I seriously do not need more shimmer eyeshadow in my life which is why I didn’t bother indulging in the new Hard Candy Eye Def Glitter Eyeshadow. Looking at the tube, well, let’s just say it’s even too much for glitter for me.
I did however give it another glance when a reader mentioned how delightful these are.
What did I think?
A glittery, shimmery eye shadow cream!
This comes packaged in what appears to be a test tube. Yay for funky packaging! Loves it. Open it up and you’re presented with quite a nice slanted, generously sized doe foot applicator. The applicator gets major points from me because it saturates well with the product and aids application.
I only indulged in one shade, which Hard Candy dubs, Ditch. How Urban Decay of them! The color is a bronze-y brown with a heavy dose of gritty gold glitter. The gritty texture definitely has its love/hate moments. It does indeed have a hardcore dose of glitter not shimmer, not sparkle but indeed glitter. It feels a tad gritty on the lid and it blends kinda crummy but you have to get a certain knack for it, once you do, you’re golden. It doesn’t have crazy pigmentation but it does have enough to give my eye a twinkle of brown mixed with a healthy dose of glitter. If you work the angle correctly you can get just the right color wash on lids for the perfect eye look. Over do it and you’re doomed to disco ball hell.
The formula stays wet a while so this allows you to blend easily however it does dry down within a good time frame so you aren’t left with a sloppy, wet eye cream. As I said it does run a bit gritty but it’s not too unpleasant once in place.
The formula migrates a fair bit, spreads around, creases, and fades so do a big prep prior to application to keep it wearing long and strong throughout the day…and honestly, even with proper prepping and priming you may still experience a bit of fading.
- Glitter lovers, Steampunk types, daring makeup users!
- Anyone with brown eyes (the shade Ditch kinda rocks it for big brown eyes).
- Anyone who likes cream eye shadows with a kick!
- Budget beauty make up lovers ($6 bucks for a variety shades).
- Glitter haters (the formula is saturated with glitter).
- Those with oily lids (the formula migrates on my dry lids so be aware if you have oily lids as this may be a mess).
I’d call Hard Candy Eye Def a surprise. I honestly passed over it at first glance and chalked it up as something I simply did not need. But turns out it’s actually quite interesting and makes for a simple makeup on the run. It does have a fair bit of sparkle but I think the shade I selected, Ditch, is rather a nice one to start with it. If you’re on a bit of a budget and you generally like cream eyeshadows plus a fair bit of glitter, this might be one to check out.
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