Smooth texture that doesn't leave residue
Increasingly softens and hydrates lips over time
High price point for the amount
Can be a bit sticky upon application
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask
We put the Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Trying to find the best way to hydrate your lips can be a long journey of testing countless products. I have typically used regular Chapstick or Vaseline to moisturize my lips, but I want to try a nightly mask that will hydrate my lips more deeply and decrease the times I need to reapply my regular products throughout the day.
My checklist when looking for lip products includes little to no fragrance, an easy-to-use applicator, and a non-sticky texture. Does Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask check off all of my boxes, and does it give the result I was hoping for? Continue reading to check out my full review and see if I was impressed.
Best for: Most skin types, including sensitive skin.
Uses: An overnight lip mask that fights dryness, fine lines, dullness, and uneven texture for a hydrated, plump result.
Potential allergens: Fragrance, phenoxyethanol
Hero ingredients: Japanese peach extract, Hadasei-3, Japanese camellia oil, and squalane.
Byrdie Clean? Yes
About the brand: Tatcha is a skincare brand founded in 2009 by Victoria Tsai. Tatcha collaborates with scientists in Japan and the United States to develop each product from the ground up, upgrading time-honored beauty methods for today's fast-paced world.
About My Skin: Sensitive to fragrance and constantly dry
For the most part, I find myself applying lip balm or lipstick every couple of hours or so. At night, I tend to use a product with a thicker consistency, like Vaseline or the Summer Fridays Butter Balm (my all-time favorite lip product). Although I do a pretty good job of reapplying as needed, it's still troublesome having to make sure that I always have a lip balm with me. My lips can get very dry, and I almost get a tingling sensation from them tightening up. I incorporated Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask into my nightly routine, as the directions state to use it overnight. I applied the product nightly for two weeks to see its full effect on my lips.
The Feel: Silky smooth
Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask had a lightweight texture, both on my hand and when I applied it to my lips. It's not sticky at all (though reviews on this aspect vary) and has just a hint of a peachy scent when you apply it, but the smell is barely there. It was non-irritating, which is excellent for my sensitive skin, and it felt very hydrating with no leftover residue. I also applied this lip mask during the day a few times while applying my makeup, and my lips felt moisturized enough to apply liquid lipstick without drying them out.
The Ingredients: Natural hydration and vitamins
Japanese Peach Extract: A classic Japanese beauty secret for nourishing the skin is to use peach extract. Peach seed extract, high in vitamin C, has an emollient action that helps smooth the skin.
Japanese Camellia Oil: Tatcha uses Japanese camellia oil made from the seeds of the camellia flower, which grows on the islands of Oshima and Kagoshima. Camellia oil is high in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D, and E, all of which aid in moisture retention.
Hadasei-3: Tatcha's star ingredient, this complex features double-fermented rice, algae, and green tea, a trio of superfoods that work together to gently nourish skin while reducing signs of aging.
The Results: Increasingly revitalized lips
I instantly felt the hydration hit my lips once I applied Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask. I completed my skincare routine as usual and then used the gold applicator that comes with the mask to scoop some of the product out, and a little goes a long way. The product sank in overnight, and there was nothing left over in the morning—only my now-hydrated lips. I used this lip mask during the day a couple of times, and it lasted pretty well. After trying the product for over two weeks, I noticed that my lips felt softer and more nourished overall.
The Value: Worth it for the quality
Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask retails at $28 for a 0.32-oz. tub, which is on the pricer side for a lip product. However, I've tried many other lip masks that irritated my lips or had a sticky texture, but this one simply left a smooth, hydrated result, so I think it's worth it. The packaging is beautiful, and a little bit of product is all you need. I don't love using products that require a spatula for application since it can be easy to lose, but other than that, as someone with sensitivity and dryness, I've found this lip mask to be a good investment.
Similar Products: You've got options
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm: The Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm ($22) is a vegan lip mask that hydrates and soothes parched lips. It has a sweet but subtle vanilla scent, as well as an easy-to-use applicator.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: This cult-favorite lip mask ($22) uses moisture wrap technology to deliver powerful hydration and antioxidants as you sleep. If you love to have fun with your lip products, you'll definitely enjoy this one as it comes in seven shades and scents.
Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment: This budget-friendly lip treatment ($9) has a lasting effect, leaving lips soft, smooth, and healthy-looking. Filled with natural emollients, waxes, and oils, it protects and hydrates your lips as you sleep.
Tatcha's The Kissu Lip Mask is a luxurious overnight moisturizing treatment that spreads easily and practically melts into your lips. This mask replenished my lips' hydration overnight and is one of the best overnight options I've ever tried. If you're looking for a non-irritating, smooth lip mask that really works, I recommend giving this one a try.
- Product Name The Kissu Lip Mask
- Product Brand Tatcha
- Price $28
- Weight 0.32 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Triisostearin, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Squalane, Sucrose Hexaisostearate, Dextrin Palmitate, Aluminum Distearate, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Water, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit/(Rosa Centifolia/Rosa Damascena) Flower Extract, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Allantoin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Pyridoxine Hcl, Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Lauroyl Lysine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica.