A few years ago, I tried a Philosophy moisturizer but it broke me out immediately. Since then, I haven’t touched any products from them until I recently received the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar and the matching Glow Drops to try out.
My skin was feeling pretty good in the summer time so I decided to give Philosophy another go. The packaging really intrigued me even though it was so simple. The Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer comes in a frosted clear acrylic jar and printed with simple black font. There is 60mL in the jar and retails for $54.
The formula is quite lightweight and blends out extremely easily. It dries down pretty fast so you can definitely use this in the mornings as well before your makeup routine. On the jar it says it’s a refreshing & refining moisturizer which I don’t really know what that means. But, boy is this moisturizer effective! I applied this one night and immediately the morning after, I woke up with very smooth skin! There are a lot of products that don’t seem to do much, but I was very happy with the texture of my skin the next morning.The areas around my nose and under my lips that usually have bumpiness was all smooth!
I have continuously used this for about a month now with great results! However, the weather is changing and my skin is feeling extra dry. Unfortunately I don’t think this cream is hydrating enough, so I’ll probably have to put it away until I go on a tropical vacation or next summer. But if you have normal or even oily skin, I think this would be a fantastic option in the winter time!
Within the same Renewed Hope in a Jar line, Philosophy came out with Glow Drops which is an instant radiance ampoule. It is a hybrid product that is both skincare and makeup. You can either wear it alone, mixed with your moisturizer, or with a foundation. I’ve only tried this a few times as I’ve seen these products before and you risk looking like a glitter ball. I’m happy to report that you get a glow but there is no glitter.
However, it’s still not really a product I’d gravitate towards. After applying to your face, your hands do get pretty shiny so you’ll have to scrub them to avoid getting glow on your brushes or other parts of your makeup. There are also skin care benefits though as it has fruit extracts and other ingredients to improve the look of skin.
If you are curious to try it, it retails for $42 and is available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers across Canada. There’s also a holiday kit right now that contains both these products for $47 which is a great deal if you are looking to try them out!