Rated 3.33 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A little goes a long way
I slowly added this to my routine. At first, odd to feel grit. Applied during the day, I noticed soft, moist look to my complexion. Grit disappeared. Initially, I used it at night. I will change my routine to use it during day with light hyaluronic acid product and use retinol products at night. I did have some breakout. Salycilic acid (acne spot medicine) and benzoyl peroxide knocked that down fast!
I will continue to buy and use this.
I researched substitute products for Rodan Fields Brightening routine and found THE ORDINARY products offered similar items I could afford and adjust when and how I applied them. I added Neutrogena salycilic acid as an AHA and Benzoyl Peroxide products for breakouts. With the TA pealing serum, i already corrected a raised rough skin area on my face. One on my arm is well on the way to disappearing.
I've had people notice my skin looks good!
WEAR SUNSCREEN PEEPS!
Absolutely, I will buy again.
The Ordinary are fabulous products to try and experiment on what combination i prefer. Love Love Love
Most Helpful Critical Review Bad purchase
I bought this in person without knowing that different concentrations of vitamin C should be used for different skin types, so part of this is definitely my fault! I have reactive, sensitive, combination skin and I had no idea that this product should not be used by people with skin like mine until doing further research ***after*** purchasing and using. Due to this, my skin became inflamed and irritated within the first 2 hours of application. This is my fault.
However, I still wouldn't recommend to people who don't have my same skin type. It goes onto the skin and leaves a very greasy and oily residue, and it never soaked into my skin, even though I left it on for a little over 2 hours. It's also somewhat gritty, although there aren't too many of them throughout the product, there's these very small, sand-like granules in it. Wearing this felt awful, not only because of the inflammation but also because the product itself is just a bad texture. It's also so watery even though it's a water-free formula? I opened it and applied almost no pressure, and it spilled out so fast all over my hand and made a mess on the lid of the bottle.
TLDR: Don't buy this if you have sensitive skin or sensory issues
Reviewed by 345 customers Works Great!
Jill from Connecticut
I did a lot of research to find a vitamin c that delivers well and was in my price range. This one was highly rated for its formula in comparison with other more expensive vitamin c options. You cannot beat the price. It is definitely gritty at first but it doesn't stay gritty as your work it into your skin. I've been using for 2 weeks and have noticed a difference in the texture and brightness in my skin. I have a brown spot on my upper cheek that was slightly inflamed and dark from sun damage and since using this it has reduced in inflammation and color significantly. Highly recommend if you can get over the texture!
WHY IS IT GRITTY?
Jenna from Washington
I should have read the reviews before purchasing. This stuff is weird. It comes out in a creamy, moisturizer like texture but the second I rub it on my skin it's like it balls up. I thought it was dry skin balling up on my face. Strange. It's not pleasant. After putting it on you can see the grit on my face. I have to gently wipe it off with a towel after applying which makes me wonder if it's even worth using. I have only been using it at night since it seems to be rather greasy and takes a long time to soak in. I wouldn't dare try putting makeup on after putting this stuff on. I will not be buying again.
Def Stef from Baltimore, MD
My first time using this I used it on its own and hated it. It sat on my shelf for a few months before I saw a dermatologist on Instagram recommend mixing it with moisturizer. I tried that and it was a game-changer! I mix it with my CeraVe moisturizer and it takes away the grit and the burn and I wake up glowing. Highly recommend. I switch between this and retinol serum (never use both at the same time) in the evenings and my skin has never looked better.
TLDR - mix it with your moisturizer to cut out the grit and burning
I would not buy again
Cree from Ny
Very gritty and tacky. You only need a drop but before you know it you have well over a half a dollar size drop in your hand.
Bubbles from Michigan
Like many of the other reviews I was not a fan of the gritty texture. I didn't have much buring but my skin looked shiny and felt oily afterwards. I'm probably going to return it.
ZERO STARS!! AWFUL!!
CAnderso from Las Vegas, NV
I regularly use a Vitamin C serum in my routine. I decided to give this a try, but quickly discovered how truly awful this product is! It begins to pill up once you begin applying it to the skin. Once it sets in it begins to sting and itch. Like I said ZERO STARS
Gets me compliments!
40 something from home
You only need a thin layer. I use a small amount every morning, quickly followed behind with my moisturizer, then sunscreen. I get compliments on my glowing skin. One bottle lasts me about 6 months.
not for me
Brenda from texas
product feels gritty and leaves my skin feeling greasy additionally it burned around my nose like a chemical burn which then peeled I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
B from FL
I just purchased this product. I have not been impressed. It's very gritty and like crumbles on my face as I'm trying to apply it and even hours later it's still gritty and crumbly. I first thought i didn't wash my make off enough so i washed my face extra and still didn't help.
