Rated 4.33 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 Didn't see any change, not sure it did anything
I so badly wanted to love this product. SOOO BADLY!!! Everyone and I mean everyone has raved about it, and it's so full of amazing ingredients and such a friendly price point, it seemed like a miracle sent from the skincare gods providing me with the perfect serum. And I personally love how pared down TO products are, with just few hero ingredients, since I have many steps in my routine and am always worried about doubling up on ingredients when I don't want to, or mixing things that shouldn't be combined. So this seemed simple and hassle-free.
But it was just.....meh. I noticed no difference, no change, no nothing - like applying water. It just literally did nothing for my skin, and I used it diligently nightly until I finished the bottle. It was a nice texture and easy to combine with my other serums and hydrators but it just did....nothing. At least it wasn't expensive at all, but I won't be repurchasing since it was a waste for me. At least it didin't irritate my very reactive skin or break me out, so I am thankful for that. If you find that it works for you, it's probably a lovely product to keep in your routine. But it's a pass for me.
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Jing from Fort Worth Tx
THE PRICE IS GREAT.. the product is wonderful on my skin..FINALLY A COMPANY THAT DELIVERS THE PRODUCT CORRECTLY AND BUDGET FRIENDLY!!
A from Oklahoma
Has helped my skin so much
Reasonable Price for GREAT Results
Gratitude902 from Chicago, IL
This is great for under your make up to protect your skin from winter's harsh dryness or the general dryness of interiors. I'd even go so far as to say it gives you a dewy sheen that usually only comes with more expensive skin products.
Skincare that ACTUALLY DOES WHAT IT SAYS!
KO77 from Chicago, IL
I use a multitude of things depending upon the dryness of the weather and the cold. This by far has provided all day moisture with just one application after I wash my face for the day.
Cristina from Colorado
For now it has been working great in my face. I started off using at night and now use it am and pm definitely a must! I have oily/dehydrated skin in the sensitive side so its hard to find things that work.. most of The Ordinary stuff is great for my face. Very happy
I would buy this product again and again!!
Aly skin guru from Beverly Hills, Ca
I love all of the ingredients in this product! Although do the research first before buying this product. To make sure it's perfect for your skin!
I use this every single day. Amazing
Stephen from Little Rock
This is an amazing product jam packed full of amazing ingredients. I mean this product is packed full of stuff. The price is insane for what you get. I would pay triple the price for this product.
This is the very first product that touches my face after cleansing/showering. I apply it to a slightly damp face (this has hyaluronic acid in it so make sure you do this) before other serums and moisturizers.
I use this every single day since it doesn't have any interactions. This is basically hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and peptides. This amount of peptides in this is crazy- it has 4 peptide complexes in it I believe. It also has 11 amino acids which are great for skin and hydrating. Peptides are also great humectants; the jury is still somewhat out on their direct benefits to skin but they still act as humectants. Amazing amazing product.
Not gonna lie
Lexi from Pittsburgh
Not gonna lie this really didn't do anything for my skin. It didn't make anything worse, but didn't make anything better. Obviously products work in different ways though. Some people call this their holy grail, just not mine.
Caused redness and burning
Karly from San Antonio
The first two times I used this product I loved it. It seemed to plump the skin and looked glowing. However, the third day it caused serious redness around my nose and in my chin plus burning all over my face which is still going after two days. Definitely patch test for a couple days as sensitivity occurred after a few uses.
Almost immediate results!
Erica Z from Redwood City
I absolutely love everything The Ordinary. I cocktail about 5 serums from them and they are all light and absorb nicely. I started to see results in only 5 days.
You need this
Lauren from Pennsylvania
It's amazing! I use this at night with a moisturizer and my skin feels and looks so healthy.
smoothing and toning
HVeasy from Arkansas
I use this day and night to prevent wrinkles and even out skintone. I love it and the price point. would 100% recommend.
Shailo from maui
my sensitive skin love this product and can't get enough of it. I highly recommend to give it a try.
Love this stuff
Shee from Santa Rosa
It made my dry skin more supple and hydrated.
Didn't do anything for me
First time ordinary user from Arizona
I used this for a month, waiting to see something. I'm 30, oily skin, some dark spots and some fine lines. I used this for a month straight and didn't see any real changes. I like the texture of the serum compared to others, it's thinner and not sticky but I'd try a different serum.
Skin looks more lively but the product pills
Danarino from Florida
This product really seems to add glow to my skin. However, no matter how much I use the product pills and falls off after. You can see it and it isn't pretty. For this reason I don't use it in the morning any more, only at night.
Just finished my first bottle and going to buy a 2nd!
Katie296 from Missoula, MT
I really like to pair this product with a retinol serum from CeraVe or the niacinamide serum from The Ordinary after cleansing with a gentle cleanser. This also works well with many other skincare products I have used/tried, but those two are my favorite! It leaves my skin so soft and helps to even out my skin tone. Plus, it can be used before a moisturizer if needed! I usually only use this at night because I love super hydrated skin before bed, but it would be great for all day every day use as well. Overall, it has really helped with my dry skin in the winter and does not cause any irritation to my sensitive skin.
great product for the minimalist
kev12345 from los angeles, ca
Love this product. Use it when I'm in a hurry and don't want to apply too much skin care products. Love how Ulta is able to carries The Ordinary products.
I would buy this product again
Samia from Louisiana slidell
Good for the price
Leah from Montana
I've been using this for almost a year,I've seen the same results as with the expensive ones (Lancôme)the difference is the price,other than that just the same results,wrinkles don't get worst but they are still there,I guess it only helps to prevent not to correct.
Hol from PA
This serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into my normal to dry skin. I gave it 4 stars because I prefer a slightly thicker serum with more glycerin or aloe that feels like it packs in more hydration and moisture but I'm super happy with Buffet. I'm on my 2nd bottle because when I ran out my skin felt the lack of water in my skin- moisturizer, hydrating toner, facial oil, and SPF during the day weren't cutting it. As soon as I added this back in my skin felt more bouncy and plump. It's so nice I'll continue to use and recommend, just also look for another serum to pair with it for an even deeper hydration. It also slightly improved the look of my skin after finishing my 1st bottle m- hyperpigmentation and small fine lines beginning to smooth!
Great Results @ a Great Price
DevilsApprentice from Riverdale, NJ
Product is great. I am on my 2nd bottle. Skin is smooth, no greasy. No heavy perfumes. Use it at night.
Check your skin type
Alison from United States
It works really well you can use it at once a day best a night, if you have oily skin it's still good for you but use it less often
Sarah from New York
I was super excited when I bought this serum because I had heard really good things about the brand. Thank God I did a patch test because within five minutes of having it on my skin it broke it out and made it itchy and red, and my skin isn't even super sensitive. Definitely won't be buying this brand again.
Barbara from Longview
Last longer than expected use day and night!