Review & Swatches: Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

Availability: Sephora & philosophy Online
Price: $38.00

Company’s Description

Hope in a tinted moisturizer combines advanced moisture, sheer color and spf 20 to hydrate, revive and protect skin, leaving it fresh, hydrated and radiant.

Philosophy’s Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer comes in a total of 8 shades, ranging from “Extra Light” to “Dark.” The formula contains antioxidants and an SPF of 20. The tinted moisturizer reviewed here is in the color “Light.”

Packaging: 10/10

Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer is packaged in a soft plastic tube. The great thing about this packaging is that it comes with a pump, so there’s no contaminating the product from dipping your fingers into it. The pump has a plastic cap that snaps on securely.

Quality: 8/10

I want so, so much to give this a 10 rating for quality. Here’s why:

The formulation is wonderful. It leaves my slightly oily skin moisturized without increasing shine. It blends in effortlessly without leaving streaks or patchiness. The coverage is almost non-existent, yet leaves your face looking smooth, healthy, and even. It is so light and watery in consistency that I usually forget I’m wearing it. The color matches perfectly, mostly because the tint is sheer.

But, here’s why I can’t:

First, although the moisturizer has an SPF rating of 20, the sun protecting ingredients (Octinoxate and Oxybenzone) don’t actually cover the full UVA spectrum. Octinoxate protects against UVB rays, and Oxybenzone protects against only some UVA rays. This means that to fully protect your skin (which you should do every day), you’ll need to put a sunscreen underneath or set with a powder that has broad-spectrum sun protecting ingredients.

Now, I realize that countless tinted moisturizers out there offer no sun protection at all. So I have to give credit to philosophy for making an effort to include some sun protection in its product. But if philosophy is pitching sun protection as a benefit of this product, you should be getting full-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. (For full information on sun protection and UVA/UVB rays, see this post.)

Second, the tinted moisturizer contains lavender oil, which is a skin irritant. Luckily, the lavender oil isn’t at the top of the ingredients list, but it is high up enough to be concerning. The oil, along with some of the other ingredients, also gives the moisturizer a light scent.

It’s such a shame because this tinted moisturizer has a beautiful finish and would have been such a convenient product to use if it gave your skin full sun protection.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

Using this product really couldn’t be more simple. You just pump out 1-2 squirts of the moisturizer and smooth it over your face the way you would with a regular face cream. The only reason this isn’t a score of 10 is because you will have to use a separate cream or powder with sufficient sun protection in it.

Price: 9/10

For $38.00, you get 1.7 fl oz. When compared to MAC’s Studio Moisture Tint, which costs $30 and contains 1.3 fl oz, you’re actually getting more product for your money with Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer.

Final Grade


Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer Pump Packaging

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer Swatches

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer Applied

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9 Responses to Review & Swatches: Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

  1. Lillian says:

    lavender oi actually soothes your skin and helps balance your skin

  2. You’re so pretty! Its sad when products like this doesn’t give out the fullest protection women really need. I hope they remove the lavender oil too.

  3. Sarah says:

    Whoa, your skin looks so flawless in this post!! 😀
    It looks like a really cool and innovative product…too bad it doesn’t protect your skin from all UV rays…:(


  4. Lisa B. says:

    Agh…so many tinted moisturizers are like this! It pretty much defeats the purpose, since you’ll have to wear something else for sun protection anyway (because they don’t use the right ingredient!). I am not one for wearing foundation, so 3-in-1 (foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen) products are my favorite, but I can’t seem to find one that is REALLY 3-in-1…I think the best I’ve done is Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20, and I didn’t really enjoy the texture of that one.

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