The Ordinary | “Buffet”, Advanced Retinol, and Caffeine Solution 5% Review

Hiya lovelies!

I did it. I jumped on the bandwagon (again) and picked up some items from The Ordinary by DECIEM. And I did it for all the right reasons – the low-cost, science-backed brand swept across the blogosphere and earned raving reviews from skincare afficionados. I bought three items –Buffet,”Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, and Advanced Retinolย 2%. Keep reading to find out my thoughts!

The Ordinary

A little bit about the brand… “The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.”ย The philosophy behind the brand is especially interesting, as each product description includes a scientific description and breakdown of the substance, as well as its primary benefits and uses. Best of all, the most expensive product in the line is $14.95

If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of products they offer and how to pair different substances together, they have formulated a comprehensive guide to help clear up any questions you may have.

Read their full story here.

I have been using three of their products on a regular basis for the past 2 months and I’ve really been enjoying them! Keep reading to find out my thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚


Buffet is described as a “multi-technology peptide serum.” It comes in a frosted 30ml bottle. The liquid itself is clear, and applies with an almost slimy, gel-like texture which absorbs very quickly into the skin and does not leave behind any residue. It doesn’t really have much of a smell, but the scent that it does have smells a bit…planty? It’s not noticeable though and immediately fades away when applied. I usually apply this after toning first thing in the morning and after I wash my face in the evening.

I love applying this – it is currently my favourite everyday serum. I love the honesty and scientific element of Deciem, where you know exactly what you are getting and what the positive benefits of the serum are.

You can find it here for C$14.90

Advanced Retinol 2%

I’m sure many of you have seen retinol advertised as a main ingredient in anti-aging skincare products. Retinol heavy products are often quite expensive, but The Ordinary has a solution for that! As stated on their website, “this product uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing than retinol without irritation.”

Anti-aging isn’t really a concern of mine, but I’ve heard great things about this formula from friends so I decided to try it out since it was so affordable. My mom has stolen this bottle though and is really enjoying it. The Ordinary’s sister range, Hylamide, offers a higher-concentrate anti-aging formula here if you are looking for a more potent solution.

Advanced Retinol 2% comes in a brown, light-protective bottle with a dropper. The solution itself is a milky white-yellow consistency that absorbs very quickly into the skin and does not leave a residue behind. It has a bit of a weird smell but it isn’t strong and fades almost instantly.

You can find it here for C$9.80

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

One of my primary skincare concerns is dark circles under the eyes. Ok, so I definitely don’t have the best sleep schedule, and I probably spend too much time looking at screens… but I’m always looking for an easy fix! This serum contains a potent form of caffeine which is said to “help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour.” Apparently it also helps reduce the look of cellulite, although I haven’t tested this yet!

At night, I usually apply one small drop and work it into the contours of my eyes with my fingertips until it is fully absorbed.

Have I seen immediate results? No, I haven’t really noticed much of a difference, but I will continue using it and update you guys later on. It does keep my undereyes feeling hydrated though. This serum is extremely affordable so I figured I’d try it out.

You can find it here for C$6.70.

I’m looking forward to exploring more of The Ordinary’s range because there are so many great products! 100% plant-derived squalane, hyaluronic acid 2% + B5,ย and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 10%ย are next on my list, although I think I’ll wait until I use upย a few more skincare products… Starting to build up an arsenal here.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? Have you tried anything else from the DECIEM brand? Would you be interested in seeing my current skincare regime? ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Clementine March 24, 2017

    I have quite a few products from The Ordinary! Currently I have the 2% Retinoid, 2% Hyaluronic Acid, 10% Lactic Acid, 10% Niacinamide, Argan Oil, and 23% Vitamin C. I’ve been using them for about five months now and I’ve really enjoyed the results I’ve been seeing. My favourite product would have to be the Hyaluronic Acid – it’s so good for dry skin! I want to try the Buffet, Rosehip Oil, and Glycolic Acid. I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point since the prices are right.
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  2. Jen March 27, 2017

    Nice roundup! I really like their Hyaluronic serum and the Retinoid as well! I’m planning to test one of their Lactic Acid serums soon ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. argan oil Morocco February 22, 2018

    interesting thanks for your post


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