23 Nov 2017

Brand Focus: The Ordinary

The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Ordinary is one of those brands that every blogger and their mum seems to have been talking about for an age now, with purse-friendly prices for an array of skin types and tones. It's nice to see so much variety from a brand that doesn't cost the earth, and now that they've opened a brand spanking new counter in Glasgow's House of Fraser I feel like they're going to be quickly taking over my collection. The counter is home to products from both The Ordinary and their sister brands, all of which fall under the Deciem umbrella. I've become more inclined to shop online over the past year - which I'm putting down to my laziness - but for the most part, I feel much more comfortable seeing things in the flesh before I buy, especially when it comes to things like foundations! I hadn't expected to see Deciem bringing their brand to Glasgow so soon, but I'm really excited that they have.

I was very kindly sent a selection of products to try out from The Ordinary in celebration of their arrival in Glasgow, but true to form, I couldn't resist picking up a few bits myself too! I'm a big fan of the clean, crisp packaging and love how the overall brand flows throughout the range. In some cases, the consistency can be a bit annoying, as the packaging is nearly identical on many of the products. This can be a tad confusing if, like me, you're not a morning person and don't pay enough attention to the bottles you're picking up in the dark winter mornings. I'm the kind of person who has accidentally used hairspray instead of deodorant, or vice versa, so it would be handy to have a way to clearly differentiate the products.

Apart from that minor niggle, I'm pretty impressed. Let's dive in and have a look at some of the products I've been trying out recently...

The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Serum Foundation

I'd been trying to get my paws on this foundation for a while, but struggled to find my shade in stock because of the sheer hype surrounding it. One day, when scrolling through ASOS, I decided to have a quick look and see if it was in stock again. Lo and behold, it was, and I popped it into my basket... alongside a few other treats, too. This is a lightweight to medium coverage foundation, with a range of 21 shades available. It comes in a pump bottle, which disperses the ideal amount of this super lightweight formula with ease. It's incredibly runny, so could easily be a bit messy, but this makes it incredibly light on the skin. It blends with ease and has a very natural finish, with the coverage sitting on the lighter side, but still being more substantial than the likes of a BB cream. You only need a little bit to cover your whole face, and it doesn't aggravate my dry skin. It's not the longest lasting, but it manages a full day for me and that's all I need! For £6, I'm seriously impressed, especially when comparing to other foundations at a similar price point. It's the best match I've found for my super pale skin without having to go high-end, which is always a bonus.

The High Adherence Silicone Primer

I'm not usually a big fan of silicone primers these days, but when I saw this for a cool £3.90 I figured it couldn't hurt to try! My dry skin has been awful lately and my usual primer hasn't been smoothing my skin quite as much as I'd like, so I thought this might be the answer. The formula is a little denser than I like from my primers, but a little goes a long way, and it's actually really hydrating. I don't find that it makes any visible difference to the overall appearance of my skin before adding my base products, but it does make a big difference to how my makeup applies. My foundation looks a lot smoother, and now glides across the dry patches where it would typically drag and cake with ease. Much to my surprise, this primer hasn't broken me out at all, and it doesn't feel like there's an extra layer choking my skin. It's not my all time favourite, that accolade goes to the Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm - but it's pretty damn close! For £3.90 you can't really go wrong with this, so it's one I'd definitely pick up again as my backup primer. 

The Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

This has been one of the most surprising products for me, and is probably one of my favourites of the lot. My skin can be seriously fussy with moisturisers, and despite being ridiculously dry it hates dense, thick moisturisers with a passion. Fun! Although this is quite a thick moisturiser, it's not greasy in the slightest, and it delivers the perfect amount of hydration for my parched skin without causing it to break out. I think the reason my skin loves this so much is that it contains Hyaluronic Acid, which is something I tend to look for in my skincare products as I know it works well for me. I can happily use this morning and night, knowing that it'll give my skin the moisture it needs. It's so handy to have just one product that covers the bases for travelling! I'm pretty besotted with this now, and with the 30ml tube sitting at £4.90, or the 100ml tube costing just £6.80, I know I'll be repurchasing.

The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I'd heard brilliant things about the Niacinamide formula, and it's supposed to be brilliant for clearing up blemishes and reducing skin congestion. This isn't a massive issue for me (luckily!) but I do struggle with hormonal breakouts, which is where I bring this guy into my routine. I use this as a serum at night when I can feel the tell-tale signs of an impending breakout, and it usually clears it up before it even begins. It is a bit drying for regular use, particularly with my dry skin, but I think it would be great for those with oilier complexions. When paired with the Salicylic Acid Solution, this is the perfect blemish-busting treatment, but I have to use it sparingly so as to avoid drying my skin out too much.

The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

I knew that I'd like this before I'd even opened the box, because like I mentioned earlier, my skin is a big fan of Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is brilliant for hydration, as it can attract up to a thousand times its weight in the form of water. This formulation benefits from a variety of molecular weights for the ultimate penetration of your skin, boosting hydration with the added benefit of Vitamin B5 for good measure. I use this morning and night, without fail, and my skin is looking better for it. Despite the bitter winds and plague of heating drying out my skin, it's looking plump and hydrated all day long. The serum is quite watery in texture, making it easy to apply to your skin, but it does have a slightly sticky finish for a while after application. A little goes a long way, like with all of the other products from The Ordinary, and at £5.90 a bottle it's definitely one to pick up if you're plagued by dry skin like me.

The Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

It took me a while to get to grips with the Salicylic Acid solution, and at first, I hated it. This is focused on fighting blemishes and boosting the clarity of your skin, and can be used either all over the face or as a targeted spot treatment. My mistake was jumping straight in at the deep end and slathering it all over my face, which gave me some of the driest skin I've ever experienced. It was not pretty. Now, I've switched to using it as a spot treatment when required, and I've seen much better results. This is a great way to keep on top of pesky hormonal breakouts, reducing them drastically overnight and clearing them up quickly. It's less than £5 for the 30ml bottle, which I think is incredible value for money, and well worth having in your collection if you struggle with blemishes and breakout prone skin.

The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
The Ordinary Deciem Brand Focus Review Skincare Make Up | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Now that I've got to grips with these products, I'd love to put some more to the test. I've been experimenting with using more retinoids in my skincare routine this year and have been really impressed with the results, so I might pick up some of The Ordinary's retinoid range in the near future to see how they fare. Ranging from £4.20 to £11.90, it's a great price point for bringing effective ingredients into your routine.

Overall, I'm really impressed with what I've tried so far. Obviously, I've been testing out products that are geared towards drier skin like mine, so I can't speak for how the range would fair for oilier complexions, but I'd definitely recommend testing them out. My favourite thing about The Ordinary has to be their price point, with the range sitting at quite an affordable point in the market, making it a fantastic way to try out some new products and formulations without breaking the bank. I think it's a brilliant starting point for figuring out a decent skincare routine, as you can easily experiment with different styles and ingredients to find what best suits your skin.


Have you tried anything from The Ordinary yet?


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