The Ordinary: Are They Worth It?

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not within the job”

-Zig Ziglar

Hello my lovelies!

The Ordinary is a brand that has received a lot of hype over the years. The brand has had a longstanding promise of delivering high quality results for a reasonable price. The brand has been a cult favorite amongst beauty bloggers and the mundane alike, but is really worth the praise, or is it just another overrated brand with average results? I decided to find out for myself.

So what is The Ordinary’s deal? According to Beautylish, The Ordinary was founded by skin care lovers who grew tired of the pricing and disingenuous nature of the beauty industry. They set out to create high quality and effective products at a fair price for consumers, because taking care of yourself shouldn’t be expensive. Normally, I would totally agree with this sentiment, but when it comes to skincare, I want to know that I am getting the most out of what I buy, regardless of what I pay. I decided to order two products to try out, and I want to share my thoughts with all of you throughout this post and answer a question many of us probably have: Is this brand worth the trouble?


The Products:

One of the two products I settled on was The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% Treatment. This is meant to work as a chemical exfoliant for every day use. I had heard rumors that it was a cheaper dupe for my beloved Good Genes (which is apparently being switched over to Glycolic Acid, sad), and decided to give it a whirl for one month in order to fully develop my thoughts.

My Thoughts: I don’t find this exfoliant nearly as effective as my Good Genes exfoliant, but I do believe that it works nonetheless. I do see that this product adequately exfoliates away my built up dead skin cells, but the entire process is far slower than I am used to. This exfoliant produces slower, much gentler results over time, and while that isn’t a BAD thing, it isn’t as effective for my skin type and skincare desires.

The second product I chose was The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Plus Zinc 1% Treatment. This is meant to work as a treatment used day and night to help with blemishes and oily skin, something I tend to struggle with based on my oily skin type, especially in the T-Zone. I haven’t had to use these types of treatments very much since my first round of Accutane, but since I have been off the medication, some of my acne and oiliness has come back, creating the need for this treatment.

My Thoughts: This literally did nothing. Zilch. Nada. The gel-like consistency feels great going on and absorbs into my skin nicely, but I am no less oily or breakout-free than before I was using this treatment. I have alternated between once and twice a day, day and night, every other day, all of it; this product is ineffective at controlling my oiliness and breakouts.

So Are They Worth It?

Ultimately, I found the two products that I ordered from this brand to be incredibly underwhelming. I found that they were fairly ineffective at controlling my oily and acneic skin, and do not exfoliate as much as I would like. Besides the quality of the products, I also find the quantity disappointing. After only a month, I am already halfway through both bottles, despite using them exactly as directed or less. While the price can’t be beat at $6.00, I would not only have to order these products online and hope they’re in stock, but I would be ordering far more often and paying shipping + handling, making this a high turnover product. My final verdict? I don’t think The Ordinary is all it’s cracked up to be, and will very likely not try the same or other products from the in the future.


That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a marvelous Monday!

Stay beautiful!

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

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7 thoughts on “The Ordinary: Are They Worth It?

  1. Liz says:

    I’ve been trying out some of The Ordinary’s products lately and I’ve loved them! However I suffer from dry skins so perhaps they’re more suited to me. I found their foundation to be great value for money! I love seeing how people’s opinions differ 😆xx

    • ZoBeautie says:

      I really wish their products worked for me! I do find niche brands like this to be a little “one hit wonder”, so it doesn’t necessarily surprise me that so many people with dry skin have great luck with this brand, but other skin types find it to be a giant flop!

      • Liz says:

        It’s a shame they can’t be a little more versatile as they have a great concept for the price range that they market themselves at. Good luck in your pursuit of skincare 🙂

  2. emilyburnsmua says:

    I’ve tried 2 products – the hyaluronic acid serum and the natural moisturizer. I loooovvveee the serum and have been through 2 bottles already. The moisturizer isn’t anything to write home about. I was curious about the exfoliator but I think I’ll end up passing

    • ZoBeautie says:

      Even at 10%, I don’t think it’s worth picking up. I’m so sad about the rumored change to Good Genes, and even more sad that this exfoliant wasn’t as much of a dupe as I was told. I’ve definitely noticed that people have a lot more luck with their products meant for normal-to-dry skin!

  3. Sarah says:

    What a shame they are not as good as they are hyped up to be! I’ve been meaning to try them for the longest time but now I don’t feel so bad for not getting round to it 😉 Although saying that I’m sure I’ll still try something from them eventually. Just for curiosity’s sake 🙂

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