The Ordinary Haul, 1st Impressions and Breakdown: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Welcome back to another The Ordinary product breakdown and 1st impression!

If you have not read the blog post on the introduction to The Ordinary, please click here. So you can have a rough idea and better understanding of what I am saying in this post.

Here are the links to the other products that I bought, did my 1st impressions and breakdown:

*Buffet* -> Click Me!

Matrixyl* 10% + HA -> No! Click Me!

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA -> Me! Me!!

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% -> Up to you but you can click me!

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Sphere 2% -> Coming soon

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% -> Coming soon

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So that is said, let’s begin!

Note: If you want to go straight to the 1st Impression, just go to the bottom of this post. For those who read my previous The Ordinary posts, just skip the beginning part!


This is not a sponsored blog post or anything like that. DECIEM company or The Ordinary brand does not even know that I am doing this or know me for that matter. I am simply doing this so it can help you. Especially for those who are planning to buy their products as it can get very confusing.

I am not a skin specialist, esthetician, doctor, scientist or anything like that. I am just an Ordinary Woman (Got it? Hahaha!) who really love skin care and gain knowledge about it. What works for me might not work for you. I am just giving recommendations, trying to put it into layman terms for you to understand the science and usage on these products. Everybody’s skin is different. So work with your skin and listen to it. I am not you so I would not know your skin better than you do. If the recommendations do not work for you then do not follow it and try something else. Please do not scold or say me for recommending something that does not work for you.

Everybody read and see things differently. The way I interpret and summarize these terms and meaning makes it easier for me to understand. So if you do not understand, I have added the links to where I got most of my information from. You can go straight to the main source.

Also, the recommendations given are based on the ingredient list and my 1st impression on where to put it. It might change in the future after experimenting with it for a while. Will let you know about that in the final review!

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

PS: Please do take note that I am only focusing on how this product affects the eye area.

What is it:

Reduces Appearance of Eye Contour Pigmentation and of Puffiness

What is EGCG?

EGCG is Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside that comes from green tea leaves. This antioxidant is said to be a “molecular sponge” that protects the skin from daily aggressions pollution, UV-induced damages, and oxidation. So mainly putting it prevents signs of aging, capture free radicals and detoxify the skin.

Click the links below if you want to know more!

The company who created Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside!

The summary of what it does

Truth in Aging website did a simple breakdown and explained the functions

What does Caffeine do to our eye area?

It mainly reduces inflammation, constricts small blood vessels and dehydrates the skin cells. Thus, decreasing the appearances of dark circles, under-eye puffiness and making the skin look smoother.

However, caffeine can only decrease the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness when it is caused by the dilatation of blood vessels. If it caused by genes or excess production of melanin, most likely caffeine would not help.

SIDE NOTE: It is also known to reduce the look of cellulite by dehydrating the excess fluids that are from fat cells but it can’t take away or reduce the fat that causes cellulite. There are no proven clinical test or research that shows that it reduces or take away cellulite. From what I can find and know. If you found any research and clinical test, please let me know! I would love to read it and be super happy that caffeine can take away my cellulite!!! Yeah!!!

Want to know more? Click here! They did an amazing job of explaining clearly and easy to understand!


Water Solutions

pH Level:

4.50 – 5.00


Reduce the appearance of dark eye circles and puffy eyes


Pros/Benefits of Caffeine and EGCG:

  • Decreases the appearance of dark circles
  • Decreases the appearance of under-eye puffiness
  • Gives a smoother skin appearance
  • Protects the skin from daily aggressions pollution
  • Prevent signs of aging
  • Protects the skin from UV-induced damages
  • Capture free radicals
  • Prevent oxidation
  • Detoxify the skin
  • Gives antioxidant benefits


Cons/Detriment of Caffeine and EGCG:

  • Does not help with dark circles and under-eye puffiness if is not caused by dilatation of blood vessels.
  • Does not do anything about fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area
  • The effects and benefits gain are, most likely, only temporary
  • Hollowness in the eye contour as a result of the structure of sub-dermal tissues like fat and bone can result in visible shadows under the eyes. This shadow, which is not to be mistaken for dark circles, cannot be addressed with topical skincare including this formula. (Got it from the The Ordinary Official website)
  • Fat deposits under the eye contour can create permanent puffiness in this area. This type of deposit cannot be improved with topical skincare, including this formula. (Got it from the The Ordinary Official website)



Best Pair/Combinations:

None. Great for any routine

Similar Products:


AM or PM:


The Ordinary Recommendations Directions:

Massage a small amount onto the eye contour.


