Tatcha Sunrise: A Plum Blossom 23-Karat Gold Illuminated Lipstick (Limited-Edition)

February 10, 2016
Tatcha just launched a new lipstick called Sunrise: A Plum Blossom ($55 for 3g/0.1 oz, made in Japan, limited-edition). As soon as I heard about it I immediately ordered a few as it looked like a pretty plum pink lip color I would wear everyday. Tatcha’s Sunrise Lipstick is one of the most luxurious lip colors I think I’ve ever splurged on. Everything is exquisite from the box to the packaging design of the tube. It’s described as a cool plum pink blush color that has a fine hint of 23-karat gold mixed in for a creamy, lustrous finish to flatter any complexion, day or night. I see a very fine veil of gold in the color but on the lips it applies more like a cream. It’s very creamy and smooth and glides on the lips easily without having too much slip. I’m so impressed with the way it feels – it’s very moisturizing but feels lightweight. I can’t detect any scent or taste which is a huge plus. Lasting power for this glossy finish lipstick is pretty impressive. On me it pulls more pink than plum and brightens the entire look for a fresh pink glow. Do note that on me, anything plum-toned tends to pull brighter and more vibrant for some reason. I recommend you check out the swatches on The Non-Blonde and Best Things in Beauty to see how it looks on other skintones.

Tatcha’s Sunrise Lip Color is inspired by the first spring time blooms of the iconic pink Japanese Plum Blossoms in Kyoto. Here in Southern California we don’t have any but I played tourist in my hometown and took a visit to the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park to see what blooms I could find. Right now the Pear Trees are in full bloom everywhere with pretty white blossoms.

A closer look at the packaging and intricate details. The lipstick comes in a heavy weight sleek metal tube. It’s quite luxurious and I love the clean classic look of it. There are gold details on the cap and base that give this an extra special touch.

Above, on the nails Essie Barefoot and Topless 
Below, a look at the multi-faceted design of the lipstick itself

Another look at the detailing:

Some swatches, applied straight from the tube it adheres well to the lips, but with glossy lipsticks sometimes they swatch sheer on the arm. I have one light and one heavier one to show how you can build the pigment. On the lip swatches lipstick is applied straight from the tube.

Some comparison swatches:

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lip Color in Bond Girl (reviewed here)
Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Cary (swatched here)
Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Dusk (on the lips here)
Tom Ford Lip Color in So Vain (on my lips here)
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle (reviewed here)
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Rose Blush (swatched here)

Note many of the above colors look similar on the arm, but they are pretty distinct in my opinion, especially on the lips. Tatcha Sunrise is the brightest and most youthful. Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Cary looks a lot deeper and darker on my lips. Tom Ford So Vain is significantly cooler-toned and more blue-based. Chanel Mademoiselle is warmer.

Tatcha’s Sunrise A Plum Blossom shade is hands down a winner. Even with the high price point of $55 I think it’s something that will be truly a universally flattering color no matter what skintone or lip color you have. Everything from the formula, packaging and way the lipstick is molded is exquisite and well worth the high price tag. I think it’s the perfect bright but still somewhat neutral pinkish color with a hint of plum to add life to the complexion this time of year. It’s the color I will be wearing on Valentine’s Day πŸ™‚ It’s a soft romantic pink that has enough pigment to show up but still neutral enough to be on the natural side. I believe it’s exclusive to Tatcha.com (where I ordered mine). Since it’s limited-edition, I do recommend ordering very soon. The last one that was launched sold out very quickly (it was a red shade and I missed out).

Right now, Tatcha has a promotion to Celebrate the Lunar New Year and a golden future ahead with their Omokage Gold-leaf Hand Mirror, a hand-crafted treasure from Kyoto. You can enjoy a complimentary Hand Mirror with code MIRROR16 at checkout at Tatcha with any order over $200. Begins 2/7/16 while supplies last.

Have you checked out the new Tatcha lipstick yet? If not I hope you will! If you have, I’d love to hear what you think about it!

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  • Wow! This lipstick is beautiful! And so are your photos.

