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The Ordinary Foundation | Review

I am sure you’ve seen The Ordinary products all over Instagram and YouTube. The Ordinary is a brand by DECIEM – “The Abnormal Beauty Company.” Amongst a massive range of skincare products, The Ordinary also has two foundations, the Coverage foundation and the Serum foundation. The main reason why these products have been so hyped up is because of the price tags.

The foundations retail for $6.90 and that’s around where all the other products are. You can now also find the brand at Sephora. Other places where you can purchase The Ordinary are ASOS and Beautylish. I have been afraid to try the skincare products, mainly because I have pretty good skin and don’t really think I need that much help in that department, but also because The Ordinary skincare products are strong. They are pure ingredients without the added nonsense the beauty industry adds. If you are interested in trying out their skincare, click here and you can get assistance and recommendations based on your skin concerns.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

Coverage Foundations are full-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations contain higher pigment levels than our Serum Foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream.

This foundation is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and cruelty-free. The packaging is really cute, it does come with a pump, but it does not come with a lid. The pump can get locked, so if you’re traveling with it, you might be more comfortable doing this, but there is a risk of it going everywhere. You will be surprised by how small the bottle is, but when compared to other foundations, it says it has the same amount of product. It just seems like DECIEM and The Ordinary are skipping out on all the unnecessary fuss like the bulky packaging.

There are 21 shades, which although not the best, is more than some other brands have like IT Cosmetics that has like four shades in their range. I picked up the shade 1.2 N (Light Neutral) in both foundations. They are not exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.

I do have to say, I do not like this foundation at all. I tried it with a beautyblender and a brush, and it just doesn’t look good on me. There are some foundations that I feel like highlight ALL the texture on your face. In this case, the peach fuzz we all have (tiny, thin hairs all over your face) was really noticeable. I tried it multiple times and the last time I tried it I ended up taking it off and putting on my IT Cosmetics CC Cream.

the ordinary deciem

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.

On the other hand, I love the Serum foundations! This is for the girl who prefers a more natural look. As the name says, it is not a high-coverage foundation. Just as with the Coverage foundation, there are 21 shades available of this formula. This formula is a lot more liquidy, and the finish reminds me of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. The other makeup products I used went on really nicely, and I love the way it looks. I can’t say it’ll replace my CC Cream, but since the coverage is a bit less, it’s a great alternative for those no-makeup makeup looks.

the ordinary foundation flatlay

The IT Cosmetics CC Cream continues to be the foundation I reach for the most. The Ordinary Serum foundation is a great foundation, especially for the price, but I don’t think it should be as hyped up as it is. If you’re interested in skin, and you want to use good skin ingredients, then definitely check out the foundations! Since they’re so affordable, I would recommend getting both, and with Beautylish (and Sephora), you can return any product even if you’ve used it. Please remember that just because the Coverage foundation did not work for me, does not mean it is not a good product. It just didn’t work on my skin. If you’re still interested, or have seen other positive reviews, don’t be afraid to try it out!

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🍃 The Advanced Peptide and Collagen Moisturizer helps soften and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Also, includes antioxidants to help support healthy collagen. Even if you are young and don’t have visible wrinkles, it is super important to be preventive! I haven’t used this one yet, but it felt really nice on my hand and I can’t wait to use it.
🍃Also received the Firming DMAE Eye aloft. This cream lifts, firms, and tightens the delicate eye area. It has #hyaluronicacid which infuses a surge of cooling eye moisture. I have used this a couple of times and really like the way it feels. While it isn’t super heavy, it does feel really hydrating.
Thank you so much #dermaesocial 🙏🏼
Productos nuevos para probar de @dermae! Su hidratante que ayuda a suavizar y disminuir la apariencia de arrugas. Nunca es muy temprano para empezar a prevenir. Y el segundo producto es su crema para la ojos que hidrata, afirma, y levanta la delicada área de los ojos. El #contornodeojos ya lo he usado un par de veces y me ha gustado mucho lo hidrata que hace ver las ojeras.
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Una nueva semana y yo todavía con gripa 🤦🏻‍♀️A lo mejor para el fin de año ya estoy mejor 🤞🏼Cuál es un paso en su rutina de maquillaje/cuidado de la piel con la que tienen dificultades? Que no logran que se vea bien? Por ejemplo, para mi es el corrector para tapar las ojeras. Siempre me parece que es lo peor que se ve al final del día. Quiero asegurarme de que estoy tapando las ojeras pero no quiero que el area se vea pesada. Denme sus tips y ayudémonos! 👇🏼
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I hope you all had a very relaxing weekend ♥️
Feliz Domingo! Esto fue al final del verano cuando todavía estaba bronceadita y estrenaba la sombra de @hourglasscosmetics en el tono Smoke. Son súper fáciles de usar! Yo no tuve ningún problema durante el día, al final se veía igual que apenas la apliqué.
Espero todos hayan tenido un buen fin de semana ♥️
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Feliz Viernes! Espero se estén preparando para un fin de semana súper relajado. Estos son todos productos que he usado ya un tiempo y todos me encantan. Les súper recomiendo las sombras de #thrivecausemetics. La verdad que no se necesita más. Los polvos bronceadores de #marcbeauty son de los mejores que he usado.
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NEW - the @fur_you Silk Scrub (gifted). This is a gentle exfoliant to be used 2-3 times a week on your body. It can also be used as a mask, but I see myself using it after I shave. I’ve only tried it on my hand so far and I was very impressed by how gentle it was. It didn’t feel scratchy. And I LOVE the packaging. It is so practical and hygienic.
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