I was a bit late on the bandwagon of trying out The Ordinary’s products, but better late than never, right? I really didn’t know what to think of the brand when it first came out, unsure if their cheap prices were just a gimmick and the products themselves wouldn’t be worth even the smallest amount. But, I’ve been pleasantly surprised when it comes to some of the products and their features, so I thought I would write about them in some detail so that other sceptical buyers might have a bit more to go on. So far I’ve only tried out 3 products in the line, so it won’t be an in-depth look into the entirety of The Abnormal Beauty Company and what they offer. I’m very picky about what I incorporate into my beauty and skin care collection, so I wanted to start off slow before I decide if I want to test out anymore of their products.
I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this foundation, enticed primarily by the incredibly affordable price compared to some other brands. What initially caught my attention as I was getting colour matched was that they had shades with yellow/golden undertones and those are incredibly hard to find in most foundations. I am mediterranean so I tend to always lean yellow with my undertones, even though my skin gets red easily. When I was first matched and the shade melded seamlessly with my skin I was a bit more optimistic, despite the watery formula that I wasn’t quite used to as someone who always opted for powder foundations up until then. But, seeing as it was summer, I wanted something a bit lighter that would even out my skin rather than completely cover it.
Ever since then, this has been my go-to foundation. It suits my dry skin and helps it stay moisturized while also adding a nice wash of colour without being overly cake-y or full-coverage. Even though I love this foundation, I know the formula is not what most people like. It’s pretty runny, but it’s easy to build and move around as you apply it so that it looks more like skin than makeup. I will probably repurchase this a few more times in the future until I find something comparable with packaging that’s a bit sturdier. I tend to get the product all over my hands when trying to apply it and it’s pretty tricky to pack n a suitcase for longer travels.
I decided to buy this product after realizing that the serum foundation wasn’t lasting as long as I would like it to in the winter. There’s not much I can say about this primer, it does what other silicone primers do, but not as well in my opinion. While the texture of it is very smooth and soothing, it doesn’t necessarily fill in my pores, which is what silicone-based primers are known to do. I was also hoping that it would help bind the foundation to my skin, but it only made it sit on top of my skin, rather than blending with it as I had grown accustomed to. However, I’ve only used this a few times this winter, so I will continue to test it out in case the outcome changes depending on the season and the texture of my skin in the warmer months.
I had been searching high and low for this product in Toronto, because it always seemed to be sold out. Everyone was obsessed with it and I NEEDED to get my hands on it. It took moving to England to do that and I’ve finally gotten a chance to try out the serum that everyone has been raving about. I’ll start off by saying that it didn’t disappoint. It does exactly what it says it will, which is hydrate your skin. As someone who has dry skin, I need a thick moisturizer to really help my skin soften, and this serum helps that process. It feels a little bit like liquid soap at first, but then dries to a tacky finish which helps your moisturizer adhere to the skin for a longer period of time. Much like the primer, it makes the moisturizer sit above the serum, but it works in this scenario because it helps to lock in moisture for longer than when I just apply my Pond’s cream and it sinks into the skin, only to get dry again. I would definitely recommend this product—both for the price and the after-effects.