Skincare

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

August 1, 2017

Tatcha’s latest is the new Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68 / 1.7 oz – 50 mL). A creamy anti-aging mask packed with Japanese beautyberry, two types of vitamin C, and AHAs from seven fruits that unveils softer, glowing skin. Inspired by one of the geisha’s most beloved beauty secrets for radiant skin, the rinse-off face pack made from fresh fruits and botanicals is a time-tested practice that has become a modern treatment for a smooth, glowing complexion. Housed in a glorious jar evocative of a sunset, the mask hit cult status virtually overnight when Sephora launched an app-early access day – and since I mask like it’s my job, naturally I was intrigued. Since my skin is super temperamental in terms of classic apply-and-rinse masks, I was not exactly willing to invest $68 in a product that it may not take well to so I took advantage of one of Sephora’s online offers and received a deluxe sample instead. Let me just say this, not only am I a fan of their exquisite formulas, but also a huge believer in their mission. Most importantly of all, my complexion has yet to meet a Tatcha product it doesn’t love, and the new Violet-C Radiance Mask is no different.

The formula features two types of vitamin C: a water-soluble vitamin C derivative that absorbs quickly for an immediate glow and an oil-soluble vitamin C derivative that remains in skin longer, providing antioxidant protection from UV damage for a brighter, more even-toned appearance over time. The lavender mask is also powered by the Japanese beautyberry, a superfruit rich in antioxidants that was found to stabilize vitamin C, maximizing its effectiveness. On top of that, the gentle 10% AHA complex of seven fruits removes debris and the buildup of dead skin cells to visibly improve skin texture and support the natural production of new skin cells. Tatcha’s signature trio of Japanese anti-aging superfoods—green tea, rice, and algae—helps to restore a more youthful appearance. Purple upon applying, the rich and mildly thick creamy consistency with a barely-there, floral scent adheres to the skin in seconds and provides a immediate pleasant, tightening sensation. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water to unveil brightened, soft, healthy, rejuvenated glowing skin. In all honesty, I have not been able to quit this mask.

I use this mask once a week as a quick, soothing, and hydrating skin boost. For as rebellious as my skin can get, I have not pushed my luck in terms of stepping outside the 1x per week lines but usually if it doesn’t like something, it will let me know almost instantly by way of impromptu red bumps that manifest into a full-blown breakout the next morning. This mask, while intensive, is very gentle and has not caused any sort of reaction throughout usage. It is easy to apply and feels good on my face. I use a warm washcloth to remove the mask and then rinse my face afterwards before going in with toner, essence, etc.

If you’re new to Tatcha, they carry a large selection of travel and trial-sized items which makes it nice to try things out at a lower price point before investing in the full-sized options. Although this mask is not yet listed in that category, usually when Tatcha hits a certain cult status mark they cultivate on that by creating a on-the-go version later down the road. That being said, this  firming, protecting, and comforting formula that is basically radiance in a jar, is a great entry point to the Tatcha brand for all skin types at all ages. Reading through the reviews on Sephora there is a good mix of positive vs negative opinions. A majority slated that the fragrance gave them an allergic reaction and then proceeded to rate the product poorly. In my humble opinion this practice is not exactly fair considering that Tatcha clearly states that no synthetic fragrance was used (meaning natural fragrance was) but you should know that if any fragrance will affect you at all no matter how mild it may be, to not purchase these types of products. Also, another practice that bothers me is rating a product poorly after trying it only once. I cannot express enough that skincare takes time to work, even masks. Sometimes they provide miracles overnight, sometimes they don’t and that all truly depends on your complexion, chemistry and how receptive it is towards the ingredients used. In all reality, per time standard usually you don’t see any significant results until anywhere from two weeks to three months.

Bottom line, I highly recommend the Violet-C Radiance Mask as I find it another winning addition to Tatcha’s impeccable skin-loving roster. Two big thumbs up!

Pay it forward: a purchase of a full-sized Tatcha skincare item will fund a day of school for incredible girls through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership with Room to Read.

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