Are Tatcha Products Really Worth the Hype?

Not in my experience. I did want to love the set I got, but my nose, skin, and wallet refused to collaborate.

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No stranger to Asian beauty and its guiding principles, I bought into the company’s philosophy of skincare rituals right away. I got lured in even deeper by the Geisha beauty base and the history of it. However, the reality of using the cleansing oil, rice enzyme powder exfoliator, facial mist, and water cream was sobering if not disappointing.

My skin is rather sensitive, and so is my nose. Even though I would describe all the products as lightly scented, I still found the smell unpleasant. It’s hard to describe, but it would make me cringe every time I used it. This has been the routine I’ve never looked forward to.

Another thing I realized when trying out this set is that oil cleansers are just not for me. I do use the MD Honeysuckle oil for nourishing purposes instead of a moisturizer. However, using oil to dissolve make up has always been frustrating. The experience with the Tatcha cleansing oil was no exception. I just didn’t think it was all that effective in removing my make-up. And yes, I know that the next step would be deeper exfoliation, but I almost felt the urge to squeeze in another foaming cleanser in between. Was it maybe too gentle for my needs? I’d have to agree. Yet it’s not like I am constantly wearing layers upon layers of make-up. It should have been enough to melt away BB cream and mascara, no?

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The rice enzyme exfoliating powder is one of those products I liked at first because of its unusual texture. Starting off as a dry substance, it transforms into this gentle foamy cleanser in contact with water. Feeling the sandy granules dissolve in between my palms felt nice. However, I felt that the foamy texture yet again was not enough to allow for a thorough cleanse I needed. First, it was hard to figure out the appropriate amount of the powder. Second, while foaming it up, I felt like I am losing a fare amount of it straight into the drain. That required some manipulation to get the most of it on my face.

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I decided to bring the facial mist to work with me. Since I spend 8 hrs a day in the dry, AC’ed environment, I figured the mist could keep my facial skin hydrated and glowing. And it probably would, if not for the smell. Those few times I did use it, I felt like my skin was oily and in need of refreshment.

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And last but not least disappointing water cream. Yes, its formula is light-weight, well-absorbent and does the job. Unfortunately, as good as it is, it is not CAD $82.00 good 🙂 This is where I knew I would not re-purchase a product mostly because I have tried and was very happy with at least 2 cheaper alternatives. One of those – Hyarucerin cream by andLab discussed in more details in my previous post on andLab and available in a pack of 120 ml for USD$ 17.98 (currently on sale at http://www.jolse.com). And the second one, more expensive option yet with the same glorious moisturizing qualities – Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon, a 50 ml jar of which can be yours for CAD$52.00. I did review this product in one of my first posts here.

Let me know if your experience with Tatcha products has been the same/different in the comments below 🙂

Yours truly,

Skinfluencer

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Shane says:

    I’ve heard the same things from other people! Probably won’t be trying these ✌🏼

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      That would save you tons of money! 🙂

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  2. Chelsea Wallis says:

    Great to read an honest review of products. I have seen so many of these products on instagram and I never knoe how genuinely people are reviewing them. You have a great way of writing reviews and I love you or instagram too.

    @chelseabelle_1

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Awww… thank you, Chelsea! This means a lot, really 🙂 And also one of the reasons I started both was because I would try a product highly praised on the net and be like: Seriously? Why did I just spend money on this lol I am not here to trash any brands, but I feel like Influenster based marketing is not really what it should be about these days 🙂

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  3. Chloe ho suet yee says:

    I have heard one of the comment of the water cream, it is not as hydrating as it claim and will cause breakout.
    I would love to agree that powder wash will not thorougly cleanse the face but good for morning use.
    My IG name @chsyskincareaddict

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Thank you for your comment, Chloe! Yeah, I am learning that effective skincare doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg these days. And there’s no guarantee that big brands will be using great ingredients in their stuff either!

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  4. Wendy says:

    Love your blog and thanks for the IG giveaway, my IG handle is wendyw.deng

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy! Good luck !!!

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  5. thanhbui0821 says:

    I always wanted to try the mist until I realized it’s not suitable for my super oily skin :(((
    Thank you for hosting the giveaway by the way ♥️
    IG: @thee.ology

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Oh you are most welcome!! And thank you for checking out my blog!! Very much appreciated 🙂

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  6. chi says:

    aww that’s too bad! when you spent a lot of money just to buy something but it disappointed you, like it didn’t work on you and/or it wasn’t like the thing you were imagining it to be. i know how you feel! btw my ig acc is @wrapmuncher i participated in your giveaway! wish me luck. thank you and God bless! :))

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Good luck, Gorgeous!!

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  7. Thank you for this honest review. I have heard wonderful things about this brand but I haven’t yet personally tried them. And thank you for hosting a beautiful giveaway on IG 💕 My IG is haroonkhan89 😍

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      You are most welcome and I am sure those products work for people who claim they do 🙂 I just wasn’t one of them! We are all different and that’s the beauty of it 🙂 Good luck!!! 🍀🍀🍀🍀

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  8. Keyaani says:

    Hi , Loving your blog and your honest review my instagram is @keyaanijo

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Thank you, Sweetie! Duly noted 😉

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  9. Krysten says:

    Wonderful blog, even better pictures. As someine who is newly discovering all the wonderful skincare brands out there I love the honesty in the review. It is truly incredible what the range in prices can be for skincare products. Even more incredible is how expensive products does not always mean its the best quality product. Keep it up!! ❤

    @kes_12_21

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    1. Skinfluencer says:

      Aww… sweet talker you 🙂 thank you!!

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  10. RadiantlyUrs says:

    Wow.. this is really an informative post. Would not expect Tatcha to perform so poorly in a review.

    From Insta: @summermyst

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