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tatcha water cream review

Tatcha Water Cream Review: buy it here to give it a go.

Are you looking for a moisturizer that costs a ton, has exotic ingredients, and doesn’t do a whole lot? Let me introduce you to Tatcha Water Cream.

I generally love Tatcha: The Camellia oil cleanser is my go-to cleanser, and the foaming rice polish is sort of a fun, random thing that I don’t mind as a part of a sampler set (even if it makes me nostalgic for the Body Shop’s Japanese washing grains). But this? This isn’t so great.

Let’s start with the basics: Tatcha Water Cream is a lightweight, mostly-matte moisturizer with fancy ingredients like Japanese wild rose, Japanese leopard lily, and Hadasei-3 Complex (described by Barron’s as a “proprietary, anti-aging complex consisting of superfoods used in geisha beauty rituals: green tea, rice, and algae.”) Fair enough! It’s gotta have some good stuff in there when it’s $40(!!) an ounce.

Here’s the thing: I love me a lightweight moisturizer, but on my skin this seemed to go through three stages: (A) wet, (B) wonderful perfect skin, (C) evaporative. Step B is obviously a wonderful step, and I only wished it lasted for longer than 30 minutes. For that brief, sweet half-hour, my skin looked even and perhaps slightly lit from within! Which is of course the stated or unstated goal of all moisturizers. Let’s just say that it catches the light in a lovely, flattering way — my skin didn’t look shiny, it just looked bright. Bright, even — what more could you ask for?

Unfortunately, I have the answer, and the answer is longevity. After 30 minutes, Tatcha Water Cream disappears from my face. The first time I used it, I was heading out on a date, like, My skin is perfection incarnate. By the time I got to the restaurant, though, I caught my reflection in a mirror, and let me just say, it had reverted back to its normal, non-even, non-lit-from-within state. My face was Cinderella, leaving the ball not in a carriage drawn by horses but with a pumpkin under her arm and four very confused mice.

Can I add a brief note about its consistency? It is a very strange consistency: At first, it’s somewhere between a gel and a stiff whip — it has some body to it — but as soon as you apply it to your face, it almost liquifies (I’m including that YouTube video above for another take on the Tatcha Water Cream review because she had the exact same reaction — it’s extremely weird.) I don’t understand the science behind it, but I’m convinced there’s some sort of relationship here between this and how fast it disappears. Like, the name sort of says it all: If you were asked to imagine a “water cream” — like a cream that turns almost instantly to water — this would basically be it. But I question the usefulness. I much prefer Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Cream — which, for the record has a totally normal consistency.

Short answer round for my Tatcha Water Cream Review:

Is Tatcha Water Cream worth it? If it lasted more than literally half an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, absolutely. But until then, sadly, it’s not.

Is Tatcha Water Cream a moisturizer? See, that’s the weird thing. Officially it is, just I wouldn’t rely on it to moisturize, except as the lightest of lightweights. I give it more credit for evening skin tone and reflecting light in quite a lovely way — but it’s not cut out to get it done, moisturizing-wise.

Which Tatcha cream is the best? As ambivalent as I am about Tatcha’s Water Cream, I live for Dewy.