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Tried and True Review: Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

By now, most people know that sunscreen is the ultimate anti-aging tool and skincare professionals insist we wear it every day. I’ll admit that I haven’t completely followed this rule for the sole reason that I have not been able to find a sunscreen I forget I have on. I’ve tried tons of versions advertised to be  “dry touch,” “weightless” and “non greasy,” and they have all failed me. Even if a sunscreen goes on weightless, I still feel a filmy texture on my skin. I’ve also noticed that most brands breakdown my makeup, or make me look greasy by mid-day.

Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Review

If you’re not familiar with Tatcha, their skincare formulas are based on the beauty secrets of Japanese Geishas. It’s a beautiful line and I have yet to try a product from them that I don’t like. Tatcha’s Pore Perfecting Sunscreen has taken four years and over one hundred formula submissions to create.

The brand wanted to create a product that was not only effective, but elegant and I really believe they did just that. Bottom line: this is the best sunscreen I have ever tried. A revelation that is bittersweet, as it’s also by far the most expensive.

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Silky and Non-Greasy

Tatcha Pore Perfecting Suncreen has a thick and creamy texture that melts into your skin and absorbs immediately. It feels different than any other sunscreen I’ve tried; it’s silky. It goes on almost like a moisturizer and it does not feel greasy whatsoever.

I have combination skin and I tend to get oily in my t-zone as the day goes on. This sunscreen doesn’t make me shiny at all. In fact, I feel like it’s done the opposite, and I’ve noticed I’m actually less oily when I wear it. I don’t think Tatcha claims that the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen mattifies, but there is Japanese Wild Rose in the ingredients, which is clinically proven to reduce sebum (oil) and also boost collagen.  My favorite thing about this sunscreen is that it does not break down your makeup, even after 8+ hours of wear.

Review: Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Most sunscreens are made with water particles suspended in oil which is what makes them feel greasy and gross. In the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, Tatcha suspends botanical oils in water instead, which is why I think it feels so much different. The sunscreen is said to tighten pores, but I didn’t notice that when I used it.

Doubles as a Primer

The Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen is advertised to double as a primer which I can understand as it does feel a little primer-y. I don’t use primer but for those who do, I’m not sure this would be able to completely replace your primer unless you use a lot of it.  The sunscreen has a clean scent which I really enjoy but it might be somewhat strong for those with fragrance sensitivities.

On their website, Tachta says “we wanted something that wouldn’t be a chore to apply, something that would be a cherished part of a daily skincare ritual.” Since I have been using the Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, I no longer dread putting on suncreen as part of my morning skincare routine. Tatcha knocked it out of the park with this product.

The Price

At $68,  it is definitely pricey. Tatcha does sell a travel version on their website for only $13, so you can try it before taking the plunge. Honestly, I do believe it’s worth it if you can afford it.

For those who cannot afford Tatcha, the other sunscreen I keep in my kit is La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Sunscreen. It doesn’t really compare to Tatcha, but it was my favorite up until now.

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Will it be Going in my Kit?

YES. I currently use La Roche Posay in my kit but I will be replacing it with this.

Cruelty Free?

Yes. From their website: “We do not test on animals in any country, nor do our vendors, chemists, manufacturers or formulators.”

Natural and/or Environmentally Friendly?

This product is not plant based, but it does not contain mineral oil, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.

Room to read

While not technically “environmental,” I love supporting brands that give back. Tatcha is partnered with the Room to Read Foundation and for every full sized product purchase, Tatcha donates one day of schooling to girls in developing countries.  Since January 2014, Tatcha has funded 385,000 days of school, mentorship and life skills. You can read more about their partnership HERE


Zinc Oxide 15%, Octisalate 5% Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Hdi/trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Glycyrrhiza Inflata (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sericin (Silk Extract), Algae Extract, Lecithin, Inositol (Rice Extract), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Beheneth-20, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Iron Oxides (Ci77491), Tin Oxide, Mica, Fragrance (Natural), Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

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Disclaimer: This product was provided by the company for review consideration. I pride myself in providing my readers with honest feedback of the products I am using. I will not recommend something I would not use personally and/or professionally. My Tried and True Review series is never sponsored. This post may contain affiliate links.

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  • Reply Space of Beauty October 3, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    This sounds great! I’m always looking for spf which works well with makeup!

  • Reply Irene October 17, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I love your blog! Have a nice weekend:)

  • Reply Mari December 2, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I would definitely want to try it! Thanks for the review.


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