Tata Harper $215
Colombian native Tata Harper doesn't believe in compromising your health or esthetic needs for performance-driven skin care. Instead, she relies on the collective power of three-hundred botanical ingredients, an organic farm-to-face approach (Harper’s organic farm, the source for many of her product ingredients, is located in Vermont’s Champlain Valley), and zero artificial chemicals to achieve a level of efficacy that can compete against traditional luxury brands. Case in point: her reformulated power couple, the Concentrated Brightening Essence and the Concentrated Brightening Serum. As fans of the OG formulas (both were Violet Code-approved), we wanted to know exactly what brightening 2.0 looked like as soon as the duo's arrival was announced.
The Concentrated Brightening Essence is a lightweight spot corrector with an ingredient profile that reads like MVP stats: Nine radiance boosters, seven vitamins and minerals, and ten ingredients for plumping hydration. Plus, use it before a serum and it preps the skin to soak up what follows, maximizing performance. We recommend that it be the brand's Concentrated Brightening Serum. This tone-correcting solution restores skin to a baby-like glow with a genius blend of fermented sugar peptides, sea fern, Swedish colza plant, and encapsulated plankton. In a nutshell, the formulas collectively boast 74 potent green bio-tech ingredients for more even, youthful radiance.
“The Concentrated Brightening Serum is supercharged yet lightweight, making it especially great for people with sensitive or combination skin. It feels refreshing upon application, helps to even out your complexion, and leaves you glowing.” —Vanessa Hernandez, Esthetician
“As always, Tata Harper offers a natural and thoughtful ingredient list that targets brightening issues which I (and many of my clients) have. It feels silky upon application and instantly makes skin look plump.” —Katey Denno, Makeup Artist