This 2-product set includes a bottle of toner-like, silicone-based solution and a jar of dry pads. You're instructed to pour the entire contents of the bottle onto the pads, where the solution steeps into them, ready to apply. The problem? Adding the antioxidant-rich solution to the jar-packaged pads exposes them to degrading light and air with each use. That means before you're even halfway through these pads the antioxidants have lost at least some potency, and for what this costs these beneficial ingredients should remain potent throughout use!
In better packaging, your skin could reap the benefits of the peptides and numerous antioxidants this contains, but even then the formula isn't a miracle. Moreover, philosophy added several fragrant plant extracts known to cause irritation. Daily use of irritating products is pro-, not anti-aging and something we don't advise—at least not if your goal is younger-looking, firmer skin. Between the fragrant ingredients and the problems jar packaging presents, this isn't a duo we can recommend.
miracle worker miraculous anti-aging antioxidant pads feature hpa, a next-generation, proprietary blend of high-performance antioxidants that provides triple-action antioxidant protection to help guard against environmental attack and improve overall skin condition.
Ethyl Trisiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Hexyldecanol, Acetyl Cocoyl Glycine, Ascorbyl Linoleate, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Bisabolol, Glutathione, Saffloweroyl Cysteine, Safflower Glyceride, Superoxide Dismutase, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-5, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Resveratrol, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Squalene, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Rose Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linalool, Limonene, Stearic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol
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.
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.