Mizon Original Skin Energy 500 Peptide serum review

I was about to do a comparison review with this serum and the Ordinary Buffet, but somehow that didn’t happen (I ended up talking about Buffet in my Ordinary overview post). But I feel like I cannot review this product without comparing it to Buffet. Simply because they are both great but with a few downsides here and there.

First off I’d like to talk about the positives of this serum. Peptide serums are meant to be used  in anti aging skin routines and they are possibly the gentlest anti aging element you can introduce to your routine without irritation. This product is Korean and is formulated really lightly with 45% peptide content.  It comes in a green glass dropper bottle (as you can see from the picture) that is easy to control.


The consistency is water like while the Buffet is more thick gel texture. I love that about this serum as you can layer it perfectly under other skincare steps or makeup. It is not sticky like most peptide serums. When you put it on it is slightly tacky but wait about 10 seconds and it sinks in very quickly, leaving behind a silky smooth finish. It has no scent at all for those that are sensitive to perfume.

With regards to the effects it had on my skin, I have to say that it is not bad at all. I am still quite young though so take what I say with a pinch of salt if you are –  let’s say –  in your 40’s. For me this was the first peptide serum I have ever used and it impressed me enough to try other peptide serums too. While using this my skin was very smooth and soft, it felt lightly hydrated even. My nasolabial folds have plumped out slightly but then they are not that deep yet, so as I said please bear in mind I am 33 so not much to plump out really. But I have noticed it as I didn’t have it before (the folds). Very fine wrinkles also smoothed out. I would say if you are very young (in your early 30’s) then this could be a nice easy one to start off with in the anti aging department. I always say prevention is easier than cure. A little bit goes a long way so this lasted me about 3-4 months if I can remember correctly.

The downside is that it is only available in Korea and as far as I can tell they have discontinued it. It’s a shame as I loved it. When I couldn’t get my hands on a second bottle, I have decided to try the Ordinary Buffet serum. The only downside of Buffet though that it is tacky and it does not really go away, so that renders it useless under makeup, for me at least. I will still buy it in the future when I finish trying other anti aging products (review coming up on those).

Price is not included in this review as it is no longer available to where I buy most of my Korean products, but I believe a few remaining ones are floating around ebay and similar sites. If you can get your hands on one is worth trying.

As far as I can tell they have discontinued this serum and have made it into a cream. Mizon is now selling a Peptide Ampoule cream that they have not had before so I presume it’s relatively new. I will be reviewing it as soon as I finished the pot. I have recently purchased a few new (new to me) Korean products to try, so look out for those reviews if you are a fan of Korean beauty.

Update 2020: It looks like they haven’t discontinued this product after all which makes me very happy. I have now bought a 2nd bottle from Yesstyle. Prices fluctuate on there, it cost me around £13. It sells out very quickly and is generally out of stock.

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