Tatcha Skincare Review
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I’ve always believed that skincare has a lot more to do with self-care than it does just treating your skin—it’s an experience that should pamper your body and mind, too.
As someone with a 5-step skincare routine, I view it as my daily dose of me time. Tatcha’s cruelty-free and exceptionally high-quality products are the end-all to indulgent skincare, from the gorgeous packaging to the feel-good application process and the luxurious ingredients inside. They’re the perfect addition to my routine.
In recent years, Asian skincare has become all the rage. Many Japanese and Korean cosmetics brands have taken the market by storm—and for good reason. Tatcha has rightfully garnered international acclaim for its line inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals.
The company has even won several awards over the years, including multiple Allure Best of Beauty trophies and a 2020 Luxury Lifestyle Award. Tatcha’s Instagram page also boasts an impressive 1.1M followers and is rich with product launches and promotions, as well as beauty tips and tricks.
Ready to add the brand’s products to your self-care regimen? Give this Tatcha skincare review a read first.
Here, I’ll deep-dive into the company and its collection, provide customer testimonials, reveal current promotions, and answer critical FAQs. By the end, you’ll have everything you need to decide if this brand is worth the investment.
Overview of Tatcha
Founded in 2009, Tatcha is based in both Japan and San Francisco. After years working in fast-paced corporate America, company founder Victoria Tsai stepped away from the hustle and bustle to travel East in search of a more “holistic approach to beauty.”
And here’s where it gets really cool. Once there, Victoria met a modern geisha who shared several classical Japanese beauty secrets and traditions with her. She claims that this interaction changed her life for the better, so she decided to formulate her own products based on time-tested, natural ingredients and effective ancient tradition.
Starting Tatcha, Victoria’s formulations were designed by professionals in the US and Japan to advance “time-honored beauty practices for fast-paced, modern life.” I don’t know about you, but age-old wisdom is something I think we all need more of. This beauty brand proves that.
Today, Tatcha is a giant within the skincare and cosmetics industry. Best known for using high-end ingredients like gold, pearl, and silk (how luxurious?) the brand’s products effortlessly blend “Kyoto craftsmanship and wellness philosophies with California natural ease.”
What’s up next? I know you’re dying to learn more about the company’s nourishing, effective, and luxurious line. But before we dive into this Tatcha skincare review, let’s take a look at the highlights:
- Wide range of skincare products, including cleansers, masks, essences, and more
- Easy-to-use website with products divided into skin-type categories
- High-quality product formulations
- Cruelty-free (PETA Beauty Without Bunnies certification)
- Thousands of positive customer reviews
- Multiple ways to save
- Ships internationally
- 90-day return policy
I headed to the brand’s website and found dozens of products neatly organized into categories for oily, dry, sensitive, and mature skin. With everything packaged in elegant purple, blue, white, and gold containers, Tatcha ensures your beauty regimen is a pampering experience—as it should be.
To introduce you to the best of what the brand has to offer, in the next section of this Tatcha skincare review, I’ll get into the products that customers (and I) can’t get enough of right now.
Quick note before we get to it: To take the stress out of upgrading your self-care routine, the brand offers Afterpay as an alternative payment method. Through this service, you can pay for your products in four interest-free instalments. Ok, ready? Let’s go.
Tatcha Skincare Review
While clicking my way through the brand’s site, I discovered a full range of products from nourishing cleansers to indulgent masks and brightening serums. Up next in my Tatcha skincare review, I’ll cover its current best-sellers.
Here’s an idea to keep in mind as you scroll: If you’ve fallen in love with one of Tatcha’s products, sign up for auto-delivery the next time you order it. Your product will be sent every 1-4 months and you’ll save 10% with each purchase. Major score.
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Review
I’ve been using foundation since I was a teen but I didn’t know primer existed until I hit my mid-20s. Imagine my surprise to find that applying primer before my foundation meant it actually stayed on all day.
Whether you’re a beauty fanatic or a full-fledged makeup artist, you probably already know that the secret to a great, long-lasting makeup look is a good primer. The Silk Canvas primer keeps your makeup in place, but I discovered that it also does a whole lot more.
Developed for any skin type, this primer blurs the look of existing pores while protecting your skin. Thanks to luxurious ingredients like gold and pink pearls, it also enhances and evens your skin tone for a healthy glow that will radiate from under your makeup. I’m kicking myself for not finding this product earlier.
