Review: Gressa Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid

gressa Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid

Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation may or may not have a cult following (who are we kidding—yours truly is a certified member), but this special brand has been crafting innovative new makeup products that totally deserve some of the Serum Foundation’s spotlight.

Gressa now offers a well-edited makeup collection, and the products share a common feature—everything feels weightless and looks natural while completely transforming the health of your skin.

I adore the new Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid for that reason. It’s a super pigmented serum for cheeks, lips and eyes that provides a bright flush of color wherever it lands. It blends superbly, especially over the Serum Foundation, and absorbs into the skin almost like a stain, leaving nothing but the color behind. I’m using Elise, a fresh and youthful pink, and I can’t wait to try the coral version called Amelia. Seriously, this product will last forever—you only need the equivalent of a pinprick of the Lumière per application, and that will provide enough color for both cheeks and the lips.

To apply, I pump a tiny dot of the serum onto the tip of my finger, and then divide that between my cheeks and blend. Sometimes I use the Air Focus Foundation Brush for a totally seamless glow, but fingers work great here. Whatever remains on my finger gets dabbed onto my lips. You can also use a little pump of the serum for the lips alone and get a bolder color payoff. I tried using Elise on my eyes, and it gave me a very fun Jem and the Holograms vibe that I enjoyed in the comfort of my own home—maybe pink isn’t the best eye shadow color for me, but I’m betting the coral version would look pretty and fresh.

I love makeup that’s easy and multipurpose, and the Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid is just that. Throw the little pump bottle in your purse for a quick after lunch skin boost. This makeup is composed of skin foods like broccoli seed oil, rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn seed oil and CoEnzymeQ10, so while the color looks gorgeous, the ingredients are doing so much more for your complexion. Let’s face it—we expect our makeup to have nourishing qualities these days, and Gressa delivers.

Have you tried this blush or other makeup products from Gressa? What do you think?

19 Responses to “Review: Gressa Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid”
  1. Naomi says:

    Oh how timely! I have just started using a sample of the Gressa Corrective Serum Foundation! Question for anyone familiar with the foundation: is it meant to be a liquid? I mean, completely liquid, like the consistency of water? I can’t tell if it has separated in the little sample sachet (which cannot be shaken or otherwise mixed without the liquid flying everywhere and being wasted) or if this is the correct formulation.

  2. Hey Naomi! YES—the Foundation is super duper liquid—imagine the thinnest oil possible, which is why I think it has that seamless, dry oil affect on skin. It’s kinda hard to control at first. I put one or two drops of the foundation onto the tips of my fingers and spread like an oil onto one half of my face, and then do the same on the other side. I usually buff it in just a bit with the foundation brush. If you get the full size, make sure to shake vigorously every time you use it so it stays well blended. All of this is totally worth it!

    The Lumière Luminous Complexion Fluid is, confusingly, not as fluid as the Serum Foundation. It’s more of a serum consistency and won’t run everywhere.

  3. Heather says:

    I have both Amelia and Elise and love both colors. My only problem is that even a half pump dispenses too much product. As mentioned, it’s so pigmented, a tiny bit is all I want. And once I have too much product on my fingers, it’s hard to apply the right amount to my face. Any ideas how to get around this? Thanks!!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Wow. looks beautiful! Thanks for the recommendation. I read something that said the foundation only lasted a few months. How long do you keep yours before having to pitch it out? Also, it doesn’t have sun protection in it. Do you layer sunscreen on under the foundation? I live in sunny Colorado and have red hair/freckles. Going without sun protection isn’t an option for me.

  5. Heather says:

    Kathryn, I have the foundation as well, and have used it consistently without any separation issues. It still works great for me.

    I also live in Colorado (hi!) and struggled to find a sunscreen that worked under this foundation. I didn’t want to ruin the lovely powdery finish with some sticky sunscreen. I ended up liking Coola Mineral Face SPF30 (unscented, matte tint) because it also has a very dry finish. The Coola is available at Ulta or Vert Beauty if you’re in Denver!

  6. Heather says:

    UGH sorry, meant to say I’ve used it consistently for 6 months without separation issues!

  7. Haha what’re you saying about pink eyeshadow?! Seriously though, love these too, haven’t seen anyone else doing liquid cheek colour in the green beauty-sphere yet, and these make your skin feel so plump and fresh. I’ve been using Ameila – it would really suit you!

    Mayah x

  8. Naomi says:

    @Susannah – thanks!

    I also would mention that I am using the Gressa Lip Boost and am loving it. Small collection of colours but so far I am smitten with Radiant and can’t wait to try a couple of others. I’m now adding the Luminous Complexion Fluid to my wish list!

