We Tried The Ordinary Buffet – Here’s Our Review

How easy would life be if you had one serum that was made to fit all your skincare needs? There would be no room for confusion or misuse. No need for 5 different products to target every little issue. Just ease. Well, what if we told you we may have found that.

The Ordinary’s Buffet serum is a ‘buffet’ of ingredients and technologies aimed at targeting signs of aging. This peptide serum contains 11 different amino acids that work to improve the quality of your skin. If you’re looking to tackle fine lines, texture, loss of firmness, dark spots and dullness…this is the serum to fix it all.

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The Ordinary Buffet Review

The Ordinary “Buffet”

”Buffet” from The Ordinary combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.

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If you’re looking to target signs of aging, this is the serum you want to go for because it’s like a 5-in-1 serum. Buffet uses peptides to target it all; fine lines, dullness, texture, dark spots and loss of firmness. Peptides are blocks of amino acids which make up proteins like keratin, elastane and collagen.

As you age you lose collagen, which is why fine lines and loss of elasticity begin to occur. Using this serum is so good because it adds those missing proteins back into the skin. Targeting not just fine lines but all signs of aging.

This peptide serum contains 11 amino acids and different forms of hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and improve absorption. Some of the 11 amino acids include argireline and matrixyl type peptides, similar to TO’s other peptide serums that target fine lines. The inclusion of a few different types of HA is so important because aged skin needs hydration. Dehydration will only exacerbate fine lines and texture.

That being said, yes peptides tackle signs of aging but you don’t want to abandon the rest of your routine for them. Direct acids are essential for chemical exfoliation which leads to less dead skin and a smoother, more radiant complexion. Retinoids induce cell turnover and stimulate collagen; an essential for a youthful complexion.

A good way to use peptides is to alternate them with acids and vitamin C – meaning using them in different routines. You want to incorporate them into your routine gradually without overdoing it.

They work in the AM or PM but are not to be used with vitamin C or direct acids. So you may want to use Buffet in the AM and an AHA in the PM. Alternating Vitamin C and Buffet every other day. Buffet can be used with The Ordinary’s oil-based retinoid serums.

Peptide serums are powerful for tackling signs of aging and they are often very expensive. Luckily, this product is very affordable and very effective. The Ordinary also has a version of Buffet with copper peptides. It’s double the price and the inclusion of copper peptides helps to protect the skin barrier as well as target collagen synthesis.

Buffet gets stellar reviews. If you’re new to anti-aging serums this is a good one to start with. You don’t need to jump to the version with copper peptides unless: 1. you want to, or 2. you’ve tried Buffet before and want to kick it up a notch. Buffet is more than enough to target signs of aging and the reviews are so good. The Ordinary is known for their affordability and if that’s what you look to it for, Buffet is the more cost effective choice.


  • Very affordable peptide serum. Most are very pricey and per reviews, this one works as well as the luxury counterparts.
  • This serum contains 11 amino acids and a few forms of hyaluronic acids. The amino acids are what target signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid is important for all skin types because dehydration will exacerbate signs of aging. Especially mature skin. Hydrated skin always looks better than dehydrated skin.
  • This serum gets rave reviews. It works to target fine lines, texture, pore size, dark spots, loss of firmness and dullness. Reviews are very complimentary, especially for its effectiveness on fine lines.
  • This helps to brighten the skin and smooth the skin tone.
  • This is half the price of The Ordinary’s Buffet + Copper Peptides serum.
  • The texture is a little thick but it absorbs into the skin quickly and does not feel sticky or tacky. It is suitable for all skin types.
  • Vegan and cruelty-free formula.
  • Sulfate, paraben and phthalate free formula.
  • If you’re looking to target signs of aging, this serum tackles it all. You are not forced to pick one issue.
  • This product can be used with The Ordinary’s oil based retinoid serums.
  • This comes in a larger size for fervent users.


  • The most common negative reviews are that this serum made people breakout. There are very few of these reviews but, it’s so important to patch test products first. The Ordinary recommends testing the product on a small patch of skin on your neck to see if you have a reaction because using it all over.
  • Other reviews say this product did nothing for their skin. This product is going to take time to see results.

How to use

Use this in the AM or PM. It’s a water based serum used before creams and oils. It cannot be used with Vitamin C or direct acids. But it can be used in the same routine with The Ordinary’s oil based retinoids. Use Buffet first if you are pairing the two.

Where to buy it

The Buffet serum is available at:

Final Thoughts

If you want to start tackling signs of aging, Buffet is a great place to start because it does not skip a beat. Tackling signs of aging is not just for mature skin. Fine lines can occur at different ages for everyone. Texture, dullness and dark spots are something all types of skin deal with and usually want to fix.

Most anti-aging serums are very pricey. You’re paying for so called advanced technology, ingredients and dramatic results but that’s not always the outcome. Buffet has all of that; new technology, a buffet of 11 different amino acids and tons of great reviews. Plus, the price is so affordable and accessible it’s hard to go wrong.

The Ordinary “Buffet”

”Buffet” from The Ordinary combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.

We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.