May 23, 2017

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder Review & Swatches

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The best six dollars I ever spent in my life was on Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder. I had no idea Hard Candy had a banana powder available until recently when I was procrastinating and Hard Candy posted a photo of it on Instagram. I knew Hard Candy was getting into the color correcting trend this season with a host of cream concealers and others dodads but I hadn’t heard about the Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder.

Now I happen to be a massive fan of Skin Food’s Salmon Dark Circle Powder which is long gone but not forgotten. I’ve found some great replacements for it like Ben Nye’s Banana Powder, Kat Von D’s new Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder, Vincent Longo Banana Powder, and of course, Besame Brightening Vanilla Face Powder. I recently tried Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder and was so excited at the prospects of a budget friendly brightening powder but sadly, it was kind of a bust.

Needless to say I was a little skeptical about a six dollar brightening powder but I am beyond happy to report this was fabulous.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder is actually a baking powder but I don’t bake so, I just use it to set my concealer and brighten up my eye area. If you’re looking for my thoughts on how well this bakes, well, sadly, I can’t say but I’ll happily share how I felt it set my concealer. I don’t think the average everyday person is baking their makeup anyway so, it seems like the way I’m reviewing it might just be helpful I hope.

This is a generously sized 0.63 oz pot that will set you back six dollars. It’s a bright yellow or banana shade that’s not completely transparent but does manage to brighten up the under eye area and neutralize any darkness you might have. I apply my regular concealer as well as my other makeup and as the last step of my routine I apply a fine dusting of the powder under my eyes using a smallish blending brush from Bobbi Brown much like MAC’s 224. This is a finely milled silica that has a soft, velvety texture which applies and blends out easily without caking or settling into finer lines. The shade acts to brighten up my eye area beautifully and sets my concealer for all day wear. Unfortunately, it isn’t talc-free so, if you’re seeing a talc-free powder this isn’t it. It not only brightens but also blurs the appearance of fine lines and gives a beautiful bright wide awake look.

I loved it. It’s cheap, it’s huge, it’s easy to locate (I kind of have to jump through hoops to find a pot of Ben Nye Banana Powder), and I can easily see it potentially replacing my favorite Ben Nye Powder. If you’re looking for an excellent setting powder that works well under eyes to set concealer without adding drying or creasing this is for you.

Loves it!

Big Muse Approval.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder is available now at

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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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  • Whitney

    Do you think someone with very fair skin could get away with this.
    Thank You

    • Isabella Muse

      Not quite…! Medium light yes but not paler, pink toned skin.

  • Natasha

    I’ve been using the Besame Vanilla one but it looks like Sephora is no longer carrying it so I may have to head to Walmart and try to find this! Its not yellow but have you tried the Stellar purple haze yet?

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t, Natasha! I used to use purple a lot on my face and under my eyes but I find that banana or yellow works much better with my skin tone 😀 I have heard good things about the Stellar formula though!

  • Paula

    I recently tried Naked cosmetics banana finishing powder that arrived with my ipsy kit, and I love it. It’s my first banana powder and I am light-toned with very dark undereye circles.