I have been presented a range of products from Philosophy Singapore, all tailored to my skin type and various concerns. This is merely an overview, as I would want to elaborate further on some products in future entries to come.
I have been intrigued with the brand for the longest time, but the exorbitant shipping costs from the US (via Sephora) deterred me from getting any. Fast-forward last April, the products are readily available locally but ironically, I barely have time to check them out physically. I did step into the ION Orchard outlet on few occasions but the testers are too…let’s just say, unfavorable to dip your fingers into.
Before we proceed, here’s a 411 on my skin condition:
※ Oily T-Zone & dehydration around my nose and mouth
※ Breakout tendencies mainly on my cheeks & chin
※ Dullness & mild, uneven skin tone
The Microdelivery Peel – S$109
This has got to be the best microdermabrasion treatment I’ve ever tried – L’Oréal used to offer a home kit more than a decade ago but was discontinued 3 years later. Philosophy’s 2-step at-home peel leaves your skin uber smooth like a boiled egg and revives skin’s luminosity, although the latter merely lasted a couple of days. [ REVIEW ]
Hope In A Jar – S$59
“It’s hands down the best moisturizer I’ve ever used,” a ringing endorsement and regular fixture in Oprah Winfrey’s list of “Ultimate Favorite Things” – I used to watch her talk show all the time back when it’s on AXN, and Dr Phil was still on the syndication roll.
This original formula exfoliates and hydrates the skin, it also contains Retinyl Palmitate said to be a primary antioxidant found naturally in the skin and offers sun protection all by itself. The texture puts a damper on my expectations – the souffle consistency separates overtime with a layer of water on top, and it drips from the inner side of the jar cap whenever I unscrewed it. Initially I thought it was ‘faulty’ but a quick search via MakeupAlley gave the same conclusion. [ REVIEW ]
Help Me Retinol Night Treatment – S$69
This gentle formula can be used nightly sans the tolerance level-adjustment that one needs to build with other retinol products. Regular usage doesn’t dry out the skin or cause redness. Other than the initial mild burning sensation felt on a bad breakout, subsequent experiences have been pleasant with a significant decrease in the zits department.
Eye Hope Multitasking Eye Cream – S$65
Addressing multiple, common eye concerns, the cream lightens my dark circles with its pearlized formula, as observed during the first 2 weeks but proves to be temporal attributed by work/personal stress and lack of sleep. Hydration level is pretty decent but once absorbed, my skin just screams for more.
Turbo Booster C Powder – S$50
A 99.8% potent Vitamin C powder that preempts premature aging, brightens skin and improves its texture. Meant to be blended in with either a serum or moisturizer, I find the concoction drying on the skin, and eventually flakes. This particular product is the catalyst to my recent skin irritation, and I’ll still waiting for the perfect window to try again, this time with a smaller dosage. [ REVIEW ]
• REVIEW – Purity Made Simple One-Step Cleanser
Philosophy products are available at Sephora across 5 locations in Singapore – ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Vivocity, Bugis+ & Marina Bay Sands.
Are you using any Philosophy products? What’s your favorite and/or any particular item you’re keen to try?