Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Ordinary Colours Foundations - which one to pick?

The Ordinary Colours Foundations
The Ordinary Colours Foundations
If you haven't heard and read about the beauty revolution that is The Ordinary from Deciem - where have you been? The Ordinary range of skincare treatment solutions has been developed to give a massive kick up the back side to the beauty industry that has seemingly fooled us, the consumer, for many years in to thinking that if we wanted to have top quality, results driven ingredients in serious skincare - we would have to pay through the nose for it.

It's not true because The Ordinary are proving that. I've written about the brand before here and I remain excited about this ridiculously affordable range that actually works.

The latest release from The Ordinary is Colours - two foundations that are priced at ... £5.90 for the full coverage and £5.70 for the serum foundation! Crazy.

When The Ordinary announced they were releasing these foundations, there was an immediate wait list and I know of people who are still waiting. I waited 3 months to receive the Serum foundation and 3.5 months for the Coverage. Using the shade guide, I ordered online and ordered 2.1Y. The Y is for yellow undertones which I know I am. However, this shade is far too dark for me. It's quite orangey. However, I was able to use it because once blended in to my skin, it actually matched quite well.

I've now been in to the Deciem store in London and got colour matched and to my surprise was matched as 2.1P - P is for pink undertones, which I didn't think I had as I do have an olive tone due to my Thai heritage (thank you Mumma) but as the lady explained pink undertones don't necessarily mean redness in the skin. She swatched it on to my face and when I looked in the mirror, I couldn't tell where the foundation was. And that's how you know it's a good match!

So let me talk you through the two different foundations.
Swatches
Swatches
Coverage Foundation
This is a high coverage creamy foundation that blends really well (they both do). The swatch is on the left of my angry clenched fist above and as you can tell it is, by its nature, a slightly thicker consistency. Both of these are in the shade 2.1P.
I really wanted the Coverage foundation, as I always favour a fuller coverage and this doesn't disappoint at all. It is a dream to apply and you seriously need such a tiny amount, as both foundations are very pigmented.
This is not matt coverage more a semi-matt. I have combination skin with an oily T and this foundation does help keep shine at bay but not with any sort of chalky "dead flat matt" look that no one likes.
I am happy with the Coverage but, much to my surprise, I am over the moon with the..

Serum Foundation
From the photo above, swatched on the right, you can see that the Serum foundation is a lighter texture. I would say lighter than a serum and denser than water. You need to make sure you remember to shake this and again you need the tiniest amount. The thing that surprised me about this foundation is it really does give great coverage. I don't get on with BB creams as I need more coverage but this gives coverage and lightness at the same time. It feels weightless on the skin. It gives a dewy finish, which I powder down on my T zone and this is the only foundation to not collect around my nose. For that alone, this is a game changer for me. I am enjoying wearing this so much. 
Since returning from holiday, with a bit of a tan on my face, I have been wearing only concealer to give my skin a foundation holiday but as the tan fades, I've started wearing the Serum foundation very lightly to even out my complexion.

I expect I will move to the Coverage foundation when winter comes but for the here and now, I heart the Serum Foundation.

You can order online but be prepared to wait or if you are in London, pop along to Spitalfields and the Deciem shop as they have stock and you'll be able to get the right shade.

Both foundations also offer SPF 15 and are alcohol, oil, nut, vegan, soy, gluten, silicone and cruelty free.  Here's a really helpful shade guide.

xx

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6 comments

  1. Sounds so amazing! I reaaallly want to get my hands on one!xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. It's painful how long the waiting list is isn't it. I'm sure once they've cleared it, it'll be easy and quick to get your hands on them.
      Thanks for reading Lucy.
      Julie xx

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  2. Great detailed post lovely, I think I would be more suited to the serum foundation having extremely dry skin, I thought I would be 2.1p but might be a little lighter from looking at the swatch, I might order 2 shades, my daughter can always use it as she is always a shade darker than me so nothing lost. These both sound amazing, I love The Ordinary skincare and had high hopes for these so I'm so glad they didn't disappoint. Now I just have to get my hands on it! xxxx

    Zoë - www.mammafulzo.com

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    1. I went for yellow tone shade but I've given that to my daughter as she has better skills than me at blending in! The serum is lovely. I'm surprised I prefer it but it's still got coverage so does it all. It would be great if you have dryer skin.
      Julie xx

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  3. I'm definitely going to be going for the Serum foundation. It appeals to me more than the other. Just waiting for it to go back in stock, haha.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. It's been a long wait hasn't it Nicole. Hopefully
      youll love it as much as I do when you get it.
      Julie xx

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