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The Ordinary Buffet Review [Serum Tested & Tried]

In this ordinary buffet serum review, I’m sharing my impressions after testing and trying this for several weeks.

In addition, I have also extracted reviews from amazon to know how people think and feel about it.

Is it really worth it? Let’s dive in!

What Does The Ordinary Buffet Do?

The Ordinary Buffet serum is an anti-aging, water-based serum you can be used alone or before moisturizer.

It ‘targets’ multiple signs of aging, and provides skin texture improvements, softness, hydration, and a younger look.

This serum is loaded with peptide complexes that are anti-aging and hyaluronic acid, which are very hydrating. 

The texture of the ordinary buffet serum is very light and quickly absorbs into the skin.


Now that you know what the ordinary buffet does let’s take a look at what is the ordinary buffet used for.

What Is The Ordinary Buffet Serum Used For?

The Ordinary Buffet serum is mainly used to treat and minimize aging signals and improve skin. 

Here’s a quick list of what is the ordinary buffet used for:

  • Reducing wrinkles and fine lines
  • For Skin Hydration
  • Skin improvement
  • Firming skin
  • Fading dark spots
  • Smoothing your skin
  • Evening skin tone,  brightness, and skin glowing  
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What Is The Ordinary Buffet Used For?

Ordinary Buffet Review First Impressions

I have heard a lot about The Ordinary Buffet Serum but I have only decided to purchase it when a friend of mine recommended it.

I must say that I never really cared about having a skincare routine until I feel my skin is actually asking for it.

As I got overly exposed to the sun, and sweat, my oily skin started to open up the pores and my skin texture was a bit strange.

I was using only a facial wash and the Physiogel facial moisturizer, which was not really doing much to my skin.

Then I decided to try the Vichy 89 Serum which was ok, but I was actually a little disappointed.

My friend recommended The Ordinary Buffet Serum and after a while of using it, started to see small improvements.

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The Ordinary Buffet Serum Review

Here are my first impressions:

  • The serum feels nice on the skin and spreads well on the face
  • You need a penny size bit and it’s enough for face and decollete.  
  • The serum is quickly absorbed by the skin (feels as if it melts into the skin)
  • The smell was ok for me, actually, I don’t feel it that much
  • In the first week, I started to notice small improvements in the skin texture
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I am not going to say it revolutionized my skin, but I can’t deny I noticed improvements in the pores to some extent.

This is not the best Product I have ever bought and I am not sure if I will repurchase it again, but the results were there.

Maybe I was expecting more from what I have read all over the internet, but for the price, I think it is still worth it.

You won’t waste your money because I am pretty sure you will experience results to some extent.

Just don’t expect a miracle as some people have been promoting. It works but takes time.

The Routine

To get the best results, you need to establish a skincare routine and stick with it.

Most of the time, I like to keep it simple and stick with the basics. I believe that for the skin, less is more.

I noticed when I put too many products on my face, it actually gets worse. 

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Here is a nice routine I can recommend: 

  1.  When I wear makeup I make sure to apply makeup remover and double cleanse
  2. Cleansing with a gentle facial soap bar (this is what I am currently liking)
  3. Exfoliate (only twice a week)
  4. Tonner
  5. Thermal Water 
  6. Apply the ordinary buffet serum 
  7. Moisturizer on top of it.

You can try testing your own routine. You can make it even more basic by cutting the exfoliator and toner.

I was able to achieve good results by sticking with this routine.

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How To Use Buffet The Ordinary | When To Use Buffet The Ordinary?

You can use the ordinary buffet serum on your daily and night routine, after washing and toning your face.

For the day you can use it before the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and sunscreen.

For the night, you can use it before retinol serum or a skin oil of your choice. 

There are people who like to use the Ordinary buffet after moisturizer and swear they have great results.

Is about testing and trying and getting to know your own skin type and how it works best for you.

How Often To Use The Ordinary Buffet?

You can use the Ordinary Buffet every day if you want. 

There are some people that use it twice a week.

But in this case, they alternate with another type of complementary skincare product.

In my opinion, this is not really a good idea if you are just starting out with the product because it can confound you.

