I have tried a ton of tinted moisurizers, bb creams and light foundations and this one is by far the winner for me. I cannot live without hiaj mositurizer as a daily staple, but I was having trouble finding a tinted/ bb type cream to go over top for just light coverage to even out, without the heavyness of foundation. I've been a "no makeup" type most my life, as long as you take good care of your skin. But lately I'm finding I need more moisture and a more help evening out my aging skin. This product does IT ALL, and leaves you looking even and natural in seconds. The Light shade is an absolute perfect match for my cool toned light skin. Only problem is: it appears philosophy may have discontinued the Light shade, as I cannot find it in stock anywhere recently. PLEASE bring back the Light shade hiaj a to z cream!!!!!!!!!
I first tried hope in a jar a to z cream because I like the idea of a single thing to apply after face washing in the morning that had treatment, color, and spf. I like the texture of this product. It is thick enough to provide good coverage, but you can apply it lightly and blend, or layer it on for total coverage. You must blend it quickly because it dries fast. I like that it also seems to have a primer aspect to it that seems to minimize large pores and other skin imperfections.
I do have a hard time with the colors available though. I have light to medium olive skin. My undertones are yellow with a little bit of surface redness. I first tried the medium shade and it is ok in some situations but I thought it made me look a bit too made up. It just wasn't light enough to look really natural to me. So I ordered the light as well thinking I could maybe mix and contour with them. That didn't work out at all. The light is way too ashy for me. Once I noticed that, I realized even the medium was a little ashy too and that is what made the color seem unnatural on me. In general, I would prefer a more golden tone. I would buy again for the texture and coverage, but will likely look for a better color match elsewhere.
I bought this after I saw it at a discount local retail store. I was having severely dry patch near my eyes from my "sensitive" moisturizer, I stopped using that and started using this and the patches were gone. My skin is pretty dry or it is just how BB creams seem to be on me, but it wasn't moisturizing enough at this point for me. I have only been using this a week so I mixed it with HIAJ (which I plan to stop using after I am done with the jar since it has parabens in it, while the BB cream does not. )
Pros: the light color is perfect for me, but I have fair skin. Not as moisturizing as I like (but like I said my skin had been decimated by other products so hoping this changes over time), but it does build coverage nicely. Didn't seem to irritate my skin. No parabens!
Cons: Price. This is about 5 times as expensive as the other BB cream I was using.
I've been using Philosophy products ever since my daughter introduced me to them when she sold them in a large city department store about 10 years ago. I really like the BB Cream. I was a little hesitant as I was not satisfied with some other brands I tried. I don't like to wear a lot of makeup and this gives enough coverage plus moisture and SPF to then just add just a light touch of powder and I'm ready to go,. The light shade works just fine for my fair skin.
I have been looking for a summer foundation like this for years. There is another brand that has something similar but it doesn't have an SPF in it and it costs about twice as much as this Philosophy product. This evens the skin but doesn't look heavy like a foundation. My freckles still show through which is okay with me b/c I don't want that matte look for summer and week-ends. This is a winner.
This A-Z cream does everything it promises to do. Great for multi-tasking. Looks natural, applies easily, wears well, no irritation--simply an outstanding product! I do wish it would come in more colors though. I also wish Philosophy would expand its color cosmetics line to include blush, mascara and lip color like in the past. Anyway, A-Z has become a staple in my routine, just like Purity and HIAJ, so please do not discontinue this product like you have done with so many other favorites.
THANK YOU philosophy for finally making a BB cream. I had tried every other brand on the market, but as a die hard philosophy girl, i knew you could do it better. I agree with other reviewers that the range of shades is somewhat limited, but that is how most bb creams are. it isn't foundation. I went with the medium shade which i thought might be a little dark in the summer, but the rep assured me that the lighter shade would look too chalky. I'm happy I went with the darker shade. you only need a little of this product at a time and it goes a long way. the key is to make sure you really rub it into your skin like moisturizer and don't let it just sit on top like foundation. On days that I want even lighter coverage, i mix it with Hope in a Jar oil free. It is a really buildable product and I can always get the exact level of coverage that I want. This has joined the long list of my philosophy "must haves"
Pros: it's light, sinks in for a soft, matte finish. a little goes a long way and it layers beautifully if you need additional coverage. it is definitely your skin but much better. Cons: very limited shade range. the light and the medium mixed together are almost the right color for me. a bit pricey for the amount you get.
Conclusion: This would be a winner of a bb cream if the shade worked for my skin, and i didn't have to buy two to blend it myself. Worth trying, but sample it in a department store first before investing.
I'd been wanting to try this product for a while but I thought nothing could trump the Supernatural primer so I just kept passing it up. Well, with apologies to my faithful Supernatural, I have to say I prefer this a to z cream. It primes and serves as a light foundation with enough coverage to even out skin tone. Also, it leaves a dewy finish, so if you like that look this product might be for you. I do wish it came in more shades - I have to mix the light and medium to get the right shade. Overall though, great product.
