Philosophy Hope For the Best 3-in-1 Skincare Set Review

Earlier this month, I found a good use to my $15 off Sephora gift card and picked up Philosophy Hope For the Best 3-in-1 Skincare Set. The set contains a 4 oz Purity Made Simple, 1 oz Hope In A Jar and 0.25 oz Eye Hope.


Purity Made Simple is a cream cleanser with a “ph-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores”. It has a soft, creamy texture and the “infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot” gives it a nice scent.

At first, I was a little skeptical at its effectiveness in removing makeup. Cream cleansers, while gentle on the skin, have always been a complete fail in removing makeup for me but Purity Made Simple totally changed this! Not only does it remove all of my makeup – including my high coverage Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation – it does so without over-drying the skin. My skin is left feeling soft, smooth and clean! Loves!

Hope In A Jar is one of the best-selling products from Philosophy and was originally created for the medical market. It contains antioxidants and yeast-derived beta glucan to “gently hydrate, exfoliate and protect the skin against environmental damage”.

The cream looks semi-thick in the jar but once you apply onto the skin, it feels really light and sinks in right away. I have yet to see any drastic changes but this has definitely kept my face smooth, flake-free and glowy. Plus it makes the perfect base for foundation and my face stays hydrated all day!

My only complaints are the smell (which apparently is a common rant among other people) and the jar container. Other than that, this product is awesome!

Eye Hope is a new eye cream that also contains beta glucan and age-fighting counterparts to “diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”.

It has a nice, blendable texture so a little goes a long way. It also gets absorbed into my skin within minutes. I’m not sure if it’s doing anything for my circles but it works great in deflating puffiness – I can actually feel a tightening effect around my eyes! I only wish this was slightly more hydrating for those extra dry days.

Overall, I’m really glad I got the set. It is a great deal for 3 awesome products and I highly recommend it for those with normal to dry skin.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Great post.
    I used to use the purity made simple cleanser but after awhile it didnt clean my skin so well and I guess my skin became immune to it.
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  2. merry xmas phyllis!

    i saw eye hope on Philosophy’s website and the description is too good to resist! I’d really love to have a bottle of it! Philosophy is sold locally at Beauty Bar stores here, but I doubt if they already have stocks of eye hope! Please make a review of it! :) Thanks!

  3. I will have to check this out because the moisturizer sounds amazing. I will have to put my Sephora VIB 10% off coupon to good use soon.

  4. Aww Kaitlynn, I’m sorry to hear that! I have been alternating between the Purity Made Simple and my Kose Cleansing Oil and it seems to be working fine for me. Thanks for the headups though!

  5. Great review! I’ve got the Purity and Hope in a Jar on my regular skincare rotation. Hope in a jar would be PERFECT if they would just put it in a tube. Actually in the trial size versions they do have it Hope in a Jar–in a tube, but its a .25 oz size. I would definitely rec. the microdelivery peel if you haven’t tried it already, it literally makes your skin as smooth as glass. I love their body washes and fragrance also.

  6. Lisa,

    I totally agree with you about the jar. That along with the smell are my only complaints but the product itself is *fantastic*! Now you got me wanting the Microdelivery Peel!

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