I’ve finally tried out the hyped up The Ordinary brand too. I decided to give The Buffet serum a go, because it contained a good deal of beneficial ingredients, but costed only $15.
I purchased it from the Deciem website.
The product is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper. However, I prefer using more air-proof packages.
The texture is quite oily and distributes on my skin perfectly.
The product lasts for quite a while.
It absorbs well and doesn’t feel tacky. The texture is lightweight. After use my skin doesn’t have any oily sheen and feels silky smooth. The serum can be used alone without any cream. It’s enough to use this product only even if you have dry skin like me.
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.
It’s an awesome mixture of nice moisturizers, peptides and amino acids according to the manufacturer. The serum has to perform anti-aging and hydrate skin perfectly.
Also, it contains a ferment that is used as a key ingredient in the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, but the price is way better.
More pros: cruelty-free product without any harmful ingredients like alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.
Some cons: the effectiveness of the key ingredients (peptides and a ferment) is not proven.
Something about the performance. According to the ingredients, the serum has to provide the following:
Moisture. The product performs incredibly well here. My overly dry skin is healthy and glowing now. My skin is moisturized from within and such an effect lasts quite long, even if I don’t use it. My skin doesn’t feel taut anymore and looks so well that I sometimes forget applying this serum. When I was using silicone creams, my skin always wanted more moisture and I was applying these creams over and over again. Here, my skin feels really nice and doesn’t have to be moisturized all the time.
Muscle relaxation and smoothing out fine lines. We get botox effect due to peptides in the ingredients. Well, my fine lines under the eyes and on my forehead did really decrease. Moreover, my smile lines smoothed out.
Increases elasticity of skin. It’s hard to say anything about it, because I’m not sure if it is all about peptides. Maybe it helped because it gave me enough moisture.
A nice bonus: it improved my skin color.
All in all, the product is good and I’ve noticed an anti-aging effect.
HOWEVER, it has a significant downside:
After use, I broke out with a disgusting white pimple on my nose, where my skin is oily and porous. The thing is that I never have breakouts. I mean never. I don’t know what ingredient clogged my pores of my not at all finicky skin. As a result, I apply the Andalou Naturals Enlighten Turmeric + C, Brightening Serum to my nose now. So, I don’t think it performs well against oily to combination skin type. You can use it as a serum around your eyes if you have such skin. By the way, it performs really well there.
Overall, I give it 4 stars for the anti-aging effect and incredible moisturizing properties despite the downside I described above. My face looked like a pan-fried apple because of stress lately, but trying this product and seeing no smile lines after a month of use, I will definitely recommend buying it and will be repurchasing it myself from time to time.