November 2, 2009

Hard Candy Nobody’s Perfect Concealer Palette Review

Hard Candy Nobody’s Perfect Concealer Palette is for those of you who aren’t perfect.  Granted the Muse happens to be perfect in all ways but for the folks that aren’t quite as incredible as she is, I present to you a concealer palette to help create the illusion of perfect.

I’m kidding, I’m kidding.

I’m far from perfect, particularly when it comes to having to conceal problem areas. My biggest need for concealer stems from tired looking, puffy eyes.

Will the Hardy Candy Concealer Palette help me perfect those problems? Maybe…

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Jump for it.

Not everyone is of the mentality or of the budget that they can dish out $25 or more dollars on a concealer or a concealer palette for that matter. My holy grail palette costs over $65 bucks…not cool. If you purse doesn’t quite have the chump change to be dishing out that much for concealer or you’re simply frugal by nature, I’m positive you’ll love the Hard Candy Nobody’s Perfect Concealer Palette.

I’m allowed to date myself here…does anyone remember the Sugar Cosmetics Lip Gloss Palette with attached brush? This is basically the same design. It’s a plastic palette housing six shades of concealer and has an attached brush that hangs off the side.

Allow me to say the brush is irritating as hell. One, I am NOT going to lose the bloody brush why must they attach it like I’m a two year old that might ingest it? It’s annoying that it’s attached to the palette with a thick rope. This stems from the fact you can’t reach all the shades of the color with the bloody rope being to short and also it just cheapens the palette in my opinion. Secondly, the brush is absolutely useless. It’s really small so it’s not exactly going to help blend product. Please let’s do away with the brush peeps. K, thanks.

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Now that I’ve gotten over my pet peeve, let’s get on with the good.

It’s $8 and NOT bad at all. It includes three shades of concealer ranging from dark, medium, to light so you can blend the perfect shade. The actual palette comes in Light and Medium versions however I did feel both were too light, even after mixing colors, for darker skin tones. Also included is a lilac primer (good for whitening skin), a yellow concealer (good for prepping lids a la Benefit Lemon Aid), and a green concealer (good for concealing redness). I felt like the green and single darker shade of concealer was absolutely unnecessary for me but the other shades were great.

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The concealer itself is pretty pigmented, not incredibly pigmented but decent. I consider this a good way of concealing and prepping eyes for quickie trips to the store or running errands or even on days you aren’t up for a full face of makeup. The product works well at concealing my fine lines, puffiness, and tiredness to make me look fresher and more awake. Granted, if I’m working on two hours of sleep I’ll need something way more industrial than this but if I’m pretty well rested I can easily get away with using the palette to prep with. It has a creamy, moisturizing formula which is fragrant free. I do mention fragrant free in a sense that it doesn’t have a cheap makeup smell. Product blends well and sports a nice enough formula to work with in it’s not hard or cheapy in texture.

Overall, I thought it was a rather handle little palette to have around. It’s one of those things that’s great to tote around for touch ups or to have stashed in your desk draw. It’s in no way going to do the job of your regular favorite concealer of choice but it’s good enough for quickie touch ups or for running errands with, etc……For $8 I thought it was worthy of a pick up especially if you’re on a budget at the moment. One thing I did find didn’t fit the price tag was the fact that two of the shades I did find useless which kinda brought me down to only four shades total so I was left feeling the price wasn’t justified because of this. Aside from that I’d say it’s a nice little splurge.


I’m not going to say I loved it but I did like it very much and think it’s worthy of your cash.

Anyone try yet?

Tell the Muse!

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Hana

    Oooh, thanks for the review. I wasn’t too interested in this when I first saw the Hard Candy line, but now I may have to grab it at some point. Please tell me you were sent some other Hard Candy makeup to review!

    • the Muse

      hi hana

      My pleasure ! It’s actually decent for the price and worth the pick up. I actually purchased this as disclosed in the post 😀 Hard Candy sent me a nail polish and a glitter eyeliner and a mascara…that was it…but I ended up buying 12 things from the line for myself with my own money. I’ll be reviewing each piece 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      • Hana

        Oh, sorry for the mistake. I think I thought you were sent the products because I’d seen a few reviews on other blogs where they were sent things. XD I’m really happy to hear that you bought a lot of it though. 😀 They don’t have Hard Candy at my Walmart, and I didn’t have much cash when I did find it at another one, so I only bought one of the chubby lip pencils. It’s really nice, but the color I got is really light and it turned out to be so sheer that it barely shows up on me. I really want to go back to try a darker color… Anyway, thanks for the reviews!

