Rated 4.39 out of 5 stars
As other reviewers mentioned, the texture of the product is not the easiest to work with, especially when it comes to trying to layer the product. However, after a few months of use, with lots of trial and error that involved pilling and adjusting my routine around this product, I LOVE IT. I will say if you are looking for a Vitamin C product that has a true serum feel and is easily layers with other products right off the batt, this may not be for you. However, if you truly want the results a high potency vitamin C serum has to offer and are willing to spend some time to fit it into your routine to get those results, this is the one! Because it is a strong formula, I definitely recommend starting out use with one or two times a week as your skin tolerates it. I have pretty resilient skin when it comes to sensitivity but this formula IS strong and could be considered harsh IMO. but I don't mind that when the product really works.
Texture: As other reviewers said, this product is not smooth immediately upon application. It comes out of the bottle looking like a thick cream but sinks into the skin like a serum like sinks in FAST. There are small (one could say sharp) beads in the formula that break down and dissipate as your apply it. But that's if the skin is properly prepped for the product. When trying to apply this over other serums, toners, Essence, ect. The texture does not play well with layering in the wrong order. This is confusing IMO especially when trying to follow the "thin to thick" layering method because it is a thick consistency out of the bottle. It pills up reallllyy badly and feels gritty when put over/under something else in the wrong order. However, once you find the order IT wants to be applied, it applies beautifully, leaves a very soft, dry finish and sinks in really nice.
My thoughts on layering with the texture: The product definitely has to be applied correctly in order to even sink into the skin. Directions say to apply to clean dry skin and this is how it should be applied. It does pill up even over some toners/essences. But now that my skin is acclimated to the product and can tolerate it, I find it works best when applied to skin wet with toner/Essence. This is how I can even use it with an essence before it. However, this is only true for a select few toners. I basically "test" a tiny amount of the next product on my lover jaw to see it it will pill, if not it's a winner and I know I can apply it without pilling. Really annoying IMO. If a product pills up when put over this, I try applying it first and use the same method to test for pilling. When layering with this, you want to wait until products are totally dry and have sunk into the skin before applying the next. (Except when it is just a toner and then this but I don't recommend this as it's not recommended on the bottle, it's just what works for me) As I mentioned above, there are small sharp beads in the formula, they do not dissolve if the skin is prepped wrong. Now that I can use this without pilling or the beads sitting on the skin, the beads go away before they scratch the skin and I enjoy them/don't notice them.
Results: I can't find it now, but I read somewhere about using this with retinoids (it's so effective you may find you don't need them) and honestly, this product does work better than some retinoids I've used. With consistent use you WILL see results. I saw results with this, even just minor, after the first day of use. Texture, dark marks, and overall skin health has improved with this. More than any other vitamin c I've used. It has also helped my acne tremendously which I can't say any vitamin c has done at all. I get less breakouts and they heal faster and with less scars.
Final thoughts: this would be an easy 5 stars if the texture wasn't so difficult to work with. Texture alone is a 2 But the results are so good it brings it back to a 4 for me. Because of the In ability to layer some products that are non negotiable for me, I use this once a day,(usually in the evening because this is a very stable vitamin c that I can use a retinoid with and I want it to be able to do it's best work which I'm sleeping) and apply the products that don't work well with it in the morning/evening that I don't use this, along with an alternative vitamin c serum. The results I've seen with this are good enough that I will continue to use it and have already purchased a backup. The wonders it's don't for my acne alone are enough, not to mention how much brighter and healthy my skin looks.
I have a few things I'm looking for in a Vit C serum. First, I'd prefer it be ascorbic acid (rather than a derivative) and it must be in a pump or other enclosed bottle. I'd also like some literature or discussion of it's stability (ferulic acid, Vit E, etc). I saw this and as really impressed my the founder's story, I liked the packaging and appreciated that it was a more stable formula. I also really liked supporting a Black-owned business. Unfortunately things went downhill the second I received it.
First, the pump didn't work. I tried and tried and tried to pump until the product would dispense but nothing. After a few days of pumping maybe 30 times each, it started dispensing. Other reviews mention this as well, so it's not just me. I thought that was the end of it but, sporadically, the pump will decide not to work again and I have to pump it forever (enough that I have to wonder if I'm out or if it will never work again) until finally it works again.
The next thing that bothered me is that it's texture is really weird. When I rub my palms together to apply it, it just disappears. It almost feels like you are left with powder on your hands. I finally realized that there is actually some product still on there so I applied it to my face. I don't have very sensitive skins so it doesn't irritate me. UNLESS I have any kind of open wound or acne blemish, then it stings like crazy for about 30-60 seconds. But I really hate the texture. It's powdery and drying. And when I apply sunscreen over it (even after letting it sit), it will pill up.
It does seem effective but it's hard to really tell since I have used Vit C in my routine for years so I'm assuming that since my skin hasn't reverted, it's working properly? I haven't found my perfect Vit C yet so the search continues.
Lia from Verona,Nj
The pump was a complete disaster. Returned
Lorelei from Curtice, OH
Love "C" serum. Feels healthy and luxurious. I even love the "C" smell. Ahhhh, skin health is the best! Supple and bright, for sure!
jen66 from NC
I have been using this for 2 months. no difference. expensive, I was hoping for better results.
