Product Review: Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads

Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, 60 pads, US$35/CAD$50
Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, 60 pads, US$35/CAD$50

Never in a millions did I think I would fall head over heels in love with a Philosophy product!

Don’t get me wrong, my husband uses Purity Made Simple (he just bought his second big bottle) every day, and I use it too. Apart from the putrid smell, Hope In A Jar kept my skin clear (not that I am acne prone). But this, the Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, is da bomb for me.

Thoroughly soaked in its solution, these very thin pads (thinner than Origins’ Brighter By Nature ones) smell surprisingly good (given how bad Hope In A Jar smells, though Purity smells pretty good naturally). Upon the very very first use, I already saw results overnight; my skin, freshly congested after testing out Isa Knox’s LAHA Ageless line (had to dump because it broke me out), completely cleared up. The budding zits on my forehead from using LAHA Ageless were flattened and zapped to oblivion overnight, leaving no trace.

As much as I loved Origins Brighter By Nature High-potency Brightening Peel, it was more expensive with less product, and it did tingle my sensitive skin a bit (though it went away without any reaction). Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, on the other hand, did not burn or tingle at all. My skin was very much at ease with them. They were very gentle despite having lactic acid, an AHA which I usually will experience a mild tingling or burning sensation.

There is no added fragrance to these pads, so the pleasant scent was from the ingredients. While some complained about the residue these pads leave behind, I can assure you, the ‘residue’ is nothing more than the solution, in excess, left behind from the heavily soaked thin pads. It’s the same as using an SKII Facial Treatment mask with the excess liquid you massage on your face until most of it is absorbed.

With 60 pads, this is going to last a while, because you don’t need to use this every day. I see results after just one use, and I use this once a week. My skin has never looked better! My only gripe is that the Sephora stores in Canada do not carry this so you have to buy online, and there is a CAD$15 price discrepancy (as with all Philosophy, Smashbox and many other US brands). It’s not fair given our dollar’s parity with the US dollar, but what can you do. Because of the great results, I will keep buying despite the extra $$$ I had to spend on it from the Canadian side.

water (aqua), lactic acid, butylene glycol, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, sodium hydroxide, biosaccharide gum-1, pyridoxine, glutamine, arginine, camellia sinensis leaf extract, aspalathus linearis extract, phyllanthus emblica fruit extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, cananga odorata flower extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, geranium maculatum extract, citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel oil, citrus tangerina (tangerine) extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, propylene glycol, glycerin, polyquaternium-10, dmdm hydantoin.

2 comments on Product Review: Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads

  1. laurabee
    January 22, 2012 at 8:51 am (5 years ago)

    I think I’m going to try this. I’ve been looking for something like this, but I wanted it to be gentle and still works. The no added fragrance is also a plus as I don’t like many of those.

    • Joseibi
      February 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      Did you end up trying it? It’s still working great for me, no irritation/stinging/burning at all, keeps my skin clear and smooth! 🙂


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