We’re only halfway through 2015, but Kjaer Weis released at least 6 different products since the beginning of the year – the latest launches being the Dazzling bronzer, Happy cream blush, and Grace eyeshadow. Before that, Kjaer Weis had also released new foundation colors and three new shades of pink to their lip range, namely Amazed, Rapture and Beloved.
As soon as I saw Beloved on Kjaer Weis’ Instagram, I became enamored with the shade, and after reading the review of the beauty that is Lilly from Genuine Glow, I knew I had to splurge. The color looked ravishing on her – that being said, I think Lilly would look gorgeous in any color, even black lipstick. I ordered it on Net-à-porter as it hadn’t reached any European green beauty stores yet. It was (and still is) my first Kjaer Weis product and I just couldn’t wait any longer haha.
I have to say that the moment you have a Kjaer Weis product in your hands feels pretty special. The snazzy and pristine look is what we’d call in French,”un petit bijou”. Kjaer Weis is the Cartier of green makeup, the epitome of chic, but with an edge. It’s the type of product that you cherish – I systematically clean the finger stains after each use – and can’t help but show off, because it just looks so freaking cool. Everytime I twist it open, and hear that distinctive little “clic”, I imagine a girl gang with leather jackets and all., opening a Kjaer Weis lip tint, instead of a Zippo lighter – am I being ridiculous lol?
The color is a superb, flattering deep berry, with a blue undertone. For those familiar with Ilia Beauty lipsticks, Beloved is similar to “Ink Pot” (see my swatches of both here). Beloved is sheerer, and subsequently a more wearable version of Ink Pot – I have no problem wearing purple during the daytime, but I know some are less comfortable.
The finish is glossy, but not shiny, and it feels moisturizing on the lips thanks to the blend of beeswax and natural oils. However, exfoliation is key before wearing Beloved, because berry shades are not forgiving. As you can tell on the picture below, I was so excited to apply it when I received it, that I forgot to prep my lips beforehand.
You can apply it both with your fingers or a brush. Personally I prefer using it with my Gressa lip brush for more precision. The way it looks on is also rather unique. I doesn’t leave a coat like lipsticks do, but it blends onto your lips to give the illusion that it’s the natural tint of your lips.
It was love at first sight, and I also imagined it would be an everlasting love, however my expectations might have been a tad too high. While the color is absolute perfection, the lasting power left a lot to be desired, and I’m already lenient about that matter when it comes to green lipsticks. After two hours, the color was fading away and settling into the fines lines. It didn’t fade evenly either, it’s too quickly absorbed. I definitely have to do several touch-ups during the day if I want to keep the color strong and vibrant.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphobia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cera Alba, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Mica, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron oxide (CI 77492), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Iron oxide (CI 77491)
Bottom line: Yes, Kjaer Weis is a fabulous, one-of-a-kind brand that would even give conventional luxe makeup brands a run for their money. The line offers a palette of stunning and unique shades, with clean ingredients and the sleekest packaging ever.
I have no regret buying it, because I had been longing to try Kjaer Weis lip tints for the longest time and I had purposefully stopped purchasing lip products to save some place for Kjaer Weis. So I’m not let down, I love the color and I’m wearing it all the time, but I guess for that price, I expected something with more opacity. It remains a high-quality product, but it’s not a lipstick per se, it’s
exactly what it says – a lip tint/ lip stain. If you’re looking for something more opaque, Alima Pure, Axiology and Karen Murrell would be great options. Vapour, Ilia Beauty and RMS Beauty fit into the luxe category, but are still more affordable than Kjaer Weis.
Will I purchase another Kjaer Weis product? Yes I will, because Kjaer Weis has this brilliant refill system, which allows you to get refills for every product you purchase, and consequently the price gets much lower (28$ a lip tint refill). I also love the look of the blushes and highlighter, so I’m not excluding another purchase in the future. I didn’t pick the jewelry analogy at random, Kjaer Weis is an investment. You don’t go buy all the pieces of jewelry at the shop counter, but you choose the one item you feel most drawn to. Hence why samples services offered by Amazingy, Content, Spirit Beauty are fantastic opportunities, because they will help you pinpoint which products you’ll enjoy from the brand.
Kjaer Weis lip tints retail for the price of 49$ on the Detox Market (here), 38 Eur. on Amazingy (here) and £32 on Content (here).
What do you think? Do you have a favorite Kjaer Weis product?