Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer – Review

I recently picked up this beautiful product to try and I am SO excited. I have heard nothing but good things about Tatcha & this product.
And of course, I am always up to try new products and I love getting your recommendations 🙂

Here’s what the website says about the product..



  • Instantly blur imperfections with featherlight silk extracts, nourishing the skin and correcting fine lines and the look of pores
  • The velvety, smoothing powder allows makeup to glide on with even ease and last all day with oil and shine kept at bay
  • 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


Glide the spatula lightly across the top of balm. A little goes a long way; use a rice-sized amount for the whole face. With fingertips, dot the formula on your forehead, nose, chin, eyelids, and cheeks. Gently massage the balm onto your face and allow the silk to melt into a second skin before applying foundation. Can be used alone or with makeup, and is suitable for use on face, eyes, and lips.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/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 Fruit Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii 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-3Formulated without:
Parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA.

First Impression

The packaging is so luxe, from the box, to the compact and the little usage disc included. Everything is beautifully made and you can tell they thought of everything.
All Tatcha packaging gets the same response from me, it’s just so pretty.

Swatching a tiny bit of the back of my hand, I can already tell what everyone is raving about, the formula and finish is SO soft and silky. It glides onto the skin like butter, and I think it is going to sit beautifully under my other layers I apply to my face.

First Use – No Makeup

For my first use of this primer, I thought I’d try it on a day that I wouldn’t be wearing makeup, just to see how it sits / soaks into my skin, and how it reacts with my skin type during the day.

I have normal/dry skin and I found that it was actually really nice on my skin, it soaked in nicely, didn’t leave a greasy/shiny film on the surface of my face and just looked nice and polished. I know the product has a “blurring effect” but a lot of primers say that and don’t deliver; well Tatcha delivered! My entire face has been evened out and looks flawless before even applying a slick of makeup.

Second Use – Underneath Makeup

Now for the real test, I used it underneath a full face of makeup, and saw how it assisted with my makeup lasting throughout the day.
Since I have normal/dry skin, I don’t tend to get ‘oily’ much, but if I wear my makeup for 8+ hours, I do tend to get a little shiny on my nose and centre of my forehead; and makeup does tend to move/shift on my face.

So since this claims to keep oil and shine at bay, we shall see with the results..

Makeup applied: 8:30am

Makeup check: 12:00pm

Makeup check: 5:00pm


So in total, I wore the Tatcha primer, 2 days in a row, both for 8+ hours each… IN THAILAND!
On neither day did I end up oily, shiny or need to touch up my powder/blot my face.

I would say that is a successful trial of a new product. It really is such a beautiful product, yes it is on the high end of expensive for a primer that goes ‘under’ your makeup, but if it helps my face last through 8+ hours of running around after my toddler in Thailand heat, I’ll take two! 😀

  • Would I repurchase? – YES
  • Would I recommend? – YES
  • Where did I buy it? – Mecca Maxima
  • Price? – $76.00

If you aren’t ready to commit to a whole pot of it, just pop into your local Mecca Maxima store and one of the lovely ladies will be happy to give you a little sample to take home & try 🙂

If you try it, let me know how you go <3

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