So when it comes to makeup, I always have a hard time deciding what I'd like and tend to over-purchase. All in the name of product research, I say! With The Ordinary Colours, there are two formula options - Coverage Foundation and Serum Foundation. I normally like a fuller coverage, so that was a given, and I've been on the hunt for a lightweight option for summer and weekends. At $6.90 and $6.70 respectively, I figured I'd give both a whirl.
The packaging is practical and not fussy at all. Some would say that it's a bit plain like their skincare line, but seriously, it's functional, well made and that's really all that matters. I've been in the industry long enough to know that sometimes (note I didn't say all the time), but sometimes, fancy packaging can just be smoke and mirrors for the actual ingredients inside said jar/bottle/package. The plastic bottles feel good in the hand with their rubberized feel, and same with the pump. I have to mention again how happy I am that they bypassed the dropper option. Ugh... I see droppers and all I think of is how unsanitary and contaminated the product will become. I know you're know supposed to touch the dropper, but everyone does, and a pump just avoids all of that ickiness. Not to mention the mess a dropper foundation can become. The boxes are stiff and sturdy, and have a rubberized characteristic to them as well.
Generally speaking, foundation also has a tendency to wear down on my skin throughout the day, no matter what their long-wearing claims may be. It always starts off looking fresh, and by end of day, will look tired, cakey and heavy, accentuating every line, pore and texture on my skin. Always a challenge - what works one week might not work the next. My skin is pickyyyyyy.
Sun protection factor
In terms of formulation, I love, love LOVE the fact that the foundations are created without chemical sunscreens, because my skin hates, hates, HATES those. Oxybenzone & Octinoxate will literally give me craters on my face by end of day, and I'll end up with rash-like acne. Trust me - it ain't pretty. So when I noticed they spoke about using physical protection ingredient Titanium Dioxide, I figured it was one less thing for me to react to. You won't notice an SPF notation on the packaging though - long story short, that's reserved for the the European packaging for now (same formula, different wording). Did I mention my skin hates chemical sunscreen? Hates.
Shade options - there are A LOT! What brand launches 21 shades during their initial release?! Not many, that's who! The Ordinary separates and categorizes their Colours in the most perfect of ways - a way that makes sense. They use the numbers and letters (sounds familiar!), but I do like this system. Because what does Classic Ivory or Buff Beige really mean anyways?! Like, really.
So it works like this:
Level of Colour: 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Undertone: P (pink), N (neutral), Y (yellow), R (red)
So some will select level first, some undertone. As long as you end up at the same place and the correct shade, it doesn't matter.