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7.09.2017

My Review Of The Ordinary Beauty Products. Have You Tried Them?

The Ordinary beauty products



I popped a little story on Insta Stories the other day and my inbox went wild. It seems that everyone is using at least one of The Ordinary beauty products. Never heard of it? Where have you been? Nesting? In hibernation?


The Ordinary is taking over the beauty world!!


Even ASOS have jumped on the band wagon and stock a limited range!

I've managed to accumulate quite a few products over the last few months. Fourteen in total. Indulgent? Maybe. But if I told you that the cost of all of them added together equates to one product of my usual beauty regime, I think you may find it in your heart  to forgive me.

So, who is The Ordinary and what's it all about?

Well if you read the blurb on their About Us page, you'd probably vomit...

The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity.


What the bloody hell are they going on about? To put it in layman terms, it's a range of beauty products that are cheap as chips and they work.

The website is mind boggling (click here) and there really isn't a general guide for different skin conditions - ageing, dryness, oily, acne etc so it makes it difficult to self-prescribe. In fact the more you read, the more confused you are. There are certain products that can't be mixed. It's complicated. And yet, we can't get enough of it.

It's taken me a while to work out a little programme and I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right but if I said that my skin is the best it's been in years, you can see why I've persevered. I've always had uneven skin tone, am prone to breakouts and suffer with milia (those little hard whiteheads). I even had the dreaded pregnant mask (what's all that about??) during and after my two pregnancies. When I get back from a hot holiday, my pores feel clogged up and inevitably I have a full on breakout as the pores try to purge themselves (nice). Since using The Ordinary products, I haven't had one spot, my skin tone is even and brighter and lighter and the milia has almost gone. I haven't been pregnant, nor am I planning to be so I can't talk about pregnant mask. And, I haven't been on a hot holiday since I've started to use the products so don't know if I'll have a breakout.

But overall, not a bad start! And I'm delighted.

It's the cheapest range that parent company, Deciem offers. I haven't tried any of the others such as the more pricier Niod so can't compare. But I have tried many, many other brands at different price points and I can tell you now, these products are the best I've ever used. Maybe it's the combination of a few different lotions, maybe it's one particular hero potion. I don't know. But I've spent so much money on different regimes, one cost over £500 and I didn't get these results. Suffice to say I'm impressed. I'd be quaking in my boots if I were a cheap to mid priced beauty product supplier because this company has hit the ground running. Running a marathon at a 100 metre pace!

Price wise, the cheapest product is £3.90 and most expensive is £14.90, the majority of which are around £6. A cheap bottle of plonk then. And I don't think smearing a glass of Pinot Grigio all over your face would have the same results. Although it might be a nice experience licking your lips! I guess the no-fuss packaging helps keep the price down. It's clean and very clinical. In fact, when I look in my cupboard and see the bottles lined up, it reminds me of the lab technicians room in the science block at school. They're either small glass bottles with pipettes or plastic tubes. All 30mls so not huge.

I'm no beauty expert so I don't feel confident in recommending any products to you guys. But I can tell you about my experience if that's ok. I've also made sure that this post does not contain any affiliate links whatsoever so you know that you're getting good, honest reviews. This is something that I struggle with, when I'm searching for advice on the internet. I want a proper review. I don't always trust retailer sites because they want to sell as many products as they can. And, I don't trust every beauty blogger that I come across because of the same reason. How can they recommend something that they've maybe tested a handful of times. Surely, you need to try products for a a few weeks to gauge a proper opinion. That said, there are some very honest beauty bloggers out there, you just need to find them! Well, that's a story for another day.

I think that the products themselves are pretty one dimensional hence the need to use two or three. They recommend mixing a maximum of three at any one time. But these can be different morning and night.

I've bought all of my products from Victoria Health primarily because when I emailed them with a question, they came back with some really useful advice. They also have a first come, first served basis as some products are extremely popular. But you know that eventually your name will work it's way to the top of the list. I was waiting ages for a foundation which was launched a couple of months ago. It came eventually and they don't charge until the the product is dispatched.

If you need a little bit of guidance as to what to start with, this is an excellent site. Scroll down and you will see that each product is categorised under the different skin conditions. Why The Ordinary can't do that, I don't know! By the way, you're supposed to put the water based products on before serums.

Anyway, here's my review of the products I'm using.


MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE USING THE ORDINARY PRODUCTS 

This never changes, I keep it the same.

I wash my face with an oil cleanser, Circadia by Dr Pugliese, Vitmain Veil Cleanser and I don't use toner. Then I move on to these products:


Buffet £12.70



How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and than rub it into the wrinkles! Yep, as basic as that. 

