New The Ordinary Colours Foundation Sneak Peek and Colour Chart

A preview of The Ordinary’s New Colours Serum and Coverage Foundations with Swatches and Colour Chart. 

The Ordinary Colours Foundation Coverage and Serum Colour Chart
The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation
Find my full review and before and after photos of Colours Coverage foundation here!

I took a little visit to the Deciem store at Lamb Street, Spitalfields, London today where they’re previewing the new foundation. It was a very exciting day for me as a giant The Ordinary fan. I went to suss out The Ordinary’s new range of foundation called Colours. I did some searching and swatching, so I thought I’d bring you my first impressions as I’m rather excited and I can’t wait until they’ve actually been released.

I was informed that colours would be released to the public April 4th, which isn’t long. But apparently you probably won’t get your hands on them for a while- there’s a long list of pre orders.

The Ordinary official word-

Pigments used in each formula are suspended in a unique spreadability system allowing for even coverage and ultimate skin naturalness. With a semi-matte breathable finish, both foundations promising long lasting durable wear and avoid collecting in fine lines. The Ordinary’s unique suspension system allows shades to look so natural that 3 colours or more will suit most skin tones

Sounds great to me!

They are launching two formulas-

  • The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation £5.70– Serum is a lightweight, low viscosity, light to medium coverage foundation. It comes in a glass dropper bottle (the finished product will be provided with a pump) and has a fluid consistency and good pigmentation. It gives a sheer light natural dewy base.
    New The Ordinary Colours Foundation close up of bottle
    New The Ordinary Colours Foundation
  • The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation £5.90– comes in a screw topped glass bottle (same as Serum- there’ll be a pump dispenser) , it has a thicker, non oily, cream consistency and more pigment than Serum and gives more coverage. The finish is skin-like satin.

Both the foundations have SPF 15, are well pigmented and promised good lasting ability. (I was only allowed to have a little swatch about in the Deciem store, they wouldn’t let me do a whole face of makeup with colours so I couldn’t properly assess it’s abilities).

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation is more suited to dry/normal skin or those who need less coverage or like a natural light base. The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation being more suitable to those who need more concealment. I have a bit of pigmentation and blemishes so I’m going to go for Coverage. 

The Ordinary Colours Foundation- Picking a Shade

The Ordinary Colours Foundation Coverage and Serum Colour Chart
The Ordinary Colours Foundation Coverage and Serum Colour Chart
One good thing about The Ordinary Colours Foundation is the shade range. There will be 22 shades of Serum and Coverage. They are categorised according to depth- from Very Fair to Deep, and undertones- Yellow, Neutral, Pink, Golden and Red. This makes it much easier to select a shade, especially when you’re buying online.

I swatched 1.0 Neutral in Serum , 2.0 Neutral and 2.0 Pink in Coverage.

New The Ordinary Colours Foundation Swatches
New The Ordinary Colours Foundation Swatches
I have fair/ neutral skin, NW20 in Mac, Ecru in Estée Lauder and the Light/Medium 2.0 pink was the best match for me. As you can see by the swatch it isn’t as pink as you would expect. Here is a close up of my skin for comparison with your own skin, so you can get get an idea for your own shade, it’s always tricky colour matching foundation shades online.

New The Ordinary Colours Foundation close up of my skin
New The Ordinary Colours Foundation- A close up of my skin which matches to light/medium 2.0 Pink
The 1.0 Very Fair tones were very light and would suit those with extremely pale skin, say NW10 in Mac. A couple of the shades have gold and silver highlights, for a glowy shimmer. So you choose your skin depth first- i.e. How pale/dark you are, then select your undertone. I did a post on choosing your foundation shade, this might help.

This is all the information I was able to glean on my investigative mission to the Deciem store. Both Serum and Coverage look very promising and affordable. The shade range alone is a winner. I hope this gives some advance intel for when it comes to The Ordinary Colours Foundations proper release. I’ll be back with more info as soon as I have it.

The Ordinary Colours Foundation Serum and Coverage are available from The Ordinary from the 4th April 



22 Comments Add yours

  1. Harrogate Muse says:

    I can’t wait, the shades look like they cover most skin types too!

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    1. Yes the shade selection is really good x


  2. Hayley Wells says:

    Such helpful info! H x

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  3. Alex says:

    Did you get a chance to swatch 1.2 in store? I was going to get 1.2 light but since you are a nw20, and you say light medium fits you best, I think I may go with 2.0 instead.


    1. The 1.2 shades looked really light to me. It’s so hard buying foundation online. You could get 2 shades 1.2 and 2.0 just for good measure?


  4. Caroline says:

    Hi ! I’m around nc 25-30. Could you tell me which shades i should go for ? I have to order this product online and it’s hard to find any review on this. Thank you for your helping and this amazing review !!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. 1.2 Y (or 2.0 Y if you are going to be tanned) I reckon. It is really tricky x


      1. Caroline says:

        Thank you so much ! I think i’m going with 2.0Y as your suggestion. Lucky me that I didn’t go for 2.1Y or any darker shade. Thanks a lot!  ♥️


    2. Holly says:

      Wayne Goss just released a video of this on youtube. In the video description he concerted MAC colors into this companies shades. Hopefull that will help.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Awesome thanks Holly x


  5. Neytima says:

    Hello i’m nc 40. Which shade i should go for??
    2.1Y or 3.0Y ?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I would have thought 3.0. They should make an internationally standardised foundation spectrum!


  6. Lianne says:

    Between the 1.0 n 1.0ns and 1.0p, does any of the shades appear lighter ? I saw another posts swatching them but the,pictures were slightly dark… and it seemed like the 1.0 ns looked a bit darker than the 1.0
    Also all of them look quite yellow rather than,pink or neutral, would you say Tue same?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think the 1.0 ns just has a silver sheen to it, so it shouldn’t be darker. The Ordinary lady said that even the pink will have some yellow to it. I’m still waiting for my Colours to be delivered, I can’t wait to have a proper play x


  7. Shani says:

    I’m an NW15 with neutral undertones, usually. In lieu of having a store nearby, I had to order from the website, but it’ll be a while before they get here. I got 1.1N and 1.2N, but now I’m worried I may have needed a P. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hmm, it’s hard to know. The Ordinary do say the colours are adaptable. Can you change your order to 1.2p maybe?

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  8. Ina Richman says:

    These sound amazing. Have you noticed any flashback with these? I’m asking because they have SPF


  9. BeautyInvestigator UK says:

    This is a great blog, I love all the details about shades. I just got the serum foundation and was shade 1.2N (I also tried 1.1N which was too light). I was slightly disappointed with the formula of the serum one, I have done a review here in case anyone is interested . I also ordered the coverage foundation and still waiting for it so have hopes that will be my holy grail!

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    1. I’ve yet to receive my own bottle. The reports I’ve seen on serum haven’t been that amazing, it could be because there was so much hype, how could it live up to it. I’ll check out your review now x


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