the perfect base…
Trying to find bargain buys has been a thing for me lately. While I enjoy splurging on luxury products once in awhile, I am trying to save up and invest my money on other things besides makeup. Looking for affordable beauty products that actually work can sometimes be a challenge, but there’s one gem that pops up once in awhile that makes it all worthwhile.
The Ordinary has been a pretty popular brand for awhile, but unlucky me couldn’t get my hands on it in 2016 because I was living in the Philippines, so when I moved back to Canada the first thing I literally did was make a purchase from Deciem. #priorities am I right?
Spoiler alert: I’ve been regularly using The Ordinary Serum Foundation ($6.70 CAD) quite a bit for the past year, so I think it speaks for itself on how much I love this foundation!
The Serum Foundation comes in a plastic see-through bottle with a black lid and a pump. I love the simplicity and although the packaging isn’t the best, it serves its purpose. If you’re picky, it’s worth mentioning the black lid particularly likes to pick up fingerprints and dust, and the entire bottle tends to scratch fairly easily as well. I like to take care of my makeup, so putting it in the box after use helps minimize the scratches.
I picked out two shades at first: Both completely don’t match my skin tone. While this was my fault, I was surprised to see that 2.1P has a very warm undertone, despite it being a pink undertone. I pump 2.0N on the back of my hand then a little 2.1P to darken it up and use a beauty blender to apply it on my face. I mainly use foundation to even out my skin tone from a few acne scars and hyper pigmentation, so I only use a very thin layer. I would consider this to be a light coverage foundation, but with a second layer it can definitely be built up to a medium coverage.
I recently went to to The Deciem store at their Metropolis, Burnaby location and picked out a third foundation, the 2.0P. I’m pretty horrible at picking out my shade, and 2.0P seemed like it matched my skin tone in the store, but at home it was faaaaar from it. Again, I just combine 2.0N and 2.0P to make my perfect shade.
Sooo I’ve been pretty unadventurous when it comes to foundation this past year because this is all I’ve been using and I can’t make myself stop! It has the tendency to cling to dry patches which might be a deal breaker for those with dry skin but my oily skin personally loves the formula – it lasts a solid 7 hours and my face doesn’t look like a greasy mess at the end of the day. It isn’t tacky either and dries down to a flattering semi matte finish. I absolutely love how it makes my skin look, and I often get asked if I’m wearing foundation or not – it looks that natural.
The Ordinary Serum foundation is a your-skin-but-better foundation that I would 100% recommend to those looking for an everyday lightweight, breathable foundation that will cover small imperfections such as redness and uneven skin tone.