My First Thoughts On The Ordinary Skincare Range

My First Thoughts On The Ordinary Skincare Range - The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% & HA 2% and The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer - Review

I haven’t had these The Ordinary products for too long yet but I already felt the need to just come on here and write hi, I’m already a little obsessed with The Ordinary. Fuss-free, to the point skincare with plenty of transparency, all at a super reasonable price point? I was sold. But since trying out these two beauties, I think it’s fair to say that this brand is well worth the hype it’s been receiving.

I grabbed these two bits off Adore Beauty a little while ago and added them to my routine quick smart but couldn’t wait to report back. I feel sure I’ll be adding even more to my collection so you can expect to hear a lot more about the brand. Want to try some bits from the range for yourself? Beautylish has an incredibly informative guide about the range and what would work well for your skin concerns.

My First Thoughts On The Ordinary Skincare Range - The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% & HA 2% and The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer - Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% & HA 2%

We all know by now that I love my acids. So of course, the first thing on my wishlist from the range was their lactic acid formula. This combination of lactic acid (to exfoliate) and hyaluronic acid (to hydrate) sounded right up my alley. I added it into my routine slowly to make sure it wasn’t too much for my skin but I have been absolutely loving it. This product has Tasmanian Pepperberry in it, too, which is designed to reduce irritation associated with acidic toners. I’ve slotted it in between my Effaclar Duo and my rosehip oil.

It’s yet another product that promotes smoother, brighter skin and I’m all for it. In the couple of weeks that I’ve had it in my routine, my skin has been having a couple of hormonal breakouts. But this thin serum has been one of the main reasons that they haven’t left any scarring. It hasn’t irritated my skin and has really helped my skin look extra glow, even as we go into colder weather here in Melbourne. I love that there’s two intensities available, 10% or 5%. This way, you can try the gentler formula if you’re still getting used to acid toning.

My First Thoughts On The Ordinary Skincare Range - The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% & HA 2% and The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer - Review

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

I got very excited when I spotted some primers in the range too and grabbed the High-Spreadability Fluid option. The name itself convinced me that it was going to be awesome. As the name suggests, this product is designed to help makeup spread onto the skin, avoiding blotchy or cakey situations.

The product does have silicones in it, which normally isn’t for me. But I’ve found that this doesn’t feel heavy or pore-clogging on my skin, like a lot of others do. I simply swipe a little on and blend it out. Giving it some time to set in leaves me with smoother looking skin, prepped and ready for the next step. This has been a particularly favourite paired with a fuller coverage base. The combination ensures that it never looks cakey or dry. It’s become a quick favourite for me and I reckon it’s definitely one to check out, regardless of your skin type.

My First Thoughts On The Ordinary Skincare Range - The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% & HA 2% and The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer - Review

Needless to say, I’ve been very impressed with this skincare brand that’s seemingly appeared out of nowhere, into the spotlight. And I’m very interested in continuing to try more from the range. It’s even more exciting as the range will soon be readily available at Priceline. Next on my wishlist? The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% and of course, the wait-listed foundations that everyone’s losing their minds over.

Have you tried The Ordinary yet?

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  • Cathryn Hess

    Sure have. You really need to try Buffett it is so hydrating. Love the 2% retinoid + B5. I actually need to do an order as I am out of the 23% Vitamin C.

    • Ooh I’ve heard good things about the Buffet products! Glad to see you’ve found some favourites in the range 🙂

  • I want to try the Ordinary so badly! I’ve been holding out until it’s a bit more easily accessible though and the hype dies down, just because I really don’t need any new skincare right now… haha! Definitely want to try the retinol though especially since it’s so affordable! Definitely want to try one of their vit C serums too. I’m glad these two products are working for you!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Well it should definitely be more accessible soon, it’ll be launching at Priceline in the next couple of weeks, I hear! I’m also very interested in the Vit C serums!

  • Yes! I’ve posted about it this week: and I am totally impressed. I am keen to try the primer you mentioned next!

  • I’ve just started using the caffeine eye serum (also bought from Adore). Literally just – as in last night & this morning! I meant to take some before photos because it is meant to the nuts! Loving the price points and I heard a rumour The Ordinary might be available on the high street soon … 😀

  • I’m currently trying their Hyaluronic Acid and enjoying it so far, I love the quirky packaging! I’d like to try the Lactic Acid next as I do need to invest in a gentle exfoliator.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

  • I haven’t, but I am keen to check a few things out. There’s just so much in their range that I’m not sure where to start! I think I’d start with either the hyaluronic acid products or something with niacinamide since I know my skin likes both of those ingredients.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • It’s definitely tricky to know where to start but luckily there are a couple of useful resources on the web that can help you narrow it down, like that Beautylish one I linked to!

  • I’ve been trialling the Hyaluronic Acid, the Squalene and the Natural Moisturizing Factors and I have to say I love them all. Very effective and the price can’t be beaten especially with the rip off prices we get charged in Australia.

    I’m definitely keen to try the lactic acid but I’m currently using a BHA already every evening so I’m not sure if it’s over kill.

    • I’m glad to hear yet another rave review – this brand really seems to be impressing everyone! And you’re totally right, it’s great to see a brand bring out affordable products!

      • The only bad reviews I’ve seen so far seem to relate to one of the Vitamin C products, apparently it can feel a bit gritty. So if that’s the only complaint so far I think we’ve got a winner here!

  • Asha

    Hey Ash, did you know they have a store in Melbourne? Do check it out when you get the chance, its on Chapel street. I’m a fan of both their NMF moisturiser and the Alpha Arbutin 2%. As a WOC, I often have pigmentation problems, this combination clears it right up and quickly too! Had 2 dark spots on my cheek, within a week of regular use it started breaking up and lightening the pigmentation. And the moisturiser is a simple, hydrating, no-frills moisturiser which doesn’t break me out which is really all I expect from my moisturisers. I do wish it came in a bigger tube/bottle though!

    • Oh really?! That’s awesome! I’ll have to go and check it out! And I’m glad to hear their products are working wonders for you, I’ll have to check out those two 🙂

  • JohnandMandy Young

    I also have (and love!) the lactic + HA 🙂 I can highly recommend the Matrixyl also, and have some more The Ordinary goodies on the way (including the Niacinamide). Totally obsessed!