The Ordinary’s “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% features a nearly identical formula to their original Buffet serum. The biggest difference is the inclusion of copper tripeptide-1 (which is also what gives this solution its distinctive blue hue).
What’s so special about copper peptides? As it turns out, not as much as The Ordinary would like you to think. The research on copper peptides looks promising in terms of improving skin’s laxity, smoothness, and hydration, but the truth is, copper peptides aren’t proven to be superior to other cosmetic peptides (including the other great ones you’ll find in this formula, such as palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7).
Otherwise, “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% delivers the same mix of replenishing ingredients including glycerin and peptides, as well as forms of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and other hydrating ingredients—all of which add up to healthier, younger-looking skin.
The fluid solution is dispensed via the dropper in the UV-coated glass bottle (the UV-coating helps keep the formula stable and ensures maximum potency). The fragrance-free formula hydrates skin without a greasy or occlusive feel, making it compatible with all skin types.
All told, “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% deserves our top rating based on its formula… we’re just not sure it’s worth double the price of The Ordinary’s original Buffet serum based off one overly hyped ingredient. We’ll leave that decision up to you.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
I'd already been using the original Buffet for quite a while. I liked it and did think it made a difference to my skin. Not sure what difference. But my skin seemed to look better for it.
When the new Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% came out. I was really interested, because of the copper and its healing properties. I'm in my mid 40's and have had acne since I was 12. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has played a massive role in me becoming 99% acne free.
To start with, two things put me off buying Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. 1) was the price, and 2) was a couple of reviews I'd read on the Ordinary's Website. One person claimed it smelt so bad they had to wash it off. Another claimed it left their fingers like nicotine stained. I don't know how much of the product they were using each time. But I can tell you now... If used correctly, neither of those things is true. I put 2 drops of Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% and 1 drop of Niacinamide 10% + Zinc into the palm of one hand. Then I rub it all over my face. Then I apply whatever serum and moisturiser I'm using that day. Does the Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% have a smell? Yes, it smells a bit like PVA glue. But as soon as you apply it, the smell is gone in less than 3 seconds. Has it stained my fingers or nails? No! My nails are pure white.
I've noticed that now when I do still get the occasional spot on my face. Between the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and the Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%, the spot doesn't stand a chance. It's gone before it could get going. Couldn't live without either of them. I have back up bottles of both!
From now on, I will always use the Copper version of The Ordinary's Buffet.