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Lightweight Pigment Suspension System with Moderate Coverage

6.70 CAD
Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.  

The pigments used in this format are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary.        

Serum Foundations sold in the European Union offer an SPF 15 claim. This protection is achieved without the use of chemical sunscreens and only through physical protection from Titanium Dioxide. Additionally, no nano-particles are used to achieve this sun protection. These attributes are unique in foundations because it is exceptionally difficult to create a natural, lightweight look and consistent shades when using only non-nano forms of Titanium Dioxide for sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.

Please note that the formulations are and will be the same in all markets but the packaging will claim SPF 15 only in the European Union while regulatory processes for claiming SPF in other markets are carried out individually.  

Each foundation format is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into four categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone. Each shade code has a descriptive name as well. For example, 1.2P is Light with Pink Undertones while 3.0Y is Medium Dark with Yellow Undertones. For a complete shade guide, {{LINK_NEW|please click here|URL_RDN/shadeguide}}.

Three of the shades have an additional letter at the end: S indicates Silver highlights and G indicates Gold highlights; these shades use natural-looking and exceptionally fine dispersions of metallic effect pigments for added highlight. The Ordinary will introduce individual enhancers and highlighters in the near future to customize all shades.

The full shade range is available to explore on each product page and also as a summary on our {{LINK_NEW|Foundation Shade Guide page|URL_RDN/shadeguide}}.

The unique suspension system used in the formulations allows shades to look so natural on skin that three shades or more will suit most skin tones. The shades can also be mixed at the time of application if desired.

As with most liquid forms of foundation, it's ideal to shake the container lightly before use.  
Shake before use. Dispense a small amount into the palm or the back of your hand. Smooth on and blend throughout the face, ideally outward from the midpoint of the face. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children. See how to combine multiple formulations from The Ordinary in a single regimen

Patch tests are an easy way to help predict if you may experience a negative initial reaction to a new product. It is recommended to perform a patch test before incorporating any new product into your regimen. We have outlined a general method for conducting your own patch test below based on the type of product.

  • Apply a small amount of the product onto a clean area of skin on the upper forearm.
  • Keep the area dry.
  • If the product has a specified duration of use, rinse off after this time has elapsed. Otherwise rinse off after 24 hours.
  • If any redness, burning, itching, blistering or irritation is observed at any time throughout the test, do not use the product.

For more product specific information, review our Patch Testing Guide.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Caprylyl Methicone, Coconut Alkanes, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shade range, what shade range? I absolutely love the feel and look of this foundation, but I have to address the shade range (which is the reason I keep turning to pricier foundations.) My undertone is neutral. The 2.0N is too light for me, but there are no neutrals between 2.0N and 3.2N, which is way too dark for me. To be able to even use TO serum foundation, I have to blend 2.0N and 2.1Y, which is way too dark and yellow no matter how I blend it. I feel like TO has had their serum foundation going for long enough to recognize that there are considerable shade gaps that need to be addressed. Come on Deciem, help a medium-neutral girl out. Just because you market 21 shades doesn't mean you have a good shade range.
Date published: 2021-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome light coverage that blends beautifully I typically use CC cream or tinted moisturizer - I like light coverage. 1-2 pumps of this applied with my fingers goes on beautifully for a lighter texture and way better finish than I've ever had. Very little need for additional concealer. I did 1.2 YG on my light oliveish skin and I think a range of shades probably work for most people because it's so light and blends so nicely. Day 2 of use and my skin is happy. It went on well over a little bit of 5% lactic acid and the buffet (on top of a splash of Tatcha essence). Very excited.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Umph for Small Price! I bought this foundation (1.2N) without much expectation. I had been wanting to try it out for a while and finally pulled the trigger on buying some other Ordinary products and included this as well. I am highly impressed by the coverage this serum foundation provides! The product feels very thing when you pump it out initially, and it is very thin, but it goes on well and STICKS even if you're not using a primer (haven't tried yet). I have now been wearing this foundation for about 12 hours and it's still on. It hasn't rubbed off at all, even when using a mask. I also haven't noticed the inevitable film of oil on my forehead and temples that I get using other foundations. So far I'm very happy with this purchase. Even if it doesn't work for a daily product going forward, the price, depth of coverage, and application cannot be beat.
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2.0 P Very yellow, darker than expected I bought 2.0 P after having bought 1.1 N and finding it way too light. 2.0 is too dark for my skin, but if I dot it around my face and dot 1.1 around my face, they blend together for a good color. But 2.0 P is very yellow. I have pink undertones to my face, so I expected pink undertones to this foundation. Nope, not pink. Since 1.1 N was very neutral, I think I'll try 1.2 N ext time. This foundation looks patchy at first, but it settles into my skin nicely after half an hour. It's very comfortable to wear. The Coverage Foundation looks nice on my skin. I would gladly purchase sample packets in order to try the shades before buying.
Date published: 2021-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable finish This is really comparable to the MAC water weight foundation at 1/4 of the price and it doesn't trigger breakouts on my sensitive skin. I love that this is true medium coverage. No cake, but it cancels out redness and hyper pigmentation. Stays for 4-5 hours, at which point just dab any creases with a moist beauty blender.
Date published: 2021-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ... I really like this foundation, the lightest yellow undertone shade is just light enough for my complexion. I dispense directly onto my skin because the serum is so liquid I worry my sponge will soak it all up, once it’s on my skin I just stamp it with the sponge and it’s fine. It’s got great coverage and a little goes a long way. The serum does show signs of separating towards the end of the day, I don’t know if this could be my powder or the foundation.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... J’adore ce sérum-fond de teint! Très léger et offre un teint plus uniforme sans paraître nécessairement « maquillé ».
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this... I love this foundation. I have older skin with lots of sun damage. I expected this foundation to provide very little coverage. What a surprise! It blurs everything. I look so much better wearing this. And it is lightweight. Most foundations stay tacky on my skin and I find that tackiness unpleasant. Not this one. It just feels good all day. I will continue to reorder.
Date published: 2021-02-14
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