The Ordinary Foundation on Medium to Dark Skin Tones | Is it worth the hype?

The Ordinary Foundation on Medium to Dark Skin Tones | Is it worth the hype?

If you are like me, when you think of foundation, you don’t think of the price being anything less than £20. I think my main exception to this rule has been the L’Oreal True Match which is £9.99. Now, when I heard about a foundation for £6, I couldn’t believe it. Admittedly, I was also very sceptical. Will it make me break out out? Will even be good?! What foundation am I talking about, I hear you ask? The Ordinary Foundation Coverage Foundation. I knew they did skin care but I didn’t know they did foundations. There are two different types of the Ordinary foundations: The Serum foundation (light coverage) and the Coverage foundation (medium to full coverage). I opted for the Coverage foundation cos this lady needs coverage!

Now buying foundation online can be hit and miss, and I actually do not recommend it. I have had a few bad experiences where you read the description of the colour and the foundation ends up being nothing like it was described! You know those moments when you put on new makeup confidently and take one look in the mirror and think ‘well damn! This is not a good look!’ And what is even more annoying is that alot of the times, you cannot return the foundation once it has been used.

However, I do know that in certain circumstances, such as this foundation it is unavoidable. I don’t believe stores have it, so you can’t physically test it out. So you know what I did? I bought all the dark shades to show you guys what it looks like. Oh and before you rate me, its only because the foundation is £6 each! If it was more, mate believe me when I say I would only be showing you one or maybe two shades. Ain’t nobody got coins to be wasting!


What does Deciem say about their foundation?

The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundations with SPF15 are full-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. When applied, the formulations blend in effortlessly with your natural tones and your skin glows. These foundations contain higher pigment levels than the Serum Foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream.

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. The shades can also be mixed at the time of application if desired. As with most liquid forms of foundation, it’s ideal to shake the container lightly before use.



Shades suitable for my medium to dark skinned ladies: 3.1R – Dark with red undertones, 3.1Y – Dark with yellow undertones, 3.2N – Deep neutral, 3.2R – Deep with red undertones, and 3.3N – Very deep neutral.

I bought all 5 shades. My first impressions of the shades were that the Dark shades especially 3.1R and 3.1Y were lighter than I expected. They looked like more medium-dark tones, rather than dark tones. There were only two shades: 3.2R and 3.2Y which could be my match. I can only assume that the shades which the Ordinary classed as  ‘Medium-Dark’ shades must be really light for me personally. I like the fact that they tried to incorporate the different undertones, however, I would have loved if there was more dark, deep and very deep shades. Five was an ‘aight’ start, but there is definitely room for more shades.



Well, I can’t really complain about the price can I?! At £6 for foundation, how much lower can it go?! I am abit wary about super cheap foundations but I was willing to give it to a go. The shade range on the darker end of the spectrum was interesting for me. I love that the deepest shade (3.3N – Very deep neutral) was actually quite dark, so my ebony ladies could try this foundation. That was a good touch. What I found interesting was the two Deep shades (3.2N and 3.2R) looked very similar. Too similar which was confusing for me. I have yellow undertones, but sometimes I can wear foundations with neutral undertones. But 3.2N was abit too red for a neutral foundation. When I swatched 3.2N and 3.2R they looked like the same foundation. In the end I went for the 3.2N but used my Tarte Shape Tape in ‘Deep’ concealer to tone down the redness.

This foundation was a little watery so I had to shake it before I used it. I used two pumps, pumping the foundation to the back of my hand and applying it to my face little by little. I was impressed by the coverage of this foundation. It covered my dark spots and blended really well. It was easy to apply and to blend out. I was really impressed. It dried down to a semi-matte finish and gave a flawless finish. It was just a shame that the colour was slightly off for me. I deliberately didn’t colour correct because I wanted to see the coverage and it didn’t disappoint. It is definately medium to full coverage, which I got with two pumps. For £6, it was not bad at all.




I was pleasantly surprised with this foundation, it held up all day. I put on my makeup around 8:30am and took it off around 10:30pm, so I got alot of wear! I went to church, went an African art exhibition and chilled with my friend, whilst being 8 months pregnant! Let me tell you that this foundation held up! I was abit shiny on my t-zone area (my forehead and nose) towards the end of the day but it wasn’t too bad.

Also, the foundation didn’t move. It stayed in place all day. Sometimes I get creasing around my mouth or separation around my mouth with other foundations, but not this one. It stayed put. Like I said earlier, it dried down to a semi-matte finish which I liked, and it was not cakey at all. It felt very lightweight and comfortable on my skin. I loved that. I even forgot I was wearing makeup towards to end of the day!



I really liked this foundation. I liked the coverage and the lightweight feel of it. For £6, it was a good buy! What I didn’t really like was that my shade was not available. The 3.2N was too red for me, however it was not a deal breaker. Would I use this foundation again? Yes, because it was easy to apply, long-lasting and lightweight.


Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?




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