May 052017

The beauty world is a-buzz about The Ordinary Skincare, a subdivision of Deciem which is housed in Canada. The brand was started to essentially hack the world of high-priced skincare with effective formulations that sell at an extraordinary price point–many formulations are under $10. As the website says, “The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices.” The line is free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. For many of us who are used to paying in the range of $60 to several hundred, this idea is a breath of fresh air. Certainly a shelf of high-end products quickly escalates. The concept that The Ordinary offers clinical formulations at below-drugstore prices is quite attractive. The line ships from their own website as well as from Beautylish.

I tried a few products from their line to see how I thought the line stacks up against a higher-end experience. To jump to the conclusion, I found that several of their products are quite effective. However, I noticed a lack of refinement in a few areas that users of high-end products are likely to notice, and one that just didn’t seem to stack up at all.

First up is The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% ($5.80). This white cream definitely delivers the Vitamin C. It didn’t take more than a week for my skin to look better, brighter and more fabulous. As you likely know, Vitamin C is a tried-and-true active ingredient that works well for anti-aging. The ingredient list offers Ascorbic Acid (another name for Vitamin C) as the first ingredient, followed by squalene (an anti-oxidant). Click to enlarge–

The actives are delivered in a highly emollient white cream in a travel-friendly squeeze tube. For those who have experienced dry skin with typical Vitamin C serums, this may be welcome news. Unfortunately, the cream has some white lumps in it (which seems to dissolve as you apply it) and a very distinctive (not very pleasant) scent. For me, the cream was too moisturizing to wear under foundation and it felt quite heavy. You might not notice any of these qualities if you wear it overnight, but be forewarned those with clog-prone skin may tread cautiously because this formula is on the heavy side.

One product that really delivered was The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70), a water-based serum that firms and tightens the undereye area. We all know that caffeine can get rid of puffiness tout de suite, and this one delivers on that score.

Delivered in a glass bottle with a serum pipette, a 1/2 drop under each eye wakes up the undereye area all day long.

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