The Ordinary created waves of surprise and curiosity as it launched its products. The shockingly low prices and seemingly high effectiveness of their serums, acids, and moisturisers blew up the internet. Products that were normally priced nowhere below 20-25 euros were being sold for as little as 7 euros. How??
I had to try a few out myself to see what the hype was all about and whether these little wonder bottles are worth it.
I shelled out 30 euros (including delivery) for 4 products, which is quite a good deal, as my Vitamin C serum costs more than 30 euros. Let’s get straight to the review.
THE ORDINARY LACTIC ACID 10% HA 2%
This 30ml bottle of lactic acid is an alcohol and silicone free superficial peeling solution. It is a mild exfoliant which claims to not irritate your skin. They also recommend mixing this product with a moisturiser or essence for people with very sensitive skin.
I was a bit afraid of trying it directly without diluting it, but I didn’t experience any irritation whatsoever. It went on smoothly and my skin felt plump and less dull than the night before. It is to be noted that lactic acid isn’t a very strong chemical exfoliant. It has thicker molecules, hence, is harder to penetrate into your skin. If you want something stronger, go for another type of acid and with a higher percentage. I was happy with its performance. I use strong acids and exfoliants and it was good to have something milder.
It pairs well with other products, however, be careful of mixing acids. I usually stick to only one type of acid per day.
THE ORDINARY SALICYLIC ACID 2%
I have always been a bit skeptical of salicylic acid products. They’re praised for their effectiveness and dermatologists themselves prescribe skincare with this ingredient to help people with acne or bad blackheads. But it has never worked for me. Maybe it isn’t strong enough for me, or maybe it really was working and I gave the credit to another product I was using simultaneously, but this isn’t something I will re-buy.
No criticism towards The Ordinary as a brand, I just don’t think this ingredient works for me. I see no difference before and after by using any product with salicylic acid in it.
THE ORDINARY NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTORS + HA
When The Ordinary was launched, the brand advertised itself as a beauty brand with integrity, one that doesn’t charge exorbitant amounts for good ingredients. Transparency is one of their key elements of success, and it was quite clear while using this moisturizer.
It’s a great moisturizer, it pairs very well with other products, isn’t greasy and my skin genuinely feels good after using it. However, it’s very clear that during manufacturing, no money was spent on fragrance or texture. Not one shit was given about it. I’m not saying it doesn’t feel good when you put it on, but clearly the focus was on the ingredients and the effectiveness rather than the look or the feel, which doesn’t bother me since the product is excellent.
When you rub it between your fingers to apply it on your face, it feels a bit cheap. But I have to admit, I will buy this again. This has won a permanent position in my vanity. For the price (7.7 €), this is a steal, a damn good deal that is difficult to find elsewhere. My skin always feels at its best, it pairs phenomenally with my other products, and I have noticed a difference in my skin after using this.
THE ORDINARY MINERAL UV FILTERS SPF 30
Let me just get to it – I don’t like this sunscreen.
The first product by this brand that I really don’t like.
It’s everything you don’t want in a sunscreen – it’s greasy and it leaves the whitest layer on your skin. I couldn’t hide it with my regular light makeup, I had to go all-in and put on a thick layer for it to not show. I’m sure it gives fantastic protection but I don’t wish to look like a ghost.
I gave it a few tries and I used little product – I didn’t lather on sunscreen like my life depended on it. But it’s terrible. I’ve never used a product as stubborn as this. I tried very hard to rub it into my skin but after my hands started to ache, I gave up. Not buying this again.