My absolute new beauty obsession these days has been dewy, glowing skin so I decided to give Renewed Hope in a Jar Glow Drops from Philosophy a try.
Renewed Hope in a Jar Glow Drops ($47) comes in a 15 ml/0.5 fl. oz. squeeze tube, which I prefer for my tinted moisturizers as it’s a mess-free way to apply the product, and the formula remains stable this way. The only downfall of this particular bottle is that it’s hard to tell how much product you have left.
The drops are supposed to give a radiant luminous healthy glow to your skin while blurring out imperfections. You can mix it with your moisturizer or foundation, or even apply it as the final layer. I tried it all three ways and here’s my review and thoughts.
Mixed with moisturizer – I love this technique for those days that I want a subtle overall glow. I use a dime size amount of my daily moisturizer and mix it in my hands with a pea size amount of the glow drops. I dab this mixture all over my face, paying special attention to my cheekbones, and the bridge of my nose, and rub in circular motions until its absorbed. I love the natural glow this gives my skin!
I find the glow drops from Philosophy work very well with this technique as it doesn’t create an overwhelming glow, rather a natural and subtle one. However, if you’re looking to add some more dewiness to your look you can go ahead and take a drop or two of the glow drops and dab them into your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and cupid’s bow (above the upper lip). This is a little-known fact, but adding luminance to this area creates the illusion of fuller lips!
I found that the glow drops do subtly blur imperfections with this technique, but if you’re someone that feels you need more overall coverage I would try the next technique instead.
Mixed with foundation – This technique is great if you feel you need more coverage but don’t want a dull, or matte look to your skin. I find with this technique I need to add a little bit more glow drops in order to get the effect. It depends how dewy you want to look but I usually go with 3-4 drops when I’m mixing with foundation.
Mix the two together and apply however you normally do, whether it’s with a foundation brush or your fingers. I usually use my fingers to blend my foundation as I find it helps to kind of melt the product into my skin instead of just sitting on top.
Once I apply the foundation mix I’ll usually add some depth to my cheekbones by applying bronzer under my cheekbones, and a little bit of blush on top of my cheekbones. Try not to powder too much as this will take the glow away!
I find this technique is great if you need coverage, but out of all three methods, I’d say this one gives you the least amount of that dewy look you might be searching for; especially if you counteract it by adding powder.
Adding after moisturizer – I think this technique is my favourite way to apply the product because it allows you to control more where it’s going as opposed to applying it all over your face.
When I use this technique I like to focus on the cheekbones as I think this is the most flattering part of your face to illuminate. I also apply at the bridge of my nose and my Cupid’s bow. Sometimes I will even go ahead and apply it under my brows for a little highlight around the eyes. After using this application method I truly do feel radiant! From here I just add concealer to necessary parts of my face and throw on some light mascara. It’s the perfect fresh, natural look for the day.
Overall I definitely think this product is worth a try! I’ve tried many illuminators on the market but this one seemed to last longer throughout the day than many of the others; I never needed to reapply throughout the day. Also, this little bottle has gone a long way! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I still haven’t run out, which makes it a better value than I thought.