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.
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.
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!