Kjaer Weis Makeup Review

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

When it comes to makeup, there aren’t many plastic-free options.

Kjaer Weis, a cruelty-free and ethical makeup company, is one of the few on the market today that provides makeup packaged almost solely in stainless steel. Though there are some other companies offering makeup in bamboo compacts, I opted for Kjaer Weis because of their refillable, minimal design. Their products are pricy, but are made from quality, toxic free ingredients. My personal philosophy is to invest in a few quality multi-functional products that are good for my body rather than buying many different toxic drugstore products that I seldom use.

Mascara ($38)

Although Kjaer Weis advertises their mascara as being zero-waste, in truth it isn’t. The stainless-steel case can be reused but the mascara itself is packaged in plastic. Nonetheless, the mascara is one of the best I’ve tried. I love the small, minimal design. The mascara goes on easy and doesn’t clump very much. Better yet, throughout the day it doesn’t flake at all. The only real downside is that it runs very easily when it comes into contact with water. Personally, I’d prefer this to having it be super sticky because I like to remove my makeup with just water at the end of the day.

Pencil Eyeliner ($30)

I’m in love with the brown pencil eyeliner. It comes with a reusable stainless steel cap (which does make the pencil top heavy, but not terribly so) and minimal recyclable packaging. I really enjoy using pencil eyeliners because it’s difficult to mess up your makeup, and Kjaer Weis' is no different. It rolls on smoothly, can be smudged a bit, but still stays put throughout the day. I like the brown color because it isn’t as harsh as black but still defines your eyes.

Glow Highlighter ($56)

UPDATED: Lastly, I tried Kjaer Weis’ highlighter in Radiance, a pink shimmery color. It comes in a stainless steal compact which flips open and has a mirror built inside. I would not buy Glow in the future. The compact is heavy and picks up finger prints easily. It’s tricky to open too, and sometimes I’ll accidentally smear the product in the process of opening it. It’s way too expensive, especially considering that it isn’t the easiest to apply. It’s a tacky consistency that’s difficult to get out of the container and it feels heavy and oily on the skin. If you do end up going for Glow, I recommend applying it with your fingers for the warmth from your body makes the cream easier to spread. The best thing about Glow (besides being zero waste) is that it’ll last me forever, but that’s in part because it’s too irritating to use on a daily bases.

Overall, I would highly suggest Kjaer Weis for quality, low-waste makeup!