Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate


229 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Not tested on animals


Cyclopentasiloxane, Polydimethylsiloxane (silicone slip agents), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil (non-volatile plant oil), Camellia Olefiera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Extract, Lupinus Albus (Lupine) Seed Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract (antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocotrienols (stabilized, vitamin-based antioxidants), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

on 1/22/2010 10:49:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I must have the exact same skin issues with the reviewer below. In three uses, I had spots around the greater eye area and on my cheeks and forehead. Not nice. I'd like to achieve the softness without the side-effects so I won't be buying. Luckily it was a sample.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 9/2/2009 3:39:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Green

I used a sample on 3 consecutive nights and slowly but surely, it caused my skin to break out. Not as badly as the Skin Recovery Antioxidant Concentrate, but enough to know that I won't be buying. Since this one doesn't contain ingredients I'm allergic to (at least none that I know of), it must be the silicones, once again, that are breaking me out. I should just accept that once and for all. Plus, I really really hate the fake smoothness silicone-rich products temporarily give. I'd much rather have my skin looking healthy and feeling soft and smooth naturally. I haven't tried the new & improved formula, but seeing that the first two ingredients are cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone, I believe my skin's reaction will be the same.

UPDATE: I tried using this under my eyearea only, and I just ended up with tiny pimples, on that are between my cheek and "dark circles". Not fun. Went from 2 lippies to 1, because it's definitely not compatible with my skin. I don't think I'll be trying the new formula either.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/21/2009 11:08:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't get it either...I'm sure the actual antioxidant components are good quality and the product contains a decent amount of them, but the consistancy is just awful. The word 'suffocating' comes to mind. Sorry, but something that heavy and impenatrable just isn't my cup of tea.

Occasionally, I get suckered into the Paula's Choice hype and purchase a couple of her products to see what wonders I'm missing out on and I always regret it. Her really, really, really creepy plastic surgery ought to be my first clue...seems like she's competing with Joan Rivers for the Michael Jackson Plastic Surgery Addiction Award, or something. How can you hawk skin care when you obviously have had several plastic surgeries and continue to have more?

on 8/8/2009 9:36:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I buy this again and again because Paula is constantly reviewing the antioxidant research and updates this product based on the results.

The current formulation has stabilized vitamin C plus a slew of other antioxidants. Different antioxidants have different benefits, so it's good to have a variety, not just C.

It's inexpensive compared to many other antiox formulas, and a tube lasts several months. The product is very concentrated so a few drops are enough.

I'm puzzled, however, by the packaging because it seems that it could allow air in. Seems like a pump would be better. However I'm careful never to let the tube expand with air when the cap is off.

How I apply: put drop on each fingertip of one hand, then press fingertips of other hand against them, then lightly and quickly run fingertips all over face and neck.

I also put a few drops on the back of one hand, then press back of other hand against it, and then smooth all over hands and wrists.

on 7/11/2009 5:02:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm in love with this product! I orderered from the European website, which offers a super antioxidant concentrate with a formulation that differs from the one on the American website. Maybe this is still the non-reformulated Amercian-version'? Anyway, I don't really care, because I love it, I love it, I love it! It glides on like a dream, makes my skin totally balanced, soft and glowing and never irritates or gives break-outs. I use it mainly at night, but sometimes also under my ss, or just plain as moisturizer when I won't face the sun. I truely believe that the ingredients help my skin in being healthy and beautiful. Did I already mention that I love it..?

on 6/28/2009 9:53:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I don't get this stuff.
I don't know what it does because it's like silicone serum. If there are any aintioxidants in it that are beneficial, then I would like to see it in a different type of formula.

on 6/28/2009 9:41:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I use this after my moisturiser and before my makeup. Its does a pretty good job at keeping my skin matte but not really seen anymore benefits other then that.

on 6/12/2009 8:42:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate, and it is great! You do have to shake it well and not overuse it, or it will have the opposite effect, it will make you look greasy/shiny. But once you get the hang of it and figure out how much to use, it is the best! The serum is SOOOO silky and glides on ...its NEVER irritating, even near my eyes, and keeps the oiliness in my t-zone in check. Also, its a good primer, it makes application smooth and keeps it on. I just love it. The packaging is opaque, but that's important for keeping the antioxidants stable, so its a small price to pay. The very small opening in the tube makes it easy to control how much comes out so you don't overuse it or waste product.

on 6/8/2009 8:31:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this product. I do have tend to have oily skin in the t zone within a few hours of applying makeup. I use this product instead of moisturizer. It also works well as a primer. I had previously used Peter Thomas Roth mattifying gel - waste of $$$. For the price this is a great product.

on 5/30/2009 10:13:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

in short, a really great product. i applied this under my moisturiser and found that my skin was not oily, only more radiant and smooth. it helped to hydrate my skin and remove any rough or dry patches that i occasionally get.
when used under the eye area, this product removed any dryness and over the period of about a week helped to minimise my dark circles.

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