Zelens Youth Glow Foundation: Review & Swatches

I have been testing the new Zelens Youth Glow Foundation for this week. I love Zelens skincare so I was hoping I would love their new color collection which just debuted at Barney’s last month. They have two foundations. The Youth Glow is the light to medium sheerer coverage foundation, and the Age Control Foundation which is the medium to full coverage foundation. Youth Glow retails for $98 for 30 mL, the Age Control for $105 for the same size. The Age Control contains 17 active ingredients, the Youth Glow has 10 active ingredients. I got the 10 versus 17 on UK blog sites, as Zelens is a UK brand it looks like many there got to go to the opening with the creator Dr. Marko Lens. I can’t find the 10 versus 17 on the SpaceNK or Barney’s website though.

Off of the Barney’s website for the Youth Glow: A skin-perfecting treatment foundation providing long-lasting natural-looking light to medium coverage.  The unique ingredient complex adds luminosity and smooths skin texture for an even-toned glowing finish while anti-oxidants help shield against environmental assaults and photo-luminescent diamond spheres optically veil imperfections.

The Youth Glow foundation is really sheer. It’s above a tinted moisturizer, but it’s not medium coverage. It’s really moisturizing and for me and what I like, it’s perfect. I like light to medium, sheer yet buildable, moisturizing foundations. As long as they’re not greasy, and this one is not. Zelens has a limited shade range, I hear there’s three mores shades coming in the future. I bought shade beige which currently is the second from the darkest. I will say it looks much darker swatched than once rubbed in. When rubbed in it looks perfect on my NC25-27 skintone. It’s not really yellow based, but it’s neutral to warm enough for me. It is not cool or pink based. Zelens seems to be a great range for light skintones versus medium to deep. 

Here is it compared to some others that work for me. Top to bottom: Zelens Beige, Charlotte Tilbury #5, Eve Lom Tinted Moisturizer Beige #7, Cle de Peau Silky Cream O20, Koh Gen Do Moisture Maifanshi 123.

I then blended them in some so you can see how the Zelens is sheerer than all the other foundations.

Overall, this foundation is light, it can be built up in areas like cheeks for redness, yet it won’t cover the redness fully. So it’s close to a tinted moisturizer in terms of coverage. I am not a fan of full coverage foundations usually, so I stayed away from the Age Control, but if it’s like this one I wonder if it’s not a touch more light in coverage and worth trying.


  1. great review! How do you rank this with your other foundations? I just ordered the age control but now I'm thinking about getting this one bc I'm a stay at home mom and I wouldn't mind slapping this on in the morning/quick errands. I love me some skincare benefits/makeup hybrids!

  2. Hi. Yeah I haven't tried the Age Control yet, I'd like to. This last summer I lived in the Zelens youth glow, Omorovicza complexion enhancer and Charlotte Tilbury light wonder, all on the lighter end of coverage. All but the Charlotte tilbury have the fun skincare benefits. Being pregnant this summer and now a stay at home mom too the lighter ones are more what I reach for and those three will probably continue to be my top most reached for products right now for ease, benefits and light coverage.

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