The rating: 7/5 stars

The review: C E Ferulic has been around since 2005, and while I had absolutely no awareness of it back in my elementary school days (I was more of a Lip Smackers kind of gal back then), it’s been high on my radar ever since I became interested in the beauty circuit (perhaps even before because my beautiful mom is an avid fan). Of course, I tried it as soon as I could save up enough money to get my own bottle, and you can imagine how disappointed I ultimately was when I realized it wouldn’t be quite the right fit for my finicky skin. Basically, I’ve been living in a constant state of FOMO ever since. 

I’m so excited about Silymarin CF that it’s hard to know where to start, but let me just say, I have never experienced such a significant difference in my skin so dang fast. My skin looked noticeably more plush and glowy after my very first application, but after just a week, I noticed serious differences in the tone, clarity, and texture of my complexion. I’ve now been using it every single morning for a month (I received a bottle to test well before launch day), and I was almost shocked when I was skimming selfies I took from last summer and fall. I haven’t really changed anything else in my routine, but my complexion is noticeably more balanced and healthy looking. It just feels better, too, and I’ve noticed makeup—when I wear it—applies and wears almost flawlessly. 

Just like C E Ferulic, there is a somewhat funky smell to this serum. But with no-nonsense, high-quality formulations like this, smells (and usually not great smells) can and should be expected. Personally, it doesn’t bother me too much since it seems to dissipate as the day goes on, but I know some people are super sensitive, so I thought it worth mentioning. It has a nice consistency (not too thin but not too viscous), it sinks into the skin quickly, and it leaves behind a silky, slightly tacky finish. The tack, just like the smell, however, dissipates as you wear it. Aside from the borderline metallic smell, which, again, is to be expected, I do not have one bad thing to say about this serum, and I’m so excited to keep using it as part of my everyday morning skincare routine. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who has struggled to find a vitamin C serum in the past or frequently breaks out and/or reacts to other popular formulas on the market. I think you’ll find this one to be a winner!