[REVIEW] The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% Suspension + 2% HA Spheres

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

When talking about anti-aging skincare ingredients, vitamin C is definitely one of the most popular and effective ingredients that we can incorporate in our routine. It is packed with antioxidant, helps with skin ageing, aids in lightening pigmentations as well as overall brightening of the skin complexion.

My first ever vitamin C product was the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. The reason I chose this product is because I wanted a gentle vitamin C formula to introduce to my skin. After 6 months of using it, I felt like I was ready to move on to a stronger and more potent formula to tackle some pigmentation. And after reading lots of reviews, I decided to choose The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% Suspension for its stable formula and the unbeatable price point.

But a lot of people complained aboout the product’s texture and strong stinging sensation they get from this. Some even reacted badly towards this! So lets see if my experience and opinion as others are the same or not.


– Reverse multiple signs of skin ageing.

– Brightening of complexion.

– Stable 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid formulation due to the absence of water.

– Presence of dehydrated Hyaluronic Acid spheres for visible surface smoothing.


Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Coconut Alkanes, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucomannan, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, BHT.

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

Volume: 30ml

How to use:

1. Use in the AM and/or PM

2. For spot treatment, apply a small amount on targeted areas.

3. Tingling sensation may occur after application.

4. If the tingling sensation is too intense for you to handle, you can mix the suspension with moisturizer or serum of your choice.

My Skin Type: Normal/ Dry skin

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

To be honest, I was terrified to use this product due to the reports about the strong stinging sensation and people breaking out from it. It took me a while to build up the courage to start using it. And much to my surprise, it tingled just a tiny bit during my first application only (didn’t feel anything from second usage onwards) and I did not even mix it with any moisturizer or serum.

This product comes in a grey matte tube with a flip cap. Its texture is (as expected) slightly gritty, which I don’t really mind actually. It feels like very fine sand mixed in a runny white lotion. It has a mild non-fragranced scent, kind of like a metallic smell.

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

Before opening the tube I would normally shake it for a bit, as I read reviews saying that it helps to reduce the grittiness. I have to be careful everytime I open the tube, as the suspension is quite runny and tends to pour out easily.

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I use this vitamin C in my morning routine because I prefer to use AHA and BHA in my night routine. I don’t want to mix a lot of actives in one routine.

Post cleansing I would tone my face with toner and then apply this on my cheek area only, focusing on the pigmentations there. I would wait about 15 minutes before proceeding to my moisturizer and then SPF.

After using this for a week straight, some of my pigmentation were greatly lightened. I was blown away by the fast result! But after 2 weeks of usage, the effects seemed to slow down.

Now I have been using this for 6 weeks, and while my pigmentation is still there, they have lightened quite significantly and not as noticeable as before.

I can’t really tell if it also helped with my overall complexion because there are other brightening products that I use in my routine, but I do notice my cheeks feel slightly plumper and there is a bit more glow to it.

Sounds pretty good, right? Now here’s the not so fun part; it is SO greasy! I find the grittiness goes away after a while, but the greasiness does not. It leaves my face feeling sticky and my hair keeps getting stuck on my face.

There were a lot of times I thought I would breakout due to the greasiness, but thankfully I did not experience any. There are a lot of tips that can be found online to help in dealing with the unpleasant texture, but I have yet found a solution that works for me.

I am still on the fence about this product. On one hand, I like how it is very stable so I don’t have to worry about storing issues, oxidization and the results are quite fast. But on the other hand, I could not stand the greasiness.

Since it is pretty cheap I would probably repurchase to use it as a spot treatment, because it is much easier to deal with the greasiness if it’s on small areas only. But to be used for the whole face, I would look for another vitamin C product that is more cosmetically elegant.

If you are looking for a product to combat pigmentation that is very affordable and gives fast results, then I would definitely recommend this product.

As for skin types, I feel every skin type needs to approach with caution, as this product is potent with vitamin C that could cause some irritation or reaction.

Where to buy:

The Ordinary | Sephora

Have you tried The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% Suspension + 2% HA Spheres?

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