Rated 4.35 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Best used in combination with other products
BOTTOM LINE: In my opinion, this will not replace your expensive all-in-one serum by itself, and is best used with additional Retinol, Vitamin C, and moisturizing products. But, with those *and* Buffet, you will probably get a better result than with an all-in-one serum because of the increased ingredient potency and ability to customize the areas/products/potency of what you use to suit your individual skin needs and sensitivities.
REVIEW: I bought this to replace an empty Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum, so that is what I will compare it to. I will say that with the Ordinary, you have to remember that it's not designed to be an "all-in-one" product, but to be used with others in your routine. The BB serum was more moisturizing (due to having oils in it) and is more of an all-in-one (vitamin C, caffeine, wheat bran etc), and if you are switching from a serum like that to a peptide-only serum alone, then you will probably not understand the hype. So let me explain it: I use it at night with their Vitamin C 23% or Retinoid 2% in squalane (all over), Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (dry areas and fine lines), and Niacinamide + zinc (around my hairline where I get acne). While using more products is more of a hassle, I can definitely see a *HUGE* difference in my skin since I changed my routine to this. While I have to use more products, all of the products are MUCH more potent than they are in an all-in-one serum. You are getting SO many more different kinds of peptides in Buffet than Extra Repair, and almost definitely more peptides as a total % of the serum. And and when one ingredient doesn't work well on an area, then I just stop using it there (like the moisturizer on my forehead). This lets you really target areas with ingredients, which I like better than using a milder all-in-one everywhere because it is more potent and thus does more. Plus, you do get a lot more actual product for the price.
Most Helpful Critical Review Use cautiously with sensitive skin!!
To preface, I have a history of acne, but my skin is usually pretty clear nowadays besides the seasonal Rosacea spots during the winter.
I applied this just as recommended, but usually just at night. I've used it for the past 4 nights and my skin has become increasingly irritated and inflamed upon waking each day. I've gained painful cystic spots on my chin and tiny, red, rash-like bumps on my temples and under my eyes. I kept using it even after noticing new acne patterns after using it for the first time, but I'm stopping now bc I've realized this product just doesn't agree with my skin. I really really wanted to love this product, however, I guess my skin isn't a fan, so I will no longer be using it. PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE/ ACNE PRONE SKIN!!
Reviewed by 315 customers Amazing
Lex from 48529
I've only just turned 24, and I have fine lines on my forehead from lifting my brows ALL.THE.TIME and shallow smile lines as well as fine lines under my eyes. After adding this to my regimen I've seen visible reduction in the appearance of those lines. I actually look my age now, lol. 10/10!
Reina from USA WA
Just a little history: I have suffered from Dry and dehydrated skin, not only that but I have sensitive PLUS acne prone skin. I had an extremly hard time finding the right products to clear up my skin and give it the hydration it needed. Now a days my skin has been clearing up and feeling well hydrated. I've recently tried out a different The Originals serum, and it's been helping a lot. BUT AS SOON , as I used this serum I broke out with painful pimples!! (And for those who are wondering , i was breaking out not my skin "purging") I was in horror. And felt like crying, I tried to hard and did so much research. But I should have known, my skin is too picky. This just wasn't meant for me.
A must have product!
TTLola from Illinois
I first heard about this product over a year ago. It helps with fine lines and wrinkles. Use under your favorite moisturizer for softer, smoother skin.
Buffet all day
Tracy the boss babe from New Jersey
I bought this on a whim. I was looking for other The Ordinary products on my visit to ulta but they did not have what I was looking for. Convinced not to go home empty handed, I bought the buffet with no idea of what to use it for. I went onto the Deceim site where they tell you exactly how to use the product (it's also on the bottle 🤦♀️). I use this product morning and night under my mositurizer. My skin looks amazing. My fine lines have dramatically reduced and my skin looks hydrated and my pores smaller.
