Paula’s Choice Niacinamide Booster Review

The older I get, the more interested I become in skincare, specifically anti-aging products. I love learning about ingredients, treatments and advances in technology because I’d love to be forever 32. Plus, my mom recently made me promise her I’d never get plastic surgery 🙂niacinamide-1

I’ve had great luck with Paula’s Choice skincare before so I jumped at the chance to try their new product, Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster. Nia-who? Don’t worry; I’ll explain! Niacinamide is a form of B3 that they’ve found to reduce pore size, wrinkles and discoloration.

The Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster is ultra-light in texture and is meant to be mixed into your existing skincare products. I’ve been mixing it into my night cream mostly but I’ve tried it with my facial oils too and it mixes in seamlessly. I love the idea of a skincare booster because you can continue to use the products you love but just super charge ‘em! This product retails for $42, affordable when compared to other anti-agers.

niacinamide-2I was all about trying this product because I’ve always had enlarged pores, mainly on my cheeks. I also have 2 forehead expression lines and the super cool “11 lines” between my brows. I know that they are there, it’s normal, I have an expressive face. Let me be clear though; maybe I’m weird but they don’t bother me that much? I have no desire to Botox them away and I can live with ’em. If I can prevent those lines from getting worse though, I totally will. Especially if I can just add something to my existing skincare routine to pump up the jam.

So, for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been adding 3 drops of Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster to my moisturizer every night. I’ve had no adverse reactions or excess dryness. So you want to know if it worked, right?

niacinamide-32 weeks isn’t enough time to truly assess a skincare product’s effectiveness but after 2 weeks, my cheeks still look like an orange peel. I’ve seen no change in my pore size. Trust me; I’m bummed. I didn’t totally expect to see a huge change as pore size is partially genetic. I did notice that my forehead lines looked a tad softer the other day. That’s always welcome but the change was quite subtle. The main claim of this product is that it “dramatically reduces pore size”, something I totally need and want, and have yet to see.

In the before and after photos below, as you’ll notice, there is little to no improvement in pore size.

before-pcAFTER 2 WEEKS
after-pcSorry, Paula. I still love you but I must be the enlarged pore freakazoid who is beyond help. I’ll continue to use this product though as I believe in the power of B3. I still love so many of your products so it’s all good in my big pore hood. I’m sticking to retinol for the most effective, real results in the meantime.

While this product was a miss for me personally, their skincare is really top notch overall. If you’re a new customer, make sure to click here to get $10 off your first order of $15 or more. Yay!

This post was made possible by Pretty In My Pocket and Paula’s Choice. Product provided for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Kelly

    10/12/2016 at 11:50 AM

    Hi Ivy,

    I was wondering if youre still using the Niacinamide and if yes did it do what Paula promised?

    Hope to hear from you!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      10/15/2016 at 8:27 PM

      Hi Kelly! To answer your questions, no and no. Although I love Paula’s Choice skincare overall, I so no difference in pore size whatsoever, which is the main claim of this product. I have enlarged pores so I was bummed!

  2. Sanna Dittrich

    08/05/2017 at 5:03 AM

    Thank you for this post. I have quite large pores all over the forehead. Think i’ll have to live with them…

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