Image via Jemma Kidd

When I opened Jemma Kidd’s Backstage Kit I felt a bit like Mary Poppins reaching into her (makeup) bag. Containing an eye and lip primer, four colour correctors, a crème highlighter, two shades of blush, a bronzer, finishing powder, four lip glosses, eleven (count them… eleven) eye shadows, a wet/dry shadow and liner, and applicator brushes, this little kit is packed with unexpected goodies.

The eye shadows are my absolute favourite part of this kit. A wide range of matte and pearl neutrals, they took me easily from day to night. The colours apply well over the eye primer and better still, they last. Just as exciting are the blushes and the bronzer. The blushes, a pink matte and apricot shimmer, blend nicely and give a lovely glow, especially when combined with the crème highlighter on the cheekbones. The bronzer is a gorgeous natural shade and gave my (shamefully pale) skin a healthy glow.

I must admit I’ve always been a little bit baffled by colour correctors, but thankfully the kit came to my rescue with its handy guide to prepping and priming the skin. Although I found the correctors slightly oily, they were still effective, particularly on my stubborn under eye circles. The lip colours aren’t overly sticky (hoorah!) and are delightfully pretty, especially ‘sassy’ pink colour.

With the exception of mascara, this kit has everything – it’s perfect to throw in your handbag and go!


Ms Gingham says: Thanks to Karen for reviewing this kit for us in preparation for our Polka Dot Circle competition. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win one of these nifty little kits that retail at over $50! Details here.

Karen says: “I’m 25 years old and I’m an aspiring writer trapped in the body of a lawyer! I also have an Arts degree with a Major in English, which saved my sanity during university and allowed me to do what I love – write! Last but not least, I’m a bride-to-be and I’m writing a book about planning my wedding and all the craziness that comes along with it (see, for example, being told that my wedding photos will be ”deformed” because my bridal party is uneven). I’m also working on a children’s manuscript.

I’m looking to inject some colour (and some polkadots if possible!) into my career. It’s my dream to write full time – so here’s hoping!”

Read more by Karen here.