Clean Trolley Review : Kjaer Weis Foundation
Long-awaited blog post.... Here is it!
I actually added this little gem to my cart a few times before I really decided to pay HKD500 for a foundation. But the Rave reviews on youtube and on several other blogs have sold me in, with all clean ingredients, natural finish and considerably high coverage....
Photo from Kjaer Weis Website
The Brand and Ingredients
The Brand - Kjaer Weis was founded by a Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis who worked around the world for some of the most renowned fashion magazines. She then found that people were sacriﬁcing the health of their skin by using irritating, synthetic makeup, whilst the natural products were not up to par in performance. Kirsten then used her experience growing up in a natural environment and her knowledge of beauty to create Kjaer Weis as a pioneer in organic, luxury beauty.
For this foundation in particular, it is manufactured in Italy and comes in the most stunning metal case. I really like that I can purchase refills afterwards for less waste and less packaging. It is also certified organic and gluten-free.
Ingredients-wise, it is definitely cleaner than a lot of mainstream foundations, without the use of parabens, alcohol, fillers and so on.
Full Ingredient List:
Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba (Beeswax) (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 May Contain +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)
My Main Concerns
I admit I do have concerns in the first place.
First of all, it's a cream and cream foundations do tend to give us heavy-looking caked up face. Even though creams normally give a better coverage, but I do like satin to matte finish that can stay put throughout the day.
Second, the ingredients are mainly natural oils and butters which is good for the skin, but I do worry that those oils and butters can end up clogging my pores and make my acne-prone skin break out even more.
Swatch and Applications
Choosing the right shade is a bit hard for me since there are not many choices for fair skin girls. I am usually a NC20, and the shade Like Porcelain is the closest to my skin colour, but it's a bit pink-toned. The next two shades, Paper Thin and Silken, are definitely too dark and too yellow for my skin. I bought this before the lightest shade lightness comes out. After seeing some swatches online, I would say lightness can be a better match but it's definitely a lighter.
Texture-wise, it is such a thick cream that needs a bit warm-up in order to apply evenly on the skin. To apply the foundation, the brand recommends using your fingers or a foundation brush. And I tried both. Personally I find that using a flat top kabuki or buffing brush works better than fingers. Using fingers just does not give us a even application even though my face is well moisturised.
It goes on quite matte actually and gives decent coverage with one layer. For dark spots and hyperpigmentation, two layers is enough to cover and three layers gives full-coverage for me. However, it looks cakey with two layers or more. With a good brush and well-moisturised face, you can achieve even and smooth application.
Longevity (This differentiate good and holy-grail foundations!)
Since it gives a matte finish on the skin, I do not feel the need to apply loose powder on top to set it. But i do find that it sets into find lines around my mouth as soon as it sets in, which concerns me a lot. But on other parts of my face, I found it last pretty well until the 4-hour mark. As the foundation reaches the 4-hour mark, I find that the foundation loses tiny bit of coverage, not very noticable really, but the foundation starts to break up a little bit in every dry areas and patches on the face. That happens around my mouth and under the eye.
I do have combination skin but i only gets oily on my forehead and nose, and the foundation can stay put for 5-6 hours before it looks extremely cakey and needs to be removed. One thing that I adore this foundation is that it does not break me out even i have this on for a full whole day. It kinds helps with redness and calm my little spots a bit too.
Since it does accentuate dry areas over the course of the day, I tried putting on extra layer of moisturiser and facial oil on the face and that actually helps with longevity but I found that my skin gets very oily throughout the day and the the foundation tend to slide a bit on my face.
I do find myself reaching for good old mineral powders if I need full-day coverage for the day. However, I still use this foundation as concealer under the eye and spots, avoiding dry areas and lines, and on days where I just put makeup on for a few hours.
Do I recommend this as a foundation, yes for normal skin that loves really clean ingredients or really dry skin girls who can tolerate a few layers of oils to prep their skin before foundation. But for me, this will be a miss and i will keep using it as concealer just not to waste this.
Next on my list to try is the Root Pretty Foundation and the Hynt Beauty Concealer. Both these two gems have been raved about on the internet for good coverage and longevity. Now, off me go to the journey to search for the perfect clean foundation....
Have you tried Kjaer Weis Foundation? What are your thoughts?