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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354 products

11,777 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Toners -Paula's Choice -Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner

on 11/20/2017 11:32:00 AM


This has the consistency of water. I'll leave that up to you to decide if that's a pro or con.

I bought this after missing out the first time it was on the market. When Paula's Choice brought it back there was a lot of praise so I figured here's my chance to see what all the commotion was about.

The pros:
-Leaves 0 film on the skin. Some might be annoyed that it doesn't hydrate but that's what moisturizers are for. If this was overly moisturizing then it would no longer be suitable for oily, acne-prone skin. A film of residue often leads to a volcanic breakout for me.

-Again, no break outs. And no irritation. I am very acne-prone and rosacea-prone. I can no longer use most antioxidant products because they either flare my rosacea or clog my crater pores. So this is a huge plus.

-Skin is cleaner. I wipe my face with this in the morning after waking up.

-Antioxidants boost SPF. I need that.

-Protects the skin against environmental damage.

-Wears beautifully under my sunscreen and make up.

The cons:
-Minimal visible results. I continue to use it under the mindset that its a preventative product and works in ways I wouldn't expect to see results from. The fact that it's one of the few antioxidant products to NOT cause more harm than good though, puts it at a huge advantage over the competition.

-Expensive. The ingredients in it are dirt cheap.

-No expiration date. This actually concerns me enough that I hesitate repurchasing. Antioxidants are time sensitive. I need to know when this batch was created and when it expires. PC telling me to throw it away within a year of purchasing is NOT enough to comfort me because who knows if my bottle is new or from an old batch they didn't sell out. :\

-Makes my lips temporarily numb. That is so bizarre to me but not necessarily a bad thing. If they were slightly burning like some posters have reported, I'd be running for the hills. But like I said - this doesn't irritate my moody rosacea.

Cleansers -Paula's Choice -Perfect Cleansing Oil

on 11/15/2017 10:21:00 AM

The Paula's Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil is a fragrance free face cleanser and makeup remover that does a great job removing makeup, oil, and impurities from your face. The directions say to use it on a dry face if you are removing makeup and use on a wet face if you are cleansing a makeup-free face. I must admit that this is one of the first oil cleansers I've used that actually removes every trace of makeup without leaving a filmy feeling on my face. The other nice thing is that this leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. The other nice thing is the $25 price tag- a little goes a long way so one bottle will last you quite a while. My review video is here:

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

on 11/14/2017 2:47:00 AM


I have sensitive skin and had previously tried the 1% bha lotion. But silicones just don’t seem to suit my skin! I was scared to try the 2% then when I did ay first I almost wished I hadn’t - I broke out in even more tiny whitehead pimples on my jawline than usual (one of the main reasons I was trying it out was to get rid of bumps there!) But then I read up a bit about how exfoliants can cause spots to come up quicker than they otherwise would, so figured this was maybe that kind of a purging response. The general consensus seemed to be that big inflamed breakouts probably meant a bad reaction, but small whiteheads were more likely to be purging. I decided to carry on using it, focusing just on the breakout areas as other parts of my face have got pretty dry recently. It’s been a couple of weeks now and my skin has much improved! I feel like my daily makeup and suncream is no longer clogging my pores in the same way. Going to continue trying this out, will update if any bad reactions do occur.

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

on 11/13/2017 2:34:00 PM


I had to give this a good 3-4 weeks before seeing any improvement in my skin's texture, tone and clarity. I find that if I skip using it a day or two I immediately notice a difference. I just ordered my second bottle and I will forever be a fan of this exfoliant. When I use this in the AM, my skin is flawless, glowy and fresh looking. Co-workers have complimented on how radiant and fresh I look. The hubs tells me my makeup looks amazing. It's a compliment in a bottle, I tell you.

I have had no irritation whatsoever using this.

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Toners -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

on 11/10/2017 5:20:00 AM


This one is a true HG for me! I've been using this for years, but six months ago I ran out and didn't repurchase. I really don't know why, perhaps I was thinking it wasn't doing anything for me. A short time after running out I began getting break outs, the sebaceous filaments on my nose and forehead seemed to double in quantity and size, and overall my complexion got less clear. I decided to try out the BHA from The Ordinary, and when that didn't seem to do anything for me, I began focusing on hydration and less actives. Nothing seemed to make my "new" skin any better, so I finally repurchased and after two weeks my skin was back to what is used to be. THIS was the reason I had somewhat clear skin without any major breakouts, and now I'll make sure never to be without. So definitely HG for me! I do find it a bit expensive, compared to a lot of other BHAs, but I gladly pay the price.

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