Two from Tatcha: Worth the Hype?

Tatcha Dewy skin Cream and The Water Cream

For a while now I have seen rave reviews for Tatcha Skin Care.  The primary ‘must try’ seems to be the water cream (although in make-up the primer is the most talked about and duped).  So when IPSY had both the travel size for the Water Cream and the Dewy Skin cream for sale, I snapped them both up to try. My intention was to use them when traveling this summer, but that plan sort of changed and I used them here.

The travel sizes for both are offered for sale on the Tacha website.  Both travel sizes retail for $20 each while the full sized versions are $68 apiece.  The travel size contains 10 ml/0.34 fluid ounces of product while the full size contains 50 ml/1.7 fluid ounces. If you really love the water cream, they also have a Gratitude size offered for sale ($80 for 75 ml/2.54 fluid ounces). It is limited edition and has flowers on the jar. It is quit pretty actually, but then so are their regular jars. I find the packaging of the brand aesthetically pleasing in general. It’s not the reason I buy skin care of course, but it doesn’t hurt.

I like that they sell the travel sizes of the cream as it is a good way to tell if this is the moisturizer for you before you buy a full sized jar.  Skin care can be so subjective and just because someone else raves about it, doesn’t mean that it will be fantastic for you and of course the opposite is also true. Still, all the hype made me want to try it.

Both of these creams had enough product to last two weeks so I started with the Water Cream and when, after two weeks I ran out of product, I started using the Dewy Skin.  So essentially, 10 ml of product will last approximately two weeks. Extrapolating outward I would expect the full size of 50 ml to last ten weeks. So it would be a cost of about $0.98 worth of product used per day.

But the money only matters if you like the product. So since I started with the Water cream, I’ll cover it first. According to the Tatcha product page…

I forgot to take initial pictures so this is what was left on the lid it is a light white cream

This oil-free, anti-aging water cream releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals and optimal hydration for pure, poreless skin.  Provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration: Unique water-burst cream breaks upon application to deeply deliver treatment benefits, hydrating without leaving skin sticky or greasy. Clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals: Japanese Wild Rose visibly tightens pores and smoothes skin texture. Japanese Leopard Lily helps control excess oil and clarify skin by encouraging natural skin turnover.  Delivers anti-aging Japanese superfoods: Hadasei-3™, an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice & algae, restores healthy-looking, youthful radiance. Imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.

I will say that in general, especially once the weather warms up, I like water creams and their lightness during the day, even if I use a heavier cream at night. I wasn’t terribly thrilled to see gold listed in the ingredients as it can be an irritant and it really has no actual skin care benefits that I’ve found listed on any sites.  It appears to be there for the ‘Wow, I can put gold on my face’ crowd. I’m not really certain who they are as I am more a part of, ‘does this actually work’ crowd. We hold meetings on alternate Thursdays.

Even if I was drawn in by the hype.

Gold is not listed too high on the ingredients list though.  It comes in at number 8 I believe. Still higher than I prefer as the higher on the list an ingredient falls, the more of it is actually in the product. The general rule of thumb is that it is the first ten ingredients you really have to focus on as those have the concentrations to be effective. At least that is what I was taught.  I’m not  a skin care professional or a chemist by any means, I just love skin care. Percentage wise, that’s what I was taught to look for when reading ingredients lists.

Also low on the ingredients list for the water cream, but still a little concerning are alcohol and added fragrance. I will say that the water cream does smell nice in a lightly floral way, but if you have a sensitivity, you might want to double check your reactions with a sample.  In general, I don’t have a sensitivity to fragrance, but as a warning, the scent does tend to linger after application.  It is not just the scent in the jar that dissipates quickly.

The formula is non-greasy, as it promises, but it does take a little while to sink into your skin, especially if you apply too much, which is easy to do. If you go with a pea sized amount as your usual measurement, make it an early snow pea rather than a garden one. You can always apply more if needed but in this case extra is not your friend. Even then, you need to give it a minute before going on with your morning routine.

It is a decent water cream. It was pleasant to use, but I can’t honestly say I found it all that amazing.  It did a good job moisturizing my skin, which is its job, but it is not spectacular.  I have tried other water creams I actually like a lot better.  The Touch in Sol Pretty Filter comes to mind. I believe I would repurchase that one before buying this one again. Although not a water cream, in this price range if looking for good light weight moisturizer I would lean more towards the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturiser before the Tatcha one to be quite honest. Perhaps I didn’t use it long enough to see any of the amazing benefits it is supposed to have, but I did use the entire jar. And while travel sizes are designed for travel, part of their job is also to convince me to buy a full sized jar, which this didn’t. Perhaps, it is a victim of its own hype. The rave reviews and grand claims did set my expectations high and they certainly weren’t met.

I didn’t notice any real pore erasing or skin refining during my trial. The Tatcha Water cream is good, but reviews make it sound like it is amazing, when it is just a decent water cream. With the added fragrance, alcohol, and possibly irritating gold, I’m afraid this does not make my repurchase list.

After I tried the Water cream I moved on to the Dewy Skin Cream from Tatcha.  According to its product page…

the cream is a light lavender color

A rich cream that feeds skin with plumping hydration and antioxidant-packed Japanese purple rice for a dewy, healthy glow. Ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture. This cream intensely hydrates and seals in moisture, helping to replenish ceramides for a healthy bounce and instant luminosity. A fermentation of Japanese anti-aging superfoods — green tea, rice, and algae — helps skin to look its most beautiful at any age.

This is a heavier cream, which I don’t mind.  It does absorb well into the skin and I have to say I was pleased to see squalene listed in the ingredients list.  My skin tends to really do well with this ingredient.  I know I first came across it in my Biossance skin care trial and since then I have noticed it has a tendency to appear in many of the things I like. I’m just glad it is now plant derived as once (long, long ago) it was apparently taken from shark’s livers. I am very pleased those days are over and no sharks gave their livers for my products. Viva la plant based squalene!

That being said I am somewhat troubled by the Violet 2 (Ci 60725) that gives this cream its lovely lavender color.  This synthetic colorant has made it to several ingredient watch lists as it can be a carcinogenic.  It is banned from lip and eye products lest it get into the system, so I’m a little disturbed to see it on a face cream that is supposed to absorb into my skin.  It is the very last ingredient listed on the ingredients list so I am not sure how much of the Violet 2 is in the product, but I’m not really happy to see it.  I think it is derived from either coal tar or petroleum, either way, I would prefer it not be in my skin care regardless of the concentration. While I think the lavender color is pretty it is not necessary to the product’s functionality and I can certainly live without it.

There is also added fragrance to this moisturizer and again it is pretty low on the ingredients.  It is lightly floral, but it is a heavier scent than the water cream. Like the water cream, this scent lingers as well. If anything it is much more prevalent.

While I do like heavier creams, I think that this cream needed dryer skin than mine to truly shine. It made me feel a bit greasy and I found myself using less and less of it as I went on.  As a consequence it actually lasted a full three weeks instead of two.  While the Violet 2 and the fragrance are a concern, I really believe that this was just not designed for my skin type. It is built for someone with much dryer skin.  If you have dry skin, perhaps you will find this a better fit. I have normal to combination skin so I get a little oily in the t-zone, but otherwise I’m not super oily. This cream made me feel super oily. For me, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Moisturizer is definitely a hard pass.

I really wish I liked these products better.  I still may try out their primers, but as for the moisturizers, they will not be making a reappearance on my skin care shelf anytime soon. I am glad I tried them so I could determine how I felt about them for myself, but I will not be buying them in any size again.


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