It was when I was singing the praises of a certain £6 product that had converted me to eye creams that I took the time to actually look at my bathroom beauty stash properly. Upon doing so, I realised just how many other products from the same brand had a permanent home in my skincare rotation.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
Who should use it: anyone looking for lightweight, natural-looking coverage
The Ordinary is much more renowned for its skincare than its makeup. Apart from a couple of primers, the only colour cosmetics the brand offers are two foundations. This serum one is my favourite, and I have to say, it really stands up to some of the more expensive foundations on the market for a fraction of the price. Don’t be put off by the mention of serum. Yes, it is lightweight, but this foundation still does a great job of covering spots, redness and dark circles, and it’s available in 21 shades, Just be sure to give it a good shake first for the best coverage possible. I like to apply this with a damp makeup sponge or my fingers for a natural-looking finish.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Supersize
Who should use it: all skin types who are looking for a great, no-fuss cleanser and makeup remover
This stuff comes highly recommended by skincare queen Caroline Hirons, and I’m impressed considering its low price point. It feels like a balm when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but once you rub your hands together, it melts into a nourishing oil that makes light work of removing stubborn makeup, dirt and grime from the day. It doesn’t have a particularly notable scent (so it won’t feel as luxurious as some of the more costly balm cleansers), but it leaves your skin clean, clear and soft without stripping away any of your natural oils. I’ll use this as my evening cleanse, massaging it into dry skin and then rinsing my face clean with a damp cloth.
The Ordinary Concealer
Who should use it: anyone seeking an affordable concealer that actually covers dark circles
The newest launch from The Ordinary comes courtesy of this unassuming concealer. I’ll admit I had totally overlooked it until I read Shannon’s review in which she sang its praises. It’s really good, boasting serious coverage without ever feeling heavy on the skin.
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Who should use it: anyone looking to protect their skin against the signs of ageing
I’ll admit, vitamin C certainly isn’t for everybody, especially if you consider your skin to be sensitive or easily irritated. This handy serum delivers impressive antioxidant protection (which helps the skin fend off damage caused by environmental aggressors such as UV rays and pollution) without the irritation of a traditional vitamin C product. Plus, it leaves skin looking plump and glowing right away.
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.