I decided to purchase Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint from QVC.com recently. This is a new tinted moisturizer that with an SPF 20 that provides hydrating sheer coverage. I was a little skeptical about the fact it came housed in a jar. I mean, really, who houses tinted moisturizer in a jar right? But it was fairly inexpensive and it came with a fiber brush for application so, I decided “what the heck?” and I decided to try it.
Here’s my review and thoughts.
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint ($39) is available in five shade selections and promises sheet yet buildable makeup coverage that hydrates skin and gives it a shine-free glow. Philosophy houses this in a 1 oz jar and at first I questioned their packaging choice. I prefer a squeeze tube for my tinted moisturizers as it’s mess-free this way and also, the formula remains stable. I think I get why Philosophy put it in a jar though as this is a water-based formula that would likely separate if you put it in a tube. So, I guess the jar works best here although, it is a little messy but I’ll get into that more in a moment.
This is a very creamy texture that’s thick at first but quickly thins out as you apply it. It’s actually very Korean-like in formula as they successfully created a water-based formula that’s reminiscent of a lot of Korean’s more hydrating gel moisturizers. As you blend the thicker, creamy textures begins to thin out and “bursts” into a watery texture that feels cool and refreshing on skin. I had absolutely no problems blending this on my drier face. It’s a formula that’s very, very forgivable on drier skin and doesn’t cling to drier areas nor accentuate those areas. It’s lightly hydrating but not oily nor greasy and doesn’t add shine.
Coverage is sheer but very natural with enough pigment to hide mild dark spots or redness as well while brightening up the entire complexion and easing dullness. It’s most definitely a my skin but better finish that looks very, very natural. I tend to migrate towards sheerer foundation since I don’t require a lot of coverage and this formula fits the bill perfectly for me. My skin is already is good condition but I do suffer dullness and drier areas. This combines both a formula that lightly hydrates without clinging as well as natural coverage to enhance and brighten my complexion without being to heavy or pigmented.
It isn’t typically sold with a brush but QVC packages it with a dual-ended brush that has a fiber brush for blending on one side as well as a scoop on the other side. The scoop idea reminded me of the Double Duty Beauty Foundation Brush & Spatula that was created for use with the Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation. The scoop comes in hand as it ensures you never have to dip your fingers into the jar. Although, I still question the choice of jar packaging for this because I found it a bit messy. For some reason, I kept getting the foundation around the ring of the jar and it ended up all over the place.
Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint does have a shorter wear time so a dusting of powder is absolutely essential to keep it wearing long and also, to prevent it from transferring. It ends up fading within a 2 hour period without powder and it transfers all over my shirt or jacket and phone, etc…if I don’t set it. I dislike using powder on my drier skin but the good news would be that this formula is so nicely hydrating that powder applies nicely on top of it without clinging plus it extends the wear considerably by a few hours!
All in all, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint is a delightfully lightweight, sheer, easy to apply, and lovely little formula that brightens skin up and gives it a natural finish. If you like sheerer, barely there, second skin-like foundations you’re sure to love this one.