Amazing Serum : C20 - Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum - Review

7:56 PM

Today, I'm bringing you the upgraded version of my favorite Vitamin C Serum which I raved about in this review.  I briefly mentioned the 21.5 version in that review and since then, I got the chance to try upgraded version.

Before continuing with the review, my apologies for the pictures, they were taken a while ago, a.k.a when I hadn't bought my new camera. Bear with me, this line of product is still amazing.

Cet article est traduit en français, cliquez sur "Traduction" pour afficher la traduction

This serum aims at brightening your skin by getting rid of its dullness and is perfect for people with dark spots or acne spots, see the details here.

Comparison with the original version

The C21.5 comes with a 1.5% of pure Vitamin C, is stripped from all of the extras ingredients :
Water, Ascorbic Acid, Ethanol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glucose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Sodium Hyaluronate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan, PEG-180, Gluconolactone, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil,Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ubiquinone, Diisopropyl Adipate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Hippophae Rhamnoides Water (70%), Ascorbic Acid (21.5%), Sodium Lactate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium
Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol

The formula is free of parabens and left with only the essential. The ingredient list provided by Wishtrend, shows that Hippophae Rhamnoides Water and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) makes up more than 90% of the formula.

The lesser the ingredients, the lesser the chance your skin could react to the product, and that's the first good point I'm giving the C21.5 .

The packaging

The product still comes in a bottle of 30ml, but the price is this time higher and the product is retailed for 24.99$ on Wishtrend .

As you can see from the pictures, the outer packaging has barely changed apart from the fact that the content is fully translated in English. The upper lid also clearly advices to keep the serum in the fridge.

Remember, just like the original version, Vitamin C is highly unstable component which oxidizes to both warmth and light. Part of the reason why the manufacturer uses brown bottles to limit the exposure to sunlight. 

Don't forget to keep your serums in a dark and cold place to get the most out of them. I keep mine in the fridge in its original cardboard packaging and I've never had an issue with premature oxidization.

The formula

The product should be clear and colorless when fresh

The other improvement we get in this upgraded version is the actual texture of the formula. Whereas the original version was thicker and left a sticky residue, the 21.5 is watery and doesn't leave a sticky residue on the skin.

I didn't mind the previous consistence of the serum and as I said in the review, I had no issues with stickiness, or at least it didn't bother me.

The one thing I'd have to note with this new and improved version is that the watery consistence of the serum makes me apply more product that I would have with the original version. The product gets absorbed so fast by the skin that I add a couple more of drops to cover my entire face.

My thoughts

I loved the original version and I raved about it without shame so it was only natural that I had to try the upgraded version. 
The main differences are set between the ingredient list, the formula and the consistency of both serums. But the price is also different : The original version retails for 14.99$ vs the upgraded version retails for 24.99$. 

While they both perform the same way (see here an experiment on my knees), I'll be honest and say that I can't justify the price for the three differences I just listed. Indeed, the original ingredient list didn't bother my skin and I was fine with the original formula which didn't cause any particular stickiness or tingles on my skin. 

If you are not sensitive to any ingredients in the original version, I'd recommend the original version instead of the upgraded version, for one simple reason : It's cheaper. However, if you don't like possibly sticky products or would rather like a watery consistency than a thicker one : Go for the upgraded version.

Get yours

The upgraded C21.5 is exclusively available at Wishtrend for 24.99$ : Here (Free Shipping).

The original C20 Vitamin C serum is available at Wishtrend for 14.99$ here (Free Shipping) and on Roseroseshop for 11.43$. I keep getting mine from Wishtrend because they indicates when the serum is made which insures me that I can get the freshest bach.

E-shop Français :  

Seule la version originale est disponible, si vous voulez avoir le meilleur prix, je vous conseille de commander sur Wishtrend ou Roroseshop, si vous voulez votre produit le plus vite possible :
    -   La version originale C20 est disponible sur Himawari pour 18,50€ : ici  
    -  La version originale C20 est disponible sur Peaux d'Anges pour 19,50€ : ici   ( Envoyer moi un petit mail ou laissez un commentaire avec votre nom et adresse e-mail pour obtenir une réduction de 5%)
    -  La version originale est disponible sur KYC Beauté pour 15,73€ (prix original : 18,50€) : ici
    -  La version originale est disponible sur MaBBCreme pour 19,50€ : ici
    -  La nouvelle version 21.5 est disponible sur MaBBCreme pour 27,50€ : ici 

    Promo Codes :

      -   With orders of 55$ and more, with code WISHJULY2015 , you can get 10% off
      -  Coupon Code : 033450111 - Get 5$ off of your order with ANY amount by registering to Wishtrend and writing this code in  the "friends invitation program" box in the registration form ! 
      -   With ANY purchase, with the code WISHGIFTJULY2015 , you will receive a Lei lani Pink Mochi blackhead removal for free on any order.
        (Check out the sidebar to get the new and updated promo codes every month)


        New product 


        Picture from Wishtrend

        C20 came out with a new Vitamin C based sheet mask called Natural Vitamin C21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask  and it retails for 2.50$ a piece. I didn't try it yet, but it might or might be in my cart the next time I order !

        Deal sets 

        Skin Brightening Kit for 29.99$ with the original serum and the C20 cream.


        I'm going to keep buying the original serum because I can't justify the higher price tag for the Advanced version. This serum is still a staple for me and is, a holy grail in my frail and ever changing routine.

        This product was sent for review purposes  by Wishtrend, all thoughts are genuine and my own, refer to my full disclosure and review policy for more information. 


         So, have you tried this bottle of awesomeness yet ? What other serum are you currently in love with ? 

        You Might Also Like

        0 commentaires

        Follow by Email


        Wished Chronicles is a PR friendly blog and contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed are genuine and purely my own.
        Read the full disclosure and review policy here.