Have wrinkles or fine lines that you’d like to hide? This Tatcha primer is infused with green tea, rice, and algae (three Japanese superfoods) to help restore your youthful complexion.
Its velvety and silky-smooth texture makes applying makeup completely effortless. Plus, it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts—something that’s as equally important to me now as it was 15 years ago.
Add The Silk Canvas to your makeup routine for $22 (7g) or $52 (20g).
Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Review
Exfoliation does a lot of good for our skin. Helping us to get rid of the top layer of dry, dull skin, this key skincare step leaves a more healthy and radiant complexion behind.
But here’s the thing. If you choose an exfoliator that’s too rough, you’ll do more harm than good—and that’s something I can attest to after experiencing more than one bright-red and raw face.
Tatcha The Deep Cleanse is a gentle exfoliating cleanser made from a healthy handful of the highest-quality ingredients available on the market. With a combination of Japanese luffa fruit, wild rose, and leopard lily, this cleanser buffs away dead skin, tightens pores, and eliminates excess facial oil.
This cleanser even won a 2019 Allure Best of Beauty award, but it’s not hard to see why. Starting as a gel, this Tatcha deep cleanser quickly transforms into a creamy foam once you work up a lather.
Best for oily skin, it’s gentle enough for daily use. Grab a bottle for $16 (50ml), $38 (150ml), or $62 (300ml).
Tatcha The Rice Wash Review
Rice is an age-old beauty secret we should all be working into our skincare routines. I’ll tell you why. Known for its ability to even and brighten complexions, Tatcha harnesses the power of this ingredient in The Rice Wash: a moisturizing cleanser that softens and boosts the immunity of your skin.
Immunity of your skin? What’s that all about? I read on to discover that like our internal systems, our skin needs fortifying too.
Gentle and effective, this cream cleanser uses a pH-neutral amino acid base to wash dirt and impurities down the drain. What’s more, it does so without stripping your skin of important oils—the ones you need to stay hydrated and balanced.
Along with an Okinawa algae blend and hyaluronic acid, after regular use, this cleanser can help your complexion reach soft, balanced, and glowy levels. And my dear friends, glowing skin is always in.
Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals, this Tatcha rice wash is sure to become a new staple in your own routine. Get it for $16 (50ml) or $35 (120ml).
Tatcha The Rice Polish Review
In more recent years, I’ve noticed my skin start to tire. What helps? staying hydrated and using the right skincare products, like The Rice Polish.
As one of the brand’s most iconic formations, even the packaging of this product is inspired by Japanese innovation—the push-to-open container is made from 30% post-consumer recycled plastics. So what’s it good for?
Ideal for combination and dry skin types, this product first feels like a “cloud-like foam” and offers gentle exfoliation. Using fine ground papaya enzymes and rice bran, this formula primes and readies your skin for flawless makeup application.
The pH-neutral amino enzymes in this product also smooth and soften the skin for a rejuvenated look. My favorite part: green tea and algae are added to totally nourish and moisturize tired-looking skin.
Treat yourself, and your skin, to the Tatcha rice polish for $65 (60g) or $22 (15g).
Tatcha The Water Cream Review
Arguably the company’s most well-known product, I’ve come to know the The Water Cream as a viral sensation. Lightweight, this cream is perfect for those with oily skin since it’s a pro at hydrating without giving you that dreaded greasy look.
I found that The Water Cream is filled with skin-loving ingredients too. Green tea, red algae, and Akita rice leave behind a soft and healthy-looking complexion that sounds like a dream to me. Additionally, I read that Japanese wild roses are added to provide balance while Japanese leopard lilies control oil.
To use this cream, simply apply a pearl-sized amount onto your skin using the included gold spoon. Then, massage the product into your skin using upward strokes. Based on recommendations from the brand, I’d suggest using it in the morning and at night for best results.
Ready to pamper yourself with nourishing hydration? Add the Tatcha water cream to your routine for $68 (50ml) or $20 (10ml).
Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream Review
Purple rice, though relatively uncommon in the West, is becoming a prominent ingredient within Asian skincare. The Dewy Skin Cream utilizes this beloved ingredient because of its rich anthocyanin content, a powerful antioxidant that protects against stress and pollution to keep your skin strong and healthy-looking.
Like I discovered in many of the brand’s other products, this formulation also includes an Okinawa algae blend, along with hyaluronic acid to restore skin’s natural moisture. But that’s not all. You’ll also find several botanical extracts like ginseng, wild thyme, and sweet marjoram in the mix to bring you that dewy complexion you see popping up all over the beauty scene.
