This complete skincare routine helps combination skin while clearing congested pores and excess oil, and addressing signs of aging, including fine lines around the eyes, uneven skin tone, dryness, and dullness.
This kit contains:
Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
(237 ml/8 fl. oz.)
SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
(190 ml/6.4 fl. oz.)
Skin PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
(118 ml/4 fl. oz.)
SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
(30 ml/1 fl. oz.)
SKIN BALANCING Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
(60 ml/2 fl. oz.)
SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Moisture Gel
(60 ml/2 fl. oz.)
SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
(118 ml/4 fl. oz.)
What does it do?
Each product in this kit works with the others to balance combination skin and dab out excess oil without stripping skin. You’ll see smoother, softer skin, refined pore size, unclogged pores, and a visible improvement in the look of fine lines and rough, uneven skin tone.
Our products are well-researched and backed by our guarantee to deliver effective results. You can view research studies for each product in this set on its individual product page.
Our products contain effective levels of ingredients guaranteed to be good for your skin. You can view ingredients for each product in this set on its individual product page.
Ratings & Reviews
I love this product
I have EXTREMELY oily skin, HUGE pores, and acne. Before I started using this product, I couldn't go a day without washing my face because I would breakout horribly. I started using Paula's Choice about 4 months ago and I LOVE it. One thing I learned was to wash my hands before washing my face. Something simple but critical to your face. When I first started, I still got breakouts and super oily but NOW, it's rare if I see a pimple on my face. I honestly don't want ALL the oil on my face to go away because it's a natural anti aging tactic. But honestly, since I've been using this product my face has NEVER looked better. I will be turning 40 years old in November but people think I'm in my late 20's to early 30's. It has even my skin and cleared up all my acne. One thing I do use but it's not recommended is my face brush to wash it. Again, I have huge pores!
El Paso, Tx
Perfect for Everyone
Who doesn't want balanced skin?! This line is incredible for all skin types and was my first line of Paula's Choice products. I recently switched to the Resist line because I'm starting to get wrinkles, but I still use a few products from this line because they are so effective. I am adamant on never wearing make-up EVER and this product line helped me with that. I have combination oily and dry skin and I have occasional acne and red spots... this "balanced" my skin. It's truly incredible and you WILL see results the first time you use it. After the first week you'll forget any other brand but Paula's Choice exists.
I wish I never bought this product
This system strongly irritated my skin. I got hard allergic reaction, red spots throughout the face and I have to visit a dermatologist now. By the way, I never had allergic reactions to any other cosmetics products before. It is a big trouble to try to return it. Either they will never answer your calls and emails or you have to pay a lot for delivery.
I wish I did not read their sponsored Beautipedia, because "good" ingredients mean almost nothing if the resulting product is not tested thoroughly.
No good for the price
I was really excited to start using this kit because I have been battling skin issues for the past few months. I have small bumps on on my chin, cheeks, and near my jawline with the occasional zit. Unfortunately this hasn't helped at all and my skin looks worse off than before. I was hoping this would work for me because I love the fact that it us good ingredients but its a no go for me. I would say I have combo skin with a lot of enlarged pores on my nose. I feel like for that at least, it does an okay job but the treatment that came with it, I can't use because it makes me break out wih zits. The BHA hasn't helped with cleaning the bumps out on the rest of my face which surprises me. I use he clay mask once a week and it seems okay to me- nothing super special.
Customer for Life
Just wanted to tell the people searching for a reason why to buy this product. Yes the price is a little much, but it is worth it. My skintype is combination, and my skin is prone to blackheads and cystic acne, where my pores get infected/ becomes swollen and it hurts and takes a week to clear by itself usually around my chin and nose area. It also means i cannot extract it because of the swelling. I have never had such amazing products. This has reduced the overall eruptions of the cystic acne, and even when it does happen this cuts the time for it to clear. My blackheads become easier to extract and my pores have become much smaller. When i stop using the product or forget to, my skin wont break out like some skincare products do. It does a great job of evening out the oilyness of my skin tone and the toners and cleaners wont dry out my skin. It has lasted me a year and because of that they have given me a discount to repurchase what i bought a year ago, which is really nice and it makes me want to keep buying the products. I love the retinol that comes with it, it makes my skin look really nice. I'm a college student and i go through alot of stressful and sleepless nights, this set makes me glow and wakeup with smooth butterlicious skin, and im thankful i found it because i'd be a hot mess. So hopefully this encourages you to buy this set. One thing i do have to say is the first time you use it, you may see some pimples pop up but it is because it is pulling up the stuff that would have erupted at a later time, im not a professional but it has what i have noticed, there are no burning sensations or anything that will set you off, again if you are still hesitant try the samples and make that decision for yourself, hope this helps. :D
It has been just about a week Ive been using this now but I saw and felt a change day one! I like this kit a lot but I have it a 4 star because oh my skin is so dry right now! I have not have any new breakout and for the 1st time in my life I have no blackheads on my nose or chin! I can see a change in my pores on my cheeks as well. I had to add a drop of facial oil just before bed to my face because its been so dry which is so weird for me. I like to be hydrated at night so a different pm lotion would probably be better my skin just drinks the included one up. I do love the feel to the one included tho! Other then being almost too dry now verse my combo skin I love it. My skin for reference is dry on cheeks and oily on chin and nose and more or less normal on my forhead leaning to oily in summer and dry in winter (normal since I live in ND) I will probably try a resist kit next time and see how I like it then probably mix and match !
