The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Eye Serum VS Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate – Which is best?

Hello all!

– I have been using and testing out both The Ordinary’s and Niod’s Eye Serums and didn’t quite understand the major differences between these two products and also which one to continue using overall. So in this blog post I both swatch and compare textures and ingredients and my overall experience with these two products to try and determine which one overall I would recommend.

If you would like to know even more in-depth experience with both products, my FULL Review of each Serum is available here: The Ordinary Serum Review (HERE) / Niod Serum Review (HERE)

Price: The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye Serum: £19.90 / $25.14 – Niod’s FECC: £50 / $63.15 (I will talk about the price in the conclusion)

Vegan and Cruelty-Free?: Yes, these both are.

Fragrance and Essential-Oil Free?: Yes, these both are. However the Niod serum has a stronger scent (slightly less pleasant).

Overall, what do they both do?: Both products help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin and reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Expire after: Both expire 6 months after opening.

Packaging: Both are glass bottles with droppers.

  • As you can see the Niod’s dropper is pointier whereas The Ordinary’s dropper is more rounded. Personally I prefer the Niod dropper more as the tip is easier to apply and dispense product with.
  • Furthermore you can see the Niod serum has a darker shade than The Ordinary’s serum, however this doesn’t mean that it has oxidised or will oxidised; the product naturally has a brown tint to it (although it does contain Vitamin C, so this of course can be contributing to the tint to some extent as well).


  • As you can see, both products look lightweight, and they are! Both are watery serums that do not ball up and layer fine.
  • They are almost identical in terms of texture, however the Niod serum feels slightly smoother on the skin compared to The Ordinary. The Ordinary is more watery/thinnner and the Niod has just a slighter (like 1%) almost oilier feeling to it. But both are watery.

Hydrating or Moisturising?: Both of these products are Hydrating > Moisturising in terms of; they are more watery and less creamy/oily. So if you require an eye cream on top (for dry eyes) that would be suitable.

Which skin type?: Both are suited for all skin types; sensitive, dry and oily-combo even, as both are lightweight. However due to the texture; the ordinary’s is even more watery and lightweight so if you prefer your eye serum not having any even tiny slightly-oily feeling, at all, then go for The Ordinary.


Swatch Comparison:

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Ingredient comparison:

If you would like to see the full ingredient list BREAKDOWNS of both products, then please check out their reviews Niod – Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate: HERE and The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Eye Serum: HERE.

Note: These products have 24 ingredients in common.

In terms of well-ageing Ingredients that tackle fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and collagen production in the skin:

  • The Ordinary Serum contains: Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (collagen boosting), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 (improves puffy eyes), Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3 (mimics the effects of Retinol supposedly), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (i.e. Botox in a jar – works similarly to Argireline).
  • The Niod Peptide Eye Serum also contains these same ingredients, except for Myristoyl nonapeptide-3 (i.e. Retinopeptide 189 which is supposed to mimic the effects of Retinol).

The Niod Serum contains 9-more well-ageing ingredients (peptides). For example: Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), Decapeptide-22, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21 (Part of ”Renaissance”), Palmitolyl Hexapeptide-52 (works well with Argireline), Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14 (Also part of ”Renaissance” – Skin firmness), Pentapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-18 (Part of X50 MYOCEPT), Methylglucoside Phosphate (Part of  Neodermyl, it ”feeds ageing skin cells”), Copper Lysinate/Prolinate (also part of Neodermyl – Collagen boosting).

-The Ordinary’s Eye Serum overall contains less ‘’cell-communicating’’ ingredients i.e., Less ingredients that tackle fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, and collagen production in the skin. However it does not mean that this eye serum is useless.

In terms of exfoliating ingredients, both products contains AHAs (Alpha-hydroxy acids) which help exfoliate the skin and improve the texture and fine lines around the eye area. The Ordinary and the Niod serum both contain Glycolic acid (a potent AHA), however the Niod serum also contains Lactic Acid (another slightly more gentle and good for dry skins) AHA. So there is just slightly more exfoliation occurring with the Niod serum (however we don’t know the disclosed %s).

