The Ordinary Colours

Leslie here, and I am FINALLY going over my thoughts on the super hyped up The Ordinary Colours. I stalked this damn website every day until I could add it to my cart. I blindy scooped up multiple shades in both the coverage and the serum versions, and have been putting them to the test. Let’s see what all this fuss is about!

The Product/ Swatches

The Ordinary Colours – available in a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation. Both come in a plastic bottle with a pump, containing 1 oz of product. The Serum version is $6.70, while the Coverage version is $6.90. Shade range for both is exactly the same – 21 shades covering all different undertones. A handy swatch guide on their website is shown below – I don’t remember this being a thing when I ordered mine, because I definitely would have ordered different shades!!


I picked up 1.1 P, 1.2 P, & 2.0 P in Coverage Foundation and 1.2 P, 2.0 P, 2.0 N, & 2.0 YG in Serum Foundation. I wanted to see how different the tones within the same number come off. And the “YG” indicates that there are gold reflects in the yellow toned shade. FUN. The wide selection of shades is really great, especially considering this would be considered a ‘drugstore’ item – and drugstore shade range is often slim pickins.




Once the shades start to get into the 2’s- the pink undertones become more peachy and orange. Which is not what I need. The difference between 1.2 & 2.0 is striking, and they are supposed to be right beside each other on the spectrum. I think that 1.2 is my best match, and 1.1 & 1.2 would both be great mix ins for foundations that are too dark or the wrong undertone for me.

I also do not notice any hint of gold or shimmer reflects in 2.0 YG. And quite honestly it looks a whole lot like 2.0 N.

I also wanted to compare the same shades from different formulations. Here are two shades from both Coverage & Serum compared.


The Claims

Coverage Foundation – Full coverage formulation with high pigment levels, but still offering a smooth finish. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream. These pigments are suspended in a proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The unique suspension system used in the formulations allows shades to look so natural on skin that three shades or more will suit most skin tones. he 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. ( I only have one that I tried)

Serum Foundation – Lightweight, medium-coverage formulation offering moderate coverage that looks natural. Same pigment suspension system as above, same claim of semi-matte finish.

*The website has SO many words- but all just basically to say these are high pigment formulations, that won’t look heavy.

The Application

Both of these do fine with a damp sponge, a little less so with a brush. It always came out streaky for me with a brush. I don’t really notice that much a difference between the coverage of the two. The texture is really the only thing that sets these two apart for me. The Coverage version is creamy and smooth, while the Serum version is VERY watery. You HAVE to shake them before dispensing. They will settle and separate.


These both dry down pretty quickly, and I didn’t even really need to set with powder. Which is great! and really helps with the natural/non cakey claims.

Oh. And these oxidize – BAD.

The Wear

I mean – they wore ok I guess. I actually HATED them the days I paired it with The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, but other days it was fine. Lost a little coverage on my chin with both. The Coverage version being a little heavier did kind of pool up around my nose which is pretty gross. Definitely not a 10 hour foundation, but they wore FINE.

The Verdict

For the price, these foundations are great. For the availability- they are just ok. Things may change in the future, after the hype has settled, but it took almost six weeks after ordering for all items to come in.


  • inexpensive
  • cruelty free
  • oil free
  • large shade range
  • perform well
  • pump


  • hard to get
  • not the best in wear
  • oxidizes pretty bad

Will definitely keep and use- but probably not repurchase once all finished. Have you tried? What do you think?!


One thought on “The Ordinary Colours

  1. meox says:

    hi leslie! would you mind swatching again the 1.1 and the 1.2 and let it dry before taking the picture? maybe even on your face? thanks and keep up the good work!


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