Friday, July 30th, 2010

Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful
No foundation / Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful

Feels Like a Tinted Moisturizer, Looks Like Foundation

Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful SPF 20 ($30.00 for 1.25 oz.) is certainly the hybrid foundation it describes itself as. It delivers a nice, medium-coverage finish that’s just slightly dewy but not oily, but it feels more like a tinted moisturizer than a liquid foundation. It’s even on the moisturizing side (but I wouldn’t skip the moisturizer!).

The texture is very creamy and almost gel-like, though it is a water-based foundation with the first inactive ingredient being water. It’s easily applied with fingertips (again, like a tinted moisturizer) or with a foundation sponge/brush. I found it wore very well, without any fading, settling, or migration over an eight hour period. I have warm undertones and a light medium skin tone (NC25), and I found Beige to be a good color match for me. I think the semi-matte finish of the foundation helps it stay natural-looking, and the creaminess of the product (without being heavy or thick) also helps to keep it from accentuating dryness.

I so rarely think of Philosophy for anything but skincare and bodycare, but the foundation was a definite–pleasant–surprise.  I forgot to take photos of the packaging, and I’ve literally had that on my to-do list for three months along with a bajillion other things, so instead of waiting around for that to happen, I said on with the review!   The packaging is a flat, slim squeeze-tube that’s easy to control–it really looks exactly as it is pictured in retailer product photos.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like the feel of tinted moisturizer but need more coverage than they often offer, Philosophy’s Superbeautiful might be the best of both worlds.


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Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful
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Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful + Setting Powder

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Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful
Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful / With Setting Powder

Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful
No foundation / Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful + Setting Powder

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87 thoughts on “Philosophy Supernatural Superbeautiful SPF 20 Review, Photos

  1. What setting powder do you use?

  2. Jakara

    I actually like the coverage of this foundation. I would wear it as a tinted moisturizer. I think it gives a sheer to medium coverage by looking at your pics. I can definitely see myself testing this out. I would like to purchase a tinited moisturizer that I really like. The price is around abut the same price point as most tinted moisturizer. Have you tried Dior TM? Thanks for this review as us makeup lovers are always willing to try a new product.

  3. nikki c

    ooh, i may have to go check this out:]
    it looks great on you:]

  4. baby in a corner

    Wow the effect is so natural and pretty! i love the green eyeliner that matches with your tshirt too!

  5. Steph

    I really like this! I might pick some up for when I go back to school in the fall and don’t have time/don’t feel like dealing with foundation. I love my liquids, but I would also love something just to smear on my face & go!

  6. Rae

    They’re right; it *is* superbeautiful! Shame it has a bit of dimethicone in it — I’ve cut ‘cones from my skincare routine entirely, and I’d hate to mess it up after all this hard work!

    • I didn’t even notice – it wasn’t in the first 10-15 ingredients, lol. Thankfully, I know my skin can tolerate SOME dimethicone (I wear MUFE’s HD, which has it in the first few ingredients), but I just can’t wear a *ton* of products that all have it.

  7. Tiffypixy

    Looking for a TM, something that will hold up in Palm Springs, do you think this will hold up?

  8. Alma

    I like the way this looks, it doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything!

  9. mylinda

    How would you compare this to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizers? It seems like it’s cheaper although I am not sure if you get the same amount. It looks like we have a similar skin-tone. I use LM Bisque oil-free in the summer and regular in colder months. So I’d really like to know if this might be worth the switch to?

  10. Wow! That made a big difference, yet still looked natural. I like it!

  11. Brittany

    This looks really good. The setting powder was the icing on the cake!

  12. Hend

    the coverage is really amazing!

  13. Amy

    I like how you set up this review, the pictures really help!

  14. Gisele

    It looks lovely on you. I struggle to find a good match for NW20-25 skin from philosophy, and with a TM, the match has to be good.

  15. Wow Christine, your skin looks great! I’M BUYING(:

  16. Amanda

    Christine, what makes this a tinted moisturizer if it looks so much like a foundation?

    • It’s not a tinted moisturizer – it’s a foundation… It feels more like a tinted moisturizer than your typical liquid foundation, though.

  17. Dini

    This product looks great on you. Thanks for the step by step pictures on the differences between each application step – that really helps show how this product makes a difference! Happy to see they have a range of colors that goes into the deeper tones. Must go try to color match! :)

  18. Christina

    I love the effect but it’d probably too light coverage for me. What setting powder do you use?

