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Anyone with oily skin and large pores knows how crucial a good foundation is when using foundation. I’ve gotten so used to using a primer to help fade pores and even out my skin tone that I feel naked for the few times I forget it. Needless to say, I’m pretty serious about primers (maybe not as serious as liquid eyeliner, but they’re pretty much up there), and I’m always willing to experiment whenever a new one comes along. . Tatcha has been one of my favorite skin care brands for years, and I have been a huge fan of its original. Silk canvas primer ($ 52), which is a rich, solid balm packaged in a compact. After the success of Silk Canvas, the brand continues with a derivative version – Tatcha’s Liquid silk canvas ($ 52), which comes in a bottle and is a different type of formula.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer vs Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer

According to Daniel Martin, makeup artist and global director of art and education Tatcha, the main difference between original silk canvas and liquid silk canvas is the consistency of the formulas. While the original is a rich, velvety balm, the liquid is a lighter, oil-free version. Both are made with silk powder extracts to smooth pores and wrinkles, along with a blend of botanical and antioxidant-rich extracts that aim to protect and nourish the skin. “An easy way to determine which version is best for your skin care needs is to match similar formulas,” says Martin. “If you live in a drier climate or have dry skin, and you use an emollient moisturizer to help hydrate the skin, silk canvas will blend beautifully, and similarly if it’s damp, you have more skin. oily and wear lighter weight or oil free moisturizer, go for liquid silk canvas.

Because I have oily / combination skin, Liquid Silk Canvas seems to make the most sense, which I found interesting as I had great results with the original primer. But Martin says both formulas hold makeup in place and prevent wrinkles or cracks without pilling or becoming too slippery. I figured liquid silk canvas might be better for me on hot days (which living in LA is basically every day of the year). I noticed one of the main differences between primers right out of the box, literally.

Because the original Silk Canvas is a strong balm in a compact, you have to take a small amount with the included spatula (or your long fingernail if you’re lazy like me) and massage it into the skin. Liquid Silk comes in a bottle so you only apply one pump so it’s much easier for me in that sense. After putting on my moisturizer and sunscreen, I applied the primer with my fingers as Martin recommends (“It gives you more control over the application; you can apply it to the skin without squashing the pores, and you end up using less product because there is no sponge or brush that absorbs the formula. ”) and I also found that it melted into my skin faster than the balm which made the process rather quick to apply.

Before primer:

primer for tatcha silk canvas before
Photo: Marie Lodi Andreakos

My skin was in pretty bad shape from a few post-laser acne breakouts, so the primer definitely had its work cut out for it. Immediately after applying Liquid Silk Canvas, I noticed that my skin was brighter, more even, and my large pores were much less protruding. It was like a low-key Instagram filter, not too much, not too little, but just at Goldilocks level. I then applied my full coverage foundation, which went smoothly and without too much effort to blend. Liquid Silk Canvas is designed to protect your makeup so that it lasts all day, and it’s proven against the ultimate test: foundation made not settle in my pores. However, I did have some oil in my T zone which is expected especially in 80 degree weather. Still, it wasn’t much, and my pores still looked a lot less obvious than usual, so I’m not mad at that.

After priming:

after tatcha primer for silk fabric
Photo: Marie Lodi Andreakos

Complete make-up with the Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas base:

full makeup tatcha silk canvas primer
Photo: Marie Lodi Andreakos

Since I started using liquid silk canvas, I find myself reaching for it more and more. I’m a fan of the ease of application – I have to admit I’m a fan of the pump bottle – but I also like the right formula for my skin type. Overall I think Liquid Silk Canvas Primer is definitely worth the cost, especially if you are an oily, large pore person, and looking for something to prep and pamper your skin before and under foundation. medium to full coverage. I loved how it blurs my pores just enough, brightens my skin tone, and gives me a glowing look from the inside out. Congratulations, Liquid Silk Canvas, you have joined my coveted, everyday product line.

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