[Review] The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG


today i woke up a bit earlier and i suddenly thought about writing a review on one of many skincare products that i’ve been using religiously on a daily basis for these past few months. it’s Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG from The Ordinary, the much coveted brand (and also the cheapest skincare line) under The Abnormal Beauty Company a.k.a Deciem, that i’ve been using for 3 months and counting.


what is it?

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is an eye treatment that aims to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around eye area. the solution itself comes in a packaging that resembles common pharmaceuticals: a UV-protected brown glass bottle that comes with pipette/dropper to keep the solution inside safe and sterile until the very last drop, unless you decide to touch the dropper or stick your finger inside the bottle which is NAH. the company claims that topical use of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and dark circles in eye contour, with notes that hollowness and/or puffiness as a result of structure of sub-dermal tissues like fat and bone can not be improved with any kind of topical skincare including this formula. *nods* hmmkay.

what it actually is (i mean, ingredients):
here’s the ingredients list stated on their website:

texture and impression:


the texture is very serum-like, liquid-y (somewhere inbetween the consistency of water and oil), feels very light and thin when blended on skin, therefore it should be applied prior to any other eye treatments. i use 1 drop for each eye followed by a very light massage, then i wait for 5 minutes for it to completely sink into my skin. it’s free from oil, alcohol, and silicone so it has very minimum chance of clogging my pores. it’s also odorless, despite the fact that this solution is also fragrance-free. the only thing i notice whenever i apply it on my skin is the warm, slightly stinging sensation in the under-eye area, most probably caused by lactic acid and urea in this solution. (for those who wonders: lactic acid and urea are used as exfoliants, they shed outer skin layer and retain water to keep the skin hydrated. both lactic acid and urea in higher concentration can be caustic, giving a burning and stinging sensation, and also irritation on sensitive skin)
final thoughts:
3 months into this and i can say that i’m feeling… so-so. i’m quite pleased but not highly satisfied with the result. there was no immediate, magical overnight result, but it does reduce the appearance of puffiness on my sleep-deprived eyes with continuous usage, though it doesn’t give much help for puffiness caused by crying a lot (don’t judge me on this hahaha). i don’t expect this to reduce the appearance of my dark circles because they’ve been there since forever, my undereyes are naturally hollow, so i’m not disappointed to see that my dark circles are still there after 3 months. the only letdown for me is: it doesn’t moisturize my eye area. i have a very dry skin and i actually expected this to drench my dehydrated-and-lack-of-moisture-and-full-of-fine-lines eye area, but nope, it doesn’t.
no, i already did a research on some other eye serums and i’m still weighing which one i’m going to buy next. however, i will continue to use this product until the very last drop, despite it only costs US$10.7 (i bought this for IDR 160K) which is very cheap for a 30-mL sized eye serum.
that’s my thoughts and review on The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, i hope it helps! i’ll give my review on other The Ordinary products soon, so please stick around 🙂

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