At a Glance | The Ordinary

The Ordinary has been all over the internet, but for those of you who don't know, it's an affordable, cruelty-free skincare line under the Canadian company Deciem, which is "an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty". My brother had been pushing me to try The Ordinary products for a while, but I never really kept his recommendation in mind. Then, a couple months ago I went to visit him for his graduation, I got to see and hear about the products in person. They finally caught my attention, and when I came back from my trip, I took the plunge and bought quite a handful of their products to try.


Despite the minimal, expensive looking packaging, the brand is very affordable - I got everything pictured here for around $60 total, with no products exceeding $15. And not only does the packaging look expensive, it actually feels expensive too - if the products work as they claim to, then I will be a convert for life.

I haven't tried most of these yet, but I wanted to share with you what I got and my thoughts on the products I've tried already. In a few months, I'll come back with an updated post to share my thoughts on everything else.

The Ordinary's website is very informative, so I highly recommend doing some research on the site before you make any purchase, since the product names don't really tell you much about what they do. In the states, The Ordinary can be purchased at its own website (free shipping with $25+ order), Beautylish (free shipping with $30+ order), or ASOS (free shipping with $40+) order. I wouldn't recommend ordering from ASOS, however, since there's a bit of a markup on the site. Prices that I have listed below are from The Ordinary site.

  1. High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (30 ml, $7.90): I'm almost running out of primer, so I figured it was a great opportunity for me to stock up and try something new. My brother recommended the other primer they have, the mattifying High-Adherence Silicone Primer (30 ml, $4.90), but since my skin isn't as oily as it was before, I decided to go with this one instead, which is supposed to help even out makeup application and give your face a natural, dewy finish.

  2. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30 ml, $6.70): This one is an eye serum that claims to help reduce puffiness and dark circles in the eye contour. I've been using this on and off for two months now, and I do think that it has helped with depuffing my eyes. It hasn't done much for my dark circles yet, but I'm not too surprised because I have yet to find anything for my intense dark circles.

  3. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (240 ml, $8.70): I bought this one to try because I just finished using up my Pixi Glow Tonic (3.4 fl oz/100 ml, $15), which contains 5% glycolic acid.

  4. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (30 ml, $9.60): The Ordinary has plenty of Vitamin C products, and I wanted to compare theirs with other brands' Vitamin C products. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a stable derivative of Vitamin C, seemed like a good choice to me due to its lower potency and skin brightening benefits.

  5. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30 ml, $5.90): My brother recommended this one to me. It's a vitamin (Niacinamide is Vitamin B3) and mineral (Zinc) serum that is supposed to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion on the skin. I have yet to try this, but it's one of my brother's favorites.

  6. "Buffet" (30 ml, $14.80): Another recommendation from my brother - this one is a multi-technology peptide serum that is supposed to target multiple signs of aging at once.

  7. Serum Foundation in 2.1 Y (30 ml, $6.70): Since all of the skincare products looked so promising, I wondered what their foundation would be like, especially at such an affordable price point. I've used this a few times already, and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It is indeed very serum like as the name suggests and very lightweight on the skin, but for medium coverage, it is extremely pigmented. The high saturation, low viscosity formulation really throws me off. I'll have to try it more before giving a final verdict.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What were your thoughts on what you tried?