Anyways it is always best to stick with one product for one regime so you can track the results

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How To Use Buffet The Ordinary

Is The Ordinary Buffet Serum Worth It?

I think so and I also like the price. Depending on your area it may cost about $18 dollars.

The first thing I notice with the weeks is that it plumps my skin and makes it smoother. 

When I bought it, I had already seen some changes on my friend’s face and she was happy about it.

The texture of the serum is nice and a little amount is enough to apply it on a full face.

This is good because one bottle takes a really long to finish.

Now, be aware that there are still people who have seen only minimal difference or no difference at all.

For me, it worked well, so I can recommend it.

How Long Does It Take To Start Seeing Improvements?

There are people who have related to see improvements since the second day. Other people say after 10 days.

It really depends on your own organism, skin type, age, and particular conditions.

In my case, I just needed something to minimize pores and improve skin texture.

I started to see some kind of minimal results after the first applications, but it started to make sense after two weeks.

If you continue to use it day and night for 3 to 6 months you will see the full potential of this serum.

The Cons

I have seen some people complaining it didn’t work at all.

By this, they just reported that it felt as if they didn’t apply anything on their face after several weeks.

You will need to try this on, but from what I say, most people were happy about it.

Apart from that, I should also say, that the improvements will be minimal, but still noticeable.

Review Over The Weeks

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As I mentioned in The Ordinary Buffet Serum Review first impression section, I started to see improvements, in the first week.

Of course, it was not a huge improvement but was enough to keep me motivated to continue.

With the weeks (more or less 2 weeks) skin started to feel softer to the touch and looked a bit tighter. 

I use one or two drops day and night one to two drops. Some people said they use 2 to 3 drops. 

Review After Two Weeks 

After the first two weeks, the skin continued to feel hydrated and soft. 

I felt my skin a bit firmer. Many people related firmer skin as well.

I have also noticed a nice glow on the skin and that pores got minimized, which made me happy.

I had this problem with pores not only in the nose but also in different parts of the face. 

This can be very annoying for me, so by the time I noticed pore minimizing, I was super happy.

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The Ordinary Buffet Serum Before and After

Overall this is a good serum. I can feel the before and difference, as my skin felt like the following:

  • More hydrated
  • Pores minimized
  • Skin was smoother 
  • Overall skin quality

To achieve this, I used the 2 to 3 drops of the ordinary buffet serum twice a week (AM, PM).

At the peace you use it over the weeks, you will start to notice gradual improvements.

After three months of continuous use, as I described above, I could see much more results.

But I have a few considerations to share with you now:

Don’t expect miraculous results that you will have a 100% of skin restoration.

Especially depending on how your skin situation is right now. 

However, regardless of your skin situation, you may find good improvements that will leave you satisfied.

The Ordinary Before And After Wrinkles

If you are wondering if this serum is good for wrinkles treatment, in my opinion, you should look for something that is more powerful.

Key Ingredients

Back Of The Box

The Buffet Ordinary Ingredients

I am not talking nor displaying a full list of ingredients, but let’s talk about a couple of ingredients that are important.

They are:

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Matrixyl Synthe’6 Peptide Complexes
  • Matrixyl 3000 

Let’s talk a little more about each one of these three ingredients and why they are good for our skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is really a very important ingredient in skincare that is highly hydrating on the skin.

It certainly increases skin moisture and also reduces traces of skin aging. 

Our skin produces hyaluronic acid, which retains skin moisture and keeps it naturally hydrated. 

With time, our natural hyaluronic acid production gradually diminishes but we can recover it with supplements and cosmetics.

The topical use of hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkles and redness, and keep it hydrated and plumped.

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Matrixyl Synthe’6 Peptide Complexe And Matrixyl 3000

I am not a chemist, so I am not going to give you an empirical and technical definition of these ingredients.

So, let’s talk from the viewpoint of a mere user and discuss what are the benefits these ingredients offer.

Matrixyl Synthe’6 Peptide Complexes boost skin collagen, and elastin and strengthen the skin.

The result is firmer, smoother, and younger skin, with improved texture.

The Matrixyl 3000 is a peptide with anti-aging powers that enhances skin collagen and elastin.

It repairs the structure of damaged skin, reduces wrinkles and firmer skin, and moisture retention.

