The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review

13 Jul 2020

I wasn't in need of a new foundation, but I was, as always, persuaded into spending more when placing an online order, to qualify for free delivery. I'd rather spend a few more quid to get free delivery and another item, than just spend it on delivery fees, anyone else? That's how The Ordinary Serum Foundation ended up in my basket when I was doing a skincare essentials shop at the beginning of lockdown here in the UK. I knew it was an incredibly popular product, often selling out, so it seemed like a good time to try it. It's been years since I swayed from my faithful foundation favourites, what if this budget-friendly base could be a new favourite?

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Lightweight Serum Formula Review
The Ordinary Serum Foundation Lightweight Serum Formula Review
What is it: A lightweight serum foundation available in 21 versatile shades with shades suitable for four different undertones; 'P' for pink undertones, 'R' for red undertones, 'N' for a neutral undertone and 'Y' for yellow undertones. A 30ml bottle costs £5.70. 
The consistency reminds me of MAC Face & Body Foundation, which I actually think this is a pretty good budget-friendly alternative for. Like Face & Body, it needs a good shake before use, and a little goes such a long way. I really like to go slow when applying this base, because I find it easy to go from needing just a little bit more product, to having a saturated brush and struggling to blend in excess product. 
Application: I personally find using a full foundation brush easiest for applying this light-weight base, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or the Sigma Round Kabuki F82 are my go-to's. 
 Whilst the formula is very lightweight, it gives a very decent coverage whilst managing to feel weightless; it's a base that doesn't leave me wanting to quickly cleanse my makeup off so my skin can breathe. Longevity wise, it does take me from morning to night, but I do find after around 8-10 hours, it starts to oxidise ever so slightly and can make me look more Middle Eastern than I am.

That said, it's an extremely good foundation for a budget price and if you can get your hands on it, I'd recommend giving it a try for yourself. Make sure to check out some swatches on Google, I managed to match myself pretty well to shade 2.0 P Light Medium, which on application is a very close match - but it does have pink undertones, whilst my skin has yellow undertones. I struggled to find a shade with yellow undertones for my complexion.

Have you tried cult favourite The Ordinary before? Let me know your product recommendations - you can catch me on Instagram @TattooedTealady, over on my Tattooed Tealady Facebook page, and I'm always up for a chat on Twitter @TattooedTealady too.