If you’ve heard, tried, and loved The Ordinary for its simplistic but effective approach to skincare, there’s another equally efficient kid on the block that should be on your radar.

Founded by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry in 2018, the UK-based brand uses their experience working at beauty retailer Boots to build a compact skincare range that caters to all skin types, gender, and age. 

If you wanted straightforward, these best The Inkey List products are exactly that, shunning complicated jargon, fancy packaging, and eye-watering price tags for foolproof labelling and affordable price ranges — we’re talking nothing above S$23 here. It might not have been around for very long, but it’s already cleared inventory at Sephoras here and around the world.

Because the brand is dedicated to helping you solve all your skincare woes, its website even has a 24/7 live chat function with skincare experts on the other end, as well as simple questionnaires that help determine your perfect regime. 

Otherwise, refer to this list for all the best The Inkey List products you should cop the next time they make it back on shelves here.

1
Vitamin B, C and E Moisturizer

We’ve reiterated time and again the importance of vitamins for the skin. This moisturiser is an easy starter for those looking to supercharge their skincare routine, with clarifying B3 (Niacinamide), brightening antioxidant Vitamin C, and soothing Vitamin E. The day and night treatment is a dream for dull, dehydrated skin, and can be followed by the brand’s Rosehip Oil to properly nourish skin. 

Price
S$8
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2
Caffeine Eye Cream

Again, this is similar to The Ordinary’s cult favourite Caffeine Solution. The wake-up call for your peepers uses Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) to reduce puffiness and dark circles from under the eyes, with the added benefit of Matrixyl 3000 peptide to smoothen the area before makeup. Pro tip: For a quick pick-me-up, store in the fridge for 30 minutes before use.

Price
S$18
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3
Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Like The Ordinary’s version, this serum promises a dewier, plumper complexion thanks to hyaluronic acid, a moisture magnet that can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. However, instead of vitamin B5, The Inkey List utilises Matrixyl 3000 instead, an anti-ageing peptide which promotes the skin’s natural collagen production. Use this twice a day straight after cleansing and toning to reap its hydrating benefits while boosting the efficacy of your other skincare products. 

Price
S$12
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4
Kaolin Clay Face Mask

If your skin’s getting congested from wearing a face mask, this gentle but effective clay mask helps unclog pores by drawing out impurities and improving oil control. The white smectite clay is perfect for all skin types — particularly those which are oily or blemish-prone. Use once or twice a week to dampened cleansed skin to gently exfoliate your face without drying it out.

 

Price
S$12
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5
Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment

If The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a little too harsh on your skin, this might be a better bet. Tranexamic Acid is not only anti-inflammatory, but also blocks the transfer of pigment from melanocytes to keratinocytes in the epidermis. In layman terms, it diminishes hyper-pigmentation. Acai berry extract and vitamin C also help brighten the skin’s complexion while giving it a more even tone. Best used after serums and before moisturiser at night. 

Price
Approx. S$20
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6
70% Alcohol Hand Treatment

Not exactly for the face, but we can’t say no to a good hand sanitiser. This antibacterial solution contains a high enough alcohol content to provide adequate antibacterial and antimicrobial protection, but is also packed full of hydrating ingredients like lipids to keep hands as soft as they are clean. The best part? For every 30ml purchased, The Inkey List donates 200ml to health care professionals and the vulnerable during this pandemic. 

Price
Approx. S$13
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7
Bakuchiol Moisturiser

Retinol can be a harsh and unforgiving world to play around in, especially for those with sensitive skin. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try; The Inkey List’s Bakuchiol moisturiser puts the natural alternative to retinol in the spotlight. Besides being extremely gentle — even on sensitive skin — the formula is also packed with Omega-3 rich Inchi Oil and squalane to keep skin bouncy and fresh for the morning.

 

Price
S$17
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8
Oat Cleansing Balm

With its high content of antioxidants, natural emollients and essential fatty acids, oat kernel oil was an easy choice for The Inkey List when looking to create an all-round makeup remover that comforts the skin while melting away makeup and impurities. There’s also colloidal Oatmeal to help reduce the appearance of redness while soothing irritation. For an extra boost of nourishment, leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Price
S$15
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9
Beta Hydroxy Acid

If you’re tired of fighting breakouts and blackheads, this might be a life saver. This serum contains two percent salicylic acid that penetrates deep within the skin to unclog pores. Because its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, it’ll also help calm breakout-prone skin, especially if its oily. Have a pesky spot or two? Use the BHA as a targeted treatment for blemish prone areas.

 

Price
S$20
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Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.