Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick Review & Swatches

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Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick ($7) will likely remind you of Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer as they both contain a purple and green center core that addresses redness and dull skin. The main difference here is Hard Candy’s CC Stick is a good deal more moisturizing where as Tarte went matte. and let’s not forget the way cheaper price tag!

Let’s take a look!

Hard Candy CC  Stick

Released with the Hard Candy Spring 2014 Collection the new CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick is available in six shades and will be part of the permanent collection.

Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick

This stick has a marbled purple and green core that looks mostly green to be with a surrounding color base. It’s supposed to reduce redness while providing coverage to even out skin tone. I’d say coverage ran sheerer but there’s enough pigment here to do a fairly nice job perfecting and brightening skin. I’ll be honest no way is Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick a swap out for Tarte’s version but it really isn’t a bad little product either. I liked it! This swivels up and can be dabbed or swiped directly onto your face and blended out. It’s fairly creamy with a soft moisturizing finish. It doesn’t create shine or oil on my drier skin and doesn’t accentuate drier areas. I purchased it in the Light Medium shade and it was a little too yellow at first but once applied it oxidized slightly and adapted to my natural skin tone. It brightened up my skin very nicely and evened it out. Coverage isn’t really all that buildable but there’s pigment enough here to perfect. I’d say core center is a little useless as the product is emollient and the surrounding base ends up sliding over and covering the core so you aren’t really seeing any benefits from it in my experience. It wears for about four to five hours on me but likely will fade away faster on a warmer day.

Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick swatches

Hard Candy CC Stick Swatches

For lightweight coverage I’d say I liked Hard Candy CC Tinted Moisturizer Stick! It brightens and creates a perfected finish on my skin and that’s exactly what I like in lightweight coverage.

I’d try it! For $7 bucks you can’t beat the price.

Available exclusively at Walmart.


This product was purchased
by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 3/26/14 21:46 Ling:

    Hey Muse, how does this compare to Maybelline’s foundation stick? I know they’re quite different, but I’m curious to see the differences in coverage.


    • 3/27/14 9:48 Isabella Muse:

      maybelline is matte with sheerer coverage Ling :) this is dewy/creamy texture with a hint more coverage!


      • 3/27/14 14:15 Ling:

        I think you’ve convinced to try it out! It sounds good. Have a good day!


        • 3/27/14 14:23 Isabella Muse:

          :) you too dear!


  • 3/26/14 23:16 Courtney:

    No way! I was just looking at this in the store,now I’m definitely going to get it! With all of them I’ve tried,they make my face wayyy shiny,but you said it didn’t,coverage looks great-I think I’d love this as a light weekend face pick(:


  • 3/26/14 23:19 Gie:

    I’d say this is more like the Stila CC cream stick, not as much Tarte


  • 3/27/14 1:37 breyerchic04:

    I bought this and do like it ok, it has a slightly different undertone than the maybeline stick foundation I have, which i think works well for me on days when I’m a little washed out looking. It’s not going to be my everyday foundation ever, but I like it, so I threw it in my glovebox, and can use it when I need to redo makeup. Definitely was worth testing, and it’s cheap enough that if it gets gross quicker than normal, I won’t be heartbroken.


    • 3/27/14 9:45 Isabella Muse:

      hey breyer def not everyday for me either but a nice one to have for quickie looks 😀


  • 3/27/14 7:46 Ashley:

    Reminds me of the Maybelline FIT stick I’ve never tried it. This one looks super hydrating though.


  • 3/27/14 14:10 anna:

    you should start showing pictures of you actually wearing. That would be a lot more helpful than just swatches on your wrist!


    • 3/27/14 14:12 Isabella Muse:

      sorry the swatches weren’t help Anna! Hopefully the reviewed helped a little.


  • 3/29/14 15:15 Shelly:

    Do you have the ingred. List. I can’t seem to find it online.


  • 4/3/14 1:08 Jamie:

    So you think it has more coverage than the Maybelline stick? Seems like it goes on a bit too yellow, whereas, with tanning, I need a more brownish hue. And with wrinkles, pores, spots, need coverage. =/


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