November 9, 2016

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops Review & Swatches

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Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops are a new, highly concentrated liquid pigment that you can mix it with your favorite primer, moisturizer, etc…to create a customized foundation. If the idea sounds familiar that would be because Cover FX Custom Cover Drops pretty much do the same thing. The difference? Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops does it better and cheaper!


As a fan of both Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation and Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer, I was eager to try yet skeptical about Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops. I didn’t like Cover FX Custom Cover Drops so I had my reservations about trying Hard Candy’s formula. The Cover FX formula was heavy for me no matter what I used to mix them with! I felt very made up when using them and also felt the formula clung to drier areas on my face. For me, foundation is used to brighten and even out my complexion but I want it sheer enough to accentuate my blemish-free skin. That’s exactly what I got with Hard Candy’s formula.

These drops are a mere $7 for a 0.5 oz and available in 12 shades. They may be small in size but they are pigmented which means you’ll be using a small amount and get a good deal of mileage out of a single bottle as more is less.

I had a hard time deciding which shade I wanted to try as they look identical in the bottle. I ended up with Light 4 which was almost an exact match for my skin tone. It did oxidize and go a bit lighter once applied as it looks a bit orange-y in my swatch but once applied it was a creamier shade with a beige undertone.

These come in a dropper bottle which makes application and mixing easy. You can use them mixed with moisturizer, primer, or any other cream medium you choose. Personally, I ended up liking them best used directly on my skin which isn’t quite the recommended way to use them but it worked a treat for me. I simply used one tiny drop on my arm, buffed my brush into the drop, and applied on my face. I didn’t like the mixed with my primer but I did enjoy using them mixed with a moisturizer as you get the benefits of your moisturizer combined with a good deal of pigment that will give you considerably more coverage than a more sheerer tinted moisturizer. These drops do separate so, shake them up vigorously before using them.

The coverage is completely customizable. You can go sheer which is what I prefer or if you desire full coverage, that option is available as well. The more you use the more coverage they’ll provide and the less you use the sheerer coverage you’ll get. I didn’t struggle with the mixing process at all. They mix well with just about anything and didn’t separate or morph the formulas I used them in conjunction with. I didn’t really like them combined with my primer of choice, Revlon Photoready Primer, as I apply that primer sparsely, and adding the drops to that small amount of primer seemed to defeat to point. None the less, this combines well with other creams. You can even use it in conjunction with sheerer foundations or sheerer tinted moisturizers to add more coverage to them. The possibilities are endless. In my swatch below, I tried to give you an idea of the full coverage versus the sheerer in three swatches I did if Light 4.


When I used them alone they applied flawlessly! They didn’t adhere to my drier skin and the finish was smooth, even, and perfect! It was an airbrushed finish. You’ll get different results depending on the medium you use. For example, when you use them with a moisturizer you’re going to get more of a dewy finish. When used with primer, if you’re primer has silicone, it’ll be more of a matte finish. Alone, I wouldn’t say the finish was dewy nor matte but more of a light, satin. They adhere well to skin and look invisible with a seamless finish that’s natural and not made up.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops are refreshingly inexpensive and provide all the benefits of a customizable foundation experience that brightens skin and leaves it looking flawlessly natural.

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  • Carol G

    Great review. I, too, love the Glamoflage foundation and I will definitely try these. I think it’s a great idea since you can mix them with the moisturizer of your choice. I am surprised at this price point this product performs so well. I guess it just goes to show that sometimes expensive does not equal better. Going to Walmart this weekend for this and to see if they have the Trolls collection as well. I want that rainbow highlighter since it seems the WNW one is taking forever to restock!

    • Isabella Muse

      I do too! It’s a fab formula 🙂 Agreed! Sometimes cheaper stuff surprises you!

  • Codename Duchess

    “For me, foundation is used to brighten and even out my complexion but I want it sheer enough to accentuate my blemish-free skin. That’s exactly what I got with Hard Candy’s formula.”

    Ooh, this is exactly what I wanted to hear! I just spotted this product at Walmart a few days ago, and was curious about it. I have freckles, so I find that foundation looks muddy and mask-like on my face if I don’t go sheer. I’m especially excited about about makeup drops because they seem like they’d be less dewy than most sheer foundations. I have oily skin, so BB creams and tinted moisturizers aren’t ideal.

  • julie

    thanks for the review. How do these drops compare to the NYX foundation mixers?


  • T

    I love the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Medium. It is very yellow so it color corrects my redness really well. I put a thin layer of it over my whole face to even out my skin tone before I apply my foundation. It is a one of my holy grail beauty items. I hope one of their Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix‑in Pigment Makeup Drops matches that concealer. I would love the ease of adding it to my primer. Sadly none of the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation matched the yellowness of the Medium concealer. I was hoping that the color “Medium” would be the same color in all three of their products (concealer, foundation, drops) but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Surprisingly our Wal-Mart hasn’t started carrying these drops yet. I am patiently waiting!

  • Cheryl

    Ok, you rock for recommending these! Straight out of the dropper, this stuff looks fantastic! It is truly a “no make up make up” result. My skin looks fantastic and even, but you cannot see visible product on the skin. It did adhere to some dry patches on my nose, but I mixed in a little bit of moisturizer just for the nose and that helped tremendously. I may still try the Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation One of these days, but in the meantime, you saved me about $40! The Light 3 looked just a bit pink in daylight, so I purchased the Light 4 this morning and will see how that works. Also picked up a bottle of Fair 2 to lighten a few other foundations that are currently a little dark. Thank you!!

    • Isabella Muse

      YES! So happy to hear it 😀 I use Light 4 and that seems perfect for my skin tone but I’m going to get something a little lighter to mix with other stuff as well and I want to get a light medium shade for the Summer months 😀 so so so so so happy you love them 🙂

      • Cheryl

        Good stuff and super inexpensive. If you pick up a lighter shade, try mixing a tiny amount of it in with the Tarte shape tape concealer. I tried it with a tiny (pin head sixes) bit of Light 2 and it made the light-Med shape tape a bit lighter and less peachy. I think the drops make the concealer dry a little bit more quickly, but that small amount does not seem to alter the texture of the concealer. Hope it works for you! Thanks again!