The Ordinary | Is it anything but?

The Ordinary is a brand that pride themselves on delivering effective products to their customers without the big advertising campaigns, fancy packaging and ingredients that “fluff” up the product. They pride themselves on celebrating integrity within the beauty industry and honestly delivering the best products they can for affordable prices.

The Ordinary products are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury and oxybenzone. They are also against animal testing. None of their products are sold in mainland China since such sales require animal testing for registration purposes.

There’s just something about this brand that I really like. They pride themselves on being open and honest with their customers from the get go, not only on their products, what ingredients they contain and their pricing methods but also that they are true to themselves and don’t broadcast that they are against animal testing without covering all areas and being 100% cruelty free.

Honestly, I’m so happy I found this brand as I absolutely love their products.

I have been using the High – Adherence Silicon Primer & the “Buffet” Multi Technology Peptide Serum now for around 4 months and I love them. I saw that they recently released The Ordinary Colours line and as I am a big fan of low cost, high pay off foundations, I ordered the Coverage Foundation as soon as my shade was available. I also added the Vitamin C Suspension, Silicone to my basket as I wanted to try something new and I had heard particularly good things about this product.

Colours Foundation – £5.90

I think this foundation is one of the best foundations I’ve come across in a long time! It comes perfectly packaged in a 30ml plastic bottle, which understandably doesn’t look luxury but so clean and fresh looking and also extremely travel friendly. One of the biggest pluses for the packaging of this product, for me personally, is that it comes with a pump. (Hallelujah!) It also comes in 21 shades, ranging from very fair to very deep.

The texture is a lightweight cream which sinks into the skin and leaves a medium flawless finish. If you prefer a full coverage foundation, just add another layer on top. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make the skin look cakey or muddy, just fully covered. This foundation is not dewy or matte but a perfect combination of the two.

This formula gives your skin a natural look, basically your skin but better! It doesn’t sit on my fine lines or gather in areas I don’t want it to. This formulation also contains a non-chemical SPF 15 which is great as not only is it helping to protect the skin but it’s also making it look pretty damn good too! It lasted all day on my skin and I added a little translucent powder on top to keep it in place.

It’s just an all round, great foundation and for the price you would be insane not to try it!

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone – £5.80

Admittedly, some of The Ordinary products can be quite hard to understand. There’s lots of percentages and big words thrown around and sometimes all you need is to know exactly what the product will do for you.

The packaging is basic, again reflected in the amazing price but never the less still clean and sleek looking. I also like that the products come in a box, I do think that adds a little something to the overall feel.

The Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone is basically a gel like consistency that is best applied at night time due to the active ingredients that work when the skin is at rest. These ingredients have been shown to help reverse multiple signs of ageing whist also making the skin appear much brighter and vibrant. Due to the formulation of this product you could experience a slight tingly sensation when applied to the skin. This normally goes away after a couple of applications as is due to the high level of L-Ascorbic Acid that it contains. It is kept stable due to being water free and surrounded by silicones. The silicones make this product feel very smooth and silky, a little like a silicone primer.

I have used this product a few times now and I really like it. I will be honest and say that I haven’t consistently used this product enough to give a real review but I will be sorting out my skincare routine asap as part of my full body overhaul very soon and this product will be one that I can’t wait to use.

How to use: Apply a small amount to face in the AM or the PM (Night time preferably) in conjunction with your normal moisturiser and serums.

“Buffet” Multi Technology Peptide Serum – £12.70

Now, I wasn’t a particularly big fan of serums, I’ve always been a cream moisturiser girl due to my skin type but I can say I am sold, this product is amazing!

The packaging of this product feels very luxurious to me. Frosted glass with a droplet applicator, it looks lovely on my dressing table.

The formula of this product combines an extensive array of technologies that target multiple signs of ageing all at once. I have used this product for quite a while now and I have seen a difference in the appearance of fine lines on my forehead and also small lines around my eyes. I’ve also found that it has evened out a small area of pigmentation on my skin which is an added bonus! For the price also, I think this one is a winner.

To read all the amazing ingredients of the product, click here:

How to use: Apply to the entire face in the AM and PM after cleansing, toning and moisturising.

High-Adherence Silicone Primer – £3.90

The packaging of this product is identical to the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. Basic but very clean and sleek looking.

This primer uses advanced, adaptive silicones that act as a mattifying, hydrating and blurring primer all rolled into one. Wow!  This is hands down THE best primer I’ve ever used and believe me I’ve tried a lot! (Thank you massive pores!) I would buy this product even if it had a much larger price tag but thankfully for me and my purse, it’s only £3.90! Yup, under a fiver people! It perfectly blurred the look of my pores, smoothed my skin for an even makeup application and didn’t feel, sticky or greasy to the touch.

Definitely one of my new makeup staples.

How to use: Apply as your last step in your skincare routine, or use just before you apply makeup.

I love these products, I love the brands ethics and I love the price! Whats not to love?

In a nutshell, The Ordinary are anything but ordinary. Brilliant products that actually work and ethics to match. This company is making big waves in the skincare industry and I’m sure it won’t be long until their foundations are up there too!

If you purchase anything from this range I would definitely recommend checking out their website for all information on their products and ingredients. Also, Fleur De Force has a fab YouTube video describing a lot of their products so you can fully understand, so I would head on over to her channel to check that out if you are unsure. The Ordinary are also sold on ASOS and have their own stand alone store in Spitalfields, London.

If you have tried anything from this range or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know or ask below.

Laura x

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