Rated 3.52 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Truly amazing. You just have to know HOW to use it.
When I use this product, I first apply The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution using a cotton pad. I give it just a moment to rest and then apply a light layer of Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 solution, and give that just a moment to rest. Finally, I apply just a pea-size amount of the Vitamin C Suspension, and gently rub it in a circular motion all over my face. The combination of these three products produce an INCREDIBLE exfoliating effect. Any and all dead skin cells on my face begin to sluff off onto my finger tips as I apply this final product, with a slight tingling senstation. I do have very sensitive skin, and the first time I was shocked by this; but it is not overwhelming and it does not leave my skin irritated. In the end, I'm left with absolutely glowing, positively hydrated and completely exfoliated skin. Highly, highly reccomend! I don't know what I would do without it.
Most Helpful Critical Review Feels So Weird & Clogs Pores
An Ulta skin care specialist recommended this to me. I have used the product for a couple weeks at night after cleansing and toning then follow up with a hydrating moisturizer. The silicone mixture feels so gritty and applies unevenly because of the thickness of the product. It does this weird sinking thing where you try to spread it but the silicone just balls up, but if you let it sit on your skin, the Vitamin C part I guess melts away from the silicone. I end up having to wipe away the silicone and I wonder if my skin even got to absorb the Vitamin C before the silicone filled up my pores. I have not seen any changes in my skin.
Reviewed by 117 customers Love love love!
CharmedOne from Bristow, VA
I bought this at the beginning of the pandemic and put it to the side for a while after trying it a few times. I have hyperpigmentation from sun damage and pregnancy, very old (my kids are 20). I started using it again. Wow! It has certainly diminished my sun damage. I am logging on to buy more so I thought, let me tell everyone out there how great this is. It stings a little. You have been through worse people, who hasn't done a wax? It works. BTW, I have tried everything. I mean everything! It works on the level of hydroquinone. Please use this only at night. This stuff is potent. And add some night cream if the stinging bothers you.
Weird texture, peeling off
SA from New york
The texture feels like a harsh exfoliate and starts to peel off with any rubbing of skin.
Anggie from Salem Or
I liked the product but the bottle was half full.
Keileen83 from Parkersburg WV
The only reason I rated it a 3 is because- it's a great product don't get me wrong, but the percentage was way too high for me. That's my fault though! Same with retinoids I say- work your way up to a high percentage y'all. I do the ethylated ascorbic acid in 15%. It is a little pricey but I haven't had reactions like I had with the 23 and 30% vitamin c products.
CJ from Chicago
It's a good product and it works... But it will dry you skin out I suggest using once a week.
Not bad but not good either…
Hazel from USA
Weird consistency. Left my oily acne prone skin feeling greasy. Not bad but wouldn't repurchase.
Burning but worth it.
Mia S from USA
Getting the only downside out of the way first, the stinging!! For two straight minutes you believe you've made the world's most horrible mistake... Then I layer my moisturizer on top and my skin chills out for the rest of the night.
It plays well with my existing Clinique products and I don't get a gritty feeling, just very slippery siliconey. It doesn't smell, it didn't break me out, and my dark spots (so much sun damage) are starting to fade in comparison to my day 1 photos. I'm repurchasing and I'll continue to use it!
Ceniza from California
Seems like the reviews are either love or hate. Sadly, I have to say my skin hates this product. Went scrolling to find other people who have been left with the same burning sensation as me, but I guess I'm the odd ball. This stuff burns and pills so so so badly. I don't have sensitive skin but geeeeez this stuff still burns even after washing it off.
Skier 83 from Texas
Initially going in there is a slight gritty feeling, cream formula. Once on it melts into your skin and feels silky after a minute. Sometimes slight sting which tells me it's working! Great for the price.
I don't like it
masha from Fl
It feels like you're rubbing sand in your face, leaves tingling feeling and if you accidentally taste it it's very sour. If that was prescribed by my dermatologist/esthetician, I would get over it and keep using, however I'm not ready to deal with it as an over the counter product
Great when combined with cream
Leigh from Los Angeles
I've used this for a while now, and at first I also had issues with the gritty texture. It also burned a bit more. But I started to mixed it with a my snail cream and it works flawlessly now!
