The Ordinary Foundations – An over 30’s review

I know, I know, Im late to the party in trying The Ordinary Foundations, but in truth, Im not one to really jump on the hype-bandwagon of products. Plus, I had more than enough base/foundation products in my stash to keep me going! Also, when it was launched, it reportedly had a 20,000 person wait list! I dint fancy being number 20,001! However, when I saw that my local House of Fraser had opened up a small Deciem concession within it, I thought it was the ideal time to investigate a little.

Now, I know there has been a little scandal and hoo-har surrounding the Deciem brand in the beauty world recently, but, Im not really interested in the drama or gossip. I hope they sort their shiz out, but will just judge The Ordinary products for what they are. The brand is completely cruelty free, so thats a huge plus point for me, and they have a physical spf 15 in them, from titanium dioxide (a non reactive, non toxic compound that absorbs UV rays)

Im not really one for heavy base products, I don’t have particular bad skin, I just feel I need a little light coverage to bring an evenness to my skin most of the time. So, the foundation that I had my eye on from The Ordinary was the serum foundation, which is their lightweight, light coverage offering. However, when I saw that it was just £6, yep, let that sink in……just six of your British Pounds!!!!!!!  I thought I may as well grab the full coverage one too, so I could compare.

I didn’t intend on doing a blog post on these, there are more than enough reviews out there to be read, but as I have a more…..ahem…..mature skin, I thought it could be worthwhile sharing my thoughts and a few of you lovely people wanted to know my findings. Your bid is my command…

So, my skin type is pretty normal/combination. I can be dry around my cheeks, then have a little oiliness on my forehead. I don’t often get spots, but my skin can react to products it dosent like with a spot or two. I do have some fine lines, a frown line you could park a bike in, and my under eye area can be a little dehydrated. Thats my skin in a nutshell, for comparison and reference.

The first product I tried was The Ordinary Serum Foundation, as this was the one I had been interested in. It is the light coverage/BB cream version, so offers a light to medium, but build able coverage. The colour I was given was 1.2N, which initially, I felt a little light, but once my bronzer etc went on, was ok. They have 21 shades on offer, so  I think I would be interested to try the next shade up, but maybe I will look at that in the Summer, or I could mix my much loved Body Shop Drops of Sun in with it. That would do the job nicely actually. (you can read the review on these drops if you are not sure what they are in this post, My Secret Make up Weapon In the Summer Months)

I tried a few different ways of applying this. A beauty blender, my fingers and a real techniques expert face brush. After a bit of playing around, I found my preferred method was using my brush. The areas that I felt that I needed a little more coverage in, like the chin and forehead, i used my beauty blender to tap it onto the skin in those areas. Jobs a goodun.

The Ordinary Foundations

I really liked the coverage of this one. It blended nicely, evened out my skin tone and was very comfortable to wear. Longevity wise, I found it stayed looking pretty perfect for about 6 hours, then it needed a little dusting of powder on my oilier areas. I do have foundations that last longer, but its so lightweight, you could quite easily pop another layer or touch it up without it looking cakey or uneven. Its a great product that I would buy again with no hesitation.

The Ordinary Full Coverage foundation, I didn’t like as much. I am not saying that it is a bad product in any way, just that it wasn’t for me. The coverage was pretty full, again still lightweight, but a little too much coverage for me. It was incredibly easy to apply and blend out, but I found it settled in my fine hairs that I have. Not a good look.

I did find it a little better if I used a damp beauty blender, and enjoyed wearing it applied this way. Obviously with this application method, it makes the coverage a little lighter, so this is probably why I liked it. I also liked it applied with a beauty blender over the areas I needed a little coverage on while wearing the Serum foundation. A little mix and match kinda combo.

The Ordinary Foundations

Both of these products are free from nasties, like parabens and sulphates, and despite the incredibly low price tag, (I know, Im still shocked) it has quite a high end feel. The packaging is simple, the branding modern and recognisable. I absolutely love the lightweight version, and will definitely re-buy. I don’t hate the full coverage, it just wasn’t right for my preference, and settled a little in my fine lines. The serums foundation feels more moisturising.

