The first time that I heard about The Ordinary was in 2017. Back that time, I read a lot of reviews and comments about how the brand’s products were great and had a very good price. However, I only had the opportunity to put my hands on its products in 2018 when I moved to Canada. Then, I bought seven different products to see if they were really wonderful as the reviews said, and I used for three straight months before to give my final word. I’m gonna start with what the brand says, followed by my opinion and which ones are my favourites.
This one was the first and the most expensive The Ordinary’s product that I bought (14.80 CAD). According to the brand, Buffet’s formula “combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once.” This combination includes peptides, probiotics and hyaluronic acid complexes. Besides that, Buffet is silicone-free, alcohol-free and gluten-free. The directions say to apply to the entire face in the AM and PM skin routine, always after cleaning.
The Buffet is a fluid, slightly gelatinous serum that has a very easy application as it spreads well on the skin. It has no smell and didn’t give me any allergy. It leaves a slightly sticky sensation on the skin that disappears after applying the other products. I used it as the first step in my morning and evening skincare routine. However, I have to say that I didn’t notice much difference, so I didn’t repeat the purchase.
The Glycolic Acid is a toning solution that exfoliates the skin. According to The Ordinary, the alpha hydroxy acid offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and clarity. “The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use,” says the brand. Additionally, Glycolic Acid’s formula contains Amino Acids, Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Tasmanian Pepperberry. The directions say to use only once per day, ideally in the evening routine. It’s also recommended to use sun protection and limit sun exposure while using the product and for a week afterwards.
I bought this one to solve my husband’s acne problem but turned out great on my sensitive skin as well. Even though the Glycolic Acid’s exfoliation is gentle, I only used twice per week, and the product really worked. It was visible how it lightened my acne blemishes and helped to dry the pimples. The smell is very soft and the 240ml bottle only costs 8.70 CAD. Thus, it’s a good investment once lasts for so long. I definitely repeated the purchase of this one.
This is an organic, cold-pressed oil that helps to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions. According to The Ordinary, the Rose Hip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid and pro-vitamin A, “all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat.” The cold-pressed process also guarantees the quality of the product and its efficiency. The directions say to use once per day, ideally at bedtime and after application of other treatments.
This stuff was amazing for my dark circles, leaving them more hydrated and soft. The Rose Hip Seed Oil also helped me with some dried parts in my body and some scars that I have. The smell didn’t border me once it’s a natural scent. The price is also very good, only 9.90 CAD, and lasts for so long. Besides that, it’s alcohol and silicone-free.
This is a mineral UV filter formula that offers SPF protection, hydration, antioxidant and anti-irritant support. According to the brand, the formula is non-comedogenic, suitable for all skin tones and remains extremely lightweight by optimizing the amount of the blocking agents. Additionally, the formulation is aggressive radicals free, protects biological membranes and supports the skin response to UV exposure. The directions say to shake well before use and apply to face 15 to 20 minutes before UV exposure. It’s also necessary to reapply every two hours or after water exposure, towel-drying, swimming or extensive perspiration.
I have to say that this is a very good UV filter. Didn’t give me allergy or pimples and has an okay smell that disappears after applied. The price is another good thing, only 9.70 CAD, and had become my daily sun protection. The only issue that I had was the colour, a little bit too grey for my taste. Even after spread it very well, I still could see some grey tone on my face, a not good thing for the no-makeup days. However, the colour totally disappears after to put some makeup, so it works for me.
Now, let’s see my top three The Ordinary’s products.
The third-place goes to Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. A high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish that reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. According to The Ordinary, “a high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.” The directions say to apply to the entire face morning and evening before heavier creams. Additionally, Niacinamide is also an effective ingredient for brightening skin tone.
I love this product and I use it as my first skincare routine step, AM and PM. I always have a “little magic bottle” of this because really worth every 5.90 CAD that I pay. You read it right, this amazing product costs less than six dollars. It’s impossible not love it. As I mentioned, I use Niacinamide in the morning and at bedtime, before my other skin products to have smoother and brighter skin. It also helped me with my spots, which are now almost gone.
The second place goes to Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. My second favourite one that costs 9.60 CAD and worth every penny. According to The Ordinary, the water-free solution contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing “without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.” But beware, since retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation, sunscreen becomes necessary. Besides that, pregnant or lactating women can’t use it.
I have to confess that this product was a great surprise for me. First, because it is an oil and was the first oil that I have used, so I was afraid to make my acne even worse. Second, because it does a lot of what it promises, and I could see the reduction of my lines. This stuff improved my skin appearance and made my makeup, finally, lasts long. I use only a small amount as the final step on my evening routine, washing off in the morning before my AM treatments.
The first place goes to Hyaluronic Acid (HA) 2% + B5. This is my favourite of all, and I already lost the number of bottles that I have used. Additionally, it’s always my first choice when a have to give a gift to someone that I like. This “magic in a bottle” thing only costs 6.80 CAD, and it worked for me like no other treatment I had ever tried before, including the very expensive ones.
According to the brand, this is a “hydration support formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid.” The formula combines “low-, medium- and high-molecular-weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer” at a 2% concentration and vitamin B5 to enhances surface hydration. The directions say to apply a few drops to face AM and PM before creams.
I can only say that really works and it’s amazing. Despite its acid name, it does act as a moisturizer and does not cause peeling or blemishes on the skin. Its texture is like a thicker serum, which is best applied with pats, not rubbing the product. I use it on my face and neck in the morning and at bedtime.