Although a bit on the pricey side, this tinted moisturizer with broad spectrum, mineral-based sun protection is a great, fragrance-free formula for normal to oily, combination, or sensitive skin. The light, thin-textured cream formula is dispensed via an opaque tube topped with a pump—a wise packaging decision given the formula contains several light- and air-sensitive antioxidants to benefit skin.
This tinted moisturizer blends easily, setting to a smooth, soft matte finish that leaves a bit of a moist sheen on skin (not enough to be terrible for oily skin, but if your skin is very oily, think twice before buying this). Coverage is what you'd expect from a tinted moisturizer, meaning it's sheer, but this covers well enough to make good on its claim of evening out skin tone and texture in one step. Of course, this isn't one-stop shopping for skin care; you'll still want to apply other anti-aging products because skin care requires more than one great product.
Although the formula contains the exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid, the amount is too low and the product's pH too high for it to function in this manner.
Turning to the shades, philosophy offers just two, which is limiting but at least they're versatile enough to work for a few different skin tones in the light to medium range. There are no shades for fair, medium-tan, or dark skin tones.
Note: The daisy extract this product contains can cause an allergic reaction in persons allergic to ragweed. We're not stating this will happen; it's just something to keep in mind.
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Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (5%), Zinc Oxide (5%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Niacinamide, Bisabolol, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Phytantriol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Methicone, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
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 élan 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 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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