Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation Review

I was so excited to get my hands on the Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation when it arrived in Australia. Popular with eco makeup artists and health-conscious beauty professionals, even Gressa's makeup is skincare and makeup in one.

There was no hesitation here - the very first instant I tried the Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation I knew I loved it. It creates effortless, beautiful coverage, transforming the skin in under 30 seconds to velvety, liquid-to-powder perfection. See the close up below. I am wearing NO concealer anywhere - and my skin was not having a good day. 

This foundation is incredibly concentrated - you can achieve great medium coverage with just 3 drops, full coverage with 3-4, or a tad more layered over problem areas. Really - don't use any more than that, it isn't necessary and you'll just be wasting product (and probably end up a creasing mess).
(how I apply this below)

The foundation is described as - luxury skin perfector: a serum and a foundation in one. In addition, it’s a healthy, multivitamin shot for your face to help boost your skin's youthful radiance beyond skin deep. Perfect your face with long-term benefits of this revolutionary serum to powder foundation.

The foundation is packaged in a glass dropper bottle. It's easy to get the perfect amount and not waste product, it's also pretty mess-free. 

I wear the shade 2.5. In Summer I may need the 3 or to mix the two, but as I haven't tried it I can't be certain. For reference, I also wear Kjaer Weis Silken, RMS Beauty #11, Alima Pure Dew. If you need help matching or have a question about shades, just leave it in the comments below or shoot me an email. 

To apply:
I begin my priming my skin with 2 full pumps of the La Mav Bio Active Primer. (just apply with fingers, massaging in and focusing on dry, rough or uneven areas)

I use the MOTD Cosmetics Beauty & the Base Brush (code LIBERTYGREEN saves 10% off), which buffs this into the skin to a flawless finish in 30 seconds. 

The amount I use varies based on my skin for the day or desired coverage. I always start with just 2-3 drops, into the palm of my hand. I then dot the foundation onto my skin evenly - focusing where I want more coverage. Buff into the skin in circular motions. 

If I then need more coverage (such as I did with the below). I put one more drop into my hand, dipped the brush into it and stippled (a patting motion) it where I would usually put concealer. 

You can see in both photos below the flawless coverage this method achieves. 
My skin had quite a few problem areas around my chin and outer areas of the face on the day these were taken, and you can't even tell. 

It also never looks heavy or cakey, or dry or flaky using this method. It just feels light and flawless.

Aside from foundation, the only other products I am wearing here are:

Alima Pure Satin Finishing Powder Keiko / SHOP: AU use code LIBERTYGREEN / USA & CA
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in EmbraceSHOP use code LIBERTYGREEN 
Plume Brow Pomade / SHOP use code LIBERTYGREEN 
Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter / SHOP
Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara / SHOP
Karen Murrell Lipstick in Carnation Mist / SHOP

There is nothing else on my skin. 
You can also easily just use 1-2 drops if you like/want sheer, light coverage - just enough to even out the skin tone or redness if you don't really have any blemishes. It's incredibly versatile. 

The Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation also lasts all day without the need for touch-ups when set with a powder. Without, it does get a dewy finish towards the end of the day. 

You can purchase Gressa Skin or samples here in Australia, with free shipping over $50 and 10% off your 1st order with code LIBERTYGREEN. 

Kelsey xx
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  1. I've heard such amazing things about this foundation. And also that the foundation brush that's designed for it is super necessary. Have you tried it at all? Would a flat stippling brush be enough at all?
    What are some other med-full coverage foundations you can recommend? I tend to go for matte or demi matte. I also don't really feel comfortable buying foundation over the Internet without testers. It makes it hard to guess based on a screen. Thanks Kelsey.

  2. I just used my MOTD Beauty & the Base brush (linked above), which actually looks pretty similar to the Gressa Brush (but only $16 - and you can get 30% off for the next 72hrs when you use code LIBERTYGREEN) and had no issues. It's a really high quality brush, even though they are very affordably priced.

    You could definitely try a flat stippling brush though too - I think it would be fine.

    You can order samples here to test out and get a shade match before you buy, too!

    Other full coverage foundations I like are the Kjaer Weis: It has a satin finish, and you can keep it matte with powder. This is also a buildable foundation, meaning it can be sheer or full coverage, you just need to layer it.

    Hynt Beauty's Concealer also works well as a full coverage foundation with a satin to Demi matte finish:

    For medium to full, La Mav's BB Cream is also brilliant with a semi-matte finish. The only downside of this is the two shade options (I wear LIGHT) You can layer it for full coverage, but most of the time just 2-3 pumps is enough.

    Hope that helps! xx

    1. Thanks Kelsey! How does the gressa feel with the hynt concealer underneath? I'll take a look at the kjaer Weis as part of your pre-order but it's so hard to choose a shade based on what's on the computer :( I was also looking at the 14e you tested on your blog, but again, same hesitation. Thanks again :)

    2. I always do foundation first, concealer second as you can use less product and it saves time and looks better. The concealer is fine over it, blends easily and doesn't get heavy etc.
      Although I really didn't need to use concealer with this foundation - just layered it over problem areas.

      I had the link for ordering samples here from Beautiful Because for the Gressa or Kjaer Weis:

      What shade foundation / concealer are you currently wearing, and I can help you narrow it down?

      You can also order samples from I Am Natural Store for the 14e Foundation, you just have to email them :)

  3. Which foundation do you prefer between kjaer weis and gressa? I just read your review on the KW foundation and saw the beautiful because link for samples! Quite excited. Would one work better for oily/combo skin? Thanks!

    1. Ooh that's a tough one!
      The Kjaer Weis probably would work better for oily/combo skin, since its a cream not a liquid, and more on the dry side. It also has a more satin finish.

      I think the Gressa might break down over the day with oily skin. I have very 'balanced' skin so I don't have that issue. But definitely order samples of both and see what you prefer!

      If you need help narrowing down shades just LMK what you are currently wearing and I can help x

  4. Hi Kelsey, I also wear Gressa in 2.5 and love it! In the summer if I am worried about oil or longevity I just use RMS Uncoverup Powder. I used to use Kjaer Weis but read on True Botanicals site that if you have clogged pores (which I get a lot) to stay away from products with wax in them. I read your review on Hynt Beauty products (which was great by the way!) and have been debating whether to try it out the concealer and foundation. Which do you prefer, Gressa or the Hynt powder for foundation? Thanks! Christina

    1. The RMS Unpowder is the BEST isn't it?!

      Carnauba wax (in the Kjaer Weis Foundation) has a very low comedogenic rating (meaning very unlikely or won't clog pores), so I don't think you have to worry about it affecting your skin (the same goes for Beeswax). Unless you were seeing differences in your skin when using it, it should be fine.

      My skin used to be congested, but it was just a matter of finding the right skin care, rather than switching makeup. I'm happy to help you with a few recommendations if you'd like some :)

      I am a cream person all the way. Usually I don't even like liquids, but a few (like the Gressa) are so good they have me converted. I'm sure you read in my Hynt Beauty review post that I don't really like powders either, but again the Hynt Beauty Pressed Powder is really lovely and non-irritating.

      If I had to choose, I would say I prefer the Gressa, but that is purely my personal preference. I like the coverage, speed of application, finish and also that it is so good for your skin.
      In hot summer weather I do like the combo of the Hynt Concealer & Pressed Foundation as it is very light, and I feel powders sometimes wear longer in that kind of weather, but Gressa is my personal preference ;)


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