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Kylie Skin

Vitamin C Serum

0.70 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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Kylie Skin’s Vitamin C Serum is a good way to add this skin-brightening antioxidant to your skin care routine– we just wish it had a little more going for it.

Packaged in an opaque pink bottle that protects its beneficial star ingredient from light and air (vitamin C is particularly vulnerable to both, although the form Kylie uses is among the most stable), this serum has a lightweight lotion texture that’s suitable for all skin types.

As it should, vitamin C (in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) takes a starring role here as the second ingredient in the lineup, meaning you’re getting enough to see an improvement in skin’s tone and texture. Acting as supporting players are safflower seed oil, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, an antioxidant that can help stabilize vitamin C.

In fact, our sole issue with this product is that it’s a bit on the one-note side. Though vitamin C is a superstar ingredient, it’s best if paired with other antioxidants for more impressive results on skin.

That aside, if you’ve been looking to add a vitamin C product to your repertoire, this one has a lot going for it; however, you’ll find more impressive options on our list of best vitamin C products.

Pros:
  • Contains a good amount of skin-brightening vitamin C.
  • Lightweight lotion texture is suitable for all skin types.
  • Includes safflower oil, vitamin E, and ferulic acid.
  • Packaged to protect its star ingredient from light and air.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Tested on animals: No

Our Vitamin C Serum is packed with ingredients that penetrate the skin to help brighten and help improve overall skin health.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Metabisulfite, Panthenol, Ferulic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.

Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.

To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).

Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.

The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.

Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.

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