I was initially using Skinceutical’s C E Ferulic but at $165/ £118 per 30 ml, I just felt it was a little too pricey to be using it in the long run. The Skinceuticals is a water-based Vitamin C serum, meaning it is unstable and oxidises at a rapid rate. I noticed about 3 weeks in, my serum has already turned dark orangey. Not wanting to waste it, I continued using it. Initially, the serum did sting my sensitive skin. However, my skin slowly grew tolerant to it.
The Ordinary’s Vitamin C 23% + HA Spheres 2% (C23 +HA) is a waterless, suspension solution (suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder). However, DECEIM claims that suspension solution is much more stable than water-based Vitamin C serum. The best part, it does not oxidise and change colour. Plus, The Ordinary’s Vitamin C (£4.90 per 30ml) concentration is at 23% as opposed to Skinceutical’s 15%. It is a bit of a no brainer to switch since the price is about 1/10 of Skinceutical’s.
💧 Packaging: 3/5 – No frills, minimalist packaging. The only problem is the product would drip out of the tube as it is quite runny. However, for the price, it is probably the best format for the product.
💧 Smell/ Consistency: 1/5 – It smells like Vitamin C. It resembles a white diluted liquid. I didn’t enjoy the gritty consistency from the L-Ascorbic Acid powder + HA spheres. It felt more like an exfoliant than a serum. It does not feel pleasurable applying it on my skin.
💧 Efficacy: 1/5 It is unsuitable for sensitive skin. My skin would feel tingling (borderline burning) even 10-15 minutes post application. I ended up mixing it with my moisturiser to lessen the sting/ grittiness but the product still doesn’t seem to want to agree with my skin. My complexion looks and feels greasy afterwards. For some reason my blackheads look more profound, like I’ve developed more comedones from the product.
💧 Price: 5/5 – At £4.90 (30ml) per bottle, it is probably the cheapest Vitamin C serum in the market.
💧 Overall Rating: 2.5/ 5⭐️
💧 Repurchase: No, I will not be repurchasing the product. The product is a too potent for my sensitive skin. Especially during my first few weeks of using the product, my skin would turn red from the stringing. Therefore, as much as I love The Ordinary, this product is a “nay” for me. If you do not have sensitive skin however, I’ll encourage you to go for it.