        • the Muse

          no problems Hana. if you look towards the bottom of each post I disclose whether it was given to me for review or purchased by me. This one has a disclosure that I purchased it 😀 I brought about a 100 bucks worth of stuff, so far about 85% was a good deal but some is meh 😀 I’m slowly going through it for reviews and swatching 😀 I didn’t buy a chubby pencil but I got one of the dual ended powder shadow pencils and that was really sheer and subtle…was a big disappointment meh! Mostly I think it’s a hit or a miss at the moment. So far I’m loving the concealer, TM, blush, and a few other items…I did notice that the quality def is NOT what it was when Hard Candy was sold at Sephora 😀

          Hope the reviews are helpful 🙂

  • jojoba(My Make Up Reviews)

    i didn’t see this product on Sephora. maybe i overlooked. it sounds good but you didn’t say you love it so i don’t think i’d be needing it. 😛

    • the Muse

      hi jojoba oh no hard candy isn’t sold at Sephora anymore sadly 🙁 Now it’s at Walmart exclusively 😀

      Wasn’t a love but def a Like 🙂

  • sparklingpinkgorilla

    I actually still have that Sugar lip gloss palette haha! I don’t use it as it’s so old but I kept it thinking i was going to do something with it one day, maybe clean it out and put something else in it. When I had seen this before, the Sugar palette immediately came to my mind! So glad someone else remembers.

    • the Muse

      ha someone else who remembers that palette, coolness sparklinggorilla 😀 I have mine too but lord knows it’s years old….I don’t use it either but for some odd reason kept it 😀

      funny that we both recall that palette 😀 !

  • jackieg02

    I’m glad to see that you have a few more Hard Candy reviews coming up. I’m tempted to try it and actually had a few things in my buggy one night. My mother was with me when I actually put them back and said outloud, “Oh, I’m not gonna get these yet, I’m gonna wait to see if Muse likes them or not.” She then wanted to know who “Muse” was….

    • the Muse

      hey jackie. It’s hit and miss just so you know 😀 I found some gems and some crap! Ha! maybe your mum will become a reader now LOL!

      The TM is awesome. primer is quite good, concealer decent, but some other items were a little childish or up on quality. For the most part it’s about 80% awesome.

  • Tohnia

    I haven’t seen Hard Candy in the Canadian Wal-Marts yet! I had my heart set on getting me some Hard Candy! Maybe it’ll be available at the big superstore Wal-Mart by my house….

    • the Muse

      Hey Tohnia. it’s quite an exciting line up 🙂 I think you’ll like it when you do get your hands on it. Hope it arrives soon dear!

  • Ashleigh

    I wish I could say I loved it:( My Walmart only carried the medium shade one[I bought it the second day it was there], so I can’t use the actual concealer shades. Way too dark for me! But the green and yellow concealers are really nice. Very creamy and smooth. I agree, what is with the brush!? I’d rather use my fingers over that thing.

    • the Muse

      hey ashleigh!

      I had the same problem…some shades just didn’t work for me…in my case in was the yellow and darker concealer. Maybe the lighter palette would have been better for you? The formula is awesome I agree very creamy and smooth for something so cheap.

      Again totally with you, hate, hate the brush. I clipped it off and tossed it, quite useless imho!

  • Mykeshia

    Aww that sucks about the color selection being that I am an NC50 in MAC! lol But Muse have you tried the VS pro concealer pallet? I almost got it with my coupon but decided on something else.

    • the Muse

      hey mykeshia aw 🙁 damn! I do think this would be way too light for your NC50 tone hun. blah! Haven’t tried the VS one yet but try a little swatch at the store, seemed nice 🙂

  • Samantha

    Ah I had that sugar lip gloss palette. It was actually really good even though I was never a huge fan of the Sugar makeup. The glosses were nice and soft.

    • the Muse

      hey samantha! 🙂 I liked a few pieces from Sugar did you see the baked blushes? Those were LOVELYZ!

  • Rachel

    I got it before you reviewed it, I do believe-
    as far as the thing goes, the green looked whitish on my already pasty- pale skin (foundation is SO hard for me to find). I do like the consistency, but I’ve found it tends to feel heavy on my skin, doesn’t have much staying power in one area and slides around if touched. I did like the fact that it offered different shades, but like you said, it’s really only good for a quick fix, and in my case I have to put a loose mineral concealer overtop of it so it can KIND of stay.

    • the Muse

      Hi Rachel this is a pretty old review hun 🙂 It’s ok for quickie fixes in my humblest but def can’t do a full concealer with the palette ;( sorry to hear it migrates around so much that stinks 🙁