The Ordinary 'Colours' Coverage Foundation Review
My skin is porcelain with neutral undertones (about a Mac NC10 or lighter) and I have combination, acne prone skin that gets oily on my t-zone throughout the day.
The Coverage Foundation - £5.90
- A high-coverage creamy foundation that softens undesirable hues.
- The foundation contains SPF15.
- Lightweight, non-oily cream
- Smooth finish that avoids the 'heavy make up look' that can make skin look aged
- Semi-matte finish and compatible with most primers.
- Vegan, cruelty-free, oil-free and alcohol-free.
I've used this foundation a number of times to test it out and I have used various primers with it, including The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer. My first impressions of this foundation are mixed. In terms of the shade, it is a great shade match for pale skin and there is little oxidisation once applied. I agree with their claim that it is a lightweight, creamy foundation; it is very smooth to apply and the foundation is quite liquidy. It applies easily with either a beauty blender or brush and blends out nicely. I think that it is great that such an affordable foundation is cruelty free and vegan as well as containing SPF.
However, I disagree with the claim that it is semi-matte as it doesn't dry down at all on my skin once applied - even with a mattifying primer. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just depends on what kind of finish you are looking for. I also have found that it is a medium coverage - with one layer, in my opinion, it gives a low medium coverage but it is build-able and so it does build up to a high coverage with 2 layers over problem areas. The foundation does not claim to be long-lasting but it really isn't! On my skin, even with different primers, it lasts around 4 hours before it breaks down completely and goes very oily on my skin. Also, it transfers a lot, even after just applying it; if you touch your skin, the foundation will almost completely come off.
You get 30ml of product, which is the same amount as most standard foundations and it comes in a matte plastic bottle which also has a pump. The bottle is very compact so it would be great for travelling.
The swatches below are a comparison of The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation with other pale skin foundations. From left to right - The Ordinary (1.0N), Estee Lauder Double Wear (1C0), Revlon Colorstay (110 Ivory) and L'Oreal Infallible (015 Porcelain).
I would rate this foundation a 3.5 out of 5. It is a super affordable foundation which is great for pale skin, however, I would probably not repurchase this based on the longevity of the foundation and the amount it transfers. I think there are better full coverage foundations that are available in pale-friendly shades that are a similar price, but this is not a terrible foundation.
Hope this helps anyone looking to try out this foundation or who are looking for a new pale princess friendly foundation! If you've tried this foundation, let me know in the comments section what your thoughts are.
Sarah (aka. Pale Princess) x
*This blog post is not sponsored - the foundation and any other products mentioned were bought by myself and the review is based on my honest opinions*