RESIST Brightening Essence
Based on 73 reviews


RESIST Brightening Essence
This lightweight fluid works to refine an uneven skin tone and revitalize a dull complexion for visibly brighter, radiant-looking skin.

RESIST Brightening Essence

Based on 73 reviews


This lightweight fluid works to refine an uneven skin tone and revitalize a dull complexion for visibly brighter, radiant-looking skin.
  • Replenishing antioxidants brighten & revitalize skin
  • Instantly restores skin’s radiance for a healthy glow
  • Lightweight fluid texture
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
RESIST Brightening Essence is an innovative formula that contains a multi-brightening complex ideal for any skin type. The fluid texture has a concentrated blend of plant extracts, antioxidants, and skin soothing ingredients celebrated for their skin-brightening properties. Licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin C, and niacinamide, along with peptides, are infused in a quickly-absorbing delivery system to create intense, bright, and even results. The superior hydration delivered by two forms of hyaluronic acid increase the reflecting level of skin making it appear glowing and revived.

What does it do?
Combines a powerful brightening complex of arbutin and licorice extract with a unique mix of plant and vitamin-derived ingredients, including acetyl glucosamine and vitamin C, that research has shown can improve a dull, sallow, ashen or uneven skin tone. Its formula works quickly to boost skin’s radiance for more luminous, even skin.

How to use

Apply 2-3 drops onto face and neck. For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2014, pages 27-29; and February 2010, pages 22-41;

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 13, April 2008, pages 20–24;

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2010, pages 218-225; March 2007, pages 20-26; and December 2006, pages 309-315;

Skin Research and Technology, May 2006, pages 105-113; Pigment Cell Research, August 1998, pages 206-212

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Arbutin (skin-brightening), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-restoring), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (soothing extract), Arcostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (brightening plant extract), Morus Alba Root Extract (brightening plant extract), Niacinamide (skin-restoring ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring ingredient), Allantoin (soothing agent), Adenosine (skin-restoring ingredient), Silanetriol (antioxidant), Carbomer, (texture enhancer) Polysorbate-20 (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Sodium Citrate (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews



Love this product and it is so light that it does not cause me to break out like most of the other serums do. I have fair, combination/oily skin that is prone to breakouts.


Orange County, CA


More awesome sauce from Paula's Choice!


I love this. I use PC 1% retinol about every other night. But I love using this in the morning. Definitely makes me look better. By the way I'm 50 years old with fair skin. I have used PC for about 9 years and there is no way I have the skin of a 50 year old woman. Thank you PC! Ladies don't forget your sunscreen because that's the main key to keeping your skin looking young and bouncy. That's the one step I never ever skip period in the summer I always get Paula's mineral non-greasy SPF 50. It's a big tube and a great value.


Bucks County pa


really made a difference!


I was surprised and impressed with this serum! Along with the 2%bha and the vitamin c, this is one of my faves. I really did see a clarity, brightness and youthful glow to my skin with the use of this product. Highly recommend!!


Pebble Beach, CA




It has given my skin a healthy natural glow from the very first time I used it. I just bought my second bottle and I don't think I can live without it.




Does exactly what it claims


I have oily, cystic acne prone skin. My red and dark purple PIH have lightened after only a couple months of use. This brightening essence is unique, imo, because it gives immediate & long-term results.




Lightweight, sometimes skin, effective


It's a very lightweight product. Good to is with C15 booster, adding more radiance to my face ! Love it!


New York


Like the product and the packaging


Initially, I found this product somewhat ineffective until I started using it twice a day, mixing it with one of the PC serums. In a matter of weeks, my skin looked brighter and more even-toned. I LIKE the packaging, more so than the other boosters' droppers. I find it easier to use if you hold it like a syringe although I do agree with another reviewer that it would be nice if the dropper went further into the bottle. I just poured the last few drops out into my hand and then screwed the top back on to make sure I used all of the product.


Los Angeles


I really like this


At first I wasn't sure it was doing anything but after using it over time, I can see my skin is smoother, more even in coloring and feels softer than before I added this product to my skin care routine. I haven't had any problems with the dropper bottle. I will continue to purchase.




Surprising Results!


I've always believed that all of the skin brightening products on the market were just more advertising hype. Who defines what "brightening" is anyway? But since I have used PC's oily & combo skin products for many years now, I thought I would give this brightening essence a try. Wow! I'm so glad that I did! After using it twice a day for about a month, my skin tone is much more even and the dark freckles and patches have faded considerably. Like the other PC serums, it also helps to reduce the fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes. I substituted the brightening essence for the Resist ultra light serum and seem to get much better & visible results from the brightening essence. I also ordered the Radiance Renewal Mask but it's a very hot and humid summer right now so I'm waiting until fall to try it out. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I haven't had a problem with the button dropper. But I do press the button very gently and carefully!

Aloha Princess

Honolulu, HI




I'm absolutely in love with this essence/serum. It's hydrating, brightening, and contains ingredients that help calm my rosacea prone skin. It's also one of the few products by Paula's Choice that doesn't break me out because it doesn't contain Panthenol or silicones which break me out horribly. Please never discontinue this product or change the formula. The only thing I don't like about this product is the packaging. Please change it.



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