Friday, January 10, 2014

Skincare Spotlight: Tatcha

Skincare Spotlight: Tatcha

Last month, I was so graciously given a few skincare samples to review for my blog by the brilliant Jason Ascher, Barney's resident makeup artist. After a good month of testing these lovely beauty bits out, I have to say I'm quite impressed. I tend to be pretty picky about my skincare, as I tend to be a bit sensitive to certain ingredients, but these products were really quite gentle and soothing, especially as the weather began to change. Not to mention the packaging is so simple, yet looks so pretty in your medicine cabinet... talk about a serious bonus. Best part about them?  No offensive fragrance. Heavily scented skincare is pretty much a hand grenade for the epidermis, so you could say it was love at first sniff. 
Some background about the brand: Tatcha is a Japanese brand that orients itself around the minimalist beauty regime of the geisha's. Well, say no more, you had me at "beauty regime". Anyone who has witnessed my bedtime beauty ritual can testify to its extensiveness. No stone left unturned. So, if you give me a line of products that will perhaps streamline this nightly endeavor, I'm in. Adding to their already serious allure, they don't formulate their products with parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA, or phtlalates. Music to my ears. 

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

One-step Camelia Cleansing Oil
I really enjoyed using this product, it has a beautiful and light consistency, with no scent. When you apply it to your face it feels super luxurious, like a real treat. The one down-side is, it doesn't really live up to the "one-step" claim. I found that it took more than the prescribed two pumps to be useful, and a second cleanse was basically a requirement if you want to get every last stitch of your makeup off. However, once you wash it off, you're skin feels amazing-- perfectly conditioned, neither stripped, nor overly greasy.

Radiant Deep Brightening Serum:
This product is the real winner of the batch in my humble opinion. And while the price tag might make you want to gouge your eyes out, it really does work. In the winter, and especially in the brutal weather we've been having, not only can your skin start to be chapped, and dry, but it can also begin to look a little lifeless and dull. Maybe it's psychological, but after every night that I used this, I woke up feeling like my skin was super radiant-- "glowing from within"as they say. Call me shallow, but this seriously softens the blow of this product's price point.

Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream:
This cream is literally luxury in a jar. It has the most delightful texture-- it's incredibly smooth and as the name suggests, silky. Not only does it leave your skin feeling conditioned, but it's light enough that you don''t feel like it's too thick to wear during the day. I seriously enjoyed putting this on before my makeup every morning. Nary a breakout in sight, which is a testament to the quality and gentle ingredients. Further, the gel-like consistency makes it perfect for oilier skin-types who are looking to be hydrated, but not look slick... if you catch my drift.

Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream:
Definitely the heavy lifter of the two moisturizers that I received,  and an absolute treat. It feels heavenly, and absorbs to leave your skin super smooth, plump, and hydrated. I would say however, that since I'm only in my early twenties, I probably don't need to use a product that touts such heavy duty anti-aging abilities, so I wasn't able to notice any drastic differences in my skin. Maybe I'll have to revisit this in a few years. For now, I think I can get away without anti-aging creams and just stick to those that protect its condition.

In short, top-shelf worthy, if you can bear to shell out some hardcore $$$ for your visage.

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