Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Mist* (40mL/$58.00 CDN) was one of the first spray toners/setting sprays/refreshing mists that I had ever seen and when I looked at the product description more closely, this mist is so much more! With squalane, red algae and Tatcha's anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex, this is actually a spray-on liquid moisturizer for any skin type which can also be used to give skin a luminous glow any time of the day.
What struck me the most about Tatcha was how exquisite their packaging was! Almost all blog reviews will talk about how luxurious the packaging is from box to bottle and you can now add mine to the mix! Not only was the box beautiful, but inside was a sweet little message on rice paper from founder Victoria Tsai with instructions on how to use the mist. The bottle itself is glass with the bottom being clear so you can see the product (this mist is white).
The actual mist is very fine and the spray distance quite short so I tend to hold the bottle about 3-4 inches away from my face because I want all of that product on my skin! To use, I shake the bottle gently and spray 2-3 times across my face. While it does make my skin feel more hydrated, I would not rely on this as my only form of moisture for my dry skin. In a more humid environment, like in Southeast Asia, I can see how this mist on top of a serum would be more than enough.
The main ingredient that stands out to me is the use of squalane which is a lipid naturally produced by human skin cells. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer as it is completely absorbed within seconds. You will see that the squalane in this mist comes from olives as squalane is also found in the highest concentration in the livers of sharks. Of course, we love sharks so olive derivative it is! (Wikipedia, May 2016)
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Algae Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum (Thyme) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, PPG-5-ceteth-10 Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Fragrance (Natural), Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
Final verdict: There is only 40mL of product so I am mindful of how much of this product I am using. My skin actually does feel dewy to the touch and looks slightly more luminous after use. How long that glow lasts, I'm not sure, but when I use this mist as an added blast of moisture on top of my foundation and/or regular moisturizer, that dewy feeling on my skin seems to last for hours! Maybe that's why I bought a back up of this? I won't lie that I like seeing this soft purple bottle on my counter, but as a product, it is quite cool. Squalane is usually found in cream or oil/dropper form so I love that Tatcha has done it in a spray. This means that if I need a boost of hydration during the day, I don't need to wreck my makeup to get it!
You can find Tatcha at Tatcha.com and at Sephora.
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