Tatcha Silk Lipstick in Kyoto Red

May 3, 2016

I’m thrilled to share today that Tatcha has brought back their Silk Lipstick in Kyoto Red ($55 for 3.7 g) which is one of the most stunning statement reds I’ve ever seen. I missed it the first round when it launched last year so I was really happy to hear they decided to bring it back for a relaunch. To date Tatcha has released two lipsticks, Kyoto Red and A Plum Blossom (reviewed here, discontinued) – both are exquisite in every aspect. The packaging of the case is heavy weight and sturdy, the multi-faceted mold of the actual lipstick makes it super easy for precise application. These are hands down among the most luxurious and most beautifully designed lipsticks I own.

Kyoto Red is inspired by the geisha’s classic bold red lip. Tatcha’s website shows it swatched on four different skin tones to demonstrate how universally flattering color is. The pigment in the lipstick is extremely opaque making it a one-swipe wonder covering the entire lip with a single stroke. Application of color is even, smooth and full with a weightless feel. Tatcha calls the formula “feather-light” and it really is – it offers a nice soft veil of product on the lips but once it sets you completely forget you have anything on because it truly is feather light.

I would call this one a warm red but unlike many other warm reds it doesn’t turn orangey on the lips. It’s warm but still manages to stay a true red on the lips. Lasting power is quite good – it stays put for several hours without fading (snacks and drinks will cause transfer). It doesn’t feather or bleed. Quality is on point. A few quick snaps of the lipstick at the Japanese Garden at Balboa Park below:

A closer look at the lipstick below. The black, gold and red combination is quite striking.

Swatches to show how pigmented the color is, there is a very slight sheen right after application but once on the lips it has a semi-matte finish:

I was so impressed with the Sunrise Plum Blossom Lipstick and was happy to have been able to purchase that one before it sold out (I hope they bring it back). Kyoto Red is just as impressive in terms of quality, pigment and coverage. There are slight differences between the two (aside from the lipstick color and packaging color). Sunrise Plum Blossom is slightly creamier with a more cushiony moisture feel while Kyoto Red is more lightweight with a semi-matte finish. Even though the finish and feel are different I find them both equally hydrating. The day after wearing each of these my lips have a noticeablely smoother and well hydrated feel (most lipsticks either dry out my lips or make them peel by the second day).

Bottom line: another winner from Tatcha. Since I discovered the line I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve tried which I think is quite incredible. I know many of my readers are HUGE Tatcha fans, I’ve tried things based on your recommendations and have never been let down. If you’re new to the line and are interested in a top picks/roundup post let me know in the commments. For those who want to know right now what my top three favorites are right now, I swear by the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, Dewy Skin Mist and Beauty Papers. If you’re like me and want to be able to try things before committing to the full size, Tatcha has almost all of their skincare products available in Travel/Trial Sizes for purchase. I order these for travel and also for friends. If you’re looking for Mother’s Day Gifts – they have a lot of beautifully curated Gift Sets that are impeccably packaged.
I’ve teamed up with Tatcha for a special giveaway (US only) – you can enter on my Instagram account @beautylookbook – all the details on how to enter on my page here.

In the meantime, Kyoto Red is back (I do believe while supplies last) at Tatcha.com. If you like red lipstick I highly recommend you give this one a try.

This post was created in partnership with Tatcha. Many thanks to the Tatcha for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

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  • wefadetogray May 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Your canvas looks perfected and illuminated with this red! I just cannot wear warm reds, sadly.

    • Sabrina May 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you!

  • Anonymous May 3, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I love this color of red on you!

    • Sabrina May 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you! It's one of the most bold shades I now own πŸ™‚

  • Marzena T May 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    The color is extremely sexy

    • Sabrina May 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Awwww thank you!!

  • Anonymous May 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    The lipstick is beautiful, but I love the red nail polish–what is it please?

    • Sabrina May 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you! The red nail color is Louboutin Jazzy Doll πŸ™‚

  • degrees of shining ~ all about *E May 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I was so thrilled to get an early access email for this little luxury. I am so excited it is on its way! πŸ˜‰ I too hope that Tatcha will do another release of Sunrise: A Plum Blossom! I missed out on that beauty and lust for it. I love your blog Sabrina! You make everything look so yummy & gorgeous!

    • Sabrina May 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      That's awesome!!! So excited you will be getting yours soon. I really hope they bring back that pink one too.

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  • Anu K May 4, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Your fotd looks sooo good! Wat r u wearing on ur cheeks? Looks so natural. .

  • Amelia Grace May 4, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Its so pretty!! <3 Loved this post! The photos are amazing!

    Amelia | http://amelia-g.blogspot.com.au/

    • Sabrina May 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Amelia! Glad you liked the post πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 4, 2016 at 4:33 am

    This is GORGEOUS on you! I'm really getting into reds these days because I finally have the guts to wear them πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina May 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you – sweet of you to say, i'm still a neutral/nude lip girl at heart but this red is really stunning!

  • Jess May 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Hi Sabrina-

    I know bold red lips are outside of your comfort zone, but I think you should really try to get used to yourself with brighter lips, because this red is AMAZING on you. Red lips are a great look on you!


    • Sabrina May 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Awww thanks Jess!

  • Tatiana May 4, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I was lucky enough to get a tube of this on the first go around. I wore it yesterday. It lasted all through lunch and was a lovely muted stain by dinner time. I love how it looks a bit different on everyone. I have pigmented lips that lean mauve and this pulls closer to neutral on me. I'm loving your nail color. Think I might have to splurge on a bottle of it. It's Jazzy Doll, isn't it?

    • Eileen May 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Tatiana,

      Kyoto Red is a neutral red on me as well. It is interesting to see how the shade plays off of a person's lip and skin tones. The ability to do that is what makes it so suitable for a variety of complexions. And isn't it simply gorgeous on Sabrina? Wow!

      Sabrina, once again you've created a beautiful layout for a beautiful lipstick. I'm so happy Tatcha decided to bring Kyoto Red back. I can't imagine a red lipstick lover ever wanting to be without it and I'm sure that for many women it has become their signature red. Not only is the shade long-lasting perfection, but the formula and finish are peerless. Tatcha's two forays into the world of lipstick have been exemplary. Kyoto Red and Sunrise: A Plum Blossom are what luxury lipstick is all about.

    • Sabrina May 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Tatiana – yes the reddish nail is Jazzy Doll!

      Eileen – thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 4, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Sabrina,
    What is the neutral nail color you are wearing?

    • Sabrina May 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Anon – it's the Formula X Cupcakes and Cashmere Nail Color in Latte Run, however I don't recommend it. It bubbled and didn't wear well. Two almost identical shades are Essie Topless and Barefoot or Tom Ford Sugar Dune. HTH!

  • vtah May 5, 2016 at 4:17 am

    sabrina, tokyo red looks really good on you. i noticed that you are very good at applying lip products. how do you get it to look like that? it doesn't look like you use a lip liner. do you use a lip brush or do you just apply straight?

    • Sabrina May 12, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I usually apply straight from the tube – usually try to go around the edges first then fill in with the lipstick. If there's any mess up – I clean up the edges with a bit of cleansing water and qtip. HTH!

  • Holly Marks May 6, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love this color red…looks fabulous after only one swipe on the lips!

  • Lisa May 7, 2016 at 1:27 am

    OMG this looks amazing on you Sabrina! Wow!

    • Sabrina May 12, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Lisa!