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The Foundation Files: The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

A while ago I tried out the The Ordinary Coverage Foundation and in all honesty I absolutely hated it. It didn't sit on my skin right and sat in all my dry patches. I just couldn't get it to work for me. But here we are and I am trying another The Ordinary foundation....let's see how it goes.

Before we start, I just wanted to give you a little overview of what you can expect from all of my Foundation Files posts (if you've read a Foundation Files before, you can probably skip this, unless you need a little recap). In each review I will give you photos of my skin before application, immediately after application and at the end of the day. I will talk about how I prep my skin before applying, as well as the method that I use to apply. I will also talk about the coverage and finish, as well as how well I think it wears throughout the day. Now as for my skin type (which will impact what I think of foundations) I have dry/normal skin. I do have blemish and pigmentation concerns, particularly in my T-Zone. Without further adieu, let's get into it! 

Today we will be talking about The Ordinary Serum Foundation, in case you missed that in the intro/title/photos. This is one of the two new TO foundations that has been released recently. Selling for less than $13, it is one of the most affordable foundations I have ever owned (probably the most affordable). The range includes 21 shades with warm and neutral shades. While, in my opinion, it still looks to be lacking darker shades, it is still quite a comprehensive range for such an affordable foundation.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulation. The foundation offers a moderate coverage that look still looks natural, all with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.
The pigments used in this format 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 are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary.

Alright, enough about what The Ordinary says about this foundation, here's what I say...

Now to apply I prepare my either by just using my moisturiser or by using a primer. I find The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer works well with it as well and tends to be my preference for primer. It does claim to work with any primer, but I find if I use illuminating primers, the foundation separates from the skin after applying, which lets be real...we don't want. I just put a couple of pumps on the back of my hand and apply with a sponge. The consistency is very light and very runny. I was actually quite surprised that the coverage was so good for such a runny consistency. 

When I bought it, the ladies told me it would be a sheer finish. It definitely wasn't. I was actually really impressed. It is definitely a medium coverage, that can be blended out to a lighter coverage if you wish. I only used probably 3 or 4 pumps to do my whole face, which I was quite impressed with. The finish is a semi matte, though it looks really natural. Before applying to my whole face I just did a small section of my cheek. Typically if I don't do my whole face, it's really obvious that I have just done a section. I may have forgotten that I did that small section and when I went to have a shower I found myself thinking 'why is left cheek looking so damn good!' That is the kind of finish it has - a natural, semi-matte look. 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

I was so excited when I finished applying this foundation. My skin just looked SO good. I couldn't get over it. I was a little let down at the end of the day however. After wearing the foundation for about six hours I was a little shocked. What I found was that it was sitting in pores (something I NEVER have issues with) and it had gone extremely patchy on my chin, around my nose and on my forehead. Usually my cheeks can survive, but this foundation sat in every pore on my cheeks looking like I had lots of little dots on my face. I had such high hopes for it after seeing how good it looked in the morning, but I was seriously let down at the end of the day. I am yet to find a primer that stops it from doing that.

I can't yet say that I hate it, because I love how it looks when I first apply it. If I was doing a short event or only going out for a short period of time I might lean towards using this. If it's a day when I am not really wanting to wear make up or am planning on having a more natural day I might lean towards this. It has so much just falls down at the home yard...

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Have you tried any of The Ordinary foundations yet? I would love to hear what you think and if you have managed to find something to combat the lasting power.

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice. For more information, see my disclaimer policy here.


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