The Ordinary Serum Foundation

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Hello Princesses

Today I'm going to be talking about The Ordinary Serum Foundation! This foundation was very kindly given to me by my boss who bought a bunch of shades to try out. This foundation had a fair amount of hype when it was first released but I just never got around to trying it until recently!

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Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.

The pigments used in this format are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary.

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This serum comes housed in a very little bottle with a pump top. It's pretty plain in terms of packaging, but very functional. I have the shade 1.0N which is Very Fair Neutral. The Ordinary offers shades in multiple undertones, but there are no "very fair" shades that are marked as yellow or warm toned. 1.0N is a pretty good shade for my skin, it's a great level of lightness, but would be better for me if it was more warm toned!

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I find this foundation applies best with a damp beauty blender. I found that brushes left my skin looking streaky and cushion puffs just absorbed too much of the very liquidy texture. It is important to shake this foundation thoroughly as I have noticed that it tends to seperate inside the bottle otherwise.

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This foundation provides really beautiful natural coverage. It evens out my skin tone and really does look like my skin but better. It has a nice satin finish that can be set with a translucent powder if needed. I find that it doesn't provide enough coverage for any of my scarring, but does camoflage any redness and light discolouration really nicely.

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After 8 hours this foundation tends to disappear into my skin but also clings to any dry skin which is a little bit strange.

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I'm not a huge fan of the longevity of this foundation, my skin isn't particularly oily but it really doesn't last long on me at all. The foundation disappears on my cheeks and chin almost entirely but cakes up around my mouth, nose and forehead. It lasts pretty well up to 6 hours, but anything after that starts to get average.

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Final Thoughts

This is a beautiful, natural foundation for short term use. It's not a base that I would recommend to any Princesses with oily skin or Princesses that need their foundation to last all day. I think that the initial finish is really beautiful and it's a foundation that I reach for if I'm putting on natural make up to run errands or go shopping, but not one that I would choose for a full days work. I am interested to see how the Coverage Foundation wears, so I may review that formula in the future too!

You can purchase The Ordinary Serum Foundation from Asos for $12.96NZD

Becca McAvinue