The Ordinary: Makeup Musings!

The Ordinary: Makeup Musings!

Hey everyone!

I’m extremely late to The Ordinary hype, I know. I’m really quite late to all the beauty releases recently but hey, I’m not exclusively a beauty blogger anymore so it doesn’t matter all that much. I am currently trying out some of their skincare too which you’ll be seeing a post on in the near future. Skincare needs quite a bit longer to test in my opinion, to really see if it works and if there’s any longer term reactions/effects.

I wasn’t going to originally try any makeup products yet but on the Deciem site you had to spend a certain amount to get free shipping. I know what you’re thinking, that old chestnut eh. But really, if I’m going to be forking out for shipping, I’d rather spend a pound or two more and get an extra product or two out of it and get it free. It’s logic, right? (Excuse me whilst I justify my unhealthy spending habits). Anyway, here are the two makeup products I picked up and my thoughts on them.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer // £3.90 for 30ml

I was in two minds whether to purchase this as it seems like a love/hate kind of product. All the reviews I read were claiming it was either incredible or throw-away-after-first-use terrible. I didn’t want to go for the fluid primer as when I’ve used more liquid primers before, they haven’t been effective due to me having large pores. As the price was pretty decent and some of the reviews absolutely raved about the product, I decided to just go for it and add it to my basket.

Applying this primer, I was really excited as the texture was silky and it didn’t feel too thick at all. I was expecting it to be more like the consistency of The Body Shops Instablur. Personally I find the Instablur far too heavy and clogging for my skin but this one felt just right. Aswell as having a lovely texture, it felt quite weightless too which I was also really impressed by. Although the feel of my skin was a hell of a lot nicer and softer, I can’t say it did all that much for the appearance of it. A lot of the reviews said it was a really nice product to wear on a “no makeup” day to soften the appearance of the skin and smooth over pores but I personally didn’t feel it did this for me which is a shame.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (Shade 1.0 NS) // £5.90 for 30ml

I originally wanted to get the serum foundation as since I’ve been having skin problems, wearing heavy foundation is a death trap. Even though I would like to cover it up as much as possible, it’s just not worth it. It clogs up my skin and makes it even worse in the long run. They were out of stock of the serum foundation in my shade when purchasing so I thought I’d chuck this is in anyway as I might end up pleasantly surprised. Instead of opting for the Shade 1.0 N, I thought the NS sounded more interesting as it said it had silver highlights in. The use of this is that it’s meant to add highlight to the skin by using “natural looking and exceptionally fine dispersions of metallic effect pigments”. Sounds super fancy and intriguing!

So I applied this how I apply all my foundations, with a trusty old egg sponge. Honestly, every damn thing about this foundation was awful. I don’t say this a lot as I always look for the best in all products. This truly was appalling, it sank into all my pores, in places I didn’t even know I had them, despite me wearing The Ordinary primer too.

It’s literally called “coverage foundation” and it couldn’t even cover my redness let alone any blemishes. I thought the consistency of it was quite thin for a foundation that was supposed to be good coverage too. I also ordered the neutral shade and it was really quite yellow. I have yellow-ish toned skin and it was even too yellow for me despite being called a neutral shade.

Unfortunately, this really didn’t pay off. These products were quite honestly a massive waste of time and money. I’m honestly really gutted as I had such high hopes for them and was hoping to find my new cruelty-free holy grail foundation. Such a huge shame but it’s a brand I know isn’t right for me makeup-wise in future.

Have you tried any makeup from The Ordinary and did it work out for you?

’Til Next Time,


  1. 20th June 2018 / 8:35 am

    I totally agree with you on the foundation it’s terrible barely lasts an hour and covers nothing – the serum one is even worse and I chucked it after 2 uses!

    I do however love the primer, I think I’m on my fourth bottle of it now and their skincare range is so good and so cheap!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:49 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! It’s so odd as I’ve heard so many people absolutely love it!? I seem to be getting on with the skincare so far – I may try the primer with a different foundation before deciding to pass it on as it does feel nice on my skin!

  2. 20th June 2018 / 9:18 am

    They seem like they’ve been overhyped… probably gonna stay away from trying them!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:48 pm

      I’ve seen so many people loving the foundation so I’m baffled by this! Skincare review will be up in a week or two x

  3. 20th June 2018 / 10:26 am

    I’ve never tried their makeup or skincare! I thought they’d be really good but perhaps not! I might be more inclined to buy the skincare products though if they’re any better – I’ll wait for your review on that one though ?

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:47 pm

      Yeah I’m a little disappointed, the skincare seems to be quite decent so far but I can definitely say I won’t be purchasing anymore makeup from them! X

  4. 20th June 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I quite liked the serum foundation, but I do have very dry skin so I prefer my foundations much more liquidy and “shiny”. I really rate their serums also my favourite being buffet.

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:46 pm

      I have been getting on quite well with the skincare but the makeup not so much haha! I was just surprised at how different it was compared to what it claimed on the box!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:45 pm

      It’s such a shame but they just didn’t work for me! X

  5. 21st June 2018 / 7:31 pm

    I felt the same about that foundation!! It moved around my face a lot and just felt pretty crap! I wouldn’t bother trying any more of their makeup – they should stick to skincare ? great post as always lovely❤️❤️

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:45 pm

      It’s mad isn’t it!? I was so disappointed ? I don’t think I will after this! Thanks Gaby ?

  6. 21st June 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I’m one of the people who think the primer doesn’t work at all.
    I might not be much help (but you never know), but did you try the foundation with another primer? I have it too, I agree it’s really yellow.

    Love xxx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      22nd June 2018 / 10:44 pm

      I’ll have to try both of them with different products as they are horrendous together haha ? it’s crazy how yellow it is! Xxx

      • 22nd June 2018 / 10:56 pm

        I’ve tried that combination and I agree lol

  7. 22nd June 2018 / 11:06 pm

    I always see these products and think “I must try these soon” and never do, maybe I won’t waste my money on them! Interesting because they always catch my eye when I’m shopping Xx

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