Brand Review | The Inkey List (niacinamide, retinol, eye creams, oat cleanser & more)

Gender neutral, ingredient focused, inexpensive and TikTok famous. Sounds like The Ordinary good, right? Over the past few months, I’ve been testing out quite an assortment of The Inkey List’s skincare products to see if they can make my skin look as Gen Z as the audience they market to.

They’re compared to The Ordinary a lot and for good reason. First, they have products with a high cconcentration of expensive skincare ingredients for a really low price. Second, they both focus on spreading scientific skincare knowledge. Third, and most important, they both start with “The”.

There are a few things that set them apart though. The Inkey List focuses more on a pleasant user experience, which is important to promote consistent, regular use. One of my favourite features about this brand is the packaging. It’s extremely informative. The Inkey List’s philosophy divides skincare into 5 steps () and de packaging tells you in which step does the product your using fall into.It also says if you should use it day or night, and what other products can it be used it. Even the inside of the packaging is useful …..

All of the products come is a very neutral, black and white plastic containers. There obviously the care here of having light-blocking and air tight packaging for products that are sensitive to light and air. The only thing is that I would prefer glass instead of plastic. If nothing else because it’s better for the environment.

I appreciate brands that cater to consumers without making a gender distinction. Products marketed towards woman tend to be more expensive than the masculine equivalent; skincare lines for men traditionally offer less options. A unisex packaging won’t confuse consumers when it’s time to buy (and it also won’t intimidate that macho guy Bruno who’s too much of a p*ssy to use something with pink packaging).

None of these products have fragrance or unnecessary sensitizing ingredients,

The secret for good skin is simple: consistent use, good ingredients, and plastic surgery.


Retinol – 11.45€ for 30 ml

This is the one product that made me turn to the Inkey List. I wasn’t happy with The Ordinary’s version of retinol serum, 1% Retinol in Squalane, because I don’t feeling my skin oily. This serum is a lightweight serum that spread easily and doesn’t leave skin greasy. Also, it layers well with moisturisers.

Retinol Serum Ingredient List: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Squalane, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolipids, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol

Niacinamide – 7.95€ for 30 ml

This serum has a watery texture that’s a bit thicker than the hyaluronic acid serum, but still very easy to spread on the skin. Niacinamide is the second ingredient on the list, which means it’s a pretty high concentration, which is great. The serum has a lot of moisturizing, skin-replenishing ingredients: glycerin, squalane, hyaluronic acid, propanediol. It’s niacinamide delivered in a very hydrating cocktail.

Niacinamide Serum Ingredient List: Water (Aqua/ Eau), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Allantoin, Disodium Edta, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol, Glycolipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate.

Hyaluronic Acid – 6.95€ for 30 ml

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that holds onto water and brings it from the outside into your skin. It’s nice to see a Hyaluronuc acid serum that has so many peptides in it. It’s a very liquid-y

Hyaluronic Acid Ingredient List: Water (Aqua/Eau), Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1

Collagen Booster

Another product with a lot of peptides.

Collagen Booster Ingredients List: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1

Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment

16.95€ for 30 ml

For lightening, has vitamin C

Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment Ingredient List: Aqua (Water/ Eau), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tranexamic Acid, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, 1-Methylhydanto- in-2-Imide, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Cetearyl Olivate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lecithin, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Polysorbate 60, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus Ferment, Sorbitan Isostearate.

Peptide Moisturizer

16.95€ for 50 ml

Peptide Moisturizer Ingredient List: Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Maltodextrin, Pentapeptide-48.

Eye Creams

Retinol Eye Cream – 11.45 € for 15 ml

Retinol Eye Cream Ingredient List: Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Cetearyl Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Propanediol, Glycogen, Sodium Gluconate, Retinol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Humulus Lupulus Extract.

Caffeine Eye Cream – 10.45€ for 15 ml

Caffeine Eye Cream Ingredient List: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Squalane, Caffeine, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Phospholipids, Tribehenin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Behenate, Glycolipids, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Leuconostoc/radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Darutoside, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol.

Oat Cleansing Balm

11.54 € for 150 ml

I Have mixed feelings with this one. Now that the weather is warmer, the consistency is much. During the winter this got so solid it was hard to squeeze it out of the bottle. I’m sure there is a lot of innuendo in this

Oat Cleansing Balm Ingredient List: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Candelilla Cera (Cire de candelilla), Silica, Sorbitan Stearate, Tribehenin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aqua (Water/Eau), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

4 thoughts on “Brand Review | The Inkey List (niacinamide, retinol, eye creams, oat cleanser & more)

  1. I‘m a big fan of The Inkey List skincare. I love every single product I tried from this brand and I agree with you the textures are much more user friendly than those from The Ordinary. They really are great value for money products, very easy to add to any skincare routine and become must-haves to keep buying on repeat. The Retinol is by far my favorite and I need to have a go at the Niacinamide. I thought it would not be suitable for my very dry, sensitive skin, but I’ll follow your advise.

    Thank so much for mentioning me, my blog and the boosters post and adding all the links as well! It really means a lot to me!

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    1. I think you would enjoy the niacinamide serum, it works well on my dry patches as well. The serum is very hydrating overall. And of course! I learned something new (and that’s not that easy with skincare anymore) and I wanted to share! 😀

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