REVIEW: By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum

Another day, another vitamin C serum for review! Once I finished up a bottle of By Wishtrend’s  Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid *, I cracked open their Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum * to compare!

I’ve had the latter serum in my fridge for a few months while using the former serum, and have now been using it for about a month or so. With that said, I’m ready to share my thoughts!

This product was sent as a gift.


DESCRIPTION

This high concentration vitamin ampoule is made with 70% Vitamin Tree Water and 21.5% Pure Vitamin C to deliver the concentrated effects of vitamin C to the skin. The serum removes dead skin cells to even out the skin tone and brighten the complexion.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $30 USD
How to use:
1) After cleansing, prep the skin with the toner.
2) Dispense 1-2 drops of the vitamin serum on hands and apply over dull areas that lack elasticity.


INGREDIENTS

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Hippophae rhamnoides water, ascorbic acid, sodium lactate, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, allantoin, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol

Hippophae rhamnoides water: 70%
Ascorbic Acid: 21.5%
pH Level: 3.0 ± 0.5

INCIDecoder

I’m happy to see that the serum is minimal ingredients, low pH and with a good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid! Usually the sweet spot for LAA serums are 5% – 20%, so that additional 1.5% may be too much for those who cannot tolerate LAA at high concentrations. The reason you want L-Ascorbic Acid serums is because it is the most scientifically backed ingredient when it comes to skincare benefits. It is an antioxidant shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion. Vitamin C serums are probably one of the few OTC products that skin professionals recommend to add in your skincare routine (if your skin can tolerate it) so I personally do for the antioxidant benefits.

Hippophae Rhamnoides (a.k.a. Seaberry, Seabuckthorn, Vitamin Tree) Water never really striked my fancy – I find high percentage of it just makes everything feels sticky (more on feel in the experience section of this post). I recall the Hippophae rhamnoides extract having a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and B – but water, as you can guess, will have these potential benefits watered down. Expect the antioxidant benefits mainly from the actual vitamin C molecule in the formula, not the water. It is however a nice-to-have in this type of product.

I also like seeing Panthenol and Allantoin on the list to provide skin soothing and protecting properties. In a high LAA percentage product, soothing ingredients are welcome!


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle.

Fragrance: Faint smell of the Seabuckthorn water, but only if I hold up the bottle to my nose. Otherwise, I never really noticed it on application.

Application: The directions say 1-2 drops on specific areas, but this is LAA we’re talking about. I’m applying a full dropper of this all over my face and neck and getting good use before oxidization sets in!

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Somewhat sticky, there have been occasions where my hands are momentarily stuck to my face lol. Also, it tends to sting. I feel like this has been more frequent the more I used it.

Instant Results: Surprisingly smaller pores, face looks glowy, takes a while for an even complexion to come back because of how much this irritates my face.

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while solely for the antioxidant benefits. I also have been using vitamin A for a couple of years so any anti-aging benefit mainly comes from that ingredient.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m happy that the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum has a low pH, good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid, and that it can last while refrigerated before it oxidizes. However the stinging is just way too much for me! I know the directions say to apply to specific areas, but the serum will turn orange before I get halfway through the bottle. It reminds me of the 2 unsuccessful bottles of the Timeless CE Ferulic serum I tried in the past. I also would’ve liked to see Ferulic Acid and vitamin E in this formula – instead they recommend purchasing the By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream for the vitamin E in the formula to boost this serum. I prefer this serum over their new C 15% with Ferulic Acid for the low pH, but the new one is more gentle and has a host of other nice ingredients in the mix.

I will be sticking with my PC Super C15 Booster for now, and I plan on purchasing the Geek & Gorgeous vitamin C serum in the future to see if it’s a good, gentle, and affordable option!

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend *
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off
Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% off first order, 2% off returning orders

* Affiliate codes/links. This means that if you click on the link or use the code to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule

Rovectin peaked my interest when I first saw Eunice from Wishtrend talk about their products on her personal Youtube channel. This Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I was sent their Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule to try out, and I’m ready to share my experience!

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This product was sent for review purposes. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*


DESCRIPTION

This ampoule is a day and night serum from Rovectin’s Clean Line, that hydrates and enhances the skin with only the essentials. LHA (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid) works effectively on clogged pores with sebum and blackheads which helps brighten dark spots caused by blemishes. And as it contains 85% Neroli flower water extract, it helps to soothe and calm the skin with anti-inflammatory properties. Recommended as a gentle and effective serum.

