Beauty · Skincare

TESTED: The Ordinary

So, quite a while back (end of August actually) I posted a picture on my Instagram of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum.  I had so many people asking me all about it.  Where can I get it from, is it worth it, and how do I use it???  I didn’t want to do a full post on just the one product, as there is so much hype around the brand at the moment.  I wanted to try out a few other products from their offering first.

THE ORDINARY

 

Now, I still have a few of their other products on my wishlist.  They have an impressive lineup of affordable anti-ageing products that I have my eye on, and so many others that look amazing.  But for today, I have three great products to talk to  you about!

 

HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5 SERUM

THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% AND B5

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I suffer with dehydrated skin.  It leaves my skin pink, irritated, flakey and tight.  I know from reading up on this that hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient to look for in skincare, to combat the dehydration.  It can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, so it assists in maintaining hydration levels in skin, and plumping up the surface of the skin.  Often, you can suffer with fine lines that are actually due to dehydration.  So it makes sense that products high in hyaluronic acid will therefore help to diminish these fine lines and work as an anti-ageing ingredient as well as one to combat dehydration in any age group.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic 2% and B5 offers three forms of hyaluronic acid – these help the product penetrate the skin and hydrate from within, as well as provide surface hydration.  Vitamin B5 also assists with the hydration of the surface layers of the skin.

PACKAGING

Frosted glass bottle with a dropper.

CONSISTENCY

Clear, runny gel.

THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% AND B5

 

PRICE

Ranges from R175 – R280 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.

INGREDIENTS

THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% AND B5

WHERE FROM

You can buy this from Muse Beauty in South Africa HERE.  You can also buy from Bay One HERE, but even though it is slightly cheaper, you’ll wait much longer for it to arrive as they purchase directly from the supplier and it can take up to 12 weeks.  It all depends on how badly you want it 😉 I prefer to use Muse if they have in stock, as I know it’ll arrive within 2 days.

I know that Samika and Fashion Police also sometimes stock this.  Other than this I don’t know many other local shops that do have the legit product, and with the amount of fakes on the market, I’d be wary.  Fakes will not use the correct ingredients and can be extremely dangerous.

WOULD I REPURCHASE? 

Yes!  This is already my second bottle of this marvellous serum, and I plan on purchasing another when I reach halfway on this one.  A holy grail product already, I don’t think I’ll ever be without this serum again.  It provides intense hydration, and you only need two drops for your whole face.  I actually spritz on some Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water and then apply the serum, as it’ll help soothe and hydrate, allowing the serum to pull the water into the skin.

I noticed after only a couple of days of using this (both AM and PM), that my skin was less pink and irritated, and wasn’t feeling as tight.

You’ll be seeing this pop up in my Best of 2017 Skincare post soon – of this I’m 100% sure!  In the meantime, you can read about my Best of 2016 Skincare HERE.

 

100% PLANT-DERIVED SQUALANE

THE ORDINARY SQUALANE

Squalane is a plant-based hydrator that is oil-free and non-greasy.  Great for surface hydration and prevention of loss of hydration.  Fabulous as an extra supplement in my routine to keep the hydration levels of my skin on point!  This can apparently also be used on the hair (I didn’t know until I ready the site description!) to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential.  Basically a goodie to have on you if you’re travelling, as it’s a 2-in-1 product.

 

PACKAGING

Amber glass bottle, with dropper.

CONSISTENCY

Much runnier than the Hyaluronic Acid serum, this looks and feels slightly oily, yet it’s oil free.  So strange!  You need to apply this AFTER any of your water-based products (looking at you HA 2% and B5!) as it won’t absorb otherwise.  I find if I apply a couple of drops of the Hyaluronic Acid serum, leave it to sink in and then put a couple of drops of this Squalane in my palm, rub my hands together and PRESS (not rub) this into my skin on top, it works best.  If you use too much of a water based serum underneath, or try and rub this in, the product underneath will pill or ball up.

THE ORDINARY SQUALANE

PRICE

Between R164 – R280 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.

INGREDIENTS

THE ORDINARY SQUALANE
I love a product that’s this basic. One ingredient and that’s it!

WHERE FROM

Same story as above, you can buy from Muse Beauty or Bay One, or a couple of other retailers listed above.

WOULD I REPURCHASE?

