I have had great fun with all my daughters, (ages 8, 17, 24 & 26), trying out make-up from Hard Candy. I wasn’t familiar with the company previously, but one of my older daughters was. To be honest, once I saw the website, I had made up my mind this is “teenager” make-up. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love learning new things and I enjoy trying new products. With the make-up I received for this review, I got to do both.
We received a beautiful gift basket of goodies to try and my eight-year-old’s eyes landed first on the sparkly red nail polish. The bottle sported a red, heart shaped ring which immediately found a new home on her finger and we had to crack the nail polish open ASAP. The bottle and even the brush were sized well, so that even her little hands had no problem controlling where the polish went. It was easy to do smooth, thin coats with this nail polish. It dried quickly and did not have the gummy, tacky feel that you can experience with some other brands. It was a definite hit!
My absolute favorite item from the whole gift basket was the Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara. I have a love-hate relationship with mascara. In high-school, I had extremely long lashes and glasses. I finally learned to use the lash curler everyday before putting on mascara, so I didn’t end up with mascara specks all over my glasses. As I have gotten older, my lashes are still long (no more glasses 🙂 ), but they have definitely thinned out. I tend to avoid volumizing mascaras, though, because they leave such clumpy, stuck-together globs of lashes instead of highlighting the individual lashes. I am pleased to announce that Hard Candy’s Ginormous Mascara is a refreshing exception to that general observation. I have used it almost daily since receiving and am really loving it. I received the shade Blackout, but it is available in six other shades, as well.
I learned some new tricks, using Hard Candy make-up, too. I had heard of bronzers and been mildly curious, but never purchased any of my own. The review basket contained Hard Candy’s So Baked Bronzer in the shade Tropics. I really like how I could use the bronzer to add a little bit of color and contour to my face without wearing a ton of make-up. It gave an almost “tanned” appearance without needing to spend time in the sun. I will definitely keep using bronzer, now that I have tried it.
We also received Hard Candy’s Meteor Eyes, Baked Meteor Eye Shadow in Space Cadet Green. Green is definitely not my first choice when it comes to selecting colors and actually, for eye shadow, I tend to stay fairly earthy and natural in the tones I select. The Meteor Eyes eye shadows also contain glittery sparkles, which my eight-year-old is in heaven about, but is definitely outside my “mom” comfort zone. What I DID do is use a wet narrow-tipped angle brush dipped into the shadow to apply a thin line of color along the lash line and enjoyed it as a liner. The other thing I noted about the eye shadow was that it goes on very smoothly and was easy to blend. I can see how the shadow could be very versatile to use, trying out different make-up techniques. The Baked Meteor shadows come in six other shades, too. Hard Candy also makes several other varieties of eye shadow and includes many softer, more sheer and neutral shades that appealed to my color preferences, so they really do have something for everyone.
Hard Candy’s Take Me Out Liner eye liner pencil, in Soy, was included in our basket. It is soft and creamy and goes on very easily. I really like how easy this liner was to apply. It didn’t hold up too well to the extreme high heat and humidity that we have been experiencing here the last couple of weeks, but I’m guessing no eye liner could do that very easily. With a dozen shades to choose from, there is no doubt in my mind that you would find one that fits your look and mood well, when selecting one of these soft, pencil liners from Hard Candy.
Another favorite, from our gift basket, was the Plumping Serum lip gloss. The shade I received was Material Girl, which on first glance looked like it would be very dark, however it is literally one of my favorite items. I don’t know that I noticed my lips being any fuller, though that was not something I was specifically looking for. I did note, however, a slight tingling sensation when applying the gloss. The color is very sheer, almost a natural plum/pink and very pretty. It adds the perfect finish and polish to the makeup routine. I love the color, true; but I am really excited about the texture! None of that sticky, tacky feeling commonly associated with lip gloss was apparent. It’s just smooth and has a little touch of shine over the color. I also appreciated that the color didn’t seem to wear off to quickly and didn’t need to be reapplied as often.
Hard Candy also included a cute makeup bag in the gift basket, which has helped to keep everything organized and handy. I was happy to find that these products are appropriate for such a wide age-range and that they are easy to find and as affordable as other brands. You can pick up many of the Hard Candy products at your local Wal-Mart or order them from Wal-Mart, right online.
As you’re getting ready for all the special events over the Christmas season, I want to encourage you to take a look at the Hard Candy products and see how they will be able to help you complete your look. These products would be a great treat under the Christmas tree for any fashion-conscious consumers on your shopping list, too.
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I received the Gift Basket of Hard Candy Make-up in order to complete this review. The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and no payment was received to write the review.