It has been a couple of months since I wrote about natural foundation. As mentioned in a previous review of the 14e cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation, it’s a product that is difficult to get right in the natural beauty world. A lot of makeup is. However, to my amazement, I have come across a front runner from Gressa Skin that not only has great skincare benefits but seriously good coverage too. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I absolutely love to recommend makeup that doubles as skincare and goes beyond the cosmetic level.
Gressa Skin was founded in the USA by Svetlana Sanchez, with the aim to create high quality, luxury products free from harmful ingredients. The brand fuses skincare and makeup with beautiful textures and ingredients which take green beauty a step further by making it glamorous and desirable. Their range includes a serum foundation, bronzer and illuminator, as well as lip colours, cream eyeshadow and a full skincare offering for all skin types.
I wanted to take the stigma and stereotypes out of the word ‘green’. – Svetlana Sanchez, Founder and Owner of Gressa Skin
Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is described as not only a serum and foundation, but a multivitamin for your skin which is recommended for oily, combination and normal skin types. It contains some ingredients that I have not come across before, not even in skincare. These include Broccoli Seed Oil, Licorice Root and extracts of Neem, Horsetail, Barberry, Elder Flower and Bitter Melon which combine to create an anti ageing, anti inflammatory and oil balancing powerhouse. All ingredients are natural and most of them are certified organic.
Being a serum, you would expect it to be oily, but this is not at all the case. It’s a serum to powder formula that offers a natural, semi matte but radiant finish which is so pigmented that all you need are 2 to 3 drops for medium coverage. If you wish, you can apply an additional drop to areas that need a little more concealing. What makes this foundation stand out is that it provides this amazing coverage without looking caked on and it feels as light as a feather on the skin. It blends out smoothly and quickly and although Gressa recommend that you use a buffing brush, I always prefer to use my fingers.
In terms of longevity, I get about 8 hours of wear from it and my skin looks luminous throughout the day. I don’t need to set it with powder and it stays put when I apply products such as cream blush over the top. As with any natural foundation, it has the potential to cling to dry patches so make sure that you keep good skincare habits and prep your skin before applying. For more tips on this topic please refer to My 5 step guide to applying natural liquid foundations.
There are 11 shades in the range, from porcelain to deep and I wear shade 2.5 which is described as light with neutral undertones. I chose it based on the description and online swatches but if you are unsure which shade to pick, Gressa Skin offer a foundation matching service whereby you can send a photo of yourself and details of which shade you wear in other foundations. Beautiful Because are also great in regards to sending samples with orders so if there is something you have your eye on from the store, add your sample request in the comments section at checkout and they will do their best to fulfil it. So far, they haven’t let me down.
Overall I am really impressed with this foundation and very happy to add it to my all stars list. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if you decide to try it out for yourself. Leave a comment below, email me or connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
Next week: A review of four products from a local skincare brand.