Paula's Choice Skincare

RESIST Brightening Essence

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 42.00
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Note: This product has been discontinued.

Paula's Choice Skincare's RESIST Brightening Essence contains numerous beneficial ingredients to support healthy, radiant, even-toned skin, all in a feather-light fluid that boasts some remarkable hydrating ingredients, including superstar line smoother hyaluronic acid. Together, these specialized ingredients improve uneven skin tone while leaving the skin feeling soft and supple.

This fragrance-free formula works for all skin types, and in harmony with any other product in your current skincare routine—including skin-brightening products that contain hydroquinone.

The opaque glass container uses a push button dropper to dispense the formula. At first, you may wonder if the amount in the dropper is enough. Rest easy! This dropper is designed to supply the perfect amount for facial application, but can also be adjusted as needed, such as if you want to spot-apply to uneven areas.

Because it is so lightweight, you’ll find it easily and seamlessly works under any serum or other anti-aging products in your skincare routine. Immediately after application skin feels smooth and maintains a  plump look throughout the day thanks to peptides and moisture-drenching hyaluronic acid.

The Multi-Brightening Complex includes vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice, and arbutin, all supported by research showing they can significantly improve the look of spots and uneven, dull skin tone. When used in tandem with other cutting-edge skincare products, the results are very likely to give you the improvement you were hoping for.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Brightening Essence is a slam-dunk for anyone looking to up their “glow game.”  With it’s innovative packaging, dynamic, research-backed formulation, and light but hydrating feel, it easily earns our highest rating.

Helpful hint: Pair this with other brightening products for enhanced results. Research has shown stubborn skin tone issues respond better when multiple brightening ingredients are layered vs. relying on just one. This is because the pathway for effecting the changes in skin tone are complex and often require a complex approach.


  • Diverse blend of proven skin brightening agents that revive a dull complexion.
  • Lightweight, fragrance-free formula suitable for all skin types.
  • Innovative packaging with push button dispenser measures perfect product amount.
  • Hyaluronic acid for smooth, soft skin.


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Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

RESIST Brightening Essence is an innovative formula that contains a multi-brightening complex ideal for any skin type. The fluid texture has a concentrated blend of plant extracts, antioxidants, and skin soothing ingredients celebrated for their skin-brightening properties. Licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin C, and niacinamide, along with peptides, are infused in a quickly-absorbing delivery system to create intense, bright, and even results. The superior hydration delivered by two forms of hyaluronic acid increase the reflecting level of skin making it appear glowing and revived.

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Arbutin (skin-brightening), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-restoring), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (soothing extract), Arcostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (brightening plant extract), Morus Alba Root Extract (brightening plant extract), Niacinamide (skin-restoring ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring ingredient), Allantoin (soothing agent), Adenosine (skin-restoring ingredient), Silanetriol (antioxidant), Carbomer, (texture enhancer) Polysorbate-20 (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Sodium Citrate (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance


Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

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Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.

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