We Tried Every Product From The Ordinary — Here's What We Thought

In 2013, the beauty industry could have never anticipated the meteoric rise of a then-newcomer skin-care brand called The Ordinary. However, with minimalist, flatlay-friendly packaging and too-good-to-be-true prices, it's no surprise that the products quickly took off among beauty novices and die-hards alike — and the rest is history.
However, the brand's many successes weren't without behind-the-scenes controversy. Following the tragic news of co-founder Brandon Truaxe's death in 2019, the brand has worked on returning to its roots with a renewed focus on developing accessibly-priced, highly innovative products for Deciem's global fan base that now span skin care, makeup, and hair care.
In recent years, the direct-to-consumer brand has debuted at a handful of major retailers, including Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and UK-based Lookfantastic, so it's officially never been easier to restock your favorite wallet-friendly products.
With many of us spending more time at home (and perhaps rediscovering the feel-good effect of taking care of our skin), we're taking a moment to reacquaint ourselves with the brand's suite of products. And to help with this handy guide, we've sought the input of cosmetic chemist and The Beauty Brains co-founder Randy Schueller, as well as Miami-based dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD. Keep reading for a comprehensive breakdown of what’s inside those cute little bottles and squeezy tubes, ahead.
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