There I was minding my own business, browsing the ASOS website & somehow I stumbled across their The Ordinary Primer range; more specifically The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer and The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer. As both primers only cost £5.50 and £4.00 respectively, I decided to just buy both primers so I could them to work over the May Bank Holiday Weekend . . . so yes this review is a bit late but it takes me a while to review skincare but
I wanted to make sure they ACTUALLY do what it says on the tin before I recommend or review them.
I wouldn’t say that I was in the market for a new primer but I do have a number of weddings coming up and as it is so warm at the moment, I did need something that would prolong the wear of my foundation (without weighing down my face). To be quite frank, I just needed something that worked and didn’t cost an arm & a leg because I probably wouldn’t use it once the summer season is over.
To provide some beauty background information as The Ordinary is a fairly new brand to the UK beauty market. The Ordinary is an offshoot of Deciem; skincare brand of the moment, and focuses on creating simple, clinical formulations for the beauty market with integrity. If you want skincare products that don’t come with overly fancy packaging and aim to perfect your complexion with nourishing oils and serums while being free from parabens, sulphates and mineral oils, then this budget friendly brand might just be the one for you.
The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
This is the primer I have used on a daily basis The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – £5.50 via ASOS – well #preheatwave anyway as I’ve gone makeup-free this past week as it’s just too hot to suffocate under a layer of foundation. It a simple silicone based primer with no “real” benefits as it doesn’t include any vitamins or skincare benefits – which to be honest fits in with their minimalist stance – but it DOES work which is the most important thing.
This primer works really well with my favourite foundations – NARS Bernares Sheer Glow & ByTerry Intense Mocha Click Foundation – but I have to say that I find it a little hyprocritical that the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is a silicone based primer.The Ordinary likes to swear up and down that it does not like to use silicones as an ingredient in their products . . . so I have to wonder why they did in this case. Was it just to drive the price down?
The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
Cheap and cheerful, the The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer – £4.00 via ASOS – is a bit of a weird one as it doesn’t actually contain any silicone in it despite what its name says. This water based primer comes in a squeezy tube which is very easy to use and feel quite light weight on the skin.
Even though this The Ordinary Primer does exactly what it says on the tin . . . that’s literally it!
This primer is so basic it could get a guest spot on Love & Hiphop as you literally get what you paid for and nothing else. It doesn’t contain any anti-oxidants, vitamins or skin-loving ingredients to boost the appearance of your skin but it’s only £4 so realistically you can’t expect too much.
So that’s my thoughts on the The Ordinary Primer range, I would suggest getting the High-Adherence Silicone Primer over the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer as it’s a little bit stronger AND it doesn’t contain silicone in it!! Obviously no one knows your skin better than you do but as both primers cost less than a meal from Nandos, it won’t break the bank regardless of which one you choose.