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on 7/3/2015 1:46:00 AM
More reviews by Filewood
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I use this serum very, very carefully. First time I used it was after I exfoliated and used a mask. It burned and left my skin sore. Also left patches.I decided to try it again, only on a day I didn't exfoliate and under my Keihls overnight mask. I've had pretty decent results now. I'll most likely buy this again.
on 7/1/2015 1:49:00 AM
More reviews by RhymesWithHiya
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
Still looking for a great Vitamin C serum, if one exists. I do not think this one is it. In its favor, It does seem to be more efficacious in a vague way than many of the other ones I've tried. However, it stinks in a universally offensive way, not a personal/subjective one (for example, I hate the smell of gardenia, but that's personal to me and I can totally get how other people love it even though I find it overpoweringly floral). Don't know how to describe it exactly. Kind of a combination of ingredients that don't smell good together, bathed in a sort of rotten apple/fermented smell? I don't see an obvious culprit in the list of ingredients (which is an interesting, intriguing and sometimes alarming list, BTW — what's the witch hazel for?! I don't know!). The scent does dissipate after awhile (or at least I got used to it) but it makes this very much NOT a pleasure to apply. I don't have sensitive skin generally, although I have reacted to homemade Vitamin C serums before (acid burns from powder than didn't fully dissolve, basically). No reactions whatsoever with this, but I can see it being problematic for someone with sensitive skin based on personal observation of its general characteristics as well as looking at the ingredients. Texturally, it's like most gel serums. Watery, absorbs well. Skin is left feeling ever so slightly tacky. The default color is brownish orange even with a fresh bottle, which would make it hard to tell from visual inspection if/when the main ingredient is borked. Still, there is so little product that it probably won't have a chance to go bad. I paid $40 for a 0.5 oz bottle. Probably won't repurchase as it doesn't seem to be a good value, but we'll see. FYI, the only vitamin C serum I've tried and very much liked is Jan Marini's C-Esta serum, but that's more because it's very cosmetically elegant. Not sure if it did much but it felt great going on and smelled good. Repurchased at least once but it's pretty expensive (but a better deal per oz than this, probably) and a PITA to purchase.Maybe I'm just not a good candidate for Vit C? I feel like I'm supposed to use it in my routine but every time I try a Vitamin C product, I'm always left feeling kinda meh. I guess I'll keep it in my routine, just because it's supposed to make sunscreen work better.
on 3/29/2014 1:30:00 AM
More reviews by alina08
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
I love this serum better than any other vitamin serum that I have tried so far. I did not expect anything special to come of this serum- I purchased it on a whim while it was on sale. (The price for .5 fl. oz. is $45 is exorbitant and ridiculous, although I am quite impressed with the serum, it is simply not worth $90/fl. oz.) That being said, what I noticed immediately was a change in my skin's texture. My skin was smoother (after only one application) and was definitely more glowy and healthy-looking. At first I could not determine if it was the serum that caused it to feel that way or what, but then I noticed that I had brighter, smoother skin both morning and evening when I used this serum. I am still observing the long-term effects, but I am very content with my purchase and will continue to buy this item in the future.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 8/10/2013 1:10:00 PM
More reviews by kunukua
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
I got this product 3 days ago from well.ca. The first thing that hit me was the stench...fruit gone rotten. I couldn't stand it. The whole day I just wanted to puke. Then when I applied the recommended 2 pumps on my face, it burned like crazy......uuuuuggggh! My face was on fire and I had to wash it off. Left me red and flushed. Sending it back.
on 4/26/2013 11:51:00 PM
More reviews by peachiful
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
This is my main C serum and it is one of my favorite products. It is one of the few serums where I can actually see a definite improvement in the condition of my skin. It brightens/treats/prevents wrinkles and it actually clears my skin rather than break it out. I contacted the company with some questions and they said I only really need to use it once every 3 days since it remains in the skin for that long. I like that it's in a pump but like someone else mentioned, the pump can malfunction and dispense too much serum which is frustrating as the bottle is quite small and expensive.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 10/4/2012 7:26:00 PM
More reviews by Sjez
Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine
I'm not too impressed by Vitamin C serums in general, but if you want something at a good price point, I think this is a good serum to use. It smells a bit crazy, but is 17% vitamin C (the recommended concentrations for anti-aging usually seems to fall between 10-15%), is packaged well, and comes in an appropriate quantity for a product that is time-sensitive. Pros: 17% Vitamin C. Lockable pump, airtight cap, and opaque bottle to prevent Vitamin C oxidization. Expensive, but competitive, especially for such a concentrated serum. Cons: Kind of spits out serum, so you may end up dispensing more than you want if you're not careful when dispensing the serum. I felt I needed only half a pump to more than cover my entire face and neck area.
on 1/19/2012 7:38:00 PM
More reviews by eatmyshort
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
poor packaging the pump spit stuff everywhere. overpriced for $30 you can get real natural vitamin C poweder or natural fruit masque loaded with it's own fresh enzymes and apply to your face for only fraction of the cost / 10 times for effective. This stuff has alcohol so if your skin doesn't tolerate alcohol very well, stay away like a plaque. It also contains argan oil that has been known to cause break out and pimples for some people especially those with oily acne prone skin
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 12/20/2011 8:37:00 PM
More reviews by piecesofpurple
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
This item was RIS and I'm glad I got a chance to try it. The steep price tag always made me shy away from trying it and the reviews on here never made me wish to try it, either. As for the reviewers who say it burns, I've only experienced burning when I've applied it over an open wound, like a pimple that recently was touched. Other than that, I use it only at night and one pump is more than enough. It's rather thick, yellow based liquid that smells "eh", but sinks in, leaving a slight film on one's skin, which is why I think it's best suited for night time use. Plus, the skin does most of it's healing while we sleep, so top notch products should be reserved for night time use. So far, it hasn't broken me out (I've been using for about a month), it seems to heal existing pimples faster, and it actually seems to be lightening my acne scars and hyperpigmentation. NOTHING has helped with my acne scarring and I've tried so many products, including other topical C products with no apparent results. So far, I've noticed that I use less makeup to feel like I have enough coverage in the mornings, which definitely means my scarring must be diminished. I'll update with continued use. I'd recommend buying this product when Mychelle has their 50% off sales, which makes it much more affordable (especially if only sing 1x per day). I use their Capillary Calming serum during the day and like that product better than their Clear Skin Serum (which has been reformulated and is much less effective now).
on 4/17/2011 9:23:00 PM
More reviews by HollyOfTheValley
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have received this as part of an awesome Mychelle sample kit of many good cleansers and creams. The tiny vials of serums are very hard to get the product out of though. This serum did not smell right and I think it is because Vitamin C becomes easily oxidized if it is not stabilized. I will be looking for another Vitamin C option and in the meantime I am buying the full size Mychelle sunshield.
on 1/13/2011 12:30:00 AM
More reviews by choiii8
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
When i first bought this product, the serum was a clearish yellow. After about a couple months, the color had turned a lot more yellow with bits of orange in it. My effective and overly expensive product was oxidized. Throughout the web, it is stated that L-asorbic acid is more harmful than good when oxidized, so i tossed the rest of it out. It's a shame i couldn't wait to see if it even worked.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
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