Maggy from Kissimmee FL
Very good product my skin look soft
This stuff is great
Ronnie from Cincinnati
I'm 44 and I'm starting to show it. I was prepared to spend a lot of money to up my skin care game then I starting looking into this brand. Wow this is a great product for sure. I've used about half a bottle now and the results are visible. My skin is so much smoother. My makeup looks better because my skin is firmer now. I will never go without this product. It's literally made me feel beautiful again and the price is amazing.
Bebe from San Bruno ca
I love it
Idk what this does but it amazing on my skin
ASHLEY from San Antonio
I use this after I'm done washing my face
In love with this serum
Ny from Alabama
I used day and night. I Feel my skin smooth and hydrated
Just starting to use this but I feel good about it.
Quilting lover from TX
I have been using it in the morning and evening. It feels good!
Its not ordinary. Its extraordinary.
Beauty forever from Schertz, Tx
I was all set to enjoy very expensive skin care when I happened on a few reviews of The Ordinary. I saw one product when I looked up moisturizers. The price point is what threw me off. I was ready to spend serious cash to renew my youth. What was this? As I researched, both my attitude and wallet were adjusted. I could buy an entire regiment for the price of one high end named moisturizer. Dermatologists are raving about it on You Tube. So I took the plunge. YAY!
Caused my to break out
Clean queen from nY
Was excited to try but after using two times I broke out. Mainly around my eyes.
After I stopped using it, no more break outs.
I love it but idk what it does???
Sadi from Madison, AL
This stuff is amazing. I have no idea what it actually does but it's makes my skin glowy and pretty and doesn't break it out at all!!!
Tyce from It
This product is amazing. I have patchy and oily skin. This has helped the redness on my cheeks to even out with my skin on the rest of my face. Like, instantly. I use it frequently, because my skin is not very sensitive. I also use cetaphil for my oily skin so this doesn't make it more oily anyways. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT
Sophie from Denver, CO
I had really high hope given positive reviews and articles about this product. Unfortunately, as soon as I applied this on my face, I had pretty bad allergic reactions; runny nose, sneezing, my face was itchy and swollen. My skin is not particularly sensitive and I never had any reaction with skin product before this. Not sure which ingredient I reacted to. Sadly, not for me. The texture of the product was also weird, felt like putting hair gel on my face.
One of my favorites
Sav from Ohio
I love this serum, it makes my skin feel so alive and moisturized. If you're new to the brand and don't know what to get, this is definitely the one.
Break out central!
Steph from Broward county
Used product for one day and broke my whole face out!
Rachel from Chicago
This is one of the most inexpensive serums you could find these and I appreciate that they have kept their prices affordable. This serum greatly hydrates my face. It's best for little pick me ups, morning, night, and before & after makeup application.
I recommend it
Wen from Puerto Rico
I have used it for 3 months and it is a good product, it does not work miracles, but the skin looks healthier and brighter. My skin is combination, I suffered from acne in my teens, I have open pores and now I'm in my late 30s, so you can get an idea.
Iteachkiddos from San Diego
Great product I use it every night for repair during sleep. I recommend it.
Ty from NC
I love this product! I had to switch up my skin care because my eczema on my face was having non stop flare ups. I have been using this along side the ordinary hylaronic acid and it has helped my skin so much not only to smooth out the skin but keep it hydrated. I would most definitely recommend this to someone who is wanting to add a new serum to their skincare routine.
Not seeing any results
anjelabug from Seattle, WA
I should lead with the fact that I have very few signs of aging to begin with, but ultimately I've seen no results (and I use it twice a day every day, most of the way through the bottle now). I love this brand, but this particular product isn't for me.
Frank from Orlando florida
You apply it after you wash your face then you put on lotion
liz from Indianapolis
over nice price, viscosity and smell howver this product didnt work for me. It did make my skin very irriated. Still love Ordinary products.
Definitely cleared my skin up
Kay from Arlington Texas
Love this. A little goes a long way. And I was breaking out horrible and now I use this after the shower and it's amazing