Kjaer Weis: the Best Natural Makeup Line I’ve Tried?
As a huge fan of any makeup natural enough that I can use it without worrying about flaring up sensitivity or dryness, I’d been keen to try the cruelty-free, natural (and seriously chic) line by Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis for some time.Because, although I really enjoy the dewy glow of natural and cream fomulas, the downside is that the results are often not quite as pigmented or long-lasting as traditional brands.But Kjaer Weis’s line promised to change all that- instead promising long-lasting results in a high quality formula.Housed in the some of the most exquisite metal and enamel packaging I’ve ever come across (but which definitely does show up fingerprints/scratches…you have been warned), this line is both cruelty-free and places an emphasis on high quality, natural ingredients.
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush (£41 for 3.5 g or £24 for a refill, Cult Beauty)
First up I’ve been testing out my current favourite from Kjaer Weis, the Cream Blush in Reverence. This cream-to-powder formula provides a soft petal pink flush of colour that seem to stay in place all day on my skin. Its high concentration of pigment also means I need very little product for a natural effect, so each blush lasts for ages.
The addition of sweet almond, castor, jojoba seed, and rose hip oil, carnauba and beeswax also provide moisture as well as a gentle sheen, making this less of a matte look product and more one for dewy skin lovers.I’ve included the full list of ingredients of this (and all the products I’ve reviewed here) at the bottom of this post.Again, this blusher lasts the course (at least on my skin), meaning unlike with some natural brands I’ve tried I don’t looked washed out by the end of the day.Great for: Anyone who likes their blush shades on the subtle side.Not-so-great for: Dewy colour lovers as this has a slightly matte look.
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint (£35 for 2.4 g or £22 for a refill, Cult Beauty)
Next on my list to try was the summery, coral shaded Lip Tint in Sweetness.Containing beeswax, jojoba seed and rosa rubiginosa oils for moisture, this is a balm and colour product in one, and so hydrating that I definitely don’t find I need any extra lip products alongside it.
This tint also offers a subtle shine, as well as a highly pigmented, glossy colour which can be built up further for a bolder look.
Since it contains natural, skin-healthy ingredients this lip colour can also be used elsewhere on the face, and looks great on cheeks- adding a tiny sheen without being greasy or blocking pores (the same is true for the cheek colours, which can also be used elsewhere).The downside, however, is that because this is a balm/tint hybrid formula I find it does need reapplying every few hours.Great for: Getting some moisture at the same time as colour.Not-so-great for: Long-wearing lip colour as this is more of a balm finish and needs reapplying.
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation (£51 for 7.5 g or £30 for a refill, Cult Beauty)
I’ve also been trying out the brand’s Cream Foundation in shade Lightness.
While foundation definitely has a place in my routine, I have to admit that I often use it simply for concealing under the eyes and on any other more obvious spots, rather than all over.
So while normally worn as a foundation, Kjaer Weis’s PR team suggested I also try this as a concealer, using the warmth of my fingers to apply.
And actually this really suits me and my dark under eye circles, which benefit from the medium-high coverage as well as the formula’s subtle, powder-like finish (although I normally prefer a dewy effect, under the eyes this look actually helps to detract attention from my circles).
Overall, despite the pretty expensive prices my initial look into the world of Kjaer Weis means I’d definitely try more from their range, and I will certainly be repurchasing both the lip and cheek products. The foundation, however, while lovely, probably isn’t something I would use enough to justify buying again, however.
Either way though, I do feel I should take a minute just to praise the brand’s refillable packaging.
While the initial prices are expensive, you sort of have to admire a company which puts quality and longevity over fast fashion and high turnover.
In each of the cases of the products reviewed, the refill price was nearly half that of the initial price, which will actively encourage me to keep using the same packaging, a definite plus in my effort to cut down on my beauty waste.
Products reviewed were PR samples from Kjaer Weis
The full list of ingredients:
Cream Blush in Reverence: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil ,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Gallic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dextrin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. May contain:CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77499 (Iron Oxide) CI75470 (Carmine), CI77492 (Iron Oxide)
Lip Tint in Sweetness: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax)·, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gallic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Dextrin, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citral, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)
Cream Foundation in Lightness: Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Talc, Gallic Acid, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)