Tatcha Brightening Duo Review

It’s very easy to fall off the skincare game when in lockdown…

No one will see you, you have nowhere to go, and perhaps you may be so indulged in writing your book that you forget simple things like washing your face or eating… no? Just me? Ok.

And okay maybe I don’t forget to eat as food is my entire life buuuuuuut I have definitely fallen off the skincare game… until a few months ago when I decided to purchase the Tatcha Brightening Duo after a night of tossing and turning with my phone in hand.

The Brightening Duo includes two mini sized products: The Essence Plumping Skin Softener (white bottle) and The Violet C-Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA (purple bottle).

Every single Tatcha product I have used thus far has been amazing, so when I needed a new Vitamin C serum, it seemed like the first place to check. Since my skin is a little problematic and can be sensitive when it comes to serums, I didn’t want to splurge on a product I didn’t know or tried before. When I saw this duo package, it was the perfect trial size and I also got an extra serum that has become a must have in my life.

I have used these products for a little over a month now, daily, and found that individually they are amazing, but together… I don’t know what I did before them?

NOTE: This is not sponsored at all. As always, these are my own opinions!

The Essence Plumping Skin Softener:

I didn’t know how much I needed this until I used it for a week and noticed a HUGE difference in the way my skin looked with and without make-up. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t expect to like it. I’ve always found that serums were kind of a waste… if not to help brighten or even my skin tone then why need it? Drinking water, or eating the right foods can give your skin everything it needs without using products and spending a shit ton of money.

In this case, I was so effing wrong.

It hydrated my skin in a way that even drinking 2L of water a day might not have been able to do in such a short amount of time. It felt so cooling on the skin, melting into it almost immediately, leaving it soft and supple. It is also advertised as anti-aging but tbh I haven’t seen anything there really, I may notice it late on but mostly what it focuses on for me is hydration, helping with uneven skin tone, and plumping.

It is best used before the Vitamin C serum. I put a few drops in my palms, and press it into my face.

Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA:

This serum is by far the gentlest, nicest, and calming on the skin despite it being a high concentration and a vitamin based serum. It is not overpowering in scent, does not leave the skin tacky or tingly, and you notice a difference almost immediately, although constant use is required to see the desire change in your skin. I also notice it helps with breakouts or incoming ones, due to the AHA that helps limit the dirt and dead skin that clogs pores.

My dark spots and scarring is lighter. My face is glowing. And my skin tone is more even than any other product I have ever used… to the point where I only need concealer now and haven’t used foundation in over a month (a huge step for me as foundation as been my… foundation forever now).

I use it right after the Essence, putting it directly on my skin, a few pumps (about 2-3) one on each cheek, and one on my forehead, and then I massage into my skin concentrating on the areas that really need it.

Tatcha is always cruelty free and clean. It is free of parabans, gluten, silicon, and it’s vegan! Currently this product is not sold anymore 😦 I didn’t want to review it until I was sure I used it enough to have a solid opinon. I have linked below the full-sized products at Sephora. I usually buy almost everything skin care and makeup from Sephora, and they have this fantastic return policy that allows you to return a product even after you’ve opened and used it. With COVID-19, I’m not sure if that policy is still in place, but if you have dry skin, dark spots, scarring, and dull skin… these two products are for you!

Have any of you used Tatcha products before and how do you like them? Are there any other skincare serums I should be trying?



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