01.18.2017

Beauty Review: Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

There’s nothing I love more than trying out a new foundation, but I can’t stop coming back to the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation!

FullSizeRenderIt’s been my fave since May for so many reasons. Here’s why:

Pros

  • 100 percent organic – HUGE PLUS! Have you ever looked at how many gross and toxic makeup ingredients there are, especially in foundation? You won’t have that problem with any product from Gressa.
  • Literally looks like supermodel skin – Bad skin day? Who cares? This stuff is like brushing on a perfect face. I’ve never seen anything come close to this finish, and it covers everything. You can do sheer or full coverage depending on what you want since it’s a serum foundation. It’s basically Photoshop in a bottle.
  • Makes your actual skin look 100x better – Probably my favorite thing about this foundation is that it makes my skin without makeup look way better thanks to the amazing ingredients. I guess that’s why they call it a “multivitamin for your face.” But isn’t that what BB and CC creams do too? No. This is next-level. This is the Victoria’s Secret Angel skin you’ve always wanted.

Now let’s talk about what could be better:

Cons

  • Transfers easily – This is the one main annoyance with my beloved Gressa. It gets all over Worsham’s face even with the slightest of kisses (Worsham hates it because of this). Absolutely do not wear it on your wedding day! It’s obnoxious but for me the pros make up for it.
  • Not the best color selection – Something about each shade I’ve tried (1, 1.5, 2.5, and 3) is never quite right. My skin is pale and has neutral undertones, so matching me is always a struggle in any brand. However, although 1.5 is a bit too yellow, it’s very doable when I set it with my BareMinerals Foundation in Fair, which is cool toned. They balance each other out well. For the darker shades, there’s a big jump in color between shades 7 and 8 which definitely needs to be addressed.
  • The price & size – A product this majestic is bound to be expensive, guys. You get what you pay for, and Gressa will set you back $54. It’s well worth it, but can be annoying since you get half the amount of normal sized foundations. I go through a bottle in about 2 – 3 months with daily use.

Check out how fab the ingredients are:

  • Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil – Natural source of retinol and antioxidants.
  • Coconut Alkanes (and) Coco-Caprylate/Caprate – Coconut-derived silicone, which makes it glide on easily like traditional foundation. Side note: Lots of people think they’re allergic to coconut oil, and some may be; however, most products that people complain about breaking them out usually have shea butter, jojoba seed oil, or beeswax in them as well. Shea butter is actually horrible for people with acne, and I get a rash any time I use it anywhere on my body.
  • Silymarin – Derived from the milk thistle plant and shown to help hyperpigmentation.
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica) Extract – Rich in fatty acids, Vitamin E, and calcium, neem is said to stimulate collagen production.
  • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract – Fights fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of pores. Contains  nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, niacin, and vitamin C.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officianalis) Extract – Legend has it that the Queen of Hungary used to use lemon balm back in the 1300s to fight wrinkles, and lemon balm is known to fight free radicals as well.
  • Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Extract – Rich in Vitamin C and berbine, which helps unclog pores.
  • Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Seed Extract – Helps soften skin, reduce scarring, and fight acne.
  • Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra) Extract – Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract – Treats acne and skin infections.
  • Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract – Diminishes dark circles and discoloration.
  • Tocopheryl Acetate Non-GMO – Fancy word for Vitamin E.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – Reduces wrinkles.
Gressa Foundation Swatches

Gressa Foundation Swatches

Bottom Line: Gressa is my ride-or-die daily foundation. You’ll love it if you want flawless yet natural skin, pure ingredients, and the benefits of makeup and skincare in one product. It applies best with my IT Cosmetics Airbrush Foundation brush.

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