The Ordinary Skincare – Is it Anything Special?

If you’ve not heard of the ‘The Ordinary’ – have you been living in a cave?

The Ordinary is a new beauty brand by Deciem that aims to bring you products at the edge of biotechnology, but at a price point that won’t hurt your purse. It’s been raved about by beauty editors all over. But is it worth trying? I’ll hold my hands up right now and promise you this post isn’t sponsored in any way, shape or form. It’s all my own thoughts n’ feelings on the brand and the products I’ve tried.

The products

The range has got something to suit all your skincare needs. From primers to foundation, retinoids to Vit C serums – they’ve got it all. The best bit? It is so incredibly cheap.

Although the products have some of the most thought-about technologies to target whatever your skin needs, The Ordinary aims to bring it to you at prices that will make you cry with happiness. I’m talking some products are less than a fiver. WHAT IS THIS WIZARDRY?

The packaging isn’t anything exciting – it’s not the most exciting to add to your skincare shelf/cabinet/room (depending on how obsessed with skincare you are), but that’s what’s so good about it.

There are no frills. Just pure, skincare goodness.

My Picks

Just to put things in perspective, here’s my skin profile for y’all.

Skin Type: Dry/combination

Problems: Redness, sensitivity and uneven skin-tone.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

This was the first product I got my hands on. My skincare routine was pretty settled, but I wanted another serum to fill the gap left by the Kiehls Midnight Recovery. This product aims to “to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion”.


At first, I wasn’t so impressed. I found the consistency very watery and it seemed to sit on my skin in a funny way. I didn’t notice too many differences at first, but I persevered ‘cos when you’re a student you just gotta deal with what you can afford. By the time I’d made it half-way through the bottle, my skin just looked so calmer. I’m not prone to too many blemishes, but that time of the month can break me out.

Its main job is reducing those pesky spots that just won’t leave you alone. Using this nightly helped get rid of them little critters than hang around. Those ones that coincidentally don’t want to be covered up by concealer.

General verdict? V happy – I ran out of this just before Christmas and the combination of sugar, cheese and very few vegetables left my skin in a very poor state. Big thanks to Niacinamide for sorting things out – you da real MVP.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

This claims to brighten the skin and uses hyaluronic acid spheres to help smooth the surface too. This has been a little more of a recent purchase, so I can’t say too much about it. My first impressions? I’m liking it.

It does make your skin burn ever so slightly when applying it, but I’ve started to mix it in with my moisturiser to help ease it a little.The results? Maybe it’s too early to tell and I’m just imagining things (wouldn’t be the first time), but my skin feels and looks a lot smoother. Whether that’s a good thing as it makes me look like a boiled egg is to be seen, but I’m liking this.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the brand. Although the products are cheap, I think they work. What more could you ask for? If you’re a skincare newbie, they don’t keep you in the dark and give a pretty in-depth guide on their site into the benefits of each product and how to introduce it to your skincare routine.

Have you got any The Ordinary recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

Poll xo


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  1. I’ve recently purchased a couple of the ordinary skincare products and I love the way they leave my skin feeling. The same as you, I find that some of the products can leave your skin a little watery so I tend to use it more on a night time or on a day where I am just sitting around the house.
    Have to agree though, the price is amazing!

    Much love,
    Abigail –

    1. I think I’m just so used to a thicker consistency so it is definitely something that takes a bit of getting used to – which products did you buy?

  2. I’ve only recently tried out a foundation from the Ordinary and while I liked it, I wasn’t blown away! I loved reading this. The Vitamin C cream has been in my beauty bay basket for a while but the other product you spoke about actually sounds a lot more appealing. I think I’ll be getting it when payday hits!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Allanah /

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