Friday, July 5, 2019

Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: Review

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Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: Review
Inspired by Japanese geisha's 300-year-old tradition of applying a wax-based primer ("bintsuke") before makeup application, Victoria Tsai, the founder of Tatcha has created a multi-purpose primer called The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($68 CAD for 20 g). Designed to blur, prime, protect, and color-correct, the primer can be worn alone or under makeup for a flawless complexion. Currently, The Silk Canvas Protective Primer is the bestselling primer at Sephora so I knew I had to give it a try. To read my review, click......
Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: Review
Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
The Silk Canvas Protective Primer comes in a flattened jar and a round plastic spatula is included for scooping. The jar's wide-mouth design makes easier to access the primer but I feel that because more product is exposed to air, it will dry out faster. I've not had the primer long enough to experience any issues but it's probably something to consider when you open up a fresh one (which, fortunately, comes protected in a sealed plastic bag).

Designed for all skin types, The Silk Canvas Protective Primer is a silicone-based primer infused with Tatcha's proprietary anti-aging Hadasei-3 Complex consisting of green tea, rice, and algae extracts. With a lovely and subtle floral fragrance, the primer has a soft pink appearance that turns mostly translucent once fully blended. There is a very subtle color-correcting property but the primer does not provide any coverage. The formulation looks solid but after being warmed up between the fingers, it becomes very creamy and spreadable. Although the first ingredient on the list is silicone, the primer doesn't feel as heavy or mask-like as some of the other primers on the market and I personally did not experience any pilling. The primer immediately fills in pores to give the skin a smooth and blurred finish that's natural and non-drying.
Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: Review
Tatcha | The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Despite its superior formulation, The Silk Canvas Protective Primer still suffers from some of the same issues as other silicone primers I've used in the past. As my skin becomes more greasy as the day goes on, the sebum starts to break down and mix with the silicone barrier, causing some patching and an overall feeling of heaviness. This is one of the main reasons that I steer clear of silicone-based primers but I know a lot of oily-skinned people that aren't bothered by it. So therefore, if you regularly use a silicone-based primer, then you will probably love the smooth and creamy texture of the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. However, if you've never been a fan of silicone-based primers, this one probably won't change your mind.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Saccharomyces (Yeast)/Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus (Algae)/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Ceresin, Titanium Dioxide, Squalane, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sericin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Silk Powder, Caesalpinia Spinosa (Tara) Fruit Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii (Sea Moss) Extract, Yeast Extract, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Disodium Edta, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica (Ci 77019), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Iron Oxide (Ci 77491). *Hadasei-3.

Have you tried this primer before? What's your favorite primer? Share with me in the comments below!

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