November 1, 2010

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

Since I’m the Queen of Concealer it was only right that I run really fast to the nearest Evil Empire (Walmart) and grab me some Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer.

Now I didn’t expect much since Hard Candy is geared towards a bit of a younger crowd. Gosh I hate admitting that but in many aspects it is great beauty budget collection but I do think they are trying to grab the attention of teens not women.

However, I, for one, do not follow the rules and I’ve found some gems among the selection of Hard Candy goodies located at my evil empire (insert the imperial march here).

Let’s have a look at this concealer.

A budget concealer duo that includes a cream concealer plus a pencil concealer!

This is what Hard Candy says about it:

A heavy duty, highly pigmented, multi-use concealer that delivers ultimate coverage. The formula blends seamlessly into skin with plenty of play time creating a flawless and natural look perfect for any occasion. You can hide everything from dark circles and blemishes to tattoos. 3 shades will match most skin tones.

Well, when they say highly pigmented, they mean it.

Holy cow. This is probably the most pigmented concealer I own in the realms of Kat Von D and Make Up For Ever concealers, those are pigmented and this surpasses both!

Ok, so speaking in terms of pigmentation, this can pretty much cover any and all problems. Dark circles, fine lines, acne scarring, birth marks, anything you have that you’re wanting to conceal this will do it and lord knows probably tattoos as well if you dare. It’s super concentrated and does a serious job of concealing. Props to Hard Candy for creating an inexpensive ($6 bucks) yet pigmented concealer.

The tube that the concealer comes in is also a generous size that will easily last you a very long time since a very tiny dab will do you!

The pencil included is good for spot coverage. So you can dab it on a zit and quickly conceal it. It has a nice creamy feel and blends with ease.

It can’t be all good….

Sadly, the concealer is really dry and it blends a bit crummy. I was so disappointed that the awesome pigmentation didn’t have an equally fabulous texture to back it up! The dry texture creeps into fine lines and cakes up a fair bit so you need to pay super special attention to your prepping and priming and if possible make sure your eye cream is dewy to the touch during application as it’ll allow the concealer to blend easily considering the dry texture makes it damn difficult for it to blend out well!

I also forgot to mention that it only comes in three shades.  I got the lightest which proved a bit to light and proceeded to try the medium which was too beige and dark.  I ended up just settling on the light and tossing the medium to a friend as it applied the better of the two.

  • Anyone wanting to conceal redness, dark circles, and other hardcore issues (this is highly pigmented and will easily conceal most problem areas).
  • Anyone who wants a budget concealer (this is six dollars for a huge tube that will literally last ages!).
  • Younger eyes that aren’t dry will love this (this will apply fantastic on youthful eyes).

  • Anyone with older, drier eyes (if you have major wrinkles, fine lines, or dryness this doesn’t blend as well as it would on hydrated, younger eyes).
  • Anyone who wants a hydrating concealer (this has a drier formula).
  • Anyone who doesn’t have the patient or time for application (with time and patience you can get great results however a rushed application will result in caking, creasing, and general woe if your eyes are dry).
  • Those who don’t fit into the light, medium, or dark category (that’s about the gist of shades sadly)

It does take some proper TLC to get this into place correctly but once you get a hang of it, there isn’t any doubt that it offers fantastic, long wearing flawless coverage. I wanna Muse Approved it for purchase but the drier texture prevents me from doing so. Hard Candy got the pigment correct but they need to work on making this more hydrating to get my full approval. I like it alot but my older, drier eyes don’t appreciate the formula. For daily use I probably won’t use it but from time to time when my eyes are in good shape (Summer time my eyes are a little less dry) I can probably take full advantage. For those who use concealer on their face to cover redness or acne, etc…this will be an ideal pick however I’m one for using it under my eyes first and foremost not on my face. Really great but needs a little work but I will suggest a purchase because at six dollars you can’t afford to not try it.

Anyone try Glamoflauge yet?

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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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  • Ally

    Muse, I feel the exact same way about this concealer! Great pigmentation but doesn’t blend out well and is very drying. Oh well!

  • JoElla

    Dry = old lady eyes for moi.

    But this might have some saving grace due to being able to use on the face. I really need to play with some Hard Candy stuff, I haven’t in forever, and for the prices.. it seems like a worthy not so expensive treat.

    • the Muse

      same here jo! very dry! It’s worth a dry some items are actually decent ;-D and worth a haul!

    • the Muse

      clem yes 🙂 I didn’t but it would def help. I just prepped super well prior to use and that seems to help a fair bit!

      • clementine

        Awesome, thanks! I might give this a shot, then… It sounds intriguing and somewhat workable. XD

  • Veronica

    Thank you for the review Muse! I am running low on my MUFE Full Cover, and I don’t really want to shell out $30. I will certainly try this one! Thank you again!