Skin Care Is Mental Health Care from Midwest, United States
Loved the way this felt the first few uses. Worked nicely. After about ten uses, it now comes out as a watery mess. It also seems like the bottle is nearly empty and I have only been using it less than one month. Did I get a partially-used, returned product? My other products - of similar fluid ounces - have lasted a lot longer.
Rho from Houston
I dont like the texture of the product. To me, it doesn't easily spread. It goes on more like a cream than a serum and gives my skin a greasy feeling. I dont have sensitive skin and it burns a little.
Jen from Virginia
So I snagged this vitamin C during half price 21 days of beauty last year. I still have it. I was not prepared for the pore-filling silicone texture, I was expecting a serum. Half of it stayed on my fingers and wouldnt absorb, i think your skin needs to be fully dry before using. Also, any broken skin, like my acne, it burneddddd when applied over it. So while i cant say it doesnt work in terms lf vitamin C brightening, it was just not an enjoyable experience for me at all.
i love the formula it works so well with my skin.It's now my go to product.Will purchase again
Charilee from Coral Springs, FL
My days are LONG as a working mom. I am permanently tired and was looking for something to help me look alive. Love this product and I highly recommend it.
April from Nashville TN
Pros-it feels nice on my skin. Cons-I have been using this product for 6 weeks daily and have not had any results with my dark circles and bags under my eyes. The pump on the bottle is annoying. You have to pump it several times before anything comes out and when it finally does, too much comes out and you can not put it back in. After a couple weeks, what does come out when pumped, is watery and not a consistent texture. I will not repurchase this item again. A waste of money!
Vera from Charlotte
Love the product, the container it comes in feels and dispenses cheaply. Have to pump multiple times to get a small amount of product out. Hopefully they can upgrade that. But so far love the product
brandy from Greenville NC
I have never used a vitamin C that worked this great! I'm about out and can totally see a difference in my skin tone, it's brighter and more glowy. Will definitely be grabbing more!
Christina from Los Angeles
I really love this vitamin C serum and have noticed a difference in my hyperpigmentation in about 3 weeks of consistent use. I recommend using once a day for more sensitive skin and working up to twice a day. The packaging on this is actually pretty bad. The pump stopped working and i eventually took apart the whole bottle (which was pretty hard) to find another 4 days worth of product that i had to scrape out with the end of a spoolie each time. Would like to purchase a bigger size but im afraid to waste so much product due to the inefficient packaging. Only reason its not getting 5 stars from me
Cat from Portland OR
The products burns. It doesnt absorb well at all. My make up looked terrible with it. I'll give this away, return window passed.
Heather from Juneau, AK
This is an amazing product! It's silky and leaves my under eye area looking and feeling great! I can't recommend this product enough!
Ryia from Bay Area, CA
it says use on dry skin, I tried to layer it with my nighttime skin care routine and had the slightest amount of oil on my skin and instantly it pilled. so I can't speak for how well it works when used exactly as directed but it is not good with layering. I only tried a sample, but I hated the texture and feel of the product. I also prefer clean brands. just not for me. if you are going to try the product for yourself, just make sure you do not layer this with other products and make sure your skin is bone dry to get a fair chance.
Evelyn from napa, ca
The product separated after a week. The bottle can't be opened so to mix it nor does shaking it helps with the problem. A complete waste of money especially for the price.
KFed from NC
This product had a creamy texture on first few pumps and every day since its jusd a runny watery substance that is ineffective most likely due to the fact its not mixed properly. Its pure water and most of it runs off your fingers wasting so much product. There is nothing you can do to help even it out. Based on what came out on the first use compared to every time after its onvious this mixture is not good.
Channing from New York
I LOVEE this product! Personally, I need 2 things from my skincare: a formulation that works for my skin and peace of mind. But clearly, this product goes above and beyond. I struggle with my under eye area and LOVEE that it works seamlessly with my other skincare products < 3 Thanks Beauty Stat!
Patricia from KY
This actually works great for dark puffy circles around the eyes. It is very smooth and non greasy with a very light scent. I could benefit from it two weeks after my very first use. I highly recommend.
Christina from Logansport, IN
This vitamin c brightening serum is my absolute favorite! It's hard to find products that work for my most oily/combination skin without leaving it look oily and shiny, but this serum is amazing for my skin type! It leaves my skin looking and feeling refreshed and bright! I love it!
JulOro from Chicago
Just amazing didn't think it would actually work or that I would even enjoy this product as much as I did. Just posted and shared with all my friends and family really hope someone buys it and decides for themselves.
Melissa from Cleveland, OH
I have used this serum in the past and loved it, however the last two I have purchased became watery and oily after about a week. It's starts out being creamy but after a few uses a watery mess squirts out. I had traveled with one and thought perhaps it was the heat from being stored in my suitcase, so I purchased a replacement but the same thing happened. This one I am keeping at room temp so I'm not sure what the issue is. I'm very disappointed as I have wasted money on two products I can't even use. Will not be purchasing again
Alexandra from Dallas
Love this so much! The ingredients are amazing and my skin feels so good after using it! I highly recommend it
Leona from TN
Leaves me glowing!
Melissa from East Alton Illinois
I love how my face looks and feels using this do it