In January, I decided to start using Tatcha products for the first time. In 2016, I started obsessing over Korean skincare because I was beginning to struggle with cystic acne for the first time in my life. Unfortunately, the 10 step Korean skincare routine did nothing but agitate my skin and make it worse.
When I moved to Japan in 2017, I switched out all of my skincare products (except my GlyMed Plus Gentle Face Wash) for Japanese products. One of my favorite lines to this day is the Hada Labo line. It’s affordable and works great!
But I still wanted to try Tatcha. I’d heard so many things from people online and in real life. I started with their Silk Canvas primer, which retails at Sephora for $52. I absolutely loved it, and I loved that I didn’t need to use a lot of product to get an amazing result. So I went back, returned the makeup I’d purchased, and got another Tatcha product: the Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68). I love this mask too, and I barely need to use any to cover my entire face.
So I bit the bullet, and I took advantage of the New Year’s Lucky Bag deal ($100 worth of product with a $100 purchase) and dove into Tatcha. I figured what was the harm in at least trying it?
What likely attributes to Tatcha’s higher prices is their ingredient list, which includes such items as gold, silk, Japanese indigo, green tea, and Japanese wild rose. According to their story, founder Victoria Tsai wanted more “simplicity and authenticity” and, after an encounter with a modern day Geisha, she decided to start her own skincare line using Japanese beauty secrets that she learned. Tatcha also gives back to education with each purchase!
The Starter Ritual Set ($59)
I bought this for normal to dry skin because I’ve recently noticed that my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it used to be. This is likely due to the birth control I started taking in 2017, but I’m happy to see my skin more normal and in need of hydration than constantly producing oils I can’t tame.
This Starter Ritual Set retails for $59, but is an $80 value. I thought this was a steal, especially considering the price tag on Tatcha products. It contains the following products, following the 4-step Tatcha routine:
- Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (25 ml/0.8 fl oz)
- The Rice Polish: Classic (10 g/0.3 oz)
- The Essence (25 ml/0.8 fl oz)
- The Silk Cream (10 ml/.34 fl oz)
Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Full: $48 (150 ml/5.1 fl oz)
Travel: $15 (25 ml/0.8 fl oz)
I am really impressed with this cleansing oil. 2-3 pumps is enough to cleanse my entire face, and it feels baby soft after. Plus, it really does remove all of my makeup! I only use this on days that I’ve worn makeup, and I put it on right before I jump in the shower.
I wear BB cream, powder, and blush, so I’m not sure how this handles heavier makeup, but it’s more than enough for those that don’t wear a lot of makeup but want a good cleansing before their face wash.
The Rice Polish: Classic
Full: $65 (60 g/2.1 oz)
Travel: $15 (10 g/.35 oz)
This is absolutely something that I’ll reorder when it runs out. Which…I’m not sure when that will be considering the travel size has lasted a month and a half already and I still have a lot left of it! I only use this in the morning because I still prefer to use my GlyMed cleanser at night after I shower, but this is a great wake me up for my skin. It’s gentle, and my skin looks brighter and feels softer after using it. ✨
Full: $95 (150 ml/5.1 fl oz)
Travel: $20 (25 ml/0.8 fl oz)
I have hardly ever used essence in the past, but I can see where it benefits the skin and adds just a little extra to my routine. I use my essence every morning and evening and it’s still thriving; I’m not sure when I’ll have to replace the travel size, but when I do I’ll likely just buy another travel-sized version. $20 and it’s lasting me nearly 2 months!
While I don’t think this is an essential part of my routine, I think it benefits my skin enough that I’ll keep using it and will probably (eventually) buy the much larger version.
The Silk Cream
Full: $120 (50 ml/1.7 fl oz)
Travel: $30 (10 ml/0.34 fl oz)
The price tag on this is pretty high, but this is a beautiful moisturizer. You need only a pearl-sized amount to cover your entire face, and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft! It’s so gentle, has no obnoxious odor, and feels great. This is hands down the best moisturizer I’ve ever used (and trust me — I’ve used a lot).
Due to the price tag, I didn’t replenish this when it ran out but instead bought The Water Cream ($68). I went with this cream because it’s about $50 cheaper, and also because it’s for normal to oily skin and I want to try a slightly lighter moisturizer similar to the ones I used in Japan.
Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen
Full: $65 (60 ml/2 fl oz)
Travel: $15 (10 ml/0.34 fl oz)
I bought the full size version of this in order to get myself over the $100 mark so I could get the lucky bag, and I’m really glad I bought it! I use this on days that I’m not wearing makeup in order to make my primer last longer, and it helps my skin look poreless while also evening out any redness. It doesn’t make me oily and doesn’t have that “sunscreen sheen” to it. It was worth the $65, and it’ll last me a long time!
福袋 Lucky Bag
With a $100 purchase, this lucky bag (fukubukuro are a New Year’s tradition in Japan) with $100 worth of product inside was complimentary! Inside are a bunch of sample (or travel-sized) products from Tatcha. I wasn’t expecting my bag to contain too much, but there was a whole lot!
- Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (25 ml/0.8 fl oz)
- Luminous Dewy Skin Mask (1 pack)
- Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream (3 ml/0.1 fl oz)
- Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum (10 ml/0.34 fl oz)
- Original Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers (30 sheets)
In the end, my routines look something like this:
- Morning: Rice Polish: Classic, Essence, Water Cream, Sunscreen (or Primer on makeup days)
- Evening: Cleansing Oil, GlyMed Plus Gentle Facial Wash, Essence, Firming Serum, Water Cream, Eye Cream
Occasionally in the evening I’ll use a mask as well, which really helps my skin too! I love the Violet-C Radiance Mask. I don’t have to use a whole lot in order to get results, and the full-sized bottle I bought barely looks used even though I’ve done more than 10 masks since purchasing it. 🤤
Is it worth it? Absolutely. I give Tatcha 5 stars! 🌟 I love all of the products I received. Some of them are more worth the money than others, but I think overall Tatcha is a fantastic skincare brand. If you’re willing to spend the money, I highly recommend it. To me, skincare is more important than makeup or fashion or anything else — at the end of the day, I want to take care of my skin! I’m so thankful to Tatcha for helping me make that happen. 💙I0