Tatcha Product Review: What’s Hot And What’s Not

Find out if the luxury skincare products from Tatcha are right for your skin… and budget.
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Feb. 7, 2020
Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash
Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! If you are somewhat invested in skincare, the chances are that you have already heard of Tatcha, the Japanese-inspired luxury skincare brand. The ideology of the brand is centered around geisha culture and their skincare rituals. In a trip to Japan’s cultural capital Kyoto, the San Francisco-based founder Vicky Tsai found her inspiration from the simple yet effective skincare routine of a modern-day geisha. She believed in the power of high-quality natural nutrients is the key to achieve the flawless and luminous geisha skin. Intriguing as it is, the price range of this prestige beauty brand is not accessible for all. Before you make the commitment, let’s take a closer look and see if the purchase makes sense for your skin type and your budget.Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $75Cleansing oil is one of the most effective yet gentle ways to dissolve the makeups or sunscreens. Japanese Camellia Oil, one of the core ingredients of the product, seals in moistures and nourishes with rich vitamins. The proprietary blend of anti-aging extracts from green tea, rice and algae restore the youthful radiance of the skin. The fragrance-free formula thoroughly removes impurities and is extra gentle to the skin. The emulsification process, however, was not as effective as we would love since it took a bit of working when removing waterproof products, you’re your mascara or heavy makeups generally. If what you need is a simple and natural daily cleanser for removing regular day-to-day makeup, you might want to keep looking: this two-in-one cleansing oil retails at $75.The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder $65This exfoliating wash is fun to use, that’s for sure: a pinch of the enzyme powder in your palm will be transformed into a creamy foam after adding a few drops of water. The papaya enzyme helps polish your skin and clear the sebum-clogged pores. The physical peeling effect is of course delivered by the earthiness of the finely grounded rice bran. The signature Hadasei-3™ anti-aging superfood blend was added into the enzyme peel for youthful-looking skin. Based on our user opinions, the moisturizing effect really stood out from other similar products. For those who have sensitive skin, you might want to proceed with caution, given that enzymes could irritate your face -- remember the slight burning sensation after eating papayas? For something you would only use once a week (to avoid over-exfoliation) $65 is quite an investment to make for a jar of powder.The Deep Cleanse gel cleanser $38The gel amino acid cleanser produces rich and creamy foam that is ideal for lifting sebum and impurities, and is super gentle on your face. One natural exfoliating product that adds up to the entire luxury experience is the grounded Japanese Luffa fruit, which is the original inspiration for the Luffa sponge. Natural fruit extracts conditions the skin while the Japanese Wild Rose and Leopard Lily essence deeply hydrate when you apply it to your face. For $38, Tatcha sure had brought in luxurious ingredients to a simple gel cleanser, which you can probably find a humble dupe (minus the luxe, of course).The Essence $9598.7% of this essence is filled with tatcha’s signature Hadasei-3™, a concentration of natural nutrients. The fermentation of the extracts produces lactic acid, which deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin and helps improve the uneven skin tone. The softening and smoothing effect of yeast extracts and green tea probably reminded you of the SK-II Essence. Also, tatcha really took the word ‘natural’ to a new level –98%! If you have the budget for a $95 essence, might as well give it a go—or try a travel size firstThe Water Cream $68As the name suggests, this oil-free moisturizer is formulated to deliver optimal hydration and give you the dewy radiance. The water cream contains botanic extracts from Japanese Wild Rose and Leopard Lily, consistent with the brand’s pursuit of natural remedy. The cream sure makes skin feel balanced, but perhaps not the deeply moisturizing effect you are looking for as some might find the gel formula not that easily absorbed. You would assume that a luxury skincare brand like Tatcha would stand clear from all questionable ingredients, but the cream did contain alcohol and metal contents. While having alcohol in skincare is not per se problematic, the skin will likely feel dry or irritated if you have sensitive skin. The gold and tin oxide, on the other hand, didn’t bring much to the table as skincare ingredients, but could potentially trigger discoloration or they simply won’t be absorbed.With those being said, the best way to find your perfect match is to try them out. While tatcha’s products are on the pricey side, the good news is that they have trial size products for your skincare experiment. What’s your tatcha experience? Is it worth the hype?
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