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.
Quantity: 30ml. Value wise, the Ordinary Coverage foundation blows all the other ones I’ve reviewed or talked about out of the water.
- The Ordinary Coverage Foundation: 230€/L
- Maybelline Superstay: 399€/L
- Colourpop No Filter: 410€/L
- Revolution Conceal and Define: 434€/L
- Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear: 1533€/L
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.
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).