Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Wisdom, Charmed and Pretty Purple

>>All products were purchased by me unless otherwise indicated, one RBR shadow provided by the company<<

Along with two cream blushes in Abundance & Blossoming, I also picked up three eye shadows in Wisdom, Charmed and Pretty Purple.

I purchased these as refill singles from Spirit Beauty Lounge, but they can also be placed into a separate case, which looks beautiful.  But again, since I love to depot and have eye shadows visible (and more frequently used), I just purchased the refills.  I have them in my trusty Z Palette.  Spirit Beauty Lounge specializes in niche, natural and organic (just like Kjaer Weis) and I took advantage of a recent promo with my order.  I also received a small coupon code for following them on Twitter, so look for them!

Here is Wisdom, a well-loved blogger cult favorite of sorts.  I think I first may have ran into it on Modesty Brown in her post here and long had Wisdom on my wish list.  (As an aside, it seems all longing originates from Modesty Brown's post!)

Here is Wisdom.  Its has a lovely glow in the bright natural light.
It's a taupe, of course.  As I mentioned, I usually make taupe my first purchase from a brand, hence my taupe proliferation!  I can see why people love this color and formula.  It is incredibly smooth and pigmented and stands even favorably against my beautiful Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon formula.

Angled to catch the light, you can see there is a sedate level of micro shimmer.  The base color is a lovely mushroom toned grey with some brown in it.
You can see against my skin tone, it has very low contrast against the skin.  I find it sort of fades into my eye lids without showing off any of its prettiness that is apparent in the pan.  I tend to de-saturate colors with my magical skin, so while not surprising, it's a little sad.  I'm hoping to make use of it as a base shade and use some more saturated colors to give more definition when I wear it.
I took some comparison pictures against some similar looking taupes in my collection.
Wisdom is actually pretty different from the others, perhaps similar in color to Rouge Bunny Rouge's Bohemian Waxwing, but not having BW's strong metallic finish.  Finish-wise, Solstice Halcyon seems to have the similar low-glow satin finish.

Next up is Charmed from Kjaer Weis, which is a pale nearly matte nude shade.  It has a very different feel than Wisdom.  While Wisdom is smooth and rich (and the dreaded "buttery" word), Charmed is much harder and drier in texture.  However, the color payoff is pretty good and blends well.  I been surprised with how much I like this color.  It makes an excellent shade for blending out other colors as well a nice color to even out my eye lids.
Here it is with some other nude eye shadows that I use as a base and blending shadow.

  • Shu Uemura P822 is a newer generation eye shadow.  It has a pearl finish, sheer and incredibly hard and dry.  THIS is a terrible color in terms of quality.  Looks similar to the slightly caramel colored Charmed in the pan, but not on the skin.
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Chestnut Napped Apalis is one of their nice matte shades.  It is perfectly unchalky.  Love these matte shades.
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracious Arasari* (provided by the company after I shattered mine after a depotting attempt) has a shimmery, slightly metallic finish.  Barely shows up on my tanned skin these days.

Here they are first in indirect natural light.  Believe you me.  I had to WORK to get that stupid Shu shade to show up.
In direct natural light, my current skin tone is making showing up these colors a bit challenging.  Sorry!
Charmed is a surprising winner of my three eye shadow purchases.  While not having the super soft formula I often enjoy from other brands, it makes nice addition as a basic nude on my skin.

And finally, here is Pretty Purple described on the Spirit Beauty Lounge website as a rich matte plum.  Click on this picture because it definitely does not look matte in the pan, but has a fair amount of warm shimmer in it and looks rich!

I've pulled some other purply taupes to compare Pretty Purple with.  Shu Uemura P781, Chanel's Taupe Gris and Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird.
I was disappointed to see any complexity in the pan of Pretty Purple disappear when applied.  And it's also awfully similar to both the Shu Uemura and Taupe Gris.  I also found this "matte" formula very dry and chalky and completely unlike the lovely formula of Wisdom.
Ah, pretty purply Delicate Hummingbird shines on.
All in all, a kind of a mixed experience in my foray into Kjaer Weis eye shadows.  I think Wisdom would suit a lot of people with a cooler and perhaps paler skin tone than mine or someone with significantly darker skin to better contrast with this lovely color.  I do like it, especially for its very nice formula.  Charmed is the sleeper hit, really.  It conspired and positioned itself as a fully utilitarian shade.  Pretty Purple?  Not that pretty, not really purple and not a great formula.

What about you?  Have you been wanting Wisdom for a long time?

disclosure:  All products except Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracious Arasari were purchased by me.  Gracious Arasari were provided free of charge by the company.  I strive to give my full and honest opinion regardless of how I've obtained a product.  If you want some more information on my policy, please check out my general disclosure statement.

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