Coming in Hot with The Ordinary Bargains

Deciem caused quite a stir last year when they released The Ordinary, a skincare line offering active ingredients at drug store prices. Deciem’s founder is a marketing genius, and I don’t fault him for it one bit. Brandon has tapped into the heart of his market, other brands could learn a thing or two from his brilliant campaigns.

The Ordinary’s position is to offer quality skincare formulas, like Retinol or Vitamin C, at a price point anyone can afford. For example, you could add Retinol 1% to your routine for $6.70. Yes, $6.70! In its self, that’s amazing! Creating worthwhile products everyone can afford is monumental in this industry, it’s nice to see a brand doing so.

I purchased several serums, and most of them are just fine. I wasn’t blown away by any formulas, I just couldn’t get excited by them. However, I’ve been suggesting these to clients who need a budget friendly option. Sometimes using an affordable option is better than using nothing at all, but there are few out there I’m willing to suggest. If your skincare budget is limited, The Ordinary is better than many drug store offerings. Like RoC Skincare… don’t put that crap on your face, k? 


So! The Ordinary haul….


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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90) has worked well as a spot treatment for acne and reducing scars, and I may even repurchase. It’s the only serum from the haul I’m close to finishing. Being the only Niacinamide product I’ve used, though I have nothing to compare to. If you have any product suggestions share, please!!

Advanced Retinoid 2% ($9.80) was fine, but I prefer Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5% results by comparison. When I use Skinceuticals my skin looks better overnight, whereas with The Ordinary my skin is the same. Advanced Retinol seems to be a good option for those with sensitive skin when used in moderation, as I experienced no sensitivity at its 2% concentration. Although I’m left wondering how potent it truly is.

Buffet ($14.80), a multi-technology peptide serum, left me underwhelmed with no noticeable difference. Next.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80) is a solid hydrating serum. I reached for Jordan Samuel’s Hydrate or Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel more often BUT it really came down to the feel of the product, not so much about performance.

Due to my lackluster experience with Buffet I never opened Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50), and I was never excited enough to try Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% ($6.79). Both ended up in my donation box.


Keep in mind, if you buy multiple formulas you may end up spending more than you would on a single product designed to address your skin dilemma. I find The Ordinary best for those needing to add specific actives into their routine for specific results you’re wanting to achieve. Or anyone watching how much their beauty addiction affects their bank account… because balance and self-control is hard, ya’ll.

Have you guys tried The Ordinary yet??? What did you think of it??




14 thoughts on “Coming in Hot with The Ordinary Bargains

  1. Yikes just posted something and realized I got things mixed up! I’d still be interested to know how the Skinceuticals compares to JS Hydrate as the price point is quite different. Thanks!

    1. Hi! I prefer both Skinceuticals and JS to MMHC, I didn’t notice much difference with MMHC. Between Skinceuticals and JS: Jordan Samuel is an amazing budget friendly option. Skinceuticals may leave skin hydrated slightly longer. I would go with whichever one is more affordable for you with being international and all!

  2. How would you compare NIOD MMHC vs the Jordan Samuel Hydrate serum? I’m currently using NIOD MMHC and I love how very lightweight it is and how it immediately sinks into the skin (I have combo-oily skin and live in a tropical climate). I’ve been hearing really good things about the JS Hydrate serum though and I’m intrigued by the addition of vitamin C in it. To purchase JS I’d have to pay quite a hefty amount of international shipping, so I’ve been looking to find someone who’s used both! Would love to hear your thoughts, thank you 🙂

  3. I like the fact that you said they are just alright. Most people are just going head over heels over anything Deciem just because they released The Ordinary at such a low price point and because of their marketing. A lot of it is just hype. Thank you for bringing an honest review!

    1. It serves a purpose and fills a gap in the market for sure. I wouldn’t replace my other more expensive products for The Oridnary though, I enjoy them much more!

  4. I love Niod and Hylamide from Deciem, and have been curious about the Ordinary line. Thanks for the review! I’ve been using Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster and I really like it. It’s not drying at all (and my skin gets parched during the winter), though I’ve never applied it on active acne.

    1. Paula’s Choice is always the alternative that comes to mind. I’m sure it’s just the zinc causing dryness, it may even be what’s controlling break outs so well.

  5. I agree that these products are a targeted addition to your already existing routine, but I love their new Primer (I have the fluid one) it really works miracles 😍

  6. I’m using the Caffein eye serum and the Alpha Arbutin. Nothing great although to be fair no eye cream has worked on my black eyes so far. Arbutin is a little hydrating and I use it together with the Manyo Galactomyces Niacin essence – which is something you should try.

    1. I struggle with dark under eye circles, too. I do a little lymphatic eye massage while I cleanse in the morning, and that helps. I’ll check out Manyo!

  7. Oh the Ordinary. I’ve tried a few. Niacinimide and Zinc sent my skin beserk, Buffet was plumping and hydrating but broke me out. I still have the retinol but I’m too scared to use it!!! I love what Deciem do with all their brands, but the only products I really love and that work for me are Hyalmide. xxx

    1. I was scared to use Retinol 2%! My skin can’t handle high concentrations out the gate, so I was surprised my face didn’t fall off. Deciem’s unique products and marketing is a breath of fresh air in the industry, but I’ve only found a handful I buy again for myself.

  8. I’m so glad you reviewed these! I was so curious about some of the products. I really want to try the niacinamide + zinc serum and the Azelaic acid suspension gel… thanks for your thoughts!!

    1. If you try them together it might be drying. I use my Niacinamide as a spot treatment, using the serum all over just zapped every bit of oil from my skin! Thanks for reading!! 🙂

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