The Ordinary Skincare Review

It's no surprise I absolutely love skincare. I'm always on the hunt for the next cult brand, and I recently discovered The Ordinary, which is part of the umbrella company Deciem. I've seen these straight-from-the-lab looking serum bottles all over Instagram and finally looked into the brand. What immediately sold me was their prices... pretty much everything is under $15 and they don't put any additional additives in the products; just pure, great skincare.

I wasn't even planning to buy anything when I first checked out their website, but the prices were just unreal to me. For example, the Glossier's hyaluronic serum is priced at $28, The Ordinary's (which includes 15 ml more product) is $7! So I opted to get four items; Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, and Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%. I will say that I believe you should do some research before placing an order, seeing as the names are pretty vague and the descriptions on the website are not all that helpful if you're new to this type of skincare. 


I love my priming moisturizer for the day, but I needed something a little thicker for nighttime. This is described as a surface hydration formula, which I completely understand after my first use. After applying serums/spot treatments and any lighter or thinner consistency products, I put this moisturizer on. To me it sort of feels like a 'seal' to lock everything in and make sure it all soaks into your skin. That being said, you don't need a lot of product for your whole face and it definitely feels like you have it on your skin. I don't mind it since I'm typically just going to bed after I apply it and I think it really insures that your skincare will effectively absorb into your skin.


I'd say this has the 'scariest' name of all the products I tried, and most expensive, but this one has given me the best results. This is a brightening serum with a vitamin C derivative. I use this every other night and focus it mainly where I need it. I love brightening products and figured this was a good, cheap alternative to what I was previously loving by Drunk Elephant. I had dark acne scars on my cheeks that faded after 2-3 uses from this. I initially started to use it every night, but noticed my skin started to get dry and flaky, resulting in uneven makeup application, so I switched to every other night. I use it at night because I do think it's harsh (but in an effective way) on my skin, but if you don't see any irritation and use it during the day, make sure you apply a high SPF overtop. If you have acne prone skin, uneven tone, this is for you.


I had such high hopes for this, but I still don't know if I'm in love. I've constantly used the Nivea balm for almost two years so I was trying to branch out. I have combination/oily skin and I thought the 'spreadability' would be nice when I use heavier foundations or I'm having a dry skin day. I've only used this primer with BB cream, so that might be why I look like an oil slick at the end of the day. This also has silicone in it, so it gives that feeling on the skin. I dot my foundation all over my face then add three small drops of this and mix them that way instead of applying it before my foundation. I think it really helps aid in blending and spreading, like the name of it suggests. I plan to keep trying it in different ways (different foundations, and maybe when it's not 90 degrees out) and get the hang of it. This might just be a really great cold-weather, dry skin primer, so I'll have to do an update on it.

HYALURONIC ACID %2 + B5 ($6.80)

Another all-star in this order was the hyaluronic acid serum. I put this next to my Glossier one and it's literally the same ingredients, just not the pretty purple bottle. This is a lot of product too, twice the amount as Glossier's as I mentioned previously. I use this everyday, morning and night, to add a little extra moisture to my skin. As compared to the Glossier serum, this one is much 'thicker' and stickier in consistency, not sure why that is, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. No noticeable results for this one really, maybe just a little less oily throughout the day, I just love the price/amount of product you get. I think this is a great serum for anyone to incorporate to their regimen - dry skin or oily.

I will certainly be purchasing from The Ordinary again, I consider the entire line 'dupes' for high-end, expensive skincare lines and I've seen amazing results.

If you try The Ordinary, let me know! I'd love to hear which products you choose.



  1. i have the niacinamide and the glycolic acid chemical exfoliant and love them both! i can put the niacinamide on a zit the night before and it's literally gone in the morning. i have the hyaluronic acid too, but i don't see it making that much of a difference.

  2. I love that these are so economically friendly and that there are no additives in the products. Will def have to try them soon!! Great post, Shelby :)