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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG by The Ordinary


With a light texture, The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves.

Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG derived from green tea can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Ordinary.


Important notes about use of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: 

1. Hollowness in the eye contour as a result of 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. 

2. 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. 

3. This serum is supplied in UV-protective packaging, as EGCG is sensitive to light.

We suggest this product be used within 12 months after opening

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A little goes a long way that's for sure - 13-06-2018 by

Okay product but I feel like a firming, brightening eye-cream would be much better. Still amazing price as always and a little goes a long way!

This lasts forever - 08-06-2018 by

I have barely used 1/4 of the bottle and it's been about 5 months. Amazing value. It's important to note that the effects with this serum are likely to be quite subtle. Doesn't pill under Neutrogena Sheer Face Sunscreen.

Amazing! - 07-06-2018 by

This stuff is great for the under eye area, and also does a bit of instant firming if applied to cellulite, which is awesome if you aren't feeling great about getting your legs out.

Lovely - 04-06-2018 by

I love this. One drop is all I need, this bottle is going to last so long! I noticed a huge difference since using this product. So happy!

Reduced dark circles - 04-06-2018 by

I have been using this for about three months now and notice a visual reduction in dark circles around my eyes. I have been using morning and night - I only need a drop that I tap around my eyes.

I note I have also started using other The Ordinary Products so it might be difficult to attribute, but this is the only eye solution I am using so it seems to work - that is always a big statement with eye treatments!

Tightening serum, great price - 04-06-2018 by

I am trying to reduce dark circles and have tried everything on the market to no avail. While my circles are still dark this really firms up the skin and I think would be great for puffy eyes. You cant go wrong with The Ordinary. Their prices are brilliant and products are really good. I like the clinical feel to them. I am not sure if I would buy again but the bottle will last ages and that might be a decent length of time to determine if it makes a difference.

nothing outstanding but does the job! - 04-06-2018 by

I bought this because I found other eye creams/gels too rich for my under eye area and I've stuck with it for about a year. It's super affordable and definitely helps with puffiness and dark circles.

Not sure about this... - 01-06-2018 by

I haven't used this consistently so I can't say how it improves the skin over the longterm but every time I use it under my eyes I have a mild stinging sensation. It does seem to work to reduce puffiness right away, but I am hesitant to use something that is irritating my skin, especially around my eyes.

Nice product - 01-06-2018 by

Nice product but i havent really noticed a large change. Would recommend the ASAP eye cream instead.

Nice, but probably won’t re-purchase - 01-06-2018 by

This stuff was nice, considering how cheap it was. But i won’t be re-purchasing as it didn’t really do much for me

I love the texture - 31-05-2018 by

I really like this one. So happy when it got back in stock! The smell is actaully quite present. Feels nice on my eyes. I put a single drop on my hand and apply it with my finger.

Pass on this one for me - 25-05-2018 by

I find this serum the least effective of The Ordinary products I've tried to date. My skin (combined with my age) seems to need a thicker, more plumping and hydrating product.

Not Bad - 18-05-2018 by

I havent noticed a major difference in my dark circles, but my fine lines and puffiness have reduced some what. I use this as part of my nightly routine. I find its a little too thick in consistency to use in the morning under my makeup. i would probably buy it again once i finish this bottle

Hmmm - 17-05-2018 by

This is probably my least favourite of The Ordinary's products so far. Is it just me, or does this actually sting the eyes? It also has a very watery consistency which means that it is difficult to avoid getting it in your eyes! I will try mixing it with a heavier moisturiser or eye cream and see if that makes a difference.

Best Eye Serum - 16-05-2018 by

I have been using this serum for about a year now and I am only half way through my second bottle. It is amazing for puffiness under my eyes and has significantly decreased darkness. It also works really well as an eye primer for makeup.

Not how I imagined I'd be having my morning coffee. - 08-05-2018 by

I have a large collection of The Ordinary products and I sometimes over-look a few of them during my morning routine, but this baby is never forgotten! Every time I reach for this my eyes thank me, I often have quite broken sleep and find that I wake up with sore and puffy eyes, this product relieves a lot of that discomfort, especially when paired with a nice cold eye mask!
I have found the product to be a little on the sticky/tacky side, however once its settle in I go over with an eye cream or moisturiser and then its fine.

refreshing - 08-05-2018 by

Been using this for a few months now. Not entirely sure how effective it is but it feels refreshing and tightening. I use it morning and night

Worked well for puffiness - 08-05-2018 by

I recently purchased my second bottle of this product.

