Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows review and swatches.

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

Personally, natural cosmetics are the Crudités at a dinner party; you know they are good for you, but the presentation (packaging) and the taste (performance) leaves something to be desired.  There is no denying the rise in demand for more naturally based beauty products; however, the majority of those cosmetics are underwhelming to say the least–that is until, Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows ($45 USD for compact and shadow/ 1.2g) came into my life.  These two little darlings not only changed the way I perceived natural cosmetics, but their performance and outstanding presentation could easily rival their chemically derived competitors.  According to KW website:

Kjær Weis is a visionary and forward thinking cosmetics line created by Danish-born, New York-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis. It’s a brand that recognizes health and beauty equally.

“Ultimately what I wanted to achieve was an alternative that fused beautiful color, texture and design with organic non-harmful formulas. I think it’s the way forward.”

Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow

Kjaer Weis Divine Eyeshadow compact.

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow compact.

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Kjaer Weis Magnetic and Divine Eyeshadow swatches.

The Pros to Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows:

  1. Divine is a gorgeous deep gray that applies sheerly, but easily builds up to the deepest hue (as seen in the swatches).
  2. Magnetic is a golden brown color which is quite pigmented from the get-go.  It makes an amazing all over lid color and melds beautifully in the crease for added depth and dimension.
  3. Soft satin finish is quite flattering on all skins.
  4. Smooth texture applies like butter and instantly binds to the skin.
  5. No color fallout–YAY!
  6. When worn over a primer (Nars), both colors lasted 12 hours without any fading.
  7. All KW products can be purchased in refillable form to be placed in a palette of one’s choosing.
  8. Their “refillable system” is a cost-effective way to save on the overall expense and unnecessary packaging.
  9. Extraordinary hefty metal magnetic compact swivels open (full circle).  The white KW enameled logo is unique amongst any brand.
  10. NO artificial ingredients, such as petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance, petrochemical emulsifiers.
  11. “A minimum 70% of the [ingredients] comes from organic farming.”
  12. Some of the ingredients include:  “Bamboo: Rich in natural silicone, extremely important in the synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue.
    Honeysuckle Extract: Antibacterial, nature’s own preservative.
    Gardenia Florida Extract: Antioxidant.”
  13. NOT tested on animals.
  14. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows: 

  1. Despite the amazing packaging, the single compact format is not the most practical for travel–I would have preferred a quad compact offering instead.
  2. Compact is a fingerprint magnet.  For the price, a soft cleaning cloth/pouch could have been included.
  3. Due to the soft nature of the formula, powder kick-up is inevitable.  Do not press your brush too firmly in the pan.
  4. Not readily available in many retail locations.
  5. Refill costs $25-27 and compact is sold separately for $18.  I purchased one compact pre-filled with Divine and one refillable pan with Magnetic.  For everyday use, both colors are stored in my MAC palette.
Kjaer Weis Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow compact.

Ms. Weis hired famed creative designer extraordinaire Marc Atlan (read more here), to conceptualize the brand’s distinctive metal packaging and branding.  Mr. Atlan’s clients include: David Beckham, Cartier, Dior, YSL Beauty, Helmut Lang, H&M, etc..  It goes without saying, the hefty price-tag, is due in large part to the aesthetic casing that has become synonymous with higher-end cosmetics.  This is not your ordinary everyday eyeshadow compact, but a piece of art 🙂

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Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow compact.

The weighty top cover, swivels open to reveal a mirror-like surface underneath. The highly polished chrome finish does work nicely in a pinch, but the resulting reflection is a bit hazy.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow ingredients.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow ingredients.

Amongst all Kjaer Weis organic products, her eyeshadows are not *Certified Organic, rather they are classified as *Certified Natural.  According to KW, some mineral ingredients are grown in areas that are unsupervised (aka: the wild) and therefore, cannot comply to strict organic regulations.  KW website conveniently discloses, in complete detail, all of the ingredients used in all the products; giving the consumer complete autonomy to make their own judgements/decisions (here).

Comparison Eyeshadow Sizes.

