philosophy’s first foundation: a review

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Well my dreams have come true. 

Philosophy finally came out with foundation. And they pretty much nailed it. 

I’ve been a big fan of Philosophy for years. I remember buying “Hope in a Jar” back in high school. I loved the way it made my skin feel and I was hooked from that moment on.

Over the years I’ve experimented with a few different Philospohy products. Their price point isn’t exactly cheap, so each purchase has been well thought out. 

Some of my favorite products from the line are:

Of the 3 different kinds of foundations, I picked the lightest fluid makeup. I’d really like to try the other formulations, but this looked most appealing to me.

I tried out shade #3 and #4 in the store. I typically grab the lightest shade, but #3 was way too light for me. I think that’s better for truly porcelain skin.
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It goes on seamlessly (I’ve been applying with my fingers) and blends into the skin beautifully. One pump is all I need to cover my whole face. 
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My only complaint is the smell. I really dislike it. To me it smells like self-tanner. After I’ve put it on I no longer smell it during the day, but that initial smell is quite unpleasant! It’s not enough to make me stop using it, but I wouldn’t mind if they changed that eventually!

It claims to be hydrating and that definitely holds true. Sometimes I find certain areas of my face get dry throughout the day with other foundations, but I haven’t had that issue when wearing this foundation. It doesn’t get shiny nor does it wear off. 

If you like a light/medium buildable  fluid coverage, I’d recommend trying the hope in a jar foundation. 

*it may look like a sponsored post but I assure you Philosophy has no clue who I am. I bought this product to use for myself.


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M Claire says · 02.11.14

Where can I buy this? Thanks!

Catherine Ray says · 02.11.14

I know they have it at Ulta.

Nikki says · 02.11.14

QVC has a great variety of philosophy & they also offer ‘easy pay’ which helps the pocket book 😉

Jessie says · 02.11.14

This is very exciting news! I had no idea they were coming out with foundations. It looks to be a very nice product although a self-tanner smell is always a no-no. I hope they already have this in Belgium.

Farrah says · 02.11.14

Lol love your disclaimer!

Annie {} says · 02.11.14

Thanks for the review. I have been looking for a good foundation that doesn’t make me dry during the day. Will have to check it out! xo

Shanila Vanila says · 02.11.14

Ive been using this for a while now and am very impressed. It actually covers really well for me even though its a lighter formula. My color is #2, super pale.

Arielle Thibodeaux says · 02.11.14

I will have to check this out at Sephora. looks like they have some great shades for fair gals!

Susan says · 02.11.14

Like you I’m a huge Philosophy fan. I’ve been using Hope In a Jar forever. I remember reading reviews about HIAJ with many stating they could not tolerate the smell. Took the chance and bought a small one…must admit the smell was a bit overwhelming. I stuck with it and either they changed the formulation or I’m used to the scent.
I’ll be heading out to try their foundation. Advice to your readers…Sephora will give you a sample. It’s not a lot, but usually enough for a few days. (They also allow you to return products you don’t love!)

Stacie Brooks says · 02.11.14

Ulta carries it

Betsie says · 02.11.14

Did you use primer with it? Powder over it? Can you *feel* it on your face if you touch your skin? Thanks for the review, I’m always on the look out for something new!

Christine P says · 02.11.14

Kate, do you like this better than the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation? Thanks!

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle says · 02.11.14

I have never used this, but my mom is a big fan of the Philosophy “Supernatural” foundation.

Jessica Hart says · 02.11.14

I love Philosophy and I’m so excited they came out with a foundation! Thanks for sharing 🙂
the way to my Hart

Summer says · 02.11.14

Can’t wait to try this…wish I hadn’t JUST bought a new bottle of foundation already this weekend 🙁 I’m a big fan of Purity as well…but agree the price point is high…worth it though. Have you ever looked into ordering it auto-delivery through QVC? For the amount you get, it’s an AWESOME deal…I’ve been on it for years. I get a huge bottle of it every 4 months for about half the price it would cost to buy the same amount of product in the smaller bottles. Every few deliveries I end up with “back stock” since I don’t use it all up in time and all you have to do is log in and you can elect to skip a shipment whenever you need to. (or I refill a small bottle for a fellow Purity addict friend and she gives me $10…defrays the cost even more for me and saves her some $$ too!) I believe they even have the Microdelivery wash as well for auto-delivery…I used to use that one too, but happened upon the Neutrogena Naturals daily exfoliator that I like just as much.

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nick&abby says · 02.11.14

So between Arbonne , Estée Lauder, and philosophy…..which one is your fave?

Kate says · 02.12.14

I like all for different reasons!

Kori says · 02.11.14

I was going to say what Summer said, so I’ll add that on QVC Philosophy offers a great amount of products including sets and sizes (and sometimes fragrances) you won’t see elsewhere, and for awesome prices! My only concern regarding Philosophy is its recent purchase by Coty. I actually have tons of product from when Christina Carlino was the head of the company, so I still love their stuff, but have read on several sites that the product was cheapened and formulations changed after changing hands. I’m curios to know if any readers here who have used from both ‘batches’ have any opinions?
P.S. QVC has a 30 day return policy, even on used product, and offers easy-pay terms on a lot of items, beauty included. They have very recognizable brands, so I say head over to and check out what they offer! 🙂

Ashton Barker says · 02.11.14

I have become a Philosophy junkie lately, my skin has been so much clearer since I started using Purity, the exfoliating wash, and Hope in a Jar in December. I have fair skin and acne scars, is the coverage buildable?

