In TATCHA I trust. Since my introduction to the skincare line four months ago, I'm still following the four-step regimen morning and night with spectacular results. So when CEO Victoria Tsai announced we also needed her new TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, I listened to her.
"A silky liquid moisturizer of squalane, red algae and our HADASEI-3 bioactive complex can be misted onto the face for a boost of soothing hydration. The result is dewy, luminous, replenished-looking skin anytime, anywhere."
Initially, I was dubious because I had viewed hydrating mists as an affectation of socialites. TATCHA takes offense, though, if you call their Dewy Skin Mist a hydrating mist. Instead, it should be thought of as a liquid moisturizer.
The online FAQ for the product explains, "Hydrating mists are usually a mixture of fragrance, water and alcohol. They feel cool and smell great when you spray them but the skin is actually drier in moments as the water and alcohol evaporate from the skin. Unlike conventional hydrating mists, TATCHA's LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist is a liquid moisturizer. Its delicate emulsion of liquid silk, red algae, camellia oil, and potent moisturizing actives keep skin dewy and hydrated anytime, anywhere."
Is there really a distinction? I'm here to tell you yes.
Appearances first: the bottle is sleek and sexy, and fits into my hand comfortably. I feel refreshed already just looking at the pale ombre blue shell. The bottle arrives sealed with TATCHA's signature geometric sticker ribbon; breaking such a beautiful seal is both thrilling and saddening.
My first trial came late last Friday afternoon, after a week-long graduate class which forced me to spend all day in a stiflingly hot classroom with a barely functioning AC window unit. My skin felt stressed and parched. My TATCHA order had just arrived, and I immediately tried out the Dewy Skin Mist. After priming the pump several times, I held the nozzle about ten inches from my face, closed my eyes, and sprayed once. A delicate mist kissed my face. It felt refreshing and soothing, but hardly impressive or necessary. I then went about my business around the house. After twenty minutes, I lifted one finger to stroke my cheek.
The softness of my skin was extraordinary. The skin on my face had achieved unparalleled softness, smoothness, and even springiness. I assure you this is not hyperbole. Forget a baby's bottom, my skin felt better. I looked in the mirror, and the appearance of my face had also improved: slightly dewy and subtly radiant, neither matte nor shiny.
In the following days, I continued to test out the Dewy Skin Mist under various circumstances. I sprayed it on immediately after applying my day moisturizer (Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20) in the morning, and it infused my skin with extra moisture. After a particularly brutal Barre Fitness class at Ananda Shala, I went home and rinsed my sweaty face with water; I then sprayed the Dewy Skin Mist directly onto my bare skin, and it functioned as well as moisturizer. Now I've fallen into a routine of keeping the bottle around and spraying my face once or twice a day whenever I find that my skin is feeling dry or stressed. Directions recommend 2-3 pumps, but I find that one is perfectly adequate for my combination skin with oily T-zone.
TATCHA claims that the magic ingredient in their Dewy Skin Mist is a special red algae blend from the waters around the island of Okinawa. The actual ingredient list looks intimidating, but once again I have come to trust TATCHA.
Do you need this? Yes. Don't think of TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist as a hydrating mist. Think of it as a supercharger to bring your face to heights never before imagined.
The Dewy Skin Mist is part of TATCHA's new Water Collection, which includes the Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask. $95 for four masks is just too rich for me, though if you sign up for their e-newsletter, you can sweeten the pot a bit by adding a complimentary Moisture Rich Silk Cream Deluxe Sample with the code HYDRATION by July 31.
TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist costs a manageable $48 and can be found online at Barneys and TATCHA.