So, I came across The Ordinary skincare brand through researching another skincare brand that’s all the rage right now. That skincare brand is called Drunk Elephant. It’s sold at Sephora and it seemed like all the women’s magazines and the posh YouTube beauty content creators were all talking about this brand and Sunday Riley, another high-end skincare brand sold at Sephora. While I was being prodded into buying–and buying into these brands by all the major beauty influencers, neither Drunk Elephant nor Sunday Riley are within my budget and I can’t say that I would pay $80 – $105 for any beauty product, even a skincare product, unless it was for a prescription from a dermatologist.
Recently, when articles and YouTube videos about the Drunk Elephant and/or Sunday Riley skincare brands would pop up on my timeline on YouTube or whatever social media platform I was on, so would The Ordinary, usually with an article or YouTube video comparing those brands with The Ordinary. It was said that this new and extraordinary skincare brand had amazing skincare formulations in simple packaging at equally amazing affordable prices. So I had to check them out. That lead to this haul of several products from The Ordinary, which is now also sold at Sephora. These are my first impressions.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: I really like this serum more than I thought I would. It’s like water that sticks to the skin then sinks in quickly until there’s nothing to see or feel. Just smooth and almost matte skin. I wait a couple of minutes for it to fully dry before layering anything on top of it. I do not notice a strong smell from the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. It is as clean a serum as the color is clear.
This serum is not moisturizing on its own at first. It needs time to build up moisture levels in the skin. It feeds off moisture in the air so if you live in a dry climate (hot or cold), it may dry out your skin so be sure to use a moisturizer to prevent moisture from escaping from your skin. I’ll be able to fully review this product after a few months of consistent use. Still, both morning and night, I start with this. It is my base. Price: $6.80
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%: This vitamin C serum is watery thin and lays smoothly over the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I use a quarter dropper for my face and neck. It slightly foams when I first apply it then becomes very sticky in an instant. And then my skin glows. I feel like I have to work fast with this vitamin C serum because it literally races into my skin. The first time I used it, I added more because it absorbed so quickly and became sticky on the surface of my skin so I couldn’t move it around. This serum takes longer to dry, about five minutes. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll sit in front of my small fan. I’m currently using this serum morning and night.
The color of this serum is slightly cloudy rather than clear. As with most of the serums from The Ordinary that I’ve tried, it has kind of a muted medicinal smell but not aromatic so I have to put my nose to the bottle in order to smell anything. It’s gentle and doesn’t burn my skin as other formulations of vitamin C serums tend to do. After a few months of use, I’ll be able to tell if it has brightened up and evened out my skin tone as promised. Price: $12.90
Update: I’ve started adding a drop of Rose Hip Seed Oil to this vitamin C serum. It eliminates that sticky feeling and I don’t have to wait to layer my moisturizer and sunscreen on top.
Advanced Retinoid 2%: I wasn’t going to bother with a retinol product but reluctantly picked up this retinoid serum because of the good reviews and affordable price and I’m glad I did. This is a luxurious serum in the form of an emulsion that’s such a pleasure to apply. The texture of this serum is creamy and it hugs my skin in a comfortable cloud of moisture. I don’t have wrinkles or severe acne but I’m hoping this retinoid will help me with dark spots, texture and tone without irritation as the product claims. I don’t notice a scent when I apply this serum, which is only at night. I use the Advanced Retinoid 2% four times a week. Price: $9.80
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (hyaluronic acid): This is a basic moisturizer that seals in moisture, which I believe boosts the efficacy of the serums that I put on prior to this. It looks and feels like a thick, white cream coming out of the tube but when I put it on, it just melts down to a watery texture and sinks right into my skin.
A little goes a long way with this moisturizer but I still want the larger size because I don’t want to be without it. This is the kind of skincare product I would gift as a stocking stuffer at Christmas or put in a birthday gift bag with no worries. I really like it. This is likely to be my preferred moisturizer in the summer months. The scent is just like any other un-scented moisturizer on the market. It doesn’t linger. Price: $5.80
Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%: I’ve used this nighttime serum twice so far and all I can say is wow! This is a skincare product I wish I could use everyday but the directions say to only use it 2-3 times a week. It applies like a light oil and then disappears leaving behind a radiant glow as the evening wears on. By morning, my skin is glowing and my pores are non-existent. Any breakouts I had the night before are zapped into little afterthoughts by the next morning.
This serum acts as an exfoliator and a powerful antioxidant that claims to even out the skin tone, smooth skin texture and fight wrinkles. I like to use it two nights in a row then give my skin a break. I don’t experience any skin irritation using the Alpha Lipoic 5% serum. No warming sensation. Nothing. I do avoid using it with other acids though. Another way to use this very potent serum is by adding a drop or two to your moisturizer.
The Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% serum is a pale yellow color. The smell reminds me of being in a store that sells tires. It has the most noticeable and lingering scent of all the products that I bought. When I put a facial oil or moisturizer on top of it, the scent goes away. Price: $6.80
I love beauty oils and these pure, organic facial oils by The Ordinary were among my first purchases from the brand. Read my first impression of the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil as well as my review of the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – which has been compared to the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial by Drunk Elephant for a fraction of the price – by clicking on the links in this paragraph.
I do wear a sunscreen during the day. I’m currently using the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 45 by Neutrogena.
So, I hope this blog post was helpful and informative. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? Leave your comments, experiences and suggestions in the comment box below this post.