– Wishtrend.com

ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • For all skin types
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of: silicone, steroids, artificial coloring, artifical fragrance, parabens
  • Made in Korea
  • Comes with cute stickers

Amount: 15ml
Price: $15 USD
pH: 5.5-6
How to use: After toning and prepping the skin, apply 1-2 drops as a spot treatment on troubled areas or all over the face. Apply moisturizer for extra hydration.


INGREDIENTS

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Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) Flower water, Propanediol, 1, 2-hexanediol, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Purified water, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, Glutathione, Hyaluronic acid, Capryloyl salicylic acid, Hyrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Panthenol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Raspberry ketone, Hydroxyethyl urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tromethamine, Ethylhexyglycerin, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Butylene glycol, Benzyl glycol, Beta-glucan, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Disodium edta, Ethanol (*Rovectin uses plant-based ethanol)

Bitter Orange Flower Water – 84.8%
Glutathione + Niacinamide – 2% (Is it 1% of each, or each ingredient is at a 2% concentration?)
Caprylol Salicylic Acid – 0.01%

Skinthusiast Perspective..

As stated in their description, 85% of the formula consists of Bitter Orange Flower Water (also called Neroli Flower Water), a diluted form of the Essential Oil. Since it is diluted, and it is also in a treatment, I am not too worried about any irritation from this citrus-based ingredient. INCIDecoder states it has some toning properties, which is a nice-to-have benefit considering we want to use this product when tackling spots and prevent any post-inflammatory red marks.

Caprylol Salicylic Acid is a derivative of Salicylic Acid and the star ingredient of the formula – it is oil-soluble, is a larger molecule, also has skin-soothing and exfoliating properties. Being a larger molecule means it will penetrate the top layer of the skin more slowly and not as deeply as classic BHA would. The Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule however has such a low percentage of LHA – 0.01%. I believe Korean skincare can’t formulate BHA above a certain percentage, so maybe that’s what’s being applied here as well? I don’t rely on Korean skincare in general to get the exfoliation I need anyways, and Rovectin is like many other K-Beauty lines where its aim is to create gentle yet effective products.

Niacinamide, Aloe Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin and Beta-glucan are also in the formula to help reduce inflammation. In addition, it contains a handful of Hyaluronic Acid molecules as well as Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea and Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans to make the formula more moisturizing. Glutathione is listed on Paula’s Choice ingredient dictionary as a tripeptide with powerful antioxidant and skin-restoring properties, as well as brightening benefits.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the nice amount of ingredients in this tiny bottle and how it truly is formulated to be a gentle treatment!

INCIDecoder


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark green dropper bottle.

Texture: Clear gel.

Fragrance: None.

Application: I use one very small drop as a spot treatment.

Feel: Spreads easily on skin, isn’t sticky.

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Instant Results: Overnight it calmed an inflamed area where I popped a pimple. Over an inflamed cyst, it lessened the pain a bit but not completely.

Long-Term Results: The spot still came back after consistently applying the ampoule to the area.


FINAL THOUGHTS

PROS:

  • Gentle
  • Little goes a long way
  • Best used to calm inflammation around broken skin
  • Stays clear on skin, no white or pink spot like other spot treatments
  • Non-drying

CONS:

  • Haven’t noticed anything significant since incorporating it into my routine
  • % of LHA is very low

The Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule is not a bad product by any means considering the price point, INCI list, and how little you need for a spot. I just feel like for the amount of LHA in this ampoule, it may as well just be in there as a nice-to-have additional soothing ingredient. There are other ingredients in the formula that also soothe and calm skin, so LHA really isn’t the star ingredient in this Ampoule. Overall, I like the concoction of ingredients and how gentle the Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule is, but it is too gentle for the type of acne I have. It may be more suitable for those of you with very reactive skin that gets light acne.

WHERE TO BUY:

Rovectin
Wishtrend *
Use “MICHXMASH15” to get 15% off your order
Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% of your first order, 2% on your returning order.

* Links are affiliate links/codes. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase through it, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

It has been just over 3 years since I did my last review of Belif products! Once upon a time, their True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb was my go-to moisturizer, and the True Cream Aqua Bomb surprised me as a lovely gel moisturizer. When I received their Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser, I was excited to see how hydrating it would be since the formula is supposed to have similar hydrating ingredients to the Aqua Bomb!

