primer,  skincare

Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer | REVIEW (& DUPE??)

This primer is ALL over YouTube. Every time I turn around someone is slapping this thing in their favorites.

And I’m just like… why??

So recently, over on my YouTube channel (head on over and subscribe¬†– it’d be real nice ūüôā¬†I put it through a multi-day¬†wear test to see what all the¬†hype was about. So keep on reading if you want to see if this $52 primer is actually worth your coin.¬†


The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer, a velvety priming balm made with pressed silk. It is currently available at Sephora, 0.7 oz for $52.

It comes packaged in a big wide pan, like a hockey puck, with a little scoop/spatula to dispense product out without contaminating. The ‘application disc’ does have a line on it to let you know how much you need, so I suppose that is also helpful.


This primer does promise to blur and smooth the skin prior to makeup application – the silk extracts and powder “instantly diminish the look of pores and fine lines”.¬†But it also carries those big promises of protection and skincare.

Protection? Like SPF?


There¬†is no SPF in this primer. By ‘protective’ they simply mean this creates a perfect layer between your face and the makeup/outside¬†world so that your pores stay clear, as well as visibly reducing¬†the appearance of wrinkles and dullness.

So essentially this is supposed to be a two-pronged approach Рwhere it is MAINLY a skincare step with anti-aging ingredient Hadasei-3 working away at your skin health over time, and the silk additions helping to create a velvety makeup base for better, longer makeup application.

Alleged to be suitable for all skin types, nonirritating, non-comedogenic, cruelty-free. This is also formulated without synthetic fragrances.


I tried this on multiple days (there are videos if you want to see it in action!) and ultimately – this did absolutely nothing for me. It did not smooth anything. It did not really blur pores any more than my tried and true Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer, and it didn’t make my makeup last any longer than other primers I put it up against. The additional¬†skincare features are neat and all, but if it can’t even perform the basic functions of a PRIMER which is what it is sold to me as then I am just not willing to pay $52 for a disc of skincare.


In my Wear Tests РI definitely found a DUPE for this product if you DO like the way this product performs on your skin. It, of course, does not have the skin care ingredients that the Silk Canvas has, but if you find that primer works for your skin type to smooth and lengthen wear, then give this one a try! (The Catrice one is no longer available it seems, but the new elf Poreless Putty is basically the same thing and that one is at Ulta!)

Check out the video to see it in action!

The drugstore dupe is free from ALL added fragrances (not just synthetic) and is also cruelty-free. Oh, and did I mention it is SEVEN DOLLARS?


Once again,¬†unfortunately, the YouTube hype has failed¬†me.¬†Do they all actually love these things they lose their shit over?¬†Am I using it wrong?¬†Am I expecting too much? Are they getting….compensated?

I won’t be splurging for this primer – and let me know if there are any other High-End vs Drugstore you want me to try out for you!


What overhyped product do you want to see me try??