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gressa minimalist corrective serum foundation

“It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face.”

With product copy like that, you can’t help but notice Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation.

A darling of the green beauty blogosphere, Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation caught my attention because of its skin-beneficial ingredients list and magical serum-to-powder finish formula.

However, this natural foundation didn’t completely WOW me the first few times I applied it. It’s since grown on me, and here’s how I enjoy it.

gressa minimalist corrective serum foundation

{I purchased Gressa’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation from the Gressa website. It costs $48 for a 15 ml dropper bottle.}

After reading several reviews before splurging on it in early December 2014, I opted for shade 03 and requested a sample packet of the Illuminating Serum with my order.

I was quite impressed with the match I got in shade 03, described as a light-medium color with olive and slightly warmer undertones.

As you can see in my before-and-after photos below, it’s almost a perfect match!

But as you can also see in my before-and-after photos, the coverage is very light, as I can still see the imperfections on my forehead and the deeper yellow-tan circles under my eyes.

gressa minimalist corrective serum foundation

{LEFT: No makeup. Not even my brows. Ah!  RIGHT: Wearing only Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation}

This is after buffing in 7-8 drops of the runny formula — substantially more than the recommended 2-4 drops in the application directions.

I used about 3 drops on my forehead and down my nose; 2 on each of my cheeks; and one on my chin and jawline.

Though the light coverage can easily be remedied by adding concealer on my spots and undereye circles, one issue I had with Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation was its tendency to stick to dry patches on the skin.

I’ve read this feedback in a lot of other reviews, and it held true even for me, the oily blogger in residence.

Granted, it is the dead of winter, and we’ve had some brutal weather in the Midwest lately, but I was surprised at how the foundation balled up on even the slightest dry patches on my face. This was after a healthy amount of cleansing, exfoliation, toning, moisturizing and application of the Illuminating Serum sample.

With that said, I’m interested to see how Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation performs in the spring and summer. I imagine this issue will go away, and I will have a deeper appreciation for how lightweight and beautiful this formula is.

(I’ll provide an update to this post when it’s warmer!)

Speaking of the formula, let’s look at those skin-beneficial ingredients that got my attention in the first place:

*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

Broccoli seed oil is the hero ingredient that gives this serum foundation the feel of a primer without the use of silicones.

Neem, horsetail, lemon balm and sea buckthorn are known for their anti-inflammatory and acne-fighting properties, which is a wonderful bonus to those of us who are breakout-prone and attempting to reach “foundation-free” status with our skin.

And that brings me to how I’ve come around with this foundation. As I mentioned in the introduction of this post, I wasn’t immediately impressed with this foundation from a pure coverage and everyday application perspective.

However, as I’ve been experiencing some really great skin days lately, I’ve come to respect this foundation more as my “good skin day” foundation. It allows my skin to breathe, continues to treat it with good-for-breakout-prone-skin ingredients and makes me feel like I’m wearing nothing on my face.

As I get older and appreciate the ability to let my bare beauty shine through, I yearn more and more for the days when I can be that girl who just slicks on lip gloss, curls her lashes and goes — no major skin coverage needed!

Until then, it’s easy to use Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation to fake that “no-makeup” makeup look. Just remember to spot-conceal where necessary, and feel confident in your own skin!

So, final verdict on repurchasing: Undecided until I’ve seen how it performs in warmer, humid weather.

Until then, check out some of my other natural foundation reviews and see some of my other favorites and fails.

What are your thoughts on Gressa Skin’s foundation? Do you have “good skin day” foundations and foundations you use when your skin needs a little extra help? What are they? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • ooo thank you for this honestly review! I love honestly review and sometimes is hard to find! xx

  • I ordered a couple weeks ago, can’t wait to receive my order and try it!

  • Kim, agree with everything you say. This is definitely a good-face foundation for me–when the pimples come out, I grab my mineral foundation for reliable coverage (and less conspicuous-looking dry patches), but on good skin days, this makes me look a little better.

  • I’ve been interested in trying out this foundation and lovely brand. Thanks for the helpful review!

  • It’s sounds like an interesting one, and a good buy for warmer weather. I’m still using heavier foundations at the moment, but want to switch to something lighter like this in the summer x

  • Christine

    Hi, Can you describe the scent of this foundation? I love green products but find the scents in most overwhelming. Thanks.

  • 3

    I bought this and it broke me out, but it appears like most people don’t break out from it. It’s hard to tell from one photo that you took in winter, but I think you would favor a more yellow shade? I bought #3 as well, and it comes off too grey(?) and not yellow enough for my light olive/yellow tone. Can’t wait for Kjaer Weis to release new shades, though!

    • Oh, that’s too bad! I haven’t experienced that with this foundation. #3 is a great match for me. I’m not sure there’s another color in her current line that would suit me, though perhaps in the summer when I’m a bit darker #4 would be better. It’s tricky to match yellow undertones when you’re also light!

