Battle of the Foundations: The Ordinary Foundation Review


So I’ve been thinking of ideas for a blog series and I thought what better than to write about my struggles with finding the perfect foundation? For years I’ve tried drugstore and high end foundations, CC/BB creams, tinted moisturisers and all else to combat the many skin concerns I have and to achieve the flawless base I so dream of. I’m currently using NARS Sheer Glow which has worked well but I’m wanting to explore my options a little more. For each review I aim to keep the same prep, cleansing my face and then applying Benefit ‘That Gal’ brightening face primer before applying the foundation of choice with a damp Real Techniques Beauty Blender.

The Ordinary? Who are they?

The Ordinary are a branch under DECIEM who pride themselves in “Clinical Formulations with Integrity”, presenting a honest and innovative cruelty-free brand. Although being more well known for their inexpensive skincare, The Ordinary also launched two foundations as the start of a makeup line, a serum foundation and a coverage foundation.

Before I review the foundations I thought it only fair to post a photo of my skin bare from any makeup (apart from primer) and inform you I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and dry patches. I also have a lot of discolouration and redness from acne scarring and still get bad breakouts.


The Ordinary: Serum Foundation (Shade 1.1P)

Firstly, both of these foundation are almost crazy in pricing! £5.75? for 30ml? It’s a miracle!

On the website, the product is described as “lightweight medium-coverage” which is a pretty fair summary. On applying the foundation to the back of my hand I was a little worried at just how runny the formula was but on the face it wasn’t too bad. I’d compare the consistency to a more of a BB or CC cream than a foundation and if you like light coverage or perhaps need something super fresh with SPF then this is the choice for you.

As for how it lies on the skin, I noticed quite a bit of creasing around the nose and eye area and it failed to completely cover my redness. I don’t think this particular formula is for me as I like more of a fuller coverage and found this foundation a little drying.


The Ordinary: Coverage Foundation (Shade: 1.1P)

The coverage foundation is just a smidge more expensive at £5.95 but who’s complaining? not me!

On the website, the description boasts that in comparison to the serum foundation, the pigment levels are higher and you can definitely tell in just the formula of the product as it is noticeably thicker which is expected in a higher coverage foundation. It also claims that the product leaves a “semi-matte” finish, which makes for a lovely dewy look that isn’t too greasy.

Although I prefer this formula comparing to the serum as it helped to cover more of my problem areas, I still had issues with my skin feeling dry, hopefully a setting spray or face mist might help.

However, it’s better than a lot of well-known branded foundations that I’ve tried so props to The Ordinary for producing a product that beats some of the beauty biggies!

Overall, The Ordinary have two solid foundations that can match different uses. They’re cruelty free and vegan which is a huge deal for all those ethic-conscious makeup users! For the cost of the products these are great to try out for yourself if you’re looking for a new foundation without breaking the bank.

If you live in the UK, you can purchase The Ordinary from BeautyBay or CultBeauty

I’m eager to try out some of their other products!

Thanks for reading,




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