What is it supposed to do?

Improves wrinkles, dark spots and signs of ageing.

My experience

Well nothing seems to have changed and I'm well in to my second bottle. I think this is a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so I'll continue to use it.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90




How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and then rub it all over.

What is it supposed to do?

Give your skin a drink, plump it up and smooth

My experience

My skin does feel rehydrated, fresher and firmer after using it. I'm not sure it feels any smoother though. I like this product and will keep using it.


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% £5

How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and then rub it all over.

What is it supposed to do?

Diminishes blemishes, enlarged pores and oily skin. Calming.

My experience

Yes I think this could well be the product that has diminished my blemishes (or helped to). They are virtually gone. Can't say whether it's had an effect on my pores and my skin oiliness is neither better or worse. It feels very tacky when you put it on but that disappears as soon as you add your moisturiser. I love this product and will continue to use.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA £4.90





How I apply it

The usual way! Squirt and rub.

What is it supposed to do?

Hydrates and protects skin from moisture loss

My experience

Errrrr it's a bit meh really. The consistency of nappy rash cream, no smell (which isn't a bad thing) and my skin doesn't really feel fresh and hydrated afterwards. I won't buy this again but I'll use what I've got.


EVENING BEAUTY ROUTINE USING THE ORDINARY PRODUCTS 


Ok so this kind of changes each night. I'm of the opinion that it's better to adopt a stealth approach when you're dealing with your skin. Expect the unexpected and all that. So I chop and change but I'll talk you through the routine as best I can.

I wash my face with an oil cleanser, Circadia by Dr Pugliese, Vitmain Veil Cleanser and I don't use toner. Then I move on to these products:

Buffet £12.70

as above because of FOMO!!!!!


Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% £4.90



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply to your face avoiding the eyes and eye sockets.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin and fades dark spots (what are dark spots???) and improves collagen production

My experience

Less is more with this product. It stung a little when I first started using it (and I have horse leather skin) and the more you rub it in, the stingier it gets. But after using it a few times, that problem disappeared. See, I told you, adopt the stealth approach because your skin gets used to products very quickly. From your direct messages, it would seem that this is very marmite, the texture being the main problem. It's a little bit gritty and I certainly wouldn't apply it in the morning. And it takes quite a while to sink into the skin. Anyway, I like this product, I'm on my second tube. My skin looks brighter and lighter and I have a more even skin tone as a result. I use this a couple of times a week. By the way, I've used Vitamin C before and I paid a heck of a lot more than £4.90. I remember being told that you have to keep Vit C away from direct sunlight although it's in a non-see through tube so I don't know if this still applies. Best pop it in the cupboard to be safe!

Nb. You can't mix this with Lactic Acid so use on different nights.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% £5.80



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply to your face avoiding the eyes and eye sockets.

What is it supposed to do?

Mild skin exfoliation serum that brightens skin and improves uneven skin tone

My experience

I look forward to using this product because the next day, my skin feels really nice. Kind of softer and smoother. I'm using the 10% strength, there's a 5% too. It doesn't feel uncomfortable when you apply it (unlike the Vitamin C above) although it's a little bit tacky which soon disappears. I doubt it's strong enough to give your skin a really deep peel (I've certainly never had any flaky skin since using it) so it's not as intense as the Obagi system which really does give you baby fresh skin (but it's brutal). I use it a couple of times a week.

Nb. You can't mix this with Vitamin C so use on different nights.


Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% £5.50



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply all over the face.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin and diminishes acne and redness, unclogs pores

My experience

See this is my problem, I don't know what's doing what, because I use so many. This is another one that brightens the skin. I could use this every night as it's fine with the Lactic Acid and Vitamin C but again, I just use two or three times a week. Normally after the Lactic Acid. I really like this product, you know how your skin feels really silky soft after applying a primer, well this feels the same. And my skin does look brighter the next day. Prior to using, I had a little bit of redness in places, around the cheeks and chin and it's now almost gone. I will definitely continue with this product. 

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution £6.30



How I apply it

Carefully! It's bright red and the pipette doesn't seem to hold the solution. I spread a 10p piece sized amount around my face avoiding eyes and eye sockets. Leave on for maximum 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Apply once a week.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin, improves tone and fights acne

My experience

Well, this is a new one that I slipped into my basket when replenishing my usual stuff. It's probably not needed given that I'm using similar products. But, it's another one that I really like. I think it's probably more aggressive than the others and yes it stings a little bit. If you have sensitive skin, I don't think this will be for you (or at least, don't leave it on for the whole 10 minutes). But I love how soft and clean my skin feels immediately after it's removed. I'm thinking this is probably a weekly intensive clean up. I've used it twice a week so far but think I'll drop it down to just the one.



