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These silky cream to powder shadow shades are designed to enhance the eye area while adding a touch of glamor using metallic elements. The made-to-match colors perfectly compliment each other to achieve a beautiful finish without fuss. Both colors are packaged together in a sleek compact with mirror for simple application and touch-ups.
Jemma Kidd Make Up School’s Firming I-Creme Duos are said to be cream-to-powder eye colors intended to illuminate and enhance the eye area. This product comes in 3 shades; the shade Silk is reviewed below. Silk comes with 2 cream colors: a matte, nude-apricot and a shimmery, nude-champagne.
This product comes in a square compact made of a rubbery plastic, much like NARS packaging. The compact snaps closed and contains a full-sized mirror.
Both colors have a cream formula that, unlike the company’s claims, doesn’t dry to a powder finish. The creams are very smooth and apply beautifully.
The colors themselves are very under-stated, yet gorgeous. The matte color is nearly exactly my skin color (NC20). It leaves a silky surface to the lid that doesn’t look like makeup but still brings out the eyes. It applies more nude on the skin–the slight apricot tones are mostly lost upon application. The shimmery color is equally beautiful, bringing a very refined shimmer to the lids.
The formula is easy to blend. But the major problem with this product is that it inevitably creases. I first applied an eye shadow primer, then the matte shade on the lids and into the crease, then the shimmery shade onto the lids. After about 20 minutes, I noticed the cream began to crease, so I set the crease area with powder. Still, the product creased. I blended out the crease area 3-4 times during the day.
This effect makes the product very difficult to wear in a flattering way. These colors are pretty enough to justify extra work to make them not crease. But even layering powder and applying a good primer underneath won’t get you a crease-free wear.
Ease of Use: 7.5/10
The emollient formula makes for easy application onto the lids and blending into the crease. The trouble comes with having to blend out the creasing product throughout the day. It’s not difficult to do, but it is a hassle.
For $30.00 you get 0.1 ounce of product. This is a much higher price-point given the amount you get than for most cream eye shadows from Jemma Kidd’s brand competitors.