Gressa Eye Tints

Leave it to Svetlana Sanchez, the gifted chemist behind Gressa's bestselling foundation serums, to create a clean cream eye shadow that doesn't collect in the crease. It's not a cream in the traditional sense, the product itself is much more firm and dry, plus it doesn't reflect light aside from the shimmer content. But it blends like a dream, devoid of pesky fall out, and has a more modern, and 3 dimensional effect when compared to a powdered shadow. Available in three shades, (including Aureo, a lemony iced white gold that anyone can wear, as a base or inner eye accent), and the more intriguing Bronce and Obscur, a shimmering mid-tone brick that has enough of a cool undertone to remain neutral, and a matte, cool espresso for either a soft eye liner or crease depth, respectively.

The latter two are pictured below, with Bronce being my hands down favorite of the three. I use it daily as an eyeliner along the lower lash line and in the center of my lid to keep things interesting. Chanel Beauty's fall release, Le Rouge, was an exotic, artsy homage to a bold red eyeshadow. Less vampy, Bronce is on the same wavelength, but way more wearable, and versatile, given it plays nice with a spectrum of other shades. My latest favorite, being a cool teal.

Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

The name is a mouthful, for sure, and certainly not minimalist, but it's one hell of a foundation.

Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation in #03

Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation in #03

This is a far cry from the creamy thick foundations you get from a pump. The texture is a thin liquid, due to it's principle ingredient,  Brassica Oleracea (also known as broccoli seed oil), a powerful inflmmatory and antioxidant. It's oil based, but minus the slick sheen of greasiness one often contends with when it comes to liquid oils. A little goes a long way (2-3 drops is more than enough) for this high coverage foundation, before it magically dries to a powder, making it perfect for warmer months.

It should be noted, I like a little evening out, but am not a fan of foundation in the strictest sense. I believe foundation is best thinned out with water, oil or a good sponge, and treated like a concealer over specific areas – unless you're going on out a stage or a photo-shoot.  

There has been criticism amongst bloggers that the Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is too drying, that the formula snags over dry skin, showing up like lint on a dark towel. However, this is totally avoidable. I mix equal parts of this foundation with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil is my go-to) or Tata Harper's Nourishing or Beautifying Oils and pat it in over key areas (under eyes, around the nose and over any redness.) It's perfect for me, this way. It's completely believable, and reflects light like bare skin would.

My color is #3, which I'd suggest if you're pale-ish but not porcelaine and unsure which color to choose. It's a chameleon of a foundation, I've used it to tone down redness in pale ruddy complexions, but even out darker olive complexions.

$54 / Gressa Skin

Ingredients: *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