The Inkey List Niacinamide – 2 minute review.

The Inkey list Niacinamide Review

What is it?

The Inkey List Niacinamide serum contains 10% Niacinamide to help reduce excess oil, breakouts, and redness. Priced at £6.99 for a 30ml bottle. You can pick one up from your local Boots or most online beauty retailers, or via the link below.

About the brand.

Similar to The Ordinary, The Inkey List is all about simplifying skincare and saying how it is. A brand after my own heart!

Providing us the consumer with good quality skincare ingredients at affordable prices.

Whilst the brand’s ethos is almost identical to that of The Ordinary’s. The products themselves differ. With different textures and consistencies.

In addition, the brand prides itself on being customer-focused. When they launched in 2018, they did so with the hope of helping to eradicate all the confusion around skincare. Thank god because skincare is so bl*ody confusing.

What does the brand have to say?

“A lightweight, power-packed serum containing 10% Niacinamide. This naturally occurring B3 vitamin helps to effectively reduce excess oil, blemishes and redness. Additionally formulated with 1% Hyaluronic Acid for added hydration and effective delivery.”


  • “10% niacinamide helps to control excess oil, target blemishes and tackle redness”
  • “1% hyaluronic acid solution helps to hydrate and plump skin”

What do you need to know?

  • What is it used for: A treatment serum to help reduce breakouts and excess oil.
  • Consistency and Texture: Super lightweight, none sticky, glides over the skin like a dream. It does not leave a sticky film or any residue once it has dried down.
  • Does it play nice with other products: Absolutely.
  • Smelly?: Nope. Doesn’t really smell of anything.
  • Non-Comedogenic?: Nope. This does contain an ingredient that may clog your pores.
  • Likely to irritate?: Highly unlikely.

Who is it for?

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Specifically ideal for anyone struggling with oil or breakouts.

Is there a cheaper alternative?


Is it worth the money?


What do we think?

Niacinamide, as an ingredient is super impressive. Not only does it help with excess oil and breakouts, but it can also help with inflammation, redness, and pore size.

In addition, it helps the skin to retain moisture and helps treat hyperpigmentation.

I have combination skin and therefore find a Niacinamide serum useful in my skincare routine.

I like the fact that The Inkey list have added some Hyaluronic acid into the mix with this serum too as it helps keeping the skin hydrated.

The consistency, as I have found with all Inkey List products I have tried, is lightweight, glides over the skin and dries down without leaving any residue.

However, this product did not wow me. It’s an okay serum however I did not notice any difference a to my skin and I have used much better Niacinamide serums that have given me real results. I will link one here.

This is a great serum for the price and I do recommend it for anyone looking to trial Niacinamide. It will make a good starting point.

For me though, I am not blown away.

Top Tip.

For anyone that also has combination skin, try tailoring your skincare routine to suit all areas. For example, I use ingredients like Niacinamide in the center of my face where I tend to get oily and suffer from congestion. However, I use more hydrating ingredients on the rest of my face as that is where it is needed.

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If this hyaluronic serum does not sound like it’s the one for you, don’t worry. I have another 2-minute read review here you may be interested in.

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