I was recently thinking about changing up my foundation game and heading for something new. I didn’t overly mind spending a little or a lot providing I had a good coverage, longevity and it controlled my mad oily skin.
I was advised to give a foundation under the name of ‘The Ordinary’ a try as they had copious shades to cater for my pale skin and two options, a serum formula and full coverage formula. The product varies from £5.75-£6.00 depending on where you purchase (retailers I’m aware of are ASOS, cult beauty and BeautyBay) so naturally I purchased one of each.
- Thinner, more runny liquid texture therefore a little goes a long way.
- Buildable coverage.
- Spot on colour matching.
- Lasts approx 8 hours.
- Lightweight and non cakey appearance.
- Gives the skin a dewy finish.
Full coverage formula
- Thick, but fair consistency.
- Fuller coverage.
- Colour matches well but oxidises a little once applied.
- Lasts 4-6 hours.
- Lightweight however due to thicker consistency can become cakey if not applied sparingly.
- More of a matte appearance as it sinks into pores more than the serum formula.
My verdict on both is that for the price, you really cannot go wrong. I suffer with blemished and acne, as well as scarring and both formulas cover all redness and bumps to a level where I’m more comfortable with my face. Both formulas do need setting with powder or setting sprays to last a little longer, although neither formulas claim to have a set hour wear, so the length of time they do last, is pretty satisfactory.
I prefer the serum formula as it glides over the pores rather than sticking to the face and tends to hide my scarring a little more than the thicker formula. It also gives you a more healthy looking glow, which is always appreciated, especially in the UK winter time!
bottom images: top swatch is full coverage and bottom swatch is serum foundation.
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