It has a terribly long and tongue-tying name, but that seems to be par for the course for a lot of contemporary skincare products. In fact, bonus points appear to be in order if a branding specialist can squeeze in an exotic, preferably French-sounding word in a product’s name. (Is Génifique an actual word?)
Regardless, don’t let the dull name fool you. A lot of you know that I’m a huge fan of Paula’s Choice products, and have been a devoted user since the early 2000s. Like founder Paula Begoun, I have oily/combination skin prone to breakouts, and if there’s one thing I love about living in the 21st century (right up there the with the Internet and smartphones), it’s the explosion of combination skin-friendly products on the market. Paula’s been taking care of us combo-skin girls from the beginning, though, so I always eagerly await the latest and greatest from her lab.
The Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF doesn’t disappoint. For daily wear, I still rely exclusively on her reliable, mattifying Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30, but when I need a tad bit more coverage, this is my new go-to.
The product page on her website lists all the usual, impressive promises: feather-light, sheer tint that works beautifully for all skin tones, fortifie[d] with potent antioxidants to repair and stimulate collagen production for firmer skin. It’s marketed as a miracle in a jar, and I have to admit, the marketing copy is enticing. What drew me in and why I keep my medicine cabinet stocked with this product is the silky texture, gently mattifying effect, and flattering tint that lets me get away with skipping foundation altogether. I wear it anytime I have to actually dress up and attend a business or social event that requires more formal dress than my usual t-shirt and jeans, and with a swipe of eyeliner, a bit of blush and a little tinted lipgloss, I look pretty darn good, if I may say so myself.
Plus, I still get the high-SPF protection I need for daily wear without worrying about that weird, gray/white cast many sunscreen products leave behind.
It’s more expensive than a lot of drugstore brands and even some department store lines, but if you’re anything like me, when you find something that works, you stick with it and pay whatever it costs. This is what works for me.