December 6, 2010

Hard Candy Bad Girl Next Door Review, Swatches, Photos

Anyone successful scoring some of the Hard Candy Holiday Gift Sets? Lots of endless, useless, and torturing steps through the Evil Empire but no luck here.

Good news though, some are available on Walmart’s website and have free shipping if it appeals!

I did get a Hard Candy Bad Girl Next Door Set to try out which should appeal to those wanting a quickie, budget smoked out eye look!

Check it!

A gift set of mini Hard Candy essential for creating a smoky eye!

The set is $8 bucks so those wanting a budget friendly gift for a Secret Santa or makeup loving friend should find this gift budget friendly. Everything included is mini size but still enough to create quite a few fabulous smoky eye looks before running out.

You get:

  • Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer
  • Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara
  • Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner in Black
  • 2 Hard Candy Baked Eyeshadows (black and white)
  • Hard Candy Lash Tinsel in Spellbound

The shadows are pretty darling in this set. They are about the size of a quarter in terms of the compact and about the size of a penny, shadow wise. I’ve tried Hard Candy Baked Shadows before and it’s a hit or miss situation and these happen to fall into the realms of a hit. They have decent color payoff and a smooth formula, for $8 I think they are rather cute additions to my makeup collection and will create a super fast smoked out eye.

I’ve reviewed Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara before and I suggest you read that review to get a real feel for the product with plenty of details and before and after shots. It’s a rather great budget mascara however the mini size doesn’t do it justice.

Lash Tinsel is rather fun as well and creates a nice sparkle to lashes. It’s an over mascara base that adds touches of shimmering silver and black glitter and shimmer to the tips of lashes. You can see the results if you tilt your head at just the right angle!

Out of the six products I’d say the eye primer and liner were the worst.

Although Take Me Out Liner has good pigmentation it lacks a creamy formula so a fair bit of tugging is involved to get it into place.

I’m not entirely sure what they were thinking when they created their Eyeshadow Primer as it comes across as a silicone-free facial primer a la Korres Primer, very similar in terms of formula and texture and has a moisturizing feel and in no way works well at holding shadow in place but rather hydrates the lid. Very strange and useless product.

  • Anyone seeking a cute stocking stuffer, Secret Santa, or budget friendly gift for a friend.
  • Anyone wanting to travel light with essential smoky eye products!
  • Lovers of Hard Candy!

  • Anyone wanting a more polished, professional smoky eye (this creates a nice smoky eye but lacks certain bells and whistles).

I thought the set was cute although it has an item or two that didn’t really work all that fabulous. The baked shadows were a gem for both their size and formula, I thought they were rather sweet and could totally get behind owning more shades. I think it’s a nice set for beginners but those who are into more advanced makeup application and just high end cosmetics might turn their nose up.

Good for beauty budget types for sure.

Anyone try anything that’s included in this set or the set itself?

What did you think?

Hard Candy is sold exclusively at Walmart.

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  • Emilie

    i’m pretty sure their “eye primer” is just their face primer in a smaller tube. i’m not a big of their face primer but i also hate silicone primers.

    i actually picked up one of the $5 gift sets and for $5, i wasn’t expecting much. the eyeshadows are sheer dry but get a bit more pigmented wet but not that much. they are cute colors though. it also came with a blush/bronzer(highlighter maybe?) duo that is actually really pretty. i’m a bit on the line about how i feel about it.

    just a question, did the lash tinsel take a while to dry? i have one of their colored mascaras and it stays wet forever it seems.

    i do love hard candy though. if i even just pass their section in the makeup aisle, i end up buying something.

    • the Muse

      emiilie feels a little different compared to their face primer…it’s so weird…not at all like an eye primer. Same here, not a lover of silicone. mmm nope dried fairly quick particularly when used on lash tips rather than entire lashes.

      It’s a hit or miss with HC.

  • Teleria

    I picked up a little $5 Cdn HC set last week, “Face Facts”. It’s got pink, purple and grey eyeshadows (same size as yours, about a penny), a blush/bronzer duo a little bigger than a toonie, the eyeshadow primer, sponge brush and weird sweeping brush.
    Hits: pink and grey shadows had good pigmentation and blended pretty well.
    Misses: uselss brushes, primer, purple shadow (it might work better wet?)
    I’d use the blush/bronzer for shadows, waaay too shiny/metallic finish for my cheeks.
    I agree with you on the primer, plus the smell is less than appealing to put anywhere on my face.
    All in all, it was worth the five bucks, but I wouldn’t pay much more for it.

    • the Muse

      teleria about the same here with this set. few hits, few misses, and worth the 8 bucks but not more than that ;-D I was curious about the face facts ones so it was nice to hear your mini review on it ;-D! the shadow primer, WTH? right? what in the world!?

  • Sara

    I love browsing the shredded hard candy display at sprawlmart, but so far have only purchased one thing (Beetle nail polish – pretty but a bit too sheer). The gift sets weren’t out, at least not anywhere easy to access, on my last trip. Things are always slow to arrive here, though, so now I’ll have to try back. Thanks for reviewing so much hard candy! It always looks awesome but boggles my brain as to what to get.

    • the Muse

      sara my pleasure glad you’re enjoying the review ;-D sorry about beetle being too sheer 🙁

  • Ashe

    You’re really right about it being hit or miss- I have a red lip gloss that gave me no pigment at all and then a sparkle eyeshadow that gave me sparkles but no color! But I have a liquid eyeshadow in Pool Boy and it’s amazing- gorgeous color and all!

    Unfortunately I need a dealer since my Walmart doesn’t have HC and the stuff is clearanced online now >.o

    • the Muse

      same here ashe. Some good, some not. I’d say alot of is quite fun for the price but some items are a tad meh. Aw sorry to hear it. They do sell online and some is free shipping if that helps ;D!

  • theRothstanator

    This really makes me want to get that Pop-Up Palette even more! I have been lurking and it’s not there… 🙁