    Nicky | Zeeb Likes It

    • Thank you Nicky! It was fun to shoot the items in the garden πŸ™‚

  • That lipstick shade is so pretty!! I can't believe how gorgeous the packaging is sooo fancy!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Took the words right out of my mouth, yes fancy lipstick packaging at it's best!

  • Mine came yesterday – definitely a winner!

    • Sweet!! It's such a pretty color.

  • pretty colors!

  • Wow.. the lipstick pics in the garden look exquisite. .the colour looks so good.. i hope it will look gud on my nc42 complexion. . I'm seriously considering buying it..it's my kind of colour..light plummy pink.. πŸ™‚

  • beautiful pictures and lovely lipstick!

  • This is a gorgeous shade and I love the packaging, but it's so pricy!


  • This color looks amazing on you!

  • Christina

    This is gorgeous! I have yet to splurge on a lipstick at this price point, but this one is certainly enticing with it's beautiful presentation and inclusion of gold. The colour looks great on you!

    • It's definitely a splurge, but Tatcha has never let me down on anything I've tried from them.

  • Stunning! I just had to order it :). Thanks, Sabrina!

    • Yay! I'm so glad you treated yourself πŸ™‚

  • Lucky us that you got to visit those gardens, what beautiful photographies!

    • Thanks! I can't wait for Cherry Blossom season, I hear there are blooms everywhere in March/April.

  • I swore I wasn't going to buy this… but I am so glad I did. It pulls more pink on me as well. Like everything else I've tried from Tatcha, it was well worth the price tag.

    • Hahaha I do that a lot too, but yes Tatcha = love.

  • This lipstick is beautiful!


  • Cheryl

    Bought it – LOVE it!

  • As soon as I saw it I wanted it but I have a very deep lip color so I'm not sure how it would work on me.

  • When I received my A Plum Blossom, I instantly fell in love with this lustrous, translucent, glowing bit of springtime perfection–a luscious plum shot through with ultra fine particles of real gold. It is considerably warmer on me than it is on you, Sabrina. The color swatched on my arm (Best Things in Beauty) is the color that registers on my lips. (For reference, my complexion is light with peach undertones and my lips are a medium rose.) I've been wearing this beauty ever since receiving it. It is classic Tatcha which means it is an outstanding lipstick with all the benefits of a conditioning balm but without the slip and slide that lipstick balms typically have. This is real lipstick πŸ™‚ Tatcha's second foray into the world of lipstick is a resounding success as far as I'm concerned.

    • I saw your swatch on BTIB so sweet of you to do that! I'm not surprised it pulls warmer on you. It pulls warmer on me compared to what I see in the tube and anyone with lighter skin will probably see more warmth πŸ™‚

    • I have fair skin and this lipstick looks lilac on me.

  • Sabrina S

    I got this as well about a week ago and my lord, it is just BEAUTIFUL! It feels so nice on the lips and looks divine so I think the price is definitely worth it!

  • Definitely! I know there are people who cringe at the thought of $55 for a lipstick, and that's fine, there are a lot of over-priced, over-hyped products out there, but Sunrise: A Plum Blossom is not one of them. It is worth every penny for the way it looks, for the way it makes my lips feel, and for all the compliments I receive whenever I wear it. It is a specialty item and is in a class of its own πŸ™‚

    • I am one of those people, but I still do it haha.

  • Anonymous

    How would you compare this with the Charlotte Tilbury in Between the Sheets? Which would you buy if you could only get one?

    • Between the Sheets is a pinkish color, lighter in overall tone. Tatcha is more rosy and looks more like a natural flush.

      I wouldn't be able to decide between either one! Depends what color preference you have. Between the two I think the Tatcha will be easier to pull off for more skintones.

  • oh wow! Everything about the lipstick is soo pretty! The packaging,the styling -just amazing!!


  • Love the comparison swatches and your beautiful photos! I want this so badly, but I'm trying to cool it on the spending. Oh well. Happy Valentine's Day Sabrina!

    xo, Joyce

  • Gorgeous lipstick, ridiculous marketing. I wanted to buy a back-up and it is sold-out everywhere. Seriously, when you have just 2 lipsticks in your lineup, why can't you make them permanent.