When I received the Gessato Face Treatment Serum ($59) I was impressed by the dressy masculine packaging. This looked like something that would belong in a department store for sure. Suddenly, that thought gave me a sinking feeling, since we know all too well how the department store brands are often style over substance.
Glancing at the ingredients revealed a lot of silicone. I dispensed a little of the glossy translucent white milk on my fingertip and noticed it was very light and somewhat slick. I also noticed a definite cologne smell. Why do they always think men's products have to smell like musky cologne? When I want to wear cologne I want to choose the scent and where to put it on my body. I do not want it in my hair or on my face. I noticed that the Redken Men's line does the same thing. These are the perfumes that linger and not the result of natural ingredients that dissipate quickly.
Finally, after spreading it on my face, Gessato's lightness evaporated like ether. It took a few more drops than usual to cover my face. I sneezed a few times and noticed a lingering soapy floral smell throughout the day. I did begin to think there was something magical in those vapors when my skin began to feel very smooth. In the mornings I noticed it felt much smoother than usual. My skin was also very matte but, also a little flat and dull. I pressed the skin and noticed it had less fullness. I had also been applying a moisturizer since Gessato is more of a regenerative serum that does its work deep within the skin.
In my paranoia, I began to suspect that the nice topical feel was indeed just the silicone and my skin had been drenched in it to become like a piece of nice smooth scotch-guarded leather. I feared it might be hard to get any moisture in. I admit I am biased against silicon's and PEGs no matter what the other good ingredients. Gessato does have Matrixyl 3000. I really just want nourishment from penetrating oils, peptides and anti-oxidants.
Gessato will probably appeal to guys who never use moisturizers and have thick moist skin to begin with. The application will win them over with it's light non-greasy feel. and if they are used to a myriad of scents used together then that won't be a problem. It should hold its own against the department store brands very well. I just think it is too bad that there are not many affordable and accessible men's brands with the latest peptides and high potency anti-oxidants in a natural base.
Ingredients in Gessato Face Treatment Serum
Water, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone crosspolymer PEG/PPG-19/19 dimethicone, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, sodium hyaluranate, eleutherococcus senticosus, PEG-8, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl propionate, ascorbic acid, citric acid, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.