I've had this for a few yrs & I thought I had written a review for it but I can't find it anywhere.
Like everyone else said, this might be labeled as a bronzer but it's definitely a highlighter, even on the lightest skintones (I'm NW10). It is a nice golden glow.
This has been said to be a dupe for several different HE highlighters, including MAC Lightscapade & theBalm Mary Lou Manizer.
Now, I REALLY needed a nice bronzer because in the summer my face doesnt tan because of the moisturizer I use on the daily. THIS bronzer is AMAZING! it adds a light, sun-kissed color and a little shimmer to help your skin really glow! I wasnt really crazy about the price, however. This bronzer was 9 dollars, but i'm not complaining because it really does a great job without making you orange. A little goes a long way! I definitely reccommend this to you all!
I actually really like this product, and I didn't initially realize how much I liked it, until I moved out of my parents & started living on my own. I couldn't take all of my makeup with me, and I left this bronzer behind thinking it wasn't a favorite, or staple item or anything, so I *thought* I wouldn't miss it. But once summer time came around, I was trying to use a lot of matte products to avoid the summer oiliness - I noticed my skin looked a bit dull. The first product that came into my mind to fix this problem & add life, clarity and and overall healthy beautiful glow to my skin, was the Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer. I used this as my highlight. I had to run out to Wal-mart and spend the $9 dollars on it again. I apply this right to the top of my cheekbones. Its a gorgeous baby champagne color with beautiful golden yellow reflex veining. I never want to be without this product again, and i don't think I will be because it lasts a LONG time. I think I'll have this baked bronzer for about a year or two before the entire compact is finished, which makes it totally worth the $9 dollars. I only took off one lippy because of the packaging. The packaging is a round plastic compact, with a white bottom and clear lid. The clear lid is a bit bulky and dome shaped (because of the round baked shape of the bronzer) And has some *tattooing* inky artwork around the frame of it, which is cute. But its hard to throw this into your purse. My old one broke (a screw came out and the lid fell off) which makes this bronzer super vulnerable to breaking because of how fragile baked products can be. But overall, I love this as a highlight and totally recommend it for all skin tones!
Girls, girls, girls! (and of course my makeup loving men out there) this is amazing. There is no other way to put it! I was willing to splurge on a fantastic highlight b/c I love a golden glow on cheekbones, tip of nose, etc..its just gorgeous and makes one look extremely healthy and alive. I checked out MAC soft and gentle, Nars albatross, the balm mary lou manizer(still want hehe), and DIOR, but for some reason I couldn't stop going back to this lil guy. So finally ran to Walmart on a whim at 10 o'clock at night to pick this baby up! LOVE! I spent $10 or $9 on this as opposed to $30 and up. Couldn't be happier. The next day I wore to class and a classmate asked what I was wearing, I love it when that happens because I do enjoy sharing a beauty love of mine, esp. when its so dang cheap! It just looks so natural, its golden/champagne, and PERFECT for summer, fall, and even winter. This is flattering on all/any skin tone. It lasts for a good amount of time, and the finish is just amazing. Crazy that I can type so much about a highlighter (I am a crazed makeup lover) but so worth it, guys. Highly recommend!
Bronzer? No. Highlighter? yesyesyes! THis is a goldy bronze color, much too light for a bronzer, but it provides the perfect golden glow! With this and my MSF in Blonde, I don't need any more highlighters! This has the perfect amount if sheen and pigmentation, along with adorable packaging and a drugstore price!
I have so many wonderful things to say about this product, let me just go ahead and tell you, there's one downfall:
The packaging (which I would be 100% fine with, were this not already a fragile product,) leaves something to be desired. I would not recommend carrying this in a bag you toss about; definitely not a purse, lest you find yourself with a coating of the loveliest golden shimmer all over your belongings. I learned this myself (twice) after breaking two of HC's baked blushes--the lids have a habit of breaking off easily. My fault really, and I'm not exactly the easiest on my makeup to be honest--plus HC at Walmart is very reasonably priced, so I am quite willing to repurchase if the product breaks due to packaging malfunctions.
I think the most wonderful thing about this product for me is that it isn't overtly warm-toned or dark, so cool-toned and pale girls need not be scared (NW20 here.) More importantly, tiki is powder form so it doesn't clog my pores like every single other (beautiful, but ultimately of limited use,) liquid highlighter I've tried. Powder highlighters that have failed me include MSFN lightscapade (to date the *only* MAC product I've returned,) NARS albatross (too gaudy), and benefit something...rose gold or the other, can't remember the name, but it was a messy, chintzy, spotlight. Did not like.
Tiki leaves its mark subtly, just as its meant to do. Especially when I am feeling a bit out of sorts, tiki plus illamasqua katie blush makes a lovely combo. Or if you have an outfit that shows your collarbones, it's a great highlighter to use on top of a liquid (like hawaiian tropics papaya ginger shimmer lotion, pick this up at walmart too). The lotion makes it last twice as long, and fantastic on top of your summer tan (from a tube, amirite?)
Anyway, just go buy this highlighter now. It's maybe $7 or $8 (but as others mentioned is for some reason stupidly called a bronzer by hard candy). Worth it.
Holy crap I love this! Perfect highlight shade for me, and looks so great on my shoulders and collarbones for going out. Only negative is that it has mineral oil, so I don't like using it every day.
Will definitely buy again though!
I use this too as a highlighter like most reviewers. I don't understand how anyone could use this as a bronzer since it is SO light colored, even for me and I am pretty fair in comparison to others. I bought this after seeing a review on it on Youtube. I felt like it seemed like a good alternative to a higher end highlighter like NARS Albatross. After I tried this product for the first time I was sooo happy that I did. I brush it on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose and it really does give your face that soft focus, candlelight glow. I use this more often than I use my Benefit Highbeam which was three times the price of this product. I just feel that Hard Candy Tiki is more complementary to my skin tone since it is golden and I have yellow/warm undertones whereas Benefit Highbeam is pink and frosty, probably better looking on someone with a cooler tone. I would recommend this product as a highlighter for warm undertones, definitely worth the $8-9.
I recently purchased this after falling in love with Hard Candy baked blush in Living Doll. I find it very similar to MAC Mineralized skin finish in Chamapgne. I used it as a highlight. I usually apply E.L.F All over color stick in Golden Peach (1$!) and then apply the hard candy over top. It gives a nice healthy sheen to my cheeks that I absolutely love! It is an everyday staple for me!
Since I like Hard Candy in Honeymoon so much I decided to purchase this which can be used as a highlighter. This gives such a beautiful luminous glow, I've been reaching for this more than my Dior Amber Diamond. Dior has more golden bronze undertone but Tiki basically does the same thing, great job at highlighting.