Paula’s Choice Resist Review

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Paula Begoun was nicknamed the Cosmetic Cop by no other than the Queen herself, Oprah. Paula has gained a reputation of being no-fuss, factual but also to hold no punches. One could only imagine her very own skincare line to be full of carefully created products that are backed by science and practicality.

But, are they what they have cracked up to be? Do they deserve a cult following? Let’s have a closer look at some products from the Resist line.

Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.

Being targetted towards dry skin, this cleanser worried me. My oily skin, in the past, hasn’t been good friends with anything too creamy. But, this cleanser is just lovely. It is a no-nonsense, no bullshit, gentle wash that restores hydration, balances the skin and leaves me feeling fresh. Paula’s Choice does state that this baby does remove makeup, however, I prefer to use this as a second step in my double cleansing method. My skin comes away look clean and fresh without being stripped of that precious moisture we all need.


Daily Smoothing Treatment

A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.

This baby has blown my mind. Having used a lot of AHA’s in the past, I didn’t expect to be as impressed with this as I have been. This light serum contains 5% AHA which gently exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves your complexion looking refreshed and renewed. I find this gentle enough to use daily, which has really resurfaced my skin. Those pesky little bumps on my forehead and cheeks have been minimised leaving it so smooth and youthful, and I have the Daily Smoothing Treatment to thank for that.

Due to the gentle nature of this treatment, I would imagine it to be a great introduction to the world of chemical exfoliation.


Barrier Repair Moisturiser 

A remarkable skin-renewing anti-ageing moisturiser that nourishes dehydrated skin while promoting a firmer-looking, radiant complexion.

Just when I thought this range couldn’t get any better, this little guy landed in my lap. Full of nourishing and proven anti-aging ingredients, this light hydrator has made my skin firm and bright. With the inclusion of Retinol, this also gets to work reducing those naughty little fine lines and wrinkles.  If you have never used retinol before, this is a fabulously gentle, but effective introduction.  Used as the last step in your PM routine, this lotion is silky and very easily absorbed. Winner.

Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid 

An innovative water-light formula that contains a vital selection of antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection to fight visible signs of ageing and prevent premature ageing of skin.

When using AHA’s and/or Retinol based products, it is essential that you’re wearing a good quality SPF every damn day. You should be wearing it anyway, but even more so in this circumstance.  The Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid is really lightweight and easily absorbed, leaving your skin hydrated but with a satin-feel finish. Personally, I don’t find an SPF 15 to be quite enough when facing the elements – especially in the Australian Summer. If only this product boasted a 30+ I would love it a whole lot more.


After using this line exclusively for 5 weeks, I can see a difference in my skin tone and texture. My complexion looks brighter, smoother and overall, much happier.


Before and After 5 weeks of use.

My first foray into Paula’s Choice products has been a really successful one. I am really impressed with the quality and results of all of these products. I will be definitely looking into trying more from the extensive PC range.

Lastly, I just want to mention that on the Paula’s Choice website, you can buy varying sizes of the products, even sample or travel izes. At a cheaper price, this is an excellent way to test products to ensure that they are going to work for you without being a waste. A great concept.

What are your favourites? What should I try?

Chat soon,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice

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  1. December 11, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Holy shitballs!! Your skin!! Incredible!! Toubhad loveky skin to start with BUT the difference is brightness and luminosity is undeniable.. piqued my interest Camille

    • onabeautybender
      December 11, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks L. I am so so so happy with it lately. I’m soaking it up x

  2. Kylie
    January 3, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    Love all of your reviews, and your skin looks incredible! I’m going to try the Daily Smoothing treatment next!
    I use the Resist Skin Restoring Moisturizer with SPF and like you was concerned with the low SPF rating but after some digging found out we don’t need to worry! On the Australian site it’s rated as SPF 15, but if you go to the US site it’s SPF 50. It’s the same with the Youth Extending Hydrating Fluid. Because of regulations in Australia, they can only be labelled as SPF 15, but we’re really getting the higher rating. 😉

    • onabeautybender
      January 3, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      Ohh thanks for that. I assumed as much, I noticed there was another label plastered over the top of the Moisturiser. I still like to err on the side of caution. I’ve spent way too much time in the sun over the years and I’m a bit crazy about it now, haha. X

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