Beauty Brief: This Organic Foundation Doubles As A Serum

By Sam Negrin

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"It's a serum. It's a foundation. It's a revolution." These are the first words you read when hitting Gressa's Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation landing page, and I could not agree more. The first time I heard about this foundation, I was intrigued. Full coverage with real skincare benefits from an organic ingredient list, ranging from broccoli seed oil to lemon balm?! Tell me more.

Gressa foundation
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I finally tried it, and was (kid-you-not-this-isn't-sponsored) "jaw-droppingly" AMAZED. I found it over in Venice at my favorite Strange Invisibles store, and the application was seriously luxe. They first patted a layer of Vintner's Daughter—which has tons of brightening, glowy properties on it's own—then used the Air Focus Foundation Brush in the shade 3.5 to my skin. I literally felt like I had been airbrushed, but I didn't feel like I had anything on. The fact that this is a serum, too, is super unique when it comes to the texture and application.

The benefits include tone-correcting (redness, pigmentation, etc.), clarity and radiance. i.e. This will NOT clog your pores. After continued use, I feel like my skin is actually better when I take my makeup off. One thing to note is that I use clean fingers to pat it onto freshly oiled skin instead of the brush. The brush is great but I've never been a makeup brush or beauty blender person (mostly because I don't totally know how to use them and I'm lazy AF). Another, if you have dry skin, you're really going to want to make sure you're moisturized prior to application. If I have any dry spots at all, the foundation will accentuate them. I also like mixing a face oil with the foundation for a dewy look.

Gressa also has a wide range of skincare products from cleansers, masks and elixirs, to even more makeup with cute little lip pots, bronzers and highlighters in the same liquid form as the foundation. I haven't tried these but if the foundation is any inkling to the rest of the product line, it's definitely on my to-do list.

I've been using this in the evening and, because it doesn't have SPF, using this foundation in the day time.