the ordinary buffet dupe revolution skincare

It’s hard to come across a peptide-rich serum cheaper than The Ordinary “Buffet”.

Revolution Skincare did it. Their Multi Peptide Serum is just a couple of £ cheaper. If budget’s your main criteria, you may be tempted to switch.

Is it really a good idea? Mmmm… Let’s find out:

What Ingredients Do The Ordinary “Buffet” And Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum Have In Common?


Peptides are the anomaly in the skincare matrix. In theory, they’re too big to penetrate skin and shouldn’t work.

In practice, studies (mostly done by the manufacturers) show they do something even when left on the surface of the skin.

Here’s what the peptides in The Ordinary “Buffet” and Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum do:

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1: It may boost collagen production.  I haven’t found much proof it works on human skin yet.
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: The company that makes it swears it makes skin firmer and smoother. I’m still waiting for independent studies that confirm this.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38: TThe manufacturer says it increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin. Again, I couldn’t find any evidence supporting this.
  • Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: You probably know this as Syn™-Ake, a peptide that relaxes muscles. As you know by now, I think these relaxing peptides are just a waste of your money and time.

I know it’s a lot of “may” and “the manufacturer says”… I personally don’t use peptides because the science here isn’t as solid as “experts” make it out to be.

But hey, these serums are so cheap, they’re worth a try, if you’re really curious.

Related: What Type Of Peptides Work Best To Repair Skin?


Let’s start with the basics. Glycerin is in pretty much ALL skincare products for a reason.

It’s a wonderful humectant: that’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin. Once there, this extra moisture softens, plumps, and brightens your skin.

That’s the base you want to build the rest of your skincare routine on.

P.S. The Ordinary “Buffet” also contains 2 forms of Hyaluronic Acid and Urea, two fellow humectants on steroids. Translation: it’s more hydrating than the Revolution version.

Related: The Complete Guide To Glycerin In Skincare

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What Else Is In These Peptides Serums?

Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum contains nothing else worthy of note.

The Ordinary “Buffet” gives you a few extra peptides and other goodies:

  • Argirelox Peptide Complex:  Made up of Argireline + Pentapeptide-18 (Leuphasyl), it relaxes the muscles so they can’t move as well and, overtime, leave wrinkles behind. It’s said to reduce wrinkles depth by up 30%, but works only on thin skin. I don’t care for it: if it were a real alternative to Botox, no one would use the needle anymore. Save your money on this one.
  • Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine: Known as Restilase, it’s supposed to boost collagen production. Again, the only studies are from the company that makes it.
  • Allantoin: It has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties that calm down irritated skin, soothe redness and reduce itching.

Related: The Soothing Ingredient You Didn’t Know Your Sensitive Skin Needed

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What’s The Texture Like?

They both have lightweight textures that sink in quickly into your skin.

What’s The Packaging Like?

They both come in a clear glass dropper bottle.

How To Use Them

In the PM, after cleansing.

Which Of The Two Should You Go For?

The Ordinary “Buffet” wins this hands down. It’s a little more expensive, but that’s because it gives you more bang for your buck. It has more peptides and is more hydrating, too.

Price & Availability

Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum (£10.00): Available at Beauty Bay and Ulta

The Ordinary “Buffet” (£12.70): Available at Asos, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, and Ulta

Is Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum A Dupe For The Ordinary “Buffet”?

I wouldn’t say Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum is an exact dupe for The Ordinary “Buffet”. It’s a more basic version. If the extra £2 doesn’t break the bank, The Ordinary is still the best option.

Revolution Skincare Multi Peptide Serum Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

The Ordinary “Buffet” 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.