[REVIEW] The Ordinary Buffet

The Ordinary Buffet Review:

I chanced upon a Youtuber reviewing this skincare brand called The Ordinary. On further search online, it seemed that this Canadian brand has generated quite some buzz. Its low pricing for the products that are so raved and the targeted ingredients used in each of its products got me interested.

The Ordinary is from this company called DECIEM, and is also known as “The Abnormal Beauty Company”. Abnormal? I am not sure what to make of this. Well, yes, for sure the prices for its products from The Ordinary are not that normal. I was hopeful that its products will work abnormally well on my skin, where many had failed.
After falling in love with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1%, I decided to try out its other products and had my eyes on The Buffet.


The Ordinary Buffet is an anti-aging serum, with plentiful of peptides. Below information was extracted from The Ordinary website:-

This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once. The technologies are Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%.


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 Buffet Review

Volume: 30ml

How to use:

Apply to entire face in the morning and at night after cleansing.

My Skin Type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging

The Ordinary Buffet Review:

The packaging is very clinical looking. It comes across as a no-frills product. Even the usage instructions are simple; just apply on your face and that it is.

The Ordinary Buffet Review

My first product from The Ordinary was the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1%. The verdict – I love it! So my following review will make a few comparisons between the two, even though they do not entirely serve the same purpose. For simplicity, I will name the Niacinamide + Zinc as NZ in the below paragraphs.

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The Buffet is touted as an anti-wrinkle serum which contains several types of ingredients known in the cosmetic industry and proven to be effective anti-aging ingredients (peptides, probiotics, amino acids and hyaluronic acid). Those who are particular about ingredients will be glad to know that it is alcohol-free, silicon-free and fragrance-free.

The Ordinary Buffet is the most expensive amongst all of The Ordinary range but still considered low cost, given its claimed efficacy when comparing to other big brands. It has a slightly thicker-than-water’ consistency but spreads on well. There is no detectable fragrance (yes, since it is said to be fragrance-free) but if you give a strong whiff, you may detect some sort of fermented smell though but I do not find it bothersome.

The Ordinary Buffet Review

The Buffet looks more cloudy than the NZ and also feels slightly more tacky. It takes a while longer to be fully absorbed as compared to the NZ. It also gives a dewy finish unlike the NZ which finishes matte (no surprise since the latter is meant to address oily skin). The good about The Buffet is that it does not pill, unlike the NZ.

Initially, I was not sure which step of my routine should The Buffet come in and was using it after NZ. It left my skin feeling sticky and somehow made me a greaseball sooner than usual. Then I came across a review which uses The Buffet before the NZ. I am so thankful for this. Because that was when I started to enjoy The Buffet. Every application left my skin feeling plump and hydrated without any stickiness, and it seemed to also help with oil control.

After using this for slightly more than a month, I have yet to see diminished fine lines which I was hoping for. Perhaps the NZ has worked so well and so fast for me that caused me to set higher expectations on The Buffet.

But here’s the thing. Even though there has yet to be exceptional results on the anti-aging claims, my skin seemed to exude more radiance than previously. I look refresh with a healthy glow.

I am still unable to fathom how the company manage to price its products at such affordable levels, not to mention that they works!

How I wish I had come across The Ordinary sooner. It would have saved me loads of money and disappointment for trying out products one after another that works for my problem skin. My conclusion is that I am totally sold even though I have tried only 2 of their products and am looking forward to trying out its other products.

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Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | Sephora

Have you tried The Ordinary Buffet?

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1 thought on “[REVIEW] The Ordinary Buffet”

  1. I´v also tried this one. it leaves my skin moisturised and the price is amazing. However i haven´t repurchase it .. yet. there are so many serums out there that at thSarae end i always find myself trying new things 🙂


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