May 24, 2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS - The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

This post had to be one of the most highly requested posts ever! So here it is .... my first impressions on the very hyped up brand, 'The Ordinary' - Coverage Foundation. 
The Coverage Foundation retails for $12.90AUD and I ordered from DECIEM | The Abnormal Beauty Company website (I also purchased High Adherence Silicone Primer, if you would like to see a review on that, just let me know!). I was a bit worried about selecting a shade, as it is a risky thing to pick a shade online, but Wayne Goss has generously shared his MAC Shade Reference guide (below list), so you can roughly find the right shade for you.

P: Pink Undertones R: Red Undertones N: Neutral Undertones YG: Neutral/Yellow Understones Y: Yellow Undertones 
NW10 - 1.0P
NW13 - 1.0P
NW15 - 1.1P
NW18 - 1.2P
NW20 - 1.2P
NW22 - 2.0P
NW25 - 2.1P
NW30 - 2.1P
NW33 - 2.1P 
NW35 - 3.0R
NW40 - 3.1R
NW43 - 3.1R
NW44 - 3.1R
NW45 - 3.1R
NW46 - 3.2N
NW47 - 3.2N 
NW48 - 3.2N
NW50 - 3.2R
NW55 - 3.2R
NW58 - 3.3N
NC10 - 1.0N
NC15 - 1.1N
NC20 - 1.2N/1.2Y/1.2YG
NC25 - 2.0N/2.0YG
NC30 - 2.1Y
NC35 - 2.1Y
NC37 - 2.1Y
NC40 - 2.1Y
NC41 - 2.1Y
NC42 - 2.1Y
NC43.5 - 3.0Y
NC44 - 3.0Y
NC44.5 - 3.0Y
NC45 - 3.1Y
NC47 - 3.1Y
NC50 - 3.2N
NC55 - 3.2N

I chose the shade 1.0P, as I'm NW10 in MAC foundations and I'm happy to report, it was a pretty close match. The delivery took about two and a bit weeks, which was understandable as the site pre-warned that it might take up to 10 days before they could ship the product due to high demand. 
Now, let's see what 'The Ordinary' says about their Full Coverage foundation.
The ORDINARY - "The Ordinary Coverage Foundations are full-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations contain higher pigment levels than our Serum Foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream. The pigments used in these formulations are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect.These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary"

The foundation contains 30ml of product, which I am a little suspicious about because when I received it in the mail, the bottle was definitely not full (see below photo). I find it hard to believe I had 30ml worth in my bottle, however, it could just be my bottle! 

Rough iPhone photo. This was before I even used the foundation for the first time.

Before Photo 

Foundation alone

Finished Makeup Look

Now, my first impressions and thoughts on the product itself! 
NOTE: I applied the foundation with a Beauty Blender and I used the Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer. 

- It's $12.90!
Need I say more?

- They have changed the dropper to a pump instead
I like the idea of a pump much more, application mess free! 

- The foundation has a satin finish 
I'm a big fan of the finish. I like the way it sits on the skin and it is pleasantly velvety to the touch.

- Medium Coverage
As a girl that uses Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (that stuff is FULL coverage), I wouldn't describe this as full coverage. I can get medium coverage after two light layers. It does cover the redness and uneven skin tone really nicely though. 

- Lightweight formula 

- Cracking
I did notice after a few hours (roughly 4 hours), it did start to crack around some breakouts on my chin. This may be due to the choice of setting powder I used (Australis Fresh & Flawless).

- Long Lasting
Other than the cracking around my breakouts, it seems to wear off really nicely in a gradual way on the rest of my face and I could get a good 7 hours out of it. 

- I don't recommend this for dry skin
If you have quite parched skin, I wouldn't recommend this one for you, this sinks in the dry patches and accentuates them more. The Serum Foundation may be a better option for you, although I haven't yet tried this one. 

These are my personal thoughts on the product so far. I don't know if I love it, but I certainly don't hate it! I will definitely keep playing around with it, using a different powder or primer and see if it makes a difference with the cracking. I love the fact that it is super affordable, so even if I did hate it, at least I'm not mad at wasting an exorbitant amount of money! 

I made another order (the time on Adore Beauty) and purchased some of 'The Ordinary' skincare goodies! So just let me know if you would like to hear about my thoughts on them too!
Have you tried the Serum or Coverage foundation? What did you think of it? Let's talk in the comments. 

Until next time lovelies!


  1. Anonymous5/24/2017

    Interesting review! I may have to think about this one

  2. Great review - really interesting to hear your thoughts! I've been hearing a LOT of good reviews about this and the serum foundation but it just seems like praise and not a lot of nitty gritty details? I still really want to try it though haha, it's so affordable!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. It looks gorgeous on you! I've been wanting to try this but glad you said it isn't great for dry skin! My skin is so dry and just can't imagine it would work for me!

    Stacey x

  4. Looks very interesting! I think I'm a bit more tempted by the serum foundation because I'm afraid of the cracking/separating you mentioned :) But it does look lovely on your skin after application :)

    x Helen

  5. Ahhh so much keenness to try this!! I think it looks beautiful on you and the finish and coverage sounds exactly what I like in a foundation!

  6. So glad you've shared this review as this is on my buying list when my buying ban is up next month. I am going by the Wayne Goss advice too and ordering in line with my Mac foundation :) Looking at your photos though it looks great on you. Nice post xx

  7. I am so keen to try this but I'm a bit wary given there's a few different matches for my Mac shade and I can't actually sample it. However given it's less than $15, I might just bite the bullet and grab all the recommended shades once my no buy is over. Hopefully the stock levels will be a bit better then too!

  8. I love how they use lettering in the shade names to show what undertone it is. So handy! Great packaging and results look fantastic!
    Isabella |

  9. Wow this looks great. Would love to try this

  10. This is going on my list of things to buy!

  11. Thanks for the review, I was really curious about it!

  12. Good article, your sharing is so nice, love your work!