Tata Harper Skin Care Comparison
A quick thing about me, to start: I don’t like to have too many different products in my skin care routine.
And it’s as much about not wasting money as it is about quality skincare. I like to make sure I am using certain products that work well together, but are not redundant.
For example, if I have a face mask from a certain brand, I don’t want to have an eye mask as well. Both go on the face and cover the same areas (one allows for more coverage) but if my face mask can’t do for my under-eyes what another one can, I’d rather have a product that can do both.
Serums, facial oils, facial “milks” are all similar products so I want to be using one of the three, rather than alternating three different products at the same time.
That being said, I also want to use products that compliment each other, and help bring out the best qualities of both products. Like a cleanser and topical serum that work well together, or a face mask and moisturizer that bring out the best of each other.
It can be okay to have more than one and mix them or alternate, but for myself, I prefer to know exactly which product I’m using, so I know who to credit (or discredit) for the overall effect on my skin. And I prefer to have one product that works rather than using two at once, such as a serum and facial oil at the same time, if I can find one product that has the effects of both. And there are products like that. You just have to do a little digging.
Freshness and “glow” are the two things I’m always after when it comes to skin care for purposes beyond cleanliness. Particularly when it comes to creams and serums for things like making my skin look younger and brighter, I want to be sure the product is really doing what it says it will. And if I can find serums or oils that can do more within one bottle, then those are what I want in my collection: multi-taskers.
So, I did a bit of an experiment.
I tried a number of different products that claimed to have similar effects on the skin, just to see which was best, and I gave each of them a week to do their thing. I used one product daily for 7 days and then stopped for 5. Then I started a different one for 7 days. I thought this would be the best way to differentiate each product and its effects.
Though I tried about twelve different masks, creams, serums and exfoliators for the purposes of my experiment, I narrowed down to the 3 brands I that left the strongest impression; for better and for worse. I’ll start with “for worse”.
Adore Cosmetics Cleanser and Toner:
What attracted me in the first place, was the incredibly mixed reviews of this skincare line. Half claimed the product was a “scam” and the other half said it was amazing. Usually, when there is no in-between, this raises a red flag for me. It makes me think the five star reviews are lying, since there is no one who has had just a mildly good or bad experience, but extremes on both ends.
So, I tried the facial cleanser and toner from this luxury brand. A friend and I actually purchased them together, (we thought it’d help to cut costs on this experiment). We wanted to answer the question “are luxury skincare products worth the cost?”
Well, we came to the conclusion that maybe some are (we’ll let you know the next time we pool the money for one) but even after one week, Adore Cosmetics was nothing special when it came to really providing tangible results. They claim “profound beautifying results”, but honestly I couldn’t say I saw any.
And “nothing special” wouldn’t normally warrant a review, but the price tag is what left the larger impression on me, in this case. To be very clear, I didn’t notice any difference in my skin at all. It didn’t visibly harm my complexion, but if the question is “is it worth it”, well, at $100 a bottle, I would expect at least some positive difference in my skin. My friend and I decided this deserved a review, particularly because after some further exploration, we found that they sell golden face masks for $5000!
Now, I have seen other products use gold in their ingredients, and they cost more money than other products, but not this much. And if the cleanser and toner are any indication, then I wouldn’t expect too much in terms of results.
Paula’s Choice Redness Relief and Hyalauronic Acid Booster:
This is one I expected to like, simply because Paula’s Choice is well-known name, and I had heard good things in passing. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out how I had expected.
I tried “Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief”, a moisturizer with SPF to my skin before applying the foundation I use daily. I picked it especially because it is good for normal to dry skin, and my skin is generally on the dry side, and tends to redden easily.
Often after an initial application, my face will get red but is usually only lasts a few seconds. Oddly, the redness lasted longer when I applied this moisturizer, when it specifically is meant to reduce redness. That was particularly disappointing, since they claim that the cream will “minimize the look of irritated skin and a persistently red face”.
The second product I tried from Paula’s Choice was the “Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster” which is meant to visibly plump skin and fine lines. I gave this one 7 days, just as I did with the other products, to do its best. After one week, I didn’t notice any difference in the “plumpness” or “firmness” of my skin, and I found it left dry patches on my cheeks.
After some research after the fact, I found that reviews for the hyalauronic acid booster came to a similar conclusion. Some people found it worked for them, regardless. I just wasn’t one of them.
Tata Harper Purifying Face Mask and Repairative Moisturizer:
From Tata Harper, I tried the Purifying Mask and Repairative Moisturizer, but this time I get to say I was pleasantly rewarded (Even though I think they are spelling Reparative wrong, but I guess they’ve given themselves ‘poetic license’).
The moisturizer is of a light consistency but leaves tangible results nonetheless. My skin was noticeably more even for it, and it the aroma was definitely another nice touch!
As with the other products I tried, I gave Tata Harper’s moisturizer one week to provide its best results, but unlike the other ones I tried, I noticed a positive difference in my skin within three days or regular use.
I never use a face mask more than 3 times a week, so that’s what I did with Tata Harper’s Purifying Mask. This is the product out of all the ones I tried (including the few others I spared you the mediocre details of) that I actually loved and will most definitely be using again.
The purifying mask provided my skin with the detox it promised, and though it claims to works best with oily skin, it worked quite well with my drier skin too!
After a single use my skin looked more fresh and felt softer than before. For my experimental purposes I used it for the three days in a row. And now that I’m done with it for my review’s sake, I’m confident switching up to once or twice a week. I genuinely felt it’s deep-cleaning ability and felt it open up my pores.
After checking out a few different lines, these were the three that stood out for the sake of a comparative review; what I liked and what I didn’t. I will definitely be adding some Tata Harper products that work well to compliment one another here!
A couple of other all-natural lines deserve honorable mention for being genuinely effective, and doing what they promise: African Botanics (from which I tried the Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm) and Osea (from which I tried the Eye Gel Serum and the Vitamin C Face Polish!