      Looking forward to new Kjaer Weis shades as well. Crossing fingers for a release this spring!

  • corina

    Hmm, I purchased this a week ago (haven’t received a shipping confirmation or anything yet) after eyeing it for a few months. I am concerned about the numerous reports I’ve heard of it sticking to dry patches, also afraid that my skin won’t like one or more of the myriad of ingredients that are in this baby.

    But, I LOVE Alima Pure minerals, I LOVE RMS (I prefer it to Kjaer, but is an extremely close call) but sometimes I just want something lighter than RMS and more skin-nurturing than Alima, which is the main reason I purchased the foundation. So, time will tell.

    Also… It seems like ALL of the product reviews on Gressa Skin’s official website have 5 star reviews… Does that seem.. surprising… To any one else? Even when a product is great there is always a naysayer

    • The shipping took a very long time for me, too. Small startup company though, so I get it.

      Alima Pure is another favorite mineral makeup line for me. I like the coverage and feel. It’s my go-to for a more matte look. I used to use RMS un cover-up religiously (went through maybe 3-4 tubs), but decided it wasn’t quite what I wanted because it was very slippery on my oily skin. I prefer W3ll People’s Stick Foundation to RMS un cover-up.

      Kjaer Weis is a whole new dimension of foundation for me. It’s has awesome, full coverage and feels nice on the skin. But it’s one that I prefer to use when I’m having lots of skin troubles and need more coverage. On good skin days, I like to just use minerals or my stick foundations so I can let the “good skin” show through! The ultimate goal is to be foundation-free! :)

      • corina

        Haha, yes! The goal IS to be foundation-free! But after 10 years and thousands of dollars and dozens of the highest quality natural, organic brands of cleansers, oils, and treatments – I’m not 100% sure “foundation free” on a regular basis is in the cards for me! I savor the odd day where I don’t feel like I need much, but it is rare. These dark circles have not let up and neither has my acne scarring :/ And still getting active breakouts just a few years away from being 30 is so depressing!

        Regardless, I’m so happy to be taking care of my skin and hopefully preserving my youth!

        W3ll people is truly a great brand as well, I am a fan of the foundation stick as well as their minerals… I’m just in between shades right now… Missing spring/summer!

  • stef

    I so appreciate this honest review and I have to agree! I ordered the shade 03 for my light olive complexion and it is a great match. I honestly think this foundation is a little overrated, however I do like it for very good skin days.. I also experienced it pronouncing all the little dry spots-it is very unforgiving of these and coverage is light and to get a decent amount of coverage I would probably need around 8 drops. I am still glad I have it on hand but I also purchased the kari gran foundation after your review and these minerals are giving me amazing coverage with a very natural finish- thank you for this honest review Kim:)

    • You are welcome! Yeah, I don’t know where the 2-4 drops thing is coming from. People with perfect skin to begin with?! 7-8 is the minimum for me! Glad you are liking the Kari Gran minerals. That is a fantastic mineral option, and so buildable! And the mica! Definitely a repurchase for me. xoxo

  • Jillian

    I literally just got this in the mail! I’ve used it three times so far and I like it bc it gives a natural finish but wasn’t wowed (maybe time will tell). Also on the SECOND day, I accidently tipped the bottle over on my counter and spent 30 min trying to get every drop of the foundation back in the bottle…Grrrrrr why must they put things in those pesky serum bottles (I managed to do the same to my yuli cell perfecto pm and I don’t even consider myself a klutz normally). Why can’t they just make everything in pump bottles?!???

    • Oh no! I hate that! It happens to the best of us. Liquid money spilling all over the sink. Ouch! Agree on the pump bottles, but I bet it’s because some thicker ingredients could get stuck in the pumps.

  • AA

    Thank you for the honest review! I wish I has seen this over a week ago. I ordered it based on all the rave blogger reviews that have been popping up, but your review seems to sound a lot like the comments I’ve seen in other places. I havent received it yet (it hasn’t shipped yet and no one has responded to my email about it…) but I hope to test it out soon! Right now I use Kjaer Weis which I love–great coverage and spot on color match for me.

    • You are very welcome! Looking forward to hearing your feedback. The dry patch issue is annoying! But not the end of the world. #exfoliate #moisturize

  • Looking forward to seeing how you get on with this in Summer. I’ve read so many rave reviews but bought Sappho foundation – which I am loving – instead for the mean time so I’d love to know how you like it in the Summer!

  • westingwellness

    Im always searching for a good natural foundation! I think broccoli oil is a natural sunscreen so that will be great in the spring summer:)

  • tianna

    lovely review! I totally know what you mean about it setting into dry patches. My favorite way to combat this is by using a balm on my face before application. That seems to fix the problem for the most part for me. Don’t we all long for makeup free perfect skin days? :)

    • Ooh, I haven’t tried a balm. Just my regular oils. Will try a balm and also investigating some non-silicone primers. Thank you for the tip!

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