This dual-action liquid foundation brings proven anti-aging benefits to your makeup. It instantly smooths fine lines and imparts a luminous, natural-looking radiance, for a noticeably younger, more even complexion. Specialized ingredients boost skin’s ability to fight environmental damage, so you will see skin that not only looks younger but acts younger as well. Experience a healthy, flawless, complexion that glows- and becomes healthier with each use.
Paula’s Choice Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation is part of the company’s RESIST line and is said to provide both anti-aging benefits and makeup benefits. This foundation is available in 6 shades. The shade Level 2 Light is depicted in this review.
This foundation comes in an opaque, plastic bottle with a pump dispenser covered by a cap. This packaging keeps the foundation’s ingredients stable and the product sanitary.
Level 2 Light is yellow-based and too light on my NC20 skin. This foundation would be suitable for someone with NC10/15 skin. I find the color to also be a tad ashy (grey-tinted) once it’s applied all over the face.
Aside from the color, I’m not in love with the formula for this foundation. It has a cream formula that’s slightly mousse-like. The formula doesn’t seamlessly blend into the skin and leaves streaks behind even after blending.
It’s not a moisturizing foundation, so I don’t think it would be good for dry skin. On the other hand, the foundation doesn’t hold up very well to oiliness (despite the fact that it’s targeted towards people with oily/combination skin), so if you have oily or combination skin, setting this foundation with a powder is a necessity.
One thing this foundation has above a vast majority of foundations on the market, though, is the fact that it has good skincare ingredients in the form of several antioxidants. It doesn’t contain any sunscreen, though, so make sure to apply that underneath.
Ease of Use: 8/10
I find it hard to make this foundation look like it’s blended into the skin. I also have to set it with powder to help keep it in place and keep and oily sheen at bay.
For $24.95 you get 1 fl. oz (30 ml) of foundation.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Talc, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Oleth-10, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Steareth-2, Resveratrol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceramide 3, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lecithin, Adenosine, Phospholipids, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Safflower Oil, Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides, Mica, Phenoxyethanol