Skincare brand Tatcha took the beauty world by storm when they announced their first foray into the makeup world – their The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer*. Retailing at $76 in Australia this is a big investment for a single makeup item and I’ve been testing it out over the last few weeks and finally have my review to share with you all.
Firstly – I love the packaging. I love the detail Tatcha puts into their products from the boxes to the notes inside -not to mention what their products are housed in. The Silk Canvas Primer comes in a beautiful round jar/compact with purple and silver detailing, in line with their brand.
This primer is meant to “instantly blur imperfections with featherlight silk extracts, nourishing the skin and correcting fine lines and the look of pores” as well as saying that the “velvety, smoothing powder allows makeup to glide on with even ease and last all day with oil and shine kept at bay”.
Ingredient wise, it states that it is “formulated with a protective barrier of botanicals to keep makeup and pollution from affecting the skin or clogging pores… the infusion of pink and gold pearl even out skin tone, while Hadasei-3, a trinity of Japanese superfoods, delivers anti-aging benefits for a youthful, glowing complexion”.
It’s worth mentioning that I don’t consider this a powder product – it’s a thick, velvet-y balm like consistency. It definitely does glide on with ease and I definitely notice a difference in the appearance of my pores both instantly and throughout the day when checking on my makeup. I like to make sure I have something really hydrating on underneath this because I wouldn’t say it’s nourishing – it definitely isn’t drying but I prefer a more moisturising feel than this. I tend to use this mostly on my nose and t-zone with something else around the rest of my face to give the hydration that my skin needs.
When it comes to keeping oil and shine at bay all day I’d say it depends what foundation you use with it. I’ve tried everything from Revlon to Mac to Maybelline with this (and more) and my results definitely vary depending on what I place on top. It definitely helps reduce how fast the oil comes through but I definitely still get oily on my nose when I’m using this – it’s unavoidable. I wouldn’t call this a mattifying primer – and it isn’t marketed as one either.
It helps even out my skin’s texture and I really love that. If I’m only wearing light makeup for a few hours I’ll use this all over, otherwise I’ll use a mattifying primer on my nose and this around the rest of my t-zone. For $76 I think it has a really hefty pricetag but if you can afford it then I’d recommend picking it up. It is in my opinion perfectly suited for those with a more normal skintype or those with some texture issues that they’re wanting to even out. It is comfortable and long-wearing and a little goes a long way. It’s definitely interesting to try and get used to because there aren’t a lot of solid primers on the market but I seriously think Tatcha are doing some good with this primer – and I can’t wait for them to release more makeup!