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Written on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A serum is one of the most sought-after types of products of The Ordinary. I constantly come across some reviews, where girls say that if you want to try something of this brand, grab a serum. The Buffet serum is a peptide complex with probiotics, hyaluronic acid and amino acids. As well as all products of the brand, it’s free from fragrances, essential oils and other potential irritants.

Here is the full list of ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Trehalose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Urea, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


According to the ingredients, it’s clear that the serum is meant to counteract several signs of skin aging. It is supposed to heal, moisturize and restore skin. On the official website I haven’t found any promises except for:

This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once.

However, on the package we can find 5 of them:

The reviews I read were mostly positive, so I’ve decided to give it a try. In addition, it was multitasking and the ingredients were good for my sensitive skin.

The serum comes in a matte glass bottle with a dropper. The design of the brand is minimalistic, I love it. The texture is liquid and gel-like. It’s dirty-white and transparent without any fragrance.

I wouldn’t say that it goes a long way, because it lasts around 3 months if you use it twice a day. As for me, I use it only in the morning.

I’ve been using it twice a day for a week and didn’t see any results. Plus, I had more interesting serums to try in the evening.

It distributes on my skin effortlessly and absorbs very quickly, in about 5 minutes. It depends on the amount I apply. It doesn’t crease when used on top of a toner. However, it sometimes creases on oils or gel creams, which is not enjoyable and I feel like washing it off ASAP. This serum goes with nourishing creams and balms very well. It leaves a sticky feeling after absorbing, which also depends on the amount I apply.

However, it does feel a little sticky when I have just a tiny amount on my face. If I don’t have anything after the serum, it feels this way for half a day and can stick to a pillow at night.

Here, I distributed the serum and after a while it absorbed. Sad that pictures cannot convey the tacky film
Here, I distributed the serum and after a while it absorbed. Sad that pictures cannot convey the tacky film
Therefore, I always apply something after this serum, because I don’t like it being sticky. Also, it doesn’t irritate my skin and or cause redness or breakouts. However, it burns my extremely sensitive skin (after acid treatments, for example), so as a rule, I don’t use it at this time and wait till my skin restores.

I don’t see any result on my skin at all, except for stickiness. I think that 5 months is enough to see any improvements, but here there are none.

It didn't moisturize my skin in the least bit, even though it has popular and workable moisturizers in the ingredients. My flaky bits and dryness were also still there.

Moreover, it neither improved my skin texture, nor had any impact on my fine lines.

It couldn’t be used for the rest of my body either (as many other products I don’t like), because of the tacky film.

Well, this serum doesn’t improve anything. The results are nothing.

Yes, it’s affordable, but I regret spending so much time on it. Instead I could have tried another serum that would have worked. Oh, and the stickiness and creasing…

It retails for $14.8 for 30 ml.

Period of use: 5 months

Made in Canada.

Repurchase? No.

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benefique doesn't recommend The Ordinary "Buffet" Multi-Technology Peptide Serum

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Type: Serum
Brand: The Ordinary
Category: Skin Care
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