Often, products are slapped with snappy names that grab your attention at first glance. That is, after all, a brilliant marketing ploy to draw consumers in and empty their wallet. How often does a beauty product actually live up to its claim? Introducing philosophy’s “no reason to hide” dynamic duo.
Before I school you on the two, you should know a few facts about the company itself. philosophy (that’s not a typo, the brand types in all lowercase lettering) prides itself on natural skincare and makeup. They approach personal care from a skincare point of view. Their formulas are created with doctors and scientists using ingredients that yield results and fulfill their promise. On each product is an inspirational message of some sort that will uplift your spirits and feed you with inspiration. It’s no wonder why their product names contain phrases such as “grace” and “hope” and “purity.” no reason to hide encompasses a serum and skin-tone perfecting moisturizer with SPF 20.
So let’s speak of that serum. The serum claims to combat everything from blotchiness to redness to acne marks and enlarged pores. Water is the main and most concentrated ingredient in this product, so on contact it is extremely moisturizing (but not greasy at all). A little goes a long way. The first time I used it, admittedly I put a little too much on so I simply brought it down to my neck for a more even distribution. I let it sink in and dry completely before putting on my color cosmetics. I was so impressed at how plump and soft my face felt. As an extremely oily skinned person, it’s next to impossible to find a facial serum that doesn’t sit on your skin like a layer of Crisco. no reason to hide was heavenly. I truly did feel like it evened my skin from the inside. I look forward to continued use so I’m able to see if it has the power to fade my subtle acne scarring and discoloration for good.
The no reason to hide skin-tone perfecting moisturizer (let’s just call it . . . tinted moisturizer for short) was what really blew me away. I applied this with my fingers for a natural finish and I was so, SO impressed with the coverage. Typically, tinted moisturizers are glorified nothing, if I can be honest. They promise moisture and coverage and most of the time I’m left looking exactly as I did before slathering it on. no reason to hide is gorgeous, and I very rarely speak that way of a face product. I’m a very tough critic when it comes to face makeup as I have, ironically, a lot to hide. no reason to hide gave me just that – no reason to hide. It had a medium to full buildable coverage and a satin finish. It was moisturizing, as promised, but I didn’t look shiny. My skin just felt . . . comfortable. It comes in two colors, light and medium, which I’m sure will turn a lot of people off. However, both colors are very forgiving. In fact, I tend to run fair in skin tone but use the medium color. It matches me perfectly.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been so impressed with a product; this was a great surprise for me. I thoroughly recommend using these two philosophy faves. Remember to use the serum before the tinted moisturizer for optimal results. Links to the products reviewed with prices, my personal website, and other Examiner articles are listed below. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions!
philosophy no reason to hide serum, $68, click here
philosophy no reason to hide skin-tone perfecting moisturizer, $45, click here
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*I am not sponsored by philosophy in any way. All opinions are my own.