I have been all over the place with my thoughts on peptides for the past few years. I’ve tried only a few peptide-containing skincare products in the past and couldn’t really grasp what exactly they were doing for my skin. In 2021 I had a “skincare funk” or “skincare fatigue” where I was getting very fed up with my routine and skincare in general. I added The Ordinary Buffet (TOB) and Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% (TOB+CP) into my routine to try something different. I opted for TO peptide products because I like that they offer straight shooter formulas to get an idea what an ingredient does for you, all the while at a decent price point.
General Information About The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
“This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.”The Ordinary
The Ordinary “Buffet”
Price: $18.30 – $32.90 CAD
Where to Buy: Deciem
The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
Price: $33.70 CAD
Where to Buy: Deciem
The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% Ingredients
The following technologies make up 25.1% of the formula. They are:
- Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, reduces inflammation)
- Matrixyl™ synthe’6™ peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38, claims to boost 6 major components of the skin matrix, including collagen and hyaluronic acid)
- SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, “botox in a jar”)
- ARGIRELOX™ peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18, “botox in a jar”)
- Postbiotic complex (with Lactococcus lactis lysate, helps strengthen skin barrier) in a base of 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes
- TOB+CP has of course 26.1% of peptides in the formula, the extra 1% being the Copper Peptides – wound-healing, promotes good collagen, anti-inflammatory. It is naturally occurring in some bodily fluids (plasma, urine), and we lose on average a few ng/ml every year
My Experience with the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
Both consistencies are lightweight in texture and are gel-like serums. I would say out of the two, TOB+CP had a thinner consistency. I found myself applying TOB more liberally, whereas TOB+CP I only needed 4 drops to find it effective (could also be price/size difference lol). TOB did not have a scent to it, whereas TOB+CP smelled like vinegar.
Upon first use, both TOB and TOB+CP sensitized my skin; It slightly stung and my skin looked a bit red. As My skin acclimated with gradual usage and I no longer experienced any sensitization from either. With consistent nightly application, I noticed the next morning my face looked bright and even. I noticed more of a luminosity and healthier look with TOB+CP in particular. My husband was also using TOB+CP every night and I noticed his complexion looked brighter and had a smoother than usual appearance (his skin is enviously flawless).
In terms of hydration, both are decent but I do find my skin prefers something more emollient in general. I found myself reaching for Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum (reviewed) in conjunction with one of the TO serums.
My Final Thoughts on the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
Peptides are still fairly new to me in my skincare routine, but so far I like what I’m seeing given The Ordinary’s straight-shooter formulas and want to continue incorporating peptides in my skincare routine. I found TOB mostly served as a hydrating serum, whereas with TOB+CP I used it more as an active/treatment along the lines of Tretinoin, AHAs, etc. TOB+CP definitely furthered my interest in copper peptides, and I purchased the favourite NIOD CAIS3 in 2021 during Deciem’s Slowvember Sale. I haven’t been consistent in using NIOD CAIS3 however because I am still trying to finish up TOB, and I reintroduced my 0.1% Tretinoin prescription into my nighttime skincare routine once my face fully healed from my 3rd CO2 Fraxel Laser session. I am however now near the end of TO Buffet, so rest assured NIOD CAIS3 will be used regularly soon! If you are thinking of picking up one of The Ordinary peptide serums, I would opt for TOB+CP. Yes, you get double the amount for a similar price with TOB 60ml, however I found I saw more benefits with TOB+CP with just a few drops at a time.
As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!