What do you do when you can’t quite decide which of two foundations you want to buy, folks? Why, you buy them both, of course: or, at least, you do when they’re only £5.95 each, anyway – which is how much you’ll pay for a bottle of The Ordinary foundation.
Honestly, I’m surprised I managed to stop at JUST the two, really: because, not only does The Ordinary foundation offer two different types of coverage, it also comes in a kind of dizzying array of colour options. And this, my friends, is what makes it the perfect foundation for people with pale skin. I mean, I’m used to looking at the colour options for foundation and instantly knowing that there’s only one of them which has any chance at all of working for me – that being whatever the very palest shade on offer is. With The Ordinary foundation, however, there are no less than three palest shades.
So, the lightest shade on offer here is the aptly-named ‘Very Fair’. But, once you’ve decided that Very Fair is definitely the droid you’re looking for, you’re then faced with three further options: do you want to do for Very Fair P (Pink), Very Fair N (Neutral), or Very Fair NS (Neutral With Silver Highlights)?
Confused? Because, yeah, I was, basically. I knew, of course, that the P, N, and NS options referred to your skin’s undertones, but I’m used to either having no option at all with this, or to choosing between pink or yellow. I know I don’t have yellow undertones, so I normally just go for pink (On the rare occasion there’s even a choice, obviously…), but now I found myself wondering whether my skin tone might, in fact, be Neutral, and whether or not I wanted Silver Highlights? It was like the time I decided to buy myself some of The Ordinary’s skincare range, and then realised I’d need a degree in science just to be able to understand it all. (Confession: I still don’t understand it all. Or even a bit of it…)
Well, I mulled this over for a few minutes, and I was still none the wiser, so I decided just to go with ‘Neutral’. It seemed like the safest option.
With that decision made, all that remained was for me to decide whether I wanted to try the Serum Foundation or the Coverage Foundation, and, as I noted in the intro to this post, this was one decision too far for me at the time, so I decided just to throw caution to the wind and get both. This is what passes for sheer recklessness in my life right now, not even joking.
Anyway. This was all about five months ago now, because that’s apparently how long it takes me to get posts live these days: whoops! When the foundations arrived, the first thing I noticed was how small the bottles were. Here’s one of them next to a bottle of Rimmel foundation, just as a comparison:
Honestly, at first I was a bit disappointed by this, but then I remember I’d paid £6 per bottle, and I quickly got over myself. Also, they might be small, but they do last a long time: I’ve had these for several months now, and while I don’t use them every day, I do use them a few times a week, and they’re still going strong – so, not a bad deal, really, all things considered.
As I said, I got the Serum Foundation and the Coverage foundation, both in shade 1.0N – Very Fair. These are identical in colour, so the difference is in the consistency, and, as the names suggest, the Serum Foundation offers lighter coverage than the Coverage foundation does. Here they are side-by-side:
Coverage Foundation on the left, Serum Foundation on the right. I dispensed roughly the same amount of each, but, as you’d probably expect, the Serum Foundation is a much runnier consistency, so spreads more easily. This is my favourite of the two: as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to realise that full-coverage foundations have a tendency to just settle into those pesky fine lines, so I’ve been going for lighter-coverage anyway, and this one is pretty perfect. It’s obviously not going to cover blemishes, or anything like that, but it does smooth out my skin tone, and gives it a nice, dewy look, and I’m all about that. It’s really easy to apply (I normally just use my fingers, because I’m a bit scummy like that…), doesn’t wear off too easily, and doesn’t start sliding down my face halfway through the day either, so, for £6, I think it’s a real bargain: and one I’ll definitely re-purchase when the current bottle runs out. In fact, I might go wild and buy TWO, because that’s just the kind of kerrrazy I am, you know?
As for the Coverage Foundation, meanwhile, I really like it, too. I actually don’t think the coverage here is quite a full as the name might suggest: for me it’s more of a medium coverage than a really thick one, but that actually suits me fine, so I’m not complaining. Again, I really have nothing bad to say about this: it’s just a really nice, easy-to-apply foundation, which I would easily have mistaken for something much more expensive, if it weren’t for the dinky size and packaging. Oh, and most importantly of all, the colour is the perfect shade of pale for my skin. As I said, I was a little unsure about the whole ‘undertone’ thing, but the neutral seems to have worked out fine for me, and I’m really happy with the colour match. so if you have similarly pale skin, I’d recommend giving it a go – you only have £5.93 to lose, after all!