If you read my first Kjaer Weis review, you may remember that the “Beloved” lip tint (reviewed here) was a bit of an hit-and-miss for me. While I highly enjoyed the sleek packaging and the stunning berry color, I was less impressed with the lasting power and performance. However, I believe in second chances, as the formula of a product is likely to alter depending on the color.
First time trying: ‘‘Magnetic” eyeshadow*:
I’ve ordered several eyeshadow samples in the past and while this does give me an idea of the color, I never noticed how soft and buttery the eyeshadows were! Magnetic is a gorgeous shimmery soft brown which, upon application, gives a beautiful bronze effect. I’m enthralled by the formula, a borderline “satin” finish that doesn’t settle into fine lines and looks effortlessly chic. The swatches you see on my hand were done with a brush, which gives you an idea of how outstanding the pigmentation is. One application is enough to cover the whole eyelid. There is no product fallout, it stays put and it lasts for solid 5-6 hours. This is hands down my favorite Kjaer Weis product so far. Whether you’re a makeup pro or a newbie, it’s very easy to apply and the result is outstanding; red-carpet ready in a matter of minutes. 😉
Now about the ingredients, we may need to ‘talc’: coming as the first ingredient, talc is a natural occurring mineral (from the clay family) and has been used in cosmetics for its absorbing properties. The latter explains why the eyeshadow stays put on my oily lids (and without a primer which is an exploit in itself). However, this ingredient is the source of a controversy since there are conflicting theories about its safety. Until the mid 70’s, talc used to be contaminated with asbestos which has been linked to lung cancer. There is sufficient evidence for the carcinogenic effects of talc containing asbestiform fibers, but not enough for non-asbestiform talc. As a precaution, it is best to avoid it in feminine care products, baby products (cf. the Johnson Baby lawsuit) and in powder form. Powder talc has been proven to be cause respiratory problems. Personally, when I’m unsure of something, I either completely avoid it or I use it in very limited quantities. Since it’s a pressed eyeshadow, I’m fine with using non-asbestiform talc, as it’s not a product I use on a daily basis. I never use it in loose powder products, nor in lipsticks. Some people also have sensitivities to talc, which is why some brands mention their products are talc-free. Kjaer Weis does guarantee that their ”talc is not combined with other synthetic powders” and used in quantities that are very small and allowed within the European standards. All in all, it’s really up to everyone’s research and personal feelings, as there’s not a clear answer on that topic.
Ingredients: Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium(Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Zinc Stearate. May Contain +/- Mica, Iron oxide (CI 77491), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxide (CI 77492), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Carmine (CI75470)
Amazed is an ethereal lilac shade, which stands out from Kjaer Weis’ classic palette of colors. That being said, the past two years have seen Kjaer Weis came up with bolder and brighter shades (looking at you, you gorgeous Above and Beyond blush ha!) The color is similar to RMS’s ”Royal” lip shine, just slightly paler. For yellow undertones, this could a bit of a challenge to wear on its own, but it’s not impossible. We all have our “make it work” moments; if you love the color, then rock it.
As usual, I love the glossiness and the plumping effect the lip tints provide. It feels very soft and comfortable to wear. In terms of lasting power, “Amazed” performs much better than “Beloved”. It stays put for 4 hours and the fading is less noticeable than with ”Beloved”. It’s also less streaky and less likely to settle into fine lines. As stated, it’s a lip tint/stain, so this is not meant to provide opacity, but ”Amazed” looks more ‘opaque’ on my lips than ”Beloved”, since it remains even-looking. It’s surely a relief since this was my major issue with ”Beloved” which required to be constantly touched-up. The super exciting news though is that Kjaer Weis will be adding lipsticks to their collection in the near future! In an interview with W Magazine (here), Kirsten Kjaer Weis shared the news where you can even get a sneak peek of the lipstick tube.
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). *Certified organic
Bottom line, as gorgeous as the lip tints are, the stand out remains the ”Magnetic” eyeshadow. I haven’t tried the cream blushes, though, so I might get one in the future to see how they work for me.
The whole Kjaer Weis collection is available on Green Soul Cosmetics (based in Italy, but they ship worldwide), where they also stock as Mel Mills, Josh Rosebrook, Tata Harper, Organic Pharmacy, Ilia Beauty, Mahalo, Leahlani, RMS Beauty, Nuori and many other fantastic brands.
What is your favorite Kjaer Weis product? Which one would you recommend? What are your thoughts on talc?
*Products sent for review consideration, all opinions my own