What’s been your experiences with the ordinary? Is it as good as more expensive serums? I want a new skincare for ageing and heard good things about this! What are the must have products in the range?
Hi boston_and_bub! I've been on the Ordinary train for the last 3-4 months and really like their products. It was so confusing when I started buying their products because they have so many different products and many do the same but also slightly different things which means you have to really know your skin type and what you are wanting to achieve from the product. I think I did like a month of research before I could figure out what I wanted to buy and even then I still wasn't sure....but I've just finished a bottle of their Buffet serum which I think is worth the price. It didn't give me results that I have gotten from more expensive brands, but I thought it was a solid serum for the price. I've been using their retinol granactive retinoid emulsion which really did wonders for my skin, but my fave product is Alpha Lipoic Acid - every time I use it, the next morning my skin is so soft and glowing. I also have their Lactic Acid 10% but found it doesn't do anything for my skin. I do love their price point and feel that they are super affordable and I've had some really good results so would definitely recommend them. I'm keen to try other products from them but there is no more room on my bathroom counter lol.
I've been using their Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (vit c) in the morning after my toning mist, and before my Hyaluronic acid serum and moisturiser, their Buffet serum at night, and every few nights their Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% before using a heavier night cream over the top. My skin is looking great. My least favourite is the Buffet, just because I have other night serums I prefer, and the Retinoid is my favourite. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I also use their serum foundation for a really light coverage and I LOVE it. I literally apply it with my fingers like a serum and it smooths everything out leaving my skin looking dewy and healthy. For the price and quality, I think TO are definitely worth checking out, but I agree with Eskimo82 about researching which products to use as it can get really confusing. Adore Beauty have some helpful info on their site about picking the right ones and how to layer them together.
Hey boston-and-bub there is a huge BH forum post on The Ordinary that has been going on for a while, you should give that a flick through.
I am unsure how to add the url link but in the BH search bar type in The Ordinary and click on forum posts, you should see it come up =)
I have only just jumped onto The Ordinary train, I am using their granactive retanoid 2% and so far so good =)
The Ordinary thread: https://www.beautyheaven.com.au/forums/skincare/the-ordinary-the-brand-we-need-to-talk-about?page=29#comment-4345729
I use the Matrixyl 10% + HA for 6 months and have recently bought the buffet. I use both in the morning under my sunscreen 2 drops of each mixed. I prefer the Matrixyl one because its more hydrating. I also have the glycolic toner 7% and use it as a dupe for alpha h's liquid gold twice per week. I also use it on my arms to treat keratosis (chicken skin)!
Never heard of it until now but a few people have mentioned good things about it.
I love the ordinary and I get my information from Wayne Goss, I would highly recommend him. He has a youtube channel and talks about them all the time, I love the Hyaluronic and lactic acid too.
I have the caffeine product for under eye puffiness but I don't really think it has made much of a difference. I would like to try their products for antiaging and uneven skin tone but there are so many to choose from it's hard to know where to start.
The niacinamide + zinc serum is fantastic, it really helped fade my acne scars and prevent more break outs.
I use the AHA + BHA peeling solution and I love it! My skin always looks really fresh and radiant right after using it and I find it improves the texture of my skin and helps with controlling breakouts. I would definitely say this is as effective as similar higher end products. I used to use Dr Dennis Gross' Peel Pads but thought I'd give this a try as there is a significant price difference and I find The Ordinary to be just as effective. If you haven't used chemical exfoliants before I would recommend using something less strong and working your way up as this is quite strong
I love the vitamin c and retinoid!
I am liking the retanoid 2% so far, the ordinary AHA and lipoic acids are next on my list!
Thanks everyone for your comments. I’m also finding it hard to start with which products to try (being so many) but some great advice here!
Same here, I'm finding it SO daunting. And a lot of articles and videos that attempt to explain it kind of almost make it more intimidating for me because they so often know EXACTLY what they're talking about and I end up still feeling like I don't know enough to understand what to pick and not pick up. This thread is amazingly helpful!
I just got onto the adore beauty website to have a look myself and I am sooo confused! I have no idea what to get and I don't want to use 101 products either! But given the other forums and if The Ordinary are not supplying anymore I don't want to get something I may not be able to get down the track.
I bought The Buffet and the Granactive Retinoid % Emulsion yesterday. Am going to use up some other products I have first before I try them.
I wonder why The Ordinary is not listed on beautyheaven given it is so widely available.
Yes and a lot of beauties love their products, they should definitely join up!
It depends on whether they want to spend on advertising.
Estée Lauder and some of their other brands are on here so there is hope!
They've never really paid for PR - the wild success of their brand originally derived from a rapidfire word of mouth. Therefore it makes little sense to pay to be listed on BH when so many people are giving their opinion on their brand on every social platform for free. The management of their social media alone is effective enough for them to engage with their existing customer base and potential new customers.
I saw Ordinary products appearing at the local Priceline recently! I thought they were online only?!
Only a limited range are available at Priceline, Myer and David Jones. They've been available there for a few years now.
Deciem also have brick and mortar stores in Melbourne and Sydney. I don't know about Sydney as I am based in Melbourne, but the Melbourne store is located in South Yarra.
This was a nice product and a great buy for those on a budget.
Absorbed well on skin and not sticky in texture. Alcohol free so works well on sensitive skin. Provides hydration.
Thank you to BeautyHeaven and Olay for the opportunity to trial this product.
Used this product and it helped keep my skin hydrated. Texture is smooth.
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