This time around you’re up for a treat: we’ve decided to take an advantage of the fact that there’re actually several of us behind Beauty Pie and try something different. Girls and boys, please, welcome: a double review of Kjaer Weis Highlighter Radiance. One product, two experiences and two independent opinions.
*Disclosure: Niina and Aline have been testing this product for over a month. We did not discuss it among us in order not to influence each other’s conclusions and the first time we saw what the other person thinks was in this very blogpost. In this way we believe we can stay 100% objective and provide you with an honest review and entertaining reading. However we did come up with a brief structure plan, so it’ll be easier to both write and follow, so here it is, a double review in Q&A’s.
Is it easy to use?
Aline: Although, there are millions of highlighters available on the market (powders, creams, liquids) and as a category they’ve been listed as must-haves for ages, Kjaer Weis is only my second experience with a highlighter ever. I also own a bottle of Benefit‘s High Beam, which looks like and texturally reminds of a nail polish (it even comes with a same type of mini-brush). I must say that both of them have their advantages. Because Benefit‘s product is liquid, it is kind of easier to know where to apply it: you just put a couple of dots under the brow and on top of the cheekbone and then blend it in. However, when it comes to blending itself, I feel like Kjaer Weis is way ahead. It’s so creamy and fine, that it makes it almost impossible to overdose.
Nina: I think so. Before this product from Kjaer Weis I had a couple of experinces with highlighters from different price ranges. When it comes to Radiance I like its creamy texture and the fact that it’s hard to overdose: even if you’re a huge fan of bling, there’s no way you’ll be shining like a Christmas tree with this product.
Where and how to apply it? (what part of the face, on what base and with a help of which instruments?)
A.: My face is so damn round and chubby, it’s actually quite hard to see it’s structure because the cheekbones are well hidden underneath my plump cheeks. That’s why I love to use a lot of highlighter in that area to make it look a bit more sharp and edgy. I use Kjaer Weis Desired Glow cream blush underneath the cheekbones, highlighter – on top and ba-a-am, you can cut paper with them.
I also like to put it under the brow and in the corners of the eyes to open them up and to seem more awaken. When I feel like it, I’ll smear it all over the eyelid to get wet eye look. It can be very sexy with a bit of smoky mascara and a nude lip. To put it on I usually use my bare fingers, actually, I haven’t found any brush that would be suitable for its application. But fingers work their magic. The only place where it doesn’t work is the cupid bow, because you end up with way too much product and it kind of creeps up all the way in your nose. By the way, the perfect tool for this area is Youngblood‘s Eye-lluminating Duo.
N.: I usually apply it over a light layer of a BB-cream, for example, Alterra‘s Beauty Balm 7 in 1 . I target cheekbones, browbones and the bridge of the nose. I put it on with a finger and blend it in.
One thing I love the most about it.
A.: It might sound strange, but I love how some of the product stays on my skin even after I’ve removed all of my make-up. I guess, it’s because the light-reflecting elements in it are so small and fine, they tend to stay glued to the skin just like glitter, so even after two-steps cleansing, tiny-tiny bits of this highlighter are still on my face, giving it a very natural and barely visible glow. Who doesn’t like to go to bed feeling fresh and beautiful?
N.: I like its shade with a soft “lavender” undertone and very elegant shimmer (which I think is very important). I also like the fact that it is made from natural ingredients. But it’s already two things instead of just one.
One thing I like the least.
A.: Well, I hate to say this, but just as easy as it glides on creamy and liquid foundations (on the photo above it was used on top of Sisley Photo Teint Expert), it makes the powders crumble. Because I love this highlighter so much, I had to quit using one of my favourite base products – Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation, as the two of them are totally incompatible.
N.: No matter how hard I try, I can not find any obvious disadvantages. Well, maybe just the fact that the casing is a bit too heavy to carry it around in your vanity bag (but that concerns all Kjaer Weis products).
Whom would I recommend it to?
A.: Everyone. No matter if you’re a make-up pro or a beginner, this is a great product to play with: impossible to fail at and very versatile. A moderate dose on cheekbones and under the brows is perfect for daytime, a heavier application on the eyelids (even on top of other creamy shadows) will give you a stunning evening look and I’m sure there’re plenty of other tricks you can unveil once you start experimenting.
N.: In my opinion, all the highlighters accentuate any skin problems you might have, so if you have blemishes around your cheekbones, I would not recommend using this product in order not to further emphasize the uneveness of the skin. In all other cases, I am sure you’l benefit from a bit of a soft glow on your face.
Would I buy it again?
A.: Absolutely! I’ll just get a refill, which is almost half a price of the original product (by the way, one of my favourite things about KW).
Н.: Yes, because I love how it helps to place the final touches in my make-up and transforms the overall appearance into a much fresher look.
Is it worth the money?
A.: 52$ is a bit pricy. BUT, think of its beautiful metal casing, of all the envious looks you’ll get from your girlfriends when you pull it out from your handbag, and the compliments you’ll receive for the glowy complexion… and then answer the question for yourself: Is it really worth it?
Н.: If you buy it for the first time, perhaps, you can be unpleasantly surprised by its price, but thanks to the refill system, invented by Kirsten Kjaer Weis (the creator of the brand), you’ll only need to splurge once. Refills are much-much cheaper, plus, you won’t need to purchase them often.
Total score on a scale from 1 to 10.
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