Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon

hard candy honeymoon
It took Canada a long time, but we finally got Hard Candy at our Walmarts recently. For those that aren't familiar with Hard Candy, they used to be a more high-end brand that was sold at Sephora. I remember their nail polishes personally, the ones adorned with the plastic colourful rings. Now Hard Candy is exclusively sold at Walmart, and for affordable prices, and there are many products available.

hard candy honeymoon blush crush
I picked out one of the Blush Crush Baked Blushes in the colour "Honeymoon". It was $7 CAD. The first thing that I noticed about it was the gaudy packaging, if you are a fan of Ed Hardy type stuff you may like this, otherwise you might not. The blush crush blushes are a marbleized baked blush, that resembled the MAC mineralized skin finishes. The Hard Candy site says these are "baked for eight hours, the texture is easy to blend and natural looking." Honeymoon is a popular product, so I decided to pick up just this one for now to see if I like this brand. This blush definitely looks pretty in the pan, a peachy pink dome with a tiny bit of purple veining. Your veining will differ depending on which one you happen to pick up.

Unfortunately if you want this to act as a blush (which I was hoping for) you will be disappointed because this has very little colour payoff, it works more as a highlighter. When swatching it on my hand after a few swipes you do get colour payoff, which is pretty. But on the face when picking up with a brush I just get shimmers, and a very light peach-pink highlight that needs to be built up to be noticeable. I actually think it's quite similar (see pic above) to MAC's Shell Pearl Beauty Powder (came out recently with the Liberty of London collection), although Shell Pearl is more of a peach colour, whereas Honeymoon is more pink. Of course it is nowhere near as smooth and pretty as Shell Pearl however, but the colour payoff I would say is similar.

I like the look of the Living Doll crush blush from Hard Candy, but after seeing the performance of this one, unless someone tell me otherwise, I think I will pass and save my money on something better.

Have you tried any of Hard Candy's cosmetics?


Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh this looks lovely!
Never heard of this in the UK :(

Renay Shanel said... Best Blogger Tips

That is Gorrrrrrrgeous !!!

Bailey said... Best Blogger Tips

Good review, too bad about the quality though.
I saw an ad in the wal mart flyer and meant to stop in to check this stuff out, I used to love the nail polish with the rings!

M.A.C.nunu said... Best Blogger Tips

How disappointing that it's even lighter than Shell Pearl!
Shell Pearl barely shows up on me so I guess I'll give this colour a skip. Have heard good things on the Living Doll blush, so will check it out in store...when we finally get them in the West Coast Walmarts -__-"

Savannah said... Best Blogger Tips

I have Living Doll and the color payoff is pretty good, I like it.


Yuki said... Best Blogger Tips

I have this =) and I love it. I used it every day, and it looks great in photos.

~Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

Last time I went to Walmart, there was almost no blushes!! I hope they restock so I can get some of this!

makeupbykatie said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty!
Thanks for this review, I was checking this out in stores!(;

Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing I didn't know Walmart got Hard Candy. Too bad about the payoff though.

Shahana Style said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. I never realized this brand went to Walmart. I only know it from Sephora. Thanks for the info.

I think that's a gorgeous colour. It sucks that it's not as pigmented as one would hope. It'd look lovely as a blush. How do you like it as a highlighter?

Kristie said... Best Blogger Tips

That's really too bad there's no staying power since the colors are pretty. Thanks for the review and swatches.

Rakhshanda said... Best Blogger Tips

wow lovely shade...and very nice it.

Isabel said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish we had Walmart here =(

PoorCollegeStudent said... Best Blogger Tips

I've wanted a hard candy blush for a while, but they are all sold out online and I have no Walmart near me. poo.

Amanda Popko said... Best Blogger Tips

i just went to walmart and i want to buy ALL the hard candy! i actually like the packaging,its fun! i got some mascara i will be reviewing and when i have more cash next week i buy more,they are great prices for pretty good quality stuff

Junerose said... Best Blogger Tips

Thx for the review. I was really wanting the blushes, but if there isn't much color payoff, then it's a total waste of moola.

saltwatertiffy said... Best Blogger Tips

i love the hard candy ginormous lash mascara. it works really well.

saltwatertiffy said... Best Blogger Tips

oh i like their tinted moisturizer too.