This Tatcha dewy skin cream works best on dry and mature skin types thanks to its thick and rich texture. To keep the product clean, each tub comes with a handy gold application spoon—a detail that, I admit, brings a smile to my face.
Get The Dewy Skin Cream for $68 (50ml) or $20 (10ml). Pro tip: don’t forget to remove your makeup before applying—I’d recommend using a Tatcha cleansing oil.
Tatcha The Essence Review
Looking for only the purest, most clean skincare products like I am? You’ll want to check out The Essence. Formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, or parabens, this product is made using only the Hadasei-3 complex of three Japanese superfoods.
Double-fermented Akita rice, Uji green tea, and Okinawa algae are rich in moisture and help in “promoting natural skin surface turnover for brighter, beautiful skin at every age.” I read that it’s for everyone too—whether you have dry, oily, mature, and/or sensitive skin, your complexion will benefit from this Tatcha essence.
For the results I’m after (the best ones), I learned The Essence should be applied daily. Simply press it gently into your face and neck using clean hands. No cotton ball required.
Purchase the travel-size for $65 (75ml), standard for $105 (150ml), or gratitude for $145 (230ml). Don’t forget to follow up with a Tatcha sunscreen!
Tatcha The Silk Peony Review
Dermatologists are recommending the use of a good under-eye cream more than ever before. Considering I remember celebrating Y2K, it’s probably time I use one too.
The Silk Peony melting eye cream helps to reduce signs of stress and aging. As it melts into your skin, it provides two layers of hydration: one that locks in moisture and one that adds radiance. Sounds delightful.
The ingredients list exudes luxury too, including components such as liquid silk and Japanese white peony. My favorite part? Even though this Tatcha eye cream locks in moisture, it won’t feel heavy or thick—even when used twice daily, as is recommended.
Upgrade your skincare regimen with The Silk Peony for $25 (5ml) or $60 (15ml).
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask Review
Most people neglect their lips during their skincare routine. Guilty. If are too, try adding The Kissu Lip Mask to your life to keep your mouth feeling fresh, soft, and hydrated at all times.
Targeting three areas of lip health, this Tatcha lip mask uses Japanese peach extract to calm irritation, Japanese camellia oil to lock in moisture, and squalene to minimize dryness. Get it for $28 (9g).
Is Tatcha Really Clean?
I’m happy to say that Tatcha is indeed a clean brand. In fact, its line boasts the “Clean at Sephora” label at the beauty super store. What does that mean, exactly? That the company uses only natural, high-quality ingredients in its formulations and keeps out harmful chemicals.
If you’re looking for more specifics, I found that the company’s full “Purity Promise” can be found in full on its website. There, the brand outlines its dedication to “non-irritating, non-sensitizing, mommy-friendly, and cruelty-free” products.
Who is Tatcha for?
While I got to know the brand throughout this Tatcha skincare review, I learned that it’s pretty inclusive and isn’t really designed with a single type of customer in mind. Regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, or sexuality, its products are safe for both teenagers and adults.
With that said, I should note that it’s important to assess your own skin type and only purchase products recommended for that type of skin—be it dry, oily, mature, sensitive, or somewhere in-between. Tatcha makes this easy by dividing the products into different categories on its site so you can hop on and find what you need easily.
Tatcha Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
I have to admit it—I’m pretty impressed by the brand’s ingredients and formulations. But this wouldn’t be a thorough Tatcha skincare review without hearing from customers, so I snooped around the web to see what they had to say. Let’s kick this section off with some ratings from the company’s website:
- The Silk Canvas: an average of 4.5/5 stars from 1995 reviews
- The Deep Cleanse: an average of 4.5/5 stars from 2027 reviews
- The Rice Wash: an average of 4.8/5 stars from 1613 reviews
- The Water Cream: an average of 4.6/5 stars from 2717 reviews
- The Dewy Skin Cream: an average of 4.8/5 stars from 1921 reviews
- The Silky Peony: an average of 4.7/5 stars from 1233 reviews
I chose to dive deeper into The Deep Cleanse because it’s one of the brand’s most-discussed products. In the comments, I found a Tatcha skincare review that explained why perfectly:
“I love this stuff. Amazingly, it actually does everything it claims to which makes the price tag worth it to me. I use with the water cream and my skin truly has never been so well balanced and my pores so small.”
