The Ordinary is a brand I’ve followed and loved for a good few months now – they specialise in skincare but not too long ago they brought out two different foundation formulas that sold out in minutes. Since then, it’s been ridiculously hard to get your hands on them and almost every site they’re sold on, you have to be waitlisted for them. That was until I got a little email from Beauty Bay saying they were both back in stock, so I snapped them up instantly. I bought some for my friend Rosie to try as well, because I was a tad too excited. I’m going to be reviewing all of my The Ordinary products in the next week; I just felt like these foundations deserved a post of their own.
So you have the Coverage foundation and the Serum foundation – judging by the names of them, I thought the Coverage would be better suited for me and is therefore the one I’ve been trying out more heavily than the other. I bought them in 1.1P and I’m really impressed that I actually managed to nail the shade matching, it’s the first time it’s ever happened! The packaging of these fits in really well with the rest of the products – the box it comes in is black as opposed to white (which I love), and the bottles they come in are a similar size to the skincare products and similar design. Means they’re all a dream to photograph together!
We’ll start with the Serum foundation, which I thought would be my least favourite. I was pleasantly surprised by this one – the first few times I used it I really didn’t like it and thought the coverage was way too light for me, but then I started using 2 pumps instead of 1 and I completely love the finish. I didn’t expect this to last on my skin at all, but I find that I just get the tiniest bit oily and that can be fixed with a quick blotting and re-powdering. I’ve only been blending with a foundation brush for the moment and I find that most foundations go oilier on me when I use brushes, so I will have to try it out with a beauty blender. It’s perfect for days when you don’t need as high coverage but it’s definitely buildable and I find myself reaching for this on most days.
The Coverage foundation is, as the name suggests, is higher coverage which I prefer because I have a lot of spots and a lot of redness that don’t need to be seen by the outside world. I wasn’t as impressed with this until I started building up the coverage more – I was too used to the Seventeen Stay Time foundation which I only need one pump with so I didn’t go for any more. 2 pumps does me fine, and it does go a bit oily on me throughout the day but as with the Serum foundation, I use a foundation brush with this and maybe a beauty blender would do me better. Neither of these foundations oxidise which I think is completely magical, because it’s so hard to find a foundation that doesn’t oxidise nowadays. The colour stays perfect on me all day and the oiliness doesn’t disrupt the coverage at all.
Overall, I’m so impressed with these. For about £6 a bottle, they are more than worth the money and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to up the price for them with the rising demand. I can’t even pick a favourite between the two – they both leave my skin looking radiant and well-covered, and they both last the same on me. I tend to swap between the two depending on what I feel like that day. I’ll always be a fan of The Ordinary products, and these foundations are now a must-have in my makeup collection and I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Have you ever tried The Ordinary foundations?