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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
A MUST HAVE
from BRITISH COLUMBIA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:
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!!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Water light serum really does brighten
By Sue M
About Me Beauty Conscious
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
About Me Beauty Expert
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!
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best. Product. Ever.
from Richmond, VA
I use many Paula's choice products - cleaner, toner, AHA's, oils - and this was a perfect addition. It immediately made my skin brighter and clearer looking.My skin has never looked better, thanks to her products < 3
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Broke me out!
from Atlanta, GA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
I was soooo happy when PC came out with this. I purchased it when I first saw it advertised in a promotional e-mail. I get post-inflammatory acne scars really bad and none of PCs other brightening products have worked for me and I'm allergic to hydroquinone ( so I was elated when this launched; hoping it could be what I've been looking for). After first putting it on, it felt great on my skin I couldn't wait to wake up the next morning to see the results. When I woke up, I had broken out into a facial rash. I've been toying with my skin regimen to find the perfect regimen for my new skin type so I thought it could be other products but the rash ceased when I stopped using this I kept it and used it again recently, just because I was desperate to rid myself of some new dark marks, only to see that i really did break me out.
difficult to use
from saint paul
About Me Minimalist
Difficult to use and get the product from the bottle. Dispenser dispenses unevenly. Can't get an even squirt. I'd buy more with a bottle and dispenser change.
Wonderful ingredients and texture, but broke me out.
from MA, UK
I was so excited when this was launched that I had to order it from the US to be shipped to the UK - I couldn't bear waiting another month! The ingredients are just a cocktail of brightening.For the first few days I noticed an immediate glow, radiance and plumpness to the skin. However within a week I started experiencing breakouts in areas I do not typically breakout. I persisted with the product but the breakouts did not cease until I stopped the product. This may possible have been Niacinamide, as in certain % it is too irritating for me.Otherwise, I love the texture for this. It is visibly plumping to my oily skin and gave enough moisture to just use the Calm serum on top. I didn't have issues with the dropper like others have experienced, I personally thought it was quite convenient and definitely looks lovely.I will request a refund, but I would still recommend trying this despite my sensitivities. The cocktail of ingredients is too much to miss out on!
By JB from Naples
from Naples, FL
I'm in my early 50's and have highly sensitive skin with rosacea. Because of this, I'm wary of trying new products. But after reading success stories from other reviewers, I gave it a shot. And I am SO glad I did! My skin just got a major boost! It's bright and radiant, and absolutely no negative reactions. I put a few drops on in the morning immediately on top of my 1% BHA gel, which makes blending it in a breeze. Great one, Paula!!
Great results so far!
from Boise, ID
I have been using this twice a day after exfoliating for just a few days and have already noticed improvement in my skin texture. I have fine lines under my orbital area that foundation and concealer sometimes settle into despite moisturizer and primer. They look softer and much less noticeable, so I am excited to see what this will do long-term. I also have some areas of hyper-pigmentation that have improved after pregnancy, but not completely resolved. My skin tone is looking more even in those areas!I don't understand the dislike for the packaging that some reviewers have. I find the dropper convenient and easy to use. I can dispense a drop at a time so that I get exactly the amount I want. I am using 2 drops in the morning and 3 in the evening. Thanks, Paula's Choice for another great product!