Small pores are harder to get than I thought, so this cleanse sounds particularly intriguing. With a little digging, I found that Tatcha’s products are also available at Sephora and they’ve received thousands of ratings. For example, The Water Cream earned 4/5 stars from 3.8k shoppers and The Liquid Silk Canvas earned 4.5/5 stars from 1.6k.
In regards to the primer, customers confirm that it helps to smooth and blur the skin while providing a good base for makeup. It has been favorited by more than 100k shoppers—and the comments told me exactly why. Take this glowing Tatcha skincare review for example:
“I’m 59 years old and my skin does not always hold the make up on always. What an amazing difference in the texture, feel and look of your skin with this! ♥️ I can’t see myself without this product. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”
Getting the picture? I know I am, but still, I wanted just one more source to make it crystal clear. With a few clicks and scrolls, I turned to Influenster to learn more. Seeing more than 16k ratings and an average score of 4.5/5 stars for the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, I ran to the comments to find out what all the hype was about.
Here, I learned that shoppers love it despite its high price tag: “This mist is Amazing! I’ve already bought the full size, because I don’t want to run out. Kind of pricey, but worth it. You only need a couple sprays, and it transforms your dry skin so quickly. Good for all skin types, this spray helps with dryness, fine line and wrinkles, and dullness…”
Though I looked, I struggled to find comments on the brand’s policies. To me, that likely means there are no major red flags that shoppers are concerned about. In terms of the products, customers report that they’re effective, luxurious, and worth the cost.
Is Tatcha Worth It?
Throughout my research for scores of beauty companies, I’ve found this to be true: for most skincare and cosmetic products, you get what you pay for. Though Tatcha is an undeniably pricer luxury brand, its products are well formulated, clean, and effective. In other words, I absolutely think the brand is worth it.
Taking care of your skin is important and using the right products makes a difference. I found thousands of positive testimonials that confirmed that each product worked exactly as advertised—if not better. Many shoppers report that a little bit of each product goes a long way, so to me, that makes them totally worth the price.
To sweeten the deal, I also spotted that the company offers a generous return policy and multiple ways to save. Check out the next few sections of this Tatcha skincare review to learn more.
Tatcha Promotions & Discounts
Looking for a Tatcha promo code or sale? You’re in luck because I found quite a few. Here’s how you can save:
- Shop bundles to save up to 25%
- Use the code FIRST15 to save 15% on your first order
- Get a free trial of The Silk Cream with the code SILK
- Subscribe to auto deliveries for 10% off each shipment
- Free birthday gift with your order each year when you make an account
Where to Buy Tatcha
I’ve learned this the hard way: Shopping directly with brands often means you’ll save more money. To take advantage of the brand’s promotions, head to Tatcha.com. Want to shop around? Your options include Sephora, Amazon, Revolve, and Walmart.
Where is Tatcha made?
From my research, it appears that most Tatcha products are created, designed, and formulated in Tokyo, Japan.
Is Tatcha vegan and cruelty-free?
Yes! In this Tatcha skincare review, I learned that the brand is totally cruelty-free. It does not test on animals and is part of the PETA Beauty Without Bunnies program. Many of its products are vegan too, but not all of them are.
What is Tatcha’s Shipping Policy?
For customers in the US, Tatcha uses UPS. There are three delivery options to choose from:
- Standard: Free (5-7 business days)
- 2-Day Express: $10 (2 business days)
- Overnight Express: $25 (next day)
For international shoppers, your cost and estimated delivery time depend on your location. For most locations, $20-$35 is the cost for standard delivery. Duties and taxes are your responsibility.
What is Tatcha’s Return Policy?
Need to return your Tatcha vitamin C serum? You’re in luck because the brand has an exceptional return policy.
If you’re located in the US, you have 90 days to make a return. The company will provide you with a free return label, and to initiate the process, choose one of these three options:
- Head to your ‘My Orders’ page and click ‘return’
- Go to the ‘Order Tracking’ page and select ‘make a return’
- Open your order confirmation email and click on ‘check order status’
For international shoppers, you can still return your products within 90 days but Tatcha does not cover the cost of shipping. I’ll note here that original shipping costs are not included in the return amount.
How to Contact Tatcha
Should you need to contact the brand after reading this Tatcha skincare review, you can do so via the following methods:
- Website Consultations Page
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 1-877-322-8633 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST)
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