I'm prone to puffiness if I don't sleep enough or well. I noticed that my eyes have become less prone to puffiness after regular use of the product. I would say that it helps my dark under eye area from getting any darker, but I haven't noticed a huge reduction in darkness.

I really like applying this underneath an eye cream. It really helps the cream absorb, and I find my under eye feels moisturised the next day. Will definitely continue to use.

Good for puffiness and fine lines, not so much dark circles - 08-05-2018 by

Don't expect a reduction in dark circles, but if you're after reductions in puffiness and fine lines this stuff is good. It can be drying so I apply Hyaluronic Acid on damp skin and then use this before Buffet and eye cream. It's an integral part of my morning routine.

Great product - 07-05-2018 by

I have tried so many eye serums and creams, and until now I haven’t been sold on them! This one has worked well for me! Helping to lighten the dark circles under my eyes, and also reducing puffiness, which is a godsend being as sleep deprived as I am! I do think the effec only works for as long as you continue using the product, but for the price it is well worth keeping up with it!

Good for puffiness - 19-04-2018 by

I have been using this product for a few weeks now and I haven’t noticed a really dramatic difference in terms of under eye darkness. However, people have commented that they have seen a reduction in darkness, so perhaps it is working to an extent. This product is actually really good for reducing puffiness under the eyes. I used to get puffiness associated with allergies, but since I started using this product I don’t anymore.

Was nice but didn't make too much of a difference. - 18-04-2018 by

This is a nice serum. I bought it for puffiness under my eyes and after a few months of use, I didn't notice much difference.

Good for the price but not the miracle worker I was hoping for - 17-04-2018 by

Not bad - does feel tightening and reduces puffiness but so far in 1 month done nothing for dark circles. For the price it's pretty good

Cheap but unfortunately did not improve dark circles - 17-04-2018 by

Very well priced and lasts a long time but I have not noticed any improvement to the dark circles under my eyes in almost four months of twice daily use.

Good product for undereye puffiness - 12-04-2018 by

I am a brown girl with extremely dark under eye cirlces, akin to a panda!I have been using this religiously for the last 3 months. I have seen no difference in the darkness of my under eye circles however the I use it at night and no matter if I've under or over slept I have zero puffiness. If I forget to use it at night I use it in the morning, after I wake up. By the time I getting my eyes are ready. The product layers well with other under eye creams too. And the same for under makeup. I would recommend it if you are prone to puffiness.

Nice morning perk up - 11-04-2018 by

I wasn't on the look out for an eye cream/serum but I purchased this as its so cheap and I like other products from The Ordinary. I use it every morning as a perk up, and it feels really nice. I honestly cant tell the difference, but I feel like all the antioxidants and the way it hydrates means its doing something!?

FABULOUS - 11-04-2018 by

I use this every morning after my cleansing ritual and underneath my moisturiser. It’s just one of 4 that I own and will continue to use my skin feels Ah-mazing......

Something different for the eyes - 11-04-2018 by

I am usually someone who goes for an eye creme to keep my lines at a minimum, however this oil is better than anything I have tried.
I was surprised at first, but it feels so lovely under the eye, and it makes a difference immediately.
I love that I can use it night and day under my make up and everything.

Heaven in a jar - 11-04-2018 by

I don't have that bad of eye darkness and puffiness but I do tend to look drained and tired after a long week. I tried this after referring a family friend to the ordinary brand who purchased this and told me it's made from heaven so I thought I would try it.

&&& OMG it is a blessing!!! I look fresh and my eyes brighter every morning. I apply day and night, it's not intense and is so light and gentle. Love love love

Great product - 11-04-2018 by

Like all the ordinary products this is well priced. Similarly its a good product. Feels nice on the skin and targets the under eye area well. I'd get again

Ok, not amazing - 11-04-2018 by

It definitely tightens your skins and makes you look more awake but doesn't actually do anything for pigmentation.

Reduced eye bags - 03-04-2018 by

This product is amazing! I have suffered from eye bags for about ten years and after using this product morning and night for only a week I have noticed a significant reduction in the puffiness and my makeup looks great over the top! I would definately recommend this product I think it's great and at a great price point too!

Amazing - 02-04-2018 by

I have ben using The Ordinary Caffeine seum for a while now. It is absolutely amazing. I have mature skin. I have a few under eye lines and some puffiness. The caffeine serum has definitely helped reduce the appearance of the lines and puffiness with definitely noticeable results. I use it night and morning. My undereye is now also well hydrated. The lines are barely noticeable and the puffiness is also barely noticeable. At my age there are skin changes that just have to be accepted but with The Ordinary Caffeine serum these can be minimised and also used as a preventative to help minimise future signs of age. I would tecommend this as well as other The Ordinary products. Love love love.