It also does have a burning sensation that last for a while!
Great product for dry skin
Aprilkay from California desert
I use this morning and night. It does sting a little but nothing intolerable. I have very dry skin and the product makes my skin look dewy. Such a reasonable price I use it on my abdomen and legs as well.
not buy again
mic from wa
The texture is gritty which irritated my skin and left it feeling greasy. I wondered if I may have just gotten a weird one but then looked at other reviews and comments which say the same thing. I wouldn't recommend it try again.
Irritated my skin-couldn't use :/
Bre from Houston, TX
I wanted to try a few products from The Ordinary and so far this is the only one that I don't like. The texture is like moisturizer with very fine grains in it-which didn't really bother me. What did bother me is that within a minute of using this product my skin gets unbearably itchy and irritated to the point where I have to wash it off. I don't have sensitive skin at all so I really wasn't expecting this type of reaction. I've tried it a couple times now and changed up the circumstances that I'm using it under but I get the same thing every time. Unfortunately I will not continue to use this.
Yes it burns, the directions say so
Nicki from PA
This product with have a burning and tingling sensation, but it says that on the directions. It is gritty and will pill/ball up if you use too much. It doesn't smell at all, I feel like people that have said that are reviewing the wrong product. I've been using it for about a week and have noticed that my skin is brighter and more even. I would recommend this product for sure.
Mace from Salisbury
Did not expect this product to have such a gritty texture. Didn't work well with makeup since the texture does not disappear or absorb into skin...strange product and didn't see any major differences.
Keeps skin bright and healthy!
Ray of Sunshine from Washington
This product is great! It's inexpensive, yet works! It clarifies and brightens the skin, while also moisturizing overnight. Would not be without this product, not even for a second....
Love this product!
NA from Indiana
This is the best vitamin c product that I've tried so far (and I've tried a lot)! It does have a gritty feel when you first apply but I assume that is the hyaluronic acid spheres. You only need a small amount and I enjoy the exfoliating feeling when I massage it in! After it absorbs, it leaves my skin looking and feeling fantastic! And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!
Not for me
Tina from Long Island NY
I really loved the price and it does brighten your skin, BUT i used it for two days and I broke out crazy along my chin. It feels you leaving oily after for awhile also.
Not what I expected
Harlee Hartless from Virgina
I usually love the ordinary products but this one is definitely not my favorite! The texture of this product is very gritty. I feel the need to wipe it off of my face . Also it burns on my forehead after use.
Made my skin tone even for the first time ever!
SkinCareJunkie from Rochester, MI
This product is amazing! I have had redness and uneven skin tone my whole life. I used to have to wear some sort of BB cream or foundation even day, even if I was just staying home all day, because my skin was just splotchy. I saw results in less than a week of using this product every morning and now I can relax and go makeup free most days, which has done wonders for my pores. It does have some grittiness to it, but that goes away in like 30 seconds. I say just don't be a baby and suck it up. The results are worth it! If it really bothers you, you can mix it with another serum you like and you don't even notice it. For the price you pay and the results you get I think this is a very minor inconvenience. I will use this product for life!
So far So good!
D from Ohio
I use at night. I mix it in with my regular night cream. It is a little stingy and very itchy if used full strength. And it does feel slightly gritty. But I noticed a big difference after the first use. Usually when I wake in the morning my skin is dry. My skin almost seems a little "oily" now. But in a good way. And I notice I do not have to apply moisturizer during the day. Happy so far!
i would NOT buy this ever again
Brittany from New Jersey
I am a huge fan of the ordinary line and this product should not even be on the shelf. It is not vitamin C
The WORST product EVER
Jane B from Naperville, IL
Let me start by saying I LOVE many Ordinary products. BUT......this has a disgusting smell and texture. It leaves a greasy and itchy film on your skin.
I saw no difference in my skin.
This is literally the worst product I have ever purchased and I would give it zero stars if I could.
bree from Orange County
I started this product not too long ago and so far it is amazing. I can see that my skin looks more radiant already. I have been mixing it in with one product in the morning and my Vit C at night.
Shani from New Jersey
I see mixed reviews about this product but I personally love it! It balanced my skin tone, added moisture to my face, and cleared my acne. I use this product at night mixed with my moisturizer and hyaluronic acid. I wouldn't recommend using this more than once a day because it can over-moisturize the face. It worked well for me and it's an amazing price!
I don't recommend
Deb W from Vancouver, WA
The vitamin C is in powder form making the serum gritty & somewhat oily. It doesn't absorb well. I am returning it.