|Above: Zelens Age Control Foundation...marvelous on every level imaginable.|
As we are on the cusp of Christmas Eve, I couldn't let another day go by without detailing my experience with the Zelens Age Control Foundation (intially mentioned HERE). Those of you who read Beauty Professor on a regular basis know that I have an insatiable appetite for foundation and, although I have procured many incredible formulas over the past few months (discussed HERE, HERE and HERE), am always on the hunt for the next great formula. Enter Zelens...predominantly known for its impeccable skincare, the color collection (which also includes blush, concealer and lip products) was recently released and is exclusively available at Barney's NY. After receiving many questions about the Age Control formula from readers who know I am constantly in pursuit of the latest foundations, I finally ordered shade Beige from Barney's NY and couldn't be happier with my decision.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade and images of the Zelens Age Control Foundation in action...
|Above: Package "back matter."|
With buildable medium to full coverage, the Zelens Age Control Foundation is brimming with skincare-grade ingredients to actively fight the visible signs of aging (e.g., slack skin and fine lines) and even skin to the point of perfection. A single pump is all that is necessary to cover my entire visage (I prefer application with a damp Beauty Blender); the pigmentation is utterly astounding.
The finish is difficult to describe in a single word...intially, it appears fairly matte, but after a minute or two, it melds to the skin in the most natural manner; it looks multidimensional rather than flat yet I don't need to set it with powder. Although it lacks any obvious shimmer, my skin takes on a healthy glow that increases in radiance (but not oil) as the hours pass. My face feels comfortable, balanced and healthy over the course of wear.
That being said, this foundation also boasts insane longevity. In the five or six times I've worn it thus far, I have experienced 8-9 hours of flawless, touch up-free wear. Truly, the lasting power is exceptional and, in my opinion, rivaled only by the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting foundation.
Those with sensitive skin can wear this formula with confidence...it has a light fragrance that dissipates quickly and the cruelty-free, paraben-free line ensures that the highest quality components are included for maximum efficacy. My extremely sensitive skin hasn't had a single adverse reaction during my trial with this formula!
|Above: The full ingredients list.|
|Above: The Zelens Age Control Foundation comes in a glass|
The Zelens Age Control Foundation comes in five shades; although I belive that many in the light to medium-dark range (@N 15-N 40) will find a match, I hope that additional shades on both sides of the spectrum will be released in the future to accomodate a greater span of skin tones. I found my best match in Beige, which may be a touch dark for me by late January. That being said, I don't think I will reach a light enough state to make Cream work so I might mitigate the potential darkness of Beige with a drop of a paler shade. All in all, Beige brings a healthy radiance to the face!
I was delighted to see that the shades in both the Age Control formula and its lighter, sheerer sister, the Zelens Youth Glow Foundation are consistent; in other words, if you are a "Beige" in Age Control, you most certainly will be "Beige" in Youth Glow...accolades for continuity!
Shade Descriptions (per my experience only):
- Cameo: Very light beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10-15)
- Cream: Light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20)
- Porcelain: Light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 20)
- Beige: Light-medium beige for medium skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 25-30) **There is a large jump from Porcelain to Beige and another substantial leap from Beige to Tan
- Tan: Medium-dark beige for darker skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NC/NW 35-40)
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches with a flash.|
|Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.|
|Above: Zelens Youth Glow Foundation in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Youth Glow Foundation swatches with a flash.|
|Above: Youth Glow Swatches in outdoor shade.|
The images below reflect the Zelens Age Control Foundation in Beige in various lighting situations...
|Above: In outdoor lighting without a flash.|
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|Above: In outdoor lighting with a flash.|
|Above: In outdoor shade with a flash...the flashback is minimal, no?|
|Above: In direct sunlight without a flash.|
|Above: Much closer than I prefer...but it best depicts the virtually invisible texture on skin!|
|Above: Outdoor lighting without a flash.|
|Above: Outdoor lighting with a flash.|
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Bottom Line: If you are an unapologetic foundation-phile (as I am), then the Zelens Age Control Foundation is an absolute must. From its incredible, skin-friendly ingredients and gorgeous medium to full (yet entirely natural) coverage to its protective barrier against enviornmental assaults and wildly impressive lasting power, this formula has quickly catapulted into a prominent position in my foundation rotation. Perhaps it will be the gift that you have yet to receive this week ; )
Consequently, I highly recommend it! If you are looking to order by phone, I suggest calling Barney's Beverly Hills (310) 276-4400 and asking for Bryce at the Zelens counter...he is excellent!
Good things ahead including my Favorites of 2014, a video tutorial and some new additions to my collection!
Have a very Merry Christmas + blessings to you and your loved ones...xx,
--The Beauty Professor
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