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

December 27, 2009

Earlier this month, I found a good use for 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? The smell – which apparently is a common rant for 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 is doing anything for my circles but it works great in deflating puffiness – I can actually feel a tightening effect around my eyes when I put this! 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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  • Reply Kaitlynn December 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    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.

  • Reply sunmom December 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    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!

  • Reply amy December 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    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.

  • Reply Phyllis December 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    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!

  • Reply Phyllis December 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks sunmom! I did do a review of the Eye Hope (please see above).

  • Reply sunmom December 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    ooops! yeah u did! hehehe 😀 i guess there wouldn’t be too much to review there since you don’t have wrinkly eyes!

  • Reply Lisa January 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    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.

  • Reply Phyllis January 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm


    The Eye Hope isn’t very moisturizing so I really doubt it would do much to fine lines.

  • Reply Phyllis January 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm


    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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