03 Mar THE ORDINARY PRIMERS & COLORS.
As you know, The Ordinary made a lot of noise in the beauty industry. Drugstore prices for high end quality?! Who wouldn’t be going crazy about that. While I do have a mix of their skin care and makeup, I decided to cut my review into two sections, the first being about makeup, of course.
It took a while for me to come out with this review. I wanted to wait for the hype to die down before making my initial purchase. I also tested it for quite a while before I decided it was time to publish my thoughts on these products.
I’ll talk about the primers first. I got both primers: the High-Adherence Silicone Primer and the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.
The High-Adherence Silicone Primer ($4.90) claims that this primer is leaves you more with a matte finish while the other one is more for a dewy finish. The High-Adherence Silicone Primer smoothes out your surface and fills in any lines and pores. This one, unlike most silicone primers, is a white creamy gel formula. It feels like a silky smooth moisturizer that does dry down a somewhat silicone feel but it sinks into your skin right away. I’ve never tried anything like it tbh. It spreads out easily and really hydrates your skin before anything. I definitely felt that when I tried it out. It blends well with the foundation you layer it with. It does have a matte finish but it’s not so matte that ends up making your face look flat.
The High-Spreadability Fluid Primer ($7.90) was really interesting to me because of the serum-like formula. It claims to help your makeup spread evenly without being blotchy, patchy or cake that gives you a natural dewy finish. When I first tried it out, it was very liquid-y, like any serum. Unlike the High-Adherence Silicone Primer, this one felt more silicone-y. It smoothes and blurs your skin, really giving you that glow from within.
BUT after using this for 2 weeks, the consistency of the primer changed. It turned more gel-like which made it difficult to come off the dropper. It slowly turned into a blob of gel. And when I did use it at this point, my make up would kind of peel and roll off. I still gave it a chance but every time I went to check on my makeup, you could see bits of it rolling away.
That being said, I would not repurchase the High-Spreadablity Fluid Primer. It was great up until it dried up. I did some extra research and it wasn’t just happening to me so, I do hope The Ordinary addresses the issue cause its such a waste of an innovative product.
Now to the foundations! I got both to try out: the Coverage Foundation and the Serum Foundation both in the shade 2.1Y. Both foundations have SPF15 and both claim to have a unique suspension system for a more natural look on skin. For the review, I used both foundations but each side of my face had a different primer. One the right side of my face had the High-Adherence Silicone Primer while the left had the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.
The Coverage Foundation ($11.90) is the more full coverage between the two foundations. It did have a thick consistency but nothing too thick that other foundations didn’t have.
The Serum Foundation ($10.90) as you can imagine is light as hell. But don’t let that deceive you because regardless of its lightweight formula, it does have a sheer to medium coverage as well.
Both of these foundations were the wrong shade for me. As someone with yellow/golden undertones, I thought getting the 2.1Y was fine. I came out very orange and had to do some heavy highlighting and concealing to somehow make it work. I also barely contoured or bronzed my face because I was afraid to look like I had just stepped out of a horrible tanning salon session.
They both blend beautifully and are both comfortable on the skin. They weren’t cakey or patchy. They came on so smoothly. In all, they are great foundations. Since I’m not the full coverage kind of gal, I would definitely recommend the Serum Foundation.
I do have to mention that on the side of where I used the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, my under eye area started to crack and become blotchy. I kept trying to blend it with a damp beauty blender but it really wasn’t working out. That’s really my only comment on this. But with these prices, there’s nothing to lose!
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