The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review

The Ordinary is a well-known brand because of its simple but effective skincare treatments. They provide what the skin needs in a minimalist bottle, which allows the brand to keep prices affordable. They also have some makeup products, including primers, foundations, and concealers. I tried a foundation and now I want to share with you The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review.

About The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

High-Spreadability Pigment Suspension System with High Coverage



Aqua (Water), Coconut Alkanes, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sucrose Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Dimethicone/ Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

Price and availability

The price is £6 for 30 mL of product. You can buy from The Ordinary website and also in different online beauty retails.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Shades

This foundation is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone. Each shade code has a descriptive name as well. It is easy, therefore, to match your shade. For example, 1.2P is Light with Pink Undertones while 3.0Y is Medium Dark with Yellow Undertones.


My thoughts about The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

The packaging is in The Ordinary style. It is a simple plastic bottle with some prints out in black to display the required information. It comes with a pump dispenser, which I like for this type of product. The pump dispenses a good amount of product, so with two pumps, I have enough to cover all my face.

The foundation has a liquid consistency and almost no smell, which is good if you have sensitive skin. I was surprised by the texture, as normally I expect a quite dense consistency for high coverage foundations. You can apply it with a sponge or brush, though I normally apply with a brush to increase or not modify the coverage.

I use the shade 2.0 YG for my Fitzpatrick IV skin with a warm undertone.

The foundation is easy to apply, independently of the use of a brush or sponge. The shades are adaptable and this one matches well with my skin tone and undertone. It blends easily on my skin and has medium coverage, which can be built up to high. Therefore, I can say that this product is buildable, something very useful as you can modify the coverage depending on the makeup you want to do.


The Ordinary Coverage Foundation on the skin

Just after applying this product, I can feel that my skin looks with an even tone and a high luminosity at the same time. My skin looks glowy. I can say, therefore, that this foundation has a semi-matte finish.

One important factor for me when considering foundations is how it is going to behave when I apply powder products on top as bronzers and blushes. My skin is dry and I do not normally use setting powders. Therefore, I apply the face powder product straight away on top of the foundation. This The Ordinary foundation does not patch or crack when I apply powder products on top of it.

During the day, it feels lightweight and comfortable. I don’t have the feeling of wearing makeup at all. It lasts all day on my skin without making patches or creases.

In summary, I was surprised by this foundation. I have dark spots on my face and therefore I normally use high to full coverage foundations. Most of them feel quite heavy on my skin, as normally high to full coverage means thick heavyweight product.

However, this foundation provides me with the coverage I need but leaves a comfortable and lightweight feeling on my skin at the same time.



  • Pump dispenser
  • Leaves a luminous skin
  • Lightweight
  • Blends very well
  • Buildable medium to high coverage
  • Lasts all-day
  • Affordable


  • To mention something, maybe not enough shades

Will I buy it again? Do I recommend it?

If you have dry skin and you are looking for a high coverage foundation that does not feel too heavy on the skin, this product is for you. Keep in mind that it has a semi-matte finish. If you like dewy foundations, you may not like this. However, if you like matte finishes, you will love this foundation. And don’t forget the price, it costs only £6.

I am going to buy it again as my bottle is almost empty. I think that is one of the foundations I want to keep in my collection.

Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

I love beauty and skincare, try new products, and share my opinion with you. All my knowledge comes from years of experience and reading articles. I have dry skin, Fitzpatrick type IV, warm undertone, and my main concern is hyperpigmentation. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. We are all different and products can have different results on your skin. Want to talk? Email me at

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