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(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Love the texture
from San Diego
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(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
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
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.
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thank you 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.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Made my eyes puffy, red and flakey
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!
(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Made me breakout
from SLC, UT
The first time I used this, it made me breakout pretty bad. Which doesn't surprise me, because usually anything remotely moisturizing makes me break out. So I started to just use it under my eyes at night. As far as I can tell, it hasn't really made a noticeable difference, good or bad. I'm about out of it so I will probably order a different serum to try next.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Big benefits from such a small amount of product!
from Seattle, Washington
I really like this product. It feels good when you're putting it on and, I swear, I used less lotion when I put this on first. I would still be using it daily if I had not switched over to the Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum, which I only did because I'm trying to amp up my anti-aging efforts. This product, even under layers of lotion and sunscreen, does work really well as a makeup primer. Basically, everything you put on your face after this serum, goes on easier and you don't have to use as much product. In my experience.Just be sure to shake it well before dispensing and don't be concerned if its appearance changes or you notice an odd smell (it goes away quickly). Definitely worth trying out, if you haven't already!
I am 55 with combination skin and large pores. Most antioxidant serums are too oily for my skin. I love the texture of this, sort of a dry oil feeling. I use this at night after my AHA or BHA. I have noticed a big difference using this with a high percentage glycolic acid, and my skin has a more even texture and youthful glow. Your skin becomes drab as you age, and this is giving me back that youthful color in my skin. However, I only noticed a slight difference using it without the glycolic acid. Although, I was only using it once a day, and twice a day might have made a bigger difference.