New products now - I haven't actually tried all of these, but I have tried a couple and will go through those first impressions. The rest I will have to come back to but will tell you why I bought them.
1. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (£5.50): I was pondering about this for a long time before getting it and I'm glad I did! squalane helps with surface hydration, so your skin feel very moiturised and my first impression is that it keeps the skin feeling moisturised too. I've tested this by using hylauronic acid and niacinamide first, then layering this on top without any other moisturiser and I am pretty impressed at how my skin didn't feel dry throughout the night. My skin will still produce sebum that helps with that feeling but it didn't feel oily either, so it's been a good balance so far. I'm really hoping to try this underneath makeup as well because the problem with caking/creasing foundation and products for me is dry skin. VH tells us that this prevents ongoing loss of hydration, but is non-comedogenic and so suitable to use on all skin types. Apparently you can also use it on hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential!
2. Matrixyl 10% + HA by The Ordinary (£9.00): Out of all the products I was most excited about this - reducing fine lines and anti-aging? Yes please! I have a lot of tugging and products on my skin when I do photoshoots, also I freak out at the slightest line I have on my face, because I'm obsessed with looking young like that. This serum softens fine lines and wrinkles and the best part? You can use it on your eyes. Which is my problem area and no eye cream seem to be strong enough to deal with the skin texture and wrinkles there, at the same time not causing protein bump aka milia. I feel like I can see the difference immediately around my eyes, but it could be placebo effect. Either way, it hasn't caused lil bumps (I've used other products around the eyes before and got them the next day, so this is how I know), and it also makes the skin around the eyes feel tighter as well.
3. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (£14.90): Probably one of the most expensive products in the Ordinary range. I decided to give this a go because I wasn't really fond of the Vitamin C suspension I got last time - tingling and pilling comes with it, but maybe just wasn't my thing. This one is supposedly a mild skin treatment that blocks pigment production and increases cell turnover. VH tells us that it's a high-strenghth oil-solubilized Vitamin C derivative in Vitamin F. So essentially it should have most benefits of Vitamin C, i.e. antioxidant, skin brightening, and reduce signs of aging. This formulation is more stable, but because it's a derivative it can't really compare to the pure stuff. The Ordinary has a Vit C guide and I'd recommend taking their word if you're looking for something more specific or something stronger.
4. High Adherence Silicone Primer (£3.90): I've always had a love-hate relationship with primers. I feel like some of them really drys the crap out of my skin, or just doesn't mesh well with my skin. But primers are essential to makeup routine, especially for a heavy coverage foundation, so I decided to get this and the high spreadability one to see if they work. So this one is supposed to blur the surface and make the skin smoother, mattify and is also hydrating. This is probably close to Benefit's pore eraser and another one from Maybelline and Nyx but I haven't used them before so can't really compare. I tend to choose illuminating and hydrating primers based on how my skin is quite dehydrated. VH tells us that this fomula will make the makeup look higher in definition and sticks for longer, and you can use it alone as a non-greasy hydrator (probably because of the silicones in the product). Frankly speaking, this would be a pretty high performance primer for the price. I've briefly tried it with a full cover foundation (Urban Decay all-nighter), unfortunately it didn't work quite well for me and immediately caked over the drier bits on my face, e.g. my forehead. Just trying to remember if I actually applied any on the forehead, probably not... But to be fair, I personally think it's 'cause I haven't moisturised my face enough for it - so hold that thought and I shall come back with trying it again.
5. High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (£5.50): This primer would be the "dewy" version of the 2 primers. It's in a different form too so you can tell it's more lightweight and apparently "high-flexibility". I'm not entirely sure what it means but VH tells us that it's like a serum in texture and it increases the spreadability of makeup so you won't get uneven spread of pigments, especially around eyes and dry skin. This is really good news for me because that's exactly the problem I have, especially with full coverage foundations. After unsuccessful attempt of the High Adherence primer, I've tried this and I quite like the finish of the product and the foundation went on all right. I still get cakey bits on the forehead, where I may or may not have applied product on, so again, I will need to test both products out again. On first try though, this would be my preferred one as the foundation hasn't caked in other areas (yet).
A huge well done if you've made it this far down! I hope everything has been useful to you and I've recommended this brand to almost everyone I talk to when it comes to beauty/skincare product. The Ordinary is a no-bullshit marketing/packaging and focuses on the goodness of the products and technology. Deciem also produces higher-end brands Hylamide and NIOD. I'm really liking the Ordinary at the moment but no doubt would try some of the other 2 brands' products. At the moment though I'm really looking forward to my next Ordinary haul, which would likely contain acids for some good chemical exfoliation!
Huge thanks for making it this far too! Have you tried these products before and how do you find them? Will you be trying out some products from this list? Let me know your thoughts - leave your comment here or come over to stalk me on instagram (@jayey12)! See you next week!