    • the Muse

      veronica same pigmentation or maybe even better ;-D drier formula though 🙁 but you can def work around that!

  • LorraineER

    I really need something for coverage on my cheeks so I may give it a go. At least if it is too dry on me then I won’t have shelled out too much money to find out.Thanks for the review!

  • CinnaBunnie

    THANK YOU THANK YOU! ive been looking out for reviews on this concealer! So glad you did it 🙂 its just a tad disappointing that its not perfect…oh well, i def have to get my paws on this when it comes to Canada!

  • Hana

    Oooh, I’m really excited to hear about this! I already have a concealer I really like for my eyes (the Maybelline mousse one), but I’m still dealing with acne and redness at the age of 27 and this looks like it would be great for that! I’m gonna have to go pick it up this week. Thanks so much for the review!

  • Christina

    Oooh! I love that this is so pigmented. Mayhap I will pick up the light to try out concealing on cheeks and face general – I only do light conceal undereyes. With sunscreen, everything that is dry is really workable on me haha. This could prove to be a great alternative to my Maybelline Matte Mousse Concealer! Thanks for the review Muse!

  • Courtney

    I went out and bought this last night after reading your review. I LOVE it! It covers hyperpigmentation from old acne scars really well. I agree with you though, it is a bit dry for the undereye region. I also have MUFE full coverage concealer and find this to be more pigmented. A little definitely goes a long way and you have to work to blend it out but it’s totally worth it. Definitely a big surprise for the price!

    • the Muse

      AWESOME courtney ;-D happy to hear it. It def has considerably more pigment than MUFE ;-D but good solid coverage all the way despite the dryness ;D Happy to hear you liked it!

  • beeks

    My skin tends toward extreme oiliness, I wonder if the drier texture would work well with my skin type. Or do you think it would just slide right off?

  • Jessica

    I tried this yesterday! I was worried about the dryness of the formula since my skin is super dry but I put it over La Mer eye cream and oh my it’s perfect! No settling in to my “I just turned 30” lines.
    As a former Hard Candy addict (I even worked the counter for two years) I really think they’re marketing this line all wrong. They’re aiming for teens and all the designs and such are off putting to a lot of women who could benefit from these products.

    • the Muse

      I agree Jessica. Although I’m not one for being swayed from purchasing it as I’m a bit of a big kid myself even into my 30’s I’m still all about cute but some women are considerably more reserved and this does look teen-ish therefore they are missing the mark with potential customers of our age ;-D Proper prepping def is key! it works a dream so long as I prep well!

  • Jessica

    Me too! In fact I’m a sucker for cutesy packaging but I really feel they’re missing the mark on this.

    • the Muse

      I concur Jessica! Totally meh on the packaging plus some of the makeup is def not something even a teen would use, the glittery stuff!? no bueno!

  • Johanna

    I’m going try this too, as I’m also running low on my MUFE concealer.

  • brici

    I am soooo glad you did this review, I went out and bought it about a week ago. This is my fave concelear of all time! Its thick and covers really well, I was using booiing in #2 before this, and boiing doesn’t compare to this at all…boiiing use to cake under my eyes..and this doesn’t. The only gripe I have about this is that it gets into the fine lines sometimes when I don’t use my primer….I love it sooo much I wish I could take a picture and show it to you…my bf even noticed the difference the first time I used it and for guys to notice, u know it must be a great product….also for me its not drying at all,maybe its because I use moisturizer under my eys…I took it to the office and showed all the ladies, they didn’t believe me I got it at walmart for $6. Thank u sooo much!

    • the Muse

      oh brici how wonderful!!!!!!!! I’m so happy to hear how well this is working for you! I’d love to see before and after shots. Boi-ing is lovely but I have the same issue with it creasing at times. sadly my eyes are pretty dry so I def need to prep and prime well prior to using this as I do feel it’s a tad on the drier side. So happy it worked so well for you! HUGS!

  • Kimee

    Ahhhh I hate it when there’s a good concealer, with crappy color selections -_-

    I picked it up, but there were only 3 shades; light, medium, and tan. The medium seemed too dark, so I went with the light. The color on the tube is very deceiving!

    I’m probably a mix between light and medium. But i don’t want to buy 2 shades of the same concealer for $12. Might as well spend a few more $$$ and splurge on a high-end concealer.

    Ughh. Pigmentation is great, but it cracks under my college-tired eyes. I see lines and wrinkles that didn’t exist until I put it on!

    Do you think that Maybelline’s Dream Mousse is better than this one under the eyes at least?

