Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice Skincare was founded by Paula Begoun in 1995. Begoun is an author, businesswoman, and talk radio host who is also known as the "Cosmetics Cop." The formulas are created based on published, peer-reviewed studies, which is central to the company philosophy that skincare ingredients need to be thoroughly researched before being made into products. All products are manufactured in the US.

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367 products

12,055 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -10% Niacinimide Booster

on 11/15/2018 11:55:00 AM

I've rebought this booster a few times. I mix it with a moisturizer, because applying it straight on the skin leaves it feeling a little burning and tight. I do see a difference when I use it, that day and a day or so after. Pores are a little smaller, overall my skin looks a little brighter. The only downside is the dropper packaging, though I believe it may have been replaced recently. Because the serum is so runny, squirting a little bit out from the dropper leads it to run everywhere, and meanwhile the bottle is open and prone to spilling over if you're clumsy (like me). But that's a small complaint. Overall I think it's a good product at a decent price.

Toners -Paula's Choice -RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner Skin Remodeling Complex

on 11/14/2018 2:47:00 PM


BEWARE - evidently the packaging is not the only thing that has been changed for this toner. I've used this toner for years, and am very disappointed in the new formulation. The ingredients on the new bottle don't even include Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), though the ingredient list on the website clearly includes it. Also, Polysorbate 20 (which is just a surfactant), has been moved up to the 5th ingredient listed, which means everything after that ingredient (all the good stuff) is in smaller proportion. I am so disappointed in their decision to effectively "water down" the formula. To top it off, you now almost need a magnifying glass to even be able to read the ingredient list on the bottle. Since Paula's Choice has a history or "modifying" reviews on their own website if they consider them to be too negative, I decided to post here as well.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster

on 11/12/2018 1:43:00 PM


Dare I say: game changer? Having used so many product over the years (from Olay to The Ordinary) with niacinamide in them and not having experienced the many benefits of niacinamide (pores, texture, moisture, skin tone), I think calling this Booster a game-changer is fair. Within a couple days of using 4-6 drops, usually 2x a day, my skin started to look more even, somewhat plumper and maybe a bit more dewy ('a slight sheen' would probably be the best description), and over the course of few weeks the texture and pores started to look more refined. Not major like lasered into porcelain smoothness, but noticeable anyway. Not sure all of the results can be attributed to just niacinamide, there's an array of soothing ingredients and antioxidants in there that could be contributing (ascorbyl glucoside to more even skin tone, acetyl glucosamine and green tea polyphenols to more refined texture/pores and so on), but the overall result satisfies me beyond my wildest dreams of what a topical product can deliver. No negative side-effects (no irritation, no redness, no clogged pores, no breakouts (niacinamide is supposed to decrease breakouts, but I can't comment on that, I'm on tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide and those two keep my skin clear without or without B3) and I ordered back-up bottle even though I'm only half-way through the current one.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Resist 1% Retinol Booster

on 11/12/2018 12:58:00 PM


The texture of this retinol product is thinnest I've encountered so far, and it contains multiple soothing ingredients (oat, licorice etc) and it works really well with most other products without being too heavy, greasy or balling up. I don't really use it consistently as a retinol treatment as it seems weaker and less potent than some other retinol products that also have 1% retinol listed and I use tretinoin for the heavy lifting, but I love to apply the 1% Retinol Booster overnight when my skin looks tired and stressed. Kinda like what I expected products like Midnight Recovery or Midnight Secret would do. Part of the effect is retinol, another part are the myriad of soothing ingredients in the Booster. Usually I just layer it as-is, but due to its thin texture it mixes well with pretty much any other product. It hasn't clogged my skin or broken me out, there's no scent, not even a masking fragrance, so it smells faintly industrial, which is just fine with me. I keep repurchasing it despite the tiny size and despite that there are more potent retinol products out there, the Booster is my arsenal for a very specific purpose of "de-fatiguing" skin.

Skincare - Face -Paula's Choice -All Skincare

on 11/12/2018 12:08:00 AM


I have become very disappointed in Paula’s Choice. I used to have massive respect for Paula Begoun, but she seems to have taken a step backward. This is not to say that many of her products aren’t well-formulated, but for the following reasons, I’m not the fan of her or her line as I once was.

Reason 1- Her products are no longer affordable for the average consumer. I remember years ago when Paula Begoun severely criticized other products with unnecessarily steep price tags, but she does the same thing now with her line. Some of her products are as high as $55.

Reason 2- She goes overboard on the “Every product must have ten million antioxidants or it’s not worthy of your consideration.” This is why simple formulas that are highly rated by the average person are given an average or poor rating by her or her team. I wish she’d realize that some skin types do better with basic formulas; not everyone needs an overdose of antioxidants and other ingredients in their products.

Reason 3- She has contradicted a lot of her past statements. She used to say toners and eye creams were unnecessary; now she sells them both. She used to not review her own products because, in her own words, that would be tacky; now every product of hers gets a five star rating.

Reason 4- She is overly harsh towards things most people would consider to be trivial. Anything packaged in a jar gets a harsh review and a downgraded rating; the same with any sort of fragrance. The jury is still out whether fragrance is as bad as she says; some people don’t do well with it, and others are completely unaffected by it.

Anyway, those are my reasons. I hope this was helpful.

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