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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357 products

11,901 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

on 4/23/2018 12:55:00 PM


I've cycled through a lot of moisturizers before finding this one, but I finally found a moisturizer that works for me.

I have very dry skin; I live in a super-dry climate, and use retin-a on my face every night. I've been using this as my go-to moisturizer for morning and night. I also love that it is approved for use around the eyes, which means it has also replaced my eye cream. It doesn't have sunscreen, so I've been adding a separate sunscreen on to of this moisturizer in the morning, prior to applying makeup.

The packaging only gets 4 lippies b/c I really wish this was available in a larger size (it comes in one size only.)

I love how creamy and rich this moisturizer is without a heavy, greasy-feeling layer atop my skin. It is heavy duty without feeling heavy, and goes on really smoothly. I do give it a few minutes to absorb prior to applying makeup.

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -RESIST C15 Super Booster

on 4/22/2018 6:24:00 AM


Hands down the best vitamin C serum in its price category (and I have tried the Drunk Elephant C firma and the Skinceuticals CE as well as the cheaper Ordinary versions). Absorbs in 5 seconds and keeps my skin even and clear. Some may argue that it's pricey but the ingredients are almost identical to the Skinceuticals CE serum which is like 3x more expensive.. The only thing I would change is the packaging as I'm worried that the dropper bottle is not best for the stability of the ingredients (although it seems to work even after 2 months of use so they probably have a valid reason to have chosen to put it in a dropper glass). If it came in the same pump bottle as the retinol booster it would be absolutely perfect, but even with this packaging it is way ahead of the other Vitamin C serums.

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Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

on 4/21/2018 10:07:00 AM


Unfortunately too visible on my NC/NW 15 skin. I have hormonal adult acne and melasma, so I need high daily spf that won't increase my acne...

A "shake-well" formula, a thin fluid that is quite easy to spread. The consistency is fine, but my problem is that it feel like it sits on the top of the skin.... I guess all mineral sunscreens do that, but you don't always "feel" them. When i touch the face i can feel it's there...

It also gives that typical mineral look after a while - just as mineral makeup can do especially on scarred and blemished skin - a floating tinted residue....

It contains a lot of silicones- on a normal/mixed skin I think this could work perfectly as a primer under makeup. My skin usually breaks out by silicones so I didn't care to use the whole tube up.

Summary; really good formula for maybe mixed skin darker than NW/nc 15 and that does not have active acne.

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

on 4/20/2018 10:48:00 AM


This product is perfect for skin types that are oily or combo majority oily. I feel skin types that are more on the dry side will benefit from the lotion or gel formulas. That could explain some of the negative reviewers experience, in my opinion.

The consistency is similar to a toner. The formula is simple without much extra unneeded ingredients. Green tea is an ideal antioxidant. Most importantly, this leave on product clears closed comedones and keeps pores from getting clogged in the first place. I understand everyone's skin is different, so I realize it can be hard tomething with so many mixed reviews, but I don't want you to completely get scared away from trying this if you are considering.

My skin cannot have anything lotion based, it will absolutely break out. Before getting a trial size around last October, I had breakouts all around the bottom portion of my face. A few cystic jaw line , yet hormones test didn't show abnormal. My face was just covered with closed comedones.

After a week of using this at night, I noticed my breakouts slowly improving, and less starting popping up. Two weeks to a month my skin was clear. It has remained clear. I have been using this daily and without a doubt this product cleared my acne covered skin. A few of my coworkers have mentioned how "good" my skin looks [polite way of telling me my acne is gone] .

I recently purchased three bottles when they were on sale. I highly recommend this particular SA leave on for those with similar acne issues and most importantly those with more oily than dry skin. The lotion or gel formula is ideal for skin types with more dry skin and combo dry. I should also note that I most definitely have sensitive skin, not once has this irritated it in any way.

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Moisturizers -Paula's Choice -RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer

on 4/19/2018 4:17:00 AM


I used this on and off for a couple of years. It was an OK light moisturizer that didn't irritate my skin, but it wasn't moisturizing enough for my dry winter skin. I think it's quite overpriced as a moisturizer as it doesn't seem to contain high amounts of active ingredients (retinol). I would use this product up if I received it again as a gift or a sample as it does a decent enough job, but I wouldn't repurchase it.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

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