hope for everywhere caring, covering, continuous concealer
If you don't need major coverage, this is a stellar liquid concealer with a hint of luminosity to enliven skin! The natural-looking finish and fragrance-free formula isn't overly moisturizing for oily skin, nor is it too matte for dry skin—really, any skin type can use it.
This concealer blends smoothly under the eye area without overtly emphasizing wrinkles or settling into fine lines. Coverage is on the light end of the spectrum so you'll need to layer this for more pronounced discolorations, but otherwise it does a good job of camouflaging minor imperfections. The luminosity is understated enough that it's workable for concealing blemishes, too.
Don't get your hopes up about this concealer acting as skincare. While it does contain some skin-beneficial ingredients, they are included in such low concentration that it's nothing to get excited about.
We'd be remiss not to mention that the squeeze tube packaging with built-in brush applicator makes it all too easy to dispense more concealer than you need. If you're willing to master how much to dispense per use, this lightweight concealer is highly recommended and comes in an excellent assortment of neutral shades that include options for fair to medium-deep skin tones.
- Natural-looking coverage doesn't emphasize wrinkles.
- Ever-so-slightly luminous finish enlivens skin.
- Not overly moisturizing, nor is it drying, so any skin type can use it.
- Neutral assortment of shades.
- Packaging takes some getting used to as it's prone to dispensing more than you need.
don't just cover your imperfections; help correct them. this caring, covering, continuous concealer actually helps reduce the visible signs of aging as it conceals imperfections with natural-looking coverage. the built-in brush blends the satiny vitamin-enriched formula beautifully onto the skin, leaving a smooth, fresh, and even finish that lasts. available in a range of shades formulated to blend beautifully with most skin tones. treat your skin to more than just makeup and face the future with hope!
Strengths: Relatively inexpensive;some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-brightening product.
Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils;the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.
Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store lan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors,we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.
Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...
So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products, but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned by Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.
For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.
Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.
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