First Impression/Help choosing products - 02-04-2018 by

I have been using “The Ordinary” for about 3 weeks now so it’s a bit too soon to give a review on the look of my skin although a think my skin looks brighter (don’t know if that is in my head or not lol). What I can say is that my skin feels incredible and not only just after I have applied the lotions it is all day long. I have taken close photos of skin and will do this about every 8 weeks to compare. When I purchase my next lot of “The Ordinary” I will do a more in-depth review on my thoughts of how it has improved my skin.

I would like to add some information that I hope will help others who are considering this skin care. I spent days trying to sort out which products to buy, looked at the Adore Beauty Guide, looked at “The Ordinary” website guide and Youtube videos and thought I had ordered the right products. When I received the products I got totally confused and frustrated again as I felt that I had ordered too many products that do the same thing. (Maybe I’m dumb I don’t know) so I ended up emailing “The Ordinary” and within 2 days received this response which helped so much, and I hope will help anyone else having the same problems. This is the response I got below.

Your routine should look something like this:

Matrixyl or Argireline
Caffeine Solution
MAP 10% or ATS 20% in Vit F
Solar Protection

Matrixyl or Argireline
Caffeine Solution
VC 30% or GR 5% (I am alternating these each night)

In the future, it's likely not necessary to incorporate VC 30%, MAP 10% and ATS 20% in your routine as each will target similar things.
Instead of Matrixyl and Argireline, you may wish to explore:
The Ordinary “Buffet”
A multi-technology peptide serum that targets various visible signs of ageing at once.
We'd also suggest using Argireline on the eye area/forehead and Matrixyl all over the face if you wish to use them together.

Great serum for under eye bags - 29-03-2018 by

I have always had large dark circles under my eyes. This serum made an immediate difference after only a few days of use. My under eyes are far less puffy and the bags are significantly reduced!

OK I guess - 27-03-2018 by

This is just OK - I can't say I notice a dramatic difference to puffiness or dark shadows, but it does irritate my contact dermatatitis so I don't really use it that often. I like the other ordinary products but probably wouldn't repurchase this one.

Good for a quick fix - 27-03-2018 by

I don't have dark circles but i get puffy eyes. after using this for about 4-5 months daily i haven't noticed a big difference. However, it is good for a quick fix and now i use it when I'm getting ready for an event or going out and want to tighten the skin under my eyes a bit.

The Holy Grail of solving those pesky dark circles! - 19-03-2018 by

Hallelujah. This product saved this perpetually walking-dead looking girl's eyes from layers of cake like concealer. No more cold eye masks!
The only day I don't use it is when I'm not leaving the house. I adore this so much that I bought it for a new mum friend recently.

The formula is slightly sticky if you over apply it, only needing a drop or two on a fingertip to apply to those dark pesky undereye bags. So one bottle will last you a long time. There is no smell, and if anything, the formula feels soothing.

It is a ridiculously noticeable improvement by the time I have made my morning coffee. This product does everything it promised to me!

It is what it is - 14-03-2018 by

I have sensitive eyes, especially prone to hayfever allergies that puff up my eyes; and I am prone to staying up late etc etc - basically, I look tired pretty often.

I've been using the Ordinary Caffiene Solution for around four months every morning and found that it does wonders making the eye area look less puffy - my eyes look instantly fresher.

The solution itself is cooling (which is great for puff) and a bit sticky, which I don't mind, but it isn't moisturing, so I use it in conjunction with another eye cream or serum to target lines and circles.

While I've noticed a bit of a difference, nothing has dramatically changed. I reckon this product is more of a quick fix miracle that'll temporarily freshen you up whenever you need it; which, in itself is super handy and something I'll always be keen for - especially for the price point!

Great results! - 13-03-2018 by

I was sceptical that any product could help reduce my dark circles, as they are mainly caused by hypothyroidism and genetic factors- but wow! My undereye areas are honestly looking brighter, and the early-morning puffiness is definitely reduced. I’m 62, with fairly normal skin, and at my age there’s some things I just have to expect as I age (worse luck!) but this product has made a difference. Try it- it works!

