Rated 4.12 out of 5 stars
I sorted through so many products on this site, trying to find what was best for me and my skin's needs and, as luck would have it, almost everything I bookmarked was part of this bundle. I have been lucky that I have relatively "good" skin that has helped me get by with my ADHD/lazy girl bare minimum methods. But now in my mid-30s I'm noticing things are starting to look a bit dull, some darkness and fine lines and, after 2.5 years of wearing masks, a lot more blockages around the nose and chin crease.
Disclaimer: I have only been using these products for two weeks so far. I need to give it a few more to allow my skin to adjust and to better see results. But I wanted to share my experience thus far.
I must stress the importance of reading the Usage Details and Product Directions (found under Usage Details) for each product. The Ordinary has provided so much info, which I understand can be overwhelming to some, but I so so so appreciated it. I felt confident that I could trust ordering from a brand that is so transparent and offers up everything you would need or want to know. I love knowing what order to apply, when to apply (morning and/or night), what NOT to use together – it takes all the guess work out.
The Squalane cleanser was the one part of this set that I was initially on the fence about before ordering. The cleanser that I use regularly has kept me happy, but I thought I would give this a try. I am glad that I did! I am not sure yet if I will switch permanently, but I am liking it so far. As per the usage directions, I have been using a small amount, rubbing it into my hands, and massaging it onto my DRY face. I find it doesn't fully "melt" into an oil until it's on my face, but I start the warming process in my hands. You can really tell the moment its consistency changes and it feels good. It feels really good when using it and my skin feels soft after I rinse it off. I think my younger years I was conditioned to believe moisture = oily skin = bad, so I always wanted that "dry" feeling after cleansing my face, but this feels great. While it does remove makeup, I recommend removing eye makeup before use otherwise the product seems to bind to it and I feel like I'm rubbing mascara all over my face.
The Glycolic Acid toning solution is what drew me to this set in the first place. I really wanted a chemical exfoliant and this one seemed right. I felt that initial sensitivity the first few uses, but that has since passed. Truly after the first night I felt I could see a difference – had me feeling like my skin looked "fresh-faced".
The Caffeine Solution for eyes seems like it will take a while to see any notable results. But no undesired effects thus far and the product feels nice to use.
The Ethylated Ascorbic Acid does have an oily-feeling consistency and it does take time to absorb into the skin. I follow it up with the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA to lock everything in as well, so my face feels like it has a lot of moisture on it. This is not a regimen to immediately apply makeup or rush out the door right after. Gotta give it a bit to absorb. A few times I have felt I look a bit oily with a sheen by the end of the day, but my face feels soft, smooth, and hydrated so I am not complaining – and I want to give my skin longer to adjust; I feel that side effect may lessen.
Overall, all of the products feel great and are concentrated so a little goes a long way – makes them easy to use and easy on the wallet too. I am feeling good so far and very optimistic as I continue to use them.
How exactly do you use the two products in this regimen that says they should not be used together?
So far my skin looks good. But I would really like for the ordinary to clarify how exactly to use.
Sunny from Tulsa Oklahoma
Added this to my skin care routine and
Its been great for my dry skin in this cold
Weather, face wash feels creamy and my face doesnt feel dry , both drops
Work well and make my skin very hydrated. My skin feels soft and glowing
It made my skin red and irritated and I don't recommend to people with sensitive skin.
Tember from undisclosed
This kit feels great on my skin, but I'm not sure what order to use it in. Also, should I use an additional moisturizer at the end?
Jaeeee from undisclosed
I just ordered this set, can anybody tell me if I can add the niacinamide to this as well? I bought it, but don't want to use it incase it might cause a reaction..
nat from boston, ma
I really enjoy the face wash and the caffeine solution, however, either the toner or the acid solution gave me a serious allergic reaction! I do have slightly sensitive skin, so if you're like me I would stay clear of this set.
April B. from Upstate NY
Absolutely love this set. Within a week, skin texture greatly improved. My daughter (18 yrs old) is loving it as well. She is in love. After about 2 weeks, I do not feel the need to wear a full coverage foundation or really any foundation at all. Ordering again!!!
Simran@786 from undisclosed
I ordered the bright set last week with moisturizer and Salicylic acid 2% solution. Everything else was perfect but the Squalane Cleanser was half empty and full with air mostly. This was my first time buying from The ordinary and it was very disappointing to see their service.
INAAYA from Philadelphia, PA
I've only been using this product for a week now so that's why I rated it 4 stars, but I definitely see a difference in my complexion. My face has a natural glow, it's smooth and my dark spots are clearing up. I love it so far.
Mattie from Columbus ohio
my face was baby soft the first like 3 weeks of using this set. now I'm on about week 4 and now it seems to dry my face out. I thought I'd finally found the perfect routine :(
ShaniaR from undisclosed
I bought this about 2 weeks ago and have been using it everyday but the Ethylated Ascrobic Acid 15% Solution burns my face and leaves red patches for hours. Nothing else does as I've used the other 3 separately and have had no issues.
Yvonne from Colorado
I usually have very high expectations when I try a new product. 8 times out of 10 I am disappointed or find a product that is "better than the last one". This set not only exceeded my expectations, it gave me confidence in myself that I never had.
I'm 36 and my skin is definitely changing. I have never felt confident unless I wear full make up, and have felt that was since I was 12 or 13. Add a little aging and it is quite depressing. After a month of using this kit my skin looks healthy, young, and flawless.
