What it is: A mild, exfoliating facial cleanser.
What it is formulated to do: Designed to effectively cleanse the skin while providing resurfacing benefits. Gentle enough to use daily, this unique formula is sulfate-free and formulated with ingredients designed to replenish and protect the skin with topical antioxidants as it helps condition the skin and retain its moisture level.
Back in September I received a generous 2 oz. sample of Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in my QVC Special NewBeauty TestTube for Summer/Fall 2011. It only took about a week of using this exfoliating wash for me to fall in love with it - and by falling in love with it, I mean I became unbelievably dependent on it! Ok, I know that sounds really dramatic - but I used to own MAC's Microfine Refinisher, which apparently was released a few years ago and then discontinued in 2010. It was my "holy grail", "must have", "cannot live without" exfoliating wash of all time.
After the loss of my MAC Microfine Refinisher, I was trying exfoliating washes left and right and they all turned out to be horrible matches for me. My skin is sensitive in a very picky way, I'm not sure what it's sensitive to, or what ingredients irritate it the most, but I know I cannot handle a LOT of facial products (washes, cleansers, masks, etc.) without my skin drying up, producing extra oil or just turning red from unhappiness. Then Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash fell into my lap. After about a week of daily use, I knew that I had found my match - it's almost as good as MAC's Microfine Refinisher - that's a HUGE compliment coming from me.
The Similarities: Both of the exfoliating washes have that micro-massage texture, and rinse off to reveal super-baby-butt-smooth skin! Both of the products are very gentle on my skin, I had no irritation what-so-ever, my skin actually feels healthier and tighter (not in a dried out kind of way - more like a young face kind of way). Both of the products are gentle enough to use daily, which my skin needs because for some reason it produces a lot of dead skin. Lastly, both products have a faint scent that reminds me of rice - weird, I know, but this is my way of saying it doesn't have a chemically smell like some exfoliating washes do.
The Differences: Aside from the obvious; one being discontinued and the other being available, the MAC one came in a tube and the Philosophy one comes in a bottle. Another note to point out, the consistencies are very different. Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is a lot thinner than MAC's Microfine Refinisher, Philosophy's is more like a gel-like liquid and spreads out much thinner (the Philosophy one tends to clog at the opening, but the MAC one never did). Also, Philosophy's is not as packed full of the micro particles as the MAC Microfine Refinisher was.
In conclusion, I would recommend this to everyone! If your skin sounds to be similar to mine, I would highly suggestion buying a small bottle of this to try out. I couldn't be happier to have discovered this product. I even bought an 8 oz. bottle during one of Philosophy's features on Hautelook in November.
Check out this review of the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash - http://www.makeupmagazine.net/makeup-magazine/philosophy-reviews/review-philosophy-the-microdelivery-exfoliating-wash
Though a couple of the ingredients can cause allergic reactions in some, it gets a hazard rating of only 3. I have to say I personally love this product and use it almost every day :)
I reeally love this exfoliator. I got introduce to it watching qvc one day and I got hooked. The first time I used it. I loved it. I have oily skin and this really cleans my face. I don't break out so much anymore either. I use it daily and it does not dry my skin. Great product to use.
This product I LOVE and use daily. This is my every morning cleanser. It does not irritate my skin and leaves it super smooth. I have some other Philosophy products that I'm not sure if I'd continue to purchase but this product I will absolutely continue to purchase and use.
I bought this and have been using it since november. I use it just about everyday with my clarisonic brush. My skin has never felt so good. It is so gentle yet you can feel that its doing its job. The only think i do not like is the smell but i got over it ha-ha
I use this everyday in my shower most ex foliating creams cause me to break out and cause my skin the dry and flake after a few days. This does not. have been using it for 2 years now and wouldn't use anything else!
Love love love this cleanser! Make my skin so fresh! It doesn't clog my pore~
I seriously have cleaned my face with everything and it has never felt as baby smooth and wonderful as it did after I tried this. I put on Clinque's moisturizer on after this and my face is so, so smooth. I absolutely love it. If you've ever had dry flakey skin and nothing has worked on it, definitely try this.
This is perfect to exfoliate your skin everyday. I like the idea of creating a mini peel with it too (I never tried that yet, but I'm looking forward to doing it). It feels like sand on your skin, but not in a bad way. It's not harsh at all and there's no big grits in it that make your skin feel raw and red. It makes my skin feel fresh and smooth. The only bad side to this product is the smell. It has a plastic-like smell, but other than that it's great!.
Using this every morning on skin that has no make up on it is the best. Its so light weight with micro small exfoliants that great for keeping the skin looking at its best on a daily basis. This can be used as a daily or weekly wash follwed with philosophy hope in a jar