The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation: I Just Don’t Get It.

The brand The Ordinary utterly confuses me.

The minimalistic packaging is great, almost with a Aesop vibe, however the actual products I just don’t get. With waitlists for their foundations, a tonne of hype and change from a tenner, I am really confused by the entire range.

I’d already tried a couple of skincare products. After searching ASOS for a while I bought a couple of random bits to try. With names like ‘Suspension’, ‘Alpha Arbutin’, ‘Retinol, ‘Buffet’, I am totally confused. Personally I would find shopping from The Ordinary much easier if the products were labelled toner, serum, moisturiser etc. And suitable for dry/dehydrated skin, oily skin, combo. You know what I’m saying?? Safe to say the products I bought were a total flop for my skin type. I cannot even tell you what I bought, as these have been passed on a long time ago.
All these technical terms I don’t really understand, I feel as though I need to be a skincare expert. I’m no Caroline Hirons and don’t have the time or patience to trawl through every individual product trying to find the right one. It seems I have already dedicated a fair amount of time trying to find the right products for my skin type, to no avail. With this in mind, I thought I would try a foundation and that this would be a safe bet.
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation.

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First off there are 2 types of foundations in the range (as far as I can tell anyway); High Coverage and Serum. It wasn’t until my pal asked me which type I’d bought that I realised they were at least two different versions to try.  Once it had arrived, it turns out I bought the High Coverage Foundation. I was pleased I had chosen this and not the serum as the days I do want to wear foundation, these days I like a little more coverage and felt it’s counterpart could have been a little on the lightweight side. The shade range is extensive. There are almost too many shades to choose from, I didn’t know where to start. I cannot tell you which shade I did pick up, but it was one of the lightest, neutral tones.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation.

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is one of the best long-lasting high coverage foundations I’ve ever tried and still to this day remains high at the top of my favourites list. I was hoping for similar results from The Ordinary, however this foundation really let me down.

On first thoughts it was fairly easy to blend and gave a nice, semi-matte finish to the skin. However the coverage certainly isn’t high (fairly sheer), it doesn’t even compare to Lauder’s magic in a bottle. The formula didn’t last on my skin and around my nose area bunched all up to look patchy and quite unsightly.
With a heavy heart I’m going to say I really don’t understand the hype around this brand. I haven’t enjoyed anything I have used, none of the formulas (both skincare and foundation) have personally worked for me. Maybe the products are so cheap for a reason?
I truly believe in being completely honest writing reviews for my blog and never want to slate a brand, however I just don’t get it.
Am I missing something here? Do you love The Ordinary? Or are you like me and nothing seems to work for you? I would love to know your thoughts, please drop a comment below…

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