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REASONS FOR PURCHASE
I bought a few Jemma Kidd Make Up School goody bags from TK Maxx last month, and this was one of the surprises in one of the bags. After discovering the RRP of £17 for this blush duo I was quite pleased with myself. The goody bags were £10 ish each and contained 3 Jemma Kidd makeup bits and a makeup bag!
The colour I have is 02 Clear Pink / Rose.
I hadn't tried Jemma Kidd makeup, other than a lipgloss, up until this point. I was quite impressed and will go into the details why during my review!
ABOUT THE BLUSH
From the Jemma Kidd website:
"Tailored Colour Powder Blush Duo
Day to night colour choice or mix on the palette for perfect colour match, contouring and shaping. Highly blendable for natural finish."
From the Space NK website:
"This versatile cheek colour compact offers a lightweight, easily blendable, creme textured blush duo. With a day to night colour choice, you can mix on the palette for perfect colour match, contouring and shaping.
# Smile and find the round apple of the cheek
# Apply colour to the centre with the fingertips
# Blend along cheek bone, ensuring not to go too high up the cheekbone or too low onto the face"
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
The RRP is £17 and three different versions (various duo compacts with varying shades of pink and peach) are available from http://www.spacenk.co.uk.
A quick search on Google Shopping will show you that you can pick this compact up for as little as £9 including free shipping. These blush compacts come up on various bargain beauty websites like Beauty Bay, Cheap Smells and Direct Cosmetics. I assume it is because these blushes have been available for a few years now that they're available on discount websites.
The blush duo is in a round matte black compact with a mirror inside. It is quite a good sized blush, larger than a MAC blush. Since MAC blushes last for years I'm assuming this one will too!
The colours are a bright / hot pink and a pale, shimmery almost translucent peach / pink. The blush is split down the middle with half of each colour.
Jemma Kidd Makeup School cosmetics come with a handy leaflet giving you application advice. This is included in the main packaging and is worth keeping hold of if you're a bit of a makeup novice.
The blush brushes that I use happen to be from MAC and I've tried each blush with various types of brushes.
I favour bold colours for blush, so I mostly use the bright pink half of the compact. I find this works well with my small MAC blush brush. A larger brush wouldn't give you as precise an application, and since this is a fairly pigmented matte colour, you could end up looking a bit too flushed, or even a bit clown-like!
A small feathered brush works well too if you're after a sweeping high cheek boned look!
The pale more translucent blush is great for a much more subtle, 'barely there', daytime look, and you can get away with applying this less precisely. Small blush or small feathered brushes are fine, but you can also get away with using a larger blush brush or even a powder brush.
If you have a tan, this paler shade would look great lightly dusted over your forehead, cheekbones, brow bones and even dotted on your nose and chin. Just use a large powder brush and a light touch.
Both these colours pick up onto a brush easily, without over powering it. This is ideal because you can sweep it into the powder a few times to get more, or you can stick with the subtle look.
Both glide onto the skin with ease, whether it's on top of powder, foundation, or just plain bare skin (it works over moisturised skin too and doesn't clump anywhere as you may expect).
With a primer and foundation underneath, there's no reason why this blush won't see you through a whole day.
Personally, I don't find it the most long lasting of blushes, but it's a great one to carry around with you (what with it's easy to open / close compact style and the added bonus of a mirror). So just pop this one and a brush into your handbag and you can reapply whenever you feel the need.
Of course, if you're like me, you might not mind your blush fading a bit, but if you love a heavily made up look then you might want to investigate ways of making this one last longer. (I'd suggest perhaps a subtle MAC creme colour base underneath, or a translucent setting powder over the top.)
As far as long lasting in the pan goes, I've had this for quite a few weeks, have used it a lot, and can't see any sign of use at all. I'd say that you'd get your value for money in this sense, especially if you manage to get a price under the RRP.
The brighter of the two colours is my personal favourite, and even better, it's a colour that I love and haven't managed to find from either of my two tried and trusted brands for good blushes (that would be MAC and Benefit). I would say it's just the right level of brightness to show that you're wearing make up and look 'made up' and polished, but it doesn't go beyond that and make you look over the top.
I would describe it as a pretty mid toned matte pink, not too pigmented but not too subtle.
The lighter colour is one that I wouldn't usually chose, but is ideal for highlighting areas to give a sun kissed glow, or to give your cheeks a hint of definition if you're not usually one for blush.
It is somewhat shimmery, sheer, and what I would describe as a nude / peach / pink. Sorry if that sounds a little vague!
Both colours are good ones to have in your collection, and it's a nice little bonus that you're getting two in one!
I probably wouldn't have ever tried this blush duo compact if it wasn't in my goody bag. Now it's the blush that I reach for the most when applying my every day makeup.
The compact with mirror feature make it really useful to have when you're on the go too!
If you're not all that into a huge collection of makeup, I would highly recommend this as your blush stable. I don't think you would need any others if you have your duo compact!
The RRP of £17 is a little off-putting to those who don't spend a fortune on makeup, so just keep an eye out for any bargains on google shopping and on ebay! :)
I first discovered the Jemma Kidd Tailored colour powder blush duo in 2007 and have been using it ever since, my favourite colour in the range is 03 Desert sand / plum although it does come in two other colours soft peach/beige and clear pink. The Jemma Kidd range is available in Space NK for £16.64 which sounds expensive for a blusher but it lasts me about 7 months and a little goes a long way!
The compact itself is a matt black almost rubbery texture and the weight is 9g. On opening you are greated with a large mirror that fills the lid of the compact so you get a full view of your face and at the bottom part is the blush. My particular colour is a dark peach and medium pink. The colours can be used together or on their own depending on your personal taste. I have actually used the peach colour as an eyeshadow and it looked great.
To apply the blush I rub my brush along the two colours to get a light covering and I apply the blush to the apple of my cheeks, I find its best to smile when doing this so you apply on the right area. The colour can be built up so don't apply a huge lot at the beginning as you don't want to look like a china doll! I would not use this product over bronzer as I find it has a bit of a slight sparkle to it and I feel that you would look like a fairy on a christmas tree with all the sparkle. The colour seems to last all day and does not cake I suppose compared to cheaper brands this one is worth the money.