Hard Candy Fall 2012

Hard Candy has a whole ‘lotta new items out this fall at a Walmart near you.

The new items include: Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection (in neutral, smokey, green, blue and pink), Intensely Luminous Shadows (in 12 shades), Glossaholic Lip Gloss (4 new shades), Whipped Brightening Concealer (in four shades) and Skin Clarifying Concealer (in 4 shades).

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous
Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection Naturally Gorgeous

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Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection Naturally Gorgeous

The Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous comes in a long narrow palette decorated with silver and black lace on the front. Inside is a skinny mirror, ten eyeshadow shades and two double-ended sponge applicators. Looks a bit like the Urban Decay Naked palette. The shadows do not have names.

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous 3

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous Swatches
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (over primer)

The first one is a medium/pale pink/taupe.

The second is a pale icy pink.

The third is a super light champagne that barely shows up.

The fourth is a warm orange/gold.

The fifth is a medium warm brown.

These five shadows didn’t really have the best texture or payoff. A few were so pale I really had to work to get them to show up. The best one is the fourth shade, which was softer and more pigmented.

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous 4

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous Swatches 2
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (over primer)

The sixth shadow is an intense reddish/brown.

The seventh is a medium warm pinky/brown.

The eighth is a medium/deep reddish brown.

The ninth is a medium olive green/brown.

The tenth is a deep cool-toned brown.

The pigmentation is a bit better with these darker shades, but some I still had to kind of work at a bit. The texture is still a little on the gritty/cheap feeling side. I’m not sure I like how a lot of the browns have orange and pink in them. I do like the last two shades here though.

Hard Candy Glossaholic in Icing
Glossaholic Lip Gloss in Icing

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Glossaholic Lip Gloss in Icing

Hard Candy Lite Bright Concealer
Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer in Light

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Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer in Light

Hard Candy Lite Bright  Icing Lip Gloss Swatches
Light Concealer, Icing Lip Gloss

Lite Bright Concealer is a click-pen style concealer. Light is the second lightest shade after Fair. But it’s actually too white and light for me. You do have to click for a bit to get the concealer going, but it’s not as much as some lip glosses I have used!

Glossaholic Icing Lip Gloss comes in a fat tube with a slanted sponge-tipped applicator. It’s a very pale peach shade with a lot of glitter. It’s basically a clear gloss on me with sparkly glittery bits. It smells like sugar, which is kind of nice!

Overall: There isn’t anything here I am dying over to be honest. While I like the concept of the eyeshadow collection, I didn’t feel the eyeshadow texture and payoff was very good for the most part. The concealer, while buildable, doesn’t come in a form I really like, and the shade was way too light for me to really test. I like some of the Glossaholic Lip Glosses, but Icing is so sheer it’s basically a clear with glitter. The underlying theme here is…not enough pigmentation! BUT everything is pretty inexpensive at least!

Availability: Walmart.

Pricing: Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection ($6 for 0.4 oz total), Lite Bright Concealer ($6 for 0.112 oz), Glossaholic ($5.00 for 0.38 oz).

What do you think about these new items from Hard Candy? Anything worth checking out in person for you?

-Kelly

Note: Hard Candy is cruelty free.

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Written by Kelly
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