The Ordinary Serum Foundation (£5.70) is one of the most sought-after beauty buys of recent times – there was a waiting list for it at one point. But does it live up to the hype? Well, with its low price and the fact that it has sun protection to the strength of factor 15, it exceeds many of the expectations of a budget foundation even before you start to use it!
A lightweight medium-coverage formulation available in an impressive 21 shades, The Ordinary Serum Foundation is designed to offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. According to the literature on The Ordinary website, “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.”
So, how did I get on with The Ordinary Serum Foundation? Well, it has definitely earned a place in my collection of light foundations, the ones I might turn to when it’s warm or when my skin is looking like it doesn’t need a lot of help in terms of evening out skin tone. It is very runny in texture and feels non-existent on the skin so it’s best used with a light moisturiser – though you might find you can skip the moisturiser stage as the serum foundation does feel as if it’s nourishing the skin. A primer might be a good idea if you want to ensure that the coverage lasts; I have been known to use a bit of powder after a while as I am prone to shine.
Colour-wise, I tried a couple and found the 1.1P Fair (fair with pink undertones) to be ideal. 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.
Got that?! If you’re ordering online, it might be worth trying a couple. At these prices, you can probably afford to!