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kjaer weis foundation review

It just so happens that I picked the most trying week to show my bare face on the blog for the sake of a foundation review.

But you know I like to keep it real around here…

And what would a true foundation review be without testing against a spotted face?

Kjaer Weis Foundation was up to the test. Do you think it passed based on the before and after below?

kjaer weis foundation review

I’m going to go ahead and call it a “yes!”

(And, to be clear, there’s been no retouching on the “before” or “after” — I kinda ran out of room in my image’s canvas!)

Kjaer Weis’s velvety cream foundation has been in my arsenal for a few months, and it’s one I reach for when I want a polished look and have time to indulge in meticulous blending.

The lightweight, buildable formula gets its grip thanks to a mix of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, carnauba wax and corn starch.

Applied in thin layers, Kjaer Weis’ foundation can offer a sheer, evened-out look or high-impact, maximum coverage that still looks and feels light.

Wanna guess which route I went in the picture above?

Though hopefully you can’t tell, I applied a couple of thin layers, concentrating additional coverage on my chin and forehead where active breakouts where bringing me down.

I also added a bit more under my eyes (always so prone to dark circles and puffiness!) and around my nostrils.

kjaer weis foundation in paper thin

I blended out “Paper Thin” all over my face; it’s not quite the perfect match, as its cool, pink undertones look a little funny on my skin, but with a layer of “Just Sheer” on top (which has the correct olive undertones but is a tad too dark for my skin), I created a somewhat-perfect mixture for my complexion.

Applied with a BeautyBlender knockoff, Kjaer Weis’ foundation instantly melts into (properly prepped — think oiled-up and misted) skin.

I cannot stress enough that you must massage and blend this foundation in to ensure no clumps gather on your face. Take your time! The results are fabulous.

Remember, build, build, build. You can always add more, but it’s a bit more difficult to remove!

Once you get a feel for the texture and how to work it into your skin, Kjaer Weis’ foundation can easily become your all-in-one foundation and concealer for light and full coverage days.

The only drawback, for some, is that it contains coconut oil, which disagrees with some people’s skin (not mine!).

Here’s the full ingredients list for “Just Sheer”

Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77492) · organically grown

Here’s the full ingredients list for “Paper Thin”

Mica , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil·, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77492) · organically grown

Another thing to consider is the price. At $68, it’s on the luxury side, but it’s well worth it. The heavyweight, glamorous (and refillable!) packaging makes it a standout on your beauty counter.

Foundation refills cost $40, so once you’ve settled on the color (or colors) that are right for you, the repurchase isn’t as heavy on the wallet.

I’m hoping that Kirsten, the mastermind makeup artist behind Kjaer Weis, releases new color options soon.

While I’m smitten with the formula, look and feel of the foundation, I long for a closer match to my half-Asian, half-Scottish skin. Until then, my blend will do!

What do you look for in a natural foundation? Have you tried Kjaer Weis Foundation? What were your thoughts? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • This looks wonderful on you, Kim! I agree that the match isn’t quite perfect, but I never would have noticed if you hadn’t mentioned it — in fact, I had to scroll back up to have a second look before it clicked.

    With smaller ranges (like many natural ones are), I always worry about being able to find a good shade match for my pale olive skin. Like, sure, the formulas may be amazing, but… am I going to look like a muppet? :/ :P

    • Thanks, Rae! The half-Asian coloring struggle is real. I’m hoping that the new color releases produce a fair-yellow match for gals like us! People always like to assume that olive = dark (no, no, no!). xoxo

  • Looking really nice….but it seems that it takes quite a bit of time to obtain a nice result.

    • Blending is your friend! :) But totally worth it. Love the finish and formula.

  • And I think you look great, Kim! :)

    I’m with you on the shades too – Just Sheer is a little too dark on me but I use it because it has the right golden undertones. When I was at Shen Beauty, I saw sneak peek of new Kjaer Weis shades (a shade lighter than Like Porcelain, and a shade in-between Like Porcelain and Paper Thin, plus two more darker shades than Velvety.) I’m hoping that in-between Like Porcelain and Paper Thin might work for us?!

    Feel better soon!

    • CANNOT WAIT FOR NEW COLORS! Like that you got that insider knowledge, lady. I’m feeling much better now (thus the following up to comments a week later). You are right…a shade lighter than Just Sheer with the correct undertones would be a big win. Hoping, hoping!

  • I’ve been wanting to try this forever! But first I must use up the rest of my 100% Pure Foundation. I am absolutely in love with Kjaer Weis. You look great! Thanks for sharing your review.

    • I NEED to try more from 100% Pure. I love their lippies … smell so good! Thanks for stopping by and commenting as usual :) xoxo

  • Ru

    Do we have to apply this only with a beauty blender? And, how would you compare this to rms beauty un cover-up? I love my un cover-up but soooome times if I don’t do it correctly it becomes patchy esp. on my chin (since that’s where I apply it the most).

    • I started off applying it with my handy Real Technique face brush, but the formula didn’t melt in as easily with that application style — it just kinda pushed around on my face. With a sponge (BeautyBlender, knockoff, whatever….a sponge will do), it was a lot easier to blend and melt it into my skin!

      I would say that without a doubt, Un Coverup is way oilier than this. Un Coverup also got patchy on me, too. I didn’t experience the patchiness with this one, and it’s definitely a drier formula (but not as dry as, say, W3ll People … another one I need to get reviewed!). Hope this helps! xoxo

  • This looks gorgeous on you, Kim! I’m dying to try this foundation but since my skintone is similar to yours, I think I might wait until KW comes out with more color options. Plus, I still have my RMS Un Cover Up and W3LL People foundation to finish! :)

    • Thanks, Kasey! The countdown begins…

      I like RMS “Un” Cover-up, and have repurchased it maybe 3 times, but I think once I’m finished with this little pot I have, I may be done with it. It slips around on me a lot! However, if I set it really well with a mineral foundation, it is OK. One to keep in my back pocket I suppose. Now the W3ll People sticks…those are just badass. I’ve repurchased those 3x as well (and have yet to review, sigh), but really love them…not greasy at all! Which color do you wear in the stick? I’m a bit too dark for my normal shade right now, but I’ll fade soon and I will be able to wear it again.

  • I wanted to try the KW foundation when it first came out. I love the idea, but they don’t make anything (yet) for a pale olive complexion. I tried a sample of Just Sheer, but no no no – same issue as you. I found my foundation soul mate in Haut’s HDD cream in burnt almond, and I also use the biomineral foundation in the same shade. Haut does custom colors too. I can’t recommend them highly enough! And girl, you so pretty, spots or no ; )

    • I feel ya! Just Sheer is a little better for me than Paper Thin, but I fear that as I lose color as fall / winter continues, it will be too dark. Sigh. Holding out for new color options soon, as I do really love the formula’s coverage (and the packaging!).

      I’ve tried a whipped BB from Haut. I need to revisit it. The last thing I remember about it was it was a bit slippery on my face … could easily have been user error in application, though!

      Thank you for your compliments on my skin and spots. The spots say they <3 you ;)

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