Rated 4.13 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Smooth, glowing skin!
Long review alert! I had a hard time finding reviews on this product, pertaining to my specific concerns. I hope to help anyone with similar difficulties!
I'm 39 and have very, very oily skin. I don't love foundation because no matter the formulation, and even at my age, my t-zone breaks out from being clogged by my natural oils and the makeup on top— bareminerals included! I have A+++ hygiene habits, don't normally break-out just from being oily, wash my hands before touching my face and keep all of my brushes and applicators pristine, so after more than 2 decades of trying every brand and formulation of foundation I could get my hands on, I know the issue is my oiliness combined with foundation sitting on top of my skin. Because of this, I generally don't bother with makeup on a daily basis. I used to love Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it acted like skincare but with a tone-evening effect, not like actual makeup and didn't make me break-out; but I stopped wearing it after 5 years because it started to separate on my skin halfway through the day. Not sure if I got more oily, or if something in the formula changed over the years but it just stopped working for me. For a couple of years now, I I typically go bare-faced with some concealer under my eyes, brow powder and lip gloss... and Boscia charcoal blotting papers are a non-negotiable essential.
I should be clear that I've been using glycolic acid since my late teens, a prescription retinoid since my 20's and added hyaluronic acid in my 30's, so I don't have any major texture issues or obvious wrinkles. You can see lines in the corners of my eyes when I smile and a wrinkle across my forehead when I raise my eyebrows, but my skin, overall, looks very smooth when my face is relaxed. I wear foundation for special occasions, only, and always, always, always break-out the next day- without fail- even after removing makeup, double cleansing with my Luna and going through my whole skincare routine; no harsh scrubbing. It's awful and I hate it.
All of that said, I decided to try this foundation for an outdoor bridal shower this past weekend after watching a dozen YouTube tutorials/reviews of both brand formulations. Chose the serum formula over the coverage formula because I wanted my skin to really show through in the sunlight, and just needed something my cream blush and bronzer could adhere to. I got the 1.2N & 1.2YG. The 1.2N might have worked because I do lean more neutral than yellow...but I wouldn't know because it arrived damaged and I didn't try it. Thankfully, I LOVE the 1.2YG color and it's actually not too yellow for me. The gold flecks look obvious in the photo swatch, but they are actually invisible in the bottle and on skin— you just get that glow like you're in candlelight, but in any light! I used a damp beauty blender to apply a very thin layer over darker areas first (under eyes, around nose), then did a second thin layer from the center of my face outward. Applied right on top of bare skin after letting my skincare sink in— no primer under or powder on top at all (has never saved me from having to blot all day anyway!).
I. COULD. NOT. BE. HAPPIER. OR. MORE. IMPRESSED. It just looked like I had perfect, baby smooth, radiant skin. Felt alike I had nothing on at all. I had to blot throughout the day, as usual, but the color didn't oxidize on my face, or transfer to my blotting papers; and my skin just seemed to look better and better as the hours passed. Strangers at the bridal shower commented on how perfect my skin looked all afternoon in the glaring sunlight. The bride-to-be (my much younger cousin) kept telling her friends my age and they didn't believe her. By the time I got home, my blush and bronzer had faded a bit, but my skin looked AMAZING.
Even better, NO BREAKOUTS!!! Not a single one. When it's safe to go out without wearing a mask, I'll be wearing this product every day. I can't believe it's less than $7! If you're on the fence, just buy it. Buy a couple of colors if you're unsure about your match. If it doesn't work for you, it's so inexpensive that you won't feel bad about the purchase. Over the years, I've had terrible misses with high-end brands that cost 10x as much as The Ordinary. There's nothing to lose here, in my opinion, and you might be very pleasantly surprised like I was! I hope this Serum Foundation sticks around forever!
Most Helpful Critical Review Very disappointed
I love the Ordinary skin care product line and was super excited to try their foundation. Boy, was I ever disappointed. I ordered three colors (2.0N, 2.0P, 2.1P) and none of them matched my skin. I had to blend all three try get a shade close to my skin, but who has the time to do that every single day? Not that it mattered because I would NEVER want this product on my skin. It is so emollient I felt like I had a layer of oil on my face. Even after letting it sit for 15 minutes and using a setting spray, it would STILL come right off if I ran my fingertips over my skin. And rather than having a blurring effect, this product was so cakey that it highlighted every pore, every fine line, every crevice. I first applied the foundation with a foundation brush after prepping my skin with a moisturizer and primer. Alternatively, I tried applying it with a blender sponge and then again with my fingers, with no difference in outcome. I couldn't wait to wash it off each time. Ordinary, stick to skin care. This was a total flop for me.
Reviewed by 404 customers Water Foundation
Jo from Hawaii
So watery it feels like it's been diluted with water. Not a fan. I was pretty surprised / disappointed after seeing so many positive reviews.
no, i need to return it
Hiker girl from Phoenix, AZ
too watery, creased in my wrinkles
Settles In Fine Lines & Pores
ayre86 from Jackson, MS
I wanted to like this foundation but it does nothing for my skin. It settles really badly into my fine lines and pores. If my face is a little dry it's shows every flake, if my face is oily that day it slides right off. Would not recommend.
I love it!
Cam from Miami, FL
I bought two in different purchases. The first one was too dark and the second one very light. When I mix them I get my exactly skin colour. I love this foundation, it feels light, great coverage, not cakey at all. 100% recommended!
