REVIEW: Philosophy No Reason To Hide Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

It’s always to have really good tinted moisturizer on hand, especially for lazy days, no make-up days, and for travelling. For me, on days when I don’t need a lot of coverage, I like to let my skin really show through. I started using the Philosophy No Reason To Hide Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer after I started reading reviews about it, and so far, it’s been really good and I recommend it. As a “multitasking moisturizer that instantly evens out the look of your skintone and texture in one simple step,” it’s good for weeks like this one where it’s been nothing but gloomy, rain, and cold.



I’m not that familiar with Philosophy in general, and I’ve never really tried any of their skincare products. However, I’m still a really big fan of the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask that I reviewed, and it definitely left the doors open for me with this brand. The No Reason To Hide Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer is essentially a tinted moisturizer. The “hydrating formula perfects the appearance of uneven areas and enhances complexion for a radiant, refreshed, healthy-looking, and smooth finish.” Other products within the “No Reason to Hide” line are the No Reason To Hide Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum and the No Reason To Hide Total Transformation Team Duo that contains a 0.5 oz Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum and a 0.5 oz Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Medium.

Philosophy describes the Instant Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer as their “most advanced skintone transforming” product with “ingredients [that] will help you enjoy the freedom of a naturally beautiful complexion.” With that said, they also suggest that the perfecting moisturizer be applied “liberally after cleansing and treatment,” and should be used “daily with no reason to hide Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum to perfect today and transform tomorrow.”


This product is nice, lightweight, and smooth. It applies easily, blends out wonderfully, and dries down to a semi-matte finish that is still natural and glowy without looking like foundation. Since it functions as a tinted moisturizer, it’s best to not expect any real degree of coverage like from a foundation or BB/CC cream; however, it does even out redness and gives the skin a more uniform look. It’s also important to note that there isn’t coverage, let alone buildable coverage. While in some cases, people have used this in place of their regular moisturizer and sunscreen, I would advice against that. The product alone isn’t all that hydrating and a thin layer of SPF 20 won’t really do much.

That’s way I still cleanse, tone, and moisturizer as I normally would in the mornings. I apply my sunscreen and the dab on this product onto my skin. I blend using a dense synthetic buffing brush, but using your fingers can also do the trick as well. In addition, I don’t powder over this product since I like that natural glow that it provides for my skin. Having said all this, this product is really for those who don’t use makeup or a lot of it, and for those who don’t have major skin issues — like acne, bumps, and/or major discolorations since this won’t hide them. Also, there is a bit of a slight iridescent sheen with this product which some people may like. I’m okay with it since it isn’t glittery or shimmery.



I use the shade Light and it works out fine since the product is so sheer. There’s only two shades available, which is odd; it’s just Light and Medium. It would’ve been nice if a deeper/darker shade was available and a fairer shade was available. The color selection is so limiting that Light, for me, would a be on the darker side. However, since it blends out so sheer, it almost doesn’t make a difference. I use this product on days when I’m going to the gym or I know I’m not going to be doing much and will be indoors. If I’m going to be out and about, I still layer on regular sunscreen under this and that’s fine. However, the product is super, super sheer and sometimes I need some additional concealer to help my skin out a bit. For these reasons, I’d recommend it only to those who don’t need much on their skins to begin with.

Retails for $45.00 USD.
Item contains 1 oz.
Made in USA.

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