Here Comes the Sun with Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Lately, there are very few things I deem worthy of purchasing.  My reviews have diminished not due to lack of interest in makeup, but simply because I have had moments of, “been-there-done-that” pertaining to many of the new mainstream collections.  However, such is not the case with Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter ($56 USD/3.5g for compact and highlighter/ $32 for refill).  This brand has synergistically hit all the right notes in my book. The natural/organic ingredients, superb packaging, amazing formula and wear just does not get any better 🙂

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Kjaer Weis Cosmetics:
Radiance Highlighter and Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance .

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swivels open to reveal a mirror-like surface.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter Packaging:

  • As with all Kjaer Weis products, the presentation is truly outstanding.  The hefty metal compact is enclosed in a thick cardboard box, made to resemble faux leather.
  • Sleek magnetic compact swivels open full circle.
  • High polish chrome finish can be used as a mirror for touch-ups during the day.
  • Compact can also house KW blush refills.  All KW products can be purchased in refillable pan form to save on the expense of the compact ($23).
  • When compared to its eyeshadow comrade, Radiance Highlighter Compact is more substantial and makes an impressive statement.  I’m beyond thrilled with the purchase of this compact.
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Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter Formula:

  • The feather light texture and drier consistency makes this suitable for all skin types.  If RMS Living Luminizer was too emollient for your tastes, this could very well be the perfect natural remedy.
  • Formulated without Coconut Oil.
  • Made in Italy with 95% of the ingredients organically grown.
  • The slight lavender undertones exudes a subtle warmth that combines beautifully with the silver pearl (mica); a pairing that is rather flattering against my olive complexion.
  • Due to the soft cream base and abundance of mica particles, minimal product is needed to achieve desired results.
  • For some reason, Radiance looks particularly striking when paired with cream blush formulas.
  • Lasts amazingly well on my dry skin, with minor fading by the end of a 12 hour day (this may vary on oiler skins).  Despite its impressive longevity, Radiance does not fully set, therefore, resist the urge to touch your face. 
  • Lasts 10 hours (over a primer) when applied as an eyeshadow, without creasing or color transfer to the orbital bone area.
  • If applied heavily, the substantial pearl in the formula builds up quickly and can appear too stark against medium/darker skins–less is best.
Kjaer Weis Radiance and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter worn on the tops of the cheek bones with YSL 11 Baby Doll Kiss and Blush cream blush.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter and Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter worn on the mobile lid and inner corner with Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highligter .

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highligter used as a stand alone eyeshadow with Magnetic  Eyeshadow.

Application of Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter:

  • My preferred method of application is achieved by swirling my ring finger in the pan and lightly tapping Radiance on the skin.
  • Radiance blends easily on bare skin and over powder foundation.
  • When applied as an eyeshadow, fingers work best using light tapping motions. A small synthetic brush (Billy B #12) was used to place Radiance on the inner corner of the eyes.
  • Radiance does not settle into pores or fine lines. However, as with all highlighting products, a light touch is highly recommended to avoid looking overdone.

Cream Highlighter Comparison:

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Cream Highlighter Comparisons without flash.

Cream Highlighter Comparisons

Cream Highlighter Comparisons with flash.

  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is sheer and paler in color than KW Radiance.  The organic coconut oil based formula solidifies during the cooler months.  On my dry skin, this is lovely, however, the emollient nature has been known to look too greasy on oiler skins.  In addition, some people are allergic to Coconut Oil.
  • Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter has a balance of cool and warm properties.  This organic formula stays true to its creamy composition in any season and the longevity is remarkable.
  • Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse is a fabulous highlighter and obviously warmer than all the others.  This chemically based formula does not budge once it has set.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is more golden than KW Radiance.  This is a wonderful highlighter as well, but the packaging and price/amount ratio pales in comparison to KW.
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Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter ingredient list.

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Full Face wearing Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter on the cheeks and as an eyeshadow, along with KW Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

See what other lovely beauty bloggers are saying about this product:

  • Gaia from the Non-Blonde (here)
  • Lilly from Genuine Glow (here)

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics are sold online at, (where I purchased mine),,, and

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

Makeup would state the obvious–Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter is one of the best products I have come across.  The versatility of this organic gem is unsurpassed.  Do I recommend this investment? Wholeheartedly, indubitably, undoubtably, irrefutably…YES!!  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.


* is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of unless otherwise noted.

About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.


  1. soooo getting this soon! I just ordered one of their new lip tints in rapture and I’ll let you know how we get along 😉 They just came out with 3 new lip tints and yeah… I want the other two!
    I think I’m so obsessed with this brand is because it’s so new to me and different to anything else in m collection. I’m also intrigued by the brand Kide that’s currently on sale at detox market; a luxurious, finnish organic makeup line that I believe is being discontinued.

    • Hello Maeve,

      Oh you have the lip tints? I was tempted, but for the life of me I cannot apply any lip product with my fingers. My upper lip is crooked and I need a lipliner/lipbase to even things out…hence my love for liquid lipsticks. I agree the novelty is definitely alluring, but in the end, the products are really outstanding. You got me hooked on this brand, now I have to look into KIDE; will your treachery ever stop? 🙂


  2. this looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

    • Hello Danielle,

      Thank you very much. This highlighter is amazing and as a result, I’m hooked on the brand. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


  3. I think the expression on your face said it all, what a fantastic product and beautiful color. Of course, that is just 1%, the other 99% of the beauty comes from your gorgeous face alone!!!



    • Hello Olivia,

      Thank you my dear friend for your heart felt words *blushing*; you are truly wonderful. I really do love this highlighter and the philosophy behind the company. Is it bad that I want everything in the line? Now if only, I could somehow fall into vat of money to afford my current addiction 🙂


  4. It looks simply stunning! I always adore your looks, love the YSL blush too! 🙂 xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  5. I am also a newbie to your blog and I LOVE your reviews. Concise, thoughtful, and fun! I am also in a bit of a make up slump, because we “have been there, done that.” The colors and new formulas have been uninspiring the past several months and it seems like we’re recycling a lot of colors etc for Spring 2015. At any rate, I was hesitant to try KW because, all natural, really? I had serious questions about whether it could compete with the established high end brands, but it seems like it can. I’m definitely putting this highlighter on my list. Thank you!

    • Hello Sarah,

      Welcome my dear! Thank you for this amazing comment/compliment. I cannot tell how much I appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback.

      I completely understand about the makeup “slump.” For the first time in a long time, I entered Sephora and quickly exited empty-handed–with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, no less 🙂

      As far as KW, her products are top-notch; I cannot believe how well they perform. Should you ever fall into the Kjaer Weis rabbit hole, be warned, it can be seductively addicting…in a good way 🙂 Have a spectacular day!!


  6. Hey Maria, whoa this looks GREAT on you! I don’t have a lot of liquid highlighters, as I find that they very often look TOO glowy at the end of the day on my skin. However, on you this is perfect! <3 Really need to look into the brand now 🙂

    • Hello Sunny,

      Thank you so much Sunny. The great thing about this highlighter is that it has a dry cream consistency, so it may hold up well even on oiler skins. If you do look into this brand, you will not be disappointed.


  7. That looks stunningley beautiful on you , ive only just started following you and i think your brilliant i love your ideas and veiws , xxxx keep up the good work and i hope you and your family are happy and well xxxxxx

    • Hello Rachel,

      Welcome darling!! Thank you so much for this lovely comment and for joining me on this makeup journey 🙂 Kjaer Weis has become a bit of an obsession–here’s to exploring the brand further and bringing you more quality posts in the future. Have a wonderful day.


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