The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2% – Review

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension Review

I have been using The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% Suspension for a little while now  and I feel like I’m ready to review it. This review is going to be a bit weird. I’ve been wanting a Vitamin C serum, not to treat anything specific, but I wanted to add it to my routine as a preventative measure. So I’m more focused on texture and feel than performance. It will make more sense as you read on.

Brand description

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with addition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C. This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime.

Read more here.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension Review

Apart from Ascorbic Acid, this product also contains Hyaluronic acid and Squalane.

I’ve been looking for a good Vitamin C serum for a while now.

I wanted something stable. I once tried a Vit C serum from a brand, and it had to be used up within 10 days of being opened or it would lose its effectiveness.

I also wanted something that wouldn’t leave my skin feeling sticky. Some Vitamin C serums I’ve tried in the past feel very tacky and actually uncomfortable on the skin.

The Good:

Here’s what I like about this serum:

This serum feels great on the skin.

It does not feel tacky or sticky.

It doesn’t sting or burn like I’ve experienced with some Vitamin C serums in the past. (The product description says there might be tingling, but I didn’t experience any)

It sinks into the skin properly and layers well under products. This is important to me because  I wanted a Vitamin C serum I could wear during the day and layer under my sunscreen because I read somewhere that using a Vitamin C serum during the day, in addition to sun protection can help to protect the skin from environmental damage and the effect of free radicals.

I like the opaque tube packaging.

The Bad:

This smells like hydraulic fluid. No, seriously. It smells like chemicals. I’ve gotten used to the smell though.

The Meh:

There is something gritty about the texture. I can feel fine bits when I’m rubbing it in, but after a few minutes, when I go to layer my sunscreen on top of it, I can’t feel the grittiness anymore. It is also a little oily. I don’t know how else to describe it. This is a little surprising because it claims to be oil-free. The oily feel disappears once I layer another product over it though, so it doesn’t really bother me. 

Does it work?

I don’t know if this lives up to its claims. I have no visible signs of aging yet. I did notice an extra boost of  brightness, though. Like I said, I bought this as  preventative measure, so I guess we’ll see in a few years/decades.

Update: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension As A Face Mask

So I recently came across an article where someone recommended using this a face mask. I thought that was really cool and I tried it and I love it. 

I usually do my night time skincare routine a few hours before I actually go to sleep. To use this as a mask, I applied a thick layer all over my face in the evening after cleansing. I leave it on for the rest of the night, then I wipe it off with clean cotton pads till I’ve gotten most of it off and my face feels free of product. After that, I apply my hyaluronic acid serum and that’s it.  

How long you leave it on for is totally up to you. I left it on for a while because I felt like my skin could get away with the prolonged contact, and I felt the prolonged contact would be more beneficial. 
I think using this as a mask has become my preferred method and I will try out the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate to see if that will work out as an actual cream.

Would I repurchase?

Yes!  It is probably the most affordable Vitamin C serum I know of, and I love how it feels on the skin. I’m so glad to finally find a Vitamin C serum I can incorporate into my skincare routine without breaking the bank. I feel like I can even skip moisturizer when I use this, because it feels hydrating enough on my oily combination skin. I’ve also been using it as a night cream too.

You can purchase this from The Ordinary website  or preorder it here for N5000 (Nigeria only)

So, that’s what I think of the Vitamin C Suspension from The Ordinary. Have you tried this? What do you think?

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8 Replies to “The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2% – Review”

    1. Yes, skincare is so subjective. What works for one person might not work for another. I’m looking forward to trying a lot of their other products. I’m happy with what I’ve tried so far, and you can’t beat the price.

  1. I bought this last year and even talked about it on my blog. It was okay, didn’t get any fantastic results though. I read your post on Omogemura about skincare dupes and I just ordered the Freedom Glycolic Toner. I’m so excited to try it as the Pixi one is quite expensive. Thank you for sharing, I like your blog. I’ll be reading from now on! xx

    Coco Bella Blog

    1. Deciem also recently released a glycolic acid toner in their Ordinary line. It should be available at Victoria Health in the UK.

  2. Thank you for reviewing, I just started using this too. I do not know how The Ordinary can saw this is oil free. Squalane is second ingredient, and a google search will confirm this is shark liver oil. I mean, it’s not mineral oil, but it’s oil, and I also note an oily finish in serum. Also. Will look forward to your update after using a while!

  3. Hello Ije,

    I love all your reviews of the The Ordinary range, I’m definitely going to try this product, my skin is in dire need of something refreshingly different.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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