Kjaer Weis is kind of a big deal right now. This is an all organic, super luxurious cosmetic line that green beauty girls are falling in love with. Their products are made in Italy with high quality ingredients and it’s said that all their cosmetics are high performing with beautiful color. And everyone loves the chic, refillable metal compacts they come in, a novelty that adds just a little something more to the experience of doing make-up.
This past Christmas, I bought a Kjaer Weis foundation as a gift to myself. Having heard mixed reviews, I decided to go for it anyways, because I’m on a mission to try all organic foundations, and c’mon, that compact is amazing. So here we go, with my honest opinion:
This foundation is quite unique in that I feel it takes on the appearance of the texture of the skin. So, depending on your skin condition, it will reflect that. If I apply it to a moisturized, smooth face it will appear as a layer of flawless, perfectly toned skin. However if I am flakey, as is inevitable in the winter, the scaliness of my dry skin appears exaggerated. I’ve learned to not use this on days when I cannot resolve my dry skin. That being said, I do not find this product moisturizing, but I definitely don’t find it drying either, as in it doesn’t ever worsen my condition.
I think it’s fair to say that the performance of this foundation depends on how healthy and soft your skin is. And when your skin is not dry, this is like, the best thing ever. Seriously, the coverage is unlike any other. I’m really impressed with the longevity and how once applied, it stays put all day. That’s probably because of the consistency, which is a really thick cream. I prefer to apply it with my fingertips to warm it up and get it mobile. For areas that need heavier coverage like my zombie winter eyes, I dab it on at full opacity and blend out the edges. And it doesn’t even look pasty. The finish is not greasy whatsoever, and does not to be topped off with powder to seal it in place. Like I said, it just looks like a layer of skin.
For the sake of honest beauty reviews, here is a shot of me wearing the foundation only on one half of my face, just so you can see the magic. I think you can tell which side has the foundation. I also used it to conceal under the one eye.
I have the second shade, “Paper Thin”. If you are a Caucasian who tans, like me, this will be a good shade for you, however if you are fair and don’t tan “Like Porcelain” will be a good choice. I find that with high quality natural and organic foundations, they tend to naturally adjust to the skin tone and I think that’s why they don’t need as many shades. Whereas synthetic foundations don’t blend in as well.
I have to say how much I love the metal compact. In a world of cheap, disposable products, something like this invokes memories of a time gone when glamour and luxury involved well-made accessories that were meant to last. The metal case is very shiny and can be used as a mirror, if need be. The idea is that when you have finished the product, you can purchase a refill and reuse the same case.
For the case and the foundation, Kjaer Weis costs $82 Canadian. A situation of “you get what you pay for”. But thereafter, refills are only $48 which is the same price people are paying for foundations that are not made with toxin-free, organic ingredients but only have a popular name. The featured ingredients in this foundation are organic Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.
Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77492) · organically grown