Review – Philosophy The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless SPF 15

I recently took a little retail therapy trip to Macy’s to spend a gift certificate. I purchased a new full size bottle of my beloved Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, and the sales associate offered me a free sample of The Supernatural. It sounded really cool, so I decided to give it a shot. I was especially interested because they have a gift with purchase event coming up next month so I’m eager to learn about their product line.

Philosophy describes The Supernatural: “oil-free, tinted foundation primer multi-tasks as a skin perfector and spf while giving you the appearance of flawless skin by helping to even out skin tone and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”.

Well? Kind of. First of all, when I opened the sample I was quite dismayed by the gross orange color of the product. It’s dark orange. Ew. But I gave it a shot anyway and rubbed a little on the inside my wrist. It does smooth out to so sheer you can’t see it. It has a very siliconey, cushiony feel. It instantly reminded me of MAC Prep + Prime in texture, but more like Clinique Instant Perfector in appearance. It felt nice and blended well so I gave it a try on my face.

It did blend away to nothing almost immediately, but that was kind of the problem. I noticed that my inner cheeks and nose were still very ruddy. It didn’t really even out my skintone at all. It did seem to diffuse the pores on my cheeks, and my mineral makeup went on very smoothly over it (with a layer of silicones like that I would hope so), but I still had to use some corrective green concealer on the ruddy areas of my face. I felt fairly mattified, but the matte feeling lasted only about 4 hours.

Overall, I give this product 3 stars out of 5. It’s decent, but for my SPF primer needs I’ll stick with MAC Prep + Prime SPF 50.

Philosophy The Supernatural retails for $30 (1.6 oz tube) and is available at Macy’s,, and anywhere else Philosophy is sold.

active ingredients: octisalate (5.0%), titanium dioxide (4.0%)

other ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, grossypium herbaceum (cotton), tocotrienol, retinyl palmitate, simethicone, alumina, dimethicone, silica, squalane, fragrance (parfum), triethoxycaprylyl silane, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499)

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