Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum Review

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum Review

Product Name: Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum

Review Date: July 23, 2016

Rating: 4.4 stars

Summary: One of Perricone MD’s most popular skin care products is its Vitamin C Ester Serum. It utilizes two stable forms of the vitamin to treat dark spots and correct fine lines.

It promises to give you a more radiant complexion and to boost your skin’s radiance.

Investing in a bottle of vitamin C serum can’t only help improve your skin condition; it can also slow down the signs of skin aging. But before you run to your favorite store to buy your bottle, we have a list of the best brands you might want to check out.

Here’s also our quick review of Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum.

About The Brand

Perricone MD is a skin care line created by a trained skin doctor, healthy aging expert and bestselling author, Dr. Nicholas Perricone. His brand offers a complete line of skin care products and makeup essentials.

Perricone MD is committed to bringing its consumers products that actually deliver. It’s sold all over the world with products available both online and in local cosmetic stores.

Main Ingredients

You can find four great ingredients in this serum.

Aside from its vitamin C ester, it also has tocotrienols which belong to the vitamin E family.

The serum also has ferulic acid which is very helpful in fighting free radicals as well as beta-glucan for hydration and repair.

Its ingredient list includes lecithin, fragrance and jojoba seed oil, too. The product also has benzyl alcohol and behenyl alcohol which are two things you have to conscious about if you have extra sensitive skin.

Uses and Effects

Radiant and clearer skin are some of the most common experiences people get with Perricone MD Vitamin C Serum. They’ve also found the product good to use on dark spots and fine lines.

The product sinks right into the skin to leave it feeling smoother. It also works to make your pores noticeably smaller.

If you have rosacea and planning to use this serum to solve your skin issues, then you should know that it has contradicting results from its users.

While some people were able to experience less flare outs, there were also people who experienced worsening of their condition after trying the serum out. In case you decide to give the product a try, it’s a good idea to go at a slower pace and start out with a small quantity first.

If you see signs of adverse reactions, stop using the product right away.


Consistency is probably one of the main issues with this product. It’s a bit runny, or more like watery, which not all users are really fond of.

Because of how thin it is, you must be very quick in working the product into your skin.

As for the scent, this one has mild citrus fragrance, but it isn’t that overpowering.

How To Use

Take a liberal amount of the product and apply all over your face. Perricone MD suggests to use it as a daytime serum.

Apply moisturizer once the serum has dried on your skin and follow up with a sunblock.


The product comes in an amber tinted bottle with a dropper. This makes dispensing a lot more accurate but since you’ll be exposing the product to air every time you pull it out, it increases the chance of oxidation.

To avoid this from happening, keep the bottle opening as small as possible and keep it away from direct sunlight. And the bottle is made out of glass, so make sure you don’t drop or crack it.

For its expensive price, you get 30 mL of product.

The Verdict

What We Like

  • Has stable forms of vitamin C
  • Effective in reducing dark spots
  • Helps soothe rosacea in some people

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very thin consistency
  • Expensive price
  • Glass bottle

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