  19. Christina

    Whoops. That was the first question someone else asked. Do ignore my comment hahaha.

  20. Fari

    that looks really GOOD! I’m going to have to check it out when I’m done with my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I despise wearing real foundation everyday.

  21. Roxanne

    Looking good! Really natural, I like that.

  22. Jenn

    You should definitely set up all your foundation reviews like this! I would like to see more foundation reviews in general, actually.

  23. Ashley

    OMG Christine, are you the 1 in 10 people who don’t have dark under eyes?! Btw the foundation and setting powder looks like second skin on you.

  24. Love Peace and MAC

    Looks promising =) What did you use on your waterline? I’ve been trying to find something similar to that.


  25. Wow! Looks nice on you!!

  26. Lenora

    this looks great and I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturizer but it’s hit or miss for me with Philosophy. I had a pretty bad reaction to the Hope in a Jar :(

  27. Christine, what’s your skin type? oily, combo, or dry?

  28. Anne

    You’re a brave woman, Christine. I’d never post a photo of myself without foundation on the Web!

  29. Yumi

    hmm, would you say that it’d work on super oily skin?

  30. Princessflttrby

    I love this stuff! It’s the only liquid “foundation” I can wear that doesn’t break be out. I set mine with a little dusting of Bare Minerals Matte foundation for extra coverage :) The Philosophy colors are so forgiving too. I also wear Beige in the summer and I am tons lighter than you are LOL I also use Sand which I find to be fantastic at cutting redness in my skintone.

  31. rei

    wow this looks good!!

  32. Diane

    Just went to sephora & bought it thanks to
    you! It’s so easy for me to buy makeup based on your reviews because I’m one shade lighter than whatever you wear! Can’t wait to test it out!

  33. sarah

    I recently bought this in the Natural Ivory (I have used Philosophy’s Supernatural Airbrush Canvas in Natural for over 6 years) and really like it!! It gives me nice coverage, but still natural and skin but better!!

  34. Tori

    wow this looks so natural! :) im NC25 also and do u think it would be ok to go a shade darker to match my body? or would it look weird?

  35. shilpa

    loved the coverage but more than that loved ur lipcolor….whats that shade that u are wearing on ur lips……??

  36. Jennifer

    OMG christineeee ur skin is like almost PERFECT without anything on!!! ur very very lucky! *touching the wood* i love this and this is exactlyyy what ive been looking for something a lil more than tinted moisturizer and not too much of a foundation! i wanted to ask u cause i just turned 23 n im really afraid of those wrinkles n all that starting up! i know maybe ur not an expert on like those sort of things but just wanted to know wat do u think would be the best things to prevent the skin from wrinkling at a young age! and ive noticed my skin type changed from sort of dry normal to combination! FREAKY!! thank u so much if u had time to answer me!

  37. Vickie

    this foundation looks really good!

    what technique did you use for appyling this foundation?

  38. Celine

    I bought this foundation yesterday and so far, I really really like it! Thanks for your review, Christine! :)

  39. Christy

    wow looks like you have a hilighter on. Question, how does this compare to Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 ?

  40. Maui

    hey christine!
    looking beautiful as always :)
    I need your quick opinion on this. I have combo skin and have tried all the tinted moisturizers and haven’t found one i’m “thrilled” about. I do use “makeup forever” (liquid foundation) and i LOVE it but i’m going to hawaii soon and need a foundation/tinted moisturizer. i’ll be soo hot and sticky and am not planning on wearing makeup…should i splurge and get it?

    • Hey Maui,

      Well, this isn’t technically a tinted moisturizer, but I think if you’re looking for something lightweight but still decent coverage, this might be worth it. :)

  41. Yeon

    How does this compare to the Diorskin Nude Foundation in terms of coverage, finish, long-lastingness, etc?

    • I found the coverage better (Nude is very sheer), this isn’t as dewy as Nude (which is definitely dewy), though they last the same on me – but keep in mind I don’t have oily skin.

  42. Ivy

    I assume this is the best place for this question, even though the post is old. You say that you applied this with your fingers, a brush and a sponge, do you remember which worked best? Was it a wet or dry sponge? And what kind of brush did you use?

    I do like this product but the brush I used (Sonia Kushak’s flat top blender) made it apply streaky.