Is There A Bit Too Much Hype Over The Ordinary Skincare?

The Ordinary skincare and beauty range seems to have exploded over the past few months, especially surrounding bloggers, with a load of items selling out in seconds with huge lead times. I headed to the Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company store in Spitalfields a few month’s back and was a little disappointed, to be honest. I know the products sell out quick but there was barely any stock left and not even a huge amount of testers, thankfully though I managed to get a match for the foundation and left empty-handed ready to purchase some items online.

There’s a lot of places you can grab the items online including Asos and Beauty Bay but generally, it’s hard to find everything you’re looking for. I purchased through Victoria Health which are one of the top results when you search online and I had no trouble getting all the items I wanted. As the products are all very reasonably priced I picked up a whole load to try with the thought that anything which wasn’t quite right I wouldn’t feel like I’d wasted too much.

Let’s start with some of the Skincare items, I picked up was the Natural Moisturizing Factors cream because you can’t go wrong with a moisturizer. It’s pretty based and designed to be a surface hydration formula, although for someone with dry areas on my face I didn’t find it overly hydrating as opposed to say my Belif moisture bomb for example. It is non-greasy which is great for the nighttime applications but it really is just a properly basic moisturizer. It might be under a fiver but so is the Garnier Moisture Bomb cream and in my opinion, that’s better.

Next up was the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which many say is a dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic which I am in love with. This item definitely faired up much better in my opinion. The exfoliating toner is designed to brighten, tone and help improve skin texture and I can report back that it does just that, and much like the Pixi version, I did feel that my skin had a slight glow after using it. The skin around my nose which felt better and the texture of my forehead definitely felt smoother after using this so there’s no wondering why it’s always sold out (although I’ve always seen it in stock on Victoria Health).

The next item is actually one I’ve yet to try, the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which is a 10 minute exfoliating facial mask which is designed to resurface tired, dull looking skin to make it look more youthful and radiant, something we’re all after, and it can help with the appearance of skin texture and fine lines. To be honest the reason I’ve yet to try it is because I’m a bit worried due to the high concentration of free acids. I’ve never done acid exfoliation and while I don’t usually have sensitive skin I’m worried it might suddenly become sensitive.

The final skincare item I’ve tried is the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG designed for tired eyes to help elevate puffiness and dark circles, the latter of which I can suffer from quite badly. I’ve been massaging a small amount of serum under my eyes morning and night for the past month or so and have noticed a decent difference in the pigmentation of the skin under my eyes which I am so happy about.

Overall the skincare range is a mixed bag, most of the products are good for their prices, although the simpler one’s just aren’t where the brand excels.

The foundations seem to be where everyone is raving so I picked up both the Coverage Foundation with SPF15 and Serum Foundation with SPF15 to see what the hype was about. Obviously, a foundation under £6 which even stays on is going to be good but leaving the price aside are these products enough to stop me using my regular foundation? And the answer is no.

I found the coverage foundation quite drying especially on my forehead, it’s not an issue I’ve really found with other foundations that I’ve used but this really did make it stand out and look a bit cakey up there. On the rest of my face it did sit quite nicely and blended out reasonably well but it really doesn’t seem to have been designed for dry or combination skin, despite the fact that I’ve used many other matte foundations before and not had an issue. The serum foundation faired up a bit better as it’s a more liquid based foundation but I did find later in the day it did wear around the edges of my face and my nose leaving it looking a touch patchy. Not bad for a night out, or a short day but on longer periods it just didn’t hold out.

I’m quite sad that the foundations just didn’t sit well with me but for £5.80 I wasn’t expecting them to be dupes for my Estee Lauder Double Wear or Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

The final item I got my hands on was the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer which is a lightweight serum liquid based primer designed to smoothen out the skin and provide the perfect surface for your makeup. The product itself is pretty good as it’s light, non-oily and gave a very slight glow to my skin without looking shiny, but the one thing which bugs me about this item is the application. You get a pipet to dispense the product which I have found quite tricky for a serum primer which is as runny as this. Usually, I squeeze some primer out and then rub it into my face but I find it’s too runny for that so I have to put it straight on my face which can prove to be tricky. I’m sure there’s a nack for this but it’s just not working for me at the moment.

