A Review: The Ordinary

Hi Friends!

I put out a poll on my Instastory as to what products I should be reviewing. Many people voted for ‘The Ordinary’! I was originally going to only review about one product, however I decided to do two!

What should be my next review? Comment below!



All photos posted are taken by myself, unless otherwise stated. The review is based off of my own experiences, and thoughts about the products, and have been at least used by me for 3 months or more (unless I’ve stated otherwise).


*Due to not being able to use the Lactic Acid product yet, I’m only going to be talking about the Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide.

Description from it’s website:

The Ordinary.

The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity”.

The Ordinary is a brand from DECIEM. We are an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty. Our team is specialized in materials chemistry and biochemistry, and we have brought pioneering innovation in skincare through our core brands, Hylamide and NIOD. In the category of functional beauty, integrity is rare. Commonplace technologies are referred to as groundbreaking and insensible pricing strategies confuse the audience, disguising commodity technologies as advanced. The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices. The Ordinary takes pride in honesty, fights innovation stagnancy in the industry and indirectly celebrates the depth of innovation our brands, Hylamide and NIOD, continue to bring to the category.

If there are products you would like to see added to The Ordinary range, please reach out to us here.

Additional Information about DECIEM:

All DECIEM products, across all brands including The Ordinary, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. If you have questions about any ingredient that we use, please reach out to us and our lab will provide a response.

DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so. For this reason, none of our brands are sold in mainland China since such sales require animal testing for registration purposes.


Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The description on the bottle states that it is ‘A hydration support formula with a ultra-pure formula and is vegan’. It’s website states: ‘Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration. A more advanced HA formulation with 15 forms of HA, including precursors of HA, is offered by our brand NIOD in Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex.’

Note: My skin is normal combination/oily. My shiny areas are located on my T-Zone area, and I’m in my 20’s with asian skin. I do not suffer from acne, I do however, have the occasional hormonal acne on such occasions. 


When applying the product, it has a bit of a tacky texture. I only put about a full droplet amount all over my face and neck. I apply this product after my serums, but before my moisturizer. I normally apply the product during my night time routine, I did however tried both times: Morning and evening to compare.

In the morning, I found that after I’ve applied my normal morning skincare routine that when I applied my makeup my foundation would rub off. I’ve tried using various amounts such as lessening the amount I applied, and this problem still occurred. Once I’ve finally finished putting on my makeup, I found that I was a bit less shiny throughout the day.

In the evening, I found that this was the best time for me to apply this product since I didn’t have to worry about my foundation or other makeup rubbing off. I felt that my skin was more hydrated and felt more plump the next day when I did this.


The product did have a bit of a smell, kind of like something was warmed up? If that even made sense? Like a warmed up plastic maybe? It wasn’t too bad of a smell, but there was definitely some sort of smell to the product.


After using it for about three months, I did find that my skin was not as shiny on my T-Zone area. The only thing was that I couldn’t use it with heavier products because it was also rub off from each other. The texture of my skin remained the same, and I didn’t notice a change in my skin when it came to brightening or such. If you want something to really hydrate your skin, I suggest maybe using something else other than just this product because it wasn’t too great with the results.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The description on the bottle states that it is a ‘high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula’. On the website it states, ‘Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.

Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, it should be applied at alternate times with this formula (ideally Vitamin C in the PM and this formula in the AM). Otherwise, Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid).’


This product is not as tacky in texture compared to the hyaluronic acid one. It had a more runnier texture as well. I prefer the texture of this formula rather that the hyaluronic acid. I also applied this in the morning, and in the evening.

In the morning, I used the same regime as I did for the hyaluronic acid. I found that it didn’t rub off when I applied my foundation and makeup. I did however have to switch my moisturizer with one that did not have any Vitamin C or Citrus ingredients. It states on the website how it can counteract with one another. Instead I used a moisturizer without those ingredients. My skin was much more hydrated and significantly less shiny throughout the day. I also found that my makeup lasted much long as well.

In the evening, I used the same regime as I did for the hyaluronic acid, and I found that it wasn’t really benefiting my skin too much in the evening. Though it did absorb into my skin quite nicely, I didn’t see much of a difference of it’s use in the evening rather than in the morning.


There was no smell for this product, the hyaluronic acid one definitely had the more prominent smell.


I used the product for three months as well, after using the hyaluronic acid for the first three months. I found that this product decreased the amount of sebum production in my skin. Whenever I didn’t apply this product onto my face, my skin would be noticeably more shiny throughout the day. It gave my skin a bit more hydration, while mattifying my face. The only negative I would say is that It wasn’t a serum I could really use day and night, especially since it counteracts with any skincare products with Vitamin C or citrus. If you are oily, this product would definitely improve your sebum production.

Overall thoughts

Out of both the products, I would most likely suggest the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, over the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Since both formulas are in it’s purest form, meaning, there were no additives such as chemicals for texture or smell; I found that it lacked in texture. I like how prestige lines do not have the purest form of an ingredient because it won’t be as harsh on your skin. Plus the texture applies smoothly and it can be layered. When it comes to the ordinary products, I could see some people having trouble layering with their skincare or having reactions due to the formula being super concentrated. However, for the price point itself, I’d definitely would suggest for a newbie in skincare to try some products out because you can’t go wrong with $7-$10 product. You just need to be careful when applying other products to your skin, and doing your research beforehand.

Would I repurchase again? I probably wouldn’t, but I will use up all of the bottles I do have left because I did buy them. The products are not bad…but I’ll probably stick with my prestige skincare brands.

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