In terms of soothing, skin-protecting antioxidants (Which also help protect against collagen i.e. elasticity damage) around the delicate eye area; The Ordinary contains both Caffeine (this also helps de-puff the eye + helps with dark circles) and Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone (which the Niod serum does not have). However the Niod serum overall has 9 Antioxidants, compared to The Ordinary’s 5. The Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate in addition, contains Cica Extract Calendula Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Vitamin C (also brightening for dark circles), Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C derivative that also helps brighten the skin) and Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract.

  • So, whereas The Ordinary contains caffeine for dark circles and puffines, as well as Eyeseryl (which also helps with under-eye puffiness), So it is more useful to de-puff the eyes than the Niod serum. The Niod serum contains Vitamin C and a Vitamin C Derivative for darkness which is slightly more effective in the long-term.

In terms of Hydration: both The Ordinary and Niod’s serums contain Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 and Pentylene Glycol (all hydrating and moisturising ingredients). However the Niod Serum has 15 more hydrating/moisturising ingredients, for instance Sodium Hyaluronate, Polygrucuronic Acid, Panthenol, Hydrolysed Yeast extrat and Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract.

So in terms of effectiveness, there should be more of a hydrating and well-ageing effect with the Niod serum (which is what I’ve noticed using both). It doesn’t mean that The Ordinary’s serum is useless however, if those well-ageing ingredients were useless, they wouldn’t also be put in the Niod serum, so there is some well-ageing and skin-beneifical effects coming from The Ordinary’s serum, it’s just that the Niod serum delivers slightly more results. But there is a steep price difference which should be considered.

If you are more heavy handed with your application and you want to use an Eye serum both in the AM and PM, and you prefer a slightly even watery and thinner texture, then maybe The Ordinary’s eye serum is worth trying out!


So overall:

These products are very similar; especially in terms of texture and wearability (both are hydrating and both didn’t sting or worsen the skin). The Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate basically has almost all the same skin beneficial ingredients as The Ordinary’s Peptide Eye serum (please check the comparison above) but it has extra, added skin-beneficial ingredients which make it a bigger sell and also slightly more effective (from my experience – it helps with maintenance better).

However, the price difference is steep. As I said in my Niod review; if you can afford the Fractionated Eye Contour concentrate > The Ordinary’s serum, then go for that. But personally I would use both these serums as an addition to a Retinol product / eye cream as that is proven to help with skin ageing.

These serums are great additional boosts to that kind of routine, and if I had to pick effectiveness, I would go for the Niod serum > The Ordinary. However, the Multi-Peptide serum is not useless and there’s a reason why the Niod serum has all the same well-ageing ingredients.

So in terms of great effectiveness, adding the Niod FECC to a Retinol-type eye cream would be best way to go, but also using The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide eye serum alongside a Retinol-type eye cream is much better than using no product around the eye (in terms of well-ageing. But please use SPF as that is necessary when using both these products).

Note: If the Niod Serum did not exist, I would be using The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye Serum, but because I can use the Fractionated eye contour concentrate, I would prefer to use that for the higher effectiveness I’ve experienced.

That being said, I do not and would not depend on either of these serums to fix or correct any skin-ageing issues around the eyes alone. I will use well-ageing and brightening eye creams as well (or, you could even just use the below alone without the serums), such as:

  1. The La Roche Posay Redermic Retinol (Retinol Eye Cream) is very nice and if you simply just want a proven well-ageing ingredient: LINK. It a lightweight cream that’s fast-absorbing: (Review HERE).

Paula’s Choice Clinical – Ceramide-Enriched Firming eye Cream (Swatches + Review: HERE) – This is slightly thicker so I wouldn’t recommend it to oilier skin types.

3. The Inkey List’s Retinol Eye Cream – 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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