paula for another incredible product that makes me feel beautiful!
from Boston, MA
I've been using this for about three weeks once a day in the morning. It hasn't done anything bad, but I don't see any difference. Then again, I don't think I quite understand what brightening is supposed to mean, anyway. I'm going to keep using it to see if anything changes but I don't have high hopes. I don't really like how it feels on my face when I put it straight on, I think I'll probably add it to my moisturizer going forward. I agree with the others about the dropper, it's a weird and silly design. What's wrong with a regular old dropper?
(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
took a while but now it's an essential
from Pleasant Hill, CA
I had this product sitting on my counter for awhile, tried it a few times, didn't "get it", left it alone. Then I read about it on social media or somewhere, and decided to give it another try, this time 2x/day, in the morning and then at night. And NOW I see what the other reviewers are raving about! My skin is definitely more alive, and as someone else mentioned, I suddenly find myself using less and less foundation. My only "gripe" is that the dropper is hard to use with one hand, as I normally would do---left palm open and right hand alone using the dropper. I have to use two hands to push the top down and it's clumsy to hold in one hand to release into the other to apply to my face. I wonder why this couldn't be a similar design to the Vitamin C and Niacinamide droppers? Also gets confusing as to of all these wonderful products, which do I really need for my skin to look its best? I now use a toner, Vitamin C serum, Niacinamide serum, this Resist Brightening Essence and my moisturizing sunscreen. I can't bear to think of putting a foundation primer on top of all this! But...this IS a great product and one I will fold into my essential products---I really saw a difference when I tried it 2x/day as recommended.
(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Great ingredients but it extremely irritated my face
from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
I would apply this after washing my face and before applying a moisturizer. I bought it because it seemed to be a mélange of the best post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation-fighting ingredients out there. Every time I used it, however, my face would turn bright red and feel extremely hot to the touch as if I had a fever. I put cold wash cloths, aloe, and ice on my face, but nothing worked until I discovered this was the issue. I stopped using it, and now my skin is back to normal. I have returned this item.
Shipping and delivery were all good.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Can't Live Without This
from Montclair, New Jersey
I was in immediately when reading what this product contains. It does not disappoint. However, it's effects take a little time - 3 weeks at least - and it sneaks up on you. Suddenly I am leaving off my foundation more and not feeling uncomfortable about it. When I do use foundation now I am reaching for tinted moisturizer because a regular (light coverage) foundation is not needed and seems too much. I love the texture. My only complaint is the dropper which dispenses way too much and it hard to regulate the amount you really need. I did not see the results with the vitamin C booster that I got with this. Remember - it takes a little time. I am 64 years old and I have the skin of a 40 year old because I use Paula's Choice and that's not hyperbole .
I'm in love!
from Circleville, Ohio
I have been eyeing this since it came out, but I held off getting it because my skin is extremely acne prone and when I find a routine that works I stick with it. Everything I use is from PC, I love this brand. Anyway, I finally ordered some samples and was amazed that my skin looked more even the next morning. After three days of use I ordered the full size. I had a recent breakout that left me with some spots even though the actual pimple is gone and I'm telling you that next morning they were lighter. My boss is always joking with me about my hair and makeup, like your eyebrows are darker or are you using something different on your eyes, things like that, but after using this three days he walked in and asked what I'd done differently because I didn't even look like myself. Using the brightening essence is the only thing I'd done differently. If you're thinking about trying this don't hesitate, at least order a few samples. I got four sample packs and it's lasted eight days and I probably still have another few days left.
My delivery was very prompt, I've never had any issues with Paula's Choice shipping.