I haven’t done a product review in a while so I thought it was about time to do one! A friend recommended The Ordinary Coverage Foundation to me the other week after I commented on how flawless her skin was looking. Aswell as using a few of the Ordinary’s skin care products, she told me about this foundation. At just £5.90, how could I say no to trying it out?! I’d heard of this brand before but never really looked into it and when I researched it, I discovered it was vegan as well as being cruelty free… bonus!
The bottle itself is pretty simple, nothing fancy. It has a matte black pump which is ideal as it makes it easier to measure the amount of product you’re using. The bottle is the standard 30ml amount but it does look tiny compared to other foundations I own! This isn’t a bad thing though; it makes it easier to travel with and if for any reason you needed it when you were out, it would fit nicely in your handbag.
I bought the shade 1.1N as I have fair skin with neutral undertones. The brands shade range varies from very pale to deep skin tones with 21 shades of foundation. The product claims to be full coverage so with it being such a low price, I was excited to see for myself.
A swatch of 1.1N
When dispensing a pump of the foundation on my hand, I found that the formulas consistency was somewhere in the middle of not being too thick but not watery either. I first used 3 pumps of foundation for my face; a pump on my forehead and one pump on each of my cheeks. Taking my Tarte Foundation Brush, I started to blend the product all over and into my skin. Once blended in, I realised that one layer wasn’t really full coverage, more medium I’d say, so I put another pump on my brush and applied it to my face. After putting a tad more of the product on, it did make a bit a difference so I would say this is a rather buildable foundation which is great!
This photo was taken this morning at about 10:30am after applying the foundation.
However, after wearing it for a couple of hours, it did cling to the dry patches on my nose so I was disappointed at that. I have horrendously dry skin on my nose and can struggle sometimes to find foundations that don’t make it look worse. To be honest, this foundation isn’t the best for dry skin as it made that particular area look flakey after just 1-2 hours of wear as it started breaking up around my nose. Its now 6pm and it looks fab everywhere else where my skin tends to get oily, but the dry areas on my nose are emphasised more.
The foundation after 2 1/2 hours of wear. You can see where it has clung to the dry patches around my nose.
I would say this foundation has a semi- matte finish; I found it definitely needs setting otherwise it doesn’t really dry and can transfer if not set with a powder.
Overall, I am in two minds with this foundation. In my opinion, I’d say it’s more suitable for normal – oily skin types as it does cling to dry patches however, I probably would still use it in the future, I’d just have to smother my nose in facial oil before applying it. I was happy with the skin match and thought it was pretty much perfect to my skin tone and I think the product is good for the price but it’s not as full coverage as my other foundations.
Have you guys tried this foundation? If so, let me know what you think of it.
Thanks for reading!