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Philosophy The Present

Philosophy

The Present

2.0 oz Item 2209126

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The Present Clear Makeup allows you to play beautifully during the day as a colorless skin perfector that camouflages fine lines, wrinkles and pores, and gives the skin a flawless, airbrushed appearance. The Present also allows you to sleep beautifully in the evening, as its unique formula helps seal in your treatment products and moisturizers, and provides natural antibacterial benefits, all while providing a beautiful, natural airbrushed finish. The present clear makeup is a must-have item in the philosophy lineup.
Apply to a clean, dry face. Product must be allowed to absorb for a full 2 minutes before applying makeup.

Precautions: For external use only. Use only as directed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lysozyme, Sodium Citrate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chlorphenesin.

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PhilosophyThe Present
 
4.3

(based on 203 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (157)
  • Goes on smoothly (124)
  • Lightweight (117)
  • Blends well (94)
  • Long-lasting (83)

Cons

  • Heavy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (8)
  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Doesn't stay on (4)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (58)
  • Mature skin (41)
  • Normal skin (41)
  • Light to medium coverage (39)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (78), Budget shopper (51), Natural style (21), Classic style (18), Trendy style (7)

Reviewed by 203 customers

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2.0

I would not buy this product again

By Gg

from Beaverton OR

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply

Cons

  • Ineffective

Best Uses

    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

    I will be retuning this product.

     
    3.0

    Won't reorder

    By bukiluv45

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Ineffective

      Best Uses

        Comments about Philosophy The Present:

        I purchased the primer, and I noticed NO difference in the application of my makeup with or without the product.

         
        5.0

        Smooth as Silk

        By Chantelle

        from Manning, IA

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Philosophy The Present:

          This primer provides a very moisturizing, smooth base for the rest of my makeup. This really does help keep foundation from settling into fine lines and it feels so good going on.

           
          5.0

          amazing!

          By drayugh

          from ny

          Comments about Philosophy The Present:

          I've used tons of primers and this one is by far the best. make sure you follow the instructions for the best results.

           
          5.0

          I will be buying this primer again ! Must have

          By Kim

          from Morgan Hill

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Philosophy The Present:

            It does what it is meant to do. Covers my pores and went I apply my foundation no pores show. I also feel it makes my foundation last longer.

             
            5.0

            Powerful primer

            By mr115393

            from KCMO

            About Me Classic Style

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Natural Looking

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Going Out

              Comments about Philosophy The Present:

              Whatever you put on this will stick. It brightens the complexion and feels great. It's good by itself or under foundation.

               
              1.0

              Keep Trying Philosophy

              By Diva Status

              from North Carolina

              About Me Trendy Style

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Ineffective
                • Poor Coverage

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                  I bought this from Philosophy and I have to say I was disappointed. I have combo skin, big pores, fair complexation, and am in my early 40's. This literally did nothing. It was more like lotion as fair as blurring or covering pores. This was returned. Not worth the money.

                   
                  3.0

                  What an odd primer...

                  By Christi

                  from United States

                  Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                  This primer is essentially facial glue. The smell, consistency, and color are all gluelike, which made me quite skeptical of the product, but I decided to move forward with it anyway. I really wish I hadn't. My foundation became difficult to apply, and I had to really work to smooth it out. My pores and fine lines also have not reduced in size. I cannot speak for how long it lasts or whether it does indeed cause breakouts as other reviewers have said, as my first time using this will unfortunately also be my last.

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice

                  By Spongecake

                  from El Paso Texas

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Skin Types

                    Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                    It works nicely for me, but I'm noticing some people say it makes them look blotchy when they try to apply foundation. Personally I like using this and a light bb cream that I smooth on and then pat in. I haven't tried to use it under a real, thicker foundation and I only apply a very light dusting of powder if and where i need it. I let it sink in about ten minutes because I put it on after skincare and before I get dressed/ brush my hair. Then patting in a light formula bb cream doesn't really disturb it, so I don't have the blotchy problem. Try a sponge or fingers?

                    It may be the wrong primer for you if you can't blend it in, it may not work with your formulas. But I think for a no makeup day or very light day, it works nicely. Sometimes I wear it alone to feel a little more polished and some mascara.

                     
                    5.0

                    I love this product

                    By Thomason

                    from Lex ky

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Natural Looking

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types
                      • Everyday
                      • Going Out

                      Comments about Philosophy The Present:

                      Love this product

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                      • Q:

                        Should this product be worn over or without a moisturizer? Is it safe for acne prone skin?
                        Asked on 6/19/2017 by Scarlett6 from Princeton, NJ

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Yes, The Present is formulated to be applied on all skin types. Please apply the Present to your face after you have moisturized.

                          Answered on 6/20/2017 by Brand Expert from Philosophy
                      • Q:

                        The Present I have at home is a skin perfector and oil-free makeup primer. This says clear makeup. Is it the same product or different?
                        Asked on 6/3/2015 by Sue

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          the present skin perfector and the present oil-free makeup primer are the same product, with a packaging update. we hope this helps clarify!

                          Answered on 6/5/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                      • Q:

                        There is mention in the description about it allowing you to sleep..... But in usage directions it says to apply to face prior to make up. Should this be used at night too? If yes, before or after eye and face serums and moisturizer? Thank you
                        Asked on 4/4/2015 by Vys from Ohio

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          the present invisible skin perfector may also be used alone as an oil-free moisturizer in the evening. you would apply the present after applying your treatments and eye cream.

                          Answered on 4/7/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                      • Q:

                        I am looking for a very light moisturizer/primer that won't leave my face shiny by mid morning. I have combination skin, some redness to my cheeks and starting with fine lines/larger pores. Will this do the trick?
                        Asked on 4/1/2015 by vys from Ohio

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          the present invisible skin perfector will work well for you! the present helps diminish the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. it will also leave your skin with a soft matte finish.

                          Answered on 4/3/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                      • Q:

                        Could this be used as a primer?
                        Asked on 11/20/2014 by BeautifulAngel from Fort Wayne, Indiana

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          the present is an oil-free makeup primer that instantly camouflages the appearance of large pores and uneven skin texture, for an airbrushed appearance.

                          Answered on 11/25/2014 by brand expert from philosophy
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