Priming with The Ordinary

Why do we use makeup primers? We mainly use them to prep the skin for any makeup we want to apply on top. They create a barrier between the skin and other makeup products allowing the foundation etc to sit on, instead of sinking into the skin, giving your makeup a more even, smooth application and finish. If you get a good primer it should also make your foundation last longer. There are specific primers that will blur fine lines, refine pores and even correct discolouration in the skin.

Today, I want to share with you all two primers that I have put through their paces over the past while. The brand “The Ordinary” hit the beauty world with a bang. They offer high quality, reliable and inexpensive skincare (and some makeup products). There are two primers in their range and these are what I will talk about today.

Priming with The Ordinary


So, the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer claims to be “a lightweight serum-like formula that increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments especially around the eyes and on dry skin. The formula also acts as a light, non-oily surface hydrator for a natural dewy look”. This primer does contain silicones.

Let’s start with the positives. I do like the packaging of this. The dropper makes it very easy to dispense a small amount. It does definitely slide over the skin and makes it feel very smooth. Makeup glides on to the skin after applying this. When you first apply it, it makes the skin looks great!

This primer is also water free, alcohol free, oil free, nut free, cruelty free and vegan friendly.

However, I find this primer to be very greasy, even on my normal skin. I also found that it didn’t help my makeup last well at all. In fact, my face makeup was caking and very oily looking only two hours after applying this. Unfortunately this product did not work for me when used on the face.

And, has anyone noticed that the product disappears from the bottle? I only used it once or twice and the bottle was half empty!

I have found a use for this product though. My under eye area is shockingly dry and crepey at times. I use this over my eye cream, before concealer and powder and I do like the finish it gives. I use a damp beauty blender to tap this in.

This retails for €7.20 for 30ml and is available from The Ordinary Website and I have also seen this on TrndBeauty which is an Irish based company.

Priming with The Ordinary

Thankfully the High-Adherence Silicone Primer was a good find for a face primer! This claims to use “advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections”. Again, as the name suggests this does contain silicones.

This has the same “free froms” as above, except this one contains water.

I prefer this primer to the one above for use on the face. In fact, I actually really do like this product. It’s a very simple, yet reliable primer. It primes the skin well and doesn’t sit on the skin and become greasy like the one above. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated without looking oily and has a demi-matte finish that does work well on most skin types.

I don’t feel it blurs pores as well as the one above though but I would prefer that than having an oily looking face. This has a much thicker consistency than the spreadability version.

I do feel like my makeup lasts well when I apply this and I have no issues during the day with caking or my makeup wearing off. This is only €4.90 for 30ml. For this price you really cannot go wrong. You are not getting a really high end, highly marketed primer when you buy this but I do believe you are getting something that does a very decent job and stands up to most of the claims. I don’t necessarily think it gives a high definition finish.

The packaging of both products is minimal and fuss free but I have to say I like this simplicity. The Ordinary focus on the products and what they do as opposed to fancy packaging and crazy marketing campaigns. We benefit from this approach by having insanely low prices and for the most part, getting very high quality products.

Have you tried either of these products from The Ordinary? I have also used some of their skincare so I will be sure to review that soon.

I give the Spreadability Primer a 2 out of 5 rating and the High-Adherence a 4 giving an average score of 3 for these primers. What would you rate them? Let me know your thought below!

Thanks for stopping by. Which one will you be buying?

Anita xxx


  • Reply
    June 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Totally agree with your review Anita- I hated the fluidity primer and Yesssss the bottle looks half empty after one use I actually thought mine had spilled!!

    • Reply
      June 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

      It’s insane I know. I thought the same but then realised it hadnt. Have you tried the High Adherence one. what did you think xx

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    August 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I’m just finishing the High Adherence primer. I’ve found it only ok, there’s nothing special about it but I do prefer my primers to minimise my pores. I actually ordered the Fluidity one last weekend to try out. That’s the beauty of The Ordinary, their products are cheap enough to take a chance on.

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