My Thoughts on the Ordinary Serum & Coverage Foundation



The blogging community and the rest of the world went crazy when The Ordinary added two new foundations to their line up, The serum foundation and a coverage. I've actually had both for quite a while so I thought it was about time I documented my thoughts.


First of all there was the whole ordering drama. I actually had no issues ordering the serum one but the Coverage I was waiting around 6 weeks for. But I think this is no longer an issue and most of the shades are in stock.

The Serum Foundation | £5.70

The serum foundation claims to be a light weight serum texture foundation, that offers light to medium coverage. On paper this sounds like the perfect foundation. In person this does have really a watery consistency that is so easy to blend. It works well with the Beauty Blender or a brush. The coverage is medium and easy to build without cakeing up. It has a very natural, skin like finish. It doesn't do much in terms of plumping or smoothing the skin. So if you're looking for a 'your skin but better' foundation this would be ideal. It wears really well on me too, I don't notice this breaking at all throughout the day.

 My only issue is the shade. It comes in 21 shades that are divided between light, medium and dark tones. As well as catering for cool, Red, Pink and Yellow under tones. which is great, I'm sure most people would be able to get a perfect match. But for some reason I went for the shade 3.1 which is a few shades too dark for me. But I've been testing it regardless.

The Coverage Foundation | £5.90

The coverage option contains more pigments than the serum foundation, offering better coverage, but still claiming to have a smooth finish. The consistency is a lot more creamy and thicker than the serum foundation, but this doesn't pose a problem blending it out. It's actually really easy and it blends seamlessly into the skin. The finish is similar to the serum one as well, it has a very natural satin finish. Which can be altered to matte or dewy depending on the primer you use. I don't think this looks cakey, or turns cakey throughout the day. The coverage is medium to full and easy to build. The wear time is really good and it looks good for around 6 hours before my natural oils start to break it up.

I went for the shade 2.1 which was a perfect match when I'm tanned. This doesn't look as natural on the skin as the serum one, but it doesn't look unnatural by any means. I think I prefer this over the serum foundation, because the coverage is slightly better. And the shade is better. But I have actually ordered the right shade of the serum with Gold shimmers in it so I think that one might change my mind.

Overall, for the price and shade range you can't really go wrong with either foundation.

Have you tried either of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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