Review: The Ordinary – Multi-Peptide Eye Serum

Where to purchase: The Ordinary Website: LINK / Boots: LINK / Cult Beauty: LINK

Price: £19.90 / $25.13

Volume: 15ml

Made in: Canada

What is it + What does it do?: A multi-peptide, water-based serum aimed to reduce the look of wrinkles, darkness, puffiness and fine lines around the eye area.

Why is this more expensive than usual Ordinary products?: The brand states this is due to the higher % of actives included to really help eye-area concerns (and that a little goes a long way).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin types

What I think: Dehydrated skins could enjoy this lightweight watery formula. Even oily skins could use this as it’s not greasy. Dry skins could use this under a thicker eye cream.

Note: I have reviewed the Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate HERE


Vegan?: Yes.

Cruelty Free?: Yes.

How long does it last after opening?: 6 Months.

pH: 5.5-6.5

Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper.


Directions: Use after cleansing, before serums and creams (from The Ordinary website).

How I use it: I apply this in the PM. I use one big drop for under the eye and on the eyelid. It doesn’t take long to dab in and for this to absorb. I apply an eye cream on afterwards to ”seal it all in” and provide some emollients to the eye area.

Key Ingredients: Caffeine (Antioxidant and helps with dark circles) / Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside + Gallatyl Glucoside + Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone + Propyl Gallate (Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory) / Arginine (Natural Moisturising factor + helps reduce irritation caused by AHAs i.e. the Glycolic acid included in here).

Well-ageing ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid: The most researched AHA which lifts dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin, it also can help with the skin’s owl collagen production (helps with elasticity) and also helps fade brown spots, so this is helpful when it comes to fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles
  • Niacinamide: this helps fade brown spots and is also wrinkle smoothing
  • Acetyl Glucosamine (Natural Moisturising factor and helps improve wrinkles around the eye area) + helps fade dark spots.
  • Matrixyl synthe’6 (Helps boost collagen production in the skin, therefore helping with wrinkles and crow’s feet (however the company states this).
  • EYESERYL (Improves puffy eye bags)
  • Retinopeptide 189 (allegedly mimics the effects of Retinol on the skin i.e. promote collagen synthesis in the skin).
  • Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (aka Syn-Ake) – like Argireline, this aims to reduce wrinkles caused by facial movements.

Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Caffeine, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Silanetriol, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Propyl Gallate, Maltodextrin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Lightweight and watery serum. Not emollient and not sticky or too thick. It also doesn’t ball up which is great.

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: No.

Balls up?: No.

  • As you can see, this is a lightweight and watery serum that would run down my hand if I tilted it.
  • It doesn’t take long for this product to absorb into the skin and feels hydrating.

Swatch Comparison: No Product (Left) VS Product (Right)

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes.

Summer or Winter?: Can be used both seasons but since this is so lightweight, it’s especially usable in the Summer.

Layerable?: Yes (no balling up).


Video Swatch:

  • As you can see, this is a lightweight and fast-absorbing eye serum.

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free (This doesn’t have a scent).

Good Under Makeup?: Yes as it doesn’t ball up and absorbs pretty quickly.

How long have I been using this?: 3-4 months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes (since it doesn’t irritate and is hydrating).

How Long will that take?: Another 2 months.

The Effect?: This is meant to reduce eye puffiness, help with fine lines and wrinkles and dark circles. Personally this has helped hydrate the eye area, it has helped with skin texture and slight darkness. It’s been a good addition to the Retinol eye creams I use, but I would not depend on this alone to solve all my eye issues.


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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Lightweight
  • Did not irritate the skin / my eyes
  • Not greasy
  • Not tacky
  • Hydrating
  • Helped with skin texture and eye area darkness and slight puffiness

What I don’t like:

  • Not that moisturising
  • No huge changes to wrinkles

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (nearly 3.9) / 5 – I really like how lightweight and watery and fast-absorbing this is. I’m glad it’s not too thick, oily or greasy and is easy to apply. I also like the inclusion of well-ageing peptides (although not all of them are totally proven to reduce wrinkles but are producing promising results), I would not use this to ”cure” issues around the eye area BUT I would use this as a well-ageing companion to Retinol use. A peptide (and glycolic-acid containing) eye serum is a great companion to use alongside Retinol, to simply help tackle any issues regarding the skin around the eye. This is a good companion if the Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate is out of your budget,

Would I repurchase?: If I couldn’t get the Niod Eye serum then yes I would pick this up as an addition to a well-ageing eye routine.

Dupe?: The Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate Review HERE.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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