The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review, Swatches and Wear Test! 

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review 

Like many other beauty enthusiasts out there, I was shook when The Ordinary announced they were launching foundations. My excitement was considerably diminished when said foundations took about 5 weeks to be shipped from the Deciem warehouse because they were having stock issues.

In any event, I finally got my hands on it, and here is my review on it. 

Product Information & Packaging 

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. 

The pigments used in these formulations are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary. 

This comes in a matte plastic bottle with a matte black pump. I think it is actually really cute and functional. I prefer plastic packaging when done right because I am always afraid I’ll drop my glass bottle foundations. 

Another thing worth noting about the packaging is that the pump locks. It arrives locked to prevent product spillage in transit, and you can twist it open and closed as you like. This means you can travel with this without worrying about spillage.

I thought that was really thoughtful because most affordable foundations do the barest minimum when it comes to packaging. You’d be lucky to get a pump at all, not to mention one that is this well thought out.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review 

This claims to be full coverage, semi-matte and non-cakey. It also claims to not settle into fine lines. Those are really the only 4 major claims this makes.

I find it to have medium buildable coverage, not full. My acne scars were still peeking through a little bit when I used this.

I find it to have a satin finish, not a matte finish, and not even really a semi-matte finish either. On me, it was almost dewy. If you have oily skin, you definitely need to set with a mattifying powder.

This is not a foundation that is very good at controlling oil. You definitely want to pair it with your favourite mattifying products.

In ten  hours of wear, I had to blot twice. Once at the four hour mark and again and the 9 hour mark.

(In my video I stopped recording at the 9 hour mark but I blotted at the end of the video and I had it on for about an hour and a half after that.)
This foundations offers a beautiful non-cakey finish and it barely settled into my fine lines. I only noticed a little creasing in my smile lines at the 9 hour mark, and that is something I can fix by baking that area next time. It is also very transfer resistant.

The Ordinary Foundation Swatches Dark Skin

The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation: Does It Oxidize? Does It Cause Flashback?

A lot of reviews mentioned that this foundation oxidizes. Here is my experience with that.

This dries darker than it appears when you first apply it.  This first phenomenon is something that I feel like a lot of foundations do.

However, once The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation dries initially, it doesn’t get darker or turn red or gray during the day. This second phenomenon of changing colour throughout the day is what I consider oxidation, and I didn’t experience that.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different and it is very possible that a formula will oxidise on some people but not on others.

PS: In the flashback test I did in the video there was no flashback from the foundation, but then I realised that might have been because the shade I got was too dark for me. It is possible there could’ve been flashback if I’d gotten a shade that actually matches me. 

PPS: The SPF in this foundation is courtesy of Titanium Oxide so if you’ve had issues with that in the past, that’s something to take note of.


The Ordinary Coverage Foundation SwatchesThe Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation Swatches

Here are swatches of the shades I own.

Top: The Ordinary Serum Foundation: 3.1Y Bottom: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 3.2N

Here they are compared to some popular complexion products.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Swatches Dark Skin. The Ordinary 3.1Y 3.2N vs Lancome 500W vs Nars Amande vs Estee Lauder Sandalwood

Top to Bottom:

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Amande

The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 3.1Y

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 3.2N

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation in 500W

Estee Lauder Double Wear Sandalwood
Here is a swatch of all 21 shades courtesy of The Ordinary website.

The Ordinary Colours Foundation Swatches

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review: Final Thoughts 

While The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation has an amazing shade range, a great price point, decent coverage and a beautiful skin-like, non-cakey finish, it can get a little oily. If you have oily skin, approach with caution.

This product contains coconut alkanes and dimethicone (silicone) so if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, approach with caution.

Personally, I think it is a good everyday foundation with medium buildable coverage.  I like it but I wouldn’t wear this on long days out.

I will keep trying it with different primers and I will update this post if I find something that keeps me more matte when I wear this foundation.

I will also use this as a foundation mixer, as I really like the finish. When I get around to trying that, I will update this post.

Have you tried this foundation, what did you think? It is available for purchase from The Ordinary website or preorder it here if you live in Nigeria.

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The Ordinary Foundation Swatches

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