Lydia’s Recommendations on Where to put this:

For both routines, I recommend roughly putting it after a hydrating product but before serum, if you use it. I personally put other products at my eye area. To me as long you do not put those highly actives or rich creams in that area. It is fine and it did not cause me any problems. In fact, it makes my eye area looks much healthier!

Especially, when those other products help me with other aspects and not just for hydrations. For example, Buffet and Matrixyl help to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

So for those products that you want to use in the eye area too, use it before this product.

However, if you still feel uncomfortable putting face products in the eye area, it’s okay.  Just make sure your eye product as hydrating properties. That’s is very important. Your eye area need some hydrating love too! If you get this product, you can just use this as it has hydrating properties.


Western only Skincare Routine

  1. Toner- > Buffet/Matrixyl -> Caffeine Solution -> Serum/Vitamin As
  2. Toner -> BHA -> AHA -> Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl -> Caffeine Solution -> Serum
  3. Vitamin Cs -> Alpha Arbutin -> Caffeine Solution ->  Serum -> Oils/Moisturiser


Western and Korean Skincare Routine

1) pH adjusting Toner -> Vitamin Cs (L-Ascorbic Acid) -> Alpha Arbutin -> Hydrating Essence/Toner or 3/7 skin method -> Caffeine Solution -> Serum

2) pH adjusting Toner -> BHA -> AHA -> Alpha Arbutin -> Hydrating Essence/Toner or 3/7 skin method -> Caffeine Solution -> Serum

3) 1st Essence/toner or 3/7 skin method ->Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl -> Caffeine Solution -> 2nd Essence/Toner -> Serum


I put after Alpha Arbutin, Buffet and Matrixyl as those help with other aspects. Like Alpha Arbutin helps with the melanin production that can cause dark circles.

If you do not put any eye product in the morning, this would be great to use. As it protects the skin from UV damage and usually we do not put sunblock/sunscreen under our eye area.

Main ingredients and technology:

  • Caffeine 5% Concentrate
  • EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside)

Ingredients List:

Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.


1st Impressions:

This looks like it has a thick liquid consistency but it does not. When you spread it out, it has more of a thinner consistency that spreads easily on the skin. A little goes a long way so do not take so much. I feel a small bean size is good enough for both eye area. I make the mistake of putting too much on my eye area.

It does take a while to get absorbed on the skin but it might be due to me putting too much. Hahaha!!! It did not sting or irritate my eyes even when I make that mistake. When it dries down, it does leave a slightly sticky feeling that you won’t notice until you touch it.

After a while, you can feel a warm sensation on the areas where you apply the product. The warm sensation slowly builds up but doesn’t go to the level where it is uncomfortable. It slowly goes away like how it slowly builds up.

This hydrates the eye area and because of that, it makes my skin looks smoother. However, it did not hydrate enough to plump up the fine line. My fine lines can still be seen.

In the next morning, I realize that it reduces the puffiness! I did not see any changes in the dark circles but for that, I need some time to know whether it helps to reduce.

  • Yellowish-brown translucent color
  • Thinner liquid consistency than what you think at first
  • A little goes a long way = High spreadability
  • Takes a while for it to sink. (Might be due to the fact I put too much)
  • Does not sting or irritate my eyes
  • Does leave a slightly sticky feeling that you do not notice unless you touch it
  • Gives a comfortable warm sensation after a few seconds of application
  • Hydrates my skin beautifully
  • Makes my eye area look smoother
  • Reduce puffiness in the eye area the next day
  • For now, did not see any changes in my dark circles


Thank you for reading the 3rd installment of this mini series of The Ordinary. Hope you like it and provide you information on whether you should buy them or not!

See you in the next post!

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