The Ordinary high Adherence silicone primer review

Hey guys,

I’m still on the look out for more primers – however, it is quite difficult to find primers, or makeup in general from cruelty free brands – a lot of the cult favourites and effective makeup products are from brands that express an ambiguous standpoint when asked about their cruelty free position. I am currently using a primer from Too Faced which is similar to Benefit’s Porefessional. Read about it here.

The Ordinary is a skincare brand under DECIEM/ the abnormal beauty company which stocks a range of brands that focus on clinical and effective skincare treatments. What makes The Ordinary different from all the other brands offered is their prices which are all under $50 AUD, as sold on Adore Beauty. I have yet to visit the DECIEM store in Sydney so will update you all on the store selling price(Adore Beauty’s selling price is $8.80 AUD). All DECIEM products, across all brands including The Ordinary, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. [Source]. On top of that , DECIEM does not test on animals or stock in markets which allow the testing on animals.

I tried this primer out for the first time in one of my GRWM videos – you can check it out by clicking here. According to their website, this primer is also

  • alcohol free
  • oil free
  • nut free
Back of the tube also includes usage directions. 
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Ingredients list


(click on the links to read more about them – all information is sourced from the net, please correct me if a site is inaccurate and/or such.)

Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Hexamethyldisiloxane, Isoceteth-20, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

There’s quite a few ingredients that have been mentioned in articles of controversial ingredients – with the concerns and possible side effects being skin irritation and dermatitis. However, if you have sensitive skin and are in doubt, always do a patch test first or consult a skincare specialist.

Chlorphenesin has been reported to cause irritation and contact dermatitis in many, particularly those with sensitive & dry skin. In addition, research has shown it relax the skeletal muscle, depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Considering this, the FDA dissuades pregnant/nursing women and small children from using personal care products containing this ingredient.’ [Source]

Overall comments

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Extreme patchiness

Different to the waxy textures of Toofaced’s and Benefit’s Porefessional (I tried a sample last year but did not purchase the full size when I found out that they were not a cruelty free brand), this primer was more ‘moisturising in comparison’. However my foundation did not grip to the primer evenly despite me applying the foundation in the same manner I did for my other primers. I used both my fingers and the silicone sponge – this resulted in a very noticeably patchy application and finish as shown in the image above.

I will not be repurchasing this particular product.


Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!




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Design student | Sydney