That being said, these two ingredients combined, are great for those looking for an anti-aging treatment.

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Difference Between The Ordinary Buffet And Buffet With Copper

There are two types of buffet serums. The Ordinary Buffet Serum vs. The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%.

They are almost the same, but the difference is that the second has copper peptides.

This makes it more powerful, as, in addition to the same benefits of the first one, the second contains peptides that are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and leaves the skin firmer.

What Do Users Think About This Serum?

So far I have shared with you my impressions, now, let’s take a look at this quick research I did to find out what other people think about it.

The ordinary buffet serum review brings to you a quick report about how people are reacting to it ↓

I thought it would be nice to add a quick qualitative analysis to my reviews, to find out exactly how people think and feel about the products.

The best way to do it is to generate a database with a number of reviews and categorize the opinions.

I analyzed 105 random reviews, I had no access to the age of reviewers but they are all women.

Down below we have the results:

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Quick Analysis

The Ordinary Buffet Serum Review is not only about what I think, my own impressions.

We want to know what real buyers are saying about it.

After analyzing each review, we have the following evaluations :

  • 38% of reviewers reported that the ordinary buffet serum has a good quality and works as expected. Meaning they agree that the company’s promises are true.
  • 15% of reviewers reported that skin felt smoother
  • 11% of reviewers reported that skin looked healthier and improved 
  • 8% of reviewers reported skin looked younger
  • 7% reported that skin feels hydrated
  • 6% said that nothing happened, they didn’t notice any result
  • 5% said that skin looked brighter and glowy 
  • 5% reported that skin broke out 
  • 3% cited that skin felt tighter and firmer
  • 1% said the product is ok, not great
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How Do Reviewers Feel Towards The Ordinary Buffet Serum?

In this section, I am using my statistical software to estimate reviewers’ feelings toward The Ordinary Buffet Serum.

With this software, we can categorize the users’ feelings based on the reviews they wrote. 

In the ordinary buffet serum graph below, we can see that reviewers feel more positive than negative.

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We can also see that there is a little bit of anger and disgust but the majority of feelings are positive.

For example, we can see the top feelings are positivity, trust, joy, and anticipation.

Q&A Frequently Asked Questions

In this ordinary buffet serum review section, we answer some of the frequent questions.

Some of these questions I had myself before using this product, and some others I saw online.

If you have more questions, you can send them to me in the comments section below!

That being said, let’s get started!

Q1: Can I Use The Ordinary Buffet With Niacinamide?

Answer: Yes you can use the ordinary buffet with niacinamide. 

Many people like to use niacinamide because it improves skin cells and creates a barrier that protects the skin from pollution, stress, and toxins.

It is anti-inflammatory and can also help you treat severe acne 

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Q2: What Can I Use With The Ordinary Buffet?

Answer: You can use the ordinary buffet in conjunction with niacinamide, retinol, and other similar cosmetics.

I suggest you consult a dermatologist if you are going to combine products.

Sometimes, if you combine too many products your skin can get confused and sometimes prejudicial.

Q3. Is The OrdinaryBuffet A Moisturiser?

Answer: No. This is an anti-aging serum that contains highly hydrating ingredients that improve skin texture.

This serum leaves your skin more hydrated and can be used after toner and before the actual moisturizer.

However, you can still use it without the actual facial moisturizer and still have good results.

Q4. Can You Use The Ordinary Buffet And Retinol Together?

Answer: Yes you can Use The Ordinary Buffet And Retinol Together. There are many people who have done that and achieved great results.

However, once more, it is a nice idea to keep it simple and not to mix too many products altogether.

Q5. Is The Ordinary Buffet Safe During Pregnancy?

Answer: I did my research and all sites I checked said that The Ordinary Buffet is Safe During Pregnancy.

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Q6. Can I Use The Ordinary Buffet With Vitamin C?

Answer: It is better NOT to use the Buffet with Vitamin C as it can cause a reaction.

Using too many products may not be the best practice. 

Always check with your dermatologist, for dedicated medical instructions in case you feel more advanced in skincare.

Q7. Does The Ordinary Buffet Cause Breakouts?

Answer: Even though the majority of reviewers from our quick research reported being satisfied with the buffet serum, I have seen some reviews reporting skin break out.

