Right, so, the elephant in the room: at $185 for 1.7 oz, Tatcha's Radiant Deep Brightening Serum is really only of consideration if you are comfortable at that general price point for skincare. Tatcha's beautiful line is the epitome of luxury. Some of their items have lower price points (< $100), and I do have some favorites (like the Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder), but this one is on another level. I, personally, am not able to drop this much money on skincare on the regular, and that is something to consider, but I'll discuss its other merits.
It's a serum that is intended to target hyper pigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone, using all of the usual suspects (licorice, rice extract, silk extract, and Tatcha's HADASEI-3 anti-aging complex). A lot of other products on the market are similar in goal, at a variety of price points (I've tried many: Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, Deciem WhiteRX Activated Serum, Shiseido White Lucent line, Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector).
|I do love that their travel sizes have the same luxe, functional packaging, and provide more affordable ways to trial products.|
Does this work better than others I've tried? Not necessarily. There is a noticeable lightning of dark spots with use - nothing drastic, but that's to be expected. Where it does deliver, though, is on the claim of being "non-irritating" and "non-sensitizing." Many spot correctors, just by the nature of the active ingredients necessary, tend to be drying or can irritate skin. Tatcha's version is quite gentle - I didn't notice itching or dryness in the morning (I use products like this at night), and I have had problems like that in the past, most noticeably with Shiseido's (which also isn't cheap).
I used up a travel size version, which lasted a fair amount of time, but right now I'm back to Deciem WhiteRX, which is ok. I may go back to Clinique. Bottom line? Tatcha's serum is nice. I didn't see a dramatic change, but there weren't a lot of negative side effects, either. If this is a price point you're comfortable with, it's worthy of consideration. If not, I'm sure we'll find something else.
Tatcha can be purchased at Sephora and on their own website.
Do you have a brightening/spot correcting serum in your arsenal to recommend? Let me know!