Before Glossier took over the beauty community (read my post about Glossier here), The Ordinary was the other big brand which seemed to be everywhere all at once. I did resist the hype for a very long time for a number of reasons.
- I wanted the hype to die down a bit and see what everyone was really interested in afterwards.
- I just didn’t know what everything was – the product names are too scientific for me which was intimidating. I said in my Glossier post that I like my skincare to look clinical but actually I kinda want the names to just tell me exactly what it’s doing. If I want to look at the ingredients, I can but just keep the names simple please!
- Once I did finally narrow down what I would want, most things were sold out.
So I waited, and actually forgot about it for it a bit. Until I received an email from Feel Unique to say that one of the products I’d initially wanted was back in stock so it prompted me to revisit the range.
I think The Ordinary has been so popular because it’s stripped back, no frills skincare (and foundations) at a very low price. I picked out 3 products to try out.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml | £5 | available here
I bought this in the ever long quest for blemish-free skin. Honestly, at 32 years old, I thought I would have grown out of my teenage skin by now #thestruggleisreal. This is a high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula. “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.
The first time I used this, I noticed an immediate difference in the morning. I had some under the skin, white bumps around my jawline and they had reduced overnight. I was thrilled. But after continued use, it definitely drew out some blemishes and I’ve suffered ever since. I always expect some amount of purging with products like this, like it’ll get worse before it gets better. But continued use hasn’t done anything to reduce them unfortunately.
If anyone has tried this, please let me know your experiences with it so I know if it’s just me or not.
The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer 30ml | £3.90 | available here
My most used primer is the Collection Primed and Ready Powered by Witch Mattifying Pore Minimiser which costs only £4.99 so I’m definitely a believer in low-cost primers. I’ve seen a lot of people loving The Ordinary one so for even less than my Collection one, I had to give it a try. It claims to be a surface smoother and primer. “This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.
The primer feels lovely and smooth on application, it doesn’t feel greasy but it didn’t feel tacky either, which is what I would have expected for something claiming to be high-adherence. In terms of prolonging my foundation’s wear-time, I do think it does a really good job. It keeps my makeup coverage all day, without caking. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the best for oil control, although it does better than some of my other primers. It works nicely on top of all my moisturisers, and has never once pilled up like some do. For £3.90, I don’t really have any complaints.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30ml | £6.30 | available here
Finally, I picked up the much hyped AHA yada yada yada Solution which is a chemical exfoliating 10-minute treatment mask. I’ve not dabbled into AHAs / BHAs and the likes, because again, I don’t know a great deal about it and find it all a bit intimidating. But I’d heard good reviews of this one so thought I’d go for it. “Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free.
Even after reading all the blurb, I still don’t really know what it is and must admit I was really nervous trying it out for the first time. There’s a lot of warnings such as don’t use too often, don’t leave it on too long, don’t use on wet skin, don’t use if you’re not an experienced acid exfoliator user etc. I was like, is this a Gremlin or a treatment?! I have only tried this once, and it was interesting. It’s a thin, red liquid which is easy to apply a light layer. I felt like Kim K when she had her vampire facial, as it was like smearing blood across my face. I expected it to burn or at least tingle, but it didn’t. It did dry down quite quickly and was very easy to remove. I did definitely see some brightening of my skin and reduced texture. I haven’t used it again since, due to my breakouts which I mentioned at the beginning – I didn’t want to aggravate anything. As soon as everything calms down, I’ll definitely be using it again on a weekly basis.
I’m keen to try out their foundations next as I’ve heard really good things about them. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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