Kjaer Weis are a staple in my makeup routine. I have a few of their blushes and they’re perfect! To be completely honest though, I’ve also been stuck on their foundation. If you look through any of my swatches for this year, I’m wearing this foundation in every single one! It’s just taken me a while to write up this review because of all the lipsticks I wanted to swatch. I also wanted to make sure it was truly compatible with my skin.
Kjaer Weis cream foundations are CCPB Certified Organic. They are $68.00 USD each. If you want to save money, the refill alone is $40.00 USD. The compact and foundation is $98.00 AUD and $57.00 AUD. Expiration is 12 months after opening.
I wanted the shade Illusion since it’s one of the few shades that are talc free, but I had to settle for Subtlety. I ended up buying Velvety as well (which is formulated with talc & coconut oil) and though I was really concerned, I’ve been using it for months without issue. It’s near the end of the list, so the concentration is small. Always buy samples if you’re unsure. Otherwise their list of what foundation shades contain talc can be found here.
Just scroll down to the talc on the ingredient index and the information appears in a pop up.
Out of all the makeup to invest in, foundation is priority for me. Kjaer Weis are renowned for their compacts and their price can make anyone question investing. If I had to choose my favourites, this one and the lipstick are it.
The texture is super creamy, almost like when chocolate melts beneath the warmth of your fingers. It doesn’t feel heavy or mask like once it’s applied.
One thing I love is that it’s versatile. Different skin prep will change the finish. When I use an oil serum it’s a much dewier finish. If I use a balm, it ends up more of a satin finish. You might find that it takes a little experimentation to find what suits you.
Anyone with excessively dry skin with patches, might have trouble as I find it hard to blend on bare skin (and I have normal to oily skin). I also find applying too much will result in it looking full coverage but cakey. This gives me a light to barely medium coverage. It won’t cover dark spots in one go, so if I need more, I pat it on with my fingers to conceal.
Silken, Subtlety, Illusion, Velvety, Transparent, Delicate & Flawless & Perfection
I wanted to swatch all the warm toned shades, but when I bought these, they were out of samples of Just Sheer and Dainty. They have 16 shades overall and in my opinion, a good balance between pink, warm and neutral shades. I would hope that they’ll keep expanding with deeper shades to give more people options.
For medium skin with yellow/golden undertones
Based on the descriptions, Illusion was the shade I would have chosen. At the time I bought the full sized products, it wasn’t available so I settled for Subtlety. It’s a touch too light for me. It matches the palest areas of my face but on it’s own it washes me out. So I bought Velvety, almost as a bronzer. I use it to warm up the parts of my face you’d normally hit with bronzer.
For medium dark to dark skin with golden or olive undertones
Velvety is too dark if I use it all over my face. I tend to apply one swipe of Subtlety down the middle of my face, a stripe on each cheek bone and above my jaw line. I apply stripes of Velvety along my hair line, cheek bones and underneath my jaw. I blend it out starting from the middle of my face, making sure to blend both colours together.
Many foundations I’ve tried break me out, so I’m surprised this one doesn’t. For my combination skin, it’s perfectly nourishing and the formula is forgiving enough to be used with different serums and balms. I much prefer using one layer, and then spot concealing. It builds really well but even 2 layers starts looking like fuller coverage makeup. I’m much more of a light coverage kind of girl, still I love that I have one product that can achieve both. Not to mention the fact that I don’t need a separate concealer!
In summer I’d like a powder to set my T-Zone but in winter I have no issues. I think it would help it stay on longer, but without one, I get a good 8-10 hours of wear.
Obviously it would have been good to have bought Illusion to begin with, but I don’t mind blending two shades at all. Seeing them all swatched together, I can see that Subtlety and Velvety have stronger yellow undertones and that’s what I need. I actually like that I can give my face a little depth and warmth, especially since I’m not huge on sparkly bronzer.
Overall? Yes I love this foundation! I think it’s worth the money, regardless of whether you splurge on the compact or save on the refill. The refill is just as expensive as any other natural foundation. In fact it’s cheaper than some other liquid foundations I’ve reviewed.
Foundation: Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Subtlety & Velvety
Blush: Kjaer Weis Blush in Desired Glow
Highlighter: RMS Beauty in Master Mixer
Lipstick: Ilia Beauty Colour Block High Impact Lipstick in Ultra Violet
Product descriptions and information taken from their official website.