This little bottle was amongst the first 'The Ordinary' product I tried.
Initially I picked it due to the fact that it was only $10 and since my skin is fickle, a tenner wouldn't break the bank if my face rejected it. I've been burned by very expensive primers before, which promise so much but under-deliver in longevity, are from brands that test on animals or are just too expensive to realistically re-purchase on the regs... (I'm looking at you Hourglass "The Veil", you expensive, steep learning curve you!)
As an oily gal, this primer is great. It goes on like a dream, doesn't irritate or clog my skin and doesn't leave a white cast like many silicone based primers I've tried. It's unscented and vegan friendly too, so bonus points for those too.
As a primer, it makes my makeup go on so much easier and far less streakily. I use this under matte liquid AND powder foundations and it works just as well for both. After wearing it under makeup for a 12-14hr shift as an RN, I look 'dewy', but my makeup hasn't shifted or worn off unevenly. When I skip it and wear just the foundation on it's own, I'm left looking like I've rubbed a stick of butter all over my face and since my foundation likes to migrate to my five-head and eye-area wrinkles, I'll look like I'm ninety-five years old. As a 28 year old, you can imagine oily, patchy Methuselah isn't the look I'm really after.
But I digress, another really great use of this little wonder is if I want to look 'makeup-free.' I can slap a bit of this on, since it has a nice, kinda 'blurring' effect that smooths over some of my large pores, pigmentation and chickenpox scars nicely. I can forgo foundation altogether, just a swipe or two of mascara and I'm good-to-go. I especially love that this stuff delays the inevitable Panda-ing under my eyes with certain mascaras for at least 2 extra hours, which is always good in my book.
Now the bottle, while it looks lovely, is functionally pretty effing silly. The eyedropper isn't strong enough to control a substance that I can only describe as being of a vaguely similar consistency as a less-sticky, watered down maple syrup. Instead it just dribbles/gloops out everywhere a lot faster than it looks like it could actually move. I've left the house with primed toes on one foot before due to an accidental misblob (Bonus points because I didn't get blisters on those toes that day!).
9/10 times, I end up with far more primer than I could ever use for one face, because it moves faster than I can, but I can't put it back into the bottle for hygiene reasons, so many an application has been wasted.
TL;DR = why 4/5 lippies? -Makes my makeup stay where I put it.
-No more 'long-day-at-work-one-woman-oil-lamp' problems.
-Doesn't destroy my skin.
-Can use it on it's own to sorta blur out some of those imperfections.
-Pretty (but ultimately useless) bottle.