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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374 products

12,143 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Resist Omega+ Complex

on 3/21/2019 8:05:00 PM


I was impressed with the ingredients list of this and heartened when I saw reviews saying it had a lotion-like texture as I've tried a couple of PC serums before and the textures were awful and totally unusable. It feels like a fairly lightweight lotion so if you have combo skin or oily there's no need to apply a moisturiser afterwards, I just follow with sunscreen depending how my skin feels. It has a slightly funky smell, like flaxseed I think but I'm always happy when products are fragrance free. Lots of positives overall, and I think the price is reasonable for the ingredients (given many serums are water, fragrance and alcohol). That being said, I wasn't wowed by it and I prefer lighter serum textures so I can layer them better. I think if I were to repurchase I might get the Omega moisturiser to try.

Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -CALM Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30 - Normal to Dry Skin

on 3/19/2019 8:19:00 PM


I have bought this several times because it works very well in the darkest of winter on chapped and dry skin. I walk my big dogs everyday unless there is a non-stop rain so I need some hydrating protection when I'm dry. I also have rosacea and although I wouldn't call this calming, it's not irritating to my often irritated face.

It takes a little rubbing to get this to sink in and it's very thick. Tube is Ok and functional.

What isn't great it that it is not shelf-stable. I've had reserve tubes of this but they do not hold up even when packed away in a dark makeup drawer. They will develop a funky smell and the cream texture seems to separate.

Also I cannot rely on this for SPF protection. When I wear this continually my freckles darken. Since I reserve for winter it is ok but that's one of the problems with PC sunscreens for me. It is probably my fault in that I don't apply enough because the textures are weird or too heavy. But I can apply other sunscreens with no darkening of skin tone so is it me or the products???

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Toners -Paula's Choice -Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

on 3/19/2019 2:30:00 PM


Contrary to the name, this made my skin irritated and shockingly red. As in "What happened to your face?!" red, but not like a swell-y, hive-y allergic reaction. It was localized to my cheeks. I have somewhat dry, sometimes sensitive skin, and this is anything but recovery-y and calming. It should be called Skin Red-covery. That was a stupid joke, but I'm OK with it because it's true. I've been using Paula's Choice 2% BHA for years without any problems at all, and I've changed nothing in my regimen. I'm not sure what the irritant is but, wow, is it irritating. Two days after stopping it, my cheeks still know that feeling you get after you've been out in the cold for a long time and then you come inside and your cheeks feel like they're on fire ? Yeah. That. It's a no from me, Paula.

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Scrubs -Paula's Choice -The Unscrub

on 3/17/2019 12:27:00 AM


So this is not a scrubby-scrub. For that, I go between two favorites: Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion kit and St. Ives Apricot. This is on the opposite end of the physical scrub spectrum.

I have to say that I like the packaging. It's clean, unfussy and easy to get the last bit of product out. The flip top makes it easy to handle in the shower or one-handed as well. The product itself comes out as a thick cream filled with little "seeds" of scrubbies that begin to break down as soon as you start rubbing them together. This is the reason a lot of people don't seem to like the scrub- the seeds break down before you feel like they are being abrasive on the skin. I get it- my two standbys have the sandpaper effect on my skin that is immediate. However, I have to say that this DID leave my skin feeling clean and actually softer. I didn't use it as a cleanser (I use eye-makeup remover first), but in the shower after washing my face, I used a teaspoon of this daily and I just enjoyed it. I continued lathering it into my skin after the scrubbies had gone away and then washed it off.

As for the price tag ($29?)- well it's relative. It's a good product because it does exactly what it's meant to do: live on the opposite end of the physical exfoliant spectrum from St. Ives which could really bother someone with sensitive skin. Paula's Choice products tend to fall in this price range but there are always promo codes online- that's how I got mine- and her sampling program is second to none. Get yourself a few sample packets and try it first. If you find it is really unpleasant or a waste, skip it. I finished my bottle and won't repurchase because I am trying to cut back on my products overall and didn't find this extraordinary enough to hold on to, but I wanted to give it a fair review.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Primer/ Corrector -Paula's Choice -Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Oil-Control Primer

on 3/12/2019 10:33:00 PM


This is without a doubt one of the worst products I have ever purchased. It balls and cakes under foundation and did nothing to control oil. I honestly believe Paula has people on her payroll to write phoney reviews for her products. If I could give it zero stars I would.

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