I don’t seem to use this as often as the Hyaluronic serum, and a little really does go a long way.  I mostly use it at night, and only in the day if my skin is feeling particularly parched.  It is a great addition to the Hyaluronic serum, but I feel like it’s more of a summer product for me.  In winter I’d need an actual oil, and I have a couple of options that are specifically for dehydrated skin in my cupboard too.  I guess I’ll have to see if I finish this up this summer, and if I need it again next year.  I also want to try using it in my hair and see how that works out – you never know, it could become a must-have!

 

HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER

THE ORDINARY HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER

I’m not usually that big into silicone-based primers.  I find them far too slippy and my makeup doesn’t sit well.  I know that you need to use a foundation that contains silicone if you’re using one of these primers, and I did think for a while that perhaps this was my problem.  But all the foundations I currently own have some kind of percentage of silicone.  I also know that some people just don’t like the feeling of silicone-based primers, and that it’s quite a love or hate product.

I’ve found a very small number of primers that I can use that are silicone-based.  One of them is the Smashbox Pore Minimising (and even this sometimes gives me hassles).  The other is this offering from The Ordinary.  This product doesn’t feel as slippery, it feels more moisturising actually!  My makeup definitely stays matte for longer with this, my skin does look a little blurred, and my makeup stays put fabulously.  I apply the primer and then go about some other business (make a cup of tea or start my eye makeup) so it has some time to set before I apply foundation.

PACKAGING

Wide,  plastic tube.

CONSISTENCY

Feels more like a moisturiser than a silicone-based primer, but there is that bit of slip there that gives it away.  White in colour but once massaged in, it goes clear.

 

THE ORDINARY HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER

PRICE

Between R128 – R180 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.

INGREDIENTS

THE ORDINARY HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER

 

WHERE FROM

Once again, same story as above.  Muse Beauty HERE and Bay One HERE, or assorted other trusted retailers listed above.

WOULD I REPURCHASE?

Yes I definitely think I would.  This is a fantastic everyday primer, and I trust it enough to wear to special events as well, as I know it will pull through and do it’s job properly.  It’s really well priced, so totally worth it!

 

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE BRAND

Fabulous!  Honestly, they provide affordable products and each product is so good.  I think it’s because they try to keep it as simple as possible, and I like that.  I have so many other products from the brand I’d like to try.  Here’s a short list: –

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – anti-ageing, brightening and helps to fade pigmentation

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane – high strength of retinoid with no/low irritation

Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% – renews skin’s appearance and improves tone and texture

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – fantastic non-greasy hydration moisturiser

 


 

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?  If so, what? I’m dying to try out some of their other products!

 

9 thoughts on “TESTED: The Ordinary

    1. I just ordered a backup of the HA on Muse as they had stock and I’m terrified to be without it hahahaha. Then when I start the next bottle I’ll order on Bay One.
      Also got one of the Vitamin C products!

  1. Thank you for your informative review. I am literally obsessed with everything The Ordinary. My whole budget pretty much goes to their range. I placed a “double order” with Victoria Health in the UK. I did pay about R600 import duties and it took about 8 weeks to arrive but I still found it much cheaper than buying it here in South Africa unfortunately and they are hardly ever out of stock of anything.

    1. Ah thanks Liz, I’ll give them a squiz when I next want to order… You should give Bay One a go if you don’t mind the waiting.. although I’ll admit, if I can’t wait and I’m nearly finished, then I’ll go straight to Muse. I actually ordered a backup of my HA serum on Muse just the other day as I’m almost halfway through my current one and I can never be parted from it again. At the same time I got one of the vitamin C products and am very keen to see how that pans out! xxx

  2. I use the Hylauronic and like it so far. Are you meant to use a moisturiser over it or is a BB cream fine? Also, the Squalane, is that essentially a moisturiser?

    1. Hi Pavla
      You use it just like a regular serum. You can put on a moisturiser afterwards if you need the extra moisture, but a BB cream should do the trick, as it’s essentially a tinted moisturiser itself!
      The Squalane is a serum just like the hyaluronic, that you use after any water-based products (like the hyaluronic). The Ordinary is known for rather than producing cocktails of ingredients in one product, doing each ingredient alone. They’re designed for layering on top of each other and working together. So I think in summer you could use the Squalane without a moisturiser on top, but in winter you might still need the extra nourishment.
      xxx

  3. Oh my goodness, I am so going to order that Hyaluronic Acid + B5 right now! Cannot believe how super affordable it is and it honestly sounds like something that I would LOVE! Thank you for this awesome post, I have been so curious about The Ordinary but not sure what was worth it and what to buy.

    1. It’s so great Mariska, really! I’ve just recently started using one of their vitamin C products too and after a week I’m already seeing great results! xxx

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