Rated 4.36 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 290 customers Saves me money
Zeph from US
I wanted to try this the first time I saw it. The Buffet has helped improve my skin quality and texture. For context, I am 25 years old, dry/normal skin type, and light scarring from blemishes. I don't feel like I need to put so many serums on at night and I use this with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. My skin is great in the morning and even pairing it with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% at night has greatly reduced my breakouts.
As my skin changes with age, I am always researching products that fit my needs. I've tried many ranges of products that differ in price range and some have not made it into my routine. So far, The Ordinary has not disappointed and this is a product I will be keeping in my skincare routine.
Olivia from Ny
I really like the ordinary & I find that the good products are amazing, but the average products do literally nothing. Theres nothing wrong with this item besides the fact that it does nothing (not anti aging, not hydrating, not drying...). I have used almost my entire bottle. Spend a little more money and buy a different serum that will give you results.
Leigh73164 from Charlotte, NC
Great product at an amazing price. Love how it absorbs quickly. Cannot wait to see long term results.
Left red burn-like marks on my skin
DJ from Grand Rapids, MI
I used this product ONCE after washing my skin and it instantly burned. I now have a red rash-like pattern around my eyes and mouth. I can't even put pure aloe on it without experiencing a burning sensation. I might be allergic to one of the ingredients but either way I'm in a lot of pain and I wont be using it again. My skin isn't super sensitive so I never thought this might be a possibility. I wish I could give a better review because I've loved the products from The Ordinary in the past. Be careful about using this and look into the ingredients before buying it!
So Far So Good 👍
Evo from Arizona
Only been using this for a short time, but it feels nice and I swear I'm starting to see a difference in my overall appearance and fine lines. Can't wait to see the full results!
Great Staple Serum
Melissa from FL
I have been using this serum (on my second bottle) for almost a year now in combo with a few other Ordinary Brand Products. My skin has never been so clear and soft! I can also see my fine lines are distinctly reduced! I primarily use this in the AM after washing, under an SPF moisturizer. It feels very hydrating as well, which is great for living in Florida!
I love it!
Daria from new jersey
after a few days of using this product, my skin is much softer, highly recommend
Chemical Burn Even After Normal Patch Test
Rosy Cheeks from Marion, IN
I did my patch test, waited 24 hours like the website said. When nothing happened I started to use it according to directions, and by day 2 I had a horrible chemical burn on my cheeks. I don't normally have sensitive skin, but I guess it's too sensitive for this product.
Got rid of my lines
Ana from California
I've been running low on this product and I have noticed the lines on my face that faded are coming back. Needless to say, I repurchased
Complete blown away
Charlie from Portland, OR
I've been using this serum for 3 weeks now and my frown lines are almost completely gone. This product and brand are a miracle and it's affordable. It almost too good to be true!
Brandijo1 from Florida
I love this serum and it is at an amazing price.
Alyssa from Virginia
My favorite multipurpose serum! And so affordable!!!
Alex from Texas
At first use it broke me out slightly, but I realized I was using to much at one time. Two to three drops are all you need. I like the hydrating feeling. Only time will tell about the anti aging benefits. My skin does seem to like this product. I would definitely purchase this again
Bth from Missouri
My skin absolutely loves this serum!
Yes I would use this product again
Pinky from Washington nc
First time using this product
Love this stuff!
Kathy from Palmdale, CA
Eve from California
Very hydrating but I should've listened to the reviews saying it will break you out.
Really nice but...
Dylan from USA
This serum is super hydrating and perfect for dry to combination skin. I personally have combination skin, leaning more dry. But I also have very sensitive skin and constant use of this product caused clogged pores and white heads. I tried to use it less often, but then I didn't get the hydration I wanted. I had used this for about 5 months, but I couldn't get it to work for me. My sister who has normal skin used it and it worked really well for her.
So hydrating for my skin! Love it
Elly from Draper Utah
I use this twice a day, and I love it, it's the only thing that will really hydrate my skin
A Must Have
Justmatt from Pennsylvania
One of my favorites from The Ordinary ❤️
Jane Ale from Twin Falls, Idaho
Great product at a great price. This is the second bottle of product I'm on. It helps my skin repair itself quickly and leaves it feeling great. I wash my face in the evening; apply Buffet on face, neck, and chest; and follow up with a moisturizer. A little product goes a long way (if you use too much, it can feel sticky, so don't over do it).
aunt bea from Manville NJ
I bought the entire line price was right. Couldn't be happier terrific on those suborn areas like eyes and jowls.
I am sixtyyears old. WOW! this stuff is amazing
Aunt Bea from Manville NJ
I understand Estee Lauder bought this line. Hope the price doesn't go up! Works very very well on sagging skin.
Great product for the price
Ambrose from Portland, OR
I've recently started taking my anti aging regime more seriously, while I'm still young, I have some very fine crows lines that this product cleared up after about a week of use. The overall quality of my skin has improved as well, less redness, decreased visibility of acne scars, overall more even complexion.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I have extremely sensitive skin, especially around my eyes, and this product gave me a slight bit of irritation around my eyes, but luckily it went away quickly and didn't feel it after the third day of use.
Wish I'd payed attention, no copper peptides
Madame Blanche from North east US
Bought it for anti aging, well to not get any worse. It's a "buffet" of different things mixed to a one stop shop, but I wasn't paying attention because I wanted the one with copper peptides newly added. Sticky after feel that will dry after a few minutes. Good under makeup, though I've only used it once like that. RN it's humid and 90's, so we'll see what happens in winter. I have combo skin, seems to be okay.