The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review

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The Ordinary is not a brand I’ve tried much from. I have used their Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Serum and really didn’t like it. Since then, I haven’t been interested in using anymore of their skincare but when their foundation came to Ulta, I was curious. They released two different foundations and I bought the Coverage Foundation. It’s $6.90 for one fluid ounce of product and I have the shade 1.2N Light Neutral. Let’s get into the pros and cons!

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  • The shade I bought, 1.2N Light Neutral, is a perfect match for my skin. I wouldn’t really consider this shade to be neutral, however. It definitely is more warm/yellow toned.
  • This foundation does not contain alcohol, gluten, nuts, oil, parabens or sulfates.
  • This foundation is easy to blend with a brush or a sponge, though I prefer a brush.
  • It leaves a smooth, satin finish on the skin. This is my favorite type of finish because it looks natural.
  • I did not notice this foundation sinking into my pores and if anything, it helped to blur them.
  • I would say the coverage on my skin is a solid medium. For some it will be low and for others it will be high; it just depends on your skin issues.
  • It’s packaged in a plastic bottle with a pump. This is my favorite type of foundation packaging.
  • It is scent free.
  • This foundation did not break me out or cause any clogged pores.
  • It is very affordable at just $6.90 for a full ounce.


  • My skin type is normal/combo. I do tend to get oily around my nose and chin and this foundation can’t hold up to ANY oil. It will straight up breakdown and disappear. If you have combination or oily skin, don’t expect this to hold up on you.
  • Not only does this foundation not hold up to oil, it transfers like crazy. I always set my foundation with powder, I even used a powder foundation and a loose powder with this one, and it still transferred.
  • This foundation creases in fine lines and undereye bags.
  • There are 21 shades of this foundation available and that is simply not enough.
  • I tested this foundation with and without primer multiple times and nothing helped it to last longer.

The first two pictures on the left are of my skin with no foundation and the two on the right are of my skin with one layer of foundation. You can still see some acne scarring and darkness.

The picture on the left is my finished makeup on one of the days I tested this foundation out. I think the end result looked really pretty but it just didn’t last; which you can see in the picture on the right.

Final Thoughts:

This foundation is very similar to the e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation and I feel the same way about it… meh. It applies beautifully and looks fantastic but it just doesn’t stay that way. I might recommend it if you have dry or normal skin but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else. Have you tried this foundation? Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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