Monday, August 6, 2012

Tatcha Deep Brightening Serum

Deep Brightening Serum is formulated with a blend of licorice, scutellaria and jujube extracts working in harmony with Tatcha's signature HADASEI-3™ Bioactive Complex of rice bran oil, red algae and green tea to provide the skin with an instant boost of moisture and radiance. This serum also promises to prevent future age spots from materialising as well as clarify existing ones.

Name: Tatcha Deep Brightening Serum
Price: US$ 150 for 30 ml
Made in: Japan

I had to comb through the ingredient list (listed at the bottom) after that spiel. And indeed, this serum is loaded with a lot of excellent ingredients. Emollients, antioxidants and anti-irritants, you name it, they have it. However, I noticed that even though it is supposed to be a brightening serum, it only contains a single skin brightening ingredient: licorice root extract.

In this vein, I will address this serum as a hydrating serum instead of a brightening serum. My observations are made after one and a half months usage.

It keeps my skin hydrated and silky smooth to the touch in this hot and humid tropical weather. It would definitely suit those with oilier skin types. I imagine that it is not enough to meet dry skin needs or if you are living in a different climate.

The consistency is thin and runny like a lotion, so it glides easily across the skin. It is extremely lightweight and sinks in quickly, which is a must have characteristic in my serums. Nobody likes waiting a good ten minutes for their serums to absorb!

The serum has a natural floral scent with a whiff of earthiness. I only notice the scent when it comes close to my face. It is very subtle and does not linger long.

Deep Brightening Serum keeps my skin in an optimum condition but it does not wow me enough to merit US$ 150 every two months. I would rather fork out that money for Moisture Rich Silk Cream (US$ 150 for 50 ml) which completely bowled me with its luxurious texture. Read review here.

The full ingredient list for Deep Brightening Serum:
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Isocetyl Stearate, Inositol, Phenoxyethanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sericin (Silk Extract), Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Fragrance.

Coming up next, a giveaway!

Disclosure: Press sample.


Nani said...

The packaging is SOOO nice D: it reminds me of old Egyptian stuff.. dunno why, but I like it : D

Raimar Guevara said...

Really interesting product, but 150$ is so expensive. But cool review...


Birkie Birkster said...

mmm, so easy that cosmetic companies can label their products as brightening/whitening when it only contains one ingredient (and sometimes even quite low on the list, thus not being very active either). Yes, as a merely moisturizing serum I think the price is too high

Jennifer Huang said...

Oh wow, that sounds expensive for such a small amount... and esp in US$ T___T;;

riya said...

Great review, too bad you don't suggest for dry skin and its quite expensive too!

shinyprettythings said...

omg so expensive *faints* but it sounds like it'd be very effective. maybe when i am old and hv more wrinkles...and am more desperate HAHAHA

Makeup Morsels said...

ohh yes probably not worth it for the price. The Moisture Rich Silk Cream you reviewed before sounds really interesting though, and I do love their blotting papers.

dblchin said...

I'm in dire of new serum, this looks awesome although the price is a little high.

q0q0 said...

The product looks great and luxury, and yes pretty pricey. =X
But the serum absorbs quite well in your skin ^^