I Tried One Of The Ordinary Skincare Products & Heres How It Went

I’m pretty sure you’d have come across Deciems new brand The Ordinary by now. I mean everyone has been practically losing their shit over this new range of skincare, wherever I look I see blog post after blog post promoting the new brand, so of course I wanted to know more. When something new on the market is hyped I’m usually one to feel intrigued by it, wanting to test the products for myself and thats exactly what happened in this case!

After searching the good old web, I found Deciem, The Ordinary available to buy on beauty bay. I chose the few products I wanted to try out, popped them in my basket and proceeded to the checkout where within minutes they were snapped up by another eager beauty lover!!! AHHH! The products I really wanted to try were now out of stock but I knew I had to try something, anything!!! So, I found myself searching through the products that were still available, thats when I found a 30ml bottle of Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F claims to brighten the skins tone and reduce the effects of ageing. What I like about the brand is that they are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. This particular product is also Water, alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten and soy free, making it one thats suitable for a whole array of people and accommodating those with allergies! I was excited to get my hands on it, and very excited to get the results it promised! Vitamin C is a main ingredient in this bottle alongside vitamin F in fact the label describes it as a ’High strength oil-solubilized vitamin C Derivative in vitamin F’.

On receiving my Deciem order I could only admire the bottle in all of its simplicity. I love the clean cut, minimalist look of the overall design, it did play a part in my wanting to purchase something from them even more.

I’ve been testing the product daily for a month and a half only to find that my results have left a lot to be desired!! Unfortunately for me I can’t say I’ve noticed any clear difference in my skin, nothing has changed at all!! Sadly my skin is definitely not brighter than before use. I had high hopes, each product is formulated by a team that specialise in materials chemistry and biochemistry, and on their online website they state that they are a brand that communicate with integrity bringing to the market effective products at honourable prices. You can see why I had high hopes!

On applying the oil I find I need to use quite a few drops to cover my face completely, this is a liquid so the consistency is very runny, I find that I use it in a bit of a rush – working fast is your best option since its not like a classic facial oil.  I expected that normal oily feel you usually get from other facial oils, a bit thicker in consistency and not quite as runny, but this one has more of a silky texture to it as if it were a dry oil – I wasn’t very keen on that aspect especially because it doesn’t feel hydrating enough on my skin. I found with this product that it doesn’t really sink into my skin very well, instead it sits on top for hours meaning I have to keep working it into my skin continuously. I certainly couldn’t apply this during the day as the bottle suggests, this is one that has to be for use over an evening when there are no plans of applying any makeup! I’m pretty sad this product didn’t work for me, I really didn’t enjoy using it and with seeing no benefits to the overall look of my skin its not one I’d be willing to carry on using.

Its probably good to remember that everyones skin is different and acts differently to certain products so I can’t speak for everyone, this review is based on my own experience on just one of The Ordinary products available. I would however be willing to try something different in their skincare range since each product offers different capabilities, you never know something might just tickle my fancy!



  1. Holly May 29, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Great review! I’ve been looking into these products too and have been intrigued by them. What would you say your skin type was? As you said everyone’s skin is different and what works for someone might not work for someone else.


    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 29, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks hun!! My skin type is quite dry in places so it needs to be hydrated a lot, Its never greasy but its always sensitive too so if something doesn’t agree with my skin I have a mass breakout!!

  2. Kate | Veggie Desserts May 29, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    It’s great to find a product that’s vegan and free-from but such a shame that you didn’t like it and it didn’t work well for you. Thanks for the in-depth review though. I love facial oils, but only when they absorb well!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 29, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      I love all the new trends in skincare with a lot being vegan now!! Its great isn’t it! I love facial oils so really disappointed this didn’t work well for me but heres to trying something new!

  3. Mummy Times Two May 29, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Such a shame that it didn’t work for you. I guess like with everything though it must be hard to find something that works for everyone.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 29, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Yeah exactly!! Undortunatley for me this wasn’t the one.

  4. Helen @ Fuss Free Living May 29, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the honest review – everything works differently for different people, but it is good to read less than glowing opinions, it makes a blog more honest and trustworthy IMO.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 29, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      I agree!! Thats the aim here I want to be able to give my honest reviews not just write about the good stuff!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 29, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      I mean it could potentially work for
      Someone else but I couldn’t say as my results were terrible but there are other products I’ve heard rave reviews about such as their foundations!

