Alert eyes with The Ordinary and Hylamide

One of my Pinterest boards is named “It’s All About the Eyes” and that happens to be my mantra. I’m always looking for new eye products whether they are eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, or eye creams and serums. That is where most of my money goes and that’s what I get the most excited about using.

Last year I was shopping at CVS and saw a display for Hylamide products. I’d heard the name and considered purchasing their foundation but once my eyes settled on Subq Eyes my decision was made. With my CVS coupon I purchased this $35 Eye Serum and promptly forgot about it. So me!!

Hylamide Subq Eyes

Once I started learning about The Ordinary and went to make a purchase of their products I remembered about Hylamide Subq Eyes and began using it. The two products I’m writing about today, Hylamide Subq Eyes and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, are adjuncts to the other eye creams and masks I use. I use these in addition to everything else because “it’s all about the eyes”.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution and Hylamide Subq Eyes

Starting with Hylamide Subq Eyes Advanced Serum. According to the company this is good for immediate and longer-term visible correction of under-eye aging, puffiness and dark circles. My eyes are guilty of all of the above. This serum is for under the eyes and not on your eyelids. I use this at night right after I’ve cleansed my face so that I can let it dry before applying more skincare.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes

This  fragrance free product is in between a serum and an eye cream in my opinion. It’s thicker than most serums. The bottle has a pipette for application but I find that it’s too thick to use it for that. I usually just use my finger to get the serum off the pipette. It’s very possible that mine is a little old since it sat for a good year before I touched it, so I’m not sure if the texture changed.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes

I don’t see immediate results of this eye serum but that’s mostly because I only use it at night but I do see the cumulative results with clearer skin under my eyes.

“Contains a Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-active to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes

Contains a Darutoside complex for a lifted upper- and lower-lid appearance

Contains a Waglerin-1 Peptide Complex shown to reduce the look of dynamic lines around the eyes

NONAPEPTIDE-3 RETINO-COMPLEX
A novel technology that promotes better visible anti-aging results than Retinol with less irritation

FLUORINATED PERFLUOROCARBON COMPLEX
An extraordinary technology that offers a lifted-look to the eye contour immediately with a lasting visible effect with continued use.”

Next is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG, a product I’ve learned to love. With all the talk about The Ordinary and especially this solution you’d expect miracles immediately. But give your eyes time to get the full benefits and you won’t want to stop using it.

Deceim The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

“This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.”

I’ve known for dozens of years that caffeine is good for puffiness on our undereye area and I’ve used eye creams that contained it but this one is different. For $6.70 you’ll find a thin but not watery serum.

Deceim The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

You need just the tiniest amount. I barely allow any to touch my finger and it’s enough to do both of my eyes. I use this in the morning before I apply anything on my face. At first it feels a little oily, then a little dry, and finally it’s not noticeable at all. I definitely notice a difference in my undereye area on the days I use this. I’ve used it at night too though I live out of two bathrooms and I hate transferring products so it’s now a day asset for me.

Both brands are cruelty free and vegan as well as oil-free and silicone free. Both are products I’d recommend using. BUT… The Ordinary Caffeine Solution is the one I know I’ll keep up with after these bottles are gone. It’s a top seller for the brand and they have trouble keeping it in stock. I’m glad I stuck with it and I’m happy to see that it makes my mantra come true.  —  Marcia

Affiliate disclosure

The Ordinary is available on Beautylish as well as Deceim.com. Hylamide is available on Amazon (for less) and Deceim.com. I bought mine at a CVS store.

The Ordinary Colours foundations – see what $6.70 can get you

The Ordinary Colours foundation

The Ordinary Colours foundation

If you haven’t heard of THE ORDINARY then you just aren’t part of the “in” crowd. LOL. In actuality, it’s one of the hottest companies out there right now and the two big reasons for that is the quality and prices of their products. Their parent company Deceim calls themselves The Abnormal Beauty Company. When you receive what you’ve purchased that’s what you’ll see on the box. It prepares you for what you are about to experience. As Deceim says “The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity”. ”

I’ve purchased both skincare and foundation from The Ordinary. The foundation is the beginning of their Colour line and has taken off like wildfire. The orders are coming in rapidly, so fast that it’s difficult for them to keep up. It may take weeks (I think I waited almost 4 weeks) but patience is a virtue when you enjoy what you’ve bought.

