Hard Candy came out with a huge, adorable holiday collection this year offering everything from makeup minis and gift sets, to advent calendars and even Christmas crackers. Everything in the collection is also extremely affordable, with majority of the items retailing for under $5.00 and the larger gift sets ranging between $10.00 to $20.00.
I was so excited to create a holiday makeup look with a ton of the products from the collection—the final look is quite vampy, but I do really love how it turned out. Curious to know how some of these products performed? Just carry on reading to hear my thoughts!
Hard Candy Correct & Conceal All In One Kit* – $4.97
I really wanted to love this kit, but unfortunately, this was the one product here that really didn’t work for me. I used all six shades in the kit to correct my dark circles, minimize redness and conceal any imperfections and discolouration. No matter how long I blended these, they just seemed to sit on top of my skin. And even though I primed my face, set everything with a mattifying powder, and used a setting spray, these oily products were sliding everywhere, caking in spots and creasing badly after only a couple hours of wear. That being said, I am still going to play around with the three colour correctors, as I loved the coverage that they offered and really want to see if I can get them to work.
Hard Candy Look Pro! Highlight & Contour Face Sticks* – $3.00
Something that really impressed me though, were these two products that effectively work to sculpt and enhance your features. I used the contour stick to shape and define my cheekbones, top of my forehead and my nose and then went in with the highlight and applied that anywhere I wanted to draw light to. The stick formula of these make it so easy to contour and highlight your features and both offer great pigmentation and have such a creamy consistency that make them blend beautifully into the skin—I honestly can’t recommend this duo enough! And if you’re new to contouring and highlighting, they also have a helpful guide on the back of the package to help you out.
I have seriously been loving this baked illuminator and wearing it pretty much everyday. The formula of it is a little chalky, but I personally don’t mind that in a highlighter. This little illuminator really does work to illuminate the face and I love how it looks on and how easily it blends in. For this look, I used it to highlight my cheekbones and my nose and also applied it to the inner corner of my eyes. As much as I love this product, I do wish it lasted longer on the skin.
Hard Candy Brows Now! All In One Brow Kit* – $4.97
This kit comes with so much for the price—four brow powders, a wax, brow highlighter and three mini tools—tweezers (always handy), brush (not worth using) and a comb (I prefer a spoolie for my brows, but this is still nice to have). The one downside is even though it comes with four brow powders, they are all very similar in shade, and would only really work for blondes or light brunettes. So, even though the shades work me, they wouldn’t work for a lot of other people (and I can say the same for the Conceal & Correct kit). The brow powders and wax aren’t too bad—they’re a little stiff and difficult to work with—but once you get used to them I do like how they make my brows look and the fact that it lasts all day. My favourite in this kit though is the brow highlighter, as the pink-tone works really well with my complexion, and I love the dewy finish of it.
I’ve noticed two things when it comes to using Hard Candy eyeshadows. The first being that you need to use an eye shadow primer and second being that their eye shadows seem to have this top layer you need to work away at. Once that top layer is gone, the shadows are much more pigmented and blend a lot better. On top of that, these shadows have very little fall out and wear well all day long. I used the cream shade (top left) all over the lid before adding the light pink shade (second right) and light brown shade (bottom left) as my transition shades. Finally, I went with the darker brown shade (top right) and worked that into the crease and outer lid. The shades in here are so easy to wear and I have been reaching for this palette a lot.
If you find yourself lured by these glittery shadows, be aware—it’s just a spray over. There’s actually not much glitter in these shadows at all, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the shadows do perform really well, especially in regards to the price. I also love that this little palette also includes a mirror, which is always handy. I absolutely love the wine shade in here—which screams Christmas to me—and took that on the outer lid, as well as the lower lash line for this look. Like the previous eyeshadow palette, these shadows also blend well, have very little fall out and wear all day long.
This colour looks more red-toned in the tube, but on the lips it’s a much deeper wine shade, which matched the eye shadow perfectly. These lip products are super pigmented and have an amazing whipped texture that feels really lightweight on the lips. It does not apply patchy—like darker shades sometimes do—and it dries down to a demi-matte, so it doesn’t feel drying on the lips at all. I wore this without a lip liner and though it did fade a bit, it didn’t bleed or smudge at all, even after eating and drinking. The lip colours in this set don’t come with names, but this particular shade looks really similar to ‘Dahlia’ in their Velvet Mousse range.
And to finish everything off, I set it all with this mini of their popular setting spray. This setting spray gives your skin a boost of hydration and promises fade resistant, humidity protection, and 12 hour wear. Though it didn’t help the Conceal & Correct kit, it has set my makeup extremely well on other days. It has a great mist on it and smells like cucumbers, which is really nice and refreshing. I absolutely love this stuff and will definitely be purchasing the full-size of this.
For the affordable prices, I think there are some really great products in this holiday collection. Though not everything worked for me, a lot of it did really impress me!
Have you tried anything from this collection? What do you think of it?