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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Can't Live Without This
from Montclair, New Jersey
About Me Beauty Expert
Comments about RESIST Brightening Essence - 1 oz:
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 .
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I'm in love!
from Circleville, Ohio
About Me Beauty Conscious
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.
Not seeing any difference... good or bad
About Me Minimalist
Same as another reviewer, I've used this twice a day for the entire bottle (which is super hard to use at the end, the dropper doesn't suck up anything unless you've got it at the perfect angle!) and i see no difference. Nothing bad happened to my face, which is always nice lol. But I don't see anything good having happened either.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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!
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Irritation around eyes
from Austin, TX
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.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
no results yet
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.
(10 of 10 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!!
(38 of 40 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!
(13 of 15 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.
(13 of 16 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!!!