After trying some Philosophy's products, I thought their entire range will be amazing therefore I purchased their moisturizer. In Singapore, Philosophy is quite expensive and this moisturizer costs $59. Thankfully, they had some credit card promotion and I bought it at half price, because I definitely wasted the entire tub.
Although it smells funny, I am still able to take the smell as long as the product works. This moisturizer doesn't seem to moisturize at all, and in fact my skin became really dry after that. I keep feeling tight on my cheeks like as if someone was pulling my face horizontally, it was a terrible feeling.
Didn't want to waste the product so I used it for at least a month but there wasn't any noticeable changes. Thankfully it did not break me out. I'm using Belif's moisturizer and it feels so much better!
I am not trying to be mean with this product, but I am just being honest here.
I received the sample of this product on my July Bellabox. I know that Philosophy has created some of great products, and I thought this product too, but I was wrong. This product, did not work well on my skin.
This is a lightweight cream, does not feel heavy once applied. It absorbs quickly. It does give you a matte finish, which is good if you are having an oily skin. But for combination skin, you will find this cream does not moisturise enough your dry area.
What I feel after I finished the sample is, this cream does give you a matte finish on your oily area, but not moisturise enough or soothing enough your skin like the product claimed to. Even worse, I feel like my skin is so dry, very dry indeed after I applied this product. The smell of this product is horrible. I just could not stand it.
So if you are looking for a good oil free cream, I will not recommend this to you. But if you are insist, you may try the sample first to see how it goes.
I have a combination skin with oily t-zone, and over the years of trying to use products that will matte my skin, I have found out that the best thing is actually to give it enough moisture, especially during the night. By giving enough moisture, my skin does not overproduce oil in order to compensate for the dryness that mattifying products sometimes create. I usually use Dermologica's Active Moist during the night, but I decided to try something new when I saw this product on sale.
I really do not like this product, and thank heaven I was only using this by night. Because when I wake up, my face is all oily, which for me indicates that the product does not really penetrate the skin surface in order to give moisture. If I rub my skin after applying this product, I can feel a layer of this getting rubbed off. I have some dry areas around my mouth, and after using this moisturizer over a month, my skin started to break out in this area. I am suspecting it is because it does not get enough moisture, and because the product is heavily perfumed and has alcohol. It also contains salicylic acid, which is good for exfoliating dead skin. But I do not think it is good to apply something with salicylic acid every day. As far as I know (maybe I am wrong here), it is best to use products with salicylic acid only twice a week in order to exfoliate.
I am very disappointed with this product and will not repurchase. I am currently using the remainder of the product as moisturiser for my feet.