100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil £9


How I apply it

Small amount in the palm of my hand and then rub around the face and eyes.

What is it supposed to do?

Replenishes lipids and restores elasticity

My experience

The funny thing is with all of the products above, my skin doesn't feel as if it needs moisturiser afterwards. Is that a good thing? I'm thinking it probably is. So I use a very small amount of the rose hip oil in the place of moisturiser. I use the other products earlier in the evening and then use this just before bed. Haven't a clue if it does what it says on the tin but it feels nice to go to bed with a light oil on my face.


And a few other The Ordinary products that I've tried...


1. Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA £7 this was recommended for my chest area which has suffered over the years because of my love of foreign holidays in the sun!!! Even factor 50 doesn't stop me from burning in this area. It always looks inflamed kind of like a very uneven dirty tan (sorry). Apparently it fades hyper-pigmentation and dark spots (I think that's what I was describing wasn't I 🙈  So I tried it and nothing seemed to happen and I gave up. I think I should try it again, well finish off the bottle. Juries out on this one.


2. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil £5.90 you can use this on your face, I think it's for flaky skin but I use it in my hair as you would a normal argan oil. My hair feels silkier and heavier (in a good way, not in a greasy way) and thicker after using it.


3. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG £5.80 I have dark circles around my eyes, there's no getting away from that fact. Now here's the problem, all this lightening and brightening that's taking place up there ^^^^ has made my eye sockets look even darker because most of the products can't be applied in this area. Hmmmmm. So, I ordered the Caffeine Solution which is supposed to enhance circulation and reduce dark circles and under-eye bags. Well, that ain't happening in this house. There is no change whatsoever. And, I'm convinced that the Caffeine has darkened my eyes (it's a light brown colour). Maybe that's just me but I've stopped using it.


4. High Adherence Silicone Primer £3.90 For use under foundation. It's ok-ish but I prefer my normal primer so I won't buy it again. I don't seem to get the same silky smoothness so it feels as if I'm using the product for the sake of it. 

Nearly there if you're still with me....


5. Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 £5.90 I had to wait ages for it and you may find this too as apparently it's flying off the shelves. It's good but not as good as the hype would suggest. A light to medium coverage that comes in 42 different shades (there's also a serum based foundation which I'll try next time). Luckily I managed to choose the correct shade first time. It's made slightly easier in that they break them down into warm tones (yellow based) and cool tones (pink based) plus a few neutrals. You'll find a couple of useful guides here and here. Honestly, if the product hadn't been so cheap, I wouldn't have risked ordering foundation online without testing the colour first of all. It goes on well and is nice if you want something more than a BB coverage but nothing too heavy. There's no dewy, photo finish, luminosity. It's a basic every day foundation that goes on well. 


Sorry, this is a mega long post isn't it. Well done if you got to the end. I apologise if I've reported anything incorrectly, as I say, it's my own little regime that I've got going on. I'm probably doing it all wrong. But what I will say is that my skin is brilliant at the moment. My goodness, I might even ditch the foundation before leaving the house in the not too distant future. Actually I have. I'm just doing powder and bronzer at the moment. I've got a lighter, brighter, more even skin tone. What I need now is a product that makes my skin look fresher and luminous. Any ideas???

So come on then, tell me what your experience is of The Ordinary products. Are there any I should be using? Do you have a hero product? I need to know. 

Phew, I'm pooped. 



14 comments on "My Review Of The Ordinary Beauty Products. Have You Tried Them?"
  1. Thank you for this post, it has been really useful. I have wanted to try The Ordinary products for ages but could not make head nor tail of the website so I will look at Victoria Health. I work for The White Company and our skincare range is made by Deciem and overall I am impressed with them. Anne

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    1. Hi Anne, thanks for dropping by. I didn't know that The White Company products were made by Deciem - you learn something new everyday!!! It took me ages to work out what I needed to use and in then end I emailed Victoria Health who were really helpful hence the reason I order from them. I feel kind of loyal as they came back with such a comprehensive reply. Good luck with the products that you chose to try x

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  2. I've bought a few of The Ordinary products too, and on the whole pretty impressed. I also didn't think the primer was that great & was going to try the moisturiser but after your review I think I'll stick to my regular by La Roche Posay. I'm definitely going to add some more products though following your reviews. I love the fact that they are priced so reasonably, I've been a Estée Lauder & Clarins fan in the past but can't see me going back to paying those prices again for products that are doing the same thing for my skin. Incidentally I've bought a couple of products from the Niod range, the Neck Cream (which Nigella Lawson uses-she posted a pic on her Instagram a while back) and the Mastic Mud Mask. The neck stuff was ok but didn't think it's worth £50 but do like the mask, helps reduces the appearance of pores. Thanks Donna, great post. Rachel x

