I bought a Best of Sephora Philosophy gift set for myself and this product came in it. The smell was horrendous and I wasn't crazy about it. It made my face somewhat soft, but it I've had other cheaper and better smelling products do the same thing.
I really like Philosophy's Hope In A Jar. I've been using it for seven months. At first, I used more than I needed, and it didn't last very long. A little goes a long way with this product.
When I first apply it, I definitely notice its scent. I like it; it isn't real sweet or flowery; it's hard to describe. I think there's lavender in there somewhere. Once applied, the scent disappears.
I don't wear a lot of make up and on some days, none at all. With this moisturizer, I can "get away" without wearing a foundation. I don't have flawless skin by any means, but Hope In A Jar has evened out my skin tone and gives it a nice glow. I like the subtle "luminescent", light reflective quality it gives my skin, too.
i also don't like this product. my friend talked me into buying this crap and everytime i used it my eyes would burn. stinks too. even after just putting a small dot on each cheek and blending in, they would still burn. after a couple of tries, i went back to my old moisturizer and like magic my eyes were better. i took it back to the store and got rid of the friend too!!
I think this moisturizer is horrible and I have no idea why it is so hyped on Sephora and in magazines. The smell is horrible!! It smells like plastic and hospital to me. It leaves a waxy coating on my face and it doesn't moisturize well either. I think it is a total waste of money. If it were 1.00 I wouldn't want it. Granted the price is good compared to many high end creams but they are so much better.
I really can't express how horrible I think this product is. It's been around for a long time and I've tried it many times when I have gotten samples and tossed a full size jar the first and only time I purchased it.
I'm not getting the hype either. I actually used the sample from Sephora for about a week. I was also sick with a cold, so it could be that, but I'm more inclined to believe it was HIAJ that made me break out massively. Also, yes, it does smell. It smells like a plastic barbie doll that's been in baby girl's bathtub. The fact that this product is so expensive and so ridiculously hyped makes the quality seem even worse in comparison. It didn't dry me out or anything. It just smelled bad and made me break out.
I bought this product from QVC and haven't had the heart to throw it out yet despite poor results. When I put it on my face at night, I wake up and my skin is dry, irritated, and splotchy red. Not moisturized. Do not buy this!
I didn't like this at all. When I opened it I thought it smelled and had the consistency of just regular old cold cream that my nana used to use.
I gave it a good try - used it for about 2 weeks every day - but I ended up breaking out in little white heads around my nose, my lips and even on my cheek?? And - I started to get a dry spot on my forehead?? I have normal skin and don't usually break out from things - so I know my skin problems were from this cream.
Unfortunately, it didn't work for me at all. Won't be buying this again.
I don't understand all the hype about this product. It tops sephora's best selling moisturizers list and is in almost every magazine. Despite all the bad reviews here on mua, I decided to go ahead and purchase it. I tried to give it a shot, I really did because I wanted it to work for me (especially at the price i bought it for) but after one week of use I had four or five nodular pimples, which is very unusual for my normal-to-dry skin, even when I use no products at all. So i had no choice but to believe that it was hope in a jar that was causing all my skin troubles. Maybe this does work for some people, but not for me. I prefer Philosophy's Save me vitamin c treatment and Help me retinol treatment to this. Both are excellent night treatments that moisturize and smooth the skin. Don't waste your time on this.
so far its pretty good. i love how its a whipped texture and how it feels really light and does not create this weird shine on my face. the thing i hate hate hate about it is that it really really smells. like it makes me scared to put it near my eye it case the fumes burn or something
I really don't think the smell is that bad....the product does give my skin a nice glow. It's light and does not break me out. Don't like the fact that it's in a jar. I will repurchase because the lactic acid helps exfoliate my skin.