Excuse me, but I think I may have found my Holy Grail foundation! And it’s been a while because the last foundation that I considered as my HG was MAC’s Studio Fix — one that has become too heavy and full for my preference these past few months.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation is probably one of the most talked-about foundations of 2017 (next to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty), so the bandwagon-er in me could not pass up on giving it a try regardless of the fact that I stopped using foundation in the first quarter of last year.
I’m used to full coverage foundations that feels like a mask on and doesn’t even look the slightest bit natural. I have tons of blemishes and acne scars that needs to be concealed so I gravitate towards the more heavy-duty products to help cover up the imperfections.
The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation ($6.70) does that job perfectly! It is a foundation that can be sheered out or built up to a full coverage so you can go both ways and apply it however you prefer. And surprisingly, it still feels lightweight and looks skin-like either way.
It doesn’t dry too fast which makes it easier to apply on the skin. It’s a dream to blend and doesn’t cling to nor emphasize my dry spots and texture. And there isn’t any tugging or patchiness which is just superb!
Also, for the first time in a while, I applied a cream stick blush and I don’t usually apply one for fear of ruining my base along the process. But surprisingly, this didn’t move around at all regardless of the fact that I was blending that blush off on top of it with such intensity!
I use a setting powder to seal everything down and then brush a layer of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark to help with the extreme oiliness of my skin. This helps with the longevity of the foundation, too, which is usually about 9-10 hours with very minimal fading — none at all if I’m lucky.
I have a bit of a problem with the matte cap as that attracts dirt a lot and gets sticky in the long run (read: almost every single NARS product) but it’s a pump so who am I to complain.
The line has 21 shades with a variety of undertones which is amazing for a single launch. It’s also incredibly affordable for a 30ml (1 fl.oz.) product.
I’m getting The Ordinary Coverage Foundation soon just to see how that one fairs and compares with this, but for now, I’m happy and contented and I couldn’t ask for a better product, really.
In case you’re curious, here’s Wayne Goss’s review of the The Ordinary foundations.