I’ve been wanting to pick up some Hard Candy items for awhile and finally got my hands on a few last night. In the 90s, Hard Candy was a high-end cosmetics line, but it’s now available in Wal-mart and more affordable. I tried a HC mascara earlier this year and wasn’t impressed, so I steered clear, but I’ve been seeing lots of positive reviews for some new items in the line, thus this haul!
I definitely wanted to try out Glamoflauge, a concealer that has been raved about online. I also picked up two kits (not sure if they’re holiday kits or part of the regular line. I found them in the cosmetics aisle in the HC display, not in the holiday aisle, so…) that each had a blush/bronzer, lip product, highlighter and face primer.
I got the concealer in 312 Light, which I think is the lightest shade. I don’t plan to use this for all-over concealer, just for under the eyes, possibly even as a brightener after I apply my foundation.
Here’s the product on my hand. I didn’t really know what the consistency would be, but it turns out that it’s super thick and creamy, so you only need a tiny dot, especially if you’re just going to use in a targeted area, like under the eye.
Here’s how the concealer looks after just rubbing in slightly, which gives you a better indication of just how thick and opaque it is. A light hand is for sure the key with this.
And finally, the concealer blended out. You can see that the shade isn’t an exact match, which is why I think it’ll do a great job brightening my undereye area after I’ve got my foundation applied. (but I’ll use way less product next time!)
The Glamoflauge came packaged with a little concealer pencil, which I wasn’t really expecting much from. But wow, this one delivered! Super creamy application.
This little kit was a steal for only $8! It was called Glamazon Glow, and all of the mini products had a bronze shade (except the face primer, which was a clearish-white gel).
It came with a So Baked Bronzer in Tropics, a shimmery deep color.
Super pigmented, as you can see from the color I picked up on my finger, just by swiping the pan.
Here it is blended out. It’s got a great sheen to it. This is not only a pretty bronzer, but also an almost dead-on dupe for a Honey Pot, a Too Faced shadow that you can find in the Natural Eyes Kit! Check out the side-by-side comparison!
Close, right? Here’s what they look like swatched and blended out…
TF on top, HC on bottom
Too Faced Honey Pot on top, Hard Candy Tropics on bottom
The Too Faced shadow is definitely more of a gold, while the Hard Candy bronzer is (duh) a bronze, but they could be fraternal twins. I used Honey Pot and Tropics today to create a shimmery gold eye look. Super pretty!
The kit also included something I’ve been so excited to try…
This is a mini version of Glow All the Way in Glamazon Bronze, a cream infused with 24 karat gold. You can use it on the face or the body to provide a pretty shimmery highlight.
Gorgeous! I love cream highlighters, and this one is a step above the rest. I think this would be great especially for the decollete, if you’re wearing a shirt with a lower neckline.
The kit also included a mini Plexi Gloss in Genie, a pretty pinky brown shade with a ton of shine.
It’s super opaque, so you can wear it over a lipstick or on its own, like I have here. The kit also came with a small version of the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer…
It’s got a gel-like consistency, which I like in a primer. It’s white but blends into a sheer coverage, so you can see it as you’re applying. I am almost out of my current face primer, so I will give this a try soon.
The other kit I got, also $8, was called First Flush and featured products in pinky shades.
Instead of bronzer, this kit came with a Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll.
Just like the bronzer, this blush is super duper pigmented. It’s a baby pink with silver shimmer.
It looks intense in the pan, but blended out, it’s a rosy pink glow that is so so pretty, especially on fair skin.
I got another Glow All the Way, this one in Doll Face. This is a creamy white-pink highlight.
This is so pretty and definitely will be great for a cheekbone highlighter, and possibly for inner corner of my eyes and cupid’s bow.
The lip product in this kit was Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss in Uptown Girl.
I didn’t find it really plumping, but I have full lips as it is, so no big deal there. What really struck me was how it seemed to be a dupe for a high-end, highly coveted lip gloss…MAC’s Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass! But, when I swatched side-by-side, the differences were clear. Uptown Girl is a milky pink-white gloss, while Gaga is a Barbie pink. But, when paired with my favorite drugstore pink lipstick, Sally Hansen Baby Pink, it definitely looks a bit like Gaga lipglass.
Left to right, I’ve swatched HC Uptown Girl, MAC’s Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass, Uptown Girl over Sally Hansen Baby Pink, and Sally Hansen Baby Pink on its own. OK, it’s not a dead-on dupe, but it definitely comes close and gives a really similar effect, if a bit more toned down (and perhaps more wearable).
I’m excited to play with these products more, and to pick up a few more HC items. Do you have a favorite HC product? Looking for suggestions, too!
Hard Candy (almost) full face! I’ve got the eye look described above, along with the HC blush, concealer and highlighter(s). Love love love.