You’ll Hope for Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

I’m not much of a foundation girl. I don’t like how thick it feels on my skin and I like my face enough as it is (although I love some blush/bronzer) to bother using it.

There’s an exception: tinted moisturizer.

See, if I can just get a little bit of color, plus some skin quenching action, I’m happy.

That’s why I wanted to try the philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer.

Since I’m really pale, I tried it out in Extra Light, although it comes in 7 other shades as well.

How does it smell?

This isn’t something I normally talk about when it comes to foundation, mostly because the stuff usually has little or no scent.

Not the case with Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer. It smells like spices and black licorice. I’m not even kidding. And it’s kind of strong.

Now, I’m not a fan of the smell of black licorice. When I first used this, I was a little put off. But, with the addition of the spicy scent, the fragrance really grew on me. I like it now. I never thought I’d see the day.

But, since this scent is stronger than you’d expect, make sure you like black licorice and spices before buying this.

And, luckily, the scent fades away after an hour or so.

How does it work?

To use the tinted moisturizer, just pop off the cap and pump the stuff into your palm.

hopeTinted02After some experimentation, I found that two pumps were perfect for me.

Then you just smooth it over your face and you’re good to go. You can apply it just like any other facial moisturizer.

Does it offer sun protection?

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does! Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer is SPF 20.

Active ingredients are octinoxate 7.5% and oxybensone 3.5%.

So, is it good or what?

I could totally write 500 words about this, but sometimes pictures are worth a thousand of them. Here’s my face without any makeup (as in, the “before” picture):


I was pretty sad about being pictured without makeup. Not gonna lie.

And here’s me after putting on philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer:

hopeTinted04Better! The change is subtle (which I prefer). Compare the space between my eyebrows. You can really see the difference there. (You can click each picture for a closer look.)

I don’t look like I’m covered in a coat of beige paint. I love that. And I have a more even color overall.

So, yes, I like this tinted moisturizer. The color matched my skin well and was just enough coverage to hide some small imperfections.

Just a note: while this is a moisturizer, it’s pretty light. If you have dry skin, I suggest throwing on a layer of lotion and waiting a minute before using Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer. It’ll work better that way.

The Final Verdict

Just like any other tinted moisturizer, philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer is for people who only want minimal coverage from their foundation. If you like more coverage, this isn’t for you. Although the scent was strong, and kinda not good, I ended up getting used to it and liking it after a while. And added SPF is always good. For these reasons, I give it a…


You can pick up Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer on the philosophy website, Sephora and for $38.


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  1. I like wearing tinted moisturizers in the summer when I need a lighter coverage. This one sounds great but it’s too bad about the strong scent. I hate strong scents in cosmetics.

  2. This sounds good, I’m a little worried about the scent as I break out easily. What do you think?

    • Good question! I have really sensitive skin when it comes to fragrance. Most perfumed things make me break out in hives. Good news: this tinted moisturizer didn’t make me break out. Not at all. It would have gotten a much worse review if it had.

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