As mentioned in my previous review, Belif is a Korean brand that combines traditional herbal processing methods based on British herbalist Duncan Napier from the 1860s (Napiers is now a herbal medicine company that supplies their “original formulas” to Belif), with their own innovative extracting method.

This product was sent as a PR Sample. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*


DESCRIPTION

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 A gentle jelly-to-foam cleanser with the same explosive burst of hydration as belif’s cult favorite The True Cream Aqua Bomb, that gently removes all traces of makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of moisture.

– Sephora.ca

Formulated with the same hydrating properties as The True Cream Aqua Bomb, the cleanser provides a refreshing burst of hydration while cleansing the skin. Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser is formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents that gently remove makeup and impurities, and don’t strip the skin of moisture. 

– Belifcanada.ca

Amount: 5.41oz/160ml
Price: $34 CAD / $28 USD


INGREDIENTS

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Water, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Cocoate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract+ **, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract**, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract**, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract**, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract+, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract+, Nepeta Cataria Extract+, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract+, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract+, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Malachite Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil++, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil++, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil++, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil++, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral.

*Napiers original formula. +Napiers moisture formula. ++Fragrances of natural origin.

INCIDecoder
Skincarisma Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser vs. Aqua Bomb True Cream

HILIGHTED INGREDIENTS:
Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, Coco-Glucoside – surfactants derived from coconut, considered to be more gentle than the traditional surfactants on the market such as SLS and SLES.
Glycerin: Humectant and skin-identical ingredient.
Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract (Lady’s Mantle), Malachite Extract – antioxidants.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – antioxidants, soothing.

I attempted to measure the pH level 3 different ways, and it seems to be within the 6-7 range (sorry for the shoddy photos):

Based off of Skincarisma’s compare tool, around 46% of the Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser consists of the same ingredients to their True Cream Aqua Bomb. That does not mean however that the 2 products will perform similarly, especially since a cleanser well… washes off. Nonetheless, they’re potentially beneficial ingredients in relation to making this a non-stripping cleanser in general.


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Opaque tube with squeeze spout.

Texture: Clear jelly.

Fragrance: Slightly sweet citrus.

Application: Nickel-size amount, light lather on face and massage for 1 minute. Slightly foams. Pat excess water off with a face towel, but still leaving skin feeling slightly damp.

Feel: Glides easily on skin without feeling sticky.

Instant Results: Cleanses well if not wearing any waterproof makeup or SPF, skin does not feel tight between lightly patting off excess water and moving on to leave-on products while having damp skin. When I dried my skin completely, my face felt noticeably tighter than if I were to use another cleanser prior.

Long-Term Results: Skin barrier is not compromised, doesn’t feel sensitive.


FINAL THOUGHTS

PROS:

  • Despite the price, it comes in a large tube and a little goes a long way.
  • Glycerin is the 2nd ingredient on the list.
  • Skin barrier does not feel compromised after use (when I just remove excess water from my face).
  • Skin feels softer.

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • Even though it has a handful of ingredients similar to what’s in the True Cream Aqua Bomb, I still feel like I have to follow up with a hydrator after use because it’s not enough.
  • Would’ve really enjoyed this cleanser more if it wasn’t foaming like Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser – I feel like I would’ve experienced a more hydrating feel to this cleanser had they gone that route.
  • If my testing is correct, the pH of this cleanser is a bit too high for my liking. I can still work with it better than other high pH cleansers I’ve tried.

CONS:

  • Stings eyes.
  • If I fully dry my face with a face towel, I do experience a tight feeling rather quickly.

Overall, the Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser for me is okay. It feels nice, performs well as a morning and/or second cleanse, and leaves my skin feeling soft. Despite the price, a little goes a long way so you won’t run out too quickly if you decide to give this cleanser a try.

WHERE TO BUY:

Avon
Sephora *
Ulta *

* Links are affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase through it, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

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SUNSCREEN SUNDAY [#13]: Cell Fusion C Post Alpha Cure Sunscreen 100 SPF50+ PA++++

Cell Fusion C is a Korean medical skincare brand that formulates products specifically targeted to those that had a laser or chemical treatment. This is a #YoutubeMadeMeBuyIt moment from Beauty Cloud Una – I never would have heard of the brand or have an interest in trying their Post Alpha Cure Sunscreen 100 SPF50+ PA++++ until she raved about it being on of her faves!