No good for combo skin
I am 25 with combo skin. My skin can be on the dry side but I also get acne once in a while. I heard amazing thinfs about Paula's Choice so I splurged on this set. It did clean my pores but overall it was very bad for my skin. After using this whole set for a couple of days, I noticed breakouts that I never got before. I have one pimple of my chin that actually hurts and is not going away. But strangely my skin is also more dry than ever. The night time moisturizer is basically a gel (but not a moisturizing, luxurious-feeling gel like the Clinique DDMG) and the morning moisturizer is basically just a liquidy sunblock with a rougher texture that doesn't moisturize my skin and doesn't look good under makeup. I guess the salicylic acid was the only effectice product because it cleanes my pores. But not that effective because I got a couple of pimples including one really big one. I really regret buying this - I would have purchases the samples, but how was I supposed to know that the line designed for combo skin is actually not that effective for combo skin?
New York, NY
Skin Balancing Advanced Kit
I have been an Obagi fan/user for the past 8+ years. I started to feel like it wasn't giving me the results I wanted and I wondered if there was any better products out there. I saw a review on the advanced serum on Instagram and the results looked very promising.
I have been using the system for about a month now. I use it, along with the Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% 2x a day. The first week I broke out in these weird white bumps around my mouth, nose and eyelids, but I kept using the system and no longer have that issue.
Since using the system my brown spots have faded (slowly, but I can tell a difference), my makeup goes on smoothly, pores have significantly shrunk (nose and check area), skin is baby soft and tightened, and my wrinkles have diminished.
Now that my skin is used to the system I have started to incorporate my Obagi tretinoin .05% and blender at night. (Only when I think my skin can handle it. If it starts peeling too much, I let my skin rest for a few days.) On the nights that I use the Obagi, follow the following protocol: cleanser, toner, Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7%, Obagi trentinoin .05%, Obagi Blender and the systems moisturizer. I feel like my skin heels faster from the tretinoin with this system then with the rest of the Obagi system. So far I've had great results using both.
Note: I always wear a hat when I am outside and lather on the systems sunscreen.
Causes bumps for me 👎🏻
I have used this kit for an extended period now, stopping in between used to verify its the system causing these weird hard bumps on my chin. And sadly it is. I get painful little hard lumps, and I'm not sure exactly what product it's from in the system, I am leaning towards the retinoids but I don't know. If I take a week off and use a mild cleanser it heals. So unfortunately it defiantly is this kit, which stinks given how expensive it was. Otherwise my skin around my eyes looks amazing but I do still end up super greasy during the day. Wanted to love it but it's a no for me.
The Wayward Gypsy
not effective for blemish and enlarged pores
I used cleanser, toner and moisturizer daily as recommended.
The cleanser is basically OK. The skin is not so dry after using it. But I prefer the resistant series to this one.
The serum is not as described in the usage as 'drops'. The product I received is more like gel, and difficult to be extended and applied on face. So it is not absorbed well. Before this package, I used the resistant serum, personally I think that one at least can be easily applied on face, not like this one...
The moisturizer does not work well in Kansas at this time. I use it at the morning, and my skin become so dry even with flakes just afternoon.
I just used the mask for three times, because it is rather irritating, and when I used it, my skin felt tightly held by it, but not moisturized.
Before using this pack, I also used the clear series because of my acne. However, this pack does not work effectively on acne nor blemish.
Anyway, I am disappointed at this pack.