Hard Candy Meteor-eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Hard Candy has recently made a comeback at Walmart stores across America. Two weeks ago while in Alabama, I tried to beat the heat by browsing the local Walmart for cool “southern” cosmetic goodies. I was dismayed to discover that they didn’t have anything there that wasn’t already at my local Walmart. :( Oh well! I did happen to walk by the rather large Hard Candy section and saw these puppies , which I hadn’t noticed at my store.

These are the Meteor-eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadows and don’t they look amazing? Who could pass up these gorgeous, glittery, colorful babies?

Well now I kinda wish I had because these are all about the packaging and names rather than nice eyeshadow texture and color.

They look like they would be super pigmented and colorful, right? Well there are good things and bad things here, depending on which color you are talking about. A couple of them have a pretty paltry color payoff. The glitter in these is pretty messy and doesn’t “stay with” the shadow. In other words: fallout central.

Now granted I think you can probably use these wet or dry, and I only tried dry. Usually using these types of shadows wet gives you more pigment and helps keep the glitter on your eyes rather than all over your face. Also using a MAC paint pot in a nude shade will help it stick.


Asteroid is a blue glitter. Of the four I purchased, this was probably the most pigmented with the least fallout. It shows up on skin as a dark navy blue shadow with silver glitter.

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse is a taupe/gold with hints of olive green. It’s got lots of gold shimmer. This was the second most pigmented of these and really a pretty decent color. These kinds of taupes always make my blue/grey eyes pop, which is a nice bonus.


Supernova is a deep purple with light purple glitter. Doesn’t this look like it would be awesome? Well not so much. Of the four this was the least pigmented. It was very chalky feeling and felt like most of it was glitter with not a lot of base color. A giant glittery mess. I was very disappointed with this one.

Space Cadet

Space Cadet is a emerald green with green glitter. This was just ok. It could have been more pigmented and I would have liked the color to be a little less “muddy” looking. The glitter wasn’t too bad here, especially compared with Supernova anyway, but I’m still not a big fan.

L to R: Asteroid, Lunar Eclipse, Supernova, Space Cadet

As you can see from above it’s pretty obvious which ones give you the most bang for your buck and which are not so hawt!

VV rating: C-

These and other colors are available at your local Walmart and are around $6.00 each.

Have you tried these yet and what’s your take on them?



  • July 7, 2010

    Wow, just the swatches look a mess! Too bad! I really like the Lunar Eclipse, but I think I can find a dupe that is a bit easier to work with. Thanks for the swatches!

  • July 7, 2010

    The blue one looks the best to me..the green is a bit disappointing.

  • July 7, 2010

    Oh no, that makes me sad. I’d totally have bought them too – amazing peacock shades. Am a sucker for baked eyeshadows.
    Have you tried Laura Geller’s Baked range? They’re brilliant.

    • July 7, 2010

      Hi Helen,

      No I haven’t tried any of her stuff I don’t think. I totally should though, thanks for the recommendation.

  • July 7, 2010

    Wow…Asteroid and Lunar Eclipse look alright, but boy the others are a disappointment. Too bad, because Supernova looked nice in the package.

  • July 7, 2010

    They look so pretty in the container. I had read that they were supposed to be better texture and color payoff than the previous Hard Candy eye shadows. Sad to see that they simply don’t work.
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  • July 7, 2010

    Thanks for saving me some money! They do look lovely in the case; I’m sorry they didn’t live up to expectations.

  • July 7, 2010

    That’s at least $6 I’m not spending. Thank you for the warnings.

  • July 7, 2010
    Jen droz

    Sally Girl Baked Eyeshadows…amazing colors, great pigmentation, great wear. And only .99! .89 with a Sally card.

  • July 7, 2010

    But they look so good in the pots! Could make an art installation perhaps? Giant blow-up photo? They look so goooooooood!

  • July 7, 2010

    They look so nice in their packaging:( When Hard Candy first hit Walmart last year, I bought 4 of the duo eyeshadows (I forget the exact name of them). They are pretty good, but they aren’t as pigmented as the original Hard Candy that was sold at Sephora. I had my eye on the purple Supernova eyeshadow you bought, but now I will pass on it:(
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  • July 8, 2010

    Wow, what a disappointment! Supernova looks totally awesome in the pot and without your review, I would have been tempted for sure. I will stick with my mineral eyeshadows.