I’m sure by now you must’ve heard of The Ordinary brand. For those of you who haven’t, let me introduce you to the very famous skincare brand that’s been blowing up on Instagram over these past couple of months. The Ordinary is under the Deciem umbrella of brands and is meant to be a solution for all those skincare aficionados or enthusiasts who want their skincare ingredients and don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for them.
They call themselves the abnormal beauty company and state on their website, their main aims-“The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honorable prices.” This immediately caught my attention and I went online to purchase some of their products that could help even my skin tone. They have physical locations in Canada and the U.K but have yet to open stores in the U.S.
The items I was most intrigued and excited to pick up after watching a review by beauty vlogger FleurDeForce were:
- Advanced Retinoid 2%
- Vitamin C suspension
- Glycolic Acid toner
- Cold pressed Marula oil
- Silicone primer
I waited quite a bit before placing my order due to the marula oil and primer being out of stock for some time. I finally went ahead and placed my order a week ago and received my box a quick seven days later. I was very excited when i got the box as I’m on a healthy skin state of mind. I was however a bit disappointed when I realized a whole 24hrs after playing with all seven of the products that I’d received that there was a problem with my order. They accidentally sent me the Alpha Arbutin serum instead of the Marula oil which I was really looking forward to using. I emailed them about the mistake as they don;t have a helpful customer service phone contact and I’m currently waiting for a response.
I have however gone on to use the rest of the products that I’d intentionally ordered and have great first impressions of all of them.
Advance Retinoid 2%
Retinol, which is one of the very few ingredients in skincare products that have been proven effective to work has long been an ingredient that I’ve wanted to incorporate in my regime. Having seen The ordinary’s modern version of the ingredient, I was very excited to try this. After a couple of uses I can definitely say there have been no reactions and I will be keeping it as a staple part of my once weekly treatment part of my regime. 8/10, $9.80
Vitamin C suspension
This is a product I was very excited about since regular vitamin C serums go for $90+ in the current market. After watching Gothamista‘s review however, I was very apprehensive to put it on my skin. She reported i stinging and having to wash it off. I tried a bit to test if it would burn and went ahead to spread it once no stinging occurred. I will need about four weeks to give a full review but so far I’ll give it a 7/10 only owing to the fact that there are granules in the product that make its application not the smoothest.$5.80
Glycolic Acid toner
This I was very excited to get out of the box. As I’m sure you know, glycolic acid is a direct acid that helps even skin tone. A product in the market that I use continuously and would call holy grail is the Pixi gycolic toner toner for it’s glycolic acid. I however run out quite quickly and have been on the market for an alternative. I therefore jumped when I saw this on their site with 7% glycolic acid compared to Pixi’s 5% and at more that 50% less the price. I felt no stinging or irritation and give the toner a 9/10! $8.70 for 8oz
High adherence silicone primer
I found this primer quite easy to spread and a good substitute for my regular winter primer. It’s not too slippery and although it’s not as mattifying as I would like, it kept my makeup on for the majority of the workday. 7.5/10 $4.90.
Caffeine Solution 5%
I searched for an eye cream on the site and this came up! I was getting tired of my kiehl’s creamy avocado eye treatment and decided to pick this up as a more potent replacement. I am so far enjoying it. Its main ingredient of 5% of concentrated caffeine helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness and darkness in the eye contours. I haven;t seen any major changes yet but will keep y ou updated in the 6 week update. 7/10
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
This I admit was a product/ingredient I was unfamiliar with. It was suggested to me on their regimen guide for pigmentation issues and I therefore decided to give it a shot . I have since read up more on this ingredient and have learned that it’s very a an effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. I found it applied quite easily and I’m definitely keeping it in my rotation skincare products. $5.90
Overall, I found the ordering and receipt process to be quite easy. The website was very easy to navigate and I’ve been educated on so many skincare ingredients. I am still waiting on an answer on my marula oil /alpha arbutin shipment mishap but I’m quite happy with the products I received.
Update to come in 6 weeks!