The Ordinary is back at Sephora!

The Ordinary skincare products

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m serious about my skincare – especially now that I’m over 35. If you’ve ever purchased so much as a face lotion, you know that skincare can be insanely expensive. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a firming serum – and a lot of people do! I have tried many different skincare brands, ranging from high end to low end. And while I generally do prefer higher end skincare, I don’t prefer to spend all of my money on it. So when cult favorite company The Ordinary exploded on the scene, I was intrigued. The company touts high end ingredients for Wal*Mart prices. At the time The Ordinary was first hitting all the beauty blogs a few years ago, they still only shipped from the UK, where they are located. The products are so cheap that the shipping is worth it – I put in and order and was quite impressed. I especially loved the Retinol serum – it’s similar to the Sunday Riley Luna Retinol night oil, but much cheaper.

Fast forward to late 2017 – and Sephora announced they would now be carrying The Ordinary beauty products! The beauty world rejoiced. Sephora sold out. I was super happy because I could get some of my favorite beauty products when I do my other beauty shopping and also get those sweet Sephora points.

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Then… the drama started. In early 2018, the CEO of the previously beloved beauty company started acting like your crazy ex on social media. Pull up a chair and enjoy the tea – as quickly as they arrived, The Ordinary was suddenly and mysteriously pulled from Sephora in the summer of 2018.

Several bizarre things happened publically with the company. The CEO fired the PR staff and took over the company Instagram – which he apparently used as a personal sounding board for random vendettas and opinions. Then he announced he was shuttering all production. I pretty much wrote the company off at this point – I figured I would have to look for other, more expensive skincare options.

However, just recently it was announced that Estee Lauder, which had purchased a controlling stake in the company, had moved to fire the controversial CEO. And lo and behold, as of January 2019, The Ordinary is back in stock at Sephora! 2019 is already better than 2018.

If you need to make a skincare order and you haven’t tried The Ordinary yet, here’s a list of the products I use.

Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion

This formulation combines low, medium, and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, as well as a next-generation H.A. crosspolymer at a combined concentration of two percent for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of B5 for enhanced hydration.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This formulation combines low, medium, and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, as well as a next-generation H.A. crosspolymer at a combined concentration of two percent for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of B5 for enhanced hydration.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10 percent concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc PCA to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This 7% Toning Solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of l-ascorbic acid has been shown to improve multiple signs of skin aging while brightening the skin. Due to the presence of very light silicones, it feels smooth on the skin despite the suspension format of the formulation, avoiding the short-lived gritty feeling of the original Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula.

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2 responses to “The Ordinary is back at Sephora!”

  1. Sarah says:

    That’s so good to know, I use their hyaluronic acid product and I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t at sephora! I was going to order it on Amazon but would rather have the VIB points at Sephora.
    I’m also going to order a couple of their other products to try, because I like the hyaluronic acid one so much and that price point can’t be beat.

    • Lang Rachel says:

      Haha yeah, it was pulled from Sephora very suddenly! Hopefully the dust has settled for good now and we can just buy our skincare at Sephora in peace. You should definitely get the retinol oil, that’s one of my must haves.

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