RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
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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 109 reviews

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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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    $30.00
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    $12.00

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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.

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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.

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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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Ingredients
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

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4.0

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (71)
  • Easy to apply (57)
  • Smooth (47)
  • Blends well (29)
  • Easy to take-off (26)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Greasy (7)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Not effective (5)
  • Causes breakouts (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (40)
  • Daily use (32)
  • Sensitive skin (30)
  • All skin types (26)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (31), Natural style (29), Beauty conscious (19), Survivalist / minimalist (14), Beauty expert (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (18), Dry (12), Normal (7)

Reviewed by 109 customers

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4.0

A little goes a loooooong way!

By bmc

from NOVA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Moisturizes

Cons

  • Greasy

Best Uses

    I purchased this product as an introduction into the concept of primers because it promised a smooth canvas and spf. I love that I can get a primer and spf and beneficial ingredients in one product. It took a few tries to learn how to use this product effectively. If you are not careful when squeezing it, much more comes out of the tube than is needed. Restated, a tiny dab is all that is needed for most dry complexions. Really. I estimate I dispense a dab the size of a pencil eraser, and this is plenty when properly emulsified among my fingers. Much more and even dry skin can look greasy. I start on my dryer areas (cheeks, under eyes), then apply the rest to my forehead, nose, and chin. Again, I don't have an oily t-zone, but this product had a tendency to make me look shiny (in not a good way) when I first started applying 2-3x this amount.

    It works best when you wait for it to settle into your skin before applying foundation. It gives a super smooth canvas that makes me want to touch my face. Used this sparingly, it leaves a more dewy appearance. Smooth in a non-silicone smooth way. It tends more toward the consistency of an oil, but is not as watery and has some more surface tension to it than Paula's facial oil. I really like this product now that I've learned how to carefully apply it. Would not waste it in a beauty blender or brush, as the tools will absorb much of this product and waste it. Probably best for patting to the face gently with fingers.

    Service and delivery comments:

    No comments or complaints!

    • Skin Type:
    • Dry
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By Cindy

    from San Diego

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      I don't write reviews very often but I felt compelled to write to say how much I like this product. I use it over my moisturizer before applying the foundation. It takes only a very small drop or two to make the skin smooth and moist which allows the foundation to go on so much more evenly.

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 60+
       
      5.0

      Best primer !!!!!!!

      By divinem1

      from Boca Raton, Floriida

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy
      • Smells Great
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Sensitive Skin

        I didi not try this primer when it first came out. Because I had pribe I liked. I finally broke down and tried and I will never buy another primer except this one. I absoutlely love it. It has added sunscreen that does not break my dry skin out and it feels so good on my skin. I am very happy with this product !!!!!!!!!!!!

        Service and delivery comments:

        delivery was fine

        • Skin Type:
        • Dry
        • Age:
        • 60+
         
        5.0

        Must have

        By Mila

        from Hollister, CA

        About Me Minimalist

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

        • None!!!

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        This is my first review of any product ever! I never felt compelled to write a review until I tried this primer. I love the texture of this product and how it layer under my Resist super-light daily wrinkle defense SPF30. Home run!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Excellent

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        1.0

        Not a "primer"

        By Long time Paula customer

        from Boston, Ma

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Effective

        Best Uses

          Tried this product with high hopes but totally disappointed It goes on fine if that's ALL you plan on wearing but I use Paula's resist super-light tinted daily defense (which is wonderful) on top and it goes on like cake batter. Pills and uneven. If you're looking for a sunscreen then it's ok but this is not at all a "primer". Will be sending back.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          1.0

          Didn't work for me

          By Steph

          from Riverside, Ca

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Not Effective

            Best Uses

              I've tried many Paula's Choice products, most of which I love! I received this primer as part of a free gift with an order. Unfortunately this is the first Paula's Choice product that didn't work for me. I was very excited about trying out a clear primer with sunscreen but it made my face greasy and my foundation look horrible a couple hours after I applied it. I still love Paula's Choice products and will continue to purchase other products! This one just didn't work for me.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was prompt and product in perfect condition when received.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29
               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By Sapphire75

              from Toronto Canada

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Sensitive Skin

                Beautiful product. My skin drinks it in and it makes foundation application flawless!

                • Skin Type:
                • Dry
                • Age:
                • 30-44
                 
                5.0

                We have a winner!

                By Andrea

                from Toronto

                About Me Beauty Expert

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                  My foundation looks flawless with this under it! Reminds me of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer which I was about to re-purchase however saw this and decided to give it a try, I won't be going back! The product smooths fine lines and poor, foundation looks like skin over it, the added skin care benefits AND SPF is a clear winner for me. I always find SPF's make my foundation sit funny as they don't fully absorb into my skin, not with this product, it makes my foundation look like skin and gives a nice blurring effect. I always have problems with foundation pilling and I've tried this now with multiple different types of foundation and not once have I had this problem.

                  Only additional comment would be that I would still recommend a serum under it if you have somewhat dry skin. I use this as a primer only and the serum ingredients of it I consider a bonus on top.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Dry
                  • Age:
                  • 18-29
                   
                  5.0

                  New Favorite Primer!

                  By jennabean0910

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Moisturizes
                  • Softens Skin
                  • Soothes Skin

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                    I love this primer! I love the feel that it gives my face after putting it on! You don't need a lot of this product when applying. A little goes a long way... I'm talking like pea size.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Packaging and delivery were great!

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Normal
                    • Age:
                    • 30-44
                     
                    5.0

                    A new favorite!

                    By Aging Disgracefully

                    from DC area

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Moisturizes
                    • Softens Skin
                    • Soothes Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                      I love this product. My once oily skin is now dry around the eyes and drier overall. This product gives me a fabulous moisture boost, is very soothing and gives a wonderful base for make up as it smoothes over fine lines, bumps and imperfections. And it's SPF 30! (For that reason I use it on the back of my hands and occasionally my chest as well. It does have that silicon feel and texture but has not caused any break outs or problems in the oilier areas of my face. Love it!

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination
                      • Age:
                      • 45-59

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