8 Apr 2018

Review: The Ordinary Buffet

I should have reviewed this earlier, but I kept it for very last because I just couldn't make up my mind on it. Many people who used it rave about it. It claims to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and many others. But for me, it doesn't seem to do much. I tried using it on my neck, fine lines, laugh lines and whole face, but I just couldn't see any improvements in my skin, not even when I finished the last drop of this serum.

Read on if you won't mind to get disappointed!

Like all other The Ordinary products, this serum is packed in a transparent glass vial with dropper. It is retailed for RM 80~90 and is claimed to be an anti-aging serum formulated with multiple peptides and amino acids with anti-aging properties.

The texture is pleasant. It is a viscous liquid that gets absorbed pretty well into your skin. It doesn't feel tacky if you apply toner before using this. There isn't any scent to it whatsoever.


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


The Ordinary claims that this serum is consisted of matrixyl 3000 peptide complex, matrixyl synthe'6 peptide complex, sky-ake peptide complex, relistase peptide complex, argirelox peptide complex, and probiotic complex, housed in a base of 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. All these peptides, amino acids and hyaluronic acid goodies make up 25.1% of the whole serum. Having said that, this is a highly concentrated anti-aging serum at cheap cheap prices.

Peptides are compounds made of two or more amino acids. They are mostly synthetic that target to achieve certain skin-improving qualities like wrinkles-reducing (syn-ake is a famous one) and collagen-synthesizing. Many products use peptides but is efficacy great depends on the formulation and your skin's reaction to it.

Other things like sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, glucose, urea, sodium PCA and so on are mostly moisturizers to seal in moisture, making your skin plumper and younger.


From the ingredients alone, this looks like an amazing product at really affordable prices. But it just doesn't work for me. It is not cosmetically elegant to apply either - no enticing scent, texture is not that hydrating. I bought it simply out of the hypes. But after using it for more than 6 months, I can't really see any changes in my skin, especially around my fine lines. I don't know... I don't see the point of going back anymore, and I can't verify the hypes. Maybe it is just not for me.


Having said all these, although this may not work for me, it doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. It is cheap for what it has to offer, and peptides are commonly used in skincare products for anti-aging and anti-free radicals benefits. You can even use it as a moisturizing serum given the hyaluronic acid complexes inside. You'll probably like it too if you are a fan of matrixyl!

Leave a comment down below to share with me your thought if you have personally tried it out, and whether or not it works as well as the hypes around it!

Until then, see you next time!

- affordable prices
- concentrated, research-proven anti-aging ingredients inside

- doesn't do anything for my skin
- not cosmetically elegant to apply

Overall impression: ★★
Repurchasing: ☆
You can get this from: ASOS | Deciem | Personal Shoppers on Shopee or Instagram
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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