Sunday, May 1, 2016

TATCHA Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick is Back

TATCHA just announced that last year's exclusive, very limited Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick ($55) is back! That's big news, especially for those who missed it. "The geisha's iconic vermillion-red lip is captured in a hydrating, lightweight formula with a long-lasting, matte finish."

This universally flattering red, with brilliant pigments and pure silk and botanical extracts, is available at TATCHA's Web site. I had to hop online to tell you!

Photo courtesy of TATCHA

9 comments:

Eileen said...

Kyoto Red was Tatcha's runaway hit last year and is still going strong. It keeps selling out and Tatcha keeps restocking it because it has become one of those must have products for many makeup artists and for anyone who loves red lipstick. It is a beautifully balanced true red. There is nothing shy about it and yet it is not in the least bit vulgar. It is that classic power red that speaks of confidence. The formula is rich, hydrating, and creamy. The finish is a subtle matte that looks a bit satiny rather than flat. And, although it is opaque, it does seem to play off of surrounding skintones. Those of you who saw it swatched on Gaia's olive toned skin (The Non Blond) saw it as a warm tomato red, but on me it appears to lean more towards cherry because my skintone is much different from hers. The bottom line is that this is a red that will compliment a multitude of skintones and is well worth its price and cult status. I can easily imagine women embracing it as their signature red. Beautiful!

Sandra said...

It sounds lovely, but I wonder if I am too old, being in my 70s, for such a bold color. I miss wearing the beautiful reds.

Charleston Girl said...

Sandra, I can't wear red. I don't think it's age. In my case, it's my fair skin and light hair. I feel like I'm playing dress-up.

Sandra said...

Thank you, CG! I am sticking with the softer colors, and am really looking forward to the delivery of the Tom Ford lipsticks this week! Even in my seventies, I love wearing makeup, and am so grateful we live in an era where even being "long in the tooth" (so to speak), ther are fabulous choices! Have a lovely evening!😀

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with other ladies who are fair-skinned, we just cannot wear true reds. It's very simple. I cannot wear a true red and never have due to my skin coloring, not even true red nail polish. I will only admire from a distance on the younger ladies who can wear true reds. With so many choices today, true red is something I would never consider, even for free, if it was Tom Ford's or this brand.

Eileen said...

Hi Sandra,

72 is just a few months off for me (Whoa! When did that happen?!? LOL) and so I know what you mean about being cautious when it comes to wearing something like red lipstick. But, I think that it is not so much a question of being a certain age as it is how that age has affected our coloring, the condition of our features, and our personal style. For example, the stunning 84 year old Carmen Dell'Orifice wears colors like Kyoto Red and she looks phenomenal, but on someone like the fresh-faced 47 year old Jennifer Aniston, it would look harsh. Or, can you imagine how out of place it would look on the athletic 35 year old Gisele Bündchen, and yet that sexy 70 year old Helen Mirran often wears red and looks radiant. Some women simply look spectacular in red lipstick and their age isn't the deciding factor. Other women have never cared for it and that's not likely to change as they age. If you do want to try red, though, numerous MAs have offered suggestions as to how to pick a shade and then get used to wearing it. Personally, I love to wear red when I'm dressed up for evening out but you'll never see me wearing it to the local CVS! LOL. For daily wear I tend to favor mid-tone roses, berries, or plums.

As for my red odyssey, when I was a young woman, I never met a red I didn't love. The only thing that would steer me away from the color was whatever makeup trend was dominating fashion at the time. Whenever red would come around again, though, I was always quick to embrace it. Then in my late fifties the color became problematic for me. I'm sure it had to do with the changes that were occurring in my coloring but regardless, red just didn't seem to suit me the way it used to and so I confined my red fix to translucent red lipglosses. But then something curious happened as I entered my mid-sixties. I could wear red again! I was continually surprised that MAs would choose rich berries, plums, and reds for me rather than the lighter peaches, pinks, and corals that I had been wearing. I finally asked an MA friend of mine about that and he said, "Eileen, are you kidding? With your coloring and bone structure you were meant to wear red!" And so wear red I do :-) Now I must say I'm very particular about my red. I no longer were orange or brick reds nor do I wear the deeper oxbloods or blue reds. I pick true, mid-tone reds or reds that lean just a tiny bit towards cherry. I also prefer a soft satin finish and when I want a softer look I'll blot my red and then apply a balm or gloss over it. So, I guess my tale can be summed up this way: I used to wear red, but then I couldn't but then I could! LOL. No matter what colors we choose to wear, though, the important thing is that we feel beautiful and comfortable wearing them.

Sandra said...

Eileen, it was so sweet of you to share your lovely and insightful tale. I went to bed early last night, but I enjoyed reading it this morning with my coffee! 72 happens for me in just two weeks, and I am thankful for every year! You are so right about the natural changes in skin coloring over the years. I was actually in my fifties when red became harsh for me, and I have never tried it again. However, I will be in NYC with my family for my birthday. My daughter-in-law has already planned an excursion to the Saks cosmetic department for us, and I will definitely consult with a MA about the "red" issue for me! I love makeup, and Charleston Girl's blog is truly "Best in Beauty", not only for her research and fabulous swatches, but I love the readers' comments as well! Thank you!

ellyp said...

Hi Eileen! I simply love to read your comments on the various blogs! I have learned a lot from you. :)

I think I might have read that you have fair skin but I might be wrong. I am quite fair (I use By Terry Densiliss in 3 and the new La Prairie base in their lightest color). I worry this red might be too much for me. Do you wear other reds? I am slowly trying brighter colors but I have soft summer coloring so I have to be careful of tone and intensity. It is easy for me to overdo it.

Eileen said...

Hi Ellyp,

I didn't mean to ignore you, but for some reason I wasn't alerted when you posted. I'm fair with peach undertones. I wear Clé de Peau 010 (winter) 020 (summer), Guerlain Lingerie de Peau 02, Tom Ford Pale Dune. I think the reason why I can wear red has to do with my overall coloring. When young, I had hair that was almost black, black brows and lashes, dark green eyes, and a fair complexion. Because my overall look was rather dramatic, red and I got along beautifully. When my grey started coming in, I made the decision to just let it happen. Consequently, I went through an awkward phase where red made me look washed out. Once my hair became a true silver grey at the crown and around my face, though, I could wear red again. Because my hair is so silvery, though, I find true reds work best. As you know, I love Tatcha's Kyoto Red but I also have a beauty by Clé de Peau (sorry, I can't make out the number) which I love. There are so many beautiful reds on the market at all different price points so it's just a matter of going out to the counters and swatching like crazy :-) If you don't want to actually apply the tester (I never do), here's a trick: Rub your finger tips together until they're rosey. Swatch the lipstick on the pad of your fingertip and then hold it up against your face. You'll get a pretty good idea of how it will look on your lips. If you're not used to wearing red, though, you might want to start with a red gloss. Armani, Dior, Chanel all make beautiful red glosses. If you have cool, pale beauty like our gorgeous Charlestongirl, though, red might not be best for you. You might prefer trying some mid to deeper toned roses and berries.