My advice, if you are thinking of these but not sure what coverage you like, is grab them both! If the full coverage is too full, you can use it as a concealer or as a stand by when your not having such a great skin day. I don’t think you can go far wrong with either. I hope this helps!


What are your thoughts? Are you more full coverage or lightweight? Have you tried either of these? I am keen to try some other bits from Deciem. If you have any recommendations for me, let me know in the comments xx.



  1. March 8, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I like lightweight foundations but that also provide decent coverage. Heavy coverage is not what I need either. I like using foundations that have a natural SPF in them. I don’t know many that do. A lot have chemical sunscreens in them, but they make me breakout.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 8, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Yes I am the same, I can be so sensitive to many sunscreens. I do dust a little mineral powder over the top of tis, that gives me a natural spf. The coverage in the Serum foundation is just right i think x Thank you for reading xx

  2. Lise
    March 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I got so distracted reading about the drama around the brand :’) I haven’t tried this one, I’m more of a BB cream or powder foundation girl, I haven’t found any foundations that work well with my skin. x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 9, 2018 / 8:37 am

      I know, its crazy eh! All that airing of dirty laundry. I think if you get the chance, try the Serum foundation as it is like a BB cream. I think youd like it if you like that sort of product xx. Thanks for reading xx

  3. March 9, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I normally wear full-coverage foundations because I often have redness and spots I like to cover, so the full-coverage one sounds perfect for me!
    I also can’t believe the foundations are so cheap & it’s great they’re cruelty-free & don’t include the bad ingredients!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 9, 2018 / 8:42 am

      I was so shocked how reasonable they were. They dont look or feel cheap either. yes you would probably enjoy the full coverage. Its still very lightweight. Thank you so much for reading xxx

  4. March 9, 2018 / 10:12 am

    I really want to try The serum foundation because it sounds exactly the same to my all time favorite foundation (Essence Pure Nude). Unfortunately Essence pure nude is not available any more, so I have to find a dupe for it. Lovely post as always dear. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 9, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! I think you would really enjoy it. It took me a little while to figure out how I prefer to apply it, but its fab! Thank you for reading xxx

  5. sgmart187
    March 10, 2018 / 2:27 am

    Sounds like a nice product, since I’m…. umm… recently 30, I’m thinking a bit more about taking better care of my skin.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 11, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Ahhhh your a mere baby haha! I know what you mean, I think we start becoming far more aware that our skin is changing once we turn 25! Anything that protects the skin with spf, dose not have any nasties in and is non comedonic is a winner as we, ahem, mature…… For the price, its definitely worth a shot xx Thanks for reading xx

  6. March 10, 2018 / 8:59 am

    What a lovely detailed review. I was looking at these recently, but when I saw how many shades there were I was like whaaat! Best wait until I can physically swatch them as you did. I’m the same, I only wear a light coverage/tinted moisturiser but have dry skin so it’s never easy finding one I like. Since these are so affordable I’m definitely going to try it (once I figure out what shade I am) !

    Samantha x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 11, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much! I love that the shades have variation according to whether you have a pink/yellow/neutral undertone. It makes them more natural on I think. Let me know what you think if you do decide to give them a go xxxx Thanks for popping over for a read xx

  7. March 10, 2018 / 11:08 am

    These sound absolutely brilliant and for only £6 you can’t go wrong. Really enjoyed reading your review, always like to read reviews from a lot of different sources before deciding on a product. The coverage sounds great, I am opting for a lighter coverage foundation more often now as I feel I don’t need anything too heavy. Finding out these are cruelty free has made me want to buy them even more! May have to have a little gander xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 11, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      Its a crazy price! They feel so much higher end too. I think as we move into the warmer months, a shade up in the serum foundation is going to be my go to. Its so light to wear. They have a fantastic ethical approach to animal testing Grace, great plus point! Thanks for reading xxx

  8. March 16, 2018 / 9:35 am

    I have heard so many good things about these foundations but have yet to try them! The lighter coverage one looks right up my street for daily wear so I might have to give it ago! I like that they have lots of shades so hopefully I would get a good match x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      March 17, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Hi Chloe, thank you for visiting x. Yes the light one is fab, and its currently my go to base. Im looking to try some other products from the brand now, Im so impressed. x

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