The Ordinary launched in 2016 and though it took me a long time to get around to picking up and trying a couple of things I’m so happy I did. I’ve been trying out two products from the range for around a month now and I’m actually really glad I found them.
The brand itself has a simple and stripped back approach in terms of style, very plain and simple packaging which I love. Their products are so affordable with most of their products around £6 or £7, I mean what an amazing price for products that actually work?!
You can buy The Ordinary from Covent Garden in London but as I don’t live in London I decided to buy from Beauty Bay as that was the easiest thing for me to do but I am planning on visiting the store in around a month when I spend a couple of days in London for my birthday so I better start preparing a list..
SO, as I said above I brought two products but the first one I’m going to talk about is the The Ordinary – Coverage Foundation with SPF 15. The Ordinary actually have two foundations out at the moment one is the coverage foundation and the other is a serum foundation which I haven’t tried yet but the reviews I have read look good so I may have to try that one as well.
The coverage foundation comes in 21 different shades and I picked up the lightest (1.0N – very fair, neutral). I absolutely love how many shades they have out although I didn’t know how dark the lightest shade was I still thought that would be the best choice. This was the first time purchasing a foundation online so I really wasn’t sure but when it came I knew I’d picked the right shade.
I absolutely adore the packaging of the foundation, it’s matte and super soft and looks really sleek. The foundation itself comes in a little 30ml plastic bottle so it’s definitely one of the smallest foundations I’ve ever purchased although it would be great for travelling. I paid £5.95 which I thought was a great price but is it too good to be true?
The foundation itself is lightweight but with a creamier feel to it. It’s classed as high coverage which I would agree with although it’s not as full coverage as other foundations I have so I’m not sure. It does cover pigmentation and it doesn’t cling to dry patches.
I put the foundation on at about 10am in the morning and took it off about 7pm. Underneath I put primer and then powder on top with some setting spray and I can honestly say I love this foundation. I always normally go for high coverage and even though I think it’s more medium to high it still lasted well. It looked really natural on my skin and not cakey. I’m honestly impressed with how the foundation lasted an would definitely purchase again. My only negative would be that’s it’s only 30ml but for the price I can’t really complain.
I have terrible dark circles and puffiness around my eyes and I’d heard the Caffeine Solution was great to get rid of those. I have tried countless products to try to get rid of my dark circles but I just haven’t found the right product and was hoping this would work.
The Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is supposed to reduce appearance of eye contour pigmentation and of puffiness according to The Ordinary. Again, the packaging is matte but is white instead of black. The price point of this product is £6 which again is what sold it to me. The Solution comes as a 30ml but for the amount you need to put on it’s just enough.
I was sceptical at first to see how much it would really help, I’ve been using it for around a month putting a small amount under each eye every morning and night.
I like that the product comes in a serum form as opposed to a cream, I feel like it absorbs into the skin more. After a few applications using the serum I definitely felt like under my eyes felt softer and less dark than usual. My eyes have looked less puffy and I can’t wait to keep using this to see more results so I would say this definitely works for dark circles, I’m not 100% on it just yet but for the price tag and the effective results I can say it’s worth a try!
There’s so many more products I want to try out from this brand! Have you tried the foundation or any skin care?