Not So Ordinary

If you are a skincare junkie or lurk around skincare forums like I do, then you’ve probably already heard of the brand The Ordinary. If you haven’t, prepare to have your mind blown. 

I am a strong proponent that great makeup starts with great skincare. If you’re doing the most you can for your skin then anything you put on top of it is going to go on even better. For instance, my oily t-zone. I can only combat the oil with so many oil controlling primers, foundations, and sprays. So I take it a step further and look for face washes, toners, and lotions that will help keep my oil at bay so that my makeup stands a chance.

In the skincare forum I lurk in I had heard about The Ordinary as this new hot brand to look out for. Well it wasn’t until I visited their website that I understood why people were going crazy. The prices!

Its no secret that skincare can be pricey. Just go to Sephora and you can easily find face washes, serums, and lotions that promise everything short of plastic surgery with a price tag to match. The Ordinary is different.

The Ordinary is a brand through Deciem. Deciem and The Ordinary believe in quality skincare without all the fuss. The Ordinary in particular is about pioneering and innovation in the skincare industry, without jacking up the prices for elaborate packaging and marketing. “The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices.” They also do not test on animals and do not pay others to test on animals, therefore these products are not available in China.

Now, I won’t lie, The Ordinary’s website and product descriptions can be hard to wrangle and understand. Luckily I stumbled upon this handy break down on that can help you get started.

The Ordinary brings the consumer quality skincare, no fuss packaging, affordable prices, and I think I might be in love.

Here’s what I ordered: IMG_3048

I have oily/combo skin and I am slightly acne prone, but most of my acne is hormonal (yay). But because of those hormonal breakouts I deal with pigmentation that gets left behind which can take months to fade. So those were the issues I wanted to address with the products I ordered.


I ordered the Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% to help with the appearance of breakouts and to help control sebum (which is a fancy word for oil). Now this isn’t an acne treatment per se, but it more so can control the cause (oil) and the appearance of an active break out.

I apply this in the morning, after my toner and before my lotion. The serum has a thin consistency and goes on easily. I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks and I have noticed that it has helped a little bit with my oil and any active breakouts don’t last as long. This item was only $5.90.


Next up, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, I ordered this because this also helps in the appearance of break outs. This helps a great deal with redness as well as improving skin texture. In my skincare investigations, I discovered that Azelaic Acid is supposedly helpful for people who suffer from Rosacea as well.

This comes in a little squeeze tube and comes out in a creamy white almost gel like consistency. It is on the thicker side so I like to apply this at night just before my night cream. This was my most expensive purchase at $7.90.


I haven’t gotten a chance to use this product yet, but I am most excited to try it. This is the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Most skincare addicts prefer a chemical exfoliation over a physical exfoliation. Now don’t freak out over the word chemical. It just means that there is an ingredient that is helping your skin slough off the dead stuff versus something like a scrub using beads to do the same thing.

Since I deal with so much lasting pigmentation I wanted to give this a try. This is supposed to give the skin a brighter more even appearance.

I’ve used an at home peel solution before from Philosophy and LOVED it. But it is $70 bucks for the kit and this peel from The Ordinary was $7.20. Can’t beat that!


Last up, High-Adherence Silicone Primer. This primer promises to be a matte and hydrating primer that will also blur my pores and make my makeup last longer. I have noticed it helps me stay matte longer during the day, but by 3pm my oil will start to break through. For being a silicone primer it doesn’t feel overly silicone-y, like a Smashbox primer usually would. As for blurring, I think it works just as well as Benefit’s Porefessional. And all this for under $5 bucks.

Overall I’m very happy with my purchases and will probably purchase from them again. It did take a little over a week for my order to get to me, but they alerted me from the start that they had a high volume of orders.

I like the clean, minimalist packaging, the products work, and you can’t beat these prices – even at the drugstore!

What have you ordered from The Ordinary? What are your favorites?



3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this brand! They have such amazing and affordable products. I just picked up their serum foundation and am so hooked. Love your blog by the way!


    1. I love them too! I already have new stuff picked out for my next order. And thank you so much!

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