The Ordinary is extremely hyped up, being one of the only high-tech skincare brands at an affordable price point. In fact, it’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare, which in my opinion makes the hysteria around the brand warranted. This also means it sells out at breakneck speed. I’ve got my eye on several of the products, but the ones I want are often sold out so this niacinamide booster is my only product from the line so far, but it is the one I’ve wanted the most.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B that’s said to have pore-refining and brightening properties, making it a good choice for people like me who have oily skin prone to clogged pores. This particular serum is a kind of goopy gel texture, like a thicker essence, that’s dispensed with a pipette. The pipette is fun but it bothers me that the cap doesn’t seal properly, meaning air leaks in to potentially dry out the product. Niacinamide isn’t particularily volatile so I’m sure it’s not gonna destroy the product, but if my serum evaporates I’m annoyed. Either way, pipettes are kind of fun to use and for the price I’m not too bothered.
I use this serum every night and every morning after toner, and I use only a few drops each time. I find this serum goes a long way, and over-application makes it ball up. 3 drops is more than enough. I pat it into my skin before moisturizing, and I’ve found it doesn’t make my moisturizer apply strangely at all.
In terms of the effect, I’m not completely convinced about the pore-minimizing properties of niacinamide – I’m hesitant to claim my pores look smaller because it’s difficult to tell. However, it’s significantly improved my pores in terms of preventing clogging, such as blackheads and closed comedones. I’ve really struggled with closed comedones these past two years, and this actually helps a lot! For that alone, I’m very satisfied with this product. Brightening properties are marginal, I find – it’s not the dramatic result I’d get from a lactic acid peel.
Overall, this niacinamide booster probably won’t change your life and pay your bills, but it does help keep pores in check, and you can’t really ask for more at this price point. I’m gonna use it to make a diy sheet mask next.
Pros: Cheap as chips, Effective
Cons: Packaging doesn’t seal properly