Tuesday 30 July 2013

Kjaer Weis Essential duo No.1 review

I feel like it has taken me forever and a day to get something from Kjaer Weis. The reason being is my indecisiveness. I kept trying to figure out what colour I want, do I want another bright one, or maybe a plum, should I get an eye shadow..... Finally I decided that I want a lip tint and an eye shadow, so buying a duo would save a couple of quid and I chose essential duo No.3, but bought essential duo No.1.

When it comes to make-up subtle colours are rarely my thing, I would just normally choose to go without make-up. However, after trying some Vapour samples (review soon to come), I have discovered the beauty of understated colours and fancied a change.

Eye shadow 'Cloud Nine'. I find the name is very appropriate, as this shadow is a dream to use.

When I swatch it on my hand, it looks pretty much identical to my skin tone, with a bit of a pearl effect (I can't really call this shimmer but I guess it is, the particles are so fine however, that it looks a little iridescent but not metallic).

 Most people won't realise that you have make-up on with this shade (tested on my husband), what it does, is give you that bright eyed and bushy tailed look, it makes your eyes look less tired instantly. It would make a pretty highlighter for darker skin tones.

I am very impressed with the light texture of this powder, also I have not noticed any creasing. It works wonderfully as a base, or if you feel odd having eyeliner on without shadow, 'Cloud nine' is perfect.

Lip tint 'Passionate'. This has a texture of a tinted lip balm and looks slightly see through on the lips. The colour is a muted rose hip red.

 If you always wanted a red lip but don't feel comfortable wearing one, this shade would be perfect, as it gives just enough colour without being super bright.

It smells like castor oil to me (which is one of the ingredients), I don't detect any added fragrance. It lasts well as long as you don't eat or drink (or smooch), you will need to reapply after those activities.

The set also came with a little cloth (I am guessing so I can wipe of the fingerprints, that I  will inevitably leave behind on the pretty, reflective cases). The packaging that the set came in looks very smart, but I wasn't expecting it to be so big as it only has the two products...

Compacts themselves feel weighty (I am guessing due to the metallic casings and magnets), rather unusual after years of plastic packaging, makes them feel more solid, which I like.

The initial cost of these products is high, but the refills are much more reasonable and that is what I will be getting in the future. If you are not bothered about having the pretty packaging and already have a pallet that could house these, go ahead and get the refills, the products themselves are of very high quality.

I am so pleased with this set and already have my eye on a few other colours, but if I could only have the one product: lip tint or the eye shadow, I would choose the eye shadow, it is that good!


  1. I have the lip tint in passionate and it is very wearable, I also have romance which is a bright pop of colour more pigmented. I love the look of the eye shadow though and the cheek tints, like you say the initial outlay is high but after that the refills are more affordable. Xx

    1. I agree passionate is a very easy colour to wear, the shadows are gorgeous, so want to try other colours, also heard lots of good things about their mascara x

  2. Beautiful packaging to these products, they are the type of products I would favour if I could be bothered to wear makeup lol, seriously though I like the natural look they appear to offer :)

    1. Lol I think that is why I have so many makeup free days, just too much effort some times:) these two shades are exactly that, just a hint of something something... Maybe she's born with it or maybe it's (oh wait that's from a commercial) ;)

  3. I started using the KW mascara (in black) and it is super! I had so many bad experiences with organic mascaras before this one, and this one doesn't smudge. It's like the holy grail of organic mascaras for me, haha :)

    1. I haven't reviewed the KW mascara yet, will do soonish, but I do wholeheartedly agree. Really great product, I like the whole line, but mascara and the eye shadows are my favourites

  4. ooooh thank you for this review.. i specially look for this eye shadow review :)