I have been a big fan of Tatcha products for years and when I heard about Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer (1.7oz/$68) I was immediately interested especially since it's "ideal for oily skin." Oily skin and moisturizers can be dicey business so striking the right balance is crucial. When you find the right product, you feel like you won the lottery. This moisturizer is described as follows:
"This illuminated water gel moisturizer offers ultralight, oil-balancing hydration. Features Japanese Wild Rose, Leopard Lily and Dokudami extracts to balance and clarify skin, while visibly tightening pores in 28 days. A dust of 23k gold imparts an exquisite, shine-free glow." How beautiful is that? Japanese Wild Rose is used in traditional Eastern medicine to bring back harmony to the body, improve circulation and calm the spirit. Tatcha scientists discovered "the fruits of this delicate blossom can even refine the appearance of pores and restore balance to skin, making it especially suited for oily skin care." Other ingredients include illuminating 23 karat gold, anti-aging HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex of Rice Bran, Okinawa Red Algae and Green Tea.
As with all Tatcha products, the moisturizer is free of "parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates." It's also non-comedogenic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and dermatologist tested. It can be applied to the face, neck and chest, under makeup or standalone.
The packaging is glorious as per usual with Tatcha products. It comes in a weighted, light blue-green pump that would look so pretty on display. The moisturizer is a very light yellow, pearlized color and has a thin, watery consistency. It has an extremely light, rose fragrance.
Verdict: The moisturizer feels slightly cool to the touch and absorbs pretty quickly. It does dry down to a tacky consistency on the face. I noticed with my seriously oily skin that it didn't really mattify or minimize the appearance of my pores. And again, it has more of a tacky consistency whereas I was expecting more of a water-like absorption into my skin. That being said, it's gentle, hydrating and non-irritating. I am still testing this out as I have noticed a couple of pop-up zits (hate that) and I'm not sure where they sprung from at this point. Overall, Tatcha remains a favorite line of mine and I will continue on with the moisturizer either on my neck/chest area or full face. Who can resist Japanese Wild Rose and 23 karat gold? Not. Me. For further info/purchase, head to tatcha.com or Sephora.