The Ordinary, a brand by Deciem, has been making the rounds in the beauty community recently. Their skincare line is all about minimalistic packaging & focuses on the pure ingredients, meaning a lower price for their consumer. They’ve also recently released their first ‘proper’ (aka not a primer) makeup item – the Ordinary Colours Foundation. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the few products I’ve tried – what’s worth it & what isn’t!
High Adherence Silicone Primer– now I’ve heard a lot of people raving about this, and I personally have mixed opinions. It doesn’t feel at all like a traditional Silicone Primer which I absolutely love. It blurs my pores incredibly well – in fact I’d go as far as to say it’s the best I’ve tried to date. So yes it does blur and smooth, however used all over the face I find my makeup doesn’t last as long as when I use my Mecca Cosmetics Hydrating Primer, and it also doesn’t do all that well in holding back the oil in my nose, whereas the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue is the best for this. This works best for me targeted to the areas where my pores are more prominent, combined with other primers, however for those with more normal skin this is a product best suited to you!
Hyaluronic Acid 2%– now this stuff is good. Granted I’ve only been using it for a week, but when you notice a difference in your skin after a week it’s a sign a product is good. My skin is drying out in the cooler weather and this has bounced it back to life. It’s definitely helped to make my cheeks softer and has made the drier patches around my mouth & eyebrows all but disappear – and that’s the only new product I’ve tried in this time so I know that’s it ! Highly recommend this one.
Salicylic Acid 2%– this one I wasn’t a fan of. I didn’t find it helped control oil, nor did it assist with reducing the size of pimples. Pretty simply, for me this did nothing, and it’s one I wouldn’t recommend purchasing.
The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation– the release of this was a major kerfuffle – huge hype, thousands of people on the waiting list and a totally underfilled stock level – I waited five weeks with no communication for mine until it one day arrived in the mail – no shipping email, nothing. The website said two weeks, so that was a big let down to start with. I got the shade 1.0NS – Neutral with Silver Highlights. This is the palest shade that they stock at this stage, and suits me quite well being currently just lighter than a Mac NC15 – they definitely need lighter shades, but so does basically every brand!
The foundation claims to be high coverage – I’d call it medium. Buildable, but not to a full coverage. For me full coverage is the Estée Lauder Double Wear – I don’t need a concealer with it. So for me, it’s Medium. I’ve applied it in a bunch of different ways – flat top brush, Beauty Blender, paddle brush & an oval brush and have found that an oval brush definitely helps give it the fullest coverage the quickest. It lasts fairly well on my skin – the coverage fades a little towards the end of the day and shows my pores worse at the end of the day, and it holds up for about 4 hours without blotting on my nose – which granted isn’t too bad, but I’ve got ones that last a bit longer.
Overall – I’m neither here nor there about the foundation. Unless you’ve got perfect skin there’s no way you’d consider it full coverage, the lasting time is okay & the shade range isn’t the best for super pale girls. If you’re wanting to buy it, I’d recommend holding off until the hype dies down in a month or so, so you don’t wait as long as I had to!
That’s my full and honest review – paid for and tested by yours truly. There are some great products, and a couple that I’m not convinced are worth the hype. If you’re wanting to form your own opinion, you can purchase The Ordinary Products from Beautylish, Adore Beauty and the Deciem website.