INFORMATION ON CELL FUSION C POST ALPHA CURE SUNSCREEN 100 SPF50+ PA++++

  • A moist, cooling sunscreen that protects the sensitive and dry skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Water-holding formula keeps the skin moist with the ample moisture of the blue soothing essence.
  • The fresh and moist, blue sunscreen soothes the sensitive skin with ample cooling moisture.

– Jolse.com

Additional Claims:

  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • Texture without stickiness

Price: $24-27 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Organic
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate)
Homosalate
Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate)
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus)
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S)
Polysilicone-15 (Parsol SLX)

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+
UVA: PA++++ (~PPD 16+)

INGREDIENTS (from StyleKorean):
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylene Glycol, Dibutyl Adipate, Polysilicone-15, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 80, Guaiazulene, Sorbitan Oleate , Maltodextrin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Sucrose Stearate, Cholesterol, Cholesteryl Macadamiate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Saccharide Isomerate, Disodium EDTA, Flavor
I like how this sunscreen has 6 different filters in the formula to ensure full UV protection (UVB, UVAII, UVAI). The key ingredient in the formula is Guaiazulene, which makes the formula blue and has a calming and soothing effect. This also contains fatty lipids Ceramide NP and Cholesterol, which are skin-identical ingredients that serve as emollients.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH CELL FUSION C POST ALPHA CURE SUNSCREEN 100 SPF50+ PA++++

PACKAGING:  Opaque blue plastic tube with small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Runny lotion.

FRAGRANCE: Light, sweet scent.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

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FEEL: Emollient because it feels very light on the skin despite the glow. I wouldn’t say full blown greasy because it does not feel heavy.

STINGS EYES? Yes. First part of the day my eyes seem okay, but as the time goes on my eyes sting like crazy.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? It feels like I added an extra moisturizer to my skin. I’ve also used this SPF when my skin was irritated and I noticed the calming effects.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity.


PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Very easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light and gentle
  • Calms skin

CONS:

  • Stings eyes a lot
  • Price

FINAL THOUGHTS ON CELL FUSION C POST ALPHA CURE SUNSCREEN 100 SPF50+ PA++++

Cell Fusion C Post Alpha Cure Sunscreen 100 SPF50+ PA++++ was overall a very pleasant experience and I’m glad that a Youtube recommendation came through. If you can get a hold of it and don’t mind the price per ml, I think you will enjoy it. I purchased 2 on eBay at the time with the price under $40 USD so my wallet wasn’t crying too much. Otherwise I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it again since I have easier access to other sunscreens that offer the same or more protection here in Canada.

WHERE TO BUY:
StyleKorean – This is an affiliate link. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

Jolse
Amazon.com

I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid

Oh boy oh boy oh boy – when I saw Wishtrend launching this product, you best believe I was excited! By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid Serum – IS IT A K-BEAUTY DUPE FOR SKINCEUTICALS CE FERULIC?

In this post I’ll be reviewing the serum and comparing it with the do-all serum, from my skinthusiast perspective! This means that I am comparing the two serums and ingredients based on me just being a random person on the internet with an intense interest in skincare. I’m in no way a professional in this field!

This product was sent for review purposes. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*


DESCRIPTION

 

This vitamin C serum contains 15% pure vitamin C which helps with antioxidant care, skin brightening, acne prevention, boost collagen, and recovers the skin from UV rays. As it contains ferulic acid, it maximizes the antioxidant and antibacterial effect of vitamin C. Recommended for oily and combination skin and for vitamin C beginners.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $28 USD
How to use: Apply 3-4 drops on your palm and gently pat over the face. Pat lightly until it fully absorbs.


INGREDIENTS

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Before we dive right in, to determine if it is close to a dupe, it has to check the following:

  • pH around 2.0-3.5
  • 10-20% L-Ascorbic Acid concentration
  • Contain Ferulic Acid
  • Contain Alpha Tocopherol

Published in 8 peer-reviewed scientific journals, C E Ferulic is a vitamin C serum formulated under the Duke Antioxidant patent. The Duke Antioxidant patent describes effective delivery of vitamin C to skin. In order for a vitamin C serum to be effective it must be formulated with pure l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at an acidic pH within the 2.0-3.5 pH range and have a concentration between 10-20%. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these parameters. 

– Skinceuticals

Skinceutical CE Ferulic:

  • pH 2.0-3.5 (I’ve seen 3 as the sweet spot)
  • 15% vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
  • 1% vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • 0.5% Ferulic Acid

By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid Ingredients:

Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Diglycerin, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Tromethamine, Ferulic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica

INCIDecoder

What we know so far based on By Wishtrend’s packaging and INCI list is the following:

  • 15% vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • 1% Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether
  • 0.5% Ferulic Acid
  • ?% Tocopheryl Acetate

pH LEVEL – I tested the pH level on a strip with 2 different brands, both resulted in a pH between 5-6 (so 5.5).

L-ASCORBIC ACID – The king of Vitamin C! Shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion.

FERULIC ACID – antioxidant; Used to stabilized LAA.

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE – antioxidant

Yes, there is Vitamin E in By Wishtrend’s serum, it is Tocopheryl Acetate, not Alpha Tocopherol. While an esterized Vitamin E may not seem such a big deal, INCIDecoder points out the following:

According to famous dermatologist, Leslie Baumann while tocopheryl acetate is more stable and has a longer shelf life, it’s also more poorly absorbed by the skin and may not have the same awesome photoprotective effects as pure Vit E. 

– INCIDecoder

In addition, the tests Skinceuticals performed were with Alpha Tocopherol, so we can’t just assume a derivative will perform the same at enhancing LAA’s potency. Alongside LAA, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E, there are additional antioxidants below.

ETHYL ASCORBYL ETHER – Vitamin C derivative, antioxidant, brightening

SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE – Vitamin C derivative, antioxidant, supposed to help combat acne.

NIACINAMIDE – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory; shown to minimize fine lines and pores, increase skin’s lipid production, brighten and even complexion, fade hyperpigmentation, reduce sebum production.

While it has been debunked many a times that LAA and Niacinamide do not “cancel” each other out, I do raise a brow of it being in the formula. In my understanding, Niacinamide is usually formulated at a higher pH than what LAA is supposed to be. So while this formula is stable with the two ingredients, the pH is now increased to accommodate both. Not to say that it should copy the Skinceuticals patent, but the pH level is quite high compared to other LAA-E-Ferulic serums on the market.

Based on my skinthusiast self inspecting the INCI list (a.k.a. not a specialist), this formula is not a dupe. I don’t mind Niacinamide and Tocopheryl Acetate in the formula, but what bothers me is the pH being a bit high. I can’t help but wonder if I’ll get the full bang of antioxidant benefits from the LAA. The description does say this vitamin C serum is for beginners, but will a beginner even notice benefits?


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle. I lost my photos I took so I had to settle for a slightly oxidized swatch. Sorry!

Fragrance: Smells like vitamin C?

Application: The directions say 3-4 drops, but I don’t play around with LAA due to how unstable it is. I apply a full dropper and massage all around my face, neck and clavicle.

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Slightly sticky, hydrating. If I used a chemical exfoliant prior, it does sting a bit.

Instant Results: Adds a slight bit more moisture to my skin, maintains a bright and even complexion, pores are very minimized!

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while. My cousin and aunt are also using this Vitamin C Serum, and they said they noticed their skin is much brighter and more even.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Keeping in mind that this is a vitamin C for beginners, the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid is a nice antioxidant serum. It is brightening, minimizes pores, has nice ingredients. I still can’t help but feel like I won’t be getting the full antioxidant benefits L-Ascorbic Acid has to offer however. I couldn’t help but HOPE that this would be an awesome, gentle K-Beauty alternative of an LAA-E-Ferulic serum in the low pH range, but alas, I’m slightly disappointed. I’ll definitely continue using By Wishtrend’s new Vitamin C serum until the end since I’m still noticing some skin benefits (also I don’t want to waste it). I also have By Wishtrend’s Pure Vitamin C  21.5% Advanced serum as well hanging out my the fridge to try out later. Definitely curious to see how it performs, as that one does not contain Vitamin E or Ferulic Acid, but does have a low pH while containing a high amount of LAA! My top vitamin C recommendation is still Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster if you’re looking for a low pH, gentle, not $100+ LAA-E-Ferulic serum (the only one that ticks all the boxes that’s available to Canadians).

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off

Yesstyle *
Use “YESMICH” * for 5% off first order, 2% off returning orders

* Affiliate codes/links. This means that if you click on the link or use the code to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M