the ordinary high-adherence silicone primer | DECIEM

The Ordinary is an affordable skincare brand under the umbrella of DECIEM. The Ordinary has been one of the most talked about skincare brands in recent months; and if you’ve managed to snag one or two items on the Sephora site (they do not offer this brand in stores; only online), then you’re one of the lucky few! A major selling point for The Ordinary is their price point which starts at an affordable cost of $4.90 and climbs to $17.80 CDN. With all the luxe brands Sephora has to offer, it was a nice change to see a brand offering a multitude of products at prices drugstore brands would struggle to compete with!

Although I have several primers already, I decided to order the High-Adherence Silicone Primer as the price point was too good to pass up for something that may be the answer to my skincare prayer – t-zone oil control without drying the rest of my face up. Two days later, I had this 30ml plastic tube of silicone primer in hand, waiting to be applied after moisturizer and before foundation.  

--> The High-Adherence Silicone Primer ($4.90 CDN, 30ml) is a blurring surface smoother and primer with advanced adaptive silicones aimed to reduce pores, mattify, hydrate and blur the skin while keeping makeup looking HD and long lasting. The product is vegan, nut, gluten, alcohol and cruelty-free. 

The primer comes in a sturdy, travel friendly, squeeze styled plastic tube that looks clean, sleek and simple. I don’t feel like I have to worry about the product exploding if I’m not gentle enough. Although the plastic tube is simple, it doesn’t have a “cheapy” feel to it, which was surprising due to the affordability of this item.

The silicone primer comes out as an unscented, white gel-like consistency, unlike other silicone based primers that usually come out as transparent. When applied to the skin, it feels more like a tacky feeling moisturizer as opposed to the velvety feel of other silicone primers like YSL and Giorgio Armani. However, the gel dries down quickly and provides a blurred effect, noticeable around larger pores. It feels more like a moisturizer when applied than a silicone primer. 

I use this product every morning, after skincare and before makeup. My skin never feels overly greasy or dry when this primer is applied. It's just a happy balance of moisture. I found that my foundation does last long and that my t-zone is much less greasy throughout the day. Instead of blotting every few hours, I feel like my face is okay without touchups. However, when using blotting papers, I did notice more foundation transfer than usual, but nothing so noticeable that it deferred me away from using this product.


As an “on the whim” purchase, I would say this is my favourite one yet! This primer rivals those of luxe brands at a fraction of the price. In fact, I feel this primer is extremely similar to the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer. The YSL is a bit silkier on the skin but I prefer the feeling of a fast-drying primer that applies more like a moisturizer than silicone.

The lasting power of my foundation isn’t anything extraordinary, but I do like that this primer reduces the oil buildup on my t-zone throughout the day without causing excessive dryness everywhere else.

This product works with all skin types; however, I feel that oily skin would get the most out of this product as it does help mattify. It’s also a great product for anyone that wants the blurred effect of a silicone primer but doesn’t like that slippery feeling on their face. Oh and coming in under the cost of one latte from Starbucks, you can’t beat the price!


--> Absolutely. A little product goes a long way, so I don't anticipate running out anytime soon though!

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