Gritty texture is offputting
Kk from California
But I will just mix it with a moisturizer...
Disappointed from Alabama
I have been using Sunday Riley, but it's pricey. Every blog and review on the internet swears The Ordinary is the closest thing you can get to SR products. I had already tried the Tula Serum and wasn't crazy about it so decided to try this. It's horrible. It's gritty and you cannot put any moisturizer on top of it at all or it's like when you have a bad sun burn and peel. It did leave my face soft but that could also be from scrubbing to get all the piling off. Lesson learned. Pay for the SR.
Broke me out
Re-re from USA
Unfortunately, I couldn't use this product because it broke me out really bad. It also does not mix/layer well with any other product from the ordinary or otherwise. It will form little deposits of the mixture even if I wait to apply this product. It also felt very drying so if you do but it use a good moisturizer after. It did make my skin brighter over about a week of use but the cons outweigh the pros.
Des_ from California
I had the peeling and burning issues as it says on the package. So I expected it. I played with it and I have the best results using in my night routine after my caffeine serum (under eyes only) I apply ascobyl glucoside solution (all products are The ordinary) I have eczema and this works wonders for me my skin hasn't looked this good like ever because of my eczema smoothness and moisturizer was not happening for me and my face is soooo soft and smooth even my make up looks flawless. Turns out I never needed to change my foundation it was my skin that needed the love! I recommend this pair to everyone I know
Leaves my skin feeling smooth and flawless!
Katie from Clovis ca
I've been getting really bad acne due to wearing a mask all day, so I started I new skin care routine and I added this product to it and I have nothing to say but, wow. My skin is smoother, clearer and bright! I know when I was purchasing this product it stated the product may burn, but I had no negative reaction to this product. Most definitely will buy again!
Don't waste your money
Sad girl from 57108
I couldn't figure out what was pilling on my face until I stopped using this. Feels good on the back of your hand, but once you apply a moisturizer it will pill. This is the only product from the Ordinary I will not repurchase
Works great after learning how to use it
Jessika from Denver, CO
Now that I've learned how to properly add this into my routine I love it!!! At first I had problems with it pilling and burning, but now I've started using in the morning directly after cleansing, then using a silicone-based tinted moisturizer on top of it. No other steps in between! It makes my skin feel so nice and fades dark spots faster than anything else I've tried before. Highly recommend!
Vic from Scottsburg ,va
Love the silky feel on you skin!
Pills quite awfully
Shelby from Louisville
I was excited to try this due to the numerous positive reviews, but unfortunately it does not absorb into my skin well, nor does it combine well with my other products. It leaves a strange white residue on my face and then begins to pill, making my skin feel and look awful. I gave it multiple chances, followed the directions, and tried it with other products. For whatever reason it just does not like my skin. Buyers beware.
Pale Girl from United States
Very weird feeling on the face. didn't not like it much.
Use It Correctly
Arie from MI
A lot of the bad reviews are sensitive skin ones. I have sensitive skin and when I first started using this product I actually didn't like it because it burned. I gave it a shot again and it has made a tremendous difference in my skin. I use it as a mask and leave it on for about 20 minutes, but had to work my way up to that. When I started using it again, it burned so bad when first applying that I just washed it off. I would compare it to retinoid where some people start by applying it then washing it off and working their way up. Hope it works for you!! :)
Dupe for DE C Tango!
ATA58C from FL
Love this dupe for my fave DE C Tango! Also a plus with the silicone I don't have to use a primer when applying my make up!
Krystal from Houston, Tx
At least it's affordable. It made my under eyes really sensitive over time. Always burns anywhere on face. I haven't seen a difference with consistent use either. I just feel like this shouldn't be on the market.
My skin has never looked better!
Jessie from Alabama
My acne scarring is reduced and my skin is brighter and smoother. I put it on once daily after toner and before moisturizer. Stings at first, but it goes away quickly.