Gressa is something else. Now I have heard of serum foundations and makeup that is good for the skin many times, yet Gressa actually lives up to this promise. The formulas are squeaky clean and free of synthetic chemicals, yet so glamourous and luxurious. It's a brand that thinks outside the box. Certified organic using purest quality ingredients the formulas and textures are different to other brands, Gressa truly reinvents makeup. Or should I say skincare? Most products are both. A real treatment for the skin delivering colour. And the actual skincare is so potent that again, you don't even need much makeup anymore. Founder and natural beauty Svetlana herself is the best proof that this line delivers healthy glowing skin. She has a admirable minimalist approach to skincare, really showing that less is more, to keep your skin healthy.
I discovered the brand a little while ago and have been experimenting with it. It's so gorgeous I really wanted to take time before reviewing it, although I was impressed right from the start. Finally I have received the correct shade of Minimalist foundation for myself and have been wearing it everyday. And what can I say? This foundation works different to all others I have used, everyday it seems I need to use less and less of it, as my skin heals and becomes more and more even and healthy. It's a little bit amazing. I have been using the products on photo shoots and they work a treat in front of the camera, yet I feel they are perfect for everyday wear and your personal beauty regime at home. Let me tell you in more detail about the products, before I get too carried away:
Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation: The Minimalist foundation comes in a dark glass bottle with dropper! Say what? Yes that's right. The texture is truly that of an liquid skin serum. It says on the box that it is like a multivitamin for your skin. Checking out the ingredient list, this is absolutely true: It's a cocktail of organic botanical oils and extracts all chosen for their skin care benefits, no fillers here! Minimalist foundation also contains a unique blend of herbal extracts helping the skin to heal.
Application: Only 4 drops are enough to give a light even coverage all over the face. This no fuss treatment can be applied with fingers, or buffed with a foundation brush. It's important to shake the bottle beforehand! When I started using it my skin had a few blemishes and scarring, so I used a little more products, applying with hands and then blending it with a fluffy foundation brush to make it even.
Finish: The finish is glowing but not oily/dewy, the liquid serum sets to a powder, yet the finish is not powdery or matte. It's just perfect. It looks like healthy skin! Reflecting the light and looking radiant without being shimmery yet giving the skin a velvety appearance. Does this even make sense? The coverage is medium, it can be applied very lightly for a more sheer result and layers well for more coverage also.
Feel: The foundation glides on very smoothly and has an extremely lightweight feel on the skin. It almost feels like the skin is bare after application.
Skintype: This foundation great is for all skin types. If your skin is extremely dry or flaky, it might show off dry areas. (but hey, no foundation can really deal with very dry skin) At the same time is remains radiant and my t-zone will show oil after a few hours. My skin is combination: Can be dry around cheeks and nose, oily in the t-zone. It's so lightweight that I think even oily skin would love it, and it is so smooth that I can also see it work on mature skin very well.
Colourmatch: Gressa offers an online colour match based on a photo. The foundation currently comes in 11 shades, so most skin tones will find a perfect match.
Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer: The bronzer comes in the same packaging and texture as the Minimalist Foundation. It's only one shade, which a very rich, dark and olive colour. This makes it perfect for contouring, as the colour is not orange or shimmery at all. Like the other liquid products in the Gressa range, this is very concentrated. Start with a drop and will it go a long way.
Ilumminator: The Minimalist Illuminating Serum can be mixed with your foundation or used as highlighter over the top. It is very concentrated, so you only need a small amount of 1-2 drops. The colour is pinkish pearlized, making it perfect for fair to medium complexions.
Lip Boost: Contained in a pretty little glass jar the Lip Boost is a highly pigmented tinted balm, leaving the lips with a beautiful stain. I have tried Aux Rouge and Lavish and I might have to get the other shades too. Aux rouge seems like the perfect red for everyone. You can wear these sheer or build the pigment up to a more opaque finish.
Purifying Mist: The Purifying Mist is a toner that balances & soothes both your skin and mind. A pure rose mist, which was on stand by on my desk for as long as it lasted. Love the refreshing smell of pure rose. And this is all it is: Pure certified organic rose water. Gressa also has the best selling Neroli toner, I will have to try this one as well....
Purifying Oil:Purifying Oil is a very lightweight oil suitable for all skin types. An excellent blend of organic natural oils featuring: Immortelle, Rose Hip and Jojoba Oils among others.
There are many more products by Gressa which I haven't tried yet check out the website to see the full product range.