  • Jillian

    I love this concealer! It is a bit drying under eye but try mixing a bit of face moisturizer in it to help. After that it works really well for under eyes. 🙂

  • Coralys

    Hey Muse!

    First Post!! I love comming to your website and checking everything out! Im dying to try this out thanx for your review it helped alot <3 !

    • the Muse

      tammi sadly not, only three shades and even the darkest isn’t really that dark :-/

  • Rachael

    Muse after I saw this review I HAD to try this! I finally tracked it down, after going to THREE walmarts haha, as well as buying that Undercover Agent you reviewed. I’m happy to say I love them both 🙂 thanks for doing this review!

    • the Muse

      yay rachel ;-D good job! glad you finally located them hun! Enjoy! ;-D Aw my pleasure I’m just happy you like them!!!!!!

  • T

    hey Muse! Love your reviews. Just wondeirng how does this fair against Sephora Perfecting cover concealer

  • Callie

    Do you think you would still need a foundation with this? If you just used this and powder?

    • the Muse

      hi callie I only use it under my eyes not my face so I do use a base product with it. You know your skin best if you can go without coverage, etc….hope this helps

  • Mimi

    Hey Muse! Thanks for this great review. I’ve actually been using this concealer for a few weeks now. I wanted to go out and find the light shade but sadly they didn’t have any left. But there was one in medium so I guess I got lucky. It is a dry formula but I think in the hot summer weather it works the best! When I try concealing around my nose and mouth it’ll crease really badly and give me laugh lines that I never had. So I wanted to ask if there are any other full coverage concealers drugstore or high-end that you could recommend for me. I’m not too big on foundation since I use bb creams but I can never leave the house without concealer. I have very sensitive and acne-prone skin. Thanks!

  • Joy

    My wedding is coming up and I have a lot of dark spots I want to cover up but have yet to find one within my budget that really covers. I want to try this but since it would be for my wedding will it look good in photos or will it be too ghostly looking?

  • Jane

    Muse, muse! glamoflauge or maybelline superstay for acne-scarred teenie like me? 😀

  • jazmim

    Well for me it doesnt dry fast and it does blend super easy. I used to use this as my foundation! I didnt even have to look in the mirror I just put a dot on nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and blend it all together on my face. It makes me look perfect just add some bronzer and blush 🙂 doesnt even look cakey either…

  • VanityRae

    The 1st ingredient in this concealer is petroleum. So in my experience this concealer is very creamy & hydrating. A little too much so. I have normal/dry skin &I like a hydrating concealer. I have tan/olive skin, MAC NC42 for reference & I purchased this in medium. Its a tad too light & ashy. But I do like a lighter concealer to brighten my under eye area. I’ve found when thus is set with powder, even the lightest dusting, it does cake up. I use Smashbox Photo Ready Hydrating Under Eye Primer to prep & hydrate my under eye. That stuff is amazing as out fills in tiny fine lines like spackle, but its very smooth, lightweight & absorbs quickly. Using the smashbox primer first the concealer goes on a bit better. Another thing I like about this concealer is that it has tiny light reflecting particles. I’m all for the dewy glowing look & this has it! I want to go back & get the tan to see if that matches a little better. But all in all I give this concealer 3/5 stars. Its very hydrating, a little too much..(maybe in the recent years they’ve changed the formula?) It does cover great. Easily blendable just with my ring finger, with a stippling brush or foundation brush, not so good. Ring finger works best. The shade medium is a bit too ashy. And it does settle into fine lines when not used with a good primer. & does cake of used too much powder. During the summer, I try not to use powder. Concealer that dries to a satin finish, cream shadow, cream blush, cream Bronzer & cream highlighter. I like to let my skin show during the summer & have it look moisturized, dewy & glowing. I’ve only used this concealer once. So I’ll continue to play with it, hoping I get it just right.

  • Brittany

    So glad I found this review! I just purchased this yesterday and had the same problems. I have tan/beige skin, but I noticed when I got the medium it was still light so I placed the concealer on first before my bb cream which it ended up blending beautifully! The only sad thing is 4 hours through my work day I check up on it and it has gotten cakey and dry and I have oily skin so that’s unusual to me 🙁 so disappointed! Maybe i’ll try mixing it with my bare minerals moisturizer and check up on it tomorrow.

  • Alicia Davis

    My 13yo daughter is in love with all things make-up, she watches her older sisters who are 18 and 20 with all their goodies! I was picking her up some make-up for this Christmas and looking for some inexpensive options to go with a few key pallettes like Jeffrey Star and Morphe. I didn’t think he needed Tarte Shape Tape at 13 and this looked perfect. She obviously doesn’t need to worry about wrinkles or creasing yet. Thanks for a great in depth review on a product that doesn’t break the bank.