RESIST Brightening Essence
Based on 70 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 70 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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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

Surprisingly fabulous


This is a really incredible essence that fits the role better than most K-beauty products out there. It's extremely lightweight, spreads easily, and brightens and calms my skin. What really sold me is that any little bit of irritation I get from Paula's RESIST SPF 50 (which to this day is the only all-chemical SPF 50 that doesn't turn my face instantly red) is completely calmed by this product. I wish I could deduct only half a star for the bottle, but since I can't, I deducted a full star because I agree with many reviews here that the dropper, while well-intentioned, isn't the easiest applicator I've ever used. I put one drop directly on my forehead and each cheek and blend it in from there. This may very well become a HG product for me!


Honolulu, HI

Neutral - neither harmful nor helpful


I've used this every morning before the rest of my products. It might be slightly moisturizing, but other than that, it hasn't done anything for me. The packaging, like so many others have said, is terrible. Got much better results from Vitamin C. So, I guess it just depends on your skin.


Chicago, IL

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.



Not quite sure


I began using this product approximately 3 months ago twice daily. Afterwards, my skin became very dry around my mouth area with noted flaking. I initially attributed it to using both a toner and exfoliant twice a day so I cut both down and the flaking persisted. I cut down to using this essence once day, added hyalauronic acid to my routine, and the dry skin improved. I recently tried to go back to using the essence twice a day with the added hyalauronic acid, and my skin has become dry again. This leads me to believe that this essence is the culprit! I haven't seen much change in my skin tone or complexion since I started using it so I will probably finish out the bottle and discontinue afterwards. I have pretty oily skin in the summer but this winter has been unusually dry for me. Not sure what to make of the product but I can't say I would repurchase.


New Jersey

Lousy packaging


I'm not sure if the product is doing much. That's because i don't use it daily since the dispenser is so awkward and hard to manipulate. I use many Paula's Choice products, but this dispenser really stands out for its difficulty of use. The product hasn't caused me any problems when i do use it and I'd use it regularly if the dispenser wasn't so unwieldy!


San Francisco Bay Area


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.




I could do without


This broke me out :( I was really looking forward to using this product because I always like to have a brightening aspect to my regimen, but this was unfortunately not the product. It left me with deep cystic type blemishes, and I am quite disappointed with it. I will not be putting it on my face again. I will continue with my PC Resist regimen in the mean time.


New York, New York


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


RESIST Brightening Essence

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