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Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum

Philosophy

When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum

1.0 oz Item 2209150

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Appropriate for all skin types, this oil-free fluid is enriched with toning, firming, hydrating and anti-wrinkle properties that revitalize a dull, lifeless complexion. Philosophy's formula contains a unique blend of antioxidants that help to restore skin cells and reduce the signs of environmental damage.
Apply serum to clean, dry skin on face, neck and chest areas. Follow with moisturizer of choice.

Precautions: For external use only. Use only as directed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glutathione, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Limonene, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, BHT, Phenoxyethanol.

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PhilosophyWhen Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum
 
4.6

(based on 222 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Non-greasy (124)
  • Easy to use (111)
  • Improves skin texture (107)
  • Noticeable results (89)
  • Minimizes wrinkles (84)

Cons

  • Bad smell (13)
  • Irritates skin (5)
  • No noticeable results (5)

Best Uses

  • Fine lines (92)
  • Sensitive skin (61)
  • Daily use (56)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (45)
  • Dry/chapped skin (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (68), Budget shopper (58), Beauty conscious (32), Survivalist / minimalist (23), Beauty expert (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (25), Normal (19), Dry (12), Oily (4)

Reviewed by 222 customers

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5.0

Used this for many years.

By None

from Florida

About Me Minimalist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

    Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

    Love it. Not oily or stickey

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 60+
     
    5.0

    My desert Island product.

    By Sam

    from Pa.

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Moisturizes
    • Non-Greasy
    • Smells Great
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

      Day and Night

      • Skin Type:
      • Dry
      • Age:
      • 60+
       
      5.0

      I would buy this over and over again

      By Cc

      from Texas

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

        This is a miracle in a jar!!!

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
        • Age:
        • 45-59

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love It

        By Philosophy Woman

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

          I have used Philosophy products for years. I've tried others but came back to Philosophy and haven't left! My skin is normal to dry combination.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I am starting to really like this product!

          By Kayfabe

          from Saint Paul, MN

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Pros

          • Goes well under other products
          • Helps fine lines
          • Moisturizes
          • Rubs in and absorbs quickly
          • Softens Skin

          Cons

          • Contains soy for those with allergies
          • Smells kind of chemical
          • Very thick consistency

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

          Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

          I have used Philosophy products in the past including their Hope line of items. I ordered When Hope Is Not Enough,because I thought maybe as I have passed my 40 th birthday now, something stronger for lines and dryness can always help. My skin type is dry on surface, oily beneath, not sensitive, never had acne even as a teen. This is a thick liquid that applies well and goes into my skin very fast. I use this underneath several other items, I also use Hope in a Bottle. I was happy when a Tube was offered with purchase, I thought it was full size. (Unfortunately the free gift was just a tiny sample size tube. I ordered online because of the free Time in a Bottle, so thats a disappointment). However I am happy with Hope is Not Enough, so far. I use it in mornings under my Clinique Moisture Surge then sunblock, then make up. It does not change or mess with the application of any other product, it absorbs and stays very smooth. It has not caused me any allergic or breakout reactions at all.I do have very non sensitive skin and can use pretty much anything on it, however I do have some food allergies and nothing in this, like soy or citric acid, have hurt me at all. If you are soy sensitive you may want to skip this item though. It does have an odd scent, not exactly bad to me, but not a scent I would choose to smell otherwise either, that sort of lasts awhile even after its fully absorbed. This is not enough to cause me to abandon using this, as I love the results. I have not used it long enough to say whether or not my fine lines will decrease. I do not have many, just a 1 line between my eyes and a couple lines around the corners of my eyes related to light sensitivity squinting. forehead line does appear a bit smoothed, thats a good sign! My skin in general feels smoother. I do not want to put this too near my actual eyes, either. I would recommend this to others.

          • Skin Type:
          • Dry
          • Age:
          • 30-44

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I will buy this product again

          By carrie

          from New Castle IN

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Moisturizes
          • Softens Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Redness/ Blotchiness

            Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

            I love this product I could see results almost immediately ..my neck was starting to sag a little I put some of this on it before bed and wow ..I love this!!!

