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Eager to jump on the vitamin C bandwagon but no idea where to start, I decided The Inkey List; with it’s no-nonsense, straight-forward branding, would be my safest bet as a beginner.

For more information on vitamin C and the magical properties it holds head here. But for now, let’s concentrate on the product at hand.

The Inkey List Vitamin C serum advertises to brighten skin, target signs of aging and protects against free radicals/pollution. They advise best used in the morning, by applying a pea-sized amount to a freshly cleansed face.

One word of warning before you paste this over your face; handle with care. The Inkey List state you may find an initial tingling sensation – especially if your skin is not used to vitamin C. This was an understatement. This stung almost instantly, and I found the after-effects of the application generally very uncomfortable.

This is the first product I have used where I had to take a step back and move forward with caution. The Inkey List advise if it is too strong for you, mix with a few drops of hyaluronic acid to tame it down.

The Inkey List vitamin c: Products


  • There are not many products I can say I noticed a significant difference in my skin, but this is one of them. Whether it was down to me using vitamin C for the first time, or whether it was the product itself, I noticed a huge change to the texture of my skin. It looked and felt even and smoother just after a few weeks of consistent use.

  • Super affordable at just £7.99 for 30ml.

The Inkey List vitamin c: Text


  • *sigh* Where do I start? The texture, I hated it. From delving into the world of online reviews many others felt the same. It advertises to have a creamy gel consistency, but it compares more to a paste.

  • The product was incredibly hard to blend into skin, and the pilling was the worst I’ve experienced yet – which is unsurprising as dimethicone (silicone) is the first ingredient listed.

  • Once I mixed it with hyaluronic acid it became a lot easier to buff into the skin and for my face to work with the potency of the product. However, this felt too strong for what I feel is marketed as a beginner’s serum.

The Inkey List vitamin c: Text


Did I like it? No. The results were not worth how much I disliked the application. My skincare routine is something I indulge in every day, so anything that doesn’t make me, or my skin, feel good is a no from me.

Price? £7.99 for 30ml

Would I repurchase? Hard pass.

Average online review ratings out of 5: 3.1 The Inkey List, 3 Cult Beauty, 3.4 Boots

The Inkey List vitamin c: Text
The Inkey List vitamin c: Text
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