  5. thatgirlSue May 29, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Awesome review I’ve heard lots of great things about these products

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Oh great unlucky for me then

  6. Ana De- Jesus May 29, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    As soon as you said cruelty free I got excited. But then I saw your review and my mind changed. Such a shame that you did not see an improvement. Such a shame x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      I know its such a shame but hopefully if I try something else I’ll notice a change!

  7. hannah May 29, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I havent heard of this brand before, it does look like a very interesting product

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      It does thats why I wanted to try!

  8. Andrea @ The Petite Cook May 30, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Never heard of this product but it seems quite a good one. Such a shame it didn’t work for you though.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      I know right and I’m surprised you’ve not heard of them yet!

  9. Dannii May 30, 2017 / 9:57 am

    It’s a shame that you didn’t like it. However, it’s always good to see more cruelty free products.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Oh absolutely!!

  10. Emily Leary May 30, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the review, it’s a shame that it didn’t work for you, but at least you gave it plenty of time to make sure!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Yes I always make sure to test them for quite some time as its said skincare products can take up to 3 weeks to show results!

  11. Stephanie Merry May 30, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    That’s a shame this hasn’t worked out for you. I’m excited to be visiting the store at the end of the month where hopefully I’ll be able to pick up everything I want! x

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 30, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Oh that sounds awesome let me know how you get on!!

  12. Melanie May 31, 2017 / 6:11 am

    It is sad that the product did not work for you! Everyone is different and different products work for different people.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      Yeah exactly, hopefully this works for someone else, this is just my own experiences of using it!

  13. MELANIE EDJOURIAN May 31, 2017 / 11:54 am

    That’s such a shame. I must say I had high hopes when I first started reading your review. It’s a shame when products disappoint you. If it was going to work even a little you would expect to notice something within that time frame.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Oh absolutely! I was so surprised and really disheartened by not showing any results!! However its not that bad, I’ll try other skincare products!

  14. Anosa May 31, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Been checking out some products like this and before deciding to try some, I go on reading product reviews over the internet through blogs. Good thing there are blogs like this that really are honest enough to tell their experience so readers can vouch and choose the right one.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      I agree with a blog has to come honesty!

  15. Ashleigh May 31, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Such a shame that this one let you down 🙁 I have heard so many great things about their products, which I am yet to try!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      I know I feel a bit deflated about it but I’d still try other products of theirs!

  16. Deborah Nicholas May 31, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Sorry it didnt work for you, i hate it when i trial things for a month with no good results, i feel like that month could have been spent on something else if that makes sense! lol

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Yeah absolutely I’m the same!!

  17. Tanya Brannan May 31, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Oh isn’t this a shame. It sounded on paper like this product had everything going for it, literally a miracle in a bottle. You must have been really disappointed when it didn’t work on you very well. Others might have had a positive experience with it, but it sounds like we have similar skin so I won’t be testing it out.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      I know right, you’ve completely summed it up!! So disappointed with this one but you know I’ll find something that works!

  18. Folakemi May 31, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Such a shame the product didn’t suit you however it’s great you’re honest about it!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk May 31, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      I agree!! Honesty is always what I aim for!

  19. Healthy & Psyched May 31, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Great that they are cruelty free. Such a shame it didn’t work for you after how excited you were, but like you say I guess everyone has different skin and it will respond differently. Hope something else in their range works better if you decide to try it 🙂

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk June 3, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thank you!! I hope so!

  20. Angela Milnes June 6, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Sometimes a product works on one skin and not on others. It sounds like a good brand but sorry to hear it didn’t make much difference.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk June 6, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Yeah exactly!

  21. Lubka Henry June 6, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Shame to hear that this oil didn’t work for your skin. I use lots of facial oils, but you’re right that not every product is suitable for everyone’s skin.
    Thanks for sharing your honest views.

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk June 6, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      Welcome, I’m as honest as I can be!

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk June 8, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Awwh thank you Lauren!

  22. Augusto Guerrero June 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Literally everyone is saying such a shame lol, anyway good review, I appreciate the honesty, there’s been so much hype around The Ordinary as the end all be all for any skin condition lately that it’s hard to see honest reviews on it. I think a lot of people don’t get any results and they just go on with the hype train. I think the reason The Ordinary products aren’t very effective has to do something with the formulas, perhaps that’s why they’re so cheap?

    • francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk June 24, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      I can agree with you on the hype point!! Sometimes people do just jump on something, give into the hype and believe its a god given product but I like to be a bit more realistic, sadly this just didn’t give me anything and I felt so let down!

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