Product Of The Week | Tatcha The Water Cream

Tatcha The Water Cream

The Blurb:

I got my hands on this moisturiser on one of my many doe-eyed trips to Sephora, while in NYC earlier this year. I had heard a lot about Tatcha, the brand, mainly because of the primer and I was in need of a new moisturiser so I took the plunge and bought The Water Cream.

This was my first foray into asian skincare of any kind. I had, of course heard of the intricacies of Japanese and Korean skincare regimes and have followed my version of the steps, but had not purchased any skincare that hailed from that corner of the globe. Needless to say I was beyond excited to start that journey with a Tatcha product.

The Water Cream, along with many other products contains the Hadasei-3: Tatcha’s trinity of ingredients that they believe hold the secret to anti-aging. “Superfoods” such as Green Tea, Red Algae and Akita Rice, that Tatcha claim reveal soft, youthful skin. Tatcha do not use mineral oils, parabens or sulphates. The moisturiser is oil-free and therefore, in theory, perfect for my oily, acne-prone skin.

The Review:

Did I Like It?:

I really did.

Why I Liked It:

It is a beautifully light moisturiser that sinks right into the skin. It’s non greasy, you don’t need a lot and my skin genuinely looked better and brighter for it. It is very similar to the Sunday Riley Tidal moisturiser. I’d say this actually tops that, for me, because it’s a little lighter but still extremely moisturising. Great for oily skin. While using this cream I truly understood the hype around Tatcha. The formula is exquisite. I still can’t get my head around how a cream this light and “water” based could leave my skin glowing sans any sort of oiliness. It’s one of those products that you try and you kinda hope that you won’t like because it’s not the cheapest or the easiest to get hold of.

Key Ingredients:

Japanese Wild Rose, Green Tea, Japanese Leopard Lily, Hyaluronic Acid. It also contains gold - to which I roll my eyes because I’m not convinced that gold, in the quantities used in this moisturiser (or in skincare generally), does anything but drive up the price.


Fresh. Mildly floral, mildly fruity. Delicate.


Lighter than light. Like a whip that instantly turns wet when touched. It literally feels like water on the skin - which I guess is the point. But it’s to the extent that, initially, I was not convinced something that felt so wet and absorbed as it did, without a trace, would actually moisturise my skin, long term. But it did.


$68 for 50ml (approx £57 + duties and shipping)

How I used it:

About a pearl-sized amount, smoothed over my face and neck. The tub comes with a little gold scooper to help you dish it out into your hand. This is the first time I’ve ever actually used one of those things because I really wanted to try to make the cream last as long as possible. For a product at this price point, though, I would have preferred a more precise applicator that gave me a measured amount of product, each time. Think: Kate Somerville moisturisers.

Would I Repurchase?:

*sigh* I’d love to… I really want this cream back in my life. And I hope to add it to my collection once again, someday. But $68 is a lot of money and I the cream didn’t last me as long as I would have liked. I got 2 months of day-and-night use out of it which, for the price, I would have liked it to have lasted at least a few weeks longer. From this moment on, The Water Cream will a have a place in my top moisturisers of all time - and I do think that in this case, you do get what you pay for, gold notwithstanding. But for now, I just don’t have the money to pay for it.

Views expressed in this post are completely my own and I am in no way affiliated with Tatcha. Any products mentioned in this review were purchased with my hard-earned cash money.

Tatcha products are not available to purchase in the UK, however, Tatcha will ship to Europe for a (not so tiny) $35 shipping fee. Ouch. We hope that they will grace us with their EU presence soon. Pretty please..?

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