Saturday, 20 June 2015

Zelens Z Luminous Brightening Serum

What is it?
'This advanced serum visibly brightens, smoothes and hydrates the skin.'

Who is it for?
'Someone who wants to diminish the appearance of dark spots and discolouration, even skin tone and enhance radiance, while refining skin texture.'

What’s in it?
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Phytic Acid, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Silanetriol, Silica, Polysilicone-11, Benzophenone-3, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Metabisulfite, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
mineral oil

How do you use it?
Apply after toning am and pm before moisturiser. I personally prefer to use in the mornings. *GLOW*

What’s good about it?
I'm a tad in love with this serum. I have a little pigmentation from old sun damage that occasionally tries to peep through when I've been outside. This helps to disguise that, but the best part is the glow it gives. It makes your face look as if unicorns are hidden just under the surface of your skin and are trying to shoot glitter through your pores.
All unicorns and foolishness aside, it contains niacinamide (a lot of) to reduce pigmentation, even skin tone and strengthen the skin by increasing the fatty content of the epidermis which helps it to retain moisture.
Resorcinol to decrease melanin content of the skin and brighten. Zinc-Glycine complex and phytic acid to soothe inflammation, reduce melanin production and mildly exfoliate.
In essence, it's loaded with genuine active ingredients. Marko Lens does not mess around when it comes to his products. Unlike 95% of brand names, he writes his own formulas. These products have not been taken off a shelf in a lab and just had a 'Zelens' label put on them. Everything in here is in here for a reason - and it shows.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £135.00. A no-go if you are on a tight budget, but I would seriously consider checking this out if you are older and have pigmentation or dull skin. I noticed a difference immediately. Please bear in mind I am talking about pigmentation, not melasma or old scarring. That's as different kettle of fish, more of which you can read about here:

Similar products? (These are only designed to work in a similar way, I'm not suggesting they are as good as the main product being reviewed.)
Chantecaille Vital Essence with Arbutin
OSKIA Get Up and Glow
Dennis Gross MD Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Exchange rate – does it punish the UK?
No. The UK is Zelens' base country. *Score!*

Zelens Z Luminous Brightening Serum is £135.00 and available from 

Tomorrow:  Zelens Intense Defense Antioxidant Serum


  1. A lovely product, but so out of my price range. Will look into other simar products. Thanks.

  2. Hello Caroline! If you have a moment, just had a quick question about pigmentation and shaving (completely understand if you don't have chance to answer). I started shaving my upper lip and now have some pigmentation there. Is this most consistent with melasma (and thus not conducive to topicals) or is this something that a serum (like the one above) could address. Just thought I'd throw a question out there is this shaving safe space. Thank you!

  3. Chantecaille Vital Essence with Arbutin did Zip for my pigmentation. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum does not work or claim to work on pigmentation either, but a good firming product. Her Concentrated Brightening Serum is geared towards pigmentation. :-)

    1. Yeah brightening serum would be better but the rejuv does make the claim.

  4. Unicorns hidden under your skin? I guess you can't put a price tag on that!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  5. Hmm. This is very tempting. I had horrendous spotty skin way into my mid thirties which I now have fixed but I do have pigmentation on my cheekbones and also on areas where spots once were. In one sense I get annoyed with beauty companies telling me these 'imperfections' should be eradicated - my husband thinks the brown splotches are 'cute' - but at the same time I don't want it getting worse so I may well give this a whirl. Pigmentation really does catch up on you. I know I did the damage in Ibiza aged 20 because by 25 I was wearing spf everyday!

  6. Olay regenerist luminous serum has very similar ingredients and is only £20. Thoughts?

  7. Does this serum work on acne? I have combo skin and my acne has gone from cystic and angry to small flat and almost just scarring. I need to change my serum, so would this help with very recent acne scarring? Or would something like the Sunday Riley good genes work better?

    I really want unicorns under my skin no matter what i have to pay!!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I will have to try.

  9. I see 2 bottles yet 1 review... Did I miss a previous review? Sleeping on the job here!

  10. Oh one more thing! Would Sunday Riley Good Genes be comparable CH?

  11. Wish the exchange rate favored the US - would love to try this one :)!

  12. This is $260 USD for us Amrericans. Caroline, I have tried basically everything on Sephora's shelves I feel like..not literally.Do you think this is really that effective for "sun spots' to warrant $260? I am working with an skin care specialist and having light peels now with a plan to have IPL in the fall. I am very bothered by the dark spots. Is this that effective? $260 worth? I have never used a product with heavy niacinimide and noticed their "no return" policy.I am just wondering if you recommend it for $260? lol..Thank you

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  13. Hi Caroline. Thanks for the very informative review. When you have a moment, could you tell us whether this is something dark skinned people could use? I do not necessarily want to lighten my skin tone, just make sure it glows with an even skin tone free of dark spots.

  14. Hi Caroline, whilst you're on the Zelens serums could you also pls review or summarise your thoughts on the original on (youth concentrate serum I think). Thank you!

  15. I'm always so disappointed when products like these come out from brands like zelens and they contain fragrance. So unnecessary.

  16. Hello, I have older skin, 73 yr old skin, and I would like to try one of the Zelens products and wondering which one to go for of the two you are now reviewing. No wrinkles per se on the cheeks, a few sun spots not really noticeable, marionette and nasal labial lines and I hate my skin texture. Suggestions? You are my kinda gal and I love your friend. Hope you had a ball in LA and that you found out what you were allergic to. Can one use too many products? Back in the '60's I was told there was something called 'overfeed' and it left kind of an orange peel effect. So thrilled I found you.

  17. I was so excited reading this review until I got to the price tag, it's wayy out of my price range. Caroline would you be able to do a cheat sheet about hyperpigmentation please? I'm sure so many of your readers would love to hear your advice on how to combat it and the range of products that you would recommend for it.

  18. I recently finished my bottle of Intense Defense. Obsessed. As usual.

  19. Does anyone know how you would incorporate both this and the zelens anti-oxidant serum into your routine if you're using tretinoin .05 at night? Thanx