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About Me Minimalist
Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:
I combine this with 1% Retinol booster and 2%BHA at pm and 2% Bha in the am followed by spf 50. Voila! Clearer and brighter skin! Replaced the Vit C booster. This will definitely be mainstay in my regimen. I use one pump (approx 3-4 drops), so I'm using a generous amount for my face and neck. It has faded some acne marks. I just love this product!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Irritation around eyes
from Austin, TX
About Me Beauty Conscious
As one of the people who had a serious eye-area reaction to the Resist Super Antioxidant Serum, I have learned to be very careful when trying a new PC product near my eyes. Sadly, this otherwise lovely product caused the same severe swelling, itching, and rash as the serum and took a week or so to manifest as in the previous case. I was able to use up the Serum on my arms without any additional irritation but this product is now causing a tight itchy sensation anywhere I put it (and making my eyes swell hugely, even if I'm vigilant about not getting it near my face). I'm sure it's a great product to those who can use it. I thought the texture was great and the packaging wasn't as bad as I expected. Just thought I should post a warning so that anyone who had a reaction to another product would be aware to go slowly and travel with a tube of cleanser just in case.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
no results yet
About Me Beauty Expert
Hm, I like the texture of this product and it has not broken me out. But I don't see ANY difference after a week of using it twice a day. I'll see if using the whole bottle has any effect, but I'm not optimistic.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great great product!
I am 53, dry skin with discoloration and brown spots.I am a fan of all PC products but I had no results with the hydraquinone gel , dark spot eraser. My skin could not tolerate that product, so I was trying all high end brown spot lightening products on the market both in europe and usa with little to no result. I think my dark spots got the answer from the ingredient arbutin, which this product contains. It's been only one week now, that I have started to use this serum. I only used it in the evening because I was afraid of irritation. Nothing! No irritation, and woowwww!! Also my wrinkles already look much better.I use this serum after cleansing , I massage it aspecially over the dark spots. Then I wait a few minutes so the product sinks into the skin. I finish my routine with mixing few drops of the niacinamid booster into the calm moisturizer. I will start using it also in the morning, because after one week with no irritation and better looking skin I want faster results:) I will definitely continue to order this serum. Even the most sensitive skin should give it a try!!
(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
from Los Angeles, CA
About Me 1970s 80s Skin Abuser, Beauty Conscious
Nothing short of amazing. I use Brightening Essence day and night, and get constant compliments from acquaintances, carded by clerks when I ask for the senior discount, and stink-eyed glances from friends who just can't believe that state of the art skin care products and commitment to a routine can REALLY lead to such fabulous skin. Both sisters have asked if I had 'work'. NOT!!!PC products are just turning back time, and Brightening Essence tops the cake. My skin is more evenly toned, brighter, and I'm wearing less make up (loving L'Oreal's Lumi Cushion) and feeling truly beautiful. The only drawback for an independently-spirited person such as myself, is I will be forever reliant on PC products to look my best. I totally trust her formula-driven line, no animal testing, and innovative approach to brilliant skin care. I am a customer for life.I'm 58, oily-combination skin, lg. pores, acne scars and rosacea from years of baby oil tanning, phisohex (a cleanser, later banned as carcinogen), rubbing alcohol and sea breeze. You just wouldn't believe how great my skin looks now!