If you are accustom to typical cleansers, just trust the process. The cleanser works without stripping your skin. All of the "oil" soaks into your skin and does not sit on the surface making you look or feel oily. I highly suggest trying it.
temi from undisclosed
I first Purchased this product back in August 2022, and since then I've seen many improvements to my skin tone
Brooke from atlanta
I am so sad because I was very excited for this set. I love the cult classic facial peel and to have full size products for only 40 felt like a steal. However, my face broke out in hives to the point it swelled up. My skin looked good until then.
bay from Indiana
i ordered this kit knowing it was a starter kit because i was looking for something that worked for my skin. i've tried different products and they either never work or i break out in hives. i tried this and i am in love. my skin feels so smooth and no hives. definitely sticking to this brand !
Lacie from Shreveport
My face looks years younger after using this set for a little over a week. Love it
Happy go lucky from undisclosed
First of all I have sensitive skin I was worried simple as that. The trick that works for me is in the morning I use the square e cleanser, the caffeine , Ethylated acid and my SPF . At night I use the glycolic acid and caffeine only nothing else. This is the best regime for me and it works. I was suffering from hyperpigmentation and textured skin now my skin looks
Angel from undisclosed
Hillary from SC
This is everything. I have fell I love with the ordinary products and this set is a good starter kit! I've ordered just about every product they make and I swear by it!
Niki from undisclosed
Has been working well for my acne scars so far... My skin is usually overall pretty clear, but I've had little red spots for a while now from the occasional pimple and it's making them fade within a week of usage. The items are really rich and oily in texture, so I was scared at first because my skin gets oily easily, but it wasn't the kind of oily I expected after usage! I was less "oily" and more smooth and soft after everything was absorbed!
The real reason I'm rating the SET a 4/5 stars is the confusion about the items in the products... It says in the description that two of the items in the set shouldn't be used TOGETHER.... which felt misleading since it felt like it should be a whole routine.
Still, everything seems to work well though. The only thing that I'd say isn't worth it is the caffeine solution for dark circles and puffiness, since I've seen no effect at all yet, especially not compared to the rest of my face, but I'll see. Maybe it's too early.
Queen Q from New York
As a young black woman with combination skin this worked great for me, helped with brightening my dull skin giving it a glowing complexion. I recommend this for brightening dark marks and hyperpigmentation. As for acne and breakouts no I'd advise you try other products for those two issues. But if for dullness, hyperpigmentation and textural irregularities, give this a try :).
Ess_jay from undisclosed
I love The Ordinary, but I failed college chemistry...twice. I'm a bit intimidated by the thurough scientific explanations and I'm never fully confident that the products I purchase aren't going to work against each other and cause irreparable damage.
I think the sets were created for people like me. No guess work, simple directions and actual results! I actually get compliments on my skin! I am thrilled. I'm 41 and my skin has NEVER looked this good. *Bravo*
Rae from undisclosed
Adrianna from undisclosed
I just received my package yesterday. I've tried all of the products, and they have a really oily base. I must admit i wasn't expecting this at all. I don't like how it makes my skin feel once i'm done using all of the products. However i'll keep using it and then come back to update on any positive/negative results.
D from Indiana
Now I respect the fact that everyone has different skin and it may react differently than others but as a black person who did not think to follow this till now! I suggest you do test first before you put it on your skin! Let me tell you, GIRL! My skin reacted HEAVY on this product and not in a good way! I'm a nursing student who has to do clinicals (can't miss one day) and I was walking disaster lol! One day they see with ok skin and then next day my residents and classmate see me looking a mess! (pictures for references will be posted). Anyways I suggest all people of colour especially those who produce high pigment, test the product somewhere other than their face before putting it on. Now I don't know if I'm allergic, I never been allergic to anything. I'm aware that may change when you became an adult, or if it was purging (sis this wasn't what I expected for purging skin). It was WHOLE LOTTA WHITEHEADS! Sadly there wasn't enough reviews on my skin type to go by so I had to immediately stop using the product and return it. BE CAREFUL! Especially if you have work the next day, just be prepare to call that whole week off.
Things that I did help me recover my skin, these were recommend by my mom (she's a doctor but definitely not a dermatologist) but the products did help.
I used: Aztec (Indian Clay) to suck and dry all those whiteheads, MORNING & NIGHT girl for three days. Yes it did dry my skin but the stubborn Whitehead's were clearing.
2: In the morning I used Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone cream that had oat complex, aloe and vitamin E . You can use any hydrocortisone cream. After that put on SUNCREEN( Black girl sunscreen brand 50SPF I used the kids one or use ant vegan related suncreen) Avoid going outside if you can. My skin barrier was weak and extremely sensitive so I stayed inside till the 5th day.
3: At night after after the clay mask I used calamine lotion.
My skin is still recovering. My eyes are still swollen, and ill have to ask my mom about that but they seem to be getting better by the day. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! This worked for me but it may not work for everyone else. Go to your determologist if you have any questions.
Rachel from Buffalo Grove, Illinois
I enjoy this product as the instructions on the box were simple and easy to understand which item came next in the process. Products go on a bit heavy but soak in to being weightless. I normal don't like the feeling of products on my fave but this soaks in about 10 minutes after applying solutions.