Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon

This is an updated repost from my original blog on Tumblr

If you've ever lurked your closest Wal-Mart's makeup aisles, I bet you've paused at the Hard Candy makeup display. Cute packaging, fun product names (Glamoflauge concealer, Welcome Matte pressed powder), and budget-friendly pricing all make it worth a second look. And if you've read all the positive reviews out there, it gets even tougher to tear myself away without buying anything! In particular, I read Rae’s review of Honeymoon, which was so glowing (haa) and convincing, I couldn't not get it.

The blush is housed in fairly sturdy plastic clamshell packaging. The clear window in the top enables easy admiring of this lovely shade :B I love the purple veining, so much that I went through all the Honeymoon blushes available on the shelf and specifically picked the one with the most veining, haha.

This blush is a touch pinker and brighter in person, but I think it's still wearable for both warm and cool skin tones.

Dry, lightly swatched / dry, heavily swatched / swatched wet
The far left might be a little hard to see, but a light application gives just a kiss of a glow. As the label says, the blush can be used wet for a more intense look.
Before and after, applied dry (please excuse the giant watermarks ≧Д≦)
For reference, I'm NC20-25. I used just Honeymoon for a very subtle glowy colour on the cheeks, but I have also used it as highlighter for the tops of the cheeks and then another blush below that. I'm careful to not to get carried away in the application while trying to build up more colour, because the fine shimmer builds up a lot faster and the look can become more shimmery than intended. Applied with a light/moderate hand, the shimmer is not overwhelming and I have no problems wearing it to the office.

Since I’m always trying to find ways to turn my makeup into multi-taskers, I’m also wearing Honeymoon on my lids and inner corners in the before and after pictures. I like how it brightens my eyes a little.

If you can’t make out the ingredients: mica, talc, mineral oil, dimethicone, magnesium silicate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben and may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides

This is a really pretty, luminous blush/highlighter that will work with a lot of different skin tones. It sort of reminds me of a blush/highlighter version of MAC Gleam eyeshadow when I look at the swatches. For the price, I’m definitely happy with my purchase.

Wal-Mart: $8 CAD

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