Let me start by saying, there is a reason these bad boys have a 25,000 strong waiting list. It’s because they are FREAKING AMAZING. So, spoiler alert, I’m writing this because I just have to share the love!
Disclaimer – I am a huge, huge fan of The Ordinary – it’s my favourite brand from Deciem‘s extensive suite (although I have a very soft spot for Hyaluron as well). A load of their products have taken up residence in my every day skin care regime and if you want to know more about them, check out my post here. But today, I need to tell you all about their new foundations.
I thought I’d start by talking about the fact that you can only get these foundations online (as far as I’m aware). Normally, that would fill me with dread because it is nigh on impossible to work out which colour you are from most makeup websites. Not so with The Ordinary.
They have a fairly broad colour range, with each shade tailored for yellow, neutral and pink undertones. You can even get foundations with silver and gold highlights in if you want a little extra summin summin.
I ordered 1.2P in both the serum and coverage foundations (because at those prices, I had to have both) and they are the perfect shade for me.
The serum is the more lightweight foundation of the two. It has a sheer coverage and a really thin, almost watery texture. I tried applying this product with a brush, a sponge blender and my fingers and found my fingers worked best – the brush and the sponge seemed to blend it away to almost nothing.
The foundation gives a light, “no makeup” coverage. It doesn’t cover all my blemishes, but it does even out my skin tone and is perfect for those days when you want a bit of a base, but not too much. I don’t find myself reaching for this one as much as the coverage foundation, but that’s because I prefer a bit more coverage most of the time.
OH MUMMA. This is the one! I love it. It gives the perfect amount of coverage for me and applies beautifully with a brush. The colour pay off is great, it doesn’t change shade and it’s still light and blendable. It covers my blemishes well, although I still use concealer under my eyes and on my spots. I would call it medium coverage, which could be built up to be more full. It’s not as full as Double Wear or All Nighter, which for me, makes it ideal for every day wear.
The only slight downside for me is my oily t-zone. This foundation isn’t mattifying and by about lunchtime, my nose is shiny. HOWEVER, even though my skin feels a bit oily, the foundation doesn’t slip around or rub off. It really lasts.
The Price and Packaging
Both foundations are a total bargain at £5.70 (for 30ml) of the serum and £5.90 (for 30ml) of the coverage. They come in a plastic pump bottle that you can lock. Slight minus points for not having a lid to avoid making a mess of your makeup bag, but I guess it cuts costs and I’ve not had any leakage so far.
In summary, The Ordinary have knocked it out of the park once again. I will definitely be stocking up on the coverage foundation when it runs out and can’t wait to find out whatever the matte and dewy watercolours are that they are teasing on their website!
Have you managed to get your hands on this foundation yet?
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