Ohhhh the outpouring of love and fits of rage this company has endured within the last few months! The Ordinary is one of the most talked about and hyped skin care brands of 2016-2017, showing up all over YouTube and Instagram. I finally bit the bullet and placed an order to see what all of the hoopla was about. After several weeks of testing four products from their skincare line, I’m going to give you the skinny on these not-so-ordinary products.
First, let’s talk about the price point of this brand. Why? Because it’s a major reason as to why they’ve become so popular to begin with. The vast majority of their products are less than $10 each. Whatttttt? HOLD THE PHONE! “MOM! Did you hear that? Less than $10 dollars? Holy sh*t, let’s buy ’em out!” Drugstore prices for a high-end product? Something sound fishy to you? I thought so too. At these prices, I could have bought one of everything but half of their line was sold out… don’t expect that to change anytime soon either! This company has won award after award and the only struggle they’re having is keeping up with the demand! Um, hire me please!
I purchased the following items:
- Advanced Retinoid 2%
- Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
- Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
- High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
The naming convention of these products could make a person feel as though they need to be schooled in dermatology before making an informed purchase but the website does a pretty kick ass job at explaining the benefits of each of their products. Every product displays a grid with check marks pertaining to it being water, alcohol, oil, silicone, nut, soy, or cruelty-FREE (psst! they’re all cruelty-free). If the product meets the standards of vegan restrictions – check mark, again.
My numero uno desire from The Ordinary was the Retinoid. My skin shows a night and day difference when using one and I’d been going without for several months due to cost. Shop for a retinoid at Sephora (or from any legit skin care brand for that matter) and you’re going to be spending a minimum of $75.00. Ouch! 2% is a high concentration and typically you won’t see anything over 1% in the US. I was a bit nervous about this but have had no issues at all with this concentration. It’s worked wonders on my skin and any redness or scarring from acne is gone in a flash compared to when I’m not using it. A MUST HAVE product!
The Caffeine Solution was recommended by the ever-so-talented Wayne Goss (makeup artist and Youtuber that know his sh*t). He mentioned the discoloration and puffiness under is eyes has practically vanished and nothing he’s ever used under his eyes has worked as well as this product has. $6.70. Are you kidding me? SIGN ME UP. I am loving this product as much as Wayne is. I have very little discoloration/darkness under my eyes anymore and the fine lines and puffiness has improved significantly. Five stars, yes…give it to meeeee!
The Vitamin C Suspension is one of the strangest skin care products I’ve used and is intended (like all vitamin c products) to brighten your skin tone. After some trial and error, I found a way of using it that works best for me. It’s a thin white cream with a grainy texture. Spreading it around your face will create little balls will roll right off. It takes a while to fully sink in so putting it under my makeup hasn’t worked either. I press it lightly into my skin and use it more like a mask or a sleeping treatment. I put it on after washing my face at night or in the morning and let it sit for a while before rinsing it off. I get a slight tingling sensation at times after putting it on but it only lasts a couple of seconds and its gone. It does a great job at brightening my skin tone so I would definitely recommend this product. In my opinion, you just need to “make time” to use this one.
The High Spreadability Fluid Primer is a silicone-like primer that comes in a bottle with a glass dropper just like the Retinoid and Caffeine products. I found that the dropper doesn’t work well for dispensing product but is still useful to for getting product out and spreading onto your fingers. If you’re not a fan of silicone primers, you’re not going to like this one. Primers are so hard to gauge whether they work wonders or not due to the ever changing variables with each day. Using different moisturizers, foundations or the temperature outside and wear time of your makeup. I feel this one does the job creating a nice, smooth, blurred base and adds longevity to the wear time of my makeup. At a crazy low price of $7.90, you certainly can’t go wrong by trying it!
None of The Ordinary products have a scent or fragrance added which I appreciate whole-heartedly. I have enough products that make me smell good. I don’t need my under-eyes to be one of them, TYSM.
Wait, so Ana… you mentioned fits of rage at the beginning of this blog? With the rave reviews and positive comments about the products, why would anyone be upset with The Ordinary? Well, I’ll tell you why! A letter of apology from The Ordinary went out via social media regarding the backlog of product orders they continue to deal with after releasing 2 lines of foundations. People went crazy and they weren’t prepared for the insane number of orders. Try to order one today, they’re still out of stock. At $6.70 per bottle, I will happily wait my turn to get my hands on a few shades. Second letter was just released this week and they announced a partnership with Estee Lauder Cosmetics after struggling to meet the massive demands of orders and have promised their loyal customers that The Ordinary is their baby and nothing that they stand for will change.
At this time, these products can only be found online but free shipping is available with a very reasonable shopping minimum. Happy shopping!
I love this brand and I know you will to!
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