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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360 products

11,945 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Skincare - Body -Paula's Choice -RESIST Skin Revealing 10% AHA Body Lotion

on 7/22/2018 1:12:00 AM


This is amazing. I've been spraying the backs of my legs with salicylic acid forever trying to get the bumpy skin to smooth out and to stop the breakouts with lackluster results. I used this for a week and my thighs are now close to bump free. Magic. It's magic. It helps with some body acne as well BUT I don't know if the lotion consistency contributes to some clogged pores and acne as well. I have some monster pimples growing under the skin on my inner thighs and some new breakouts on my under boobs (I've been applying this lotion all over my body). Its more a problem to me because I live in a hot, humid, sweaty country and lotions may overwhelm pores with all the sweat and clothes and heat.

All said and done this is fabulous and effective. I love the packaging. The price, cue the cringe because it's high for a lotion, annoys me. I wish PC stayed around the prices they started with, but such it is. I'll be looking for better priced aha lotions, but for now this is my bumpy skin solution. I'll have to look for something else to help the breakouts.

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

on 7/20/2018 4:18:00 PM


I have been using this product for 2 years now so I think I can give it a true review. I purchased in a set from QVC on auto delivery. The set included two of this product, a moisturizer and a retinol treatment. I was impressed with the entire set, but have found less expensive moisturizers and retinol products so this is the only item I have repurchased. This truly cleans out pores and greatly reduced the size! My husband has had a blackhead on his chest for years -- it's big and very indented and therefore hard to extract. I use this on him once at night and it is amazing to see the difference. The blackhead is no longer there and the pore size has greatly reduced. As for myself, I used this twice a day when I first got it and noticed some minor peeling/flaking around the eye area. Paula says you can use this around eyes (just not on lids). The flaking went away pretty fast and my pores have NEVER been this small and clean! I use this as my first step now after cleansing at night. I'm happy that Nordstrom offers this during their annual sale at a twofer price. I bought two sets last year and purchased another two sets today. Paula "sales" never seem like too much of a sale to me, so I happy with this deal. For reference, I'm about to be 64 and have slightly dry, more combo skin this time of year and it's a little drier in the Winter. No real wrinkles, just fine laugh lines.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment


Paula's Begoun is a lady who always strikes me as knowing her ingredients. Her brand has some pretty impressive formulations. She doesn't rely on telling tall stories that revolve around magnetic soundwaves that can make a formula more potent, nor a flower that never fades and scientists spending a decade trying to understand why. Everything about her products and brand has always struck me as being honest and down to earth. I don't share her love of Mineral oil and silicones but on those I have to just respectfully agree to disagree.

I've had the good fortune of trying quite a number of sample packs and trial sizes that she lists on the PC website. Having previously used Skinceuticals 0.5% I was ready to up the ante and try something stronger. This formula with the addition of Licorice (good for brightening) struck me as a good choice.

First of all this is quite hydrating. If you have dry to normal skin this will suit you just fine. For myself being oily I had to use it very lightly so as not to over-hydrate my skin. The packaging - although good for keeping the ingredients stable was quite annoying as I always found it dispensed either too little or too much with each pump. As with other retinol formulations I did notice a difference in both pore size and skin texture and in a fairly short amount of time. Additionally there was also a very slight difference to fine lines which I can only put down to the impressive choice of ingredients in here. I had been expecting to peel or notice redness but luckily that did not happen.

The downside is the silicone content. I could only use this once or twice a week at most without experiencing a breakout. In itself it is a great product provided you are ok with silicones. For those like myself who are not, the hunt for the perfect retinol product goes on...

(used this product in October 2017)

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Skincare - Face -Paula's Choice -RESIST Skin Firming Line Minimizer

on 7/16/2018 7:38:00 PM


Above all else, the packaging stinks. I'm sure it is stable but it is a push button from the bottom... which means when you put the cap back on it, it's very easy to push down on the bottom and wasted product ensues. I have used this to completion and notice no difference. 2 stars as I do have faith in Paula's Choice products BUT this one just didn't happen to work for me and the packaging is ridiculous.

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Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+

on 7/15/2018 4:49:00 PM


Very light, non-greasy sunscreen that soaks into the skin without any whiteness or tackiness. Excellent for combo or oily skin. No scent other than the faint typical sunscreen scent. I had a 15ml mini size of this and plan to buy the full size when it's on sale.

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