The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review {And It’s Under £6!} | UK Wedding Blog

It’s that time of the month again! Foundation Friday comes round in a flash. This month, let’s hear it for my first budget base review. At only £5.90, this new offering from the renowned The Ordinary was so hotly anticipated the brand struggled to keep up with demand (I preordered this and it took a month to get here) There were also noises online of a 25,000 strong waiting list. But is it worth the hype?

Made by Deciem, where performance and affordability are key, there are two foundations in the Ordinary’s portfolio thus far – the Coverage Foundation, and the Serum Foundation. I am not a fan of serum bases – for me, they have a tendency to slide off and gather, so I ordered the Coverage Foundation in the two lightest neutral shades {If you want to see the Serum Foundation reviewed, please let me know!}  There is a super handy swatch guide to the colours here, and there is a comprehensive guide to what shade has what undertone here too. There are 21 shades ranging from Very Fair to Very Deep. But we digress – let’s get into it shall we?

The Claims .

“High-Spreadability Pigment Suspension System with High Coverage

  • Lightweight, non oily texture with high pigment content
  • 21 shades from Very Fair to Very Dark
  • Cruelty-free, soy-free, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, alcohol-free, nut-free
  • SPF 15 (natural sunscreen through titanium dioxide)
  • Semi matte finish
  • Full-medium coverage
  • Affordable cost
  • High spreadability
  • Variety of undertones – pink, neutral, red and yellow
  • Avoids collecting in fine lines
  • Plastic bottle with pump

The Before And Afters 

Shade 1.2N


This is an easy product to apply – it blends on seamlessly, and is opaque without being super dense – you’ll see darker freckles through it but cover high colour. Consistency wise, it’s a silky thin-cream texture, of which you only need a small amount. Upon buffing in, after a few seconds it starts to lose its slip and set, but doesn’t dry down to impenetrable grip so I’d definitely suggest setting with powder for the oily amongst you. My skin is combination dehydrated/slightly oily and as I didn’t prime underneath, a little oil did come through my t-zone throughout the day, but not before a good 5-6 hours of wear.  It has also been super hot this week so it has had a bit of an unfair test as I really feel the heat and I do get shinier than usual in it.

Colour Matching

I honestly feel that The Ordinary could not have tried any harder to provide all the tools online for a successful colour match – the info online is so extensive (so yay, because it’s not always as easy!) What is also unique about this foundation is it’s adaptability – supposedly it blends with your skin tone meaning that you could choose shades in or around the correct one and the technology will mean they will work to match your skin tone. Who knows how, but pretty clever! Which actually, is funny, because as I sit looking at 1.2N on the inside of my wrist, it looks super warm yet on these photos and on my face it did appear much more neutral.

The Verdict

If I had to surmise, I’d say – pretty damn good. Not exceptional (but remember I strive for absolute perfection from bases), but I think it’s a good solid foundation with a good, buildable med-full coverage which should satisfy anyone looking for moderately durable wear, good coverage and a natural luminous semi matte finish.  I’d be very surprised if you could find a better shade range, finish and coverage for £6.90

You’ll like this if you like – Nars Sheer Glow, L’Oreal True Match

Best for – normal – oily skin, normal skin (I will keep you updated on how to fairs on dry skin as a friend is trying the colour I bought but didn’t use)

Plus points – super natural feel on the skin, great price, great colour range, gives a natural finish I think both makeup wearers and non makeup wearers will love

Minus points – this did crease on me slightly, and in the heat it did move so after 12 + hours it had worn away a little in my t zone

Emily x


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