The Ordinary is a pretty revolutionary brand with a lot of hype surrounding it. And rightly so. Their skincare offers effective, quality ingredients that actually work for a fraction of the price of their competition. So when they released their first makeup products a few months ago people were excited.

They offer two foundations, both available in 21 shades with neutral, pink, yellow and red undertones so most people should be able to find a pretty solid match. There's even a few shades with gold or silver shimmery highlights if you like some extra glow. I originally got the shade 1.2N in both foundations but this shade leans very yellow so be wary of that - 1.1P ended up being a much better match for me. The packaging is clean and simple: clear plastic bottles with a rubberised pump that isn't necessarily luxurious but certainly looks like it costs more than £6. The bottles do seem pretty dinky but they contain the standard 30ml of foundation so you're not missing out on any product.

The Serum Foundation (£5.70) is the first one I tried (you can read my first impressions here). The formula is silky and very thin, almost watery, so I find it best applied with fingers because my Real Techniques Sponge tends to suck most if it up. It glides onto skin easily and looks incredibly natural. It is definitely a lighter foundation but I was impressed at how well it can be built up for more coverage. However, I find that the natural finish means it doesn't have the best lasting power. By the end of the day it looks fairly patchy on me even though I don't have particularly oily skin. Therefore, this one is definitely better for those with drier skin and like less coverage.

As the name suggest, the Coverage Foundation (£5.90) packs more of a punch. The formula is thicker than the serum foundation but definitely still lightweight and easy to blend. I’d describe the coverage as medium but it layers well without getting cakey so you could build it up. This one definitely applies best with a slightly damp beauty blender and has a natural, satiny finish. For me it’s got the ideal coverage and finish to even out my skin without feeling heavy and has quickly become my ideal everyday foundation. However,  I have fairly dry skin and still feel like I need to set it with powder so I can imagine it disappearing quite quickly on oily skin.

The bottom line: both foundations are great, affordable options. The Serum Foundation has pretty light coverage with a dewy finish and a thin formula that feels weightless on the skin. This one is definitely best for those who like a more natural, no-makeup makeup look and have skin on the drier side. The Coverage Foundation has medium coverage and a satin finish that still looks and feels very natural. This one is better for those who want a bit more coverage and would work best on dry to normal skin. I think you could get away with it even if you have oily skin but it would definitely need to be set with powder and possibly blotted during the day.

Have you tried either of The Ordinary Foundations?

Thanks for reading, Lucy x
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