            • Skin Type:
            • Normal
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            5.0

            Love this serum would not be with out it!

            By Nana

            from Arizona

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Smells Great
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
              • Redness/ Blotchiness

              Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

              Use every morning, would not be without it.

              • Skin Type:
              • Dry
              • Age:
              • 60+

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One product I can't do without!

              By Buckaroo

              from Bandera, Texas

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Non-Greasy
              • Smells Great
              • Softens Skin
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Enlarged Pores
                • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

                As an older consumer, this product helps my skin feel tighter with fewer wrinkles!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 60+

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Skin care

                By Rocky

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

                  Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

                  I've used this in the passed to minimize a deep crease in my forehead/brow area and it works wonders...it takes time of course but with daily use that crease was no more!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44
                   
                  5.0

                  Love!!

                  By Debra B B

                  from Calabash NC

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum:

                    I have been using this for years! Love it.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Normal
                    • Age:
                    • 30-44

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                    • Q:

                      Is 26 too young to use this product for smile lines!
                      Asked on 12/2/2017 by Pb from Dc

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        The Philosophy products are formulated to address skin care needs regardless of age. Yes, the When Hope Is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum helps to reduce the first signs of aging and protect skin against the future signs of aging

                        Answered on 12/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Will this help reduce forehead lines?
                      Asked on 7/19/2017 by arendina from US

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, the When Hope Is Not Enough Firming Serum does helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as it supports collagen rebuilding.

                        Answered on 7/19/2017 by Brand Expert from Philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Will this product help lighten my hyperpigmentation?
                      Asked on 6/24/2017 by Girl with a bike from Cali

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, the When Hope is not Enough will assist with the hyperpigmentation as it revitalizes a dull complexion and helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while it hydrates and helps brighten skin. You may also want to try the Philosophy Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel

                        Answered on 6/26/2017 by Brand Expert from Philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Is it safe to use this product in addition to retin A?
                      Asked on 6/30/2015 by Clrskn

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        if you are using a prescription medication we recommend checking with your physician before adding any new products to your skin care regimen.

                        Answered on 7/1/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Will this product lighten my freckles? To be clear, I love my freckles and don't want to use a thing that will diminish them. Thank you
                      Asked on 6/8/2015 by Elderlymaria

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        when hope is not enough firming and lifting serum should not fade freckles, however it will protect your skin from environmental damage.

                        Answered on 6/10/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Will this product fade my freckles? I love my freckles and do not want them to be diminished.

                      Thank you!
                      Asked on 6/5/2015 by elderlymaria

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        when hope is not enough firming and lifting serum should not fade freckles, however it will protect your skin from environmental damage.

                        Answered on 6/9/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                    • Q:

                      I currently wash my face with the miracle cleaner, use the miracle retinoid pads (only at night) then use the time in a bottle face serum followed by time in a bottle eye serum and then miracle eye retinol eye repair and then end with miracle day or night moisturizer. Would I put this serum on last after moisturizing?
                      Asked on 3/27/2015 by Cristina M. from Boston, MA

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        we recommend applying when hope is not enough serum after your time in a bottle serum, and before your moisturizer. we hope this information helps!

                        Answered on 3/27/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Can I use this in conjunction with "No Reason To Hide Total Skin Tone Correcting Serum"? If so, which one should go on first?

                      Thank you.
                      Asked on 2/5/2015 by CollegeStudent

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        we recommend applying no reason to hide total skin tone correcting serum every evening, and when hope is not enough firming and lifting serum every morning. if you prefer to use both products each morning, apply the no reason to hide serum first, and the when hope is not enough serum second.

                        Answered on 2/6/2015 by brand expert from philosophy
                    • Q:

                      Do I put this on over the Help Me product? I wash my face with purity, and use the cream, but not sure which product in between?
                      Asked on 10/10/2014 by Tamara from Jacksonville, Florida

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This serum can be used both daily and nightly; Help Me should be used only nightly, because it contains retinol. Apply When Hope Is Not Enough first, followed by Help Me.

                        Answered on 10/13/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Can this product be used around the eyes?
                      Asked on 7/27/2014 by Mary from New York

                      1 answer

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