I bought the “Philosophy Hope in a Jar” with an SPF 20, from Sephora ($48 for 2.0 fl. oz. /56 mL), and started to use it right away. The first thing I’ll noticed was the texture, it’s an oily, jelly-like cream. The smell is not nice either, but that might be personal.
When applied to the face, it leaves my face extremely oily and shiny. It also takes a long time for my skin to absorb the product. I would apply the product, straighten my hair and change my clothes and it is still too wet to apply my make up on. It also does not sit well under make up. My powder foundation won’t seem to stay on with the product underneath it. When it does, within an hour or so, my foundation would be worn off.
Eventually I tried the “Philosophy Hope in a Jar” for less than 2 weeks, I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I didn’t see any improvements after using it for 2 weeks.
Note: Only I (Angela) tested this product. In the future I will write a review about the original Hope in a Jar formula (without SPF), which we will test as a team.
Official website: www.philosophy.com