I've been using this foundation for a while now and would recommend it, unless you have very oily skin. The Ordinary also have a Coverage Foundation which is meant to be great but I haven't tried, mostly because I've been trying to move towards a lighter coverage foundation (a hard habit to break when you're used to full coverage!), and away from heavy matte ones.
I've tried shades 2.0N and 1.2N.
Here's what I think are the pros and cons of this foundation:
- The coverage is good for such a light foundation! As my skin has generally got clearer with age, I find I don't need such a heavy covering, however I only use one or two pumps of this and it still does have decent coverage. I apply it more so in areas where I do have some acne scarring and it does a good job.
- They seem to have a good range of colours and it's easy to find the right one for you as they differentiate between yellow, pink, and neutral bases. Both of the shade I tried were neutral (N).
- Like all of The Ordinary products, their foundation is incredibly cheap!! They are about £5.45 each. The Ordinary use high quality ingredients but strip back on things like jazzy packaging or fragrances in their products, so you're getting a premium item for much much less, which is great.
- The bottle comes with a pump already fitted for easy and clean application.
- The Ordinary is cruelty free which is hugely important.
- Although I wanted to move away from heavy matte foundations, I think my skin may be a touch too oily for this to sit well for a long time. I do need to touch up and re-powder over T-zone, however I also think this foundation reacts to whatever you have on your skin underneath. E.g. I've found it lasts much longer if I don't put moisturiser on underneath, or am much more sparing with moisturiser and avoid the oily spots!
- These do oxidise quite a lot in the bottle! I learnt my lesson on this with the first shade I bought - 2.0N which got dramatically darker in the bottle as the weeks went on, at least two or three shades darker. After I purchased a lighter shade - 1.2N (partly to mix with the darker, and partly for when I'm not wearing any fake tan), I decided to put it back in the box after each use. That seems to have really made a difference and it hasn't changed colour at all I don't think. So that's a tip if you do decide to try!
Overall this is a nice, buildable coverage foundation that's not too heavy and for the very cheap price it's worth trying.