Beauty Brand Lowdown – The Ordinary Review

About a month ago I purchased 3 products from The Ordinary. The much anticipated, unusually low price brand that falls under Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company. I have used all 3 products for the past 3ish weeks and am here to give my final verdict!


Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company began it’s humble beginnings back in 2013 with just 1 product in 1 market. Four years on and they have grown substantially, operating 10 major beauty brands that have been all the hype on social media. But today, we’ll focus on cult favourite brand, The Ordinary.

If you don’t know, The Ordinary launched their skincare line and foundation (which has a 25,000 person waiting list in Australia) back in September. It has grown to be an incredibly successful brand due to it’s unique formulation, simple packaging and extremely low prices. All of The Ordinary products are free from animal testing (in fact, Deciem brands does not test on animals at all), free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury and oxybenzone.

As much as I wanted to try all 27 products in the range, I ended up purchasing just 3 so I can get a little taste. I made an order off Adore Beauty for:

  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – $12.90
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – $9.80
  • The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer – $8.80

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

As you may or may not know, I have combination/oily skin that is dehydrated – this means that my skin gets oily in the t-zone but can feel drying during the winter. I guess it can also mean that my skin is unbalanced that’s why it’s extremely difficult to find products that will fit perfectly into my skincare regimen. When it comes to beauty, I am definitely more makeup than skincare however I want to venture into skincare because that’s where everything beauty stems from. If you have bad skin, your makeup will look bad no matter how expensive your foundation and concealer is. When I picked up The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, I was confused but curious. I had heard a lot about Hyaluronic Acid and the wonders it can make on your skin.

So first, what is hyaluronic acid and why does our skin need it? Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan which is just a fancy name for an essential natural substance that is a youth-supporting part of the skin. It’s purpose is simply to hold a big amount of moisture for the skin. For the inner layer of our skin, 0.85g of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 liters of water. However it can do this without giving the skin too much water. So why is it so great for the skin? When we are in our teens or 20’s, our skin can retain moisture and water extremely well however as our skin matures, it loses this ability. For the outer layer of our skin, hyaluronic acid helps it to be firm, plump and supple.

When I first used The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, I applied a few drops to the face and massaged it in. There is a slight tackiness to the finish however still comfortable on the skin. For about 3 and a half weeks, I used this twice a day, after cleansing the skin and before moisturising. I truly felt a difference in my skin. The biggest thing I noticed was my skin no longer had dry patches like it would in winter and it was no longer as greasy throughout the day. I was able to apply my makeup on afterwards with no problems at all. I now have about a week’s worth of use before I run out and I’ll definitely be using this and making my mum use it too!

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Next is the moisturiser. It’s hard to find a good moisturiser that works for my skin – it’s either too hydrating and enters oily zone or it’s not hydrating enough and gives my skin dry patches. Or it can be too heavy on the skin making my foundation application uneven. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA already includes hyaluronic acid among many other great ingredients – I assume you wouldn’t need the Hyaluronic Acid if you were to use this but I used both together and nothing bad happened!

This moisturiser includes 11 amino acids:

  • Phospholipids
  • Alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids
  • Triglycerides
  • Sterols and sterol esters
  • Glycerin
  • Ceramide precursors
  • Urea
  • Saccharides
  • Sodium PCA
  • Hyaluronic Acid

Okay, so a bit overwhelming right? But all these amino acids are so good for the skin. The balance of all these ingredients help to retain the moisture in our skin and hydrates without making it greasy. I really enjoyed using this twice a day and now that it’s reached the end of the tube, I’m definitely happy to fork out $9.80 for another one. The texture is a light-weight mousse consistency which feels feather-like on the face! The only negative thing I have to say about it, is the packaging makes it hard for me to really squeeze out what’s left! Other than that, a definite re-buy.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

I wear makeup almost every single day of the week (minus Sundays where I let it breathe). So to find a good primer is important. A primer is used to create a barrier between the skin and the makeup and also allows for smoother makeup application. Primers tend to fill in the pores and fine lines in the face however congesting the pores tend to lead to a breakout. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer does not block the pores, it simply creates that barrier and smooth base for foundation. If you like a blurring primer, this is definitely not for you.

I find that primers that leave a tacky finish work best for me as the foundation really adheres to it and lasts all day which is exactly what this one does. I’ve used this primer with many different foundations and I think it works extremely well with my Estee Lauder Double Wear and doesn’t work so well with the Urban Decay All-Nighter foundation. Find what works for you! The packaging of this is similar to the moisturiser so when it gets to the end of the tube, it’s hard to completely finish the bottle. The texture of the primer is light and very thin, a little goes a long way. The Ordinary also have the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer which I have yet to try but will definitely get on it!

I can’t wait to try out all 27 products from The Ordinary range because so far, I’m truly impressed. Have you tried any products from The Ordinary? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


*Products were purchased with my own money – all opinions are based on my own experience and are 100% genuine. Please remember that before using any products, do your research and consult with your doctors.


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  1. I got myself 6 products a few weeks ago and am in love with them so far! Will be trying to convert all my friends & family as I’ve never experienced such high quality at low prices. Love love love xx

    Thanks for the great article!