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(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
Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Soothing lightweight treatment
About Me Beauty Conscious
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.
(6 of 7 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.
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Wonderful for oily/acne prone skin
I only have a sample of this but I already love it. I currently use the ultra light resist serum and I love it. They are both great for oily skin. They just vary in texture. The skin balancing has a silicone texture which a lot of people don't care for but that's actually what I enjoy about this product. It doesn't make my skin any oilier and my pores actually look smaller. I will definitely order this when I run out of the ultra light serum.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Love it - only one problem
from Bremen, Alabama
About Me Minimalist
I like this product. It seems to be helping my aging, oily skin. However, it has developed a rather strong odor. I'd love to know if that always happens. It almost smells spoiled. I keep it in a bathroom drawer and, of course, my house is climate controlled. I'm not sure if I should continue using it which is a shame because it isn't inexpensive.
Customer Service Response: Hi there! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we can assure you that your product isn't spoiled. All Paula's Choice products undergo a length testing process per batch at production, and frequent testing after that to ensure their stability over time. However, as we don't add perfumes to our products, their scent of the antioxidants and other ingredients can vary. If you find this isn't a fit for you, please contact our Customer Care Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with a replacement or refund.