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(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:
I use this serum after cleansing (other products)and exfoliation (Skin Perfecting lotion) at night and the results have been great. The texture is light and absorbs nicely leaving your skin feeling balanced just like the poduct says. I don't feel the need to put moisturizer after either, even if occasionally I do for extra soft and smooth skin the next morning. After one month the combination of the products I use have resulted in the smoothest and most unclogged pores I've had in a long time and my hormonal acne has substantially subsided.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(23 of 27 customers found this review helpful)
Good Stuff! But Use Sparingly; Ineffective on Wrinkles, IME
About Me Beauty Conscious, Mature Skin, Minimalist
I have mature, combination skin, large pores, and am prone to hormonal acne breakouts. I bought this for a couple of reasons:- The primer I normally used (another brand) is being discontinued, and I needed something to hide my pores that wouldn't cause breakouts- I wanted something with retinol, as I have acne, age spots, and fine lines tooSo, first of all, if you're sensitive to silicone, skip this product. It's loaded with silicone agents. However, I'm (surprisingly!) not sensitive to silicone, and I love the feeling it leaves on my face.But it's odd to get used to using, honestly. I'm on my second tube now though, and this one separates worse than my first one did. I've tried storing it on its lid and in a container with lid up, and still have to shake it well before dispensing. Before you use it, make sure your skin is completely dry. It can ball up on skin that isn't dry. And after you use it, let it dry/set well before applying any other product. I've found that if I don't leave it alone to dry/set, anything I apply next will cause it to ball up. But it's fine as long as my skin is dry to begin with, and I let it set afterwards. It works GREAT as a primer. And hides pores well (but again, let it set, or the product will get picked up by whatever you put on next).After I shake it, I apply a small pea-sized bit to clean fingertip, and dot onto forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Then blend gently. A little goes a long way.Some things I've noticed: When I first started using it I had no peeling, but I was using it around my eyes and the skin there definitely began to dry out and my lines became much more pronounced. I've since ordered the PC eye cream, and have stopped using this product around my eyes altogether.However, I have extremely sensitive skin around my eyes (but only there) and this did not make my eyes water or swell, as many other products have. So that was nice. Still, additional dryness was bad for my 40s eye area, so I stopped using it there.Also, I think I overdid it all over my face the first few weeks, as my pores started looking BIGGER before I applied this. So I backed off and went from twice daily (morning and night) to once a day as a makeup primer, and will skip a day when my face started feeling a bit dry (which is rare for me -- I don't usually suffer from dry skin).My pores look smaller now than they did to begin with, despite PC's claims this will not reduce pore size, but only appearance. I am also using BHA products, but have used them for years and am just now seeing a difference in pore size, so I really think this product is helping now that I'm not overdoing it. Anyway, don't panic if this happens to you. Just back off a bit on how often you're using it and make sure not to overload problem areas.Also, apparently I'm one of those people where retinol makes my skin thinner. I had no idea, but red spots and acne places started taking longer to heal. So I've also started avoiding those areas.Bottom line : If you are squeamish about watery gels on your face, you might not like the consistency, or it might take some getting used to. But I LOVE it. I think it feels great on my skin, and if I didn't have red areas I needed to hide, this is what I would wear in lieu of makeup. It's that good. It's a boost of confidence in a tube. And while it has not fixed some things, and I've had to adjust some others, all in all I think this is a fabulous primer, especially for hiding pores.
(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Dislike the Texture
By I heart Make-Up
from Wernersville, PA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Skincare Junkie
I bought this product as part of the whole Skin Balancing line. I thought for sure that it would be a great warm weather antioxidant serum. But sadly I was wrong. I follow the instructions on the tube and no matter what I use on my face prior to this serum, it ALWAYS balls up on my skin. I've tried using it after cleansing and using toner (all of which are Paula's Choice products), I've tried it alone after only cleansing, as well as mixed together with my Skin Balancing moisturizer at night, but no matter what I do or try it always balls up into something that is impossible to get smoothed out. I even put a small amount on the back of my hand to show my roommate who is also a skincare junkie, and I got the same results. I really wish I hadn't bought this. I was a die-hard Super Antioxidant Serum for years, back when it came in a simple white tube. I purchased 2 of those on sale and they lasted FOREVER!! Now I'm stuck with an almost full tube of expensive product that I'll never use :-(
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thanks for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.
(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Love the texture
from San Diego
About Me Beauty Conscious
I use this serum with the Vitamin C booster because it masks the smell of the vitamin C. I bought this mainly because I needed a foundation primer and thought this might serve as a 2 in 1 product. It works well and I love the texture and feel it gives to my skin. It is a good make up primer although I can't say much about how well it makes my make up last. The one thing I hate is that I have to shake the product vigorously before being able to use it. It's not a big deal, but it does get annoying and very runny when I forget to shake it.
(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Minimalist
I am very happy with this serum. Although it is a bit tricky to get the application right, I love the smooth matte finish when I get it on. It seems to be helping control oil/pores/blackheads as well, although it's hard to say it is having an amazing effect. I will say though that it has helped a lot with dark circles under my eyes that I have had forever and thought would never go away. One thing to keep in mind, is that with this product, a less-is-more approach is probably best. It soaks in very easily, and can be easy to want to apply more and more, but I have found that with just a few drops as per the directions, I get better results than trying to keep adding more.
(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Velvety texture and smells great
By budget-conscious Paula fan
from Boston, MA
I love so many of Paula's products, and this one is my favorite. The texture is so velvety and light. I use it as a lightweight moisturizer. I sometimes add a few drops to my regular unscented white moisturizer. Other reviewers have complained about the smell -- I actually love the smell. It evokes the middle of a rainforest.
(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Soothing lightweight treatment
I have crazy skin - sensitive, combination, sun damaged, rosacea - and this serum does the trick, especially in summer. It's goes on smoothly and dries to a matte finish. It really accommodates my makeup. My pores appear less noticeable. Nice product.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Pores really have shrunk!
from Port Townsend, WA
I use this every morning after cleansing and toning. I'm 64 and long time PC user. I was using products that were wrong for my skin, so pores were getting bigger and bigger! No more. This product along with skin balancing toner and sunscreen have made a huge difference. Like others I have been concerned that after a while, this serum changes color from yellowish to clear. I have been concerned that I am no longer getting benefits. But it still works as a primer. Next tube I'll be more careful about removing air before closing.
(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Wish This Worked For Me
I have been a Paula's Choice user since 2007, and almost exclusively use her products. I love the research her company does into products, how she uses effective ingredients in them, and how she keeps her product prices reasonable. However, the Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum with Retinol just has not agreed with my skin. I know that acne breakouts can take time to display on the skin, and this is the only new product from her line that I have changed in my skin care routine over the past 2 months. I wanted a lower dose retinol product to use on the off nights I was not using her 1% Clinical Treatment, so basically I was applying it 4 nights a week. I have changed nothing else about my skin care or make-up routine other than adding in this one product. I can only conclude that it is this product that has caused me to break-out. I am truly disappointed this did not work for me. I would give it less stars, but the ingredients and packaging are excellent.
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Made my eyes puffy, red and flakey
from Byron, GA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
I think that for many people this product is excellent. I wanted to use it because so many people said it made a grea makeup primer. I actually liked the smooth texture under my makeup (although you still have to put sunscreen on top of it before foundation goes on;) however, this serum really made my upper eyelids puffy, red and flakey. It's a good thing I only bought a couple of samples instead of a whole tube!