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philosophy

purity made simple micellar water

6.70 fl. oz. for $ 22.00
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Philosophy joins the micellar water trend with this Purity Made Simple cleanser, but the cost is higher and the performance lower than many of its competitors, leaving us to wonder why bother?

Packaged in standard round bottle, Purity Made Simple Micellar Water has a gentle, fragrance-free formula that's easy to apply. Oddly, it takes a lot of this liquid to get the job done, and what gets done (as in removed) isn't likely to satisfy most makeup wearers.

Micellar waters in general aren't the best for removing long-wearing makeup, but this one doesn't do a thorough job with simple makeup formulas, whether face makeup like foundations or eye makeup.

The other concern is the brand's directive not to rinse this from skin. You should rinse this because it contains some detergent cleansing agents that aren't ideal to leave on skin overnight.

Bottom line: There are better, less expensive micellar waters that are also gentle and fragrance free. Now that approach is a philosophy we can support!

Pros:
  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
Cons:
  • Takes a lot of product to do the job.
  • Not effective for removing foundationeven those that aren't formulated to be long-wearing.
  • Doesn't do a thorough job removing eye makeup.
  • Contains detergent cleansing agents that should be rinsed from skin.
  • Overpriced given you can find better micellar waters at the drugstore.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Discover the power of purity! Powered by micellar technology, this no-rinse cleanser removes dirt, impurities and makeup for skin that feels clean, hydrated, toned and refreshed.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Sodium PCA, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT, Pantolactone.

philosophy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive;some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening 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 productsbut 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 ownedCoty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances.Their acquisition ofphilosophy 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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