The Ordinary Colours foundations

The Ordinary Colours foundations

Today it’s all about their two foundations: Serum and High Coverage. Both are available in a large range of shades and undertones. In my experience there’s a minor different in shade between the two coverages but it’s so small that it’s negligible.

Each foundation format is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Not being sure what to order I chose 1.0 N and 1.1 N. I really didn’t need to do that since the colors turned out to be so close to each other that either works on my pale skin. 1.0 N is Very Fair Neutral while 1.1 N is Fair Neutral.

The Serum foundation is said to be a lightweight medium-coverage formula but I disagree and consider it a light formula. The coverage possibly can be built to medium but with the amount I’m comfortable using I find the coverage to be quite light.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

1.0N and 1.1N are practically identical on my skin with 1.1N being just a little more yellow. This is a very natural looking foundation that is low in viscosity. I prefer using my fingers with this rather than a brush or sponge. The Serum Foundation is a semi-matte finish. It doesn’t cover my freckles and some of my redness shows through but it’s a natural look which works for me most days.

The Ordinary Serum foundation in both 1.0N and 1.1N

The Ordinary Serum foundation in both 1.0N and 1.1N

Deceim says that their ‘proprietary spreadablilty system’ allows pigments to look natural on skin (yes), resist collecting within fine lines (not so sure about this), and stay on for longer. Marcia says that at the end of the day I notice this makes my pores, especially on my nose, look more pronounced. That’s my only grievance with this.

THE ORDINARY COVERAGE FOUNDATION

The Ordinary calls this their High-Spreadability Pigment Suspension System with High Coverage. There is a big difference between the coverage of the Serum and Coverage foundation. I like this High Coverage formula a little better since it’s dewier and has a fuller look to it. There’s more pigment than in the Serum foundation but it never looks cakey on me. I like that this isn’t an oily cream and that it spreads with ease. I find just about any tool helps me with application: fingers, a makeup sponge, a brush like Artis.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.1 N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.1 N

I’ve been using this with my PUR No Filter Primer to give it an even smoother and longer lasting finish but it works almost as well on its own. The Ordinary, of course, recommends their primer but I haven’t read raves about it.

The Ordinary top Full Coverage, below Serum Foundation in 1.0 N and 1.1 N

The Ordinary top Full Coverage, below Serum Foundation in 1.0 N and 1.1 N

There are several reasons to try this foundation.

  1. Price! You can’t beat $6.70 for a full 30 mL bottle of foundation
  2. No fragrance
  3. Wide variety of shades but mostly in the light and medium ranges
  4. Cruelty free
  5. Oil free
  6. Vegan
  7. nut free and gluten free
  8. free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.
  9. pH 6.0 – 7.5
The Ordinary Colours foundation

The Ordinary Colours foundation

It’s important too to know about SPF with with The Ordinary Coverage.  “Coverage Foundations sold in the European Union offer an SPF 15 claim. This protection is achieved without the use of chemical sunscreens and only through physical protection from Titanium Dioxide. Additionally, no nano-particles are used to achieve this sun protection. These attributes are unique in foundations because it is exceptionally difficult to create a natural, lightweight look and consistent shades when using only non-nano forms of Titanium Dioxide for sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.”

Do I recommend these products? Of course I do. There are so many positives and very few negatives. I don’t have reactive skin but I think one or the other would work for any skin type. The Serum Foundation especially would work for those with oily skin. While these aren’t my holy grail of foundations I’m not sorry that I bought them and I’m using them almost every day. As I’m typing this I have Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation on the left side of my face and The Ordinary Serum Foundation on the right side of my face. I see no difference in the coverage. At $43 vs $6.70 which would you choose? —  Marcia

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