razor sharp extra close silicone shaving gel

by philosophy  
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$18 - 8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This blue-tinted, thin-textured, non-foaming shaving gel is intensely fragrant. That’s the first thing you’re likely to notice, and we can imagine most men won’t be pleased with the decidedly floral scent. Philosophy recommends this for men and women and although it does have some unique traits, the scent alone makes it more appropriate for women (even though fragrance isn’t skin care and a fragrance-free shaving product is always preferred).

What’s unique about this shaving gel is its thin, slick texture. Surprisingly, the bright blue tint doesn’t show up well on skin, and because this isn’t thick and doesn’t foam, you need to shave in an exact pattern to remember where the shaving gel is (it’s just not that visible on skin). The slick texture of this product leaves skin feeling very smooth and soft, but doesn’t rinse from the blade all that well, resulting in missed spots (and repeated passes) as you shave—even if you apply a thin layer.

Just as this doesn’t rinse all that easily from the razor blade, it doesn’t rinse easily from skin, either. This may be worth experimenting with if you truly don’t like classic shaving creams, gels or foams, but we suspect most will be disappointed by this shaving product’s peculiarities. The amount of fragrance it contains makes it a poor choice for sensitive, reddened skin.

razor sharp is a silicone shaving gel designed to give you a shave so close you can go longer than you ever thought possible between shaving.

Water,Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dioctyldodecyl Fluoroheptyl Citrate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isododecane, Parfum/Fragrance, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Trideceth-12, Cyclopentasiloxane, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, FD& C Blue No. 1

 

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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