The Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation* launched just before Christmas and you all know how excited I have been about it. Many of you have been waiting to know my thoughts about it, (thanks for your patience!) so I am going to answer the questions that you have been asking me the most and give you some tips based on my experience with it.
Prep your skin. This step is essential. The formula is creamy and “concentrated”, so the skin must be properly moisturized. A good, rich moisturizer will do the job for oily/combination skin types, while dry skin types may get better results with a face oil. I have tried both and have had equally good application. My choice of face oil at the moment is Argan Oil (I use Kahina’s), because it is non-greasy and helps to control the shine on my skin. For my moisturizer I go for the MV Skincare Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. However, you may use whatever face oil/moisturizer you prefer as long as it works well for your skin. Let your moisturizer or oil sink into your skin and then start the application.
Application. My favorite way to apply this product is with the Kjaer Weis foundation brush* (or you can use any other flat, concealer brush) because the size allows you to get to even the smallest areas of the face (like around the nose). However, I only use the brush to pick up the product and place it where I need it. I prefer to use a sponge to blend it all over my face.
Blend. I dampen my foundation sponge (I use a beautyblender) and begin to blend. Rather than rubbing the skin and dragging the product I just dab gently. This is a very important step, because blending it well makes my skin look even and naturally flawless.
Mist (optional). Dry skin types may really benefit from this step. I spritz my face lightly with a hydrating mist/toner (I have been using Kahina’s Toning Mist). It makes the skin look a bit more dewy and it is great if you need extra moisture for blending.
Shades. There are only five shades available at this time. I picked Paper Thin, which works okay for me but is not a 100% exact match. I find that this shade is slightly more peachy, rather than yellow and my undertone is completely warm/yellow. It is also slightly lighter than my skin tone. I plan on getting the shade Illusion soon because I think that it will match me much better, especially toward the Spring (I tend to tan, even when I am wearing a sunscreen). If you cannot find a great match yet, take heart, Kjaer Weis will launch five additional shades during 2014.
*UPDATE March 2015* I now wear the shade Silken, which is a perfect match for my light skin tone with yellow undertones.
Coverage & Finish. The coverage is buildable from sheer to medium. It is enough to cover redness around my nose (you can probably tell by the photo, where I am not wearing concealer). The finish is semi-matte, but luminous. Not sure if the photo gives a 100% accurate representation of how it looks in real life, but I think that the finish looks very natural. In the photo I am also not wearing any blush, highlighter, nor powder. I am only wearing eye makeup and a lipstick.
Can I wear this foundation if I have very dry skin? I think so. Honestly, I do not have very dry skin myself and I have not tried it on anyone who has very dry skin, so I cannot tell for sure. However, my skin has been quite dry around my mouth, nose and chin during this “Polar Vortex” weather that we have had lately, and I have been wearing it with no issues.
Do I need a beautyblender to blend or can I use another (cheaper) sponge? I have only used my beautyblender, but I think that another blending sponge would do the job just fine. If you are on a budget, try the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Can I buy the refill instead of the compact (and put it in a Z Palette)? You may choose to do that. However, I would suggest you make sure that the Z Palette closes properly. If you can afford the compact, I think that it is still the best way to store the foundation.
Will the coconut oil in the foundation break me out or give me milia? I experienced a little milia while trying the RMS Beauty Un Cover Up, but I have not had it with Kjaer Weis Foundation. However, I do not get major breakouts from coconut oil, so I cannot tell for sure. If you usually breakout from coconut oil, I recommend that you order a sample first (see the previous question).
How does this foundation compare to the RMS Beauty Uncover Up? I find the Un Cover Up formula to be moister and that it gives more dewiness. Among the “natural” foundations that I have tried, the Kjaer Weis Foundation formula reminds me more of the W3LL People Narcissist Foundation + Concealer Stick, yet I find Kjaer Weis to be creamier and to have a more natural-looking finish.
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, non-gmo tocopheryl acetate. may contain + / – : mica, ci 77891, ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499. *Certified Organic. Gluten-free.
Overall thoughts. I love this foundation formula, and it is my favorite in the cream category, I only wish that the shade was a more exact match! (UPDATE 2018: the newest shade available, Silken, matches me perfectly during Winter, while Feathery works best during Summer). Other than that, I like the texture and the luminous finish, which is perfect for my skin type. The coverage is lovely, just enough to even out the skin tone without looking heavy. It is one of those my skin but better type of products. The amount I need for my whole face application is so small that it makes up for the price.