This gets 4 lippies as the only tinted moisturizer/bb that's ever worked for me. I love the gel-cream texture, and the Tan shade looks completely natural, and has no gray tones. This makes my skin "glow" in a good way, and it's not shiny or greasy at all. It lasts throughout the day, but can be reapplied/layered, if desired. If it had SPF 30+, I'd probably still give it 4 lippies. Even if I felt okay about wearing it without other sunscreen, it doesn't have any useful antioxidants (a little Vitamin E. Big Deal), so I'd still have to wear it over a serum or lotion. It would be fabulous to slather on one product and be done with it, but so far that product does not exist for me, and this is misleading in claiming that it does. If this didn't claim to be a hybrid "all-in-one" product, I'd give it 5 lippies based on its performance as a foundation/skin tint (which is what it really is). But it does not provide the SPF I need, or any particular skin care benefits, other than a little hydration. Still, I am very pleased with how this looks on my skin, and I enjoy the soothing, cooling sensation upon application. I will definitely repurchase this again, as s lightweight gel foundation with perfect coverage.
Many reviewers have commented negatively on the jar packaging, and I absolutely agree with them. It sucks. Coty should package this in an air-tight pump jar, if it insists this must be in a jar. (Eve Pearl has a foundation in a pump jar and the pump, with a hole on top, dispenses the foundation nicely. Hint hint). My guess is this was put in the jar to evoke positive connections to classic Hope in a Jar moisturizer, which everybody and their grandmother used at one point in time.
While I, like many others, adore the luxurious textures of creams in jars (lotions never feel luxurious to me), I always lose my spatulas, forcing me, in a pinch, to dunk in a finger. Or I dip a makeup brush into the cream, then remember I used the brush the previous day and didn’t wash it...and then I become paranoid that I’ve created a blob of festering bacterias. If I use the makeup every day and the jar empties quickly, it’s not too bothersome, but if I used the particular cream only on occasion I would be afraid of contamination. Preservatives generally last for the time it takes to use up the makeup with normal application, on a regular basis. I wouldn’t use half a jar and then save the rest till next summer. Eew.
Philosophy has two other foundations. I’ve never tried either one, but I noticed they are both packaged in pump bottles. It highlights the wonderful texture and formula of Renewed Hope in a Jar that I puchased it without even sampling the others...in spite of the jar.
I really LOVE the gel texture and the way this “becomes one” with my skin. It’s a beautiful makeup that needs a pump in the jar.