Hey guys! How’s it going?! WARNING: LONG REVIEW. I hope you brought a snack.
A very good friend of mine had been RAVING about The Ordinary and what wonderful things it has been doing for her skin. She recommended some products that I should try and of course, for the price, I had to give them a try! I’ve been really into skincare the last year or so and recently my acne had gotten worse (just when I thought I hard started to get rid of it – It came back with a VENGEANCE!!!) so I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. I picked up all of these products from theordinary.com
I picked up: The Serum Foundation, The Coverage Foundation, Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% +Zinc 1%, and the AHA 30% +BHA 2% Peeling Solution.
While reading about their skincare I also discovered they had two foundations that when first released, had a 25,000 person waitlist!!!! WOAH! How had I never heard about these?!
Lets talk about the foundations first! The foundations come in 21 shades and are broken down into categories and undertones. In the Coverage Foundation I chose 1.1P (fair w/ pink undertones) and in the Serum Foundation I chose 1.1N (fair with neutral undertones). I’m pretty fair in the fall/ winter and these both seemed like a good match. I normally grab neutral foundations but I do tend to lean more pink and this one isn’t overly pink. I’m pretty happy with the shades I chose.
The Serum Foundation is very thin (almost runny) and offers a lightweight medium-coverage formula. It can easily be build up to achieve pretty moderate coverage without being cakey. This foundation is oil and alcohol free and offers a semi matter coverage.
The Coverage Foundation is much thicker but not as thick as foundations such a KVD Lock It (my holy grail). This foundation is very full coverage also with a semi matter coverage. It also has a smooth finish to that helps avoid a cakey finish. This foundation is also oil and alcohol free.
I’ve been wearing these both for about a week. I’ve tried them on their own, mixed together, and mixed with other foundations. I’ve worn them over the Smashbox Photofinish Primer and I ALWAYS set with a powder because of how oily I am, plus I generally wear my makeup for at least 12 hours during the week.
Surprisingly I actually prefer the Serum Foundation. While they both wore really well, the Serum Foundation just looked better on my skin. The coverage foundation covered really well but I did think it clung just a little around some of my dry patches on heeling acne, nothing too terribly but it is something I noticed. The foundations did not sink into my lines and did not wear off funny.
Honestly – I love mixing the two together. They’re the perfect coverage and texture when worn together. Doesn’t cling to any patches, provides good coverage, wear really well considering the length of time I wear it, and it does really well at keeping my semi-matte. I don’t think I get overly oily and only have to touch up once MAYBE twice at the very end of the day. I’m currently on hour 5 and not having any issues with wear.
Ok – On to skincare!!
The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling solution seems to always be sold out! So of course when I saw it was in stock I had to grab it. This peel exfoliates the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance while helping to clear pore congestion. It is also suppose to help fight blemishes and reduce the look of fine lines with continued use.
This peels is bright red and honestly it looks a little scary. You’re also not suppose to use this more than twice per week and it is recommended to use at night as it may leave you a little flushed. I do notice that it slightly burns but not overly so – I’m not extremely sensitive to pain or burning from skincare. I found it very tolerable but if you can’t handle a very slight sensation stay away from this.
My skin feels amazing after using this and I can’t wait to see results after continued use!
The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. I apply this before other serums or skincare so my skin can soak it up.
The Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA reduces the look of spots and hyper pigmentation. I apply this right after the Niacinamide/ Zinc serum and follow with Belif Aqua Bomb Moisturizer.
I noticed that some of my texture is starting to disappear; however, I did start to break out a little more on my chin the 3 days immediately following the initial use of these. This could be due to the treatments starting to purge my skin but these breakouts are already shrinking. Overall, my skin feels great and I’ll keep you updated on continued use of these products!
Coverage Foundation $6.90
Serum Foundation $6.70
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling solution $7.20
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% $5.90
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA $8.90
You can not beat these prices!! I highly suggest checking out some of their products. If you’ve tried any products from The Ordinary please let me know your suggestions!