The Ordinary “Buffet” Serum Review

The Ordinary skin care line is super hot right now. Wayne Goss, a YouTube beauty guru, discovered the line and the rest is history. The company has been so overwhelmed by its overnight success that they have had trouble keeping products in stock. As someone who is always looking for anti-aging skin care products that work and don’t cost an arm and a leg I knew I had to place an order. I did a The Ordinary Skin Care Haul in late spring.

One of the products that I knew I wanted to try was the “Buffett” serum. I always use a serum at night and have yet to find one that I love and this reasonably priced. The “Buffett” seems like it is a good one. It is packed with proven anti-aging ingredients.

From the website:

This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging 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%.


Apply to the entire face in the AM and PM after cleaning.


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.

I had not used a serum in the mornings before this one. I try to streamline my morning routine but I wanted to maximize my results. I use 1 drop for my face and 1 drop for my neck and chest in the morning. I apply after toner and right before The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

For reference, my skin is normal with a tendency to be shiny in the summer. My skin concerns are anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and large pores around my nose. I get the occasional breakout but my skin is not sensitive or reactive.

At night I use 2 drops for my face and 2 drops for my neck and chest. This is a watery serum that has good spreadability. It leaves my face a bit tacky feeling but it goes away once I apply my moisturizer. It works well under my makeup and with my other products.


The most obvious effect I am seeing with the “Buffett” is on the fine lines under my eyes. I do see some tightening in the under eye area. My eyes look better. My skin feels softer too. The serum feels good on the skin once it is absorbed.

I have only been using this for about a month so I would not expect to see amazing results this soon. It has not caused me any problems with my skin. I have not had any breakouts, redness, or irritation.

I will repurchase this when I run out. I have been looking for a serum that has Matrixyl and this has the Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6. While there are no studies to support that these ingredients are powerful anti-aging ingredients there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support their efficacy. I have read enough to know that I want to include them in my battle against aging.

At $14.80 for a 30 ml bottle, this is the most expensive product I have seen in this line. What an amazing price for a serum containing all the ingredients this one does. Even a basic serum at the drugstore will be $20 or more. The price is unbeatable.

Have you tried “Buffett”? Do you like it? Have you tried other products from The Ordinary line? What do you like? What doesn’t work? Any recommendations for other reasonably priced serums that contain Matrixyl?

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