Best dark circle treatment I've ever tried - 06-03-2018 by

Super light and quick to absorb without residue. Helps make eyes feel more awake and over just a week I noticed a marked difference in the colour under my eyes. Something I use most days and especially feel it on days that I'm feeling tired. A little goes a long way, still on my first bottle but definitely will be buying again.

Fast Fix! - 01-03-2018 by

I've been using this for about two weeks now, and have definitely noticed that my dark circles are lighter, I'm also finding it a great quick fix on tired mornings - quickly reduces puffiness & makes my eye area brighter. Excited to keep using this long term and (hopefully) see more results!

Good, not amazing - 27-02-2018 by

This is a good product for dark circles and plumpness in general but it took months to notice and only if pictures are next to each other. Lasts ages though.

Dark eye saver - 25-02-2018 by

Great eye area freshener, especially after a late night. I find that putting this on at night makes my eye area look less dark and a little firmer.

amazing! - 13-02-2018 by

For the price of this product, it is just outstanding. I have been using for around 3 months now and my dark circles are less intense under my eyes and the skin around my eyes is much plumper and firmer. I will continue to use this product.

great to reduce puffiness - 08-02-2018 by

Using this consistently I definitely saw a reduction in my puffy under eyes, I’m in my mid thirties and wake up looking fresher which is a total win. Not much reduction in dark under eye circles - but I am happy to look much better fresh or bed .

Worked for me - 05-02-2018 by

This product is really great - it wont work magic overnight so time is required. I have been using it a couple of times a week and I can notice the pigmentation around my eyes fade and the my dark circles fade to an extent. For the price, to me ,that is impressive as it does make a difference and brightens around the eye area. Very happy with this product will repurchase

Works, but it's not for me - 28-01-2018 by

I used it twice and it definitely made a difference to the dark circles under my eyes, but it also immediately gave me a headache both times – I get migraines sometimes and I think I was reacting to the caffeine. Ended up giving it away. Very well priced, so still worth trying if you're not sensitive to these ingredients.


I have just received my order from A.B. including a number of products from the ordinary and other brands, this is the only product which I can report has had an immediate and dramatic affect. After just five minutes after application and my under eye circles are COMPLETELY gone (I'm a shift worker so often they can become quite dark and I look very tired). My under eye area looks hydrated and full and i no longer look tired (even my boyfriend can tell the difference). I cannot recommend this product enough, will definitely be repurchasing for myself and my mum!!!!

Truly the best eye cream EVER - 23-01-2018 by

I was skeptical that anything could really help my insanely puffy and dark-circled eyes, but after two uses, the difference was insane. I applied it one night and again the next morning, and despite going to bed a bit drunk and barely sleeping, I woke up looking more rested than I have in several years. Workmates noticed the difference and couldn't believe it! It's REALLY good and crazy that it's so cheap. Amazing.

Dark circles - 18-01-2018 by

It’s noticeably reduced my under eye dark circles in just 1 use ! Does make Under my eyes a bit dry feeling though , Once dry I use my skinstitut eye and neck cream

No dramatic improvement in dark circles - 17-01-2018 by

It feels hydrating but didn't help my dark circles. I don't get puffiness so can't comment on this.

Not your ordinary eye serum - 28-12-2017 by

All-round, this is one of the best eye serums I've tried. For a liquid eye product, it absorbs well and keeps skin feeling hydrated. I have noticed an overall improvement in texture since using this product. Plus The Ordinary's price point is really hard to beat for such a great formula.

Love this product. - 20-12-2017 by

Im 31. I have normal skin, a bit dry on winter, and oily on summer. My most problem is my under eye. I have big eye bags. This improves the puffiness in just 1 week of using this product. A lot smaller now. Will definitely buy this again. I have use this twice, morning and evening in a week. And i still have almost full. Half drop is a lot. Very little goes a long way. This will last me long. Will definitely buy it again. This is a winner.

UNBELIEVABLE - you MUST try this!!! - 27-11-2017 by

I nearly fell over when I walked past the mirror the morning after the first time I used this caffeine solution. I believe I got a better result than when I had fillers in my tear ducts which cost $1000 and lasted less than 6 months :( Without exaggeration, the bags under my eyes REDUCED by at least 65% after first use and the reduction holds the entire day!!! People at work who normally comment on how tired I always look actually stopped me saying how fresh I looked and asked what I had changed with my skincare routine. I have told EVERYONE I know to get this - so buy some quick before it sells out!!!

Not just a quick fix: Remarkable results - 22-11-2017 by

I instantly jumped on this product. I have used plenty of eye masks and creams in the past and have temporary fixes, but this by The Ordinary has made a remarkable difference to my eye puffiness, firmness and application of make up products that glides on top of it.

