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?