This review is for the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation which retails for $54 USD, and the Gressa Air Focus Foundation Brush which retails for $32 USD.
What Gressa say about this serum foundation:
“It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face. Perfect your face with long-term benefits of this revolutionary serum to powder foundation. GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide a tone-correcting coverage natural finish.”
What Gressa say about this brush:
“A makeup brush that allows you to achieve the soft finish of airbrushing. This foundation brush flawlessly blends and buffs makeup for a perfectly airbrushed effect.”
The Gressa foundation is without a doubt my favourite foundation for daily wear. With broccoli seed oil as it’s main ingredient, how could I not love it?! Seriously though, wearing this foundation most days has without a doubt improved my skin.
This serum foundation is packed with ingredients that are beneficial for our skin, and it provides just enough coverage for skin to look amazing without being heavy or obvious.
Not all of the Gressa range is vegan. The foundation only comes in 15 ml bottles and being an oil based foundation, it can warm up quite a bit. Below I discuss some tips for how to make the best of this foundation for different skin types.
The Extended Review:
I was lucky enough to receive samples of the full range of Gressa Foundations, along with their Air Focus Foundation Brush to review – for anyone wanting other shades, more have been released since I received my samples. I am so happy to finally be sitting down to write this and to be sharing such a beautiful product with you!
I’ll start by talking about the Air Focus Foundation Brush. I have been using the brush with a variety of different products, and it picks up and holds product well, applies product smoothly, and it blends and buffs beautifully. Of course, it’s also vegan. My only issue with it is that the white bristles on the very tip seem to be slightly stained by foundation. I took this photo today though, and I can’t see it, so I’m probably just being picky. It’s a great all rounder brush and (like I said before about the Adorn Kabuki) if you only have one face brush, this one would be a great investment.
The Air Focus Foundation Brush is excellent for applying and buffing out liquid, serum, and cream foundations, powders, and even doubles up as a blush/bronzer brush if it’s the only one on hand. It’s soft, it dries quickly, I haven’t noticed any shedding, and it isn’t ridiculously expensive. I like it a lot 🙂
This foundation has so many beneficial ingredients. I will discuss just a few of these ingredients in detail here, but feel free to skip me getting my geek on and take my word for it.
Broccoli Seed Oil: If you didn’t already know, I am crazy about broccoli (and oils!) and this doesn’t stop at eating it a million different ways. Broccoli seed oil is non greasy and rich in nourishing vitamins, retinol (a form of Vitamin A which helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles and age spots), and erucic acid (an omega 9 fatty acid which gives a lovely natural glow to the skin). It is also exceptionally moisturising, calming and soothing, protects the skin from environmental pollutants and free radicals, and has anti inflammatory effects on rashes and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great for dry and dull hair.
Neem Extract: Neem Extract (not to be confused with Neem Seed Oil) is known as an anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-viral ingredient, and is used in many Ayurvedic therapies. Neem Extract aids in hydration, soothes itching and irritated skin, and can even reduce blackheads and large pores. In various forms, Neem is used to treat everything from scabies, psoriasis, eczema, acne, cold sores and warts, to malaria, arthritis and much more!
Silymarin: An extract of Milk Thistle, Silymarin has been shown to improve rosacea, skin redness, and itching, and in many studies has even been shown to reduce and reverse DNA damage and cancers caused by UV light. Incredible hey?!
Silica: Silica is a mineral that has naturally absorbent qualities. It’s found in many good mattifying primers and powders, and has even been shown in studies to drastically improve acne caused by excess sebum production.
So, on to how the foundation wears! 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 powdered. Not to me anyway. I also find that some days I need to powder it, and others I don’t, and I’m sure that is to do with the humidity wherever I am and how my skin is feeling on that particular day. Once it’s powdered though I don’t need to keep powdering it, and that is another winning benefit to this foundation. Some foundations oxidise after application, basically meaning that they darken once they have been on the skin for a little while. This foundation doesn’t do that, in fact it adapts to the skin tone and stays there (probably thanks to the broccoli seed oil). If anything, improving over time.
These foundations are available in a 15ml dropper bottle made from dark glass.Gressa recommends using two to four drops for a full face, but I use four to six.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.
I mix shades two and three in equal parts for myself. I start with two drops of each, mix and apply with clean hands to my whole face. If I need to I get another drop of each and go over wherever I want more coverage. Then I leave it for a few minutes to let it settle, and see whether I’m having a shiny day or not. I usually apply some concealer under my eyes and over any very red blemishes, and then if I think I need to I will apply a little dusting of powder (I love the GlamNatural Finishing Powder) all over my face.
My skin in the first photo without makeup is quite red because I used a mask the night before which didn’t quite agree with my skin, so it’s easy to see what a wonderful job just a small amount of the Gressa foundation did!
Here are some swatches of the foundations. Unfortunately No.7 exploded during transit to me and completely dried out, so it isn’t swatched below and I have never used it. In the first photo the concentration of the mineral pigments is very obvious, and below that I have swiped downwards only once using my finger. See how they just melt into the skin?
So there it is. I believe that most skin types can benefit from using this foundation in lieu of regular foundations for daily wear. This includes users of tinted moisturisers and BB/CC/DD creams as well (I’ll save elaborating on this for another post, but I am just not impressed by them!). With all of the beneficial ingredients, wearing this foundation truly is doing our skin a favour. All while helping us to look and feel our best.
Makeup Artist Tip:
For those with dry skin, use a hydrating primer or a good face oil under the foundation. For those prone to oily skin, a mattifying primer will help achieve the best results. Skindinavia’s primer sprays also work fantastically under this foundation. I personally like to cleanse, tone, moisturise, and apply a small amount of the Arbonne Makeup Primer underneath the foundation. Don’t powder immediately after applying the foundation, wait a few minutes for it to settle into the skin. Then conceal and powder if necessary. Like I said above, some days I need to and some days I don’t 😉
Thank you for choosing truly cruelty free products!
Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation Ingredients: *Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, GRESSA Healing ComplexTM *Silymarin, *Neem (Azadirachta indica) Extract,*Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract, *Lemon Balm (Melissa officianalis) Extract, *Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Extract, *Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Seed Extract, *Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra) Extract, *Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate Non-GMO, Coenzyme Q10, Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, (Vitamin C), *lecithin, *glycerin, mica, iron oxides, titanium oxide. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
*This range was provided to me for review purposes, however all opinions within this review are my own, and true to my experience. I will always be honest about how a product performs regardless of whether the product was supplied or purchased.