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Look what's finally arrived - The Ordinary Colours!

I say finally, but really it was like 2 weeks from when I ordered. I'm thoroughly impressed with The Ordinary thus far, in terms of their marketing, overall product quality and their customer service. Just after I placed my order, they announced that there was a production hold up with their Colours, and I do believe it was due to packaging (everyone wanted pumps instead of droppers - good choice and well worth the wait, IMO). They made a public apology as well as an email blast to their customers stating the issue. See? That's all us customers want, is to be kept in the loop. For such a green company, they are already making good choices! I did notice on their website that they still are out of stock/production of some due to waiting for those pumps, but hopefully they'll have a solution figured out soon.

Price Point

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.

 

Packaging

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 range/colours

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.

undertones & swatches

For myself, I like a truly neutral foundation for winter and spring; for summer I tend to get a bit more neutral/pink and I like to mix foundations. I'm not pink enough for a straight pink undertone foundation but a mix suits me well. So for my shade, I opted for the following:

2.0N Serum Foundation

2.0 Coverage Foundation

2.0P Serum Foundation

2.0P Coverage Foundation

If I'm being critical about shades and undertone (which I usually am), at first glance, these are almost bang on to what I expected from the description online. I didn't grab a Y (yellow) undertone to compare, although maybe I should have. But from what I saw in online comparisons is that it was quite gold. Good for some, but not for this Mediterranean/Scottish blend chicka.

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Formulas

The formulas are quite nice, having only swatches them on my arms so far. The Coverage formula offers a nice medium-full coverage liquid; non-oily, but a lovely demi-matte finish, in my opinion. 

Serum Foundation sounds super liquidy and watery when you shake it up, whereas the viscosity of the Coverage is a tad thicker (although no thicker than any other medium coverage foundation out there). I'm wearing the Serum formula today and the coverage is LOVELY but the texture is so difficult to describe, because I know will butcher what I want to say LOL! It's lightweight and luminous, and imparts the most beautiful flawless finish with a whisper of coverage and colour. Due to the nature of the slip and slide of the formula, I figured it would oxidize a bit, but 6 hours of wear so far and we are still fresh and looking like the 2.0N I applied hours ago! The skin combo I used today was:

Sonia Roselli Water Balm

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation in 2.0N

Applied with Sonia Roselli Sable Foundation Brush

One Fine Beauty Matte Perfection Touch Up Veil in N25 under eyes

Topped off with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

 

Verdict

So as of now, I'm super impressed. With this Serum Foundation, I may have found a new lightweight, everyday, non-SPF foundation! If so, given the price point, colour range, and overall product composition, I will be super stoked and a loyal customer for a long time!

Ulta Haul

So I'm back from my sunny San Francisco adventure, and I truthfully cannot make a trip to the States without some time spent at Ulta Beauty. I love Ulta for many reasons, but especially because it's like a drugstore and Sephora blended into one! I think it's important to be able to see both sides of makeup together, so you can swatch in one department, and find a dupe, if you'd like, in the other (makes my life easier!). They also always seem to offer tons of gift with purchases *my favourite* My first trip there was a quick-ish one, as it's not an ideal place to bring your 5 year old son, but I did manage to get some cool products before my time was up!

UltaHaul

Kinda hard to see everything in this pic, so I will go one by one and let you know what I think about them all :) Most are available in Canada anyways, but I will be noting US pricing.

Starting from left to right:

Tarte "Lights, Camera, Lashes" 4 -in-1 Mascara - it was the "Deal of the Day", so it was $10USD...nearly fainted! I often talk about my love affair with Maybelline mascara, but when given the opportunity to purchase a prestige brand at this pricing, why not?? I had originally tried this mascara a couple of years ago in a deluxe Sephora sample pack, and I really did love it. Made my lashes thick and full, but not tons of length. Overall a nice, volumizing mascara, and not clumpy (I actually used the Sephora coupon enclosed in the sample box and redeemed for this mascara). One thing, I dislike the packaging - it has got a weird snake-skin, stitched pleather exterior; a little gimmicky and not a fan of that.

L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H - $9.99, (buy one, get one half price) - So naturally I bought two! I love cream liners and use them on nearly every single client. I love the black, as it's a lot deeper and richer in colour than a lot of department store brands, and it lasts...oh boy, does it last! I always make sure to have a few "Bronze" on hand as well, as I use those most often as a base for my smokey eye looks.

Kardashian Beauty Dry Shampoo - $13.29USD - Admittedly, I am NOT a Kardashian fan, but they do have great hair, right?? (except for that current platinum horror show) Sigh... I love dry shampoos, I have tried so many. But this one didn't do much for my hair, didn't 'revive it's style' like it claimed, and didn't seem to put any texture into my hair. The nozzle on it didn't allow for it to be sprayed easily at my roots (the spray was too 'wide'). And the smell - ack! It was way to strong - back to the store, it went.

NYX V'Amped Up Lip Top Coat - $6.99USD - so essentially this is a glossy black chubby lip pencil. If you wear it alone (who would?? I mean matte black, yes), but this is a bit patchy. It is intended to be able to "vamp" up some of your existing lip colours. Cool pinks turn to deeper cooler, mauve tones, cool reds into vampy, burgundy reds. It's actually pretty neat and can change a lot of your colours with only one product. I did try with a neutral pink/brown colour, and it did look a bit like mud, so don't do that lol... but a kinda cool product for less than $7. Here's an example of what it does:

V'amped Up

L to R : MAC Powerhouse (top, alone; bottom with V'amped Up Lip Top Coat)

MAC Viva Glam Gaga (top, alone; bottom with)

NYX V'amped Up Lip Top Coat - alone

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - it was "Deal of the Day" the next day, so at $10USD I bought another! You can read all about it here on one of my previous posts. LOVE IT.

NYX Butter Gloss - $4.99USD (buy one get one half price) - this is my FAVE gloss at the moment. Love the non-sticky texture, the medium coverage, the scent, the wearability. It reminds me a lot of MAC Cremesheen glass. Some interesting info: MAC's Cremesheen Glass is listed at $23 for 0.09 US fl oz; NYX Butter Gloss is $4.99USD (or $7.99CAD at Rexall) for 0.23 oz. That's wild - 1/3 of the price for most than twice as much?? NYX all the way!

So there you have it - a fairly tame #UltaHaul visit for me, but still was able to pick up a few of my favourites. With the dollar exchange being so rotten right now, it's probably not a bad thing to scale back a bit!

 

** At the time of this posting, only the Dry Shampoo was not available in Canada...NBD.