It is possible, but most people have been pretty happy with the results.

Q8. Is The Ordinary Buffet Serum Water Based?

Answer: Yes. The ordinary buffet serum is a water-based serum. Its formula combines ingredients that treat multiple signs of aging. 

Q9. Does The Ordinary’s Buffet Clog Pores?

Answer: I did my research and haven’t heard many people saying that it clogs pores.

Q10. Can I Use This Product During The Day?

Answer: Yes, the ordinary buffet serum can be used day and night, as a part of your skincare routine.

I use it twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.

Q10. Does the ordinary buffet serum contain vitamin C?

Answer: No. There isn’t vitamin C in the ordinary buffet serum. It contains peptides, probiotics, and hyaluronic acid.

Q10. Can The Ordinary Buffet Serum Be Used As A Makeup Primer?

Answer: Yes. I use the ordinary buffet serum before applying the foundation.  

First I wash my face and apply toner. Then, I apply the ordinary buffet serum and lastly the foundation. 

But pay attention. This is not a primer, so I do it only when I am running out of a primer and need a quick solution.

Q11. Is The Ordinary Buffet Good For Dark Spots?

Answer: Yes it is a good product for dark spots and evening skin tone, clearer, brighter skin.

Q12. Can This Be Used In Conjunction With Microneedling?

Answer: Some people say that it is ok to use the ordinary buffet in conjunction with microneedling.

But I have also read some people saying that you should not do that.

You should never do microneedling at home alone unless you are a professional.

If you opt for microneedling, do it at a certified establishment and make sure to ask the beautician before applying anything on your skin.

Q13. Is This Serum Good For Dry Skin?

Answer: Yes. This serum is an amazing product for dry skin. It contains hyaluronic acid which is very hydrating.

Now, if you have dry skin it is always a great idea to use this serum with a moisturizer.

Q14. Is This Serum Good For Dry Oily Skin?

Answer: Yes. I have oily skin myself and really enjoyed the results. 

However, there are some people with acne-prone skin that complained it caused pimples. 

If you have acne-prone skin, it is better to use it in conjunction with an ant acne solution. 

Q15. How Much Do You Use?

Answer: You can use one to three drops depending on your skin type and needs, morning and before sleeping. 

It is recommended not to use more than three drops.

Q16. Should I use this Serum With A moisturizer?

Answer: Yes, it is actually how most people use it. First, you wash your face, then you can apply the serum.

It is good to apply a moisturizer after applying the serum because it helps to seal in the buffet serum.

However, there are some people who prefer to use it alone. It may work as well.

Q17. Will This Help Close Or Minimize Pores?

Answer: Yes, however, I noticed that the majority of people using this serum haven’t mentioned anything about pores minimizing.

Q18. Once you apply the serum, will my skin be glossy or matte?

Answer: The skin absorbs this serum really quickly, so it doesn’t look glossy. So after applying it, your skin is mattified.

Q19. What Age Range Is This For?                

This is a very good question because as the ordinary buffet serum is an anti-aging serum many people are not sure at what age they should start using it.

You can start using it, at any age, as the anti-aging properties are going to retard signs of aging.

If you have fine lines, it is supposed to minimize the lines.

Q20. Can You Use Lactic Acid With Buffet?

No, as this serum should not be used with direct acids.

The Ordinary Buffet Serum Review Conclusion

This was our ordinary buffet review, where we talk about the main results you should expect from this serum.

We have also done quick research where we could have our quick report based on the opinions of 105 reviewers.

After, I share with you my own experience with the ordinary buffet Serum.

In the end, it was confirmed that the ordinary buffet corresponds to its promises and works as described.

If you have any questions, or suggestions and want to share your own reviews, please leave the comments section below!

We will love to hear from you!

The Ordinary Buffet Serum Review Disclaimer

In this The ordinary buffet review I have put together, an in-depth review based on my own experience.

I have also scraped Amazon review data to do a quick qualitative report and sentiment analysis based on real customers.

I was not contacted by The ordinary cosmetics and this is NOT a sponsored post.

In the future, I may add some affiliate links in this ordinary buffet review but at the moment, there are no affiliate links. 

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