  9. Hi Kathryn – I was just at the Gressa boutique this weekend and asked their aesthetician the same thing — their foundation is too emollient heavy to layer over a traditional sunscreen lotion. He said two things that were helpful:

    1) The foundation is designed to layer over other oils (not sunscreen or lotions.)

    2) He echoed Heather’s recommendation of a powder sunscreen. However, the brand he recommended was Color Science. I’ve only used Coola’s spray sunscreen (also picked up from Vert Beauty!), but eager to check out their powdered version.

    Hi Heather – I too have both Amelia and Elise. I have the same issue with Amelia (a single pump gives me too much product, pigment and shimmer for one use), but my bottle of Elise is so transparent and glossy that it’s like a pink version of RMS’ Living Luminizer. I’m also cautious about lightly tapping the pump, but you could always decant a few pumps into a plastic sample jar to have more control.

    Good luck!

  10. Oh, and Call It Vanity – there is another clean liquid blush on the market, 100% Pure’s liquid lip and cheek stain. It’s a clean alternative to the Benefit’s famed Benetint. :)

  11. Zerlyn says:

    Hmm.. now I know why the foundations looks better over face oils and not face cream, to the point, I skip the foundation when I’m wearing sunscreen. Thanks for the tip!

    But how would a powder sunscreen works though? I have dry /normal skin combination, and that’s why I use face oil. The foundation is matte after application, and adding powder does not seem like the best combination.

  12. Stacey says:

    I love their foundation and complexion fluid. I have Elise and a sample of Amelia and I love them both. I had the same problem as Heather, in that no matter how lightly I pump it dispensed too much product. I got around that by decanting most of the dispensed product into a clean (unused) contact lens container (I have ton of those) and that lasts me few days of usage without any waste. Bonus, it’s great for travel! I’m eagerly awaiting their eye shadows to launch, and I don’t even wear any eye makeup!

  13. Jaime says:

    I really wanted to enjoy this brand but I can never seem to get the products to work for me.
    My skin tends to be on the dry side and no matter what I did the foundation flaked on my skin which I found so odd.
    It also drove me crazy that I would have to vigorously shake the dropper bottle to get it to combine properly only for it to drip expensive product all over the bottle.
    I see the blushes are in a pump form, maybe the foundation will follow?
    Also I would love to be able to order samples from Gressa before trying. I just feel makeup shouldn’t be that hard to apply. (I have a toddler so my makeup time is hard to come by.)

  14. Heather says:

    @Stacey I will try the contact lens case!! Good suggestion!

  15. Livi says:

    For anyone who has a spreadability issue or finds it hard to work with over cream or sunscreen, what I find helps is to use it mixed into an oil based sunscreen (not a cream type). I use the acure continuous spray sunscreen spf 30 (it’s argan and sunflower oil based Im pretty sure, gotta double check) and spray a bit on my face and really quicly some on my fingers + add a couple drops of foundation, mix together in fingers and apply to face. I do this quite quickly and the effect is more of a tinted moisturizer that comes to a slight matte finish. If I need more coverage in an area I’ll go in with another drop, rub fingers together and then apply to face. The oil sunscreen seems to help it glide….

    It’s less work than it sounds and then the thicker blush serums sort of melt in easier on top of this base. hope this helps someone.

  16. Naomi says:

    @Jaime – Integrity Botanicals includes Gressa in their free samples section if you are purchasing from them. I love Integrity Botanicals, they carry amazing brands, they process orders very quickly, I’ve had really good service experiences with them and they have an extensive selection of items from which to choose your three free samples. Highly recommend!

    @Livi – that sounds like a good solution, thanks!

  17. Stephanie says:

    @Jaime I had the same problem with flaking; even when my skin was well moisturized, the minute I applied the foundation it turned into a flaky mess. Not sure if it was me or the formula, but I couldn’t get it to work.

  18. Jaime says:

    @Naomi thanks! I just saw that a few days ago. This is a very new addition to Integrity because I looked in the past and could not find samples anywhere. I love shopping with them, the customer service is always top notch.

    @Stephanie ok, so it wasn’t just me. I don’t really think makeup should be this complicated. If it doesn’t work the first few tries for me then forget it. I have found the Jane Iredale BB foundation works great applied lightly almost like concealer. I don’t like much coverage just around eyes and nose so I’ll stick with this for now since it works really well.

  19. ROULA says:

    Hi there ,,i just discovered your site and find it truly amazing!!!! I live in Toronto and usually visit the Detox market for

    my beauty purchases,,i have been reading about this Gressa skin foundation and would love to try it,, Are you aware of any place in this city i can purchase or is it like only online??

    Thank you so much


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