The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Hello! Hope you are all having a good time. Are dark circles your biggest enemy? Tired of correcting + concealing ALL THE TIME? So hang in there, you might find a solution to your problem in this post. Or you might not? Read on to know how it worked…

Price: $6.70 (₹500) for 30ml 

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG

Product Information

  • pH 4.50-5.00
  • Alcohol-free
  • Oil-free
  • Silicone-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Cruelty-free
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Product Details
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG | Product Details

Caffeine works on puffiness, fights free radicals and reduces dark under eye circles and wrinkles around the eyes.

EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is an antioxidant found in green tea and has anti-wrinkle effects and also reduces redness in the skin. It prevents inflammation due to UV rays.


Before expecting this or any other eye product to work, check whether you’re following the points I’ve mentioned below:

  • Uninterrupted sleep of 7-8 hours (And no, sleeping in the morning and waking up at noon doesn’t count)
  • Eating healthy and drinking enough water (Cutting down on junks, alcohol, smoking)
  • Using SPF around your eyes
  • Not spending the entire day in front of laptop or phone screens. If you have to, get a blue light filter or a good lens.
  • Hydrating the eye area.
  • Are you stressed?


It comes in a small glass bottle that’s UV protected because EGCG is sensitive to light. There is a dropper with white top provided with it. Comes enclosed in a white cardboard and the packaging is basic yet elegant.

Since it’s a glass bottle you have to be very careful while travelling. I wrapped it with a bubble wrap because you don’t want to take that kind of a risk.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Packaging
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG | Packaging

Texture & Smell

It has a serum-like texture, slightly thick and is very pale golden in colour. Gets absorbed quickly but leaves slightly sticky/ tacky feel for a few minutes. I need just one drop to cover both my eye contours.  The formula itself has no scent.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Texture
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG | Texture

How does it work?

Before moving on to my experience with the product, I’d like to say that I’m a big Ordinary fan but I’ve tried to be unbiased and (I think) I’ve been successful at it. I have used this for 2 months continuously and seen major improvements in my eye area.

I won’t give all the credits to the product because I had worked on my lifestyle as well. Since the last month (moving cities, etc) I couldn’t give this much attention because my life hasn’t been very nice to me as usual.

While following a good routine, it helped in lightening my dark circles but never made them disappear. My main problem is being in front of the screen and sleeping a bit late which I tried to work on but was just a bit successful.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Review
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG | Review

However, in my case, it worked really well on puffiness. My eyes looked fresher and healthier if you know what I mean? So it worked well in brightening my eyes. Since I have oily lids but my eye area seems to look slightly dry and dehydrated when I don’t moisturize it, this worked as a good serum.  It also made my eye area firm.

If you have dry skin or dry under eye area then this alone isn’t enough! You’ll have to add a layer of moisturizing eye cream over it. But since it doesn’t claim to hydrate, we can’t judge it on that.


I take a drop (as shown in the picture below) on my ring finger, transfer some of it to another ring finger and then massage my eye contours gently. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive so always use your ring fingers as it applies the least amount of pressure.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG Application
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG | Application

I am not completely blown away by this product like I do from other stuff from The Ordinary because those are miraculous. This one is “ordinary”.

It’s not life-changing but if you do make certain lifestyle changes, this will help. I haven’t found any product in this price range that has worked better than this but if you can shell out extra bucks then go for the higher end ones.

This very little bottle is going to last me at least a year and no eye serum/cream can beat the price point + quantity of this!


Sorry for confusing you!

Overall, it’s a good eye serum for people with not-so-dry eye area, who have decent lifestyle habits and don’t have under eye circles due to genetics or if they’re confusing their deep set eyes with dark circles. It works really well on puffiness and decently on dark circles. Also, the price point is great!

If your dark circles are intense, this is not the product for you!


14 Replies to “The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG”

  1. i love this brand, i am using their primer ! Have to try their skin care .

    1. And I’m yet to delve into their makeup range. Their skincare are amazing!

  2. Ooh I’ve never heard of if. Thanks for your honest review! xo

    1. You’re welcome! Do try it out some day xx

  3. These are very useful points that you have mentioned. And you have explained it beautifully from starting what your thoughts are to the conclusion. It will really help others.

  4. I definitely need something like this in my life, my dark circles are awful!! xx

  5. I don’t have this brand in my country ? but I love the style in which you’ve written the review and I LOVE THR PHOTOS!!I hope my photos can look as classy as yours one day ?

    1. Hey Amanda! Thank you so much for your generous words. I struggle with photography as well and I’m still learning and getting inspired by my fellow bloggers. Will soon buy a good camera. You’ll get there soon!

      This brand isn’t available in my country either. We just wait for some international sites to have free shipping offer or have relatives flying back home get them. 🙂

  6. This product sounds amazing! Skincare from The Ordinary is always amazing!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you for stopping by fellow Ordinary fan girl! I love their skincare as well.

  7. Thanks for the review I am currently waiting on an order to be delivered with a number of products from The Ordinary. I can’t wait to try them as I’ve heard so many good things.
    Have a lovely week.
    Kate x

    1. The Ordinary is a drugstore treasure, honestly! I don’t even want to invest in similar products from other brands. ? Thanks for stopping by Kate!

  8. Sounds interesting! I have only ever thought of caffeine as being in tea or coffee. Amazing that it can be a beauty treatment too.

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