I have been searching for a good bb cream for the past few months. A-Z is probably one of the best one around. The formula is smooth and easy to apply. Feels very light on the skin, Primes foundation well, too. I mainly use this as a foundation/primer/moisturizer so I am rushing in the morning. The coverage is pretty good (not a full coverage, but pretty close). I use a powder foundation over the A-Z cream and my make up looks pretty matte the full work day. My only compliant is the cost. I do feel it is an expensive bb cream, but it seems like all the bb creams that work very well are in the same price range. I have acne prone skin and so far this bb cream does not cause any acne.
First, let me tell you about my skin - VERY fair (as in, probably 75% of foundation lines don't make a shade light enough for me), VERY dry, and I don't need a ton of coverage.
Overall, I think this product is really outstanding. My skin almost glows when I use it. Provides just the right amount of coverage (a little concealer here and there finishes the job perfectly). Won't handle more intense coverage needs, but BB creams aren't designed for that anyway. The "light" shade works perfectly for me, but it's so sheer that it could definitely cover a wide range of "light" skin tones.
Here's my couple of caveats to that (which even in total I don't think merit taking off a star). First, when I first put this on it tends to look a little chalky. I was unsure at first, but a little later that chalky look is gone, so I think it just needs to sink in. But, if your skin has a slightly darker tone than the product you choose, I don't know if it would stick around. Second, this stuff is not enough of a moisturizer on its own for me, I still need to use a good lightweight one underneath otherwise my skin gets tight. But, like I said, I have VERY dry skin, so if you don't then that probably wouldn't be an issue. But, that's it!
This product is outstanding. Melts into your skin with precision leaving a dewy moisturizing even colored glow. Liquid gold! I am a middle aged grandmother and I have spent the last 6 months hunting for a new foundation.
I was visiting my daughter and now I need to buy some for her too. She has been a longtime Hope in a Jar user.
The only complaint is the amount in the tube. I am going to need a bigger tube! I bought two because I need to mix the light with the medium. Please make a jumbo tube.
I was nervous about another bb-type cream, but I really enjoy this. It has SPF, and it definitely gives you the "your skin but better" look and coverage. I wish it had just a tiny bit more coverage, and an expanded shade range. Overall great product - definitely give it a try.
Growing up, I never needed to wear makeup. Complexion was good, rarely a break out, etc. As an adult, I have developed rosacea. My face is constantly splotchy and red and after washing, it gets dry and flaky. All other foundation type creams I have tried just accentuated the dryness. I found this product at a department store recently and it is great. It gives me nice smooth coverage, without looking cakey. It covers the redness and has not irritated my skin. I have been using the medium and it gives me just enough color without looking unnatural. The price is a little steep but applying it with a foundation brush makes a little go a long way. Give it a try!
wow! this is a great all around deal for your face! use it in the morning and it lasts all day. i was looking for something to replace my heavy foundation as I dont need that much coverage now, but I did need something that would cover up my redness/scarring and powder alone doesnt cut it. this is perfect! i have combination skin, so i use moisturizer under it in my particularly dry spots (although if your skin was normal you could certainly skip this step). Anyway after applying, my skin is in excellent condition. on days when i dont work i can acutally just have this on without the extra coverage and feel comfortable with how i look. i also like that it has a little pump for application
So to break it down: this is simple, easy to use, and provides good coverage all in one step. talk about convenient!!
I was hesitant to try this, but I finally decided to take the plunge and order it. I have used it for about a week now, and it's great for days when I don't want to layer my daily sunscreen, primer, and foundation. It provides light coverage but I am pleased at how awesome that little bit of coverage makes my skin look. The only negative is the price....$38 is a little steep for me to continue to order this on a regular basis
This Evens my skin tone and I find it provides more coverage than the handful of bb creams I've tried. I use it in the morning in place of a moisturizer, under my foundation, and my combination skin feels smooth and comfortable all day. On the weekends this is all I use and it reduces some redness I have in my cheeks and just makes my skin tone more even and glowy. Love it!
I am loving this! well, I just used it for the first time today but, i love it!
the medium color is perfect, not too light, not too dark. it goes on very smoothly. (i did not use any additional moisturizer underneath. I have normal skin and don't feel dry.) it covered all of my imperfections with only a tiny bit, and I only needed a small amount of my supernatural airbrushed canvas makeup over the top!
because i don't need to use as much, this will make my moisturizer and mineral makeup last twice as long!
When Hope in a tinted moisturizer first came out (Before BB creams hit the market) I was using it as my foundation... I found it gave me a nice dewy, glowy, subtle, but yet good coverage since you could layer it... I think this new a to z cream product is very similar to the hope in a tinted which I guess is now discontinued... but I think it is a good replacement since it also has the primer built in which helps it last longer and this new product is buildable also so you could layer it and get the desired coverage... i hate regular foundation and now i just use this and set it with powder, dust on some blush, and i am ready in less than 5 minutes... it makes you look glowy and subtle not overly made up... i wear the color "Light" and find it makes me look like i've gotten some sun... i think because it has a yellow base so it helps tone down my redness since I am fair and tend to have pink tones, so it makes me look almost like I am tanned which is very nice