Worked for me! - 22-11-2017 by

I have had terrible dark under eye circles for as long as i can remember. With this product i seen them reduced to half the size in 4 days. For the price i was not expecting much but i am glad i got it!

I love this as a second eye cream - 14-11-2017 by

As this is more of an oil I like to use this before all my creams and then let it sit and use another eye cream over it. It’s such an affordable price and I use it with my stronger eye cream to get better results. It really does help tired eyes

Great eye serum - 20-10-2017 by

I'm enjoying this eye serum. Even if you don't have pigmentation or puffy eyes, this serum is so hydrating around my eye area and it doesn't sting either. It doesn't make my eyelids greasy, it doesn't ball up under other products and it absorbs really fast. And the price point is just amazing for the potency and the ingredients inside. Worth trying for yourself.

Great for depuffing - 12-10-2017 by

As I get older, I suffer from dark eye bags, and they are worse if I didn't get enough sleep. Putting this on will not get rid of them, but will reduce them enough for you to notice the difference. Hydrating under the eyes also makes it easier to apply concealer. I am happy with this product given the price point.

Good for bags and tightening - 10-10-2017 by

Most eye creams either do nothing for me or irritate my contact lens.
This is very light, and does seem to immediately offer some tightening to the eye area without feeling uncomfortable and also lessen some of the under eye bags. Doesn’t seem to offer much hydration but comfortable, doesn’t irritate and makes you look more rested. I have tried much much more expensive eye creams which have done very little. If you want more hydration, then Mario badescue hyaluronic eye cream is really good and also inexpensive, but I prefer this one for day time.

A little disappointing - 05-10-2017 by

Have not found a visible difference with undereye puffiness or darkness after 2 months of use
I felt very 'basic' in terms of how eye treatments go. My eye area felt dry after applying
Might be better mixed with an eye cream

Not for me - 13-09-2017 by

You cant go wrong with trying this - its so cheap. It best use is supposedly with undereye puffiness and dark circles. I tries it but I don't have these problems, my main concern is a dry undereye which concealer will crease under. I found the buffet more hydrating and continue to use that as an undereye serum.

I have passed this along to family to see if they have more luck with it!

Nothing to Lose - 02-09-2017 by

43 year old with oily & dehydrated skin.

Though I don't have any under-eye concerns I guess I'm using this as a preventative step (6 weeks in). One drop has enough slip. No discomfort.

Also, going by it's packaging I just may start using this as a cellulite preventative.

Love! - 29-08-2017 by

I fell in love with The Ordinary products almost immediately. I've been using the Caffeine solution for about 6 months. I was at wits end. My under eye area was so dry and the area was becoming really crepey so I decided I had nothing to lose. I really wish I'd taken a before photo because the improvement is amazing. The area under my eye is smooth and supple (ii do use other The Ordinary products in that area as well) but give all the credit to this little gem.

OK for the price - 28-08-2017 by

have now been using this product for approx 3 weeks, have noticed a slight difference in the darkness/puffiness under my eyes. Not exactly removed it all but much better than when I started. Will continue and hopefully it keeps improving.

I love it - 25-08-2017 by

I would definitely recommend this product to everyone as a first step before the eye cream ! I've been using it for three weeks now and all my puffiness disappeared and concealer looks much better now !!!

Replaced all eye creams i've ever used at such a cheap price!! - 22-08-2017 by

I have quite dark under eyes which have improved slightly since i've started using eye creams for the last couple of years which all cost me $50 plus. After using this product i wouldn't bother spending so much ever again. Works very well!

Serious Reduction in Under Eye Puff - 11-08-2017 by

When I first saw this product it wasn't in stock so I had to wait til my subsequent adorebeautyhaul. So worth the wait!

While this product doesn't dramatically reduce my under eye dark circles, it definately minimises them and I cannot believe how well it works on my under eye puffiness. It was about a week before I saw a noticeable difference. But it was a significant difference.

I absolutely dig this brand and every product I've tried so far has been fantastic. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of the reasonable pricing.

If you have under eye puffiness give this product a go!

The jury is out on this one - 07-07-2017 by

The reason I gave it 4 stars but am unlikely to recommend it is because there was no immediate change to my eye area and I had read that there would be immediate difference.

I have been using the product for a few weeks now and I still see no visible difference.

That being said I'm sure that the product is sound and that all of the ingredients are good for the eye area but I think I want to try some other products.

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