Philosophy has been one of those brands that has been on my list of brands to try for so long but the only product I've bought were their mini shower gels that they bring out for christmas. I've wanted to try more products from them since and I was lucky enough to be sent four of their beautifully designed skincare products.
*Purity 3 in 1 Cleanser For Face & Eyes (£29.50, 480ml)This is the product that I've heard the most about, even back in the early days of blogging (almost five years ago now!) I was always hearing so many amazing things about Philosophy skincare - everyone loved it! The cleanser is gigantic but it does come in a range of sizes so you don't have to buy a massive bottle.
It is formulated for all skin types, it works as an eye makeup remover, cleanser and toner all in one as well as claiming to deep clean pores and hydrate as it melts away makeup, those are some impressive claims! Now, onto my one negative about this product and that is the scent, to me it smells like a liquid medicine I had a couple of times as a child which I hated so that wasn't a good start when I first used this product; however it's all positive from here.
The cleanser is has the consistency of a thick, creamy lotion, it feels so gentle on the skin and I did use it over my eyes even though I do have sensitive skin around my eyes and it didn't irritate (although I think if I had a full on eczema flareup going on then it might have). It claims to be an eye makeup remover so I tested on my waterproof mascara, which is very difficult to remove and it usually takes about five cotton pads to remove it and even then there will be some mascara on my lashes that refuses to budge. So you'll imagine my surprise that when I gently massaged the cleanser over closed eyes, my mascara was complete removed from my lashes! I've never used a cleanser, eye makeup remover or micellar water that can remove my stubborn waterproof mascara as effectively and as quickly as this one does!
I find that it removes my makeup so well, even long wearing products and it leaves my skin so squeaky clean, smooth and ready for my serum. I'm genuinely so impressed by this cleanser, it's a phenomenal makeup remover; however if you do get it in your eyes, oh boy! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Dry Moisturizer (£35.50, 60ml)If there's one thing that my skin needs all of the time, that is moisture, my skin is so dry all of the time and it needs all of the help it can get so moisturising products are always on my list of skincare to try. This moisturiser is one that I have heard a lot about, it is beautifully packaged and presented which is one of the superficial things about the product but to be honest, I always look out for pretty packaging.
The moisturiser is perfect for the spring and upcoming summer months as it's moisturising but it absorbs quickly and feels so lightweight on the skin which is exactly what I need at this time of the year. The moisturiser leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth, soft and as moisturised as it needs to be. Also it contains SPF25 which is great as we are getting some sun in England, well when I say 'some sun' I mean about two days of sun, let's not get carried away. As with the cleanser, I think that if I had a bad eczema flareup, I think these products might not be fully suitable but in the meantime I'm loving them. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Eye Cream (£24, 15ml)I have tried so many inexpensive eye creams and samples of higher end creams but I never find them that impressive, worth the money or to be honest any different to using my regular face cream around my eyes but this one is actually really nice! It contains a blend of peptides, barley leaf extracts and active caffeine.
The eye cream is lightweight on the skin but moisturising enough for me and my annoyingly dry skin so it creates a fantastic canvas for my concealer and foundation which is something I always struggle with as concealers tend to look dry on my skin but this eye cream has been helping. The only thing I'd change would be to add a metal rollerball applicator to the tube as it would make the cream even more refreshing. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Ageing Moisturiser (£13, 15ml)One thing I really like about Philosophy skincare is that they have smaller sizes of so many products which is amazing for people like me who don't want to pay for the full price in case the product irritates the skin. This moisturiser is aimed for individuals who are older than I am, although I'm turning 25 this year so in my mind, I'm ready for my pensioner bus pass.
I haven't used this cream as much as the other products but the packaging is fantastic and the cream feels so refreshing and smoothing on the skin which is probably down to the almost gel like consistency of the moisturiser. I've only used it a couple of times but it does leave my skin very smooth and well moisturised. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.