Review: The Ordinary Buffet

The Ordinary has knocked down all barriers and really revolutionized modern-day skincare, by becoming one of the leading brands in producing honest, effective, and clinical skincare for all skin types without all the marketing gimmicks.

The brand really has put those higher-end skincare companies to shame by showing that incredible skincare doesn’t require taking out another mortgage.

One of their best selling and one of our favorite products is The Ordinary Buffet, a multi-peptide serum. The serum is suitable for all skin types (even sensitive!) and has become a holy grail product for the beauty lovers among us.

The product is incredible for giving your skin a revamp and giving it the love it needs at a fraction of the cost of luxury skincare alternatives.

The Ordinary Buffet Review

The Ordinary Buffet 30ml


The product promises to solve dryness, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, brightens your lack-luster skin, and also reduces uneven texture.

Our prayers have been answered with this one, it really has no gimmicks and does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle!). Our skin now feels hydrated and plump, whilst fine lines and wrinkles have definitely been reduced. 

Despite the mighty and effective ingredients in Buffet, if you’ve got uber-sensitive skin, this won’t break you out, burn or irritate your skin.

You can use it both in the morning and night time and should be applied after your cleansing routine and before your moisturizer.

The serum is thicker than most common serum’s but still absorbs quickly into the skin, so whether you’re applying this before doing your makeup or right before bed, you won’t have to worry about it having that greasy consistency on the surface of your skin.

It does however leave a slightly tacky consistency, which some users make like as it makes a great base for face makeup.

It’s packed with glycerin and peptides which replenish and hydrate your skin leaving it plump and firm, so makeup will apply smoothly and flawlessly on top of your prepped skin.

The Ordinary’s Buffet boasts an impressive formulation consisting of peptide complexes which reduce the look of line and surface irregularities whilst improving skin’s elasticity and boosting the look of firm skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to boost hydration levels in your skin.

Whilst this product is not tailored for acne-prone skin, it can truly benefit those who suffer from breakouts, acne and acne scars. It’ll balance oil levels in the skin, reduce pores then resulting in less redness and fewer pimples.

The serum is great for brightening dull skin and improves any rough, bumpy texture you may have that you’ve struggled to get rid of.

The serum may appear to work more effectively on those who are a bit older and have more mature skin that features fine lines and wrinkles. That’s not to say that it’s ineffective for those who don’t have wrinkles yet, it’s still preventing and reducing the appearance of future wrinkles.


Like all of the products from The Ordinary, Buffet is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and free from phthalates. The product is cruelty-free and vegan and is also free from nuts and gluten.

The Ordinary is so renowned for its no-fuss and to-the-point packaging, which declares how to use the product, when to use the product and what benefits it has for the skin on it and is so easy to read.

The Ordinary pride themselves on focussing on curating skincare that really works instead of fabricating lavish marketing and advertising like others in the beauty industry.

The serum is free from alcohol and fragrance, so will only leave you with happy and healthy skin without the possibility of dryness and irritation. The Ordinary also recognize that beauty is deeper than what’s on the surface and that’s why they don’t include silicone in this product.

Silicone smooths the skin and fills in any cracks or imperfections, but doesn’t hold any skincare benefits.

Whilst your skin may appear flawless and silk-like when products with silicone are applied, it can actually be creating a barrier, blocking dirt and oil in your pores and in turn, making your skin worse by forming pimples.

The serum comes in a glass bottle and has a pipette applicator so you can accurately dispense the serum in your hand. We recommend using 2-3 drops every time you use it and press into the skin in upwards motions, avoiding your eyes, otherwise, it’ll sting.

It’s common for a lot of people to neglect the neck when applying skincare, but this product will work wonders at reducing wrinkles and really giving your neck the hydration that it misses out on.

The bottles come in 30ml and 60ml sizes and both are perfect for putting in your day bag, traveling, and keeping on your nightstand.

The bottle comes with a screw cap, which we highly recommend you put back and secure tightly, otherwise, you’ll be greeted by a facepalm moment when you knock it over and lose all your liquid magic to the floor.


  • Inexpensive considering the ingredients
  • Fragrance-free
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Surfaces irregularities
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Improves skin texture
  • Brightens skin
  • Free from sulfates and parabens
  • No silicone


Final Verdict

We’re truly blown away by The Ordinary Buffet and it’ll be a continuous stape within our skincare regime.

We love its ingredients that hydrate the skin whilst improving texture and fine lines at the same time without causing dryness or irritation, something we’ve come across in competitors of a higher price point.

Whilst we mention the price point, we cannot fault it and we recommend it to all those interested as it serves any budget without having that post-purchase guilt.

If you’re still skeptical then you just need to try it for a few weeks and just watch as your skin transforms. 

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