I have drugstore makeup fatigue. Walking around a busy store, turning my hand into a paint pallet and coming home with products that make me look ashy, cakey or oily.
However, I am also bored of spending £30 pounds on one product that doesn’t even stay on for the whole day.
This is where The Ordinary come in.
Now first of all, lets talk about the buying process. I found The Ordinary through Instagram and was lead to a link to a website called DECIEM which features many unheard of brands and all their products and what not, so pretty easy. I’m not one for buying things on my phone but still, I had a little scroll through the website, just a window shop. This is my usual routine. A window shop because buying makeup over the internet is a risky little game. Especially due to the face that the social media presence made them look like a very expensive brand.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This brand wasn’t just affordable, it was cheap. Initially this lead me to think it might have been a scam but with primers at £5.50? I had to at least try it. So i added it to my basket, followed by a ‘Retanol Squaline Solution’, followed by a ‘direct acid’ and so on, you get whats happening here. My basket was full.
Then I got to foundations. Now I have never brought foundations online, like I said earlier, it’s too much of a risk. But The DECIEM Website had a very clear and helpful guide, outlining which ones had what undertone and which ones had a certain amount of coverage. And then came, what is probably their biggest selling point, the ethics and thought that has gone into every bottle. Their foundations were cruelty free, nut free, soy free, vegan, alcohol free… There’s not one person that could oppose these products because when it comes to health and ethics The Ordinary have got it full coverage covered.
I ended up buying 5 foundations. And i don’t regret it. I only use them, all other brands have taken a seat on the shelf. I use them everyday. Yes, 5 was a bit much for a first purchase, some were darker than others but at least I have a foundation for summer too now! The shades seemed to work pretty well for me, it may have been a lucky gamble but either way it was worth the purchase.
Now I’m not going to lie, as much as i LOVE these products, I’m not going to pretend that I know what Argireline Solution is and what Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip seed Oil is for, but the website gives paragraphs of scientific background and product description to inform you before you buy. Me, i didn’t read much of it before I brought but they look like they know what they’re talking about.
How did the products stack up?
Lets start with the riskiest purchases, the foundations. Whilst everyones skin is different i haven’t heard a bad review regarding the foundation. you get two options on the website, Coverage and Serum. Serum seemed a little too oily for me so I went with coverage and it gives you coverage for sure. It covers any dark areas, red areas, hyperpigmentation, everything. But without the cakey look of foundation. It looks like skin. Not only that but it blends very easily. it doesn’t dry too quickly which gives you time to go and do the whole face without having to re-apply.
If you’re looking for more of a glowy, dewy look, then I really recommend the High Spreadability Fluid Primer. You need less than a smudge to cover the whole face and it sinks straight into the skin. It creates a really nice smooth pallet for you to go straight in with the foundation.
As for the Niacinamide Solutions and all the other things i can’t pronounce., all I have to say is don’t be put off with the clinical, medicine lay out with the sciencey looking bottles, chemical percentages and periodic elements. Give the product descriptions a good look and you’ll find whats best for your skin.
But don’t just listen to me, heres a review that i love by YouTuber: Ayesha Abdul: