The Ordinary Review

If there’s one brand that has captured my attention in 2018, it’s The Ordinary. The brand offers an array of skincare saviours, from skin oils to retinoids, with two foundation formulas also added for good measure. There is a real science behind their products that fascinates me and if you take the time to learn which ingredients work for your skin type, you can see astounding results. 

 One evening, I decided to sit down and explore The Ordinary website in search of a totally new skincare routine. I was overwhelmed. So tip number one – don’t stop by the website unprepared. The website features a handy little guide which offers a simple, no-nonsense skincare regimen for a variety of different skin types from dehydrated skin to textural irregularities. I simply found the closest skin type to my own (which is definitely dehydrated FYI) and made note of the products required for AM and PM that would build my tailored regimen. 

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5| £5.95 for 30ml| Find it  

This is the skin’s first hydration layer and the first level of locking in hydration. I simply take 1-2 drops of this in my hand and press it into the skin. It feels slightly sticky initially but then dries down leaving no residue and your skin ready for the second hydration hit, either in oil or moisturiser form.  This product is to be used both morning and evening. 

·   Hyaluronic Acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water
·   Leaves skin hydrated with a more even skin texture
·   Free from silicone, oil, alcohol and nuts 
·   Vegan and cruelty free 

100% Plant Derived Squalane| £5.50 for 30ml| Find it here

This is my evening ritual product after I have applied the Hyaluronic Acid. Once my skin is completely dried from the HA, I take 1-2 drops of this in my hand and press into the skin, ensuring not to rub (I found if I rubbed at the skin, it awakened the HA and gave an odd texture to the skin so pressing is the best technique). 

·   Squalene is an excellent hydrator but can also prevent the ongoing loss of skins hydration 
·   Suitable for all skin types 
·   Can also be used in hair 
·   Free from water, alcohol, oil, silicone, nuts and gluten
·   Vegan and cruelty free 

Natural Moisturising Factors + HA | £6.80 for 100ml| Find it here

In the morning following my HA application, I apply a 5p sized blob to my face and neck. This is a perfect non-greasy, hydrating base worn alone or underneath makeup. Containing 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid.

·   Non-greasy 
·   Immediate skin hydration 
·   Free from alcohol, oils, silicone and nuts
·   Vegan and cruelty free

Coverage Foundation | £5.90 for 30ml| Find it here 

So not only did I completely nail down a new skincare routine, but I also went to the next step and purchased the coverage foundation. It boasts a full coverage whilst still having a lightweight texture that doesn’t appear heavy on the skin. Sounds like a dream right? Keep reading.

The foundation comes in two formulas, one that is coverage and one that is serum. I’d like to try both to compare but I feel the coverage foundation is so light in consistency I’m not sure what the serum base would offer me. Available in an impressive 21 shades, they are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Then each category has a digit which indicates shade strength and then a letter to identify the undertone. For example, N indicates a neutral tone, Y indicates a yellow undertone and P indicate cool undertones. 
To find your undertone, a good tip I have always followed is to check the veins on your forearm. If the veins are blue or purple you have pink/cool undertones and if the veins are more yellow your skin is warm toned. I know I am a classic pale tone with pink undertones and I opted for shade 1.1p.

Let me start by saying, I honestly don’t think I will ever need another foundation in my life. It’s a bold statement right? 
I simply shake to waken the liquid formula and dispense two pumps onto the back of my hand. Then using a damp beauty blender, I apply the product to the central points of my face, focusing on my chin, cheeks and center of my forehead blending outwards to the areas that require less coverage. 

·   21 shades
·   Alcohol, oil, nut, soya, gluten free
·   Vegan and cruelty free
·   Contains coconut alkanes 
·   Coverage with a light, non-cakey texture
·   SPF 15 

The rave reviews for The Ordinary overall is completely just. They produce superb products, in beautiful simplistic packaging that deliver top results every time. I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if there is anything else you would suggest purchasing from The Ordinary! 

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