Is The Ordinary Silicone Primer Really Worth Trying?
I’ve tried quite a few primers over the years. Recently in my complexion products I always reach for post I mentioned the Maybelline Baby Skin Face Primer. The primer is one I love as it not only is affordable but it does a cracking job at smoothing out the skin and giving me a shrunken pore appearance. That being said I recently discovered a brand called The Ordinary. They’re a brand that I am sure many people will already be aware of however if you’ve not heard of them fear not.
The Ordinary was created by Deciem who are behind big brands such as NIOD and Hylamide. However, what sets The Ordinary apart is their prices. Their products start at just £3.90. Now I know what you’re thinking. “They’re cheap so they mustn’t be very good!” Wrong. The Ordinary products aren’t cheap because of poor ingredients. They’re cheap because they use in demand compounds, split they across their products and keep their margins low. This is something I find amazing. I love the fact that they are enabling such formulas to be available to those who perhaps can’t afford to purchase expensive skin care but still want their skin to look and feel amazing.
A great smoothing primer for less than £4
Many of the products from The Ordinary are skincare products. Although they do have a small range of foundations and primers to try too. One of the primers of which I have really been enjoying, so much so that I mentioned it in my July 2017 favourites. That primer is The Ordinary Silicone Primer. This primer uses advanced adaptive silicones with the aim of creating a blurred HD effect and increased wear time of makeup. The primer is oil-free, alcohol-free and nut-free. It is also cruelty-free and vegan. The price? The smoothing silicone primer is available to buy for just £3.90 believe it or not.
But is The Ordinary Silicone Primer any good and really worth trying? Hell yes. Although I love my Maybelline Baby Skin, I honestly think I enjoy using the High Adherence Silicone Primer just that smidgen more. When first applied the primer appears as a white cream like texture but soon smoothes out into a transparent gel like substance. The primer feels nice and hydrating but at the same time, it doesn’t feel greasy nor sticky. Instead, it blends into the skin really easily without feeling like I’ve applied a heavy layer of product to my skin. In terms of smell, it does have a scent but it isn’t anything pungent. It’s not floral or citrusy, it just sort of smells neutral and a little refreshing if that makes sense.
A primer that works well, even with my dry patches
As for the look of the primer, it gives the skin a matte look. However, it doesn’t make my dry patches appear any worse than they are. Instead, it gives my pores a slightly shrunken appearance. Plus it also makes everything feel soft and smooth. This, in turn, seems to help with foundation and concealer application. What I particularly liked about The Ordinary Silicone Primer was the fact that as the day went on my foundation seemed to stay in place nicely. Not only that but sometimes when my foundation begins to fade I begin to see it obviously clinging to my dry areas. However, when I use this primer this is much less noticeable. I think it is because it just gives me a good hydrating barrier between my skin and makeup. However, it is a barrier that stays in place without feeling shiny or greasy.
All in all, I’ve got to say compared to the Baby Skin primer, The Ordinary Silicone Primer is better in my eyes. I think the fact that there’s a lot of science behind the product makes me like it just that little more. I’d also just like to mention that I’ve also not experienced any breakouts with this primer. My skin is pretty prone to breakouts, especially around my chin and jaw area. I know many people seem to break out with silicone products as they are often said to block the pores but I can hand on heart say that my experience with The Ordinary Silicone Primer has simply been great and breakout free.
Have you tried The Ordinary Silicone Primer?