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Reviewed: The Best (And Worst) Skincare Products From The Ordinary

What’s worth buying from the world’s number one skincare brand.
The Ordinary

If you’re into skincare, then The Ordinary needs no introduction. Launched in 2016 by parent company DECIEM, it has revolutionized the beauty industry by offering active ingredients in no-frills packaging at crazy-affordable prices. I repeat, crazy-affordable: most products are under $10!

No wonder The Ordinary has become the world’s most popular skincare brand according to Google search data.

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That’s why I’ve put together this comprehensive review to help you navigate the entire Ordinary skincare line. Below, you’ll find my thoughts on each product, what’s really worth buying, and the closest dupes that I’ve found. But first, an overview of the brand and my top picks....

The Ordinary Edit

The Ordinary

Brand Background

Founded by

Brandon Truaxe in 2016

Based in

Toronto, Canada

Pricing

$

Known for

Clinical formulations with integrity

Bestselling products

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Ingredients

Cruelty-free • Vegan • Made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury and oxybenzone

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Editor’s Picks

Exfoliators

The Ordinary AHA 30 BHA 2 Peeling Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7 Toning Solution
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5 HA
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10 HA
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10 HA
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2 Anhydrous Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2 Solution

Eye Serums

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5 EGCG

Face Masques

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2 Masque

Face Oils

The Ordinary 100 Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
The Ordinary 100 Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100 Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
The Ordinary 100 Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100 Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100 Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil
The Ordinary B Oil

Facial Cleansers

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Moisturizers

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors HA

Serums

The Ordinary 100 L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
The Ordinary 100 Niacinamide Powder
The Ordinary 100 Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
The Ordinary 100 Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2 HA
The Ordinary Amino Acids B5
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8 Alpha Arbutin 2
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20 in Vitamin F
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10
The Ordinary Buffet
The Ordinary Buffet Copper Peptides 1
The Ordinary Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15 Solution
The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2 Emulsion
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2 in Squalane
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5 in Squalane
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 B5
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10 HA
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10 Zinc 1
The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3 Ferulic Acid 3
The Ordinary Retinol 0.2 in Squalane
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5 in Squalane
The Ordinary Retinol 1 in Squalane
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23 HA Spheres 2
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30 in Silicone