Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer


381 reviews

66% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicon Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide,dkl

on 3/20/2011 7:52:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I've very impressed with this product. I have combination skin, so not only do I have dry patches, but I also have excess oil throughout the day. This primer not only evens out my dry patches, but prevents my makeup from rubbing off as my skin gets more oily.

The package is also very attractive. When the product is applied, it makes my skin feel very smooth (although it doesn't look much different)
The smoothness allows the makeup to glide on more easily, and the primer does not add a shiny or greasy look to my foundation.


Makes foundation last longer

Evens out skin dry patches

Makes skin feel smooth

Doesn't have an annoying odour

Fairly large bottle to price ratio


Applying too much can make your makeup look cakey

Package does not say how long you should let the primer set (to dry) before applying makeup - applying it before the primer is dry will leave your makeup either looking cakey or streaky

Product is slightly pricey, even though you get a decent amount of primer.

Would recommend this to anyone, and will definitely buy again.

on 3/16/2011 11:24:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

First off, this primer is the very first primer that gives me that longer lasting foundation effect. I have tried Lancome, a few of the Smashbox, Benefit, and none of them make my Dior Nude last longer than 3 hours. This keeps my foundation on for 8 hours at least. The only downside is I feel Smashbox does a better job in even out my pores and the consistency, it has this watery runny texture after awhile. Other than that it's a great primer for the price. I'm on the second tube and would definitely buy this again.

on 3/16/2011 11:05:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

PROS: The Sheer Envy Primer is cheep ... right. It also comes in an awesome bottle that I wish more primers would have. The flip cap is a life saver for us blind/clumsy makeup fiends.
CONS:The primer is oily and has a consistency and look of a YI or curdled milk. When applied to the face it does feel oily until it is worked into the skin but because of the consistency I feel like I have to use a lot (my skin is dry so it isn't feeling so bad to have oil). Also, I always apply the primer and then do my eye primer/makeup and then go back for the foundation, which I think helps the drying process if your really wanting to continue with this product.
BOTTOM LINE: This does not help my makeup. I bought this because of a YT guru's rave review but I think its worth the money to pay the extra five to upgrade to another DS primer. I kept the cap though because it fits the Maybelline

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

OMG. I really hated this crap. It was gross and oily and as far as priming went, it was a fail. I returned it as soon as I could.

on 3/13/2011 7:36:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Other

I bought this after hearing good things from a fellow make-up enthusiast and bought it to try out. I have tried other make-up primer and I find this product comparable to the Napoleon perdis, auto pilot, which I bought for $40, compared to the $8 I paid for this product.

I find that it has a nice smooth feeling when you apply it to your skin, and it does what it is meant to do, be a make-up primer. I found that my make-up went on smoother than it does without the primer. It doesn't have any weird fragrance that I can tell which is a major plus in my mind because I hate those flowery smells you can get with make-up and end up smelling like your grandma.

I don't like the texture of this product though, it is kinda funny and constantly falls of my fingers when I'm going to apply it, so I can't wear the clothes I'm going to wear that day or else they will be stained.

Overall for the price, I can forgive the minor flaw I have found with this product and I will continue to buy it instead of the more expensive primer that I had originally invested in.

on 3/13/2011 7:24:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Other, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I have never used a primer before so I came to this site to find a good one to start with. So far so good with this product. Its very soft and smooth going on. You only need a little bit, which i learned from reading other reviews on here.

on 3/12/2011 11:09:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

OVERALL: The smell of this product is quite nice. The texture doesn't feel as thick as other primers and when I first felt it glide between my fingers I thought this might be a HG.... but It didn't turn out that way. I used this product for about a week and I'm sorry to say but my makeup still "melted" by the end of my work shift... and to be honest If anything "melted" quicker.

PRICE: Around 10 for my area.

PACKAGING: Would have preferred pump.

Not a rebuy.

ALSO. Primers may cause acne. Be warned.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

I was kind of expecting a miracle in a bottle after reading the reviews and I hesitated to buy it for a long time because although my face is clear from using my BP everyday I am still afraid to try new things on my face..i usually just dab concealer under my eyes and that is it to brighten things up. Anywho, I wore this about twice, and it did make my skin smoother and minimize my pores (not fully but quite well) and i broke out with two zits on my forehead a week later. It had to be this stuff as this was the only new product I was trying and like I said since using the BP i never get zits so.. for that reason I will not be using nor buying again.

on 3/11/2011 11:41:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Although I'm not very "big" on silicone primers - or primers in general for that matter.. I actually do enjoy using this one. I tried ELF's Mineral Primer maybe a month or so ago and although they are very similar, I prefer Hard Candy Sheer Envy. I think it has something to do with the texture. Hard Candy's primer is a little more lightweight and has less of a thick "silicone" feel to it. I really like the way it makes my skin feel velvety soft and creates a great, even canvas for my foundation. What I especially noticed is when using my Cinema Secrets (cream/cake) foundation, this primer really allowed me to use less product - as it helped the product move around my face better. I also think the end result of my foundation looked much better and even. I will make sure to use this primer on days where I'll be wearing Cinema Secrets. As for my liquid foundations, I was again able to use less product & my outcome would be a very good, even foundation application. I didn't notice though, that it pro-longed the wear of my foundation, kept shine away or camouflaged my pores like other silicone primers may do. I find it a little difficult to rate primers on their performance because I change my products all of the time (moisturizers, foundations, etc) Otherwise, I'd probably be able to rate it better. But I do overall like this product and will continue using it for certain foundations. I also think it would work fabulous with powder foundation. So, if you like silicone primers, this is a great one to look into. :)

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I was completely amazed with this product. I have used dozens of primers, and this one is my go-to. The texture seems a little strange and dry at first, but once you smooth it on, your skin is incredibly soft and holds your foundation and powder for most of the day. The quality and value for the price are awesome. They also just started making this in two other formulas (illuminating & perfecting, I believe) which I have also tried but not enough times to review yet.

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