The BEST natural foundation I've worn
Melody K from Baltimore
I love this foundation. I did the color test and got the right color on my first try. I use one pump into my hands, spread it all over my face. Let it rest for a minute while putting on eye makeup and then go back with a foundation brush and buff it into my skin. It feel like skincare, not foundation. Soaks right in and looks very natural. I feel make-up free but look even and glowing. I will buy again. I've been telling all my friends who will listen how amazing this is, especially for the price.
SG from VB
I just ordered my third bottle. It so good!
MelMel from USA
I had high hopes for this, but it doesn't blend well and it just sits on my skin. This is just terrible.
Not the one
Kate from 19335
I wanted so badly to love this because I love the ordinary but ladies, this is not the one. The consistency is so strange. I've never had a foundation sit on top of my skin and transfer like this. It looks so oily and just doesn't set? It's honestly probably the worst foundation I've ever used.
Lightweight, but definitely does the job!
Shopping Nanny from Missouri
I tried this on a whim and so glad I did. At first I thought it was extremely watery…but that didn't hurt its performance. It was surprisingly very effective. You can hardly tell I'm wearing it, but it covers a lot of flaws. Great product!
Celineerrrr from Michigan
Skin Type: dry/normal
I had very high hopes! But this product is super runny and oily almost. It doesn't set into the skin at all and you can tell when you look in the mirror it's just there. You have to set it, but even still you can feel it on your face.
Sue from VA
Very light yet effective!
Ru from Brooklyn
I love how light and easy to blend , it's for everyday simple makeup look and nothing high coverage or for a party or something like that , I love it on my dry skin and I could also put on powdered makeup and doesn't seem cacky or dry on my skin because of how light the foundation is , I love it !
fire_owlie from Plano
I'm fair skinned, with freckles, and I have pink undertones and not amazing skin. It's been really difficult for me to find a foundation that looks natural and not caked on. This stuff is great! It's medium coverage that doesn't feel goopy or thick. And there's enough shade range for most people to find what they need. I'll be wedding this on my wedding day.
SUPER LIGHT & Oily Skin Approved
Sunny from Charlotte, NC
I bought this yesterday and I'm so impressed that I didn't even wait for the email to prompt me to leave a review.
The shade range is great!
Application was very smooth. The product is very thin and applied like a serum. It felt very hydrating, but not greasy. It gave a very light coverage.
I wore it all day, and my oily skin peeked through as usual but I didn't feel like I'd dipped my face in grease. It looks like a healthy glow.
KaraK from Minnesota
I purchased it based on their skin care products, which I love. The foundation is runny, looks cake like, and didn't cover some slight redness. I threw it out.
Anna from Ohio
I was skeptical of getting a serum foundation since I'm just used to normal foundations, however this is now my new go-to everyday foundation! It isn't full coverage, which I'm starting to like more on my skin, it just looks so natural. I have dry skin, and this is very dewy on my face, but if you just use a setting powder afterwards, it should be fine. I would highly recommend this to someone who is looking for a light coverage, natural looking foundation.
Light weight coverage
Sarahfitness from Milwaukee
I prefer a your skin but better look and this is IT. For the price I can buy a few different shades for throughout the year for the same price as one high end brand. I used the ordinary silicone primer underneath and it lasted through a super humid hot county fair afternoon and concert at night sweating my booty off and still looked really good!
Itsjustlinds from Florida
I really tried to like this foundation, especially for the price but it's not worth it. The formula is so runny and made my skin look like I slathered cooking oil on it by the end of the day. No thanks.
Kels from Ma
Keeps my skin moisturized and covers imperfections. Buildable medium coverage. Great color match.
good *light* coverage
Grace from Philadelphia, PA
I got the 2.0 N shade - I have light skin with yellow undertones, but my cheeks and nose get pink in the sun, so I went with the neutral undertones as a middle ground. The foundation is light coverage, not full coverage. It evened out my skin tone but didn't give that perfect airbrushed look and didn't fully cover large blemishes. It is very liquid and was easy to smooth and blend over my face with just my fingers.
better than pricier brands
bex from Pennsylvania
honestly I was skeptical because of the price, but this matches my skin perfectly and I like it even better than the clinique that i was wearing.
it goes on smooth and lasts all day
Luminous liquid foundation
Shannon from CT
For the price, this product is excellent. I have oily / combination sensitive skin and this foundation adheres nicely. It gives a really nice, dewy glow (NOT matte whatsoever). The consistency is a very thin liquid, but I am able to build coverage with multiple layers. I prefer to use as little of this product as possible and pair it with a concealer for areas that need extra coverage. Great range of shades.
Best light coverage foundation
Nik from Guam
Okay so I rarely leave reviews, but this is an exception! I've been looking for light coverage foundation that gets the job done. This checks all the boxes! I have combination skin and it doesn't make me oily at all. It is very watery in consistency. It looks so natural people can't even tell you have foundation on. Evens out my skin tone nicely, blends smoothly and looks so natural. I got many compliments from it 💕
Where have you been all my life!?
Nickie Lou from Jacksonville
I've been on the hunt for quite sometime for a light textured foundation to even out my skin tone. I've tried nearly every tinted moisturizer, Bb and Cc cream I can get my hands on, they all felt very thick and foundation-y. This product is perfect, not to mention the price is amazing. It provides a sheer coverage.. just enough to even out skin tone and gives my powder bronzers and blush something to stick to. It comes out of bottle very watery and blends easily with fingers or a beauty blender. It melts into the skin to give a super natural finish.
Genuinely the best foundation for dry/combo skin
Liv from MA
This foundation leaves the most beautiful, skin-like finish while having a nice amount of coverage. I deal with redness and this completely covers it and melts right into my skin. This product is formulated so nicely and I'd highly recommend it!