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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


Full Ingredients list of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Serum. List is subject to change, please consult the packaging before proceeding to apply. Always patch-test skincare formulas before use.


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.


Massage a small amount onto the eye contour AM and PM.

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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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