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The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation Review

the ordinary colours coverage foundation review whathannahwrote

As I touched on in my “What’s in my Makeup Bag?” post earlier in the year, I usually stick to the same makeup products – once I find something I like, I’m very hesitant to change it up, especially due to my having problematic skin. For that reason, I’m pretty late to the The Ordinary hype train. Soz.

On the other hand, I also very regularly point out that I’m a huge fan of getting a bargain, being a student and all. So when I learned that The Ordinary have a foundation that is both a) very affordable at £5.95 and b) offering high-coverage, I was already in. Add to that the fact that there was a waiting list of over 25,000 when they were first launched, I had to try it out for myself! With two foundation ranges having been released – the Serum Foundation and the Coverage Foundation -, I was very much interested in trying out the coverage one. Acne-prone skin and sporadic spells of eczema (boo) will do that to a person.

According to the product information on their website, Deciem cite that the formula has been created to “look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer”, offering a “semi-matte finish”. 21 shades are currently on offer – admittedly, with an inability to test them out in person, I was a little stuck on which shade to go for. I deducted that the shade 2.0N seemed to match my usual NC25 shade in MAC Studio Fix (which it does, btw), so that was what I went for!

I was super excited when my order finally arrived, but I decided to wait until a day where I would be out of the house and unable to keep reapplying, so I could really put my new foundation to the test. And what better kind of day than one spent at work, 9am till 5pm with many runs between warehouses in the rain?

Here’s how I got on:


8am: Application

I usually just use a Liz Earle moisturiser underneath my makeup in the mornings, so my skin already tends to be a little on the oily-feeling side even before applying anything else. My normal foundation is quite matte, so I was aware that this foundation seemed almost a little too oily for me at first. Although not so much in a negative way; it just gave a bit of a dewy look. The term “a little goes a long way” also rings true in this case – I was slightly concerned that the small bottle wouldn’t last me very long when I first received it, so I ended up pretty impressed upon discovering that I only needed about two pumps of foundation to cover the whole of my face! I usually use quite a lot of MAC Studio Fix powder on top of my liquid foundation – today I only dabbed it where I felt I looked a bit too shiny… possibly the least of that product I’ve used in years!




10am: The first coffee

Okay, so the staff kitchen isn’t exactly the number 1 spot for trying to capture a good photo of my complexion. But after about two hours of wear, I’d noticed that my previous observation on a seemingly oily look had thankfully disappeared and had in fact turned into a matte appearance I was much happier with. In all fairness, at this point in the day I hadn’t actually done much to have really tested the foundation, but I did note that my face looked a lot smoother than it usually would at any point in the day. So far, so good!





TO21pm: Lunch

Given that I usually need to dab a little bit of highlighter on the tip of my nose to get a bit of a shine like in this photo, I was pretty darn impressed that I had a more natural-looking glow to my face. No obvious areas requiring a touch-up either, no matter how much I had to fight the urge to just do it anyway out of habit. It also has to be said that I always, always sport a full face of makeup, so wearing nothing but foundation and product on my eyebrows made me veeery self-conscious… until this point. I actually returned to work happy enough to let people see me with minimal, glow-y makeup!





5pm: Hometime

After a day of running between departments, getting caught in many rain showers in the process, I’d say my foundation stayed pretty well! Granted, it could do with a bit of touching up around my chin and nose – but for nine hours, and the slight amount I applied in the first place, I’m well impressed! Upon returning home, my mum complimented me on the dewy look my skin had to it; annoyingly this photo doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’m sure you get the picture!





So I don’t know if you can tell from that, but I am WAY impressed by this product. I now totally understand all the excitement towards the entire The Ordinary range, and I’m only sorry about how slowly it’s taken me to get on board with it all. This foundation has now proudly taken a place in my daily makeup routine, and with good reason. I’m really interested to see how I would find using the Serum version, but for now, the Coverage Foundation gets my approval. Big time.


I picked up my The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation here!


The Ordinary review





  • emilyunderworld

    Wow, it sounds amazing! I’ve been meaning to try this for AGES, I need to pick one up. I love how detailed your review is, it’s so helpful!
    Emily from x

  • Lisa's Notebook

    You were not alone, I STILL haven’t tried anything from The Ordinary range. But now I think I may have to. I’m seriously impressed with the coverage and staying power of this foundation, that’s some foundation. I love your through the day photos and comments, it’s such a brilliant way to showcase a product. Thank you so much for sharing, I loved this post! xx

    Lisa |

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you so much! xx

  • thefrenchiestblog

    I love that you share pictures of you wearing it during the day ! It is so much easy to see what the foundation look like !
    Great post !

    • whathannahwrote

      I actually started writing it just with “before” photos – I felt it’s so much clearer as to whether it works or not with stage-by-stage photos through the day! Thank you so much 🙂 x

  • brooke

    I never realised how affordable this foundation was! I’m definitely putting this on my wishlist as I’m always looking for new foundations to try out☺️

    Brooke x

  • CarlyTamara

    Oh wow it looks like such a great foundation with excellent coverage. I love how you have given a timeline of your day and how your foundation looks! It seems like a great product and I will think about taking a look at it when I’m running out. Great review and I’m glad you’re impressed by it, it’s better than being disappointed.

    Carly xx //

  • Aaliyah Hunt

    Love how you have put this post together! I’ve heard a lot about this foundation and it seems to actually be really great, it looks like it lasted really well on your skin, which is great! X

  • Brynn

    I love the sound of this! Have been trying to use up old foundations before I buy a new one but this looks so good. Once I do that I may have to try it out!

  • graphicsbysoph

    This foundation looks brilliant! I can’t belive how well it stayed in place for the price that it is!


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