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    1. Hi Rachel, from what I can gather the moisturiser isn't a favourite amongst us and so I won't be buying it again. I've been sent one to try from FrezyDerm (a Greek company) targeting the over 45s (insert not amused emoji). It's early days yet and I want to test it a little more before I recommend it. Moisturiser is a very personal thing isn't it. I agree about paying extortionate prices - a lot of it wasted on packaging. I'm going to have a look at the Mastic Mud Mask as I was going to try the GlamGlow that I keep seeing. Thanks for the recommendation x

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    2. Hi Donna, just thought I'd add I've tried the glam glow mask too and it's very good. I use it on an evening and my pores really felt like they'd been thoroughly 'cleaned'. I've not got particularly sensitive skin, pretty 'normal' I would say but there was a definite glow & I then applied the Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche overnight which is a lovely soothing moisturising mask. The next morning my skin feels so soft. The Mastic Mud one is applied on a morning as it gives a good temporary effect that day, but you do need to leave it on 10 mins so allow time during a busy morning for that one. So many good products out there to try, my bathroom shelves & drawers are very crowded! Rachel x

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    3. Hey thanks Rachel that is so helpful. Caroline Hirons put me off a little as I don't think she likes the Glam Glow product but I keep hearing really really good things about this brand. I'm going to give it a go x

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  3. hi Donna - saw your stories entry and now managed to read the blog post. Thanks for taking the time to write up your experience and share it as you have mentioned some products I was thinking of using. I too have had a go with the Ordinary but in combination with some of the NIOD stuff - particularly the CAIS and their MMHC2 - My research of these two products indicates the Hyaluronic in the NIOD is finer and has different levels of penetration - i tried the Ordinary Hyaluronic but went back to CAIS plus MMHC2 as I read up the benefits of these are skin health and long term anti aging. I am using the Ordinary Vit C in the Vitamin F Solution - but may try too the cream you recommend plus some others on your list as cheaper substitutes for the NIOD and you make me think I need to be a bit braver with my use of acids as you are getting such good results - I am currently using the NIOD Non Acid Precursor - which is supposed to be a gentle exfoliant - may be a bit too gentle!. I agree with you that it seems pretentious and unnecessarily complicated - but cheap enough to try it out! They have apparently opened a shop in Spitalfields and since one of my fav restaurants is there I think a visit for some clarification may be in order! Really enjoy your blog posts and Insta updates. I too am a fan of Winser and was most envious of your day out with them to try on all the clothes. Looking forward to their new season collection. Warm regards Sam

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    1. Hi Sam thanks for adding all of this useful information. From what you're saying it's probably worth upgrading on the Hyaluronic to the NIOD which I will do when I've finished my current supply. My skin seems to literally drink it (and I have oily skin too). I think you know you're own skin. Mine is as tough as old boots so I know that the gentler stuff probably won't have much effect. I do worry that I may be over doing it though. Maybe I'll wake up one morning and be down to bare bone!!!!!! Wow, I didn't know there was a shop in Manchester. You know where I'll be going after the hols. Do they stock all of their brands? Winser London is great isn't it. And to top it off, the girls are all really nice and so appreciative of what I do. I've seen a few pieces already and there's a jumper very similar to my beloved Boden Off Duty one which I think I may just have to purchase. Thanks for dropping by and taking time to comment Sam. Donna x

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    2. ooops sorry should have been more specific - Old Spitalfields market in London!!

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    3. I'm a nutter Sam, I read it as Spinningfields and automatically thought Manchester. I really, really must start wearing my specs more regularly lol x

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  4. I apply Oil of Olay to my face after cleansing and that's it! I don't think I would have time to use all the products shown above - talk about mind boggling!

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    1. Yep mind boggling it is. To be fair, it's a quick one minute job to throw on (other than the red stuff that you have to leave on for a while), no precision involved!!! Otherwise I wouldn't do it lol x

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  5. Hi Donna

    Thanks for taking the time to post this really interesting review. I've ordered 4 of the products you recommended and was very impressed that it arrived within a couple of days. Started on them last night. Fingers crossed I'll look 10 years younger by August!

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    1. Glad you've set your expectation at a realistic level Lorraine (lol). I've just got my daughter started on a couple of them, particularly the hyaluronic acid as her skin is so thirsty. Hope you get on with them x.

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