Natural Beauty Product Review
For this Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation review I tried the Paper Thin shade.
Kjaer Weis makeup line was created by Danish-born, New York-based, makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis,
to fulfill a need for natural and organic color makeup that doesn’t compromise luxury or performance.
All of their products are certified either natural or organic. Kjaer Weis promises to let us have it all- makeup that is free from harmful chemicals, works well, and comes in elegant refillable packaging.
As well as cream foundation, they offer cream blush, highlighter, mascara, eye shadow, lip tints, and makeup brushes.
Disclosure: The foundation compact was sent to me by the PR agency for Kjaer Weis in New York.
|Kjaer Weis||Cream Foundation||Paper Thin||Net Wt. 0.26 oz 7.5g||$68|
A Natural Alternative to
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation is a natural alternative to the Clinique cream foundation that I previsously used. I no longer have the Clinique foundation box with the ingredients list, since I threw out my old makeup the last time we moved. I decided to start from scratch and rebuild my makeup collection with safe natural cosmetics.
Clinique's current version of the cream foundation called "Even Better Compact Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15" is not listed in the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Clinique does not disclose their product ingredients on their website. I was able to find a review, which hopefully listed the ingredients correctly, and create my own report using Skin Deep. The database returned a score of 6, which indicates "moderate hazard" for Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
When I first started purchasing department store cosmetics, I went straight for Clinique, since their products are fragrance-free. Little did I know at the time that their products were still full of potentially harmful ingredients. I am happy to have found a safer natural alternative.
Ingredients in Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation
- Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*;
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride [fractionated coconut oil];
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*;
- Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*;
- Cera Alba (beeswax)*;
- Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*;
- Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*,
- Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate;
- Tocopheryl Acetate;
- May contain:
- Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891);
- Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77499);
- Manganese Violet (Cl 77492)).
I was eager to try Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation based upon the ingredients. "95% of the ingredients come from organic farming, and the last 5% are ingredients that, by nature, can’t be organic, such as minerals used for color." It is certified as an "Organic Cosmetic" by the CCPB (The Italian organic certifying office). Wouldn't it be awesome if the United States also had a program for certifying natural and organic cosmetics, rather than just organic agriculture?
I was happy to see natural oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil on the ingredients list, since I already enjoy using them as moisturizers.
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation was not listed in EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, so I entered the ingredients to create my own report. The database returned a score of 1, low hazard. The only ingredient that poses a moderate concern is Tocopheryl acetate, which is a chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E).
I was unfamiliar with Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, so I asked the Kjaer Weis PR representative and was told that it is a naturally-derived emulsifier. Emulsifiers act as stabilizers and help keep the ingredients mixed together. Polyglyceryl-3 diisosterate has a score of 0 in Skin Deep, but that is due to a lack of data regarding its safety. This is a major hurdle in selecting safe cosmetics. Many of the ingredients have not been tested for safety, or if they have been tested, it is often limited to testing for a skin allergy.
Once I got my hands on the Kjaer Weis foundation compact and saw the packaging, let's just say that it was love at first sight!
The red box, the hefty feel of the metal compact, I just knew I had something of value in my hands.
The outside of the foundation compact is even reflective enough to double as a mirror.
The Kjaer Weis packaging is a refillable make-up system, so once you use up a product, you can snap in a refill, without needing to re-purchase the outer packaging. Refills are available for the foundation, cream blush, eye shadow, lip tint, and mascara.
“While my foundations have buttery soft moisturizing properties, they also feel light as air. The end result is perfect looking skin.” - Kirsten Kjaer Weis
- Produced in Italy
- Certified Organic by the CCPB (The Italian organic certifying office)
- NO artificial ingredients, such as petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance, petrochemical emulsifiers.
- NOT tested on animals
"'This foundation just melts into the skin,' says Kirsten. For best results, apply 2-3 minutes after your daily moisturizer and pat on foundation with fingers, or use the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush. (Brush sold separately.)"
The Paper Thin color is meant for fair to medium skin tones with pink undertones and is a good match for my skin tone, although perhaps it would be a bit light when I have a good tan. The photo above shows Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin in natural lighting. I had a bit of a sun burn the day this photo was taken, so my cheeks and nose were a bit rosy, which the foundation did not completely cover.
The foundation has very minimal scent, which I did not even notice when applying and wearing it.
The first time that I wore the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin I applied it with the Kjaer Weis foundation brush. The brush applied too much product, and the foundation was difficult to blend with a sponge.
The next time I applied the cream foundation with my finger, as recommended, and it worked much better! It went on as a very thin layer, for a more natural look. It just took a dab on each cheek, a couple dabs on my forehead, a dab on my chin, and a dab under each eye. Then I blended outward with my fingertip. I applied a couple more dabs to some pink areas on my face, and voila, that was it! Very little product is needed to cover my whole face with light coverage. Medium coverage could easily be achieve by dabbing on another layer. When applied with my finger, the foundation has a subtle enough look that I would be fine wearing it during the day time and not looking too "made up".
I wore the cream foundation out in the humid heat of Hawaii. My face did get a little more "glowy" from perspiration, but the foundation stayed in place well, even around my eyes. Later in the day I just needed a slight touch-up on my nose and cheeks.
The Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin was effective at evening out my skin tone, while still leaving a healthy glow to my skin. It did an excellent job of minimizing the appearance of under eye darkness. It also worked great as an eye lid primer.
Favorite Aspect : Okay, I couldn't choose just one favorite thing about Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation. The ingredients are 95% organic, and I feel comfortable putting them on my face. The packaging is not only elegant, but the refillable make-up system makes it eco-friendly, too! It feels almost more like a moisturizer than wearing makeup.
Least Favorite Aspect: My least favorite aspect is the price of $68, but when it comes time for a refill, those are $40.
Rating (5 / 5)
Natural ingredients: Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin earns its first star for containing almost all natural ingredients and 95% organic ingredients. The only ingredients which are not natural are Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate (which is at least naturally-derived) and Tocopheryl Acetate (which is Vitamin E plus acetic acid).
Packaging: The foundation earns another star for coming in a metal compact, which is not only elegant and substantial, but also refillable, making it an eco-friendly makeup system.
Effectiveness: Kjaer Weis foundation earns another star for effectively evening out skin tone, for a more polished look, while moisturizing at the same time.
Value for your money: Even with a price tag of $68 for the compact and $40 for a refill, I think the foundation is a good value for your money, adding another star. The price would place it as a high end line at a department store makeup counter.
The packaging is lovely, and even after visiting a department store makeup counter, Sephora, and the makeup level at T-Galleria to compare, I did not find any packaging that was nicer. (But I did get a massive headache from breathing in the perfume.)
The foundation will also last a long time, since a little bit goes a long way. Two swipes of my finger can cover my whole face. I usually only wear foundation when I get dressed up for an evening out or a special occasion, so this will easily last me until it expires 12 months after opening.
And finally, there is the reassurance that you are buying a certified organic cosmetic, rather than a cocktail of synthetic chemicals. If you are not sue what I mean, take a look at the ingredients list on your current foundation and see how many ingredients you recognize.
A pleasure to use: Once I got the application figured out, the Kjaer Weis cream foundation was a pleasure to use, earning it another star. Although they sell a foundation brush, it goes on much better when applied with your finger tips, as they recommend. Application is also super quick. The foundation is quite pleasant to wear, as it has a very light and moisturizing feel.
Overall: Overall, Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin earns a score of 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend selecting this organic cosmetic the next time you purchase foundation. I think I have found one of the brands to re-build my makeup collection around!
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