Ok, ok, so this review makes me a little late to the party. Scoring rave reviews from every corner of the internet, Kjaer Weis’ Cream Foundation is certainly leading the pack in “must-have” makeup. I got my hands on this a few months ago (from one of my fave natural beauty boutiques: Eco Diva Beauty), but as a true environmentalist – and because I love anticipation – I waited to finish up some other products before I dove into what would surely change my life.
Kjaer Weis’ products are no strangers to my blog; you’ve heard about her products here and here. Thus far, I’ve fallen in love with each swipe of a KW compact. The heavy-duty packaging is not only luxurious (and made in Italy) but also refillable, making this every sustainable beauty’s dream cosmetics brand. Gone are the days of plastic throw away cases (that don’t protect your cosmetics that well, might I add).
On with the show!
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation Review
As a fair skinned girl, I have a hard time finding the right colour for my skin tone. “Right” meaning not orange. Especially in the natural space, where colour selections can sometimes be lacking. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ordered the lightest shade in the shop only to receive it and find I look like I’ve been taking beta carotene. :) Kjaer Weis nailed it. Her shade “Like Porcelain” is perfect for the fair-skinned gal with pink undertones. If you’re curious about her other colour selections, head over here for a description of each (I can only speak to this colour as it’s all I’ve tried).
*I will note that for natural beauties of colour, the shades are quite limited. I’m hoping that more shades will become available over the coming months, as the product was only launched in December last year.
Before application, it is essential to moisturize (I use a facial oil) and put on your sunscreen. Having a dewy face before application will aid in the blending and the application of this cream foundation – especially in colder climates (see bolded note below).
Application & Texture
The application of this cream foundation can be with your hands or with a foundation brush. Whichever you use, it’s also a good idea to have a blender. I use my “beauty blender” (pictured below) after I’ve applied the foundation to my face using a brush.
This ensures that the skin is left looking dewy and velvety (and not cakey). *One thing that I will note is that in colder climates, you cannot omit this blending step, as the cream foundation can be a bit “harder” in consistency which makes the applied product naturally thicker. This is caused by the coconut oil hardening more when the temperature is below 21 C. In warmer climates the skin will look dewy right from the application start – no surprise with the product’s smooth and creamy texture – and throughout the day, the foundation will “melt” into your skin, regardless of where you live.
This is a buildable coverage foundation, which is great for those that need just a little help with evening out the skin tone and equally as great for those beauties that want more coverage – I would say up to “medium” with a “dewy matte” finish (I think I just made that one up, but it’s the best way I can describe it). Applying with the brush and a blender is the perfect defence against under-eye circles and pesky spots. Tried and tested.
Sweet almond seed oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coconut oil*, Corn starch*, Beeswax*, Carnauba wax*, Jojoba seed oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Non-GMO Vitamin E & may contain: Mica, ci 77891, ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499 (for colour). *Certified Organic
The base of the product is highly natural, although there are some data gaps around the Polyglyceryl-3 Diisotearate. That being said, this is certainly a brilliant blend of natural ingredients.
Don’t be freaked out about the coconut oil, there were no breakouts on my end and I have been hard-pressed to find any reviews noting breakouts as a problem as a result of the foundation. That’s not to say you won’t, that’s just to say that you’ll probably be a-ok. :) To compare it to RMS Beauty’s Un-Cover-up, which I see a lot of people have been comparing this foundation to, (due to ingredients) I will note, the RMS Beauty Un-Coverup (which I love) is significantly more “oily” than this foundation.
Overall, I’ve found my new go-to foundation. I needed no finishing powder, it didn’t sit in fine lines (yes, we all got ’em), and it covered each little quirk my skin provided me with that day (red blotch? Be gone!). The finish was not velvety (post-blending) and it didn’t turn greasy as I went about my day. While I probably won’t carry it around in my purse (it’s heavy, and to be honest, I didn’t need a reapplication before evening hit), that won’t stop it from becoming my new foundation favourite for sometime to come. This is a repurchase, most definitely!
Where to Buy
While the compact is a little pricey ($78 CAD) you will find that the refills overtime will make it affordable ($46 CAD). I’ve been using it for a month, and I can tell I have several more months of usage left in this baby. Further, if I compare to other luxury brands I’ve used in the past, the price point isn’t so scary at all.
In Canada & US: Eco Diva Beauty
Continental Europe: Amazingy
Australia/New Zealand: I Am A Natural Store
If you are still having some reservations, and want to ensure it works for you before making the purchase, Eco Diva Beauty & Spirit Beauty Lounge offer you the opportunity to order it in sample size first. :)
Have you tried the Kjaer Weis foundation yet? What did you think?
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Love and Light from Oslo this Sunday!