Review: Philosophy Full of Promise Dual-Action Restoring Cream

/ Saturday, June 15, 2013 /
Philosophy - Full Of Promise™ Dual-Action Restoring Cream
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FTC: I received a sample of this product. I am not compensated for this review.

When I recently purchased a Sephora product (using a gift card from a friend), one of the samples I received was this cream thing from Philosophy. Philosophy is one of the most popular, touted brands in Sephora's stores. Since I have been looking for a follow-up to my Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel, I decided to give this product a try.

Ingredients (from Sephora's website):
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Steareth-21, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-9, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glutathione, Tropolone, Resveratrol, Cocoyl Pentapeptide-9, Tocopherol, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lysolecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Bht, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

A cursory glance from the above list reveals very moisturizing, emollient ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter as well as skin protectants and silicones like the dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, etc. There are a lot of other ingredients in the list but, as always, only the relative, not absolute, concentrations of these ingredients are known. In addition though, this product has resveratrol and fruit extracts, which are a definite bonus in skin protection.


  • Really rich for dry skin
  • Super emollient
  • Didn't make me break out (non-comedogenic, for my specific combination-oily skin type)
  • Ridiculous price ($65 for 2 fl oz)
Bottom line, I really do like the product. It was super moisturizing for night time use. Sadly, it is quite out of my budget....


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