In Our Makeup Bag: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Crushed Jewel Creme Duo

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[Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming.

So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.]

(Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes)

What it is: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Crushed Jewel Creme Duo in 04 Black Diamond

Why this should be in your bag: This versatile little product is perfect for taking you from day to night. It contains a satiny, cream eyeshadow and, when you screw the bottom off, multicolor glitter to go over top. I found that the color I tested, 04 Black Diamond, also had another wonderful use: as a black base for any shadow! I’ve seen people using NYX’s famous Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean for this, but I’ve always found them very unstable and prone to melting off. The Jemma Kidd Make Up School Crushed Jewel Duo has come to solve your intense-eye woes and also provide you with some fun!

(Top: with glitter. Bottom: cream shadow.)

How to use it: Always prime your eyelids before applying shadow for mega lasting power and no creasing. Regardless of how you’re going to top this off, apply the cream shadow to your lid. I found it a bit tough at first and it took me quite a bit of work to warm it up enough to be malleable. I just used my fingers for application to my lid. If you’re planning on topping up with the glitter, I recommend using a C-Shaped shadow brush. If you’re using this as a dark base, then apply your normal shadow as usual. Note, when using very light/sheer shadows, you may have to really build the color up.

CC Rating: B

I really like this as a black base for my current eyeshadow collection. It makes my shadows WAY more versatile and allows me to do a smokey eye with virtually any I own. The staying power was also unreal.

However, this product is marketed as a stand-alone shadow/glitter combo and as that, I wasn’t too thrilled about it. Yes, the payoff was great and the glitter was a fun touch, but I would rarely wear just the shadow and glitter. At $26 a pop, I would much rather get myself a pair of nice MAC shadows that I could mix in with my current ones. But if you’re looking for a great base for a smokey eye, with the optional glitter for a glam night out, then this will suit your needs perfectly!

[Looking to overhaul your makeup bag? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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