A woman applying facd moisturizer

A woman applying facd moisturizer (Photo by Lyubov Levitskaya on Shutterstock)

Tatcha Water Cream has taken the beauty world by storm thanks to its ability to moisturize and hydrate without clogging pores. Key ingredients include the Japanese leopard lily for oil control and the Tadashi-3 complex (green tea, rice, and algae) for radiance. Its high-quality, ethical formulation sets it apart from imitations, but you’ll pay a premium price. As a result, many makeup companies have tried to replicate the product for a more affordable price. Which dupes successfully mimic the texture, hydration properties, and key ingredients found in Tatcha Water Cream? We have found the answer.

Some Tatcha Water Cream dupes focus on matching the lightweight, oil-free texture that makes Tatcha so suitable for oily and combination skin types. Others prioritize replicating the unique blend of Japanese ingredients like leopard lily and the Tadashi-3 complex, aiming to offer similar anti-aging and skin-enhancing effects. When comparing products, assess these alternatives not only on their similarity to the original product but also for their ingredient quality, skin compatibility, and overall skincare needs. By doing so, you can find a dupe that fits your budget and your specific skin needs.

You don’t have to fork over premium prices for a high-quality skincare routine. That’s why we sought out to find the best Tatcha Water Cream dupes that beauty insiders mentioned most across nine thorough reviews. In our research, we found which seven products were recommended most and have provided you with product highlights and insights below. Which products are worthy of our list? Find out below, and let us know if one you love is missing.

If Tatcha Water Cream‘s high price has you feeling hopeless, try out some of the best dupes on the market


Tatcha Water Cream
Tatcha Water Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

This gel is the number one rated dupe. According to what we gathered from experts like Essie Button, Your Girl Knows, and Glamour ‘N Glow, you won’t be disappointed by this moisturizer. Just like Tatcha’s Water Cream, this product’s gel-like consistency leaves your skin feeling nourished and hydrated without a leftover greasy residue.

The only difference lies in the ingredients. You won’t find Japanese wild rose, rice ferment, or leopard lily in Neutrogena’s ingredient list. It also does not contain gold extracts like Tatcha’s, but Your Girl Knows thinks all of these ingredients aren’t necessary for stellar hydration. Plus, those buzz-worthy ingredients are probably why the price is hiked up so much in the original.

You can find Neutrogena’s Water Gel at practically any drugstore you walk into, along with a whole line of Hydro Boost products to pair with it. StudyFinds’ Associate Editor Sophia Naughton even used this product for a time.

“This is a no-nonsense moisturizer that may not have all the glitz of gold flakes and Japanese infusions that still gets the job done,” says Naughton. “This was my go-to for a while in the winter. I used it as a night cream, and it got the job done without carving out a portion of my savings.”

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Belif is a brand that was proudly established on the value of truth. What does that mean? Truth in their ingredients, formulas, and benefits. They design each of their products with plant-derived ingredients based on Korean beauty secrets and ancient herbal remedies. After reading through reviews from A Beauty Edit, Closs Fashion, and Celebrity Style Guide, we are convinced that Belif’s True Cream Aqua Bomb deserves a spot on our list.

First of all, it is not surprising that this is an intense hydrator based on its name, “Aqua Bomb.” A Beauty Edit describes this product as “a drink of water for dull and dehydrated skin.” They say it is “light-as-air” and is cooling for all skin types, like the Water Cream.

Do you ever feel a heavy, sticky residue from facial lotions? Luckily, this product is not sticky whatsoever, according to Closs Fashion. It also aims to reduce signs of premature aging.

Even though it is a little more expensive than Neutrogena’s dupes, you will still pay half as much as Tatcha’s steep price tag. Celebrity Style Guide lists some of the key ingredients that boost moisture: Lady’s Mantle, Malachite, Plaintain leaf extract, and marigold extracts.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream

This is an excellent choice if you have sensitive skin. Celebrity Style Guide says that their main ingredient, coconut water, boost electrolytes and amino acids. Just like sipping on coconut water, applying this rich moisturizer quenches your skin’s thirst.

It may not be chock-full of fancy ingredients, but it does leave a few that aren’t so great, such as drying alcohols, artificial fragrances, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, and sulfates. These all are known to be harsh on skin.

This is great for daily use because of its ability to protect your skin from environmental stressors, as well. It is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic. Plus, you’ll receive this luscious lotion in recyclable packaging.

Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer

Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer
Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer

This is the updated version of Laneige’s best-selling Water Bank Moisture Cream. It’s almost like this was designed to be a dupe. The packaging is similar with the blue hue and rounded edges, although this one more closely resembles an AirPods case.

Regardless, Laneige has been all the rage recently with their popular lip sleeping mask and more. The Water Bank Moisturizer follows suit in delivering intense hydration to your skin. This product includes hyaluronic acid, a natural superstar in the world of skincare, acting like a moisture magnet for your skin. Imagine it as a tiny sponge, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water, keeping your complexion plump, dewy, and oh-so-happy!

The bran also claims it keeps your skin hydrated for up to 100 hours. Other noteworthy ingredients include Squalane and ceramide NP. Squalane and Ceramide NP join forces to double down on hydration: while squalane mimics your skin’s natural oils to prevent moisture loss, ceramide NP strengthens your skin’s barrier to lock it all in.

Your Girl Knows also ranked it high on their list of dupes. They describe it as: “Insanely similar to Tatcha water cream…it is uu-hh–aamazingg!!”

Bliss Drench & Quench

Bliss Drench & Quench Hydrator
Bliss Drench & Quench Hydrator

We’ve discussed why hyaluronic acid is so important in skincare, but what about four types of hyaluronic acid? That’s right, the Bliss Drench & Quench hydrator has four different variations of hyaluronic acid packed into one product!

Within the ingredients, you can also find purified microalgae, Vitamin C, and chamomile extract. Yes, algae for your skin. The purified microalgae contains tons of antioxidants, Vitamin C brightens your complexion, and chamomile calms any irritation looming in the shadows.

It starts as a cream, but immediately upon contact with your skin, it becomes a gel consistency. Kind of magic, right? Well, your hydrated complexion will speak for itself after using this product.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream 
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth’s Cloud Cream has a similar goal to Tatcha’s Water Cream. It promises to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and soften your skin. How does it follow through with that promise? The ingredients feature a 30 percent hyaluronic acid complex and hydrolyzed silk.

Like its name, this moisturizer is supposed to be as light as a cloud, so you won’t feel weighed down by the consistency. The Cloud Cream also features Pentavitin, a plant-derived powerhouse that works its magic deep within your skin. Unlike most ingredients that merely sit on top, Pentavitin’s small molecules dive deep into the outer layers, forming a moisture reservoir that keeps skin hydrated for up to 72 hours, even after washing! It doesn’t stop there—this moisture magician also acts as a magnet, attracting and binding hydration from the air, continuously plumping up your complexion and fighting dryness. Whether you’re battling parched skin or seeking long-lasting suppleness, Pentavitin is a must-have ally for a dewy, healthy glow that lasts.

Bravo, Peter Thomas Roth! Looks like this is yet another dupe worth getting your hands on!

Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream

Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream
Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream (skinstore.com)

Our final dupe on the list does a great job at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. How so? A Beauty Edit writes, “this moisturizer uses hyaluronic acid in the form of sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and plump the skin.”

This is another cream that literally gives Tatcha a run for their money. Coming in at a mere fraction of the price, Revolution makes its products accessible to people with any budget. Melissa Jane Lee points out that there is no silicone in this product, while Tatcha’s Water Cream contains it. Ultimately, whether or not silicone is bad for your face depends on your individual skin type and needs. If you have dry, mature skin and don’t experience breakouts, silicone might be a great way to boost hydration and achieve a smooth finish. However, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, it’s best to steer clear of silicone-based products and opt for lighter formulations like this one.

For those who just can’t shake their dry skin, the shea butter and sunflower seed oil in this Revolution lotion makes for a creamy cocktail that your skin will thank you for!

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About Amy Chodroff

Amy Chodroff is a recovering Morning Radio Show Host and award-winning broadcaster who recently retired from DFW’s Morning News on KLIF in Dallas. Fondly known as the “Chief Googler” by her friends, it was a seamless transition for StudyFinds to enlist her expertise for their “Best of the Best” franchise. Amy has an innate curiosity and a penchant for thorough research before any purchase and she’s constantly on the hunt for top-notch products. Outside of her digital explorations, Amy loves to explore the world with her husband and is the proud mother of two adult daughters. You can also find Amy on the pickleball court, perfecting her dink and drop shots.

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