Deep Fill Fix Instant Line Filler and Long-Term Wrinkle Smoother

by philosophy  
Price:
$34 - 0.12 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Specialty Products > Wrinkle Fillers
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This fragrance-free, silicone-based wrinkle filler is housed in a pen-style component outfitted with a brush applicator. Twisting the base of the component feeds product onto the brush, allowing you to paint the product on wrinkles to fill them in. Does it work? Like others cut from the same cloth, yes, though not to a degree where your wrinkles vanish. Still, there's much to like about this wrinkle filler, and as long as you don' t have unrealistic expectations, it's worth a look.

The silky, spackle-like texture helps fill in superficial lines and wrinkles instantly (as claimed) but the effect on deep or etched wrinkles is less apparent, and short-lived. All such wrinkle fillers are a temporary fix that offer tremendous smoothing. How long the fix lasts depends on the depth and extent of your wrinkles plus how expressive you are (as in, how much you move your facial muscles).

Beyond the temporary filling and smoothing effect, we're thrilled that the formula treats skin to some very good repairing ingredients, including a unique plant extract known to reduce inflammation, a key factor in fueling the aging process (Source: Journal of Dermatology, October 2006, pages 676–683). Deep Fill Fix Instant Line Filler and Long-Term Wrinkle Smoother is suitable for all skin types, and its formula is fine for use around the eyes.

Pros:
  • Works (albeit temporarily) to fill in lines and wrinkles.
  • Silky, spackle-like texture leaves skin very smooth.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains a great range of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Easy to apply!
Cons:
  • None (the size is small but a little goes a long way).

This targeted treatment provides instant and long-term smoothing benefits for lines and wrinkles.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, PPG-12/SDMI Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethoxydiglycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ceramide 2, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Bisabolol, Hexylresorcinol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tribehenin, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexyldecanol, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Faulty Dispenser
    • I purchased two of these. The results were very subtle. My biggest complaint is that one of the dispensers did not work at all---it did not dispense the product and Philosophy would not replace it. The other dispenser had a tendency to clog because some of the filler would dry up at the end of it after my previous application. For the price, I felt this was a very poor value and definitely would not purchase it again. There are similar products by other companies in better containers.

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