If you’ve managed to get this far then I salute you but to answer the title question, yes I think there is a little too much hype around The Ordinary. Yes for the price there are so many great items on offer but in my opinion, they’re not all worthy of the attention and it’s about picking and choosing rightly.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary range?
October 26, 2017
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23 Comments

  • Reply Samantha Donnelly - StressedMum

    I have not tried any of these products yet, but I do love the sound of the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG as my eyes are really bad x

    October 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Rebecca | AAUBlog

    I haven’t ever heard of this range. The prices sound good, but sometimes with beauty, it pays to buy more expensive, which seems the case here

    October 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I’ve heard so much about The Ordinary but have never tried any myself, I would like to give it a try one day but I’m definitely not overly like I NEED TO TRY IT NOW about it.

    October 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    I feel like I must’ve been trapped in a cupboard for months as this brand has totally passed me by! Loving the look of Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG though. I’ve got awful dark circles so anything that could improve those would be really helpful! Thanks for the tip!

    October 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Lilinha

    I haven’t heard of the Ordinary skincare before, but it looks affordable and interesting!

    October 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Patrick

    Never heard of this line but I respect that you were honest in your review. Not everything is the bee’s knees.

    October 27, 2017 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Helen at Casa Costello

    Makes such a refreshing change to see reviews that are honest and compare with equal products that can be considered better. Moisturiser is hard to get wrong but when brands do get it wrong, they do it in a big way!

    October 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    No I haven’t tried any of them yet but that caffeine solution for tired eyes is now on my list as you said you saw a difference. I need this!!!!

    October 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    I have not come across these range of products before but its great to discover new products and read honest reviews about them.

    October 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Afshan Nasim

    I have some of the serums, but I haven’t had a chance to use them significantly. I like the foundation as it was so reasonable for the price, for me it is great, as it makes my skin look nice. I also have the 3% peeling mask, but have yet to try it. I liked the moisturiser too.

    October 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I have never tried anything from the range. However it’s great to see a true and honest review of the products x

    October 28, 2017 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I haven’t tried the Ordinary range, it seems to be reasonably priced. I would definitely like a little help with tired eyes! 🙂

    October 28, 2017 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Ali - We Made This Life

    Great review, I like to read reviews that are honest. I must have had my head in the sand I think as I’ve not really heard much about this brand. Sounds worth a go for the price maybe, I might be tempted to try the eye serum after reading this.

    October 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Whatlauraloves

    I’ve often looked at The Ordinary skincare and beauty products, I just don’t know if they’re a bit too… well ordinary… for me lol. I need to try them for myself I think xxx

    October 28, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Fritha Strickland

    I’ve never heard of this brand! I think for the price I’d defo give it a go and see what I thought, loved your review, very honest! x

    October 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Agata

    I use their serums for a few years now and I am super happy, especially with Vit C one… good price, great concentration and seems to work well too.

    October 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    I’ve never heard of products before but it looks great. Love your review and would certainly love trying this.

    October 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Linda Hobbis

    This is the first time I’ve heard of it so I’m guessing it’s really not for mature skins. Lots of these brands seem to use such strong ingredients and to be obsessed with harsh exfoliation which I’m not a fan of.

    October 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Louise

    I’ve not tried The Ordinary yet. It’s great to read a review where someone isn’t completely raving about them though! I think I’ll definitely be giving trying their foundation a miss, although I may still try a few bits from their skincare line.

    Louise x

    October 28, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Lisa prince

    I’ve not heard about this range but by the sounds of it my
    Skin would not
    Work well with it so I will stay clear , I struggle to find a nice foundation as it is having mature and dry skin x

    October 30, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Kara

    i have not heard of the brand before but such a shame you found it disappointing

    October 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    I’ve heard so much about this brand, i am yet to try their products. The foundation was going to be my first choice to go for. Might think twice after your review 🙂

    October 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    I believe that sometimes when a product is overhyped it usually means that it is a mixed bag! Thank you for being honest about ‘Ordinary skincare’.

    November 1, 2017 at 1:07 am
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