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This potent vitamin C-infused serum yields brighter, smoother, more reliable results—and never quits.



Not all vitamin C serums are created equal. Case in point: the super-concentrated Universal C Skin Refiner from BeautyStat. While most vitamin C-based products lose their efficacy and freshness over time (as evidenced in a change of color or smell), the Universal C Skin Refiner delivers full-strength results with every application. The secret? A potent 20 percent pure vitamin C, delivered via an innovative encapsulation system. In essence, each particle is coated with a water-repellent shield that prevents the formula from breaking down. On top of that, a synergistic blend of antioxidant-rich green tea, moisture-locking squalane, and lightly exfoliating tartaric acid help turbocharge its luminosity-boosting benefits.

We first heard of the priming serum when the team behind Erasa (aka the skin-smoothing elixir supermodel Linda Evangelista swears by) revealed they had formulated yet another game-changer. Within days of first trying out the Universal C Skin Refiner, our editors sent samples out to our committee for testing. Here’s what they had to say.



"This serum has an unexpectedly unique mattifying effect. It evened out my skin's texture and tone in just a couple of days." —Grace Ahn, makeup artist

"The serum tightened my pores and made my skin feel super smooth. OBSESSED." —Jamie Greenberg, makeup artist

"The Universal C Skin Refiner is great for addressing fine lines, dark spots, and overall brightening." —Kirin Bhatty, makeup artist


Over 70 percent of experts deemed The Universal C Skin Refine a beauty, earning it the official Violet Code stamp of approval and a spot in our discerning skin care lineup.

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The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s committee of beauty industry experts and influencers separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.