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The Ordinary skincare and makeup review

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I'm very far behind on trying Deciem products. Everyone and their mother--blogger or not--have been talking about The Ordinary range for months and months, and I finally got my lazy butt into gear and hit the shop in the Distillery District a few weeks ago. I've been using the products on a near-daily basis, and am finally ready to review my haul. 

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Foundation:

I purchased both the high coverage and lightweight serum foundation, both in the shade 1.1N. My initial thought was that I could use the lightweight one all over, but with the full cover on my always problematic chin. But just because it's lightweight, does not mean that it's light coverage. It feels really great on the skin--not too heavy, but you can still tell you have a base on. I'd say it's a medium coverage that does a good job at masking redness and pigmentation. The high coverage foundation has a similar feel but is much thicker in consistency. Both have a great lasting power and work well on my oily skin. The colour match is almost perfect for me, which is so rare. Overall, I've been loving these foundations.

Niacinamide + Zinc:

I struggled with cystic acne again in the summer and was desperate to try some acne products that actually worked but I haven't noticed any difference in my skin since I started using this product. Yes, my acne has decreased, but as my skin naturally goes through phases and the cystic pimples remained on my chin for over three weeks after I started this, I'm not overly impressed. I'm still dealing with breakouts and pigmentation, so I don't think this product is working particularly well. It also has a very sticky consistency, so it's difficult to wear in the morning as makeup does not blend well over it.

Salicylic Acid: 

Again, this isn't doing anything. There is no difference between when I apply this to the next morning, nor do I notice any decrease in the size of the blemishes over time.

Azelaic Acid:

Every single brightening product I've used on my skin has made the problem worse. I find they all make my skin feel like it's burning, and I break out much worse after using it a few times (which defeats the purpose, as I'm trying to reduce the pigmentation that acne has caused).

Overall, I (unfortunately) was not a big fan of the skincare items that I tried. But skincare is something that is unique to everyone. The Ordinary line is priced incredibly well, and there are many more products in the line that might interest you. I do love the foundations and hope they continue to expand this range (a concealer for under the eyes would be amazing!).

xoxo K