The Ordinary Buffet Reviews and FAQ’s

The Ordinary Buffet Reviews
  • 84% of the Deciem Addicts love ❤️ it
  • Currently scores 4.5/5 on the Deciem website
  • A multi-Technology Peptide Serum
  • Signs of Ageing
  • Dynamic lines & wrinkles
  • Firms
  • Hydrates
  • Helps sagging & loss of elasticity

The Ordinary Buffet – A definite must-have!

Everything you need to know about The Ordinary Buffet before you buy, including when and how to use, conflicts, PAO, colour, texture, smell, unboxing, products similar to Buffet and reviews by you, the Deciem Addicts.

What Is The Ordinary Buffet & What Does It Do?

The easiest way to describe The Ordinary Buffet is a concoction of fabulous ingredients, a multi-peptide serum that fights multiple signs of ageing. It reduces fine lines & wrinkles, hydrates, fades dark spots, brightens, firms, and smoothens skin texture.

It’s one of the most popular water-based serums which people start using when they first hear about The Ordinary. It’s a great all-around product to use for all skin types, although there are some conflicts which you can read about further down.

Deciem’s easy explanation of The Ordinary Buffet. If you’re not too sure which peptide to go for, “Buffet” is an excellent choice, to begin with. It features a comprehensive array of complex technologies within a single serum to target various visible signs of ageing all at once (such as static or dynamic lines and wrinkles, sagging and loss of elasticity). ⁣

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How & When Do I Use Buffet?

  • The Ordinary Buffet is a water-based solution.
  • Use Buffet in the morning and in the evening.
  • Start with cleansed skin and use a couple of drops over the entire face.
  • It’s a water-based solution, so this will be the first or one of the first layers of your skincare routine.
  • Pat or massage the product in, and once it´s fully absorbed, apply your next product (if using).
  • There are products that conflict with Buffet (see below). Due to conflicts, you might only use this in the morning.

Which products can and cannot be used with The Ordinary Buffet?

There have been quite a few changes to conflicts. Buffet shouldn’t be used in the same routine as the following products. (They can be used in alternate routines AM/PM or different days).

  • Direct Acids
  • Vitamin C (Direct)
  • Not to be mixed with Niacinamide powder
  • You can find a list of The Ordinary Conflicts here.
  • Always check the official Buffet page and patch test products.

This is Deciem´s response to mixing Peptides and Acids.

Our rule against combining strong antioxidants only applies to our products containing copper peptides. We would not recommend combining direct acids with peptides due to the susceptibility of peptides to hydrolysis (which breaks the bonds between peptides, reducing their efficacy, and making them into individual amino acids). At low pH, the peptides undergo processes such as deamidation (the removal of an amide group) and oxidation, which compromise the activity of the peptides.

Having said that, if you have previously combined peptides with acids and have not experienced any negative side effects or discoloration, you may continue to combine the two products as so as the combination does not pose any potential harm. Our recommendations are meant to serve as a preventative measure to avoid any incompatibility between those combinations and also because skin tolerance is subjective.

The Ordinary Buffet PAO (Period After Opening)

The PAO is 12M. Once you have opened your product, it is recommended to use the product within 12 months.

What’s the colour, smell and texture of Buffet?

The colour is a little cloudy. There´s a very slight smell to this. Buffet consistency is more on the thicker side. You can see it in the video below. This was a cold day so it may be a little runnier than this normally. I find it can be a little sticky/tacky afterwards but once you add another product or your moisturiser, it´s fine.

The Ordinary Buffet Reviews

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Tracy: The one product I’ve used where I noticed a marked improvement in my (not so) fine lines

Rachel: Buffet was the first product I tried from The Ordinary and found it worked so well on my fine lines…especially on my forehead!

Nia Patten: I found it a bit sticky under makeup and didn’t persevere to see the long term results.

TEF says: I give it a 4/5 only because Buffet+Copper is available. I love that Buffet supports hydration, is easy to slowly add into a basic routine, diminishes lines and wrinkles, and helps with texture irregularities. My skin has never been this plump, smooth, and healthy before starting this.

EBD says Love Buffet 4/10. I am on my 4th bottle. Do not apply too much. For me, 3 drops are enough and the price is awesome!!

CB says I’m really enjoying this product. Been using for a month.

CBK says pros: promotes hair growth, lashes and revitalized traumatized 90’s brows. Great boost of hydration, plumps fine lines. Cons: hair growth, face fuzz. Overall 4.5/5.

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TTH says I give it 5*. I just love it. Love it! Love the way it feels, love the way it makes my skin look.  Bought the birthday pack so when my Bottle is empty going to compare it to the one with copper.  But I just love Buffet! 

CA says 2/5 initially thought I saw improvements then I got the peach fuzz just started buffet with copper and it’s breaking me out.

JC says Had great faith in this product, but my sensitive skin disliked it .

MAG says… I would give 0/5 . On my second bottle in a year and have seen absolutely no results. 

Harri says  1/5, did nothing for me. Hylamide Sub Q is better but too pricy.

The Ordinary Buffet FAQs

These questions have been answered by Deciem on social media.

Does The Ordinary Buffet increase facial hair? Deciem says, “Buffet contains PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil which functions as a solubilizer and does not cause hair growth.”

Is The Ordinary Buffet safe to use before Retinol (oil)? Yes, it is.

Can we use The Ordinary Buffet on the eyes? Yes, you may.

Can I use Buffet and Lactic Acid simultaneously? We suggest alternating between them for best results

Can I use Hyaluronic Acid+B5, Buffet, and Retinol 0.2% in Squalane in the same routine? Yes, you may! We’d suggest applying “Buffet” and HA, followed by Retinol (in the PM only). We recommend avoiding unprotected solar exposure, gradually incorporating one new product into your regimen at a time, and applying test patches first to see what works best for your skin.

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Would it be beneficial to use Buffet, Marine Hyaluronics and then Niacinamide for oily and ageing skin? Yes, sounds great.

What is the correct order if I´m using The Ordinary Buffet, Niacinamide & Resveratrol in the same routine? We would suggest applying your goodies in the order you have written them in.

When do I use The Ordinary Buffet? You would just this straight after cleansing.

Does The Ordinary Buffet work? 84% of the Deciem Addicts love it. Come and chat with the #deciemaddicts on Instagram and Facebook.

Can I use The Ordinary Buffet with Vitamin C? It´s best to alternate Buffet and pure vitamin c. See the conflicts above.

Is there a big bottle of The Ordinary Buffet? The Ordinary Buffet is available in 30ml and 60ml.

Final Thoughts On Buffet

The Ordinary Buffet Reviews

The Ordinary Buffet is a well-loved ❤️ product, with 84% of Deciem Addicts loving❤️ it. Whilst many people say Buffet has made their skin break-out or contributed to their increased facial hair, 75% haven’t had any issues, and you can see the response from Deciem regarding this issue above. 67% say they will repurchase it, and it’s been mentioned a few times that the only reason they won’t repurchase is that they prefer the Buffet + Copper Peptides.

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Where to buy The Ordinary Buffet?

The best place to buy is directly through Deciem with free delivery on orders over 25€$. You can also check other authorised stockists here.

Is my The Ordinary Buffet a fake?

Photos of The Ordinary Buffet purchased directly from Deciem March 2021.

The Ordinary Buffet Authentic Product From Deciem
The Ordinary Buffet – Authentic from Deciem

The best way to avoid buying a fake product is to only purchase through one of the many authorised Deciem stockists you can find here directly on the Deciem website. You can also read more about telling the difference between an authentic The Ordinary product and a counterfeit product.