Review: The Ordinary Colors + Primers

A little over a year ago, The Ordinary launched their foundation range – and the world promptly exploded. Joking, joking but there was a ridiculous amount of hype.

I’d signed up for the waitlist as soon as it was announced, placed my order as soon as I got the email and I still, still received my package over a month later. I should count myself as one of the lucky ones, it would be several months before the brand got their factory together enough to ship out all the orders, and even now the serum foundation is often out of stock. Since I was getting the foundations anyway, I figured ordering the primers wouldn’t hurt. Two birds, one stone.


High-Adherence Silicone Primer – €4.90

I don’t use this much. Not because it’s a terrible product, or because it made me break out or whatever. There is no horror story attached to my dislike of this product. I just feel like it’s utterly useless. It doesn’t blur, it doesn’t mattify and it doesn’t hydrate (all claims made by the brand). It doesn’t cock up my makeup either, but then again it’s not supposed to so I can’t exactly give it points for not being shit. I can’t give it any points at all. It doesn’t do anything.


High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – €7.20

I liked this more than the High Adherence primer, but then again, that’s not saying much. This didn’t give me a dewy look, but it did smooth out the surface of my skin. Not to mention it was a dream to apply, I loved the feeling of it. If you told me this product was 99% silicone, I would not be surprised. Unfortunately, about a month or two after I received it, the product began to clump up in the bottle by itself. No clue why. I had to throw it away not long after as the product had seemingly dried up by itself. I wasn’t even halfway through. Would not recommend.


Coverage Foundation – €6.90

This foundation wasn’t made for my particular preferences. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product. This bitch is full coverage, hence the name. And I’ve recommended it to people who favor a fuller coverage and they love it. I’m just not one of those people. But let me be positive. This is great. It’s light, doesn’t give you cake face, long-lasting & mattifying without giving you that flat look. It’s also very affordable. It’s awesome. I’m just more of a light/medium coverage girl, but that’s obviously my own preference. My only beef with this range (for both foundations) is that trying to figure out your shade can be complicated, but once you get it right, you’re set.


Serum Foundation – €6.70

This is probably in my top 3 foundations of all time. What a product. I truly stan. I have two negatives so let me get them out of the way quickly. The first is the same qualm as above, finding your shade can be complicated. The second is it oxidizes on me. I can apply it on the back of my hand, and within 10-15 seconds it will suddenly be a shade or two darker. It still doesn’t deter me, I love this foundation. I can always buy a lighter shade. This is so light, it applies like water. A little goes a long way. It does this wonderful thing where it gives you the perfect amount of coverage while still giving you full dew. You can apply layers of this without it looking heavy. I can wear this out for a full day without setting and it stays on. I honestly could go on forever. And the price??? Its higher-end counterparts are shaking.

All in all, I would absolutely recommend both foundations. Which foundation you decide to get depends entirely on what kind of coverage you prefer. Coverage for a fuller coverage & Serum for light to medium (buildable). When it comes to finding your shade, my advice would be to find videos of bloggers with a similar skin-tone to your own testing it out, it’ll definitely help you narrow it down. As for the primers: avoid at all costs. Yes, they’re dirt cheap but they also don’t do jackshit so it’s a waste either way. Save your money and get yourself a kebab instead.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Ordinary Colors + Primers”

  1. Have to agree with you on the primer – the high adherence one at least. Literally useless. I’ve been using the silicone one but I find it works on an extremely mattifying moisturiser, otherwise it’s just a blurring product.

    1. I don’t use mattifying moisturisers so I doubt it would work on me even if it hadn’t gone funny.

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