Philosophy's makeup claims to meet skincare and actually be good for you. The problem is that Philosophy's skincare products aren't terribly good for you - for example, Philosophy’s Purity is about as pure as New York snow…or Spitzer’s marriage…or Oprah’s diet. This doesn't bode well for its latest 'hybrid', the Supernatural, Superbeautiful Superhealthy foundation with SPF.

The magazine ads that accompany the launch of Supernatural, Superbeautiful claim that this liquid foundation is "full of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and naturally sourced spf". This simply isn't true. Because I can't quite believe that Philosophy would actually lie, I can only assume that a dastardly competitor stole the formula and replaced it just as the copywriters sent their ads to the printing press.

All I can say is that Philosophy is asking us to put a lot of store in olive oil. Granted this stalwart of the Mediterranean diet is antioxidant and supplier of vitamins, but its valiant presence in Supernatural is a lonely one. And it has its work cut out against dicetyl phosphate, a known toxin and allergan, oleth-3 phosphate (an emulsifier with a track record of causing contact dermatitis) and sodium dehydroacetate, a toxin that is restricted in Europe.

Philosophy goes to lengths that it is free of parabens, phthlates, propylene glycol, pegs and fragrance. A pity though about the aluminum (in alumina and potentially contaminating magnesium aluminum silicate), a neurotoxin. As is phenoxyethanol. Of sodium hydroxide, the CDC reports that “skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations. Pain and irritation are evident within 3 minutes, but contact with dilute solutions may not cause symptoms for several hours. Contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.” Solutions as weak as .12% have shown to destruct healthy skin cells within one hour.

To be absolutely fair to Supernatural Superbeautiful, the very last ingredient is a good form of vitamin C.

active ingredients:

titanium dioxide = 4.5%, zinc oxide = 2.0%.

inactive ingredients: water (aqua), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, olive oil, glycerin, silica, cetearyl alcohol, ceteth-20 phosphate, dicetyl phosphate, caprylyl glycol, oleth-3 phosphate, cetyl alcohol, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, lecithin, alumina, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, polysorbate 60, squalane, xanthan gum, dimethicone, polysorbate 20, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hydroxide, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. may contain: titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499).