The Ordinary: My Honest AF Review

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When I first heard about The Ordinary, my heart skipped a beat. It was everything I wanted from a skincare company. Their products are beautiful, and claim to tackle some of the most problematic skin concerns. But, that wasn’t the best part. The best part was that it was all of that, and it was affordable.

Picking My Products

The Ordinary carries a wide range of products that tackle all kinds of skin care concerns. I definitely enjoyed browsing through their products and determining what would be best for me. A regimen guide is available for those who aren’t certain about which products to choose. Choosing products was a breeze and I definitely liked that the website designers put some time into thinking about the user experience! For under $50 total, I purchased the following:

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Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – 30ml
8.90 x 1 8.90
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Advanced Retinoid 2% – 30ml
9.80 x 1 9.80
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“Buffet” – 30ml
14.80 x 1 14.80
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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – 30ml
5.90 x 1 5.90
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100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – 30ml
9.80 x 1 9.80

Shipping was free but I did have to wait a little over a week to receive my products. Everything arrived in perfect condition and they did a great job at securely packing the products.

So far, I was loving how much care this brand puts into their customer experience.

Uses & Claims

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
    • Use: Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Advanced Retinoid 2%
    • Reduces the signs of aging.
  • “Buffet”
    • This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once.
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
    • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion.
  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
    • Has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions



First Impressions

First impressions were really positive and the product seemed so high in quality. The serums come with a dropper that screws on to seal the product and it was definitely sturdy and felt like it would last a long time.

Even after the products sat in my medicine cabinet undisturbed for a few days, the products did not lose their consistency nor did they separate. My skin is very sensitive and none of the products irritated my skin, with the exception of the Advanced Retinoid. Slight peeling did occur but that is quite normal for a product with a high percentage of retinol.

The Good

  • Alpha Arbutin was my favorite product of all. I have had this product for almost half a year now and I can definitely see an improvement in the pigmentation of my skin. Acne scars and uneven skin tone has cleared up for the most part after using this product. I have stopped using this product because my skin is so clear and I never need to use a concealer to spot treat anymore. I will definitely continue to purchase this product because my skin tends to scar from even the smallest pimple!
  • “Buffet” was my second favorite from the line up. It reminds me so much of the Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum by Lancôme. It has the same consistency and application it’s almost hard to tell the difference. I’m not sure if the claims are similar other than the fact that they are supposed to keep your skin looking smooth and young. I was using the Lancôme product but being that it is a luxury product, it’s also very pricey! Without any regrets, I happily switched over to “Buffet”. I don’t have any major wrinkles other than a few lines under my eyes and on my forehead. Forehead wrinkles haven’t gone away, but they haven’t gotten any worse. Overall, my skin is looking so glowy and bright since using this product together with the Alpha Arbutin.
  • Advanced Retinoid 2% was definitely above average. I did like that this product was very gentle and did not cause a lot of skin irritation. Although it smells like liquid latex, the quality of percentage of Retinol you get with this product is insane. At a $10 price point, this is a steal. Having used this for a few months, I have only noticed the slightest difference in my fine under eye lines. While I am loving this product for its affordability and formula, I might need to try another bottle or two before I start seeing more significant results. Hey, I said I’d be honest AF.
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has been making a name for itself in the beauty world this year. I actually bought a similar formula offered by Glossier, too, because I have been wanting to test different versions of it. So far it does what it claims to do for your skin which is to reduce redness and smooth out blemishes. My skin isn’t affected by these kinds of issues so I haven’t really gotten to test this aggressively. I have used this product on redness and areas where sebum buildup is more common and can certainly say flare ups have gone down! Will I repurchase this? For sure.

The Bad

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil was my least favorite product from this brand. Having tried so many different oils, I guess you can say there is a minimum expectations I have for oils. This oil had an odd scent that reminds me of canola cooking oil. The smallest drop of oil had difficulty melting into my skin, causing high-shine and a very slippery surface. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the light version of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil? The Rose Hip Seed Oil isn’t an ideal oil to use under makeup or even on top of it for a natural highlight. Even at an affordable price point, I could not find myself wanting to use this for multiple purposes like Josie Maran’s Light Argan Oil which melts perfectly into the skin without leaving such a high shine. For now, I am using this product on my eyebrows at night and hopefully they can help stimulate growth.

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Would I buy from The Ordinary again?

Spot concealing has become a thing of the past and I am definitely more comfortable using less foundation these days.

Glowy, even skin has become normal for me since using the Alpha Arbutin and Buffet serums.

Who needs to cover their skin when it looks something close to being perfectly spotless and bright? These two serums were definitely the most impressive and unique. Heck yea, I’m definitely going to repurchase these two serums over and over again. Most people would probably like these products for the sheer fact that they are affordable and they are superior in quality for the most part. My search for the perfect beauty oil will continue though, to say the least.

Are you thinking about purchasing from The Ordinary? Have you tried these products? Sound off in the comments below! I’m dying to hear about your experience!

The Blogista

Bay Area Millennial navigating through a digital marketing career and Sephora aisles.

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