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Review: The Ordinary Colours Serum and High-Coverage Foundation – Shade 3.2N | Oily Skin


I finally received my orders for The Ordinary Colours from Deciem this week after having to wait over a month for them. I ordered the Serum and the High-Coverage foundations in shade 3.2N ‘Deep Neutral’. I having been testing these two out over the last three days and here’s what I make of them. You can skip straight to the video  review [link below this post ] if you prefer. I’m sure by now you would have heard about The Ordinary and their parent company Deciem as they are causing a lot of waves in the world of skincare and they deserve all the hype. I wrote about them here in this post when I picked up 6 items from their affordable skincare range.


The Serum Foundation.



This serum formula provides the lightest coverage out of the two, It’s very runny in consistency but gives you a nice coverage enough to cover up any redness or imperfections. Its like a tinted moisturiser but with more coverage and less of the creamy and thick and even sometimes greasy texture. I do not mind that some imperfections still shows through as this appeals to me more than a heavy caked up flawless face. I would suggest to colour correct or conceal any dark spots or hyperpigmentation prior to use. This formula is neither dewy nor matte but leaves a nice radiant glow behind which you can powder off if you prefer a matte finish. This foundation does not promise any oil control properties but I’ve noticed I don’t become oily too quickly. I do need to blot just as with any other foundations I wear. I was so pleased and impressed to discover the oil did not break up or spread the foundation. It stayed in place all day and looked fresh after blotting and powdering.


Considering this costs around the £6 mark, It is one of the best lower ends/drugstore foundations/tinted moisturisers I’ve tried to date. I love that its very lightweight [ even after powdering ], looks like skin and plumps up the skin too. This is /will be perfect to wear during these warmer months and on casual days. I’m looking forward to wearing this on my upcoming trip. Its going to be super hot and I hate wearing full coverage foundations in the sun so this tinted serum [ as I’ve renamed it ] would be great to use and as an added bonus, it contains SPF 15. Fantastic!


The High-Coverage Foundation.



Just as the name suggests, is this high coverage stuff? Not exactly. It does provide some coverage, much more than the serum version and yet its still feels lighter than some of my high ends foundations. I can compare this to the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous foundation but without the powdery and matte finish. The consistency is slightly thicker but not gloopy and  goes on smoothly, easy to blend [with dampen sponge] and doesn’t settle into fine and any smile lines [ NARS does ].



I used two pumps which didn’t cover up my stubborn blemishes but it covered up my pores and made them less visible. It gave me an even look on my face. The shade match for this is much darker and since its neutral, I had to use a bit of concealer to brighten and highlight my face to bring back the golden tones. It did stay put throughout the day, blotting once without the need of adding any powder on top. This also contains SPF 15.



I’m a big fan of these two foundations from The ordinary and excited about what’s to come. In terms of the colour or shade match, both formulas are a little darker than I’d prefer but they match my neck perfectly. Looking closely at both bottles, you can see one looks darker than the other. The serum one is the closest match to my skin tone if compared with the High-Coverage Foundation . I have golden/warm undertones and prefer to match my foundation to that as it makes my face appear more brighter. A Yellow-Gold undertone  between shades 3.1 and 3.2 would be perfect for me but using concealer and a yellow based powder does the trick for me at the moment. I’m not sure how it will be in the winter months when my skin appears to be more yellow toned and lighter. Remember, skin tone gets a shade darker in warmer months.


I also like the simple packaging and a big thumps up for the pumps too. The come with a lock-in system which makes it great for travelling and carrying with you on the go. You get 30ml of product in each bottle.



For reference, here’s a guide on other foundation brands and shades I use.


L’Oreal True Match Foundation8.N Cappuccino [ post here ]

MAC Studio Fix FluidNC50 [ not pictured ]

Estee Lauder Double Wear6w1 ‘Sandalwood’ [ full review here ]

NARS All Day Luminous WeightlessNew Guinea [ full review here ]

Stila Stay All Day Foundation13 Warm  [ full review here ]

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra10 Beige Praline [ full review here ]


So what’s my verdict on these two? I love them and they get  two thumbs up from me. Will they replace my higher end foundations? No. I do love and trust my Estee Lauder [ especially ] too much but using these in between will help make it last a little longer. I highly recommend you give these a try if you can get hold of them. Ordering and delivery is a bit of a pain as they are in so  much demand and run out of pumps [ can you believe it? ] so maybe you can wait until the hype dies down a bit.


YouTube Video:



I also made a YouTube video to share my thoughts from a first impressions point of view. There were no information on shades or swatches when ordering mine so I hope this will be helpful and make decision making a little easier. There are 21 shades available with Neutral, Pink, Red and Yellow Gold undertones. They retail for less than £6 on their website at


I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve tried either one of these new foundations. Thank you for reading and watching.


Have a beautiful weekend.


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