June 12, 2017

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist | Review

This was a purchase that stemmed from not only the hype on social media and YouTube, but one of my great friends who is a Sephora employee that swears by this product. I'm quite a fan of many of Tatcha's skin care products such as the Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder (a gentle exfoliator for sensitive skin) and the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, so I was looking forward to giving this mist a go. According to the brand, this is supposed to be a fine mist moisturizer that can be used under or over makeup for a dewy glowing skin. It is allegedly good for any skin type, supposed to leave a moisturized feeling, and help deplete dull and dry looking skin. With these claims and my dry skin issues, I had to put it to the test.



SIZE: 1.35 oz/40 mL

According to Sephora, this product is:
GOOD FOR: normal, dry, combination, and sensitive skin types
DESCRIPTION: a silky, fine mist moisturizer that can be used under or over makeup for dewy glowing skin anytime, anywhere. 
SOLUTIONS FOR: dullness, dryness, and fine lines and wrinkles
OTHER INFORMATION: It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances. This product is cruelty free and was made in Japan.





When I first saw this product on the shelf, I was attracted to the lilac and gold bottle. It had a nice, luxurious feeling weight due to the bottle being made of glass. The product did not come in an external box; it simply had a piece of sealer tape holding the cap to the rest of the bottle. Although the packaging is beautiful and simple, the problem with me is that it was just that: simple. As a consumer with sensitive skin, it is usually crucial that the packaging informs me of the ingredients and if I'm lucky, what it's formulated without (parabens, fragrance, etc.). While I know this information is online, I feel like a $48 product should not only include an external packaging for a glass bottle, but should definitely have the appropriate information on it, especially for a brand that normally provides and caters to those with skin concerns.


The first time I used this product, it had a very faint smell but it was an organic, almost floral scent. With it being synthetic fragrance-free, I was surprised that it smelled as pleasant as it did. The applicator is a typical spray nozzle, and it applied very easily with a super fine mist which is what I prefer so as to not have huge spots of product on my face. 

HOW TO USE: "Shake gently before use. Close eyes and mist onto face for instant soothing hydration and a silken, radiant finish."

The first time I used it (following those directions), I did so after applying my makeup to test the claims of it providing a "dewy glow". Right after application, my face felt refreshed and hydrated with a good, even cover of the product. However after the mist dried, it left an odd, tacky residue that made my face feel almost sticky... with not a lot of glow. 


Before getting into this review, I want to make mention of the fact that I emptied the entire bottle and tested it was several different foundations including the Lancome Teint Idole 24HR Wear, Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless, and Tarte Cosmetics Amazonion Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. Additionally, I also want to state that I used this with a setting spray and without as this product did not claim to be a setting spray or lengthener. 

With those ideas in mind, I was not a fan of this product. With every foundation I used it with, after a few hours my face looked cakey and separated around my nose with only one initial application, a problem I normally do not encounter. I also paired this with Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray (one of my holy grails). Additionally, I did not experience an increase in radiance... at all. My skin did not look dewy, radiant, or illuminated any more so than it normally does with my normal routines. I have very dry skin, so a product that claims to combat that is something that ends up on my wish list, and this product just did not live up to the hydration claim over long term. It felt wonderful immediately after application, but with 6+ hours of this product on multiple times, the overall moisturized feeling was just not something I experienced.


Sadly, no. I really tried to like this product because I am a fan of so many of Tatcha's products. After emptying an entire bottle, I was genuinely disappointed and feel like the price point is incredibly high for not only the claims it made, but for the overall performance of the product. A good dupe for this is Pixi by Petra Glow Mist, which is available at Target for only $15 giving you 2.7 fl oz. of product. Additionally, a comparable setting spray that I'm currently in the process of testing is the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, which contains micro-glitter and is alcohol free for a lower price point.

I'd love to hear about your thoughts on this product, so leave them in the comments below! ☀