The Ordinary Serum(s) Review

By Kristine Lam - February 16, 2018


The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%  + EGCG
I can only call this a miracle in a bottle. I have severe allergies all year round and puffy eyes on the regular because of it. This works instantly to greatly de-puff and lightly reduce the appearance of dark circles. I've been using this very religiously in the morning ever since I got my hands on it. Definitely a 5/5 from me.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I've tried many Hyaluronic Acid serums and this one is just average in terms of hydration and texture. It pils when I layer it beneath make up and even just with moisturizer alone. You need to use very little (2-3 drops) to not have a tacky texture. The best way I've found is to lightly pat it in and let it absorb for at least 10 minutes before applying anything else to minimize the pilling and sticky texture. Not the best serum to grab for in the morning when there's very little time to lose! 3.5/5

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
I've been using this for the occasional bad skin days and can't say if I love it or hate it. I don't notice a big difference in terms of fighting acne and reducing redness for any breakouts I have. I've also been using this on my boyfriend's acne prone skin without noticing too much of a difference either. This also pils when layered with other product and cannot be used underneath make up - which is my biggest issue with this and the HA serum. Although it didn't sting upon application like many other reviewers mentioned, I'm not too sure it's doing much for my acne either. 3.5/5

The Ordinary "Buffet"
My absolute favourite out of all of the serums I've tried from them! This anti aging peptide serum gives a huge boost of hydration to my skin. I've noticed a huge difference after 2 months of use. My skin is feeling moisturized and plump whenever I use this. Like all of their other serums, you need to be very careful not to over apply to avoid any "pilling". However, I found that this one absorbed the quickest and as long as you're applying 3-4 drops only. It can be layered underneath make up as long as you make sure it has been fully absorbed before putting anything else on top. 4/5

Overall notes:
- Do not over apply, all 4 formulas will pil/peel + feel tacky!
- Super affordable pricing
- Great customer service (I also bought a mist which leaked during shipping but was promptly sent a replacement!)
- Quick and visible results from the Buffet and Caffeine Solution serum
- Will repurchase in the future!

*This is not a sponsored post nor am I affiliated with the company mentioned in any way.

**I've been super MIA from blogging but I will try and get back on it! (New year new me blah blah). I'm also doing mini reviews on my Instagram story quite often so if you are interested ;) @chubby.lamb


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