In some ways this eye-area adhesive gel mask is among the more impressive products Tatcha offers, but that's not exactly high praise given that this line's products are mostly lacking and unworthy of your budget.
What's great about this stick-on, peel-off mask, which you custom-cut to fit the eye area, is that it's front-loaded with moisture-binding ingredients that work well to plump skin. This plumping temporarily reduces fine lines and wrinkles, but many regular moisturizers and serums do the same thing, minus this product's more involved process.
The water-based formula is also richer in antioxidants and plant-based anti-irritants than most Tatcha products—it's about time! Still, for the money, we'd like to see some skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients to make this specialty mask more worthy of your time and money.
Speaking of money, Tatcha also sells a single set of this eye mask for $12. If you decide to try this mask, we recommend starting with the single set to ensure you like the results.
We should mention that although red algae and peony root are good ingredients for skin, neither has special benefit for skin around the eyes. Other than that, the only issue is that this eye mask contains fragrance. Fragrance isn't good for skin anywhere on the body, but it can be a bigger issue when applied near the eyes. Luckily, this mask is significantly less fragranced than most other Tatcha products.
This mask combines our proprietary Okinawa Red Algae blend with nourishing Peony Extract for luminous, purified skin in minutes.
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Chondrus Crisrus (Red Algae) Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Inositol (Rice Extract), Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma Yuen Seed Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root (Peony) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Extract), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Squalane (Olive Origin), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice), Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Carrageenan, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Eicosanedioate/Tetradecanedioate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Natural), Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
The allure of ancient beauty treatments coupled with modern science is tempting for many people—and the Japan-inspired brand Tatcha plays that combination up to the max. As the story goes, Harvard graduate and businesswoman Victoria Tsai, had a chance encounter with a “modern-day geisha” on a trip to Kyoto, Japan. What followed was an introduction to a fabled book on the beauty secrets of the geisha, which led to Tsai’s desire to translate these secrets and tips into a modern-day skincare line.
The hallmark ingredients Tsai and her team seem most interested in are of Japan-inspired such as green tea, red algae, and rice bran which are supposedly mentioned often in the ancient geisha beauty book. Although all three of these ingredients have merit for skin, research hasn’t shown them to purify or do some of the other things for skin that Tatcha claims. What you really need to know is none of these are the solution for any skin concern or for any skin type.
One more point, the entire premise of Tatcha is built around Japanese geishas’ beauty routines, but this assumes that under all of their decorative makeup, geishas have (or had) beautiful, flawless skin. In all likelihood, some do and some don’t, but it’s quite likely that when unadorned and viewed close up, these women have the same types of skin issues as women the world over—save for perhaps fewer signs of sun damage, as most east Asian cultures are careful about avoiding sun exposure.
Enough about the marketing story because what really matters is the quality of the products and whether or not they are beneficial for skin. The short answer is this line has more problematic formulations than beneficial ones.
Chief among the concerns that keep us from getting behind this line are an abundance of fragrance (natural or not, fragrance can irritate skin) and several products housed in jars that expose their delicate ingredients to light and air.
Admittedly, it’s easy to get swept up in “what the ancients knew” and kept to themselves for centuries, only to have these seemingly amazing secrets finally divulged. We wish that were a wise way to find the best products for your skin, but despite Tatcha’s promises, your skin will be left wanting more.
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