Comparison Eyeshadow Sizes.

Personally, I was taken aback to see just how small my little Divine pan compared to other mainstream brands.  However, I do see the brilliance in using such small pans–they fit in any palette, utilizing minimum space.

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Wearing Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

For the above photo, Divine was applied all over the lid with Magnetic in the crease and under the lower lash line.

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Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

For the above photos, Magnetic was placed all over the lid and lower lash line, with Divine used in the outer “v” and slightly in the crease.  As a side note, I did pair Giorgio Armani 9 Gold with Magnetic and the results were AMAZING!!   A look to be shown at another time.   🙂

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics are sold online at kjaerweis.com, beautybar.com (where I purchased mine), net-a-porter.com, spiritbeautylounge.com, and beautylish.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kjaer Weis Divine and Magnetic eyeshadows are simply divine 🙂  I know a rather obvious description, but a more appropriate word could not have been used.  This is definitely a line that has spared no expense and every detail, down to the faux leather outer box, is simply exquisite.  Am I hooked?  Oh yeah..needless to say, the glistening inner corner and cheek highlighter, in the photos, is none other than KW Radiance Highlighter; however, we will save that story for another day 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

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Comments

  1. You always create such amazing looks 🙂 I feel the same way about natural makeup but these really don’t look like standard natural eyeshadows! xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Hello Gyudy,

      Thank you so much. Creating a look with these beauties is so easy; they go on like silk and build up to your desired intensity. I really adore the whole concept of the line and the thought that went into every aspect of the products.

      -Maria

  2. Hey Maria, thanks so much for featuring the brand! I have been mildly curious about it, but the price tag is ouchy ouch ouch. Glad to hear they work well for the most part tho! I might have to swatch some shades and see if I want to try one 🙂 Both shades are very you, and they look great on you!

    • Hello Sunny,

      Thank you so much Sunny. I must admit the price is expensive (coupon codes help), but the reassurance of knowing I am applying less chemicals to my face, is worth it for me. The performance of these beauties also makes this natural line a stand-out. I really hope you give them a go and love them as much as I do.

      -Maria

  3. I have divine and cloud nine and I was surprised at how nice these were! I bought a few kits from the brand and so the shadows were (at first) a bonus rather than a highlight. Organic makeup is a nice concept, but all of eyeshadows that are organic are problematic. I adore these and the line in general. This line really is a work of art!

    • Hello Maeve,

      Oh, I can’t wait to read about Cloud Nine on your blog. I have Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter, and it performance beautifully on the lids as an illuminating lid color. I agree, most of the organic/natural makeup is so disappointing, but KW is worth every hard earned penny 🙂

      -Maria

  4. Love the colors! And yes from the comparison it shocks me to see how much smaller it is than MAC. I have had this brand on my wishlist for awhile and completely forgot about it until now. I do like the ingredients listing on it, yet I don’t know if I am ready to jump on the wagon yet. We will see!!!

    As always, gorgeous!!

    • Hello Olivia,

      Thank you my friend. These particular colors are so versatile. I know a lot of people may say they are dupable, but I am really enjoying the natural aspect of the brand. Finally, a small part of my makeup collection that isn’t laced with chemicals. I hope you give them a go, you won’t be disappointed.

      -Maria

  5. Hi Maria,
    I have never heard of this brand, and always exciting to read about something new. However I find the price point for one shadow of 1,2 grams a bit high. I get the packaging bit, but a refill of 1,2 gram for 25 dollars is a lot.
    However the colours look gorgeous on you.
    Personally I will probably give this a pass, but the packaging looks great!

    • Hello Aldona,

      I hear you girl 🙂 The price is a bit steep, however KW apparently financed this venture all on her own, without the backing of any investors. Allegedly, the ingredients used are grown in limited quantities, in Italy, and availability is based on favorable weather conditions. If it helps, the powders are very pigmented and very little product is used during every application.

      This is a great all natural brand for those who want to use natural cosmetics exclusively. Personally, I cannot make that commitment–and yet, I want to try some more of her products. Thank goodness for holiday AMEX gift cards 🙂

      -Maria

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