I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last blogger to write up a haul from The Ordinary, they’re one of those brands that feels slightly addictive because of their new wave thinking when it comes to skincare. For months I felt a little overwhelmed by The Ordinary so didn’t make an order, but then I had a freelance writing project where I had to research all their products and write a guide to them. After hours of writing and research I finally felt ready to make my own order, and luckily I managed to pick up the foundations at the same time. Not long after, I ordered a few more skincare bits from them off ASOS so today I thought I’d report back on what skincare I picked up and my first impressions.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Dark under eye circles have always been one of my biggest skincare complaints and no matter how much water I drink and how much sleep I get, nothing seems to change them. I blame deep set eyes. Over the years I’ve learnt how to cover them well with makeup, but eye creams have never made much difference. The Caffeine Solution uses caffeine and EGCG (green tea leaves) to reduce puffiness and dark circles, and even after just three uses I saw a notable change. I’ve been using this every morning and the cool gel-like formula is really refreshing and I suddenly feel like I need way less corrector and concealer under my eyes. This is definitely the product I’ve seen the quickest results from and I’m pretty much hooked.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Hyaluronic acid is definitely something I’ve wanted to bring back into my skincare routine for a while. I use to use the one from Indeed Labs and loved it, but this one is just as good and for a fraction of the cost. I suffer from mild dehydration on my skin yet have an oily t-zone, so Hyaluronic acid is perfect as it rehydrates my skin yet absorbs super quickly without leaving any sort of residue. Since using this I’ve already noticed my skin feels less dehydrated and my makeup is applying much smoother.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
I haven’t started using this one yet as I don’t want to start using everything at once and not understand the effects of each, plus I don’t have any blemishes at the moment so think the others will be more beneficial to my skin. I was a little torn over whether to pick this one up or a vitamin C product, but I chose this because I used to love La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo which is another Niacinamide and Zinc product, so thought I’d get on well with this. It’s said to be good for congested skin so I hope it fades my blemish scars which seem to hang around for ever.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
At the mere age of 24 I’m already starting to notice some fine lines along my forehead which I didn’t use to have. Now whether they’re dehydration lines or actual aging lines I’m not sure yet so I thought I’d try both the hyaluronic acid and a retinoid. I’ve only used this once so I’ll have to report back on the results, but on first impressions, I was surprised at how quickly it absorbed. I always assumed retinoids would be heavy because of their miraculous results, but this was just thicker than water and absorbed in an instant. You’re meant to build up your retinoid application over time, so I’m going to start off with two or three times a week, but so far I haven’t noticed any sensitivity.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
For some reason, I was much more drawn to this primer as opposed to the more popular silicone primer. I’ve tried a lot of silicone mattifying primers, whereas this serum-like hydrating primer is something I haven’t tried before. I must say, I’m really, really impressed. It feels lightweight on the skin, but without feeling as if it just absorbs and disappears, and I’ve noticed my makeup goes on so much smoother when I apply this beforehand, especially around my nose which has some dry patches. I just love this primer and whilst it suits my combination skin well, I can imagine it’d be even better for this with dry skin.

Which products from The Ordinary do you want to try or have tried?