The Ordinary Colours Foundation: Coverage & Serum First Impressions

the ordinary foundation review colours

This week I had a very exciting delivery arrive! The Ordinary is my current favourite skincare brand (I have the Hyaluronic Acid Review up on my blog already) and when I found out they were releasing foundations, I knew I had to try them.

If you haven’t heard of The Ordinary, it is a skincare brand owned by Deciem. Their products are cruelty-free, with sleek back-to-basics packaging. The brand shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have high quality skincare.

They have released 2 foundations: the Serum Foundation and the Coverage Foundation. Each one has SPF 15, comes in a 30 ml bottle and has a pump. The Serum version is £5.70 whilst the Coverage is £5.90. It is unusual to find a foundation as affordable as this on the high street, so if these are as good as my hopes are, they will save everyone a lot of money.

Foundation Shades.

There are 20 shades of each foundation, ranging from very pale to very deep skin tones, so there should definitely be something for everyone. These are numbered from 1 to 3.2. Depending on the undertone of your skin, you can choose N shades (neutral), P shades (pink tones), R (red tones), Y (yellow toned). They also have ‘NS’ shades with neutral silver undertones which I believe have a slight silver shimmer to them, along with ‘YG’ with a yellow gold shimmer.

the ordinary foundation review colours


I bought the colour ‘1.2 Y’ in the Serum Foundation and ‘2.0 P’ in the Coverage Foundation. I decided to just have a guess really, as I ordered these about a month ago, before there were many swatches online to choose from. I am so glad I picked these shades!

1.2 Y is a yellow based shade which I would say is about an NC25 in MAC shades (I usually use MAC as a shade reference as most people seem to know there MAC shade!). This is the perfect colour for me when wearing a light layer of gradual tan. In fact, this is a spot-on colour match to the Bondi Sands Gradual Tan Foam if you happen to use that one.

2.0 P is a light/medium shade with pink undertones. When I wear fake tan, this is a really good colour match. I do love yellow based foundations usually, but I heard that these could run really yellow and I didn’t want to look like a bannana! If you are worried about the P shades being too pink, don’t be. They are pretty neutral still, so you won’t be walking around looking pink-faced at all. I would say this is about an NW30 in MAC shades.

I’ve included swatches of the two shades below. The top is 2.0 P and the bottom shade is 1.2 Y. I know they look dark against my natural skin tone- any foundation does! I am usually wearing at least a light layer of gradual tan.

the ordinary foundation review colours swatches

The Formula

So, these are of course, pretty different foundations.

Serum Foundation – This a very liquid foundation. You need to give it a good shake first. The foundation itself feels like very concentrated drops of pigment that are in such a light formula. You can just blend it into your skin for some medium coverage but it just feels so incredibly light on your skin – just like serum, hence the name. I have used this twice so far and on first impressions, I love it. I would say it lasts about 9 hours on the skin before starting to wear away and for something so light, I am seriously impressed by the wear time. If you like a light-medium coverage but don’t like the feeling of makeup on your skin, this is the perfect answer.

Coverage Foundation – This is more of a traditional foundation consistency. This is a strong medium coverage foundation, but could be built up to an even higher coverage and I don’t believe it would build up or look cakey. I have tried this foundation on my skin but only to try it – I haven’t worn it for a whole day yet but it looked really nice on the skin. Despite being a heavier coverage, you still can’t feel this on your skin as you would a normal foundation!

the ordinary foundation review colours

So, those are my inital impressions on The Ordinary Colours Foundation. I bought mine from the Deciem website but I’m sure they will be available on Victoria Health and hopefully ASOS soon too! I am so excited to keep trying these foundations so that I can write up a full review of each one individually.

If you have any questions about these foundations then feel free to comment down below!

Do you think you’ll try these foundations? If you’ve already tried the Colours foundations, I’d love to know what you thought of them.




  1. Yiota
    May 28, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I tried to order these but they are currently out of stock so I will have to wait a little longer.But I find it hard to choose a shade, maybe I will order two and mix them if the colour is wrong for me. Glad you are pleased with their performance.


    • marblebeauty
      May 28, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      I think I got lucky managing to order my shades, they seem to be really out of stock! Yeah I struggled choosing a shade – I have the body shop lightening drops so I tend to just use them meaning I usually buy a slightly darker shade! Xx

  2. May 28, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    They sound so promising, I can’t wait until they’re back in stock so I can order my shade! Lovely review xx

    • marblebeauty
      May 28, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Let me know when you’ve received them what you think of them! Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed xxx

  3. May 28, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I’ve recently picked up both of these and I have been really enjoying them. I love how light they feel on the skin and the amount of choices in shades. I’m glad you have been enjoying them so far.

    Kristy |

    • marblebeauty
      May 28, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Glad you love them too! I am so impressed considering the price, I prefer them to some of my high end foundations! Xx

  4. May 29, 2017 / 5:08 am

    These sound lovely! I’ve heard a few things about these bits, but I want to try it out for myself. The Serum one sounds like my thing!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • marblebeauty
      May 29, 2017 / 3:21 pm

      The serum version has to be my favourite on first impressions, good light-medium coverage yet you literally can’t feel it on your skin!

    • marblebeauty
      May 29, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      I got a text 2 days before to let me know they were on the way! Let me know when yours arrive! X

  5. ralph
    June 3, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    How can i able to purchase this foundation in Dubai, UAE.
    Please reply.
    Thank you.

  6. June 25, 2017 / 4:15 am

    I’ve been wanting to try out more of The Ordinary’s range for ages, after discovering my favourite HG primer from them!! I think this might be my next buy – love this review and the colour matching break down! xx

    • marblebeauty
      June 25, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Ooh which primer is it?! I need to try it! Aw I’m glad you found it helpful – you are very welcome lovely! Xxx

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