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The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Peptide Serum Review

The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Peptide Serum is a multi-peptide anti-aging serum that (based on the impressive ingredients list) should be very effective.  Peptides comprise the building blocks of skin.  Basically, over time (aging) they break down and without them your skin wrinkles, sags, loses firmness, and just overall looks older.  Hence why peptide serums are becoming even more popular than they already were.  By re-infusing your skin with peptides, you can help combat these signs of age.  They aren’t going to cause some magical age reversal and make you look 20 again if you’re 50.

The Ordinary Buffet Multi-peptide serum
One drop of The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Peptide Serum

By no means are peptide serums a magic bullet of anti-aging prowess, but they can certainly help with wrinkles, fine lines, and overall firmness and skin condition.  And that’s where this serum comes in.  It contains a whole bunch of peptide complexes backed by science.  The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Peptide Serum includes: Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl-pentapeptide 35), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), and Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), with a Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes.  If these words are gibberish to you (as they probably are to most), don’t worry about it.  These science-y sounding things do good stuff.  The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%.  A quarter of the entire bottle is peptides, amino acids, and hydrators!

The ingredients list on this bottle in indeed impressive.  I particularly like the lack of fragrances and alcohols.

Ingredients: 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.

However, I have one issue with it.  It contains urea.  Which I am allergic to.  Unfortunately I didn’t notice the urea when I bought it.  I was so dazzled by the super long list of peptides and other great stuff that I must have missed it.  So I excitedly un-boxed the bottle and started using it daily as soon as I received it in the mail.  It has a nice medium-weight gel serum texture that soaked in nicely and didn’t leave my face feeling sticky.  It just felt smooth and hydrated.  But after about a week and a half I started to break out.

Frantically, I searched the ingredients lists of all the products I was using to see what horrible ingredient was causing this.  When I saw urea on the ingredients list of this serum my heart sank.  I was so disappointed.  Of course a super awesome serum from a super awesome brand with a super awesome price has an ingredient in it that I can’t use (the story of my life).  Urea causes horrible deep cystic painful acne all around the bottom half of my face.  It takes like two weeks to totally go away.  It was bad, guys.  I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

So if you are a sensitive skinned lady like myself, then perhaps this isn’t a good anti-aging serum for you.  In that case, I recommend you try The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA instead.  I’ve ordered that as a replacement and will let you know what that’s like once I’ve had an opportunity to test it out.

If you aren’t allergic to urea like I am, then this is a great anti-aging serum at a really good price and I totally recommend it.

Get DECIEM Labs The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Peptide Serum in a 1oz bottle for $18 at Asos.




  1. I also have very sensitive skin, but not allergic to urea (don’t know yet perhaps). Do you think this will be a good serum for sensitive skin (eczema prone skin) or is there some irritating ingredient in this product?

    • consciousandkind consciousandkind

      As far as I can tell, there aren’t any other irritant red flags. At least none that are on my radar as of yet. I will say though, that I have little to no experience with eczema-prone skin. Plus, anyone can be allergic to anything, so you won’t really know until you try a product if it’s going to work for you. (Sucks, I know…)

      If you are fairly certain that you aren’t allergic to urea then I would definitely go for it since the long list of peptides and amino acids in this serum are going to be great for your skin and it’s a great price. If you’re not sure though, then perhaps go for the 10% matrixyl serum I mentioned at the bottom of the post. If you order directly from Deciem Labs website (the lab that makes The Ordinary) they are really good about returns and/or refunds if you have an allergic reaction.

      • Thank you for your reply 🙂 Due to my naturally dry skin (atopic dermatitis) i have tried a lot of moisturisers (and a lot of them contain urea because urea is an amazing moisturiser), up until now i haven’t had allergic reaction to any of them so I’m just assuming urea is agreeable with my skin.

        Did you find out about your urea allergy when you do patch test? I’m that paranoid girl who patch test basically everything hahaha so afraid anything is going to make my skin angry.

        • consciousandkind consciousandkind

          Well, it sounds like you probably aren’t allergic then 🙂

          I unfortunately found out about my urea allergy the hard way: by testing out a bunch of stuff that made me break out really horribly then looking back at the ingredients lists to see what was common between them all.

          I rarely patch test, since I my skin breaks out really unevenly if something doesn’t agree with me. Plus, most of my ingredient allergies are face only. So there’s really only one place to test a product, and too bad for me, that’s on my face.

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