I’m all about great skincare and I’m always on the lookout for great products to keep my skin healthy and clear. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard of The Ordinary, a Canadian-based beauty company that is taking the industry by storm with it’s high quality products at affordable prices. 

I first heard of The Ordinary because of their foundation, which retails for $6 and had a waitlist of over 25,000 people. When it came out, it went viral and so many people were talking about it, including beauty industry guru, Sam Gross. I was like, “what kind of product is this that people are going crazy for??” I was immediately intrigued, especially since it only cost $6, I figured I didn’t have much to lose by trying it out. When I went to the website, I was delighted to find that they had much more than foundation; The Ordinary has an extensive range of serums and creams to keep your skin healthy.

At first glance, based off the packaging and names of the products, it almost seems like some kind of prescribed medicine that you would get from the dermatologist. But if you click on the product, the description will tell you exactly what the product is used for. I love the sleek, minimalistic packaging, and mostly everything is under $10. I bought several items: the two darkest shades of the foundation, moisturizer, primer, and a couple of serums.

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation

This is the foundation everyone was going crazy over, and it was sold out for a while. After using this, I can see why! For everyday makeup looks, I don’t like to wear heavy foundation, and I prefer light coverage. I don’t want to feel like there’s anything on my face, and this foundation is so light, I forget that I’m wearing it. I love the texture and it makes my skin feel so silky. The finish is more satin, not dewy but definitely not matte. I got 3.2R (which has red undertones) and 3.3N (which is neutral undertone). I thought the 3.2R was a tad too light but the 3.3N is definitely too dark, so maybe I’ll just add a couple drops to darken the 3.2R. Overall I really love this foundation, and I can see myself using this for everyday wear.

Available for $6.70 here

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

Again, feels great on my skin, and it’s medium-full coverage. It feels like any other regular foundation I own, and it still has a satin finish like the serum foundation. Still a great foundation, but I definitely like the serum foundation more for the lightweight feel. I bought both 3.2R and 3.3N, but the shades were a little different than in the serum foundation. Perhaps it’s because this is heavier coverage, so you’ll see more of the color, as opposed to the serum foundation that blends out into your skin and has a lighter wash of color.

Available for $6.90 here

The coverage foundation shown on the top, has enough coverage to cover my wrist tattoo!

Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5

Don’t let the name scare you, hyaluronic acid is actually a gel-like serum that is used to increase moisture in the skin. When first applied, the serum feels a little sticky but as you massage it into your skin, it actually absorbs into the skin and it leaves my skin feeling really soft. I like using this after I apply my SK 2 facial treatment essence, and before I apply lotion. Especially in the winter time, I have issues with dry skin and I get dry patches, but when I use this serum my face feels moisturized.

Available for $6.80 here

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

This serum is supposed to be like a multivitamin for your skin. If you have problems with moisture, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, dullness, this serum will take care of all of that. The consistency of the serum is similar to the hyaluronic acid, and it even looks like the hyaluronic acid in the gel-like substance and clear color. I like to use this serum at night in place of the hyaluronic acid. Since using it I have noticed a small difference in my skin, and I feel as though my skin looks a little brighter and clearer than before.

Available for $5.90 here

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

I haven’t used this one yet, but I’m excited to try it out. The idea of a chemical exfoliant at first sounds a bit intimidating, but I heard that all these facial scrubs that have microbeads or tiny grains can actually be doing more harm than good for your face. It’s good to exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dead skin cells, but at the same time I don’t want to do anything that will create more wrinkles or micro scratches in my skin. I’m looking forward to seeing the results that this product will produce!


Available for $7.20 here

High-adherence Silicone primer

This primer is for giving your skin a nice matte base before applying your foundation. I have used it a couple of times, I like the application and the primer feels light on my skin, but I don’t feel as though it does the job. When using a mattifying primer I expect my makeup to stay matte for the majority of the day. But with this primer, I find that my foundation starts to look a little oily after maybe about 6 hours. The upside of this primer is that it only costs $4.90, but it doesn’t keep my makeup matte all day. I will still keep this primer in my stash as a backup, but my main matte primer will still be the Rimmel stay matte primer, which is also affordable at only $6.

Available for $4.90 here

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (moisturizer)

I’m very particular when it comes to facial moisturizers, especially because some of them feel really heavy and later on in the day I can end up looking like a grease ball. This moisturizer promises to keep your skin moisturized while also remaining very lightweight. Most times when a moisturizer is described as lightweight, that can also translate to it not being moisturizing enough. After using this moisturizer my skin doesn’t get oily throughout the day and any dry areas or dry patches are eliminated. 

Available for $7.70 here
Overall, I am super pleased with all of the products that I bought from the ordinary. I will definitely buy more when these run out and with these super affordable prices, I think that they have a customer for life.

Have you tried any of the ordinary products? If so, what have you tried and what do you think of the products?

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