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
A new staple for a bright smooth skin texture
I've been using this for about 2 months and I LOVE it. I am nearing 40 with crater pores and years of sun damage. The past two years I've started investing in my skin and found some great products, many of them by Paula's Choice. I took a hiatus from all products except for my rx tretinoin and hydroquinone (along with the basics from my derm) for 3 months straight and was unsatisfied with the lack of results. 2 moths ago I went back to my PC products and found this, along with the retinol and new mask and my skin has never looked better. I have fairly bullet proof skin. I will get flushed from too much exfoliation or retinol but instead of breaking out in pimples I get very congested pores and a rough feel to my skin. I've been using this religiously twice a day and it's amazing. Along with an exfoliant and retinol with alternating days I now have the results I was looking for from the rx products minus the peeling skin. My skin feels so balanced. I've finally realized you do not need a thick cream to feel hydrated. Instead I like layering more fluid textures and finally for the first time my skin feels balanced and doesn't bounce between dry/tight, and greasy in the t-zone. DO NOT underestimate the power of sun protection! It's a must if you are trying to correct anything. This will always be a staple, and if I ever have to cut my ridiculous amount of skin care this will be one of my staples. If you are trying to correct discoloration or sun damage be patient. I've been using a vitamin C and niacinamide for years but never felt like it made much of a difference. Adding this now and I am finally seeing a change. It could just be the amount of time I've been using such ingredients is finally paying off but I don't think it's all coincidence that 2 months after adding this my skin looks and feels this good. Be careful not to drop the dropper. I dropped the entire container in my bathtub while I was about to screw the cap on. When they say air tight they mean it because nothing came out of the bottle as it fell and rolled around but I broke the dropper. I'm tempted to drop my other serums and save myself some money because this also has a silky moisturizing feel. I cannot tolerate the feel of cream/lotion and my skin feels like silk after this and not tight at all. My skin is dry/combo.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
A MUST HAVE
from BRITISH COLUMBIA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
I am surprised to hear about all the negative reviews. I however absolutely LOVE this product and I am thrilled to have come across it in an advertisement email. I am 30 yrs old and found my skin to look dull and uneven in tone. I also had dark under eye circles. Whenever I looked in the mirror without makeup, I would wish that my skin was just brighter, because it had a dull appearance to it. After purchasing it , it took a while to get application right but I find the best way to use it for me is in the morning - I mix 3 drops in a pea size amount of moisturizer and rub over my face and down my neck after cleansing and toning. I mix it in with moisturizer because I find it difficult to apply straight because it absorbs super fast. I also just use it once a day on my entire face but twice under eyes. I kid you not but after a week of using it, someone told me that my skin looks "radiant" and a week later someone else commented that I look "vibrant"... 2 compliments that I never hear. I also have experienced a noticable improvement in dark circles and blotchiness, and I feel more beautiful. I am wearing less makeup. I am SO HAPPY to have found this. This has not aggravated my skin at all, it has also not caused breakouts and I have blackhead/clogged pore prone skin. I don't have issues with age spots or melasma so I can't be sure if it would work well but I think it is definitely worth a try. Thank you so much PC! Please don't ever stop making this!!!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Water light serum really does brighten
By Sue M
I use a lot of PC products. Didn't think another one would make much difference, but I was wrong. Lovely glowing skin. Some people here are saying that it is sticky or even gel like. I wonder if they are reviewing the right product here. The Brightening Essence is like water - it is not thick, or gel like in any way. Maybe they are thinking of the Brightening Mask, which is thicker and gel like. Also a great product.
I can't stop touching my face and neck!
from East Brunswick, NJ
Wow!!! Just used this for the first time last night, and I can't believe what my skin feels like this morning! It is like a miracle! My face and neck are so soft and smooth I am completely amazed. Love it! I really don't have the time to write reviews in my hectic life....but I had to sit and write this one. Beautiful texture and application. Amazing!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Roanoke, VA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Skin Care Junkie
I really wanted to love this serum/essence. It has ingredients that my skin has loved in other products, and Paula's products are always elegant in texture. But this caused similar issues for me as the Calm series serum. It left a smothering, occlusive film on my skin that I found extremely aggravating. I realize this is likely an issue with my skin/preferences, but it was sticky and never seemed to quite absorb, even if I put it on right after toner, before toner, after moisturizer-- I tried it in every place in the routine. It still left me feeling sticky and tacky, even with only the tiniest amount. The tackiness left me feeling itchy and uncomfortable-- I can't handle serums that don't seem to absorb. Paula's Super Antioxidant Serum is amazing at soaking right in and my skin loves it-- I was hoping this would be another, more brightening product to add to my arsenal, but I couldn't handle the feel. My skin is also rather sensitive and unpredictable, but even though I carefully checked ingredients this still left me with tiny, hard little bumps the morning after using it, and I never breakout. I'm so glad Paula's Choice let's you purchase samples first. Thankfully I hadn't spent for the full size. I'm sure for someone else this wouldn't cause any breakouts or irritation, but the texture and tacky/sticky finish are unusual for a Paula's Choice product. Overall, I think the formula might need work.