Hard Candy Shine-Free Sheer Envy Primer is one of six new facial primers that launched with the Hard Candy Spring 2014 Collection. This version as you can probably tell from the name is the mattifying formulation that controls shine for a matte finish.
Here are some thoughts on it.
I’ve already reviewed Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correcting Primer for you in a prior post and I had pretty much the same experience with this Shine Free version as well.
This is kinda sorta a dupe of Smashbox Photo Finish but with a far thicker formula. It’s a translucent silicone primer that’s very thick in texture. I think the thickness is part of the problem I have with it as it tends to pill a good deal when applied (aka rolls off your face in little patches or flakes).
It does have a velvet-y almost powdery dry down that’s a little less slippery that the Color Correcting formula which makes it ideal for soaking up access oil. However, the fact that it pills so much makes it feel like I’m shedding a layer of skin as I apply it. It would likely be an excellent silicone facial primer if it wasn’t for the pilling situation as it’s a great formula for not only blurring pores but also filling them along with a good velvety texture to tame oil and mattify skin.
Unfortunately, it refuses to stay on my face so as I apply it just rolls off. I think this will likely be an issue for anyone that uses it which means it’s a skip for me!
Hard Candy Shine-Free Sheer Envy Primer is available now exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com for $8.
Do share your thoughts on it!