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The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review

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I have had The Ordinary Coverage Foundation for quite a while, but it never really worked out on my skin. I suspect that at the time it came out, I was still trying to figure out a way to keep my oily skin under control. Now that my skincare routine has drastically improved, I’ve decided to give it another try. 


Aqua (Water), Coconut Alkanes, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sucrose Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Dimethicone/ Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

Price, packaging, quantity and shade range

Price: €6.90 on The Ordinary’s website

Packaging: the product comes in plastic bottle which feels modern and sleek. It feels very light, that might be a plus for people who travel. The foundation is dispensed by a pump. 

the ordinary coverage foundation

Quantity: 30ml. Value wise, the Ordinary Coverage foundation blows all the other ones I’ve reviewed or talked about out of the water. 

Shade range: 21 shades. Complete shade guide provided by the official website.

I picked the shade 1.2N, which seemed a bit light at first, but you have to be aware that it does oxidize so don’t go for something too dark. 

the ordinary coverage foundation
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
on top: just applied, on the bottom: after ten minutes

This foundation is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, gluten-free, cruelty free and vegan.


  • SPF 15 (only in the European Union)
  • high coverage
  • smooth, semi-matte, natural-looking finish
  • lightweight, non-oily

My thought on the The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

Application: it’s really easy to apply and blend and the finish looks very natural and smooth whatever technique you use (my favourite is the Beauty Blender). It doesn’t dry down completely so you will need to set it with a powder. 

Coverage: it’s pretty decent, but I’d describe it more as a medium buildable sort of coverage. I hate putting on two layers of foundation because that makes my skin look more textured and older (and who wants that?), but if that’s the sort of thing you don’t mind doing, you’ll probably get that claimed full coverage. 

It does feel lightweight and it’s not the kind of foundation you want to rip off your face at the end of the day. 

A problem that I used to have when I first bought the Ordinary Coverage foundation was that it had a severe tendency to separate on my oily skin after just a few hours. This is no longer the case, probably because, as I was saying earlier, my skincare routine has become more adapted to my skin type lately (or maybe I’m just getting older and drier by the minute). 

Staying power: okay, this is not a foundation that’s going to last 12 hours without budging (and I lock it with MAC Fix + *and* Urban Decay All Nighter Fixing Spray). I’d say it’s great for 5-6 hours and then will start to fade (mostly gracefully). 

Would I recommend The Ordinary Coverage Foundation?

Of course! It’s great value and I prefer it to the Revolution Conceal and Define foundation. In the same price range (roughly), I have to confess that I’d still reach more for the Colourpop No Filter Foundation because it looks ever more natural than the Ordinary one. But, really, you just cannot beat a foundation that’s 6.90€ and performs more than decently. 

As usual, I’d err on the side of caution if you have oily skin and have very long days. 

My next mission in life is to test and review The Ordinary Serum Foundation (supposed to be lighter and even more natural looking). 

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  • Reply
    December 1, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I have this foundation and I also have oily skin! I use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray as well and I generally find this stays put pretty well and doesn’t separate much (probably because I use a lot of setting powder to avoid this happening)! But I really like the foundation and for the price, it’s an absolute steal. Great review! X

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      December 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks for your comment!
      I like it much better than the Serum foundation!

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    Kristin Harris/Tales from Home
    November 18, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I have looked at these before and considered them but i’am always hesitant to try a new foundation! Thanks for the review. I have a much better idea of it now and might give it a try.

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      November 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

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    November 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    This always comes off as runny and like it won’t cover my spots so as much as I want to try it, I am terrified of purchasing something and 1) not knowing if it will even match me as a black woman 2) not give me a somewhat decent coverage cause I am the type of person who won’t return things, too much work. I’m doing my yearly purchase make up bits so def coming to your blog for some reviews of stuff I’ve been eyeing

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      November 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      If you’re looking for full coverage and a better shade range, I’d recommend having a look at the Revolution Conceal and Define foundation (review on my blog). Plus it’s budget friendly.
      For something more high end with a great shade range, I’ve heard the Fenty Beauty foundation is really good (but I’ve never tried it).
      Thanks for commenting.

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    Daydreamer mum
    November 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I really struggle with foundation as a redhead without the paler skin tone!! I’ve not heard of this brand but I shall definitely bookmark it .
    Congratulations , someone loved this post so much they added it to our #blogcrush linky

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      November 14, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I think Kat Von D does extremely pale shades. If you are from the US, it’s in Sephora 🙂

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    Surreal Serene
    November 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I wanted to try their foundation for a while!!! <3

    Serene XO

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    The Newbury Girl
    November 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing! 😊 I’m always amazed by The Ordinary’s price points, but I haven’t purchased anything from the brand yet due to some the drama surrounding the former CEO. I am super curious to read your thoughts on the serum foundation, since I’ve never tried a serum based formula, but having been gravitating towards foundations that look more natural on the skin. I really want to try something from this brand next year!

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      November 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

      If that helps, he’s been kicked out by Estee Lauder I think lol
      The serum is next on my list, I really want to see how different they perform!

      Thanks for commenting

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        The Newbury Girl
        November 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

        Yes I watched a few of the beauty drama vids that covered this 🙈 … will be interesting to see how the brand does now!

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          November 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm

          I’m sure it’s in good hands hahaha it’s too cheap to be forgotten about 🙂

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    November 8, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Sounds like a decent foundation for the price! I hope you enjoy the Serum foundation just as much 🙂

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      November 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I’m just about to order it!

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    November 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    This was a fab post, I’ve been really intrigued by this foundation for so long! Definitely going to try it now!
    Ellie x

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      November 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Go for it!

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    Connie Werner Reichert
    November 7, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I’m glad you wrote this review as I was curious about their foundation. I just ordered their “Buffet” serum and their “No Brainer” set. What a tremendous value! I also ordered their eye serum which works very well as it contains caffeine, and we all need that in the mornings! Another great review my dear…

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      November 7, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      I tried the caffeine eye serum as well, but it did nothing for me. I’ve heard great things about the buffet. I think that’s the one I’ll purchase when I’ve finished my third or fourth bottle of niacinamide + zinc.

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