Skin Care Product Fails: November 2019

the ordinary vitamin c ascorbic acid powder

Hey there!

Although I try quite a few different skin care products, it’s not often that I strongly dislike a product. Although calling them product fails may be a bit harsh, I was left very disappointed with these three items of skin care!

If you’re new to my blog, hey! Consider subscribing to my blog for more product reviews and skin care tips! But that’s not what I wanted to say. If you’re new to my blog, you won’t know that I have combination skin. It’s mostly oily but I have dry patches too, so a product may work differently for you than it did for me.

1- The Ordinary: 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

the ordinary l ascorbic powder reviewIf you follow me here or on my Instagram, you may have realised I am a huge fan of The Ordinary’s products. The Ordinary is an affordable, no-frills skincare company, that makes simple products with fantastic active ingredients. My love of skincare developed because of trying The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toning Solution and I have spoken so much about it that I’m almost sick of hearing myself talk about it! I use several The Ordinary products on rotation and my skin is soft and glowy.

So, when I bought this product, I thought I would love it. I had previously tried a similar Korean product and didn’t enjoy that, but I believed that The Ordinary’s L-Ascorbic Acid powder would change my mind. Unfortunately not.

If you don’t know what L-Ascorbic Acid is, it’s a stable form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has many benefits, such as evening and brightening (not whitening!) the skin tone, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. This product is not a serum; it is a powder which is designed to be mixed with some serum or moisturiser just before applying it to the skin.

The jar may appear small, but the product can last you up to a year, which makes it fantastic for the price. Or it would do if I actually liked the product! It comes with the tiniest, most adorable little spoon, which you use to scoop out the perfect amount of powder to use. It’s recommended to use a quarter to half a scoop. This also stops you from putting your hands inside the jar, meaning your product should stay bacteria-free!

I don’t particularly mind having to mix my own Vitamin C serum, but it is an extra step which can become become annoying if you’re the kind of person who already has multiple steps in their routine. I used to use it at night (for reasons I will go into soon), and once I was done with my tooth care and cleansing, toners and serums, I sometimes didn’t have it in me to mix my little Vitamin C powder.

My biggest issue with this powder is that I just didn’t see an effect on my skin. I didn’t notice that my skin was glowier or more evened out.

Another issue I found with it is that I hated how it felt on my skin. If you use slightly too much powder, the product pills (balls up) on the skin. Pilling aside, it just sits on top of the skin. It doesn’t sink in, like a serum, so it just leaves a thick film. Which is sticky. And itchy. If you don’t like being glued to your pillow case, this isn’t for you. Plus, this means that you can’t use the powder during the day, as it will be uncomfortable on the skin, and makeup nor SPF would layer on top of it.

Now, maybe I could ignore the pilling, and the feeling of the powder sitting on my skin. But what really broke the deal for me is the fact that it just. stains. everything. Vitamin C is known to do this, but having my white, cream and grey bedsheets and clothing dyed orange every night is just too much.

Oh, the disappointment. But, the jar can be washed and reused. It makes a super cute container for other products!


2- The Ordinary: Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants

Another The Ordinary product! It’s not because their products aren’t great, but it’s because I have tried more products from their line than any other brand. When I saw they also sold SPF I was really excited as I love that their products are high quality without any added fragrance.

I bought the factor 15 cream (although in future I would always buy SPF 30 or higher in order to properly protect my skin).

I actually really enjoy the formula of this cream and I love its natural soft, oat scent. The texture of the cream leaves your skin glowy but slightly tacky, so I think those with dry skin will enjoy the texture, but I don’t think it’s suitable for those with oily skin.

The issue for me with this cream is that it leaves a white cast on me. I’m mixed afro-caribbean and white, but I am quite light, so I did not expect this to show up on my skin. As the cream is a mineral sunscreen it leaves a blue/grey hue on my skin. Not cool. My girlfriend says it makes me look ghostly.

I shudder to think how I would look if I had bought their factor 30 cream.

3- COSRX: One Step Original Clear Pad

cosrx one step original clear pad review

I was recommended these pads as a solution for acneic skin. These pads are small cotton rounds soaked in a solution. To use these, you just run them over your cleansed skins.

These pads contain the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid, and they gently exfoliate because of this as well as the physical exfoliation of using the pads on your skin. BHAs deep clean pores, which helps to reduce pore size and acne.

I don’t have bad acne, but I always blocked pores (closed comedones) which cause whiteheads on my cheeks. I expected this to help relieve some of these spots, but I did not notice an improvement in my skin. It did however make my skin a little softer, but this is an effect I can achieve using other, better, exfoliating toners.

I love the packaging btw, it’s super cute.


To conclude, it’s normal that I’m not going to get on with every product from every brand, even my favourite brands. I have forgiven The Ordinary (mostly), and I’ll be writing a blog post about The Ordinary products soon! Subscribe if you’d like to be notified when I upload that post.

Thanks for reading!

Jazmin xx


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