Kate says · 02.12.14

It’s pretty sheer, you may need concealer!

Christy says · 02.11.14

I love philosphy. I was thinking about buying the Estee Lauder foundation but I may give the philosophy a wirl first.

heycheekychicken says · 02.11.14

Can you please tell me what shade do you wear for The Estee Lauder double wear light?

Kate says · 02.12.14

the lightest

Teresa says · 02.11.14

Do you like this better than Arbonne?

Kate says · 02.12.14

It’s different–this is a more sheer coverage than Arbonne. Both are great though!

Amanda @ Marry Mint says · 02.11.14

AND it has SPF 20! Huge plus. 🙂
Looks like I have a new foundation to try…

Christy Spurlock says · 02.11.14

I’ve just bought the Philosphy base and am totally in love with it. I love the flawless look it gives. Great product. Yes their products are a little pricey but I’ve gotten awesome results and other people have commented on the new look.

Meagan May says · 02.11.14

I immediately headed to check this out because I’m always on the lookout for an awesome foundation!

I am currently trying to get pregnant so I check all ingredients these days, and this foundation contains Retinyl Palmitate which is a form of retinol. When you Google it, it is a category X which is not safe for pregnancy. I thought you might like to know in case you are still breastfeeding!

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Red says · 02.11.14

Kate, if you’re a huge fan of Philosophy, you should really give their Resurface – The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel a try. It is amazing! It makes your skin feel and look fantastic. It does have a pretty steep price point, but is totally worth it. I only use it once a week, so it has actually ended up lasting me more than 6 months.

Kali Block says · 02.11.14

Have to love philosophy! I have noted with their products you get what you pay for, so worth it!

kristinwithani says · 02.11.14

I’m a “philosophy girl” and have overflowing drawers of their products. I’ve worn their powder foundation for many years and always seem to return to it when I try others. Tarte is my favorite liquid foundation but now I want to try this! Thanks for the review.

MissBrunzy says · 02.12.14

Such a great post, I am just starting to try philosophy products and really like them so far.
This might have to be next on my list! 😀

beautopiaxoxo says · 02.12.14

Oh wow! I had no idea they had come out with a foundation! Must check it out next time I see it! 🙂

MichellePGH says · 02.12.14

I am OBSESSED with the Miracle Worker foundation! I bought it at Ulta the second day they had it! I wish Sephora would carry their makeup line because of the points. It’s pretty full coverage and gives a nice dewy look when finished, and like you said, one pump is all you need for a while face application! I love all of their products. I’ve used purity for about 10 years now. Their fragrances are awesome also. Right now I’m into living grace, but was very loyal to baby and pre grace for years! !

Katie Marzec says · 02.12.14

This has nothing to do with the foundation, but I love your blog. I’m a new mom (7 month old baby girl) and my hubby has been deployed since she was 2 weeks. So finding time for myself has been tough! Your blog has given me inspiration and motivation to take care and pamper myself too, and not fall into being a frumpy mom. So thanks for the great beauty inspiration! I also love your posts on David 🙂

Vera says · 02.12.14

Thanks for the review this review is amazing- need to try this product.

Abby says · 02.12.14

I am eager to try this because I love HIAJ. I’ve used other foundations from Philosophy (Supernatural Airbrush, Miracle Worker, Divine Illumination) and they have all been wonderful. I think they really know how to make a product that serves as foundation but looks like real skin. You look fabulous in your picture!

xo Always, Abby

Niki says · 02.12.14

I really, really, REALLY want to try this!!!!

sydney godsey says · 02.13.14

Lovely post! So excited to try this foundation… i love basically ALL philosophy products and a foundation would be amazing…sad to hear the smell is off considering the rest of the line smells fabulous.


CeCe Knight says · 02.13.14

I have a question for you, and it doesn’t totally pertain to this, so I’m sorry!

My skin and eyes are allergic to makeup; I’ve only found a few products that don’t make me break out or make my eyes puffy, red, and watery. Do you know of any products (especially eye makeup) that are made for people with allergies? You might have talked about some already and I just missed it.

Thank you! Your blog is awesome! I’ve been following it for a year and a half now, and I love it. 🙂

Katie Wilkes says · 02.13.14

So excited to hear about this! I’m a philosophy devotee. Can’t wait to try it!

Brooke says · 02.14.14

I’d love your review of Exuviance foundation from Ulta. I’ve used it for a month and I looooove it!

Mary Lenaburg says · 02.14.14

How is it for sensitive skin? I prefer liquid foundation to powder but I haven’t found any that were pail enough for me. This one looks like it may fit the bill so I thought I would ask.
Love the blog. Thanks for sharing so much of your heart with us. Love that sweet little boy. SO precious!

Irene Jennings says · 02.15.14

I’m sure this will be a hit among make up artists. I’m gonna grab this soon. 🙂

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