Yesterday we brought you an introduction to Tatcha and the hardcore heritage that informed founder Victoria Tsai’s product philosophy. Today, we review one of the two full-sized items we’ve picked up from the line (so far!).

Tatcha Cleansing Powder – Classic

Tatcha’s polishing powders are a water-activated enzyme powder made from rice bran, papaya (dig those AHAs!), and the line’s signature HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex.

They come in three varieties: gentle (with licorice root to soothe the skin), classic (with pearl extract to condition combination skin), and deep (with dukodami, a Japanese herb prized for diminishing the appearance of blemishes). Not long ago we had an awesome facial at Barney’s thanks to the lovely people at Tatcha and our esthetician told us that the deep cleansing powder might be too drying for everyday use on our combination skin, so we ended up going home with the classic powder. (That said, we tried both of the other varieties in our Tatcha sampler and the deep makes for a great cleanser in the face of our hormonal monthly breakouts).

The powder itself is very finely milled, almost like coarse flour. The elegant packaging also means you can pour product into your palm, rather than contaminating the whole jar with fingers. After removing makeup (we used our sample of the brand’s camellia cleansing oil), take some cleansing powder (about a teaspoon’s worth works for us) in wet hands, and apply to your wet face. Gently massage into your skin with those circular motions we hear are so good for stimulating the skin and gawp in amazement as the powder turns into a creamy, foamless cleanser. We wash with ours for at least a minute, sometimes busting out the trusty Clarisonic Mia.

The results are both instant and long-term. As soon as we rinse our face off and get ready to apply serum (at the moment it’s our sample of Tatcha’s killer brightening serum), skin’s texture feels softer. But even better are the benefits of using the powder for a few weeks. Pesky pores seem at least a bit tighter and there are fewer mornings spent punishing errant blackheads with the comparatively clinical standby St. Ive’s apricot scrub.

And we’re down with that.

Tatcha’s cleansing powders are $65 each, and can be purchased on Tatcha’s website and at Barney’s New York.

All products referenced in this review were bought out of our own lint-filled pocket.

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