May 6, 2010

YOU NEED THIS: Hard Candy Moon Glow Review and Swatches

Hard Candy continues to impress with it’s Spring/Summer 2010 selections.

Jump ahead to hear the word on the new Hard Candy Moon Glow Powder.

What is it?

A shimmering translucent powder infused with illuminating gold powder.

The Good…

I gotta say Hard Candy has evolved slightly with this release. Now when the brand originally launched some of the line was a tad immature and leaning more towards teens. Personally Moon Glow really turns a new leaf for the brand as this is quality makeup that should appeal to all ages.

The packaging is incredible. Pretty much packaging you’d see at your local Sephora in my opinion. It’s a hard case shell with a dual compartment that features the powder on top, a full size gorgeous mirror on the bottom, and a little place to stash the super cute heart shaped sponge this comes with. Very nice packaging in my opinion and worthy of toting around and whipping out with pride.

Basically, Hard Candy Moon Glow is a more subtle dupe of the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight. The formula is a transparent powder infused with a fine creamy gold shimmer. You can use it to set your makeup while giving your face and skin a soft focused golden highlight. The golden shimmer is very subtle so you aren’t left looking like a disco ball.

The Bad…

Can’t think of a single thing bad to say about it. It’s perfect and damn affordable too at $8 bucks.

Who Might Like It?

  • Anyone that’s wanted to indulge in Too Faced Invisible Candlelight or the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer but was intimidated by the price.
  • Anyone who wants a setting powder with a faint golden shimmer.
  • Anyone who loves super kawaii packaging!

Who Might Not Like It?

  • No one!

Final Thoughts….

Must say I’m very impressed. The packaging really floored me as it’s truly well made plus the affordable price tag and throw in a beautiful shimmer powder and it doesn’t take long to hook, line, and sink yourself a happy Muse.

Loves it.

Another fabulous release from Hard Candy Spring/Summer 2010.

Muse Approved for purchase.

Should be available shortly at your local Walmart.

What do you think?

Have you consumed today’s ?

About the Muse

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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  • jonnie

    Okay, I was avoiding Hard Candy because I don’t trust makeup from Wal-Mart but this may tempt me into visiting the evil empire…

  • Elena

    What do i have to do to get Hard Candy people to open a stand on Chilean drugstores??? Damn, this is beautiful…

    • the Muse

      aw elena sadly never happen with it being exclusively at walmart now 🙁 damn!!!!! check e-bay hun or maybe a swap or two on MUA?! 😀

  • Reyna

    Super cute! Reminds me of too faced packaging, especially the engraving on the mirror.

  • Connie

    thanks for the review! I’m putting this on my wish list!

  • Phyrra

    It looks really cute 🙂
    God woman, now I gotta go to walmart to pick up this glow, as well as one of those inks 😛

    • the Muse

      LOL DD 😀 It’ll look fab on your gothy gorgeous complexion 🙂

  • laura r

    ditto Phyrra. good thing there’s one near my work that i can hit up soon!

  • Valerie

    oh my god. I am in love with all the new stuff Hard Candy has been putting out there! My parents always drag me to WalMart on Sunday, no idea why, and it’s usually just torture, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be hitting their beauty department soon!! This looks amazing <3

    • the Muse

      valerie now you have something to do chick! 😀 browse HC while at wally world 😀

  • Kat

    Do you think this could also be used as a highlight? Or is the shimmer a little too subtle?

    • the Muse

      mmm maybe kat….it’s a little sheer but possibly can be built up to can prob even multitask as a shadow if you try extra hard 😀

  • Erica B.

    And I walked right by the cosmetic section last night… Know where I am going after work!

  • Ainabarad

    So you can wear this in broad daylight and not look like a disco ball? Count me in 100% for sure as soon as I can find it!!! I’ve been planning a haul on this new awesomeness for a while now (since they were announced) so now if only my local Walmart had them in stock!!! Wish me luck as my hubby mentioned when I complained to him about it not being there yet that we can go check other Walmarts on his off days!!! *G*

    BTW, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, but I don’t think I’ve ever left comments before. Just this year I got into reviewing cosmetics myself via YouTube. (On a side note, I’ve been secretly wishing The Gorgeous Muse had a YouTube channel for quite some time now so if you ever get the desire to, you shall definitely have viewers!!!)

    • the Muse

      yup aina 😀 good to go. luck luck luck 😀 w00t drag the hubby so he can carry your purchases haha!

      aw congrats on your youtube vids I’ll have to check them out!!!!!!!!!!!! hehe I’m so BAD on youtube I actually have a channel but be warned I stink at youtube LOL!


      thanks so much for being a long time read and for commenting today! I hope you’ll chat again with me (all of us actually) again! 🙂

      • Ainabarad

        zOMG!!!! YESSSSS!!! You have MADE MY DAY, lady!!! I’ve already subscribed!!! I can’t believe I somehow missed you!!! I’ve been stalking YouTube only slightly more than your blog. You give the best reviews!!!

        • the Muse

          ha you’re too kind aina I think u might be disappointed haha my vids suck babe! 😀

          Aw thank you *hugs*

  • Cassidey

    Hi and thanks for this review! Do you think is something that darker ladies could wear? (I’m a C40, NC40-42 in MAC). Thanks!

    • the Muse

      hi my pleasure cassidey…I dunno I kinda wanna say yes but I’m unsure how it would look. I wanted to say it would give a nice gleam on darker cheek bones but also scared it may apply a little chalky even though it’s transparent….really not sure 😛 must try on my sis who’s very olive skin and see how it looks 😀

    • Ainabarad

      You could always buy it and save the receipt. Then you can just return it if you don’t like the way it looks on your skin. (I adore Walmart’s return policy!)

      • the Muse

        great tip aina 😀 I wasn’t sure about walmart’s return policy 😀

  • Tatiana

    Do u think this will be ashy looking on darker skintones?

    • the Muse

      mmm tatiana debatable…I think it should be ok but it depends…How dark?

  • Ainabarad

    I’ve been watching them since you gave me the link. They aren’t bad at all. My only complaint is you hide your face. 😉

    • the Muse

      aw cheers thanks aina…ya showing my face and talking just seems like a WHOLE lot of crazy embarrassment for me LOL I’m pretty intimated by simply talking so I thought it easier to not talk and show my face..I dunno the entire vid thing FREAKS me out. Funny as I’m pretty chatty, outgoing but put a video cam in my face and I clam up!

  • nancy

    This looks fab!! I’ve been wanting a setting powder with shimmer but am always afraid to end up looking like a disco ball.

    i’ve been a hard candy fan for years! check out my collection 😀

    • the Muse

      hey dangster! 😀 should be too bad it’s very subtle 🙂

      I think you forgot the link hun? do share, love to see stash photos!

  • Coco

    Hey Muse, thanks for another great review! I’m wondering how does this compare with Etude House’s Face Designing Brightener. Is it more shimmery?

    • the Muse

      coco completely different hun as the face designer is a highlighter this is basically a subtle shimmer in a translucent setting powdering. Hope this helps!

  • Audrey

    Oh the heartshaped sponge!! Toooo cute. I already own Too Faced’s powder so I can’t justify getting this, but oh my. <3

  • Frances

    Muse! Long time reader, first time commenter!
    I have to tell you, I NEED THIS MOON GLOW STUFF. Please, when can we expect it to hit WalMart shelves? I could not find it on the website or anywhere! I am a total sucker for highlighters.

    • the Muse

      hey frances thanks for your readership so good to speak to you today love those of you that come out of lurkdom from time to time 😀

      I’m looking at sometime mid may at this point. Honestly it should be on the shelves already but knowing how slow going walmart is to stock perhaps mid may early june.

      It was ALL on the website but dunno why it was taken down could be stock issue or they pushed the release date?

      Hope this helps!

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    OMG it looks fabulous and that little pink heart sponge is too freaking cute 😛 I can’t wait til the new stuff is at my Walmart!

  • Tohnia

    I hate that I can’t find Hard Candy in Canada! Some of the stuff looks AMAZING!

  • jackieg02

    I saw your tweet on this earlier today and checked it out on my iPhone, but it isn’t as great as seeing all the pictures all big on my computer. I’m telling you, you need an app! 😉

    I went to WalMart tonight and peeped out the Hard Candy section and there was nothing new. I would love to get one like this for my mom for Mother’s Day. She would love it!
    I’ve always wanted to try Too Faced Candlelight, but don’t want to pay the price. But I can soo dish out the 8 bucks for this!

    • the Muse

      jackie it’s in the works my dear 😀 hells yes it’s an ideal dupe!

  • tpzhearts

    is this similar to ELF luminance? i feel like i need this just from the packaging lol!

  • Daemonswolf

    I’m going to be that person who disagrees with you on the “Who wouldn’t want this” bit. Personally, I found it too shimmery for me. I’m young enough that I need to look older to be taken seriously in my field and putting this on made me look younger. :p

    Of course if you wanna look younger this stuff is awesome. I will agree though that hard candy is surprisingly awesome for a Walmart brand. I first tried their clear lipgloss and it was amazing.

    -Commenting on the archives like a booaaaasss. XD

    • the Muse

      LOL ;-D thanks for commenting on an old post 😀 Yeah, it’s def not something you wanna wear to work but I have absolutely no willpower with sparkle hehe!