Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

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 let me explain my exfoliating-wash-background a bit.
gentle enough to use daily, our mild exfoliating facial skin cleanser is designed to effectively cleanse and replenish skin, while providing resurfacing benefits. select size(s) are eligible for auto delivery!
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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; it was a beige-y colored product, packed full of micro particles that felt like very fine sand, and looked like a gel-ish-cream-ish blend. It applied a bit gritty, but not in a harsh or painful kind of way. It felt like a mini massage and once rinsed off my skin felt BRAND NEW! Literally! It left my skin the smoothest it`s ever been, it wasn`t even drying either (which happens all too often with exfoliating washes on me). So, when my MAC Microfine Refinisher was running low (approx. 10% left), I began looking for a back up, not knowing it was discontinued yet. I searched all the MAC counters in my area, all the MAC stores, all the online department stores that sell MAC, EVERYWHERE! And I couldn`t find it! I finally found one on Ebay and due to the STUPID postal service, I never received it although I paid for it (I was heartbroken and still am!). I used up the very last bit of what I had left, I even cut open the tube to get every spec left (cutting open a MAC tube disqualifies the product being turned in for Back 2 MAC, this was a huge sacrifice!).

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 in September of last year, 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.

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