The green beauty world has gone crazy over this revolutionary foundation that gives the appearance of “your-skin-but-better”. I have to be honest, I’m not a foundation wearer because they’re usually too heavy for my skin, and I’m not a fan of the “made up” look. However, after stumbling upon so many rave reviews of this super lightweight foundation I just knew I had to try it for myself. I recently finished my first bottle and realized that I have yet to talk about it. I know that I am a little late to the party reviewing this product, but I do have several months of using it under my belt. Spoiler alert: It's unlike any foundation I've ever tried.
The description of it is actually perfect — “It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face.” Designed as a skincare/makeup hybrid, the Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is brimming with ingredients that instantly evens the skin while also working to improve skin health on a deeper level with long-term use. The ingredients of the formulation are what originally drew me to the foundation. It boasts some serious skin-loving ingredients including broccoli seed oil, the hero ingredient that gives this serum foundation the feel of a primer without the use of silicones. It’s non-greasy and contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Then there’s neem, horsetail, and barberry extracts, all of which have effects of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, plus sea buckthorn for anti-aging. Hard to believe we are talking about a foundation when you see these remarkable ingredients, no?
The foundation comes housed in a violet miron glass bottle (to protect the integrity of the formula) with a pipette dispenser for precise control of the product. The bottle itself is half the size of your standard 1 oz. bottle of foundation. But it's not as bad as it sounds though, as you will only need 2-3 drops for your entire face, so this small bottle is going to last you a while. Gressa says that a bottle used every day will last for six months, and if not used every day it has a shelf life of twelve months. Mine lasted about ten months with occasional use.
The shade spectrum is truly impressive. Since the formula can be applied sheerly or built to nearly full coverage, there is likely a match for most skin tones. After reading numerous reviews and scouring the Internet for swatches, I ordered the shade 03 for my light olive complexion and it was a good match, though I could probably get away with shade 3.5, too. For those of you who are hesitant of ordering a foundation online, Gressa offers a foundation matching service whereby you can send a photo of yourself and details of which shade you wear in other foundations.
It has a very unique consistency. The texture is a thin liquid, it’s super runny and feels just like a serum or even water. My only not-quite-complaint about this formula is that it needs to be shaken well to prevent separation. So there have been times when I've wasted product by forgetting to shake beforehand (my hands were met with oil first and then some pigment afterwards). Not a good look. It is super easy to blend onto the skin. I don’t own the accompanying buffing brush (which I heard is great), so I use my fingers instead. Much like applying a facial serum... just blend and pat into the skin with your fingers. The finish you get from this serum foundation is wonderful but if your skin is not properly moisturized beforehand, the minerals can grab on to any dry patches & emphasize them like crazy. It doesn’t happen immediately, but by the end of the day my dry spots appear a little darker than the rest of my skin, like they’ve sucked up extra pigment from the foundation (but, most foundations do quite poorly with flaky spots, so I’m not complaining). Preparing the skin before applying your makeup ensures you have the best base possible to achieve the most flawless finish.
Gressa calls the finish a serum to powder, and while it does mattify slightly after application (thank you silica!) it does not appear at all powdery. The result is a radiant but semi-matte finish. I love the natural look to it. Due to the fact that I have freckles, I don’t like a full coverage foundation since it always looks “fake” to me when my freckles aren’t visible any more but I find that the Gressa foundation provided my skin with just the right amount of coverage - freckles still visible. In terms of longevity, I get about 8 hours of wear from it and my skin looks luminous throughout the day.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a foundation that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, then this is it. It feels amazing and isn't filled with the usual (and useless) toxic ingredients found in the mainstream foundation brands.