Getting foundation as a pale girl is THE BIGGEST pain. Getting affordable foundation as pale girl is next to IMPOSSIBLE. The Ordinary as a brand have been so hyped and when these foundations were released there was a 15,000 person wait list! I decided to wait a little and stalk swatches online before trying them out myself. Both foundations cost only £5.80 for 30ml which quite frankly is insanely affordable. They have 21 shade options all with different undertones. (The Ordinary have a great table on their site explaining all the different shade options and undertones) I picked up both foundations in 1.0P which is very fair with pink undertones. Don’t panic though if you’re pale but don’t have pink undertones they also have a 1.0N (neutral undertones) and 1.0NS (neutral undertones with silver highlights)
Both foundations are a great match for me. I was over the moon when the parcel arrived. I’ve swatched them both in natural light (unedited as always) and also added a swatch of my Revlon ColourStay foundation in 110 Ivory as a comparison. They’re definitely more yellow toned than the Revlon Colourstay but when blended out this thankfully isn’t noticeable!
Both foundations are fragrance free so perfect for sensitive skin and are cruelty free and approved for vegetarians and vegans.
‘A serum-textured natural coverage foundation that softens undesirable hues and visibly reduces imperfections’
The Serum foundation is extremly runny, you need to shake it well before using and be careful it doesn’t run off your hand. One pump covers my face perfectly. You can go in with a second pump if you want to up the coverage slightly as this builds well and doesn’t go cakey. It can be built to a medium coverage. I’ve applied this with both a beauty blender and a buffing brush and both worked well. I personally preferred the beauty blender finish but that’s just my preference! Honestly this is the lightest weight foundation I’ve ever tried. When blended in you literally feel like there’s nothing on your face. As it blends it has an almost velvet/silky texture. If you like glowy skin this is definitely a foundation for you. I personally don’t think this would work as well with oily skin or people that like a matte finish to foundation.
I feel it ever so slightly oxidised but it still blended with my natural skin tone perfectly so this wasn’t an issue. I wore this for around 12 hours the first time and it still looked flawless. It didn’t crumble or cake, even around my mouth and nose. Honestly I’m blown away with this foundation, I need to get my hands on a few more bottles before it goes out of stock again! I’d also like to try the neutral undertone version to see the difference in the two shades.
‘A high-coverage creamy foundation that softens undesirable hues’
This obviously has a much thicker consistency than the serum foundation, The Ordinary still advise shaking well before use. Again one pump fully covered my face. I didn’t find this as buildable, it went slightly cakey but honestly I don’t feel like you need to build coverage as this has a very full coverage already. I applied this with a beauty blender and it blends beautifully. I tried applying it with a brush but it did not work! The foundation went streaky and patchy and I just didn’t like the finish so I’d definitely only recommend this if you use a beauty sponge for application. This lasted as long as the serum foundation though I felt it looked a little worse for wear at the end of the 12 hours. Like the serum foundation this also oxidised, it was more noticeable but I think this is just due to the more full coverage.
I did like the coverage foundation and think I’ll be glad of it when my skins breaking out and I need extra coverage but the serum is definitely my favourite. I just can’t get over how lightweight it is!
I was disappointed by The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid but I’m so glad I didn’t give up on the brand as these I am completly sold on! I’ve actually gone and bought more of the serum foundation just in case it goes out of stock for a long time!
Have you tried The Ordinary’s foundations? Are they on your wish list?