Toners -Deciem - The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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I find this sticky and seems to irritate my skin. Yes there is a lot of product in this and for the price it is a great 'dupe' of the Pixi Glow Tonic but at a better pH so would actually exfoliate. My skin is used to glycolic but something in this still irritated my skin and did not leave it glowing or clear. It's weirdly foamy in the bottle and does have some type of scent though it is not overpowering. MY skin is combo-dry, and used to a glycolic peel at 30% every week or so. I have also been using Retin A Micro for years but stopped to use the peels recently and that is why i was looking for a glycolic toner to add in between the peels.

Other things i have tried from TO:
**10% Lactic Acid--breakouts galore, awful smell, tacky texture
**Caffiene eye serum--stung my eyes
**Alpha Lipoic--burning sensation on face and very oily in texture and smells like petrol to me
**This glycolic toner--just does not do what i want a glycolic product to do, bad texture
**Squalane Oil--very thin and runny, almost weightless, clogs up my skin almost instantly, doesn't really sink in for me. Again a texture issue. FWIW people have been told that this is derived from olives and then others have been told that it is from sugarcane. My usual oil is the Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil which i love but have been trying to find a cheaper oil that i can replace with.

So yeah. I think this is it. I am going to give up on the ordinary. Maybe the other lines like niod are an option for me and i guess that is their strategy, to start people off at TO pricepoint and then funnel them into NIOD for better textures and results.


Foundations -Deciem - The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

on 9/10/2017 10:08:00 AM

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Frankly one of the worst foundations I've ever worn. I bought shade 2.1Y from the Deciem Covent Garden store and thankfully its under £6 because its going straight in the bin!

The formula is very thin and watery for a high coverage foundation. Somewhat equivalent in texture to the NYX total control drops or Loreal Magic nude liquid. Pigment wise, in comparison to other drugstore price, full coverage foundations like Milani 2 in 1 or Loreal total cover, this falls severely short. When swatched on the back of the hand this appears pigmented, but once applied (with brush or sponge) the coverage is poor and very patchy.

The worst part of this foundation is that once applied, it instantly sinks into all the fine lines and drier areas on your face you never even knew you had (not neccesarily "dry skin" - just an area a little drier than normal). It amplifies any existing skin issues and even adds more! Even if I used a blurring primer (eg. Benefit Porefessional or Garnier 5 sec Blur), all I had to do was smile once about 30 mins after application and suddenly the foundation had moved and created smile lines where there were none before. If you want to use this foundation, be sure to be expressionless! Also it exaggerates pores by sinking into them and then oxidising at a different rate to the rest of your face. Oxidation is also another problem I had, it changed colour from a light medium yellow tone to a warm orange within 20 mins of application with the addition of an ashy white cast.

When I attempted to mix this with other foundations (just to see if I could salvage SOME USE from it, it overpowered their formulas and clung to skin in its usual horrid way. I did a half face of milani and half of this for comparison and the result was shocking! Im only 24 and this made me look older, giving my combination skin texture, patchy coverage, chalkiness and crepey finish where the milani formula gave a smooth and youthful look. I repeated the experiment with Loreal total cover and event the Bourjois healthy mix foundation and the result was the same.

The formula never really sets or dries down and transfers even 1 hour after application. Now, when this transfers it doesn't just smudge a little, it completely comes off! It starts getting patchy and oily around 2 hours after wearing on a cloudy, windy day, i cant imagine this would wear well in warm weather or even at all on oily skinned people.

I don't recommend application with a sponge as the thin formula means your sponge will simply soak it up. Even with a kabuki brush, a completely even coverage could not be achieved.

I tried every which way to love this foundation, with different moisturisers, different primers, mixing it with other foundations, different setting powders and different application techniques but theres just no getting away from the fact that this is poorly formulated. Its really awful. Like I said, Im glad its only £5.90 because its going straight in the bin. The only reason I can see for this being sold out and popular is because Deciem dont have as many bad reviews on their page as here, which is suspicious....

UPDATE: DECIEM refused to publish my honest review because they "cannot verify that i purchased the product from" them.

I love some of Deciem's skincare formulations but this has to be one of the worst makeup products I have ever tried.

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Moisturizers -Deciem - 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

on 9/9/2017 6:35:00 AM

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OMG. I am not oils person and i usually prefer moisturizes but i just love this oil.
My fine and extremely dry hair never looked better or shiner , it is finally almost frizz free-first time in my life(ok almost... sign)
So there way i am using it, i use warm oil as an overnight treatment and then i wash my hair in the morning.I also use one small drop in my hair ends and my hair reacts to the moisture better during the rainy days ...it gives loads of shine too!
I also use it on my dry skin, it seems to moisturise it and calm it down after sunburn.
it is my biggest discovery in 2017...:-)


Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Niacinamide 10 Zinc 1

on 9/9/2017 4:55:00 AM

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I have very oily skin and this stuff definitely helps me, it keeps the shine away for a few good hours. I haven't seen any pores minimizing action yet, but it i excellent for keeping me matte. I would repurchase!

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Foundations -Deciem - The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

on 9/8/2017 3:39:00 PM

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The yellow is slightly too yellow for my skin but the consistency and finish is as good as a premium brand...


Skincare - Face -Deciem - The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

on 9/8/2017 3:02:00 PM

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I haven't used lactic acid before so built up to leaving it on overnight. Anyway, no adverse effects and my skin looks great. Fantastic packaging and price too. Addictive!

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Foundations -Deciem - The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

on 9/8/2017 1:51:00 PM

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I just tried this for the first time. In my opinion, this matches the quality of the expensive brands. I have light-medium, acne prone skin, with neutral undertones. I purchased 2.0 N, and the color is perfect. It applied easily, with medium coverage and a natural-looking finish. My skin looks a bit candle-lit. If you find that this foundation makes your skin look dull, the color is probably a shade too dark for you. If I find that it doesn't last the day, or creates any other problem, I will update this post, but for now, I'm really happy with this.
UPDATE: I have used this multiple times now, and I still give it 5 stars. For those who complain that it's watery, shake the bottle before dispensing. This imparts a wonderful finish to my skin and doesn't make me oily by the end of the day (I use oil at least once a day, so my skin doesn't need to produce more oil on its own). I prefer to apply it with a thick brush rather than a sponge.

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Treatments (Eye) -Deciem - The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

on 9/8/2017 5:55:00 AM

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ive just started using it and been liking it so far. it doesnt irritate the area around my eyes and is not drying, which is a winner. havent seen any results as to whether it's improving my dark circles or anything like that. it's very cheap compared to most skincare products out there. will update after a week to see if it works as the claims on the packaging.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5

on 9/8/2017 5:51:00 AM

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ive just started using it and been liking it so far. it is very hydrating that i dont need a separate moisturizer to keep my face hydrated throughout the day. also, it's very cheap compared to most skincare products out there. love it.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 9/7/2017 8:26:00 PM

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Many people have had problems with stinging and even severe irritation, but that hasn't been a problem for me. I think some of the problem may be that people who have never used a Vitamin C product before have used this instead of starting with something less potent. For them I would suggest trying one of the other formulas that The Ordinary has that are milder.
I have used Vitamin C products before this, so it wasn't such a shock for my skin. But I can honestly say that it was a shock to me when I looked in the mirror the morning after my first application of this and saw the incredible difference just one use had made! My skin was brighter, appeared more luminous and even toned than it had been the night before. There was such a difference that I kept checking my face in the mirror just to be sure I wasn't going crazy. I have never, ever had a skincare product that produced such fantastic results in just one application. I have been using it every other night, and my skin continues to improve in appearance. On the nights that I don't use this, I use the Azelaic Acid by The Ordinary which also works to even and brighten skin tone.
I honestly can't recommend this highly enough. It is a miracle in a,tube (the packaging was changed from the bottle to a tube). The only caveat is that I recommend trying a less potent form first before trying this. It's better to start with a lesser strength and work your way up, rather than jumping straight to this and running the risk of a severe reaction. For me, though, this is the holy grail of vitamin C serums.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 9/7/2017 5:37:00 PM

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After reading several reviews I was concerned that this serum would be too much for my sensitive skin. Thankfully, I only felt a horrible burning sensation when I applied it on my neck. On my face, I only feel an intense tingling for a few minutes. The grit from the L-Ascorbic Acid powder doesn’t bother me I gently massage it in and the gritty texture dissipates within 10 to 15 minutes. The squalane that the vitamin C is suspended in, is hydrating and suitable for my dry but acne prone skin. I use it every morning under my Cotz Sensitive SPF 40, BareMinerals Original Foundation, and NARS RCC. As of this review I’ve only used it for the past 3 weeks so I have no significant changes in hyperpigmentation to report.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

on 9/7/2017 1:15:00 PM

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I was wary using this because I've never used any advanced Skincare products before this. I have to say I'm pleased with the results so far. It's been a week and my skin is looking brighter and clearer. I hope to see even more results with prolonged use.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

on 9/7/2017 9:41:00 AM

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I use this to spot treat any breakouts, I dab it on overnight and by the next morning I notice a large reduction in the size of the breakout. Excellent price and effective.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem - The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

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I came out looking like I had burns all over my face. I only applied a pea size over my moisturised face. I should have washed it off as soon as my face started stinging but waited until my face started to blister. It's taken weeks for my skin to go back to normal. Wish I could see the same results as some of the other reviewers are seeing with this product.

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Moisturizers -Deciem - The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

on 9/6/2017 4:21:00 PM

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This is a miracle product for me. My skin is so dry that no moisturizer could handle it. Oils didn't impress me because they seemed to sit on top of my skin and not sink in. I saw an extremely expensive brand of squalane at Sephora and rolled my eyes at the price.

I ordered this and figured I'd use it under my moisturizer for an extra boost. The first time I used it I couldn't believe how my skin felt. It was soft, hydrated, not oily and calm. I use this as my everyday moisturizer now. It's amazing.

I love the dropper bottle - it's the perfect delivery for a product with this consistency. The best part? It's eight bucks! I will buy this for as long as they make it.

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