Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color ($6) are a new range of matte liquid lipsticks that arrives for Spring 2016/Summer 2016 exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com. Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color are available in seven shade selections and unlike mattes we’ve been saying at the drugstores lately such as Maybelline’s new Vivid Matte Liquid and Revlon Ultra HD Lip Color, these are a more true matte liquid lipstick formula.
Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color take a note from Nudestix and house their lipsticks in a little tin which also has a full size mirror when flipped open. The lipstick itself lays on a little velvet bed inside the tin. Each tin hs decorated with a different colored floral design. It’s a pretty presentation but some might feel it is too bulky and too much of a pain to travel with and store. I’m all about cute packaging so I thought it was rather lovely! It’s interesting they went such an extra mile with the packaging considering these are a mere $6 each.
The actual lipsticks are a flat, oval shape that resembles the Hourglass Cosmetics’ packaging. These are 0.23 oz in size and each has a flat and narrow sponge applicator for application.
Many of thew newer matte lipsticks we are seeing at drugstores are more of a hybrid formula that’s part gloss and part liquid lipstick. I like these newfangled formulas because I have drier lips and I prefer something that isn’t wearing all day. Velvety Mousse Matte Lip Color does take things back to a more traditional matte liquid lipstick, though.
I tried two of the seven shades and had completely different experiences with both. The first shade, Hibiscus, is a bright coral which applied very dry and very patchy. This color looked very chalky on my lips and I could not get an even, smooth finish with it at all. It also sunk terribly into my natural lip lines. The formula was thin yet velvety in consistency with a whipped up texture that applies easily enough but tends to cling to drier areas giving a very patchy appearance. I also tried it with a primer and lip balm under it but it ended up pilling and look rather awful.
I did not have the same experience with the second shade I purchased. Tulip, a warm red, was formulated well and applied easily. This has the same yet mousse-like texture with a smooth, velvety finish that did not sink into my natural lip lines nor did it look patchy or dry on my lips the way Hibiscus did. Tulip actually has a bit of a shine at first but sets to a matte finish and wears for around six hours. I can’t say Hibiscus was as long wearing as it seemed to crack and flake up badly so I ended up wiping it off after an hour. I wouldn’t say this was the most moisturizing formula but it is fairly lightweight and it wears nicely without transferring or sucking every single bit of moisture from my lips. It isn’t one of those completely budge proof mattes but it does have a nice, long wear.
For $6, Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color are a nice traditional matte liquid lipstick if you get a shade that works. I only tried two shades so I can’t speak for the others but the situation was hit and miss. I will say Tulip was a hit and a keeper! Hibiscus gets a big miss, though!
Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color are available now at Walmart and should be launching soon at walmart.com.