RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
Based on 93 reviews


RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.

RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

Based on 93 reviews


A multi-tasking primer that softens and smooths skin with a formula that features antioxidants and broad-spectrum SPF 30, resulting in a flawless, makeup-ready complexion.
  • Targets fine lines & wrinkles
  • Preps skin for a perfect makeup application
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Prevents early signs of aging
  • Lightweight, silky texture
Skin Types:
All Skin Types

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Why is it different?
RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 is a lightweight, silky primer serum that combines broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with a mix of plant-based, soothing antioxidants known to safeguard skin from environmental damage. But that’s just the beginning, because this anti-aging primer also beautifully enhances makeup application and wear, so you’ll see better-looking skin and makeup.

What does it do?
Prevents premature aging and contains antioxidants green tea, coffee seed, and chamomile to help defend against the visible effects of pollution and environmental attack. This unique formula’s silky serum texture softly blurs fine lines and large pores for a younger-looking, smoother complexion.

How to use

For full sun protection, apply liberally and then apply your foundation. For use just as a primer, apply a pea-sized amount to face over your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen or under your foundation with sunscreen.

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Product Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 4.0%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 4.0%

Other Ingredients: Isododecane (texture enhancer), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture enhancer/skin-softening), Butyloctyl Salicylate (skin-softening),Polysilicone-11 (texture enhancer), Bisabolol (skin soothing), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin soothing), Retinyl Palmitate (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration), Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Physalis Angulata Extract (skin soothing), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (skin-restoring), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (antioxidant).

Ratings & Reviews

Making me break out


I wanted to love this, because I don't like using typical sunscreen and wanted to add an additional layer of sun protection under my powder foundation. I'm fairly certain something about this primer is making me break out in small pimples arpund my chin and mouth. I am prone to hormonal break outs but my skin is fairly dry and I never get these types of small clusters of pimples, so it must be the primer. Otherwise I love the feel of it and how smoothly it goes on. I'm just too prone to breakouts I guess.

Too old for breakouts


Great for use w/POWDER foundation on oily skin!


I use a PC foundation w/sunscreen during fall/winter and I did notice that under even PC foundations (tried 2 formulas, MAC & a couple others I have) I did notice the pilling some have mentioned. However, I have combo skin and my t-zone gets VERY oily during season transitions which is when I tried this. That said, since my skin has been SO much better after switching to PC for face wash, BHA & moisturizers, during spring/summer I use this primer with my Mac Studio Fix and this has become an HG product for me! My skin is better for using it. My pores don't suffer the usual issues from using Studio Fix, my pores and small lines (I'm 44 w/4 kids) are blurred or invisible and I don't need to reapply powder or absorb everything on my face any more. I was a long time addict of the SmashBox PhotoFinish and will still use it under foundation. But once my skin was better and I can get away without foundation most of the time, this plus my StudioFix powder foundation is the winning combo for me. I've even used with just this primer and a finishing powder and been happy. So it's safe to say this would work well under any powder formulation. My sister uses under regular foundation just fine, but she runs more dry. So get the travel size and try it - it really has helped improve my skin and not everything will be HG for every type of skin. But this is truly a really strong product!


Riverside, CA

I never want to be without it!


I just bought a trial size tube of this, and I think I will definitely be ordering the full size. I have been looking for daily sunscreen protection for my very dry skin, but everything seems to make my wrinkles seem more pronounced and sit in the lines on my face. Either that or it's far too oily. I haven't had much luck with moisturizers that contain spf, they are generally too sticky even for my dry skin or else they don't do much in the moisturizing department at all. As you can see I've searched high and low for something that has a great balance, and I think I finally found it with this primer! It glides on like a dream and melts into my skin so quickly, and it doesn't ruin the efficacy of the moisturizer I put on before it, which I was worried about. I can still use the moisturizer that works best for me, and the primer only enhances it when I apply it on top. Love! My skin is soft and happy. I hope Paula's Choice keeps making this great stuff forever!


Chicago IL

Irritated my Rosacea


Goes on smooth and holds makeup but it irritated my Rosacea.


Calgary, AB

Love it! Make a bigger size!


I love this sunscreen. I wear it under a pricey matte foundation that would not work well for me if it was not for this primer. I love it as a sunscreen so much that I wish it could be rolled out into a much larger body version.


Vacaville, CA



I am placing my order for my third bottle now! I never could find a sunscreen that went well under my foundation. I found a primer that worked for me, but it did not have sunscreen. This primer is great under my makeup and takes care of my sunscreen!! I am 50 years old and my skin shows the years of tanning I did in my youth so I use a full coverage foundation with SPF. My morning routine is as follows: I wash, tone with a PC toner (I haven´t found my favorite yet); exfoliate with a PC liquid 2% BHA (I´m using Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA this month); and then I apply this primer. I do let it fully dry/absorb before applying foundation, about 10-15 minutes. My foundation applies beautifully and I´ve got my sunscreen!


Memphis, Tennessee

Not for me


Product made my skin feel greasy! Please bring back barely there tint!


Kelowna BC


Clear and light without irritation but great sun protection


This could even be marketed as a daily sun protection product. It is light and clear. The texture is such that one would like applying it daily. It is also a non irritating SPF product. I have used it by itself and also over my Skin Balancing SPF 30.




Felt greasy and was shiny


I really wanted to like this but found it to be greasy long into the day. I did not feel it held my foundation well and it also made my face shine in a way that does not seem attractive. I like the sunscreen and the form factor but the product does not work for me.




Does everything you want it to do and nothing that you don't


This clear, silky primer glides on easily and leaves a smooth, even finish for foundation application.


Cleveland, OH



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