The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review - Before & After

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review – Before & After

10 Apr 2017

I have been holding off on this review because there has been so much exciting news from The Ordinary that this website was starting to look like The Ordinary blog!! But I can wait no longer and wanted to share with you my The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review with before and after photos.


The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation

In case you missed it, I have already reviewed the Coverage Foundation from The Ordinary Colours and you can read all about that and see before and after photos HERE. Of the two, that one is my favourite because it delivers really decent yet natural looking, glowy coverage and suits my combination skin very well indeed.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Serum Foundation is a lighter, more dewy affair which I think would be perfectly suited to drier skin types.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Features

  • Natural-looking medium coverage foundation
  • Very lightweight serum texture
  • Extremely fluid consistency
  • Pigments used within each formula are suspended in a unique spreadability system
  • Delivers even coverage and a very natural finish
  • Long-lasting, durable wear
  • Avoids collecting in fine lines
  • Unique suspension system allows shades to look so natural that three colours or more will suit most skin tones
  • Uses SPF15
  • 21 shades

The Ordinary Serum Foundation – Before & After Photo

My shade in both formulations is 1.2N light neutral. If you want to see swatches of a full range of shades, check out this post.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation - Shade 1.2N
The Ordinary Serum Foundation – Shade 1.2N
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation


The Ordinary Serum Foundation - Shade 1.2N


The Ordinary Serum Foundation - Shade 1.2N

I love the finish of this foundation. It gives a really decent coverage for such a light texture and it gives the skin a lovely, juicy look. I did find this one needed some powder on the T-zone as the day went on, unlike the coverage foundation which I think is better suited to my skin type. If you have drier skin, or don’t have an oily t-zone, then the Serum Foundation would be perfect. But hey, let’s be honest, these foundations are so affordable, you can have both!!

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is £5.70 and available to order HERE soon.




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9 thoughts on “The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review – Before & After

  1. Wow Ree! The finish looks really impressive! Great coverage from a Serum-based foundation and excellent colour match too! I ordered both formulas as I have combination skin. I cannot wait for these to arrive. X


  2. That looks amazing for the price, they are so clever as a company. Normally I don’t like colour-adjusting foundations because they don’t work on my fair skin, they just turn too dark! But this is great.

  3. Hi, Ree! Thanks so much for doing this review. I absolutely love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in shade 53—it’s my favorite. How does this compare, and do you recommend 1.2N? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi there

      I used to use 53 but most recently I have been liking 51 in Healthy Mix. The shades from Deciem are quite flexible so I think 1.2n would work x

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