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.