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Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation

Let’s build on a firm foundation. Enjoy light to medium coverage that smooths wrinkles and leaves a soft, luminous finish. Now that’s a great start for your day.
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  • Anti-Aging, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Perfects and repairs skin

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Customer Ratings:

74 out of 100
(Based on 231 Reviews)
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  1. Sandi L
    Reviewed on Monday, October 13, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    No SPF ingredient
    • How can it be anti aging when there is no sunscreen ingredient? I am Asian with medium skin yellow undertone, but the Level 5 Medium/Tan was too light. I thought about ordering a darker color, now that it is available but won't because I want an all in one foundation which includes SPF.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Hi, and thanks for your comments. Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation is designed to complement, not replace, your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. The formula contains a substantial amount of proven antioxidants, repairing agents, and cell-communicating ingredients that work together with your SPF-rated moisturizer to provide optimum anti-aging benefits throughout the day.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Abby
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 09, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Resist instant smoothing anti-aging foundation
    • Dear Paula's Choice, I Was disappointed that level 2 was way to light for my skin tone. Samples would be most excellent way to avoid product returns and hassle for the consumer. I will need to order several different shades and formulations to find the right one to match my skin tone and type. Then have to turn around and pay to ship back the ones that will not work. Seems like a waste of time and resources both for the consumer and company. When will samples be available?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your question. We are currently in the process of changing the packaging for the samples and don't have a firm time frame yet as to when they will be available, but when they are we will let you know! You can sign up for email updates when they become available.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. Heidi M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent
    • I love this foundation. It blends in beautifully and does not crease or flake. A little goes a long way and it gives a very smooth look to the skin. I like to set it with the Resist Powder and then apply my blush. I notice that my skin does not start to feel dry and tight throughout the day, which has happened with many other brands. I am so impressed with Paula's Choice products and am happy to say that my 22-year-old daughter is now using them, too, and getting compliments on her skin!

  4. Steph C
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Finally a true porcelain!!
    • About damn time!! Finally I've found a truly porcelain (read ghost) shade of makeup that won't go pink, yellow or ash. Even MAC's newest NW13 is still too dark (goes yellow) for me. I've glow-in-the-dark skintone that's sensitive/dry so this works best over moisturiser with suncream to the point I've forgotten I've any on. Applying over a titanium dioxide/zinc oxide based suncream makes this - incredibly - too pale for me. Be quick or get a streaky finish!

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, August 29, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Disappointed - Colors are too light/don't blend!
    • I've used "sheer fair" in the Barely There Sheer Matte Tint foundation , so ordered Level 1 (Fair/Light). It was too white, sitting on top of my pores and settling into/calling attention to the fine lines I have. The feel was ultra moisturizing (maybe too much for my normal to dry late 30s skin). Could not tolerate the settling of white on top of my pores and into my forehead's fine lines, making me look like a clown. Tried Level 2 (Light), and this was also too white. Not trying any more!

  6. Y
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Must have for me.
    • I love how this feels on my face. It gives me a smooth glowing complexion and it doesn't look like I'm wearing foundation. When I touch my face, it feels smooth and my fingers don't feel greasy after touching it, which has been the case when I wore other foundations. I only ever use half a pea-sized amount. I will use this foundation for the rest of my life!

  7. RICKA G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Light is Too Light, Light/Medium Too Dark
    • I've tried two colors now, and neither works. Didn't blend well for me, even over moisturizer or a primer. Back to All Bases Covered.

  8. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Trying a darker color
    • I love the idea of an anti aging foundation, so tried this is my normal color, fair/light. Unfortunately, this color is too white on me. The color creased into my very slight forehead line and made me look wrinkled! Not sure if it's the sunscreen ingredients or that the color 'runs' lighter than usual, as I use the same shade name in another PC foundation. This felt almost damp for the 1st few hours on my normal to slightly dry skin. Wasn't sure I liked that, but at least it's not drying.

  9. Betty V.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect match!
    • I stopped using foundation years ago and opted for powder because I could never find one that glided on nicely, disappeared into my skin or matched the tone. Usually they are too oily, pink, rubs right off. This stuff is WONDERFUL! I am Asian with yellow undertones and tan easily. It's impossible to find a color that works. I love this so much, I'm going to stock up just in case you take the negative reviews seriously and discontinue it! (fingers crossed that never happens)

  10. Marilyn S.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    bad
    • this is horrible! goes on like paste--sits in crease's --I like the other but seems to always be out of supply--guess I go back to the drug store

  11. Jessica R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not a holy grail product for me
    • This is the second time I've tried samples of this foundation since January. I have normal skin & prefer light coverage foundation. Resist doesn't stay put; it runs down my face with sweat. In summer it leaves a shine; in winter it sticks on dry patches (over moisturizer!) I like the benefits of Resist line, but this foundation doesn't work for my skin. I'd like to try others but samples are always out.

  12. Shane W.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    I wanted to like this, butttt...
    • Sorry, this is just an all around poor foundation. It settles into every crease, looks heavy and very UN-skinlike, doesn't last, slides around all over the face. Just bad bad bad. So glad I just got the sample.

  13. ANGIE R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Natural-looking and smooth
    • I want a foundation that will give light to medium coverage without looking like a foundation, and this is it. Only a small amount is needed and should be blended quickly; after it's on, it stays on, giving my skin a brighter, smoother look without looking the least bit artificial. People have been surprised when I've told them I'm wearing foundation! It doesn't settle into the wrinkles and looks natural all day. I love this stuff.

  14. Cheryl K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Definitely not Disappointed!
    • I purchase this foundation after using Paula's Choice skin care products. I was definitely not disappointed. This foundation was the perfect color, goes on so smooth and evenly. It seems to last the entire day. I would say this is a sheer to medium coverage that you could build to a more heavy finish if desired. Love the clean feel of it. Can't say enough about how positive my experience with Paul'a Choice products has been.

  15. Jennifer C
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    amending comment
    • I would like to amend a previous comment. I believe the ingredient Dimethicone; the silicone/emollient is what causes the "rolling." This product reminds me of smash box primer

  16. Jennifer C
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 26, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Doesn't blend well...
    • I had high hopes for this one. The tan color is good but it doesn't blend well. It sort of feels like it has too much titanium dioxide and it seems to "roll" somewhat like a primer after it sets. It settles into lines and dry spots even with a moisturizer and primer.

  17. PAULINE C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 12, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Only So-S0
    • I can't seem to find the right color so this just doesn't look good on me at all. I probably should have returned it but I threw it away. No luck at all with Paula's foundations.

  18. LEONORE L.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    all day healthy and great looking skin, at last!
    • I've used Paula's Choice skin care for years, but only recently tried the foundations... WOW. It has made all the difference in the world to use make up w/healthy ingredients! No more clogged pores, No More Breakouts! The Resist is my favorite PC foundation. I love how it goes on so smoothly and stays all day. Coverage is beautiful and feels like silk. I love the generous samples to help pick the right color. My only prob with this one is that it's a lot more $ (I also like All Bases Covered)

  19. Lenore R.
    Reviewed on Monday, June 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amended Review
    • I wanted to update my comments on the resist foundation. Now that I am applying with my fingers I am getting a quick and easy finish that is smooth and natural. It provided medium coverage and can spot cover issues.It does not emphasize my pores. The finish is smooth and semi matte. I spent a year looking for the perfect liquid/cream foundation testing all kinds of brands. The quality is very good and the price is excellent. Its a definite win for me. I really enjoy Resist.

  20. Lenore R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Velvety Finish
    • Great quality ingredient list. It has velvety feel on the skin. It does require more blending than some other foundations I have used. Best applied with fingers or a sponge to avoid splotchy appearance. I get about 6 hours wear from it. Correctly applied it gives great coverage and I really enjoy knowing it is helping my skin. I have oily combo skin so this is a cold weather foundation for me. It is a little too heavy for the humid summers where I live. Fantastic buy at this price!

  21. Sun L.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 12, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Still a "no go" second time around
    • I tried samples of this when this first came out. Light-Medium was too pale; Medium was too dark. I also found it impossible to apply with my BeautyBlender sponge. Decided to try it again, and thought things might have changed, and this time I applied it with a foundation brush, which definitely works better than a sponge. However, I still have the same shade issues as before: I'm somewhere in between Light-Medium and Medium. I also found the coverage to be heavier and obvious than I like.

  22. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 08, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    The good and the bad
    • The good: I absolutely loved the way this foundation looked on my skin. It also lasted longer than other foundations I have tried, my face looked more "glowy" and less oily than normal. The bad: I am allergic to the foundation and the skin under my eyes got itchy and swollen. I liked the look of the foundation so much that I tried it a second time hoping that it was coincidence, but it wasn't. I definitely recommend trying samples. If you're not allergic, then this is a great product.

  23. Ann M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 08, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very Good
    • I'm between a level 2 and 3. I may order both and mix myself because I'm so impressed with this company. I would say this has sheer coverage. I may order when my skin clears and evens out. I'm focussed on skin care right now. 4 stars because I'll have to mix but I know that it's good for my skin and the formula felt really good.

  24. Martha P.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 01, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Perfect shade, but too drying!
    • I understood that this foundation was for combination, oily skin but I wanted to try it because of the shade collection it has available. I also ordered the Sheer Matte Tinted Moisturizer. Loved the way the moisturizer left my skin feeling, but it was a tad yellow! So, I mixed the two together and created my own shade and now it's perfect! Feels smooth, and looks great now. I just wish the tinted moisturizer had a lighter shade. Then I'd be very satisfied!

  25. H.S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Super Foundation
    • I ordered this foundation and wanted to wait until I got some skincare products from PC but I could not wait! I just had to try it! So I did for a few days and I really like this foundation a lot. Feels so smooth and silky and very good ingredients for my skin. Thank you Paula for being truthful and honest!

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What makes this product unique?
This dual-action liquid foundation brings proven anti-aging benefits to your makeup. It instantly smooths fine lines and imparts a luminous, natural-looking radiance, for a noticeably younger, more even complexion. Specialized ingredients boost skin's ability to fight environmental damage, so you will see skin that not only looks younger but acts younger as well. Experience a healthy, flawless, complexion that glows—and becomes healthier with each use.

Who is this product for?
Formulated best for those with normal to oily/combination skin, Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation is for those seeking an elegant liquid foundation that provides light to medium coverage as well as proven anti-aging benefits. With shades that complement any skin tone from light to tan, its finish enlivens skin with a natural-looking radiance that feels matte yet looks fresh and youthful, never flat or mask-like.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation

Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2010, pages 446-449; Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; British Journal of Pharmacology, October 2008, pages 463-474; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298–1,307; Journal of Dermatological Science, September 2006, pages 159–169; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2005, pages 215–223; Cutis, December 2005, Supplemental, pages 7–12; Medicinal Chemistry, November 2005, pages 629–633; Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, May 2005, pages 405–430; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2003, pages 899-906; Dermatologic Surgery, March 2002, pages 231-236; Antioxidant Redox Signal, December 2001, pages 1041–1064; and Planta Medica, August 1996, pages 326–328

Key Ingredients: resveratrol, ceramide 3, caprylic/capric triglyceride, retinyl palmitate, phospholipid, Glycyrrhiza glabra, ascorbyl palmitate, lecithin, Camellia sinensis, tocopheryl acetate, adenosine , tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, palmitoyl oligopeptide, safflower seed oil

Product Ingredients:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient/emollient), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying and brightening agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (thickener), Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate (emulsifiers), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Talc (texture enhancer), PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate (emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone suspending agent), Oleth-10 (emulsifier), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone thickener), Dimethiconol (silicone slip agent), Steareth-2 (thickener), Resveratrol (grape-derived antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (fatty acid-based vitamin C/antioxidant), Ceramide 3 (skin-repairing ingredient),Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Lecithin, Adenosine, Phospholipids, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredients), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant),Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (film-forming agent), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum (thickeners),Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Safflower Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Citric Acid (stabilizer), Iron Oxides (cosmetic pigments), Mica (brightening pigment), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: During the day, apply a small amount after moisturizing with a Paula's Choice sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher. Using a makeup sponge, clean fingertips, or foundation brush, blend foundation with short, downward, strokes. Layer as needed to increase amount of coverage. If desired, set and enhance your daily sun protection with Paula's Choice Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15.

Can Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation be used with my regular daytime moisturizer with sunscreen?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend doing so because this foundation doesn't contain sunscreen! This foundation works beautifully over any Paula's Choice daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, including Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25.

Why doesn't Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation contain sunscreen?

Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation is designed to complement, not replace, your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. The formula contains a substantial amount of proven antioxidants, repairing agents, and cell-communicating ingredients that work together with your SPF-rated moisturizer to provide optimum anti-aging benefits throughout the day.

What's the difference between Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation and All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25?

The two biggest differences are that All Bases Covered foundation provides sun protection and Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation contains a range of ingredients designed to complement your SPF-rated product for skin that looks and acts younger. Also, the two foundations have different finishes, with All Bases Covered offering a soft, satin-matte finish and Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation offering a soft glow finish that feels matte and is ideal for those who want a more radiant complexion.

Is Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation suitable for acne-prone skin?

It should work fine for almost any skin type. However, if avoiding breakouts is your chief concern or if you have seriously oily skin, consider Paula's Choice Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 instead. For anti-aging benefits beyond sun protection, apply Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol prior to Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 instead.

Is Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation suitable for rosacea-affected skin?

Yes. This foundation, like all from Paula's Choice is fragrance-free. Resist Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation also contains a range of repairing and soothing ingredients to help strengthen skin's barrier and reduce redness.

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