I am a huge fan of The Ordinary a brand that gives us the best skincare at affordable prices. The Coverage and Serum Foundation marks their step into makeup retailing at about £6 each. I only purchased the Coverage foundation since I prefer full coverage, therefore, the serum foundation is not aimed at me. I felt like this took forever to launch as they reformulated the packaging to provide us with a pump which is what most of us prefer. I decided to wait until Asos stocked them on their site since I have next day delivery. Cult beauty and BeautyBay also stock both of them now.

The Coverage Foundation claims to have full coverage and a buildable, lightweight formula.There are 21 shades across the spectrum with unique codes to define different undertones.and depth. The foundation contains SPF 15 and gives a smooth finish.
'The shades are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone. Each shade code has a descriptive name as well'
I picked up the shade 1.2 Y - light with yellow undertones when I first received this the colour was a little bit too light since I was still slightly tanned but now it's perfect for my skin tone. Upon first application, I would use the same primers that I normally use with all my other foundations. It was a disaster, it would sit on top of my skin like my nose, it separated slightly, enhanced my fine lines and clung to dry patches, the coverage was also just meh. I also found that I was super oily and I do have oily skin but if I did blot my face the foundation transferred. Overall my first impression wasn't fantastic.

I gave this foundation another go because there are mixed reviews. I found it performs at it's best when you just moisturise your face as normal and don't actually use a primer. I found that if you want the best coverage, use a buffing brush like the Spectrum Flat Top Buffer. I do use about 3 pumps, 1 for each half of my face and the extra to mask imperfections more. I have blemishes and scars although it is marketed as full I would only say its a medium with buildable potential slightly masking redness and imperfections since I still see my dark marks.  I am still oily without using a primer so it fades around my nose first but if you carry makeup around with you, you can touch up but I don't. It has a satin matte finish, not totally matte but you can tell that you have foundation on.

Overall I think you need to try this out with different moisturisers and primers that work well together otherwise it will separate on your skin. For a lazy minimal day which you aren't going to go around much, I recommend this and playing with this foundation more and more I am really enjoying it, for about £6 I do recommend this. If you've tried this foundation I would love your thoughts! Also, they are coming out with Watercolours soon so that will be an exciting product to try when it launches. Also #NOFILTER for my photo below haha.

I hope you found this helpful for all those oily/combination skin guys and girls.Don't forget to enter my #giveaway here!

Until next time!

Joyce X

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  1. I think this actually sounds right up my alley! It sounds a bit like the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint but maybe a tad heavier? I usually like a little wash of color to help counter any redness in my skin and I'll go in and spot conceal any old scars. Lighter foundation/coverage just feels better on my skin as I feel like it can breathe more throughout the day :) I love that everything from The Ordinary is affordable - maybe it's time I put in another haul !

    Cindy |

  2. Sounds well worth a go for such a small price tag!xx

    Lucy |

  3. I think this looks lovely on your skin! I definitely don't think it'd be suitable for me as I suffer with uneven skin tone and need that extra coverage but it looks so glowy and fab on you! I kept seeing this foundation in peoples IG photos and wondered what it was, great that it's so cheap aswell!
    Alice Xx

  4. Oh my gosh you skin is gorgeous! SO glowy and perfect x

  5. I think this foundation looks lovely on your skin! It's a shame to hear about it separating throughout the day though, as I am looking to try out more foundations at the moment - maybe I should take a look at the Serum foundation instead.. xo

    Char |

  6. Ahhhh as if Asos & Cult Beauty stock this!! I've been dying to get my hands on it for ages but didn't want to pay the postage prices when it's so cheap but now I can get it! x

    Gemma Louise

  7. Ah I've never heard of this before - it sounds brilliant! So affordable! x

  8. I have the serum one and really like it x

  9. I usually love more inexpensive makeup, so I was so bummed to hear that this one wan't as good as it could've been! It did look really nice on your skin in that photo though, so I guess you got the hang of it! xx

  10. I picked this up in The Ordinary store in Covent Gardens and I picked up the wrong shade, but I put it along with my darkening drops and I'm still not a fan :( I need to try the Serum one however, so hopefully better luck with that one xx

    Taylor Jane ox |

  11. I think we have a similar complexion and skin type! It looks great on you and what a bargain.

    T x


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