Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago I was approached and asked if I would be interested in trying some products from Gressa Skin, a company specializing in natural skincare and cosmetics. I had actually never heard of this company before but after a little research, I decided that I’d like to see what Gressa Skin is all about so they sent me this lovely package!
I had wanted to get this review up sooner for you guys but since the natural products from Gressa Skin are so very different than the cosmetics I’m used to using, it took me a little longer to really get a grasp on these products and come to a conclusion about them but after using each of these products several times now, I can say I’m ready! 😀
Obviously, the first thing I notice when I get a new product is the packaging and Gressa impressed. These products are all in sturdy and attractive violet glass containers that feel lovely in your hand and worthy of your vanity space.
There is no added scent in these products so that’s a plus for people who are bothered by such things! They all just have a slightly earthy smell to them.
These products are mostly very much different from the makeup that I’m used to working with. Each of these products, the highlighter, bronzer, foundation & lip boost, are all oil based. So while that’s pretty common for lip products, I don’t think I’ve ever tried another oil based bronzer, highlighter or foundation.
The Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer & the Minimalist Illuminating Serum all have the same texture. These products are thin, incredibly thin, practically the consistency of water. This isn’t necessarily bad, just something that surprised me. Because of this, you either want to put the product on the back of your hand first or be very, very careful if applying directly to your face because you don’t want your foundation quickly trickling down into your eyebrows. These products come with a glass eye-dropper tool for application.
Minimalist Illuminating Serum
The Gressa Minimalist Illuminating Serum is meant to be used as a highlighter on the areas of your face where you want to add a little glow such as cheekbones, under brow, cupid’s bow, etc. Oh, and there is enough highlighter in the bottle to probably keep you glowing for the rest of your life. A little goes a long way.
The Gressa highlighter is a liquid highlighter with a soft pink iridescent glow. This product definitely gives the appearance of a very natural highlight. When applied, there is no noticeable glitter or shimmer in this highlighter so if you aren’t into that shimmery, made-up sort of look, this might be a good alternative! Instead of shimmer, this highlighter offers more of a glowy, dewy, almost slightly wet look that looks like you just have a natural glow from within. I personally like to sparkle but I still really like this for a quick brightening up!
Like all of the Gressa products that I’ve tried, this product is incredibly quick and easy to apply! The texture of this product makes it insanely easy to blend so you can just throw this on the areas of your face you want to brighten up, pat it in and ta-da! Natural looking highlight over and done with in a matter of seconds. This makes it a handy product to have for those times when you seriously have to be out the door like right now and just need something to make you look a little more alive!
The downfall with this highlighter is that the first ingredient is oil, Broccoli seed oil, to be exact. The first time I used this product, I wasn’t thinking of the ingredients and just applied it over my foundation as normal. Big no-no. This oil based highlighter will practically dissolve your foundation upon contact so don’t plan on using this with your normal foundation because the results won’t be pretty.
Although the Gressa Minimalist Illuminating Serum does not work with other foundations, it does play well with the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, which is also oil based. It’s also great over bare skin!
Lip Boost Aux Rouge
This is another one of those super quick products to brighten up your face in like 5 seconds flat! The Gressa Lip Boost is sort of a “my lips but better” type of deal. Use a brush for a defined look or screw the brush entirely, get some on your finger and just aim for your lips for a more natural, diffused reddened lip look. My preference is definitely just to dab it on for some color. It’s nice because this way you don’t have to worry about smudging your lip line or anything. Very low maintenance.
This product has practically no taste and feels incredibly light and slightly moisturizing on your lips, almost as if you weren’t really wearing anything.
Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer
I know I said a little goes a long way with the highlighter, but a little goes a really long way with the Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer. You really only need one or two drops of this product. Also just like the highlighter, this will not cooperate well with most foundations.
When it comes straight out of the bottle, it looks really, frighteningly dark but since these products blend with practically no effort, it does easily blend to a much less intimidating color.
I actually feel like how easily this stuff blends is one of its faults. It’s fine for use as an actual bronzer, just hitting those areas of your face that would be the most sun kissed, but as a contouring product, it doesn’t work like I would hope. It spreads so easily that I feel like it just ends up looking dirty.
I tried this several times and I personally could never really make myself care for it. The color is a bit more red than I like and I feel like that just makes me look muddy, not contoured or bronzed, but perhaps someone with darker skin might have a different story.
Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation
I saved my favorite for last!
The size of the bottle might shock you at first but don’t get too hung up on. The Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is about half the size of your standard 1oz bottle of foundation. It’s not as bad as it sounds though because you really only need a small amount of this product to do your whole face and I use far less of this than I do with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.
Someone at Gressa chose my shade for me based on a picture and I was sent shade 03. Keep in mind that they will gladly do the same for you if you email them a photo! Anyway, when I first swatched it I thought it was definitely too dark but once I put it on my face, it surprised me by blending in perfectly.
Since this product is very, very thin I definitely recommend using your fingers to apply this foundation! A brush or sponge would just soak up too much product. Even with just your fingers, this foundation blends effortlessly over skin without having to worry about streaks.
I’d consider this to be a light to medium coverage foundation. It looks extremely natural, feels very light on your skin and leaves you with a smoother, slightly dewy, natural looking complexion.
Now, I normally use the same foundation every single day and that is Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation. It’s the only foundation that I actually keep on my vanity and all of my other foundations have been moved to somewhere else. Until now. I’ve added the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation to my vanity!
I really like this stuff. The finish is so beautiful, so natural and I love the little bit of glow in the finish. The Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is great for hot summer days, no-makeup looks, good skin days and is just a great way to make your skin look healthier in a matter of seconds.
I also found that if I want to wear concealer with this foundation, I can just try to avoid my under eye area with the foundation